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RazorbackME
11-30-2005, 20:04
I am looking for some relatively simple software to create and maintain a webpage for our local gun club. I have computer skills, but I am a mechanical engineer, not an IT guy.

We don't need anything too fancy (no animation, etc), just something to post club news, events, match results, pictures, etc.

The only recommendation I have so far is Namo WebEditor. Has anyone used it? Recommend something better?

srhoades
11-30-2005, 20:45
I'm not real familiar with Web page software, I've always been a fan of coding the HTML myself. That being said, for your purposes, you can just creat whatever you want in Word and save it as an HTML file. It will be bloated, but it will work.

Notrega
11-30-2005, 20:59
go for the extra money and go with Dreamweaver...

I use it at work and home... It is GREAT

Created with DreamWeaver - took less than 10 hours

http://home.comcast.net/~jkeeler01/

jtmac
11-30-2005, 21:05
http://nvu.com

If you don't have time to learn HTML, and you don't have any one to do it for you, nvu is the way to go. It is FREE and far more standards compliant than most of the commercial alternatives.

RazorbackME
11-30-2005, 21:07
Is Dreamweaver something I can teach myself without great deal of effort?

Notrega
11-30-2005, 21:11
The interfaceis really simple. It is a what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) software. Similar to Word... you make it look like you want and the program builds the code in the background.
You can view an manipulate the code if you are interested...

http://home.comcast.net/~jkeeler01/
Click the pictures...

Eyescream
11-30-2005, 21:17
Originally posted by RazorbackME
Is Dreamweaver something I can teach myself without great deal of effort?

Yeah, it's not hard. If you want, I could offer advice and whatnot, since I kind of do it for a living.

ysr_racer
11-30-2005, 21:36
I made this with MS Front Page

http://www.clubleadclays.com/

My website too.

Toyman
12-01-2005, 06:02
Here's one that is easy to use:

http://www.coffeecup.com/html-editor/

and a free version which I've recently updated to include more of the features of the registered version:

http://www.coffeecup.com/free-editor/

Nyper
12-01-2005, 06:18
I absolutely hate FrontPage - but it is probably the easiest & most efficient for what you are wanting to do. If you want to try dreamweaver, you can get a 30-day trial from their website - http://www.macromedia.com

kestrou
12-01-2005, 06:49
If you're already very familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) then FrontPage has to be a leading contender. Shop around online and you can find it as cheap as $89.99.

kestrou

BOB THEDOG
12-01-2005, 06:58
+1 on Dreamweaver. But if you dont have the time to learn or buy, Word will even save pages as HTML. Basic, effective, and you probably already have it.

Its not the choice of professionals but its a quick start for you.

mitchshrader
12-01-2005, 07:15
going either route is gauche. NOT classy. works, though.

dreamweaver works semi-elegantly, and won't make most web builders mad. but not cheap, and soaks up time learning.

the trade-off you are facing is 'learn in advance' or 'be frustrated at the inconvenience later'..

and while everyone WANTS to get it right the first time..

very few really want to make the effort in advance.

so my advice is, do a crappy job (use word or frontpage)..
and then re-think.
and if you're not happy, examine two options: invest 100 hours in dreamweaver, or pay (or coerce) someone who has the skill.

IMO, you take your gun to a gunsmith when required. you COULD learn those skills, but you don't.

you'll be smarter to do likewise about webpages. it's not done well much by amateurs. if you CAN do it well, you still quite probably don't WANT to make that sort of time investment.

you can get a perfectly competent 15 year old to build a site for 100$.. and i would, rather'n do it with frontpage or word.

but till you've waded the clumsy style features .. you won't appreciate that.

so do it badly once, and then decide which alternative to THAT is most pleasing.

BOB THEDOG
12-01-2005, 07:20
Yeah, use Word or F.P. on the cheap and get a feel for what web pages are all about. Then later upgrade to DreamWeaver for the more advanced stuff. You'll want to do more than just basic words/images sometime.

Nothings perfect and everthing I've ever seen anyone use has had its own inherant bugs one way or the other.

Be sure to share your creation with us when you're finished. We're curious.;)

jtmac
12-01-2005, 08:10
OK, I know people like their Word and FrontPage.

But please, please understand that is one of the worst possible ways to go.

You may find it easy to build with. But the person using something other than Internet Explorer who visits your page may find it very hard to view your page properly (No, not every one uses IE), depending on how the planets were aligned during its creation.

jgamble
12-01-2005, 08:47
Please use Dreamweaver. Using Word or Frontpage is like learning how to hammer with a screwdriver. It'll work, maybe, but it won't work well. Dreamweaver is not difficult. It's like a boat, it's as difficult as you choose to make it. You can use it to make some very simple, very nice websites or you can use it to make some serious websites - your choice. It's well worth the money. You don't hunt deer with a .22 do you? :)

darth_rifle
12-01-2005, 21:07
Ever thought about using a content management system (CMS) like WordPress? Instead of writing HTML, you just upload files, and/or write "pages" and "posts" using a built-in editor. There are plenty of themes available, so you don't have to commit to a certain look -- just change a setting, and your entire site reflects the new appearance without a line of code or markup by you.

You will need a hosting plan that allows for PHP and MySQL, but those aren't terribly hard to find.

http://www.wordpress.org/

HTH,

- D. Rifle