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post Jan 6 2009, 08:00 AM
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What newer web desing program would you recommend for me to update to from Frontpage 2000 (I know I am way out of date but it is what I am comfortable with)? I need something that is going to import my current website successfully and I can start editing and updating immediately (if that is possible). I have looked at both WebPlus X2 and DreamWeaver. I would like one that allows html editing and also WYSIWYG. I would like something that is very similar to use as Frontpage is because that is what I am familiar with.


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post Jan 6 2009, 03:35 PM
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For best results I recommend using a text editor. If you must use a WYSIWYG editor, I suspect it's safest to keep using the same FrontPage version that the pages were originally made in. Changing to another brand (or even another version of the same brand) may cause all kinds of new HTML syntax errors (in addition to existing ones).
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post Jan 6 2009, 05:11 PM
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well just do whatever you want to do and feel comfortable with.. people use their own editors and use whatever they are comfortable with.. dreamweaver works well, but thats what im comfortable with and have been working with for years..
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post Jan 6 2009, 09:42 PM
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I would like something that is very similar to use as Frontpage is because that is what I am familiar with.


So what about you keep FP and get a good text editor in addition to that? tongue.gif
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post Jan 7 2009, 12:54 AM
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I would like something that is very similar to use as Frontpage is because that is what I am familiar with.


So what about you keep FP and get a good text editor in addition to that? tongue.gif


What is a good text editor that everyone uses? Are you talking about editor such as "NotePad" and "WordPad"? I have both.

I can see your point as far as keeping FP and adding a good text editor however I think I may need to update since it has been 9 years and take advantage of some of the new technology and bring my website to the next level. But I need to make very sure i can import my current site 100% so I don't go down as we are in business.

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post Jan 7 2009, 01:18 AM
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What is a good text editor that everyone uses?


Can't say. As zgillman said, it's about what you feel comfortable with. Everyone has their favourite.


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Are you talking about editor such as "NotePad" and "WordPad"? I have both.


Like Notepad but with more advanced features. Wordpad isn't a plain text editor really. There are so many text editors. It's about getting one with features that suit you and your workflow.

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I can see your point as far as keeping FP and adding a good text editor however I think I may need to update since it has been 9 years and take advantage of some of the new technology and bring my website to the next level.


That's probably true only if you let FP generate the code for you. If you do that you get the junk that you don't want, if I understand you right.

I can tell you what I use. My main editor is Notetab Pro. I use it mainly because it has a scripting or macro language that lets me build my own wizards, perform text operations, automate repetitive tasks and so on. I think I'm pretty alone here in favoring this editor. I also use SciTE. Mainly because it has some features NoteTab lacks (syntax highligting for any language and folding). These editors are good for me. Others may think they suck, because they want other things than I do from their editor.

Go to some shareware site and download a bunch and try them out. Remember editors don't write webpages. The guy at the keyborad does. happy.gif
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post Jan 7 2009, 01:43 AM
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I use vim, the same editor I use for Perl, Python, makefiles, shell scripts, etc.

I hear some people like emacs. wink.gif
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post Jan 7 2009, 01:45 AM
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Go to some shareware site and download a bunch and try them out. Remember editors don't write webpages. The guy at the keyborad does. happy.gif


Yep that's what I am afraid of (the guy at the keyboard is me) LOL! That is why I am wanting a web design program that will do both html and WYSIWYG.

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post Jan 7 2009, 02:02 AM
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Frankly, I think WYSIWYG should be reserved for those already skilled. If they'd want to use one. tongue.gif

Seriously, if I understand you right you are learning and you want to learn. The only thing you'll learn from a WYSIWYG is bad habits. Don't take that path...
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post Jan 7 2009, 02:48 AM
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Frankly, I think WYSIWYG should be reserved for those already skilled. If they'd want to use one. tongue.gif

Seriously, if I understand you right you are learning and you want to learn. The only thing you'll learn from a WYSIWYG is bad habits. Don't take that path...



Well I am not really new, I have been using FP 2000 for 8 years and I have built a funcitioing website, but I would still consider myslef a novice as I really don't know much html at all. But I also really have no interest in learning to build a website with 100% html, I do like usuing WYSIWYG with additional option of using html to edit.
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post Jan 7 2009, 04:14 AM
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Well I am not really new, I have been using FP 2000 for 8 years and I have built a funcitioing website, but I would still consider myslef a novice as I really don't know much html at all. But I also really have no interest in learning to build a website with 100% html, I do like usuing WYSIWYG with additional option of using html to edit.


But you can't make changes to what FP has generated without knowing HTML, can you? tongue.gif
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post Jan 8 2009, 02:13 PM
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Well I am not really new, I have been using FP 2000 for 8 years and I have built a funcitioing website, but I would still consider myslef a novice as I really don't know much html at all. But I also really have no interest in learning to build a website with 100% html, I do like usuing WYSIWYG with additional option of using html to edit.


But you can't make changes to what FP has generated without knowing HTML, can you? tongue.gif


True, I know a little and I am learning more, but seems that it is alot easier and faster to use an WYSIWYG and then fix things with html????
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post Jan 8 2009, 02:50 PM
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Nope. I don't think anyone here would agree with that. It's easier and faster to rewrite most WYSIWYG pages from scratch than to clean them up. sad.gif

Of course there is a learning curve. But as with all learning, the more you learn the easier it becomes to learn even more and to grasp new concepts. It may take a lot more time to do it by hand for your first projects because of this, but in the long run you'll save time. That's what I think. tongue.gif
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post Jan 9 2009, 01:18 AM
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I use Dreamweaver 4 and TextPad. Dreamweaver for it's WYSIWYG feature and common UI and integration with Fireworks and Flash.
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