Best free web design software?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Hosting' started by Dr_Boo, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Dr_Boo

    Dr_Boo New Member

    Hi All,
    I'm starting to get a good sense for the online business model I'd like to pursue, and realize I'll need my own web site and domain. While I have some experience hand coding html websites using notepad, I haven't done anything like that in years. I'm pretty rusty and there are so many new bells and whistles in websites these days that I have no idea how to recreate.

    Long story short, I'm looking for a decent program to help me design my site. As I am not wanting to start my business needing to make up excessive start-up costs (ok, I'm cheap. I admit it...) I'm looking for the best free web design software out there.
    Any nominations?

    As always, thanks all for your help and support!
     
  2. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    Try checking out NVU.com - its a little outdated, but it works pretty good. You can get free templates at OSWD.org. You might also want to check out Weebly.com
     
  3. mediafreak

    mediafreak New Member

    Wordpress would be a good place to start. Not only is it free, it is also an open-source application for processing blogs. Just ask here if you find it difficult to install
     
  4. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    You can install WP very quickly and easily if your web hosting company has Fantastico Deluxe.
     
  5. Dr_Boo

    Dr_Boo New Member

    Thanks for the input. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
     
  6. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi Dr_Boo,

    You might look into a paid hosting account. They have templates and wizards. You might also look into SBI. They have the same as well as good online marketing info, tools, and a nice forum.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  7. sixty

    sixty New Member

    another good one 1&1.com, first go to bluewire.com to register a domain name then go there. They have 2 options a free site which is good and the pro plan which allows more customization. I use them for my affiliate site and is real nice. The best thing is you can promote 3 products on 1 page and they give 5 free sites so you can promote a total of 15 products.
     
  8. cabdziner

    cabdziner New Member

    My favorite HTML editor is First Page 2006 by Evrsoft. Do not pay for it, take the free download.
    You can also get free hosting at Byethost. No ads, lots of tools, great up time. I have one site hosted with them and 2 others I pay for hosting. I have had more problems with my paid hosting than the free.

    Also if you go the paid route I'll agree with Sixty. 1&1 is a great, inexpensive hosting provider. They have a special, ending 6/30 - you get 1/2 off first 6 months.
     
  9. Dr_Boo

    Dr_Boo New Member

    I ended up downloading Kompozer (the updated version of NVU), but then wasn't quite sure where to begin. I looked at oswd.org for inspiration and downloaded a couple templates. What a great learning tool!

    Things like css weren't around the last time I made a web page, and the templates were fantastic for picking apart the css and html files and figuring out how to do things "new school". Now despite my time and effort looking for the ultimate web design software I'm back to my all time favorite... Notepad.exe!! WYSIWYG is neat and all, but lacks the satisfaction of getting down and dirty with the code and seeing things actually work.

    I'm such a nerd... [​IMG]
     
  10. GlennELee

    GlennELee New Member

    There's a free version of Microsoft Frontpage Express that's no longer supported by Microsoft that you can download, Open Source KompoZer is available by the Mozilla Corporation and then there's other stuff you can get such as CoolPages Free by 3dIze, WebDwarf (shareware) and then there's also SeaMonkey Composer (a spinoff from the Mozilla Suite).

    Then you can also consider Microsoft Word (Or OpenOffice.org if you're not a Windows Junkie) but also there's StarOffice and Koffice as well that do exceptionally well.

    I would recommend weighing your options depending on what you know best. If you're not fully experienced with some, then CoolPages or WebDwarf may be for you rather than the others. Just see what fits you best and use your best judgement. There's tons of free software out there, just got to find what works best for you.

    I personally use Notepad++, but that's not WYSIWIG, but a developers notepad. There's also GEdit (linux only).
     
  11. magume

    magume New Member

    For creating my web sites i'm using Photoshop + Dreamweaver, but it will be too complicated for not experienced users to start with i think. So i would suggest you to start with making your blog on wordpress.com or find a free CRM program (for example Joomla) and integrate it with free template which you can find without any effort on the internet, typing in google something like "joomla free templates".
    Hopes it will help,
    Vicky
     
  12. GlennELee

    GlennELee New Member

    If interested in Joomla though, another CMS system may be of interest called Xoops. It's pretty spiffy, though it's still best to look through multiple systems.

    I will state that using a wordpress blog would be best, though be forewarned that Wordpress.com tends to suspend profiles that link to affiliate marketing referral links. So if desiring Wordpress, it's wise to install your own by either using fantastico de luxe script installer from a cPanel hosting package or downloading and installing it manually from wordpress.org.
     
  13. Ballistic

    Ballistic New Member

    If you're not very tech savvy I'd forget about installing your own wordpress. There are several EASY Website builders out there now with many features, hundreds of templates, and Free hosting to mess with all that.
     
  14. esolutions

    esolutions New Member

    Wordpress Wordpress Wordpress

    So many free plugins you can make it exactly how you want it.

    Google loves Wordpress to
     
  15. Mr Khan

    Mr Khan New Member

    Well in my mind, I think to design any template you need Photoshop CS3. That's what I use MY WEBSITE

    Otherwise you can take a look at WebPageMaker. It is so good for newbies & will help you in coding a lot. [​IMG]

    [Link removed - Admin]
     
  16. BlackleyBerk

    BlackleyBerk New Member

    If you are looking for website coding then PHOTOSHOP is fine.But that need PSD creation and importing also.But directly you can create a design in HT ML form using microsoft Dreamweaver.It have a design part which is very helpful in creating layouts
     
  17. ArvelAric

    ArvelAric New Member

    i like WYSIWYG Editor 9, personally
     
  18. BershAdel

    BershAdel New Member

    Dreamweaver is a brilliant WYSIWYG editor, but it costs. Steer well clear of "Web Easy 7" or any product of that description... Other than that the best way to go about it for free is to use Notepad++ and learn to code.
     
  19. OanaGad

    OanaGad New Member

    hi

    I use dreamweaver to design websites.
     
  20. MacyJacinta

    MacyJacinta New Member

    Fusion Essentials is a free web design software that offers many core features
     

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