Website Design Software

Discussion in 'Web Design and Hosting' started by juno44444, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. juno44444

    juno44444 New Member

    I recently was searching for a good website design software. I found "Coffee Cup" and I am super-impressed. It is less than $50 but there's also a functional free version (without WYSIWYG) and a month-long free trial.

    Has anyone else had good/bad experiences with website builders, particularly for those of us who can't yet afford Dreamweaver but aren't code experts?
  2. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    I was thinking about using a website design software when I started my first site. I have the option of using SBI's blockbuilder or uploading my own html.

    I have Frontpage and I tried Coffee Cup's free version, but I'm embarrassed to say that they are both over my head. I need really easy to follow step by step guides, particularly in video format - ha ha.

    I bet if I could look over someone's shoulder for a week or so, I'd have it down pat. Such is life.

    Anyway, I decided to stick with the SBI blockbuilder. I've learned a little bit of code to make the blockbuilder a bit smoother and easier to work with for me, but it is too easy to just keep using what works.

    Perhaps I'll meet someone locally who is already an old pro at web design and can give me a live tutorial. [​IMG] Until then, I guess I'll keep my training wheels on. [​IMG]
  3. juno44444

    juno44444 New Member

    I used to use Ewisoft till I learned enough to use Coffee Cup. Ewisoft works for a total beginner but has definite limitations.
  4. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    I now use a text editor, it takes some time but code is much cleaner
  5. mywirebiz

    mywirebiz New Member

    Do we have anything that is free web design software for me start with? At least to have a feel of how to design web page before going for paid and more advance software.

    Many Thanks.
  6. Les

    Les New Member

    There is a great free WYSIWYG website builder called NVU. It's better than FrontPage or Dreamweaver because it's totally free.

    Put nvu into Google or see my signature to get it.

  7. freebird658

    freebird658 Member

    I use NVU to design and build all our websites..I think it is very user friendly. And yes its FREE. Theres some great tutorials out on NVU too
    If you can't find them I have them somewhere on my computer..just shoot me a pm if you want a copy. And if you can't afford photoshop theres a great free image and graphics editor call Gimp and it does the same things as you can do in photoshop.
  8. stacy

    stacy New Member

    I purchased one for around $50 called WebEasyPro. It's pretty simple and can do a lot. I've never used the others, so I cannot compare but I know that I was completely new to building websites and now I love it. The publishing process is a little tedious with this software, but that may be true with all of them, I don't know. I used it to build my HiddenCreekCavaliers website for my puppies.
  9. DG1970

    DG1970 New Member

    Hi All,

    This is my first post, so I hope it will be useful to you.

    NVU was great in it's time, but is no longer being developed. Anyone searching would be better looking for "Kompozer", which is a bug fix version of NVU being maintained by an enthusiast. Kompozer is also open source, so you do not have to pay for it.

    I now almost exclusively use a piece of software called XsitePro, which is really easy to use and builds decent looking sites really quickly. Xsitepro is not free, but is at least half what you would expect to pay for dreamweaver.

    The link in my signature points to my own resource site (built using XsitePro) and contains some useful reviews and videos to help users
  10. dmitch31

    dmitch31 New Member

    Check out It's totally free, easy to use, has lots of templates, and allows you to design really good looking websites fast. After you're finished, it allows you to download your site as a zip file for uploading to your webhost. Or, you can host your site for free at weebly as well. Definitely worth giving a look at if you are looking for something free.
  11. zeropoint

    zeropoint New Member

    I like newsletter ,good info for a newbie like myself.
  12. dmitch31

    dmitch31 New Member

    DG1970: . Xsitepro is not free, but is at least half what you would expect to pay for dreamweaver.
    DG, how much is XSitePro? I don't even know what DreamWeaver costs, so I can't begin to do the math. Would you say it is worth the price for the average user?

    This Komposer software sounds interesting to me. I think I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip.
  13. Richdan

    Richdan New Member

    I tried Dreamweaver and Frontpage and NVU. Then I found Website X5 Evolution from Incomedia. They offer a free trial. It's really easy for someone whos never built a site before.

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  14. NTxNerd

    NTxNerd New Member

    I am a huge fan of Dreamweaver. I have been using it for years and have seen it progress dramatically. As far as cost, I understand that the program is not practical for everyone. I have heard a lot of good things about Kompozer (which used to be Nvu).

    I think your choice of editor/program all depends on your experience level and what you are looking to do.
  15. jayatd

    jayatd New Member

    i use very good for service and good quality design.
  16. onlinebusiness

    onlinebusiness New Member

    notepad [​IMG]
  17. zeropoint

    zeropoint New Member

    I agree, Notepad but with tutorial.
  18. salsten

    salsten New Member

    Go try a place called free websites. no coding required
  19. johntanyishin

    johntanyishin New Member

    I'll recommend NVU for starters, it's easy to use and it's free.

  20. Seth

    Seth New Member

    For me the best is ADOBE DREAMWEAVER

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