View Full Version : Brand new to web building

11-25-2002, 01:37 PM
Okay web experts! I would like your opinions on which application a rank newbie would use to build a website. The constraints are:
- I don't know HTML
- I despise Frontpage (lack of customizing)
- I have no experience with building websites

I originally tried Frontpage but, after building the website in navigation view, I was unable to resize the navigation buttons to a desired size. Frontpage may be able to do it but it is counterintuitive. Is there any GUI out there that is intuitive and flexible? I looked at Dreamweaver but am balking at the $400 cost.

11-25-2002, 01:53 PM
The first thing I would suggest is to learn how to write html from scratch using nothing more than notepad. There are many tutorials out there, including:
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tut/ (the one I started with).
and many users of this forum also have sites dedicated to helping you.

I am biased in my view that I love Dreamweaver so think that once you have learnt the basics of html you should download a trial version of DW and try your hand at that. If you like it, and are serious about building webpages, you may consider buying it.

Good luck with learning. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.


11-25-2002, 04:45 PM
You are definitely going to need to learn html (if you don't know spanish you aren't going to be able to speak to a spanish person). HTML is very easy to learn, and I agree that you should learn it using nothing more than notepad. I personally dislike Frontpage and Dreamweaver. I use Macromedia Homesite 5 which allows me to type raw code (with a few shortcuts). Depending on what your intentions are with web design, maybe Dreamweaver is right for you. Its all a matter of personal preferance. You can go to www.macromedia.com and download a 30 trial of either Dreamweaver or Homesite to determine which is right for you.

11-25-2002, 06:35 PM
stay with notepad :)

this is the order i went, im still learning obviously:

its so intresting to me, i hope you love it as much as the other web junkies do.
i know i do :thumbsup:

11-26-2002, 04:03 AM
I agree, notepad is the way to go...I learned from a website myself goodies (http://www.htmlgoodies.com) . He has a great bunch of tutorials.

11-26-2002, 12:12 PM
Totaly agree with Murphyz lol...I love my DW MX actually the whole studio MX..

As the rest have said you should learn Html and probably different to the way I did..

I used front page express...one ay some guy told me to learn html for myself because I couldn't be a professional using frontpage.

SO I put every element possible on a page whent to view source and just memorized and played around with combinations, I ripped apart every page I came across with something I didn't know how to do until I found out that there were tutorials for this kind of thing..lol:eek:

I have to recommend www.w3schools.com

11-27-2002, 06:02 PM
Thanks for all the responses. I will start learning HTML over the Thanksgiving break. 1st Page 2000 sounds like a good editor to use as well. Is this a well thought out program? It sounds decent but what are everyone's thoughts on it?