View Full Version : Can I use only html or xhtml & photoshop

ms eagle
10-30-2002, 12:37 AM
I use Homesite 5 using html or xhtml and photoshop. Is this enough to build effective websites. To please the majority of perpective clients. Or do I really need to learn another language. Also Have not starting using styles sheets yet. Is html or xhtml on the way out or will it be here for a while. Thanks for any imput.

10-30-2002, 04:19 AM
Regardless of anything else you will need to know html. I would recommend learning CSS, some javascript, and a server side language such as php or asp. Most people on this forum seem to use php but I learned asp and it does what I need it to. There will never be a time that you will know everything that you wil need to. There will always be newer and better things coming out and you really need to keep on top of these new technologies.

ms eagle
10-30-2002, 04:52 AM
Well thanks WebMark Art

that sure takes a load off my mind, I assume that homesite is pretty good as an editor. I have no idea what php or asp is or what they actually do for website. But I guess its time to start learning. again thanks for your reply

10-30-2002, 05:04 AM
I actually use Homesite 5 and I have no intentions of using any other editor. ASP and PHP are called server side languages because it is processed on the server hosting the code rather than the client's computer. Html is client side and thus each user's browser interprets the code.... it sound more complicated than it actually is. Basically server side languages process various amouns of information before sending the "content" to the user while client side lauguages send the code all at once and leave it up to the persons browser to sort it out.

Server side languages (SSL) allow for much more dynamic content such as data retrieved from databases. A search feature for example gets the variable (the word(s)) that the user is searching by and sorts out the appropriate content to return to the client. Another valuable use of SSL is the use on include files. Basically an include can be any block of text or code. Rather than having the navigation on every page of your site you can just program the page to use the include file. If you need to change a link on the nav all you have to do is change the one include file and the change is made universally to all pages that call the include.

I know a decent amount about CSS but I am still learning more and more about the possibilities it offers. Similarly to include files all of your formatting (fonts, alignment, color, border, ect.) can be done with one CSS file. If this one file is altered the changes are site wide thus eliminating a lot of time when updating.

I could go on and on but this is already quite a bit of text to digest...

10-30-2002, 05:11 AM
here are some links to get you started...




ms eagle
10-30-2002, 05:14 AM
WebMark Art

Your a pal, thanks for the info Remember it is people like you that makes the web go.!

10-30-2002, 05:15 AM
if you have any other questions this forum is a great place to help you out... dont hesitate to ask!

10-30-2002, 06:01 AM

And don't confuse SSL(Server Side Language) with SSL(Secure Socket Layer). The abbrevation SSL will normally refer to secure socket layer (gives ability to have a secure https connection)

10-30-2002, 06:03 AM
yeah sorry, I just got lazy and didnt want to keep typing "server side language". I realized that it was the same abreviation after the fact but didnt think it was a big deal. I should have gone back to clarify... thanks spookster

ms eagle
10-30-2002, 02:35 PM
Hey WebMark Art

What do you think the about the future of homesite are they going to do away with this software and make people use dreamweaver.

10-30-2002, 04:30 PM
I'd love to be able to answer that but who knows. I personally don't like Dreamweaver so I'm hoping they continue Homesite updates. I would think that if Macromedia wanted to disolve Homesite they would have bought it out from Allaire and been done, but they released version 5 as "Macromedia Homesite 5". If they wanted to disolve it they probably wouldn't have released the new version at all.

Dreamweaver and Homesite are such different creatures it would be a pain in the *** to have to relearn another editor.