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    Web Design Program

    I have worked with Frontpage and it is okay, just wondering if this is the way to go for a new site I need to build or if there is something else out there better. I want simple, yet professional - need to be able to have virtual tours on it (real estate). Is it best to go through something like tiptopwebsite.com or build my own again through a software program? Any input is very appreciated!!! <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Web Design Program

    Your question is very open-ended.

    Do you feel comfortable working with the code-level details of a HTML, JavaScript, and even server-side scripting? Or would you rather work from a strictly WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) environment? Does your site need any dynamic scripting or database interaction (real estate sites often do)?

    The Virtual Tours are often developed with virtual-reality tools such as QuickTime or sometimes with Flash. Of course, they can also be created with plain HTML (i.e. "click here to advance to the next image").

    Just some thoughts...

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    Re: Web Design Program

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    I am more comfortable with WYSISYG but can do some basic HTML and can look up code and place it as needed. I have used Flash a little. I upload via ftp. I would like it to be able to link to the listing site. As you can see I am a "basic" web person - see http://www.svbest.com I did this with frontpage.
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    Re: Web Design Program

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 08-Mar-06 12:54. )</P>If your goal is a subtle, "clean" look, then the tiptop templates might not your best choice. Instead, you might use FrontPage or another WYSIWYG editor (like "New View" - http://www.nvu.com/) to sketch out the basic design and navigation. Then if you need to create or buy background or accent images, there are lots of possibilities.

    Added: The svbest.com site contains a lot of FP "stuff" that you could carefully remove for cleaner and easier-to-tweak code. This would be helpful if, for example, you wanted users to be able to print without showing the navigation bar. In a page designed by hand, you probably would have something like this:

    <div id="leftnav">
    ...
    </div>

    and in your style sheet you could hide that from printing. With all that theme stuff in there, I wouldn't know where to begin...

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    Re: Web Design Program

    If you are a masochist:

    1) Notepad
    2) IE and Opera and Firefox
    3) A link to W3C Schools

    All <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    At the end of my courses a lot of my students say that they are really pleased they were taught the traditional way...."got to know the rules to break the rules"

    After that look at the suggestions from Woody's and choose what you like
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    Re: Web Design Program

    Thanks to everyone. I will check out your recommendations and might just end up sticking with Frontpage for now - have heard that Dreamweaver is good too.
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    Re: Web Design Program

    Dreamweaver is definitely the best-in-breed for web design. I've used it for several versions, although I don't have the latest (version 8, I think).

    I should have prefaced my earlier comments with the fact that I'm more of an application developer than a designer. I tend to look at web questions more from a scripting, automating, and programming perspective than with design in mind.

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    Re: Web Design Program

    OK

    Dreamweaver is the preferred piece of software and used by approx. 90% of professionals. I use it and am now on version MX 2004 but I am sure it has been upgraded since then. I have heard a series of people having a go at it for doing the wrong stuff, but that is why you should expect an application to do all the work for you. I love it recent years since it went over to tabbed view where you can have multiple html pages in design view as well as your CSS files etc.

    If you have the money then go for it, I tend to have mine bought by work as I still do some work with it.

    There have been some great links in <!post=HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer,530740>HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer<!/post> started by <!profile=Tricky>Tricky<!/profile> a while back and everyone had a different view of what was good and that they were <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>, which is what I love about the Lounge.

    So pay your money and you will get a good piece of kit, otherwise take a chance with some of the freeware ( but be warned some of it is out of date)
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