Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by airbrat, Oct 15, 2004.
Any recommendations for a newbie w/ his first domain?
notepad or Visual SlickEdit
don't use any crappy WYSIWYG editors.
i agree, hence buying the books
I use VI, I actually found it easier to just manually type in my html tags than to learn the software to do it for me. Maybe if my page was a bit more complex than a couple pics and some text...
Dreamweaver seems to write decent code for you in WYSIWYG mode.
If you really want a WYSIWYG editor, Dreamweaver is the best. However, like everyone else said, it's better to learn to actually code.
another bonus with dreamweaver, if you are writing the code, it will display it as you go.
Yep. BTW, using a WYSIWYG editor is a good way to start learning HTML. Do something in dreamweaver, then play with the code by and and figure out how it works. Just don't learn from Frontpage-generated code, that's absolute shit.
The best way to go is to start coding by hand. That way, you will have a grasp of how HTML works. Once you are comfortable with it, then go with a WYSIWYG editor. Dreamweaver rules. Forget Frontpage. The thing I love about Dreamweaver is that it speeds up the tedious coding. Like, if you need a table, rather than hand-coding all the table and tr and td tags, you can let Dreamweaver generate it. Frontpage has a tendency to make simple code way more difficult than it has to be. Also, I don't use any of the pre-fab scripts that Dreamweaver can generate. Those are usually bloated beyond belief.
I started hand-coding HTML in Notepad. I eventually moved on to Allaire Homesite because of the color coding of various tags. I thought that was a great help, but it was still not a WYSIWYG editor.
When my supervisor at the time insisted I start using Dreamweaver (this is like four or five years ago), I was really hesitant. In fact, I resisted for as long as possible. Dreamweaver has since grown on me, and I think it's the best editor out there. And, even though it has the convenience of being a WYSIWYG editor, you can still hand code everything if you prefer, which I usually end up doing more of in Dreamweaver.
But, do yourself a favor and learn to hand code HTML. It's been my experience that those who start depending too much on the WYSIWYG editors are the ones who run into trouble down the line.
EDIT: Almost forgot. Do yourself another favor and learn to code HTML according to W3C standards, ie. XHTML, CSS2, etc. A lot of web designers, myself included, got used to a certain way of design web pages that did not follow the standards. That was fine at the time, but now, it's good practice to design to standards. http://www.w3c.org/
FrontPage is fucking terrible.
I made a pretty cool page for my band in notepad in probably 3 hours combined
I think it does the job, looks nice, and I learned a lot doin it
I also integrated some LiveJournal into it so me and my friends can post crap on there whenever we want
and then just put it all on notepad