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Amy Wiles
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Can anyone recommend some good, easy to learn, cheap web design software? I've tried iWeb, and it has issues with how it assigns URLs to internal links that make it unusable for my purpose. I've also tried DreamWeaver, and the learning curve is way too steep for the amount of time that I have to put into this.

I need something that is relatively straightforward and that will easily allow me to update the site. This is not something I would use all of the time. I'll be designing a site, then maybe once a month, add a few updates. Once a year, there will be many updates.

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What kind of a site? If it's bloggy, Wordpress is a good online option.
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It's not. It's a site that will have information about a program, contact information for people, some pictures, a calendar (I was going to embed a Google Calendar that we already have), some downloadable forms, very few external links.

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I bought a book (US$30) called 1 Hour Website (publisher: Wiley) three or four years ago; you can them (used, I assume) from Amazon for $0.65 now, apparently.



It came with a CD full of templates, and step-by-step instructions how to copy and then customize them for a myriad of uses.

It worked pretty darned well for me, and I'm no html whiz, I can assure you.
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Wordpress still may work, and the basic service is free. A buddy of mine who does website design and graphics for a living loves it.

It's not difficult and has a WYSIWYG editor. The link embedding is really easy, too. I use it all the time for work and other stuff.
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I've already got a certain server and domain name that it must be stored/viewed on. Can Wordpress be used to design a site, then save it elsewhere? I'm guessing no... but maybe?

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Totally agree on Wordpress.

There are templates available (cheap or free), that allow you to make it look not at all blog-like.

My wife designed this site for a group she plays with: http://sacabuche.com/ with a $30 template.

And she's not at all a technical person.
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amwiles wrote:

I've already got a certain server and domain name that it must be stored/viewed on. Can Wordpress be used to design a site, then save it elsewhere? I'm guessing no... but maybe?



Yes. You can either host through wordpress or on your own host.

www.2d6.org is all hosted through a third party and uses Wordpress.

http://atlantabaroque.org/ is also Wordpress based.

I'd recommend using the free wordpress hosting to see if it does what you'd like and then port it to your own host.
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amwiles wrote:

I've already got a certain server and domain name that it must be stored/viewed on. Can Wordpress be used to design a site, then save it elsewhere? I'm guessing no... but maybe?



I don't think Wordpress can do that. It needs to be connected to a specific backend database. edit: yes, you can host it yourself, but needs the backend support.

If you need something pretty simple I'm happy to create something for you. From what you posted it doesn't sound too complicated or time consuming. Let me know.

edit2: I fully agree, though, that if wordpress is an option for you, use it. It makes updates and such very easy.
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I'd respond, but we have been discussing on fb.
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CrankyPants wrote:
amwiles wrote:

I've already got a certain server and domain name that it must be stored/viewed on. Can Wordpress be used to design a site, then save it elsewhere? I'm guessing no... but maybe?



Yes. You can either host through wordpress or on your own host.

www.2d6.org is all hosted through a third party and uses Wordpress.

http://atlantabaroque.org/ is also Wordpress based.

I'd recommend using the free wordpress hosting to see if it does what you'd like and then port it to your own host.


My webcomic is hosted somewhere (i really don't know where, my buddy set it up), but it runs on Wordpress. The company I write for as a contractor has it as their backend, too.
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I'd respond, but we have been discussing on fb.


Oh, all the cool kids... I'll just go over with the other kids that pick their noses and eat my lunch.

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