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Free Website Design Software
Free Website Design Software
Getting a website designed and up and running on the Internet is fairly easy, even for one who is not a professional website designer. You don't have to be a web professional to put your own site together. You can avoid the high cost of hiring a web design company or a website designer by opting to build it yourself.
The beginner web designer has many options available to choose from when deciding how to go about creating web pages or building a website. High quality but expensive web design software, like (and a few others), enables one to create visually appealing designs with just a little practice but they may be too expensive for the beginner web designer. Adobe Dreamweaver
The good news is you don't have to spend a lot of money for a website builder to get your web pages online. Free website design software makes the job quick and easy and there is plenty of free software to choose from when one begins to create a site. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to achieve professional looking results using free web design software. Let's take a look at some free programs that can get your web site designed and live on the web.
Free Web Design Text Editors
One type of free web design software is the common, garden variety text editor that comes with every computer. Many web design beginners probably don't know that a text editor can be used as an easy website builder but it is true. Your computer's built-in text editing program is one form of free web designing software that can be used to create the HTML code of a web page. (HTML is Hyper Text Mark-up Language, the formatting code for web pages.)
you are willing to do a little reading on (and a little experimenting
with) HTML, you can design a website in a simple text editor
like Windows Notepad. There are several sites online that will give
you all the basic HTML coding knowledge you need to format your web
pages with a simple text editor. There are links to a few of these sites below.
A great, free text editor that you can use to design your website's pages is Notepad++. This great little text editor has some very nice coding features that Windows Notepad doesn't have and which make this program a useful web design tool. Notepad++ was designed with the programmer in mind so it has a lot of helpful features that make it an excellent HTML web editor for creating websites. Full featured yet simple to use...and free. You can download the free Notepad++ here.
Web Design Code Sample
HTML Web Design Tutorials
HTML coding is not difficult to learn. You don't have to be a programmer to learn HTML web design. If you can use a simple text editor, you can easily learn how to design web pages in HTML code using your favorite text editor. It is a good idea to learn how to code your first web page in a text editor using HTML because later, when you start visually designing web sites with a WYSIWYG visual web editor, knowing HTML will make it much easier to find and correct errors on web pages by viewing the HTML source code the web page is built on.
Here are some links to web pages where you can learn HTML code so you can design your website in a text editor:
you decide to use a text editor to design web pages, you will need an
FTP (file transfer protocol) program to upload your
finished web pages to your web hosting folders for display on the web. Learning how to publish your website pages by using an FTP program is very easy. If you know know how to click and drag icons on your computer, you can master the FTP upload of your web site files.
WYSIWYG Web Editing Software and Free Web Templates
For those who prefer a visual web design option, a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML design software can help. WYSIWYG design programs allow you to create a web page without necessarily having to learn HTML. It is possible to create a webpage or website visually using free WYSIWYG HTML editing software, either from scratch or by modifying a web template. There are thousands of website templates you can download from the web. Here are some sites to find free web templates you can modify with an HTML editor:
Free Web Design Software
There are many free web design programs to choose from but we will limit our options in this article to just a handful of simple, free website editors. Any one of these HTML editing programs will allow one to easily create a website and publish the web site to the web.
SeaMonkey is a cross-platform (operates on multiple computer operating systems such as Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix) WYSIWYG web editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux available from Mozilla. It is actually a suite of programs including a web browser, email program, newsgroup reader, FTP program, chat program, and a WYSIWYG web designer program.
Arachnophilia is a cross-platform WYSIWYG HTML editor that many website builders use to create websites and upload them via the built in FTP function. Arachnophilia can be downloaded here:
Another Windows web editor is Trellian Webpage. This is a WYSIWYG web builder that features a drag and drop interface, color HTML highlighting for easier coding and editing, and claims support for thousands of Adobe Photoshop plugins. You can get Trellian Webpage here: http://www.trellian.com/webpage/download.htm
My favorite free, WYSIWYG web design software is Kompozer. This HTML design editor is derived from it's predecessor, Nvu. Kompozer is based on Mozilla, as is SeaMonkey, but it is not a full suite. It is, however, an excellent free web design program with both HTML and visual editing views, built in FTP function, CSS editor, and tabbed editing so you can work on multiple web pages simultaneously.
Kompozer also has good community support via a forum and via numerous videos online. You also get the benefit of learning how to use Kompozer via existing Nvu tutorials as many of the basic functions of both programs are the same. Using Kompozer with free web templates is a powerful, easy way to get your website designed and uploaded in a short amount of time. You could even hone your newfound web design skills with Kompozer and web templates to the point of becoming a professional web designer or web developer. But if you just want to learn how to design web pages, or create a website, Kompozer is a great web design resource, and it is completely free. That's a hard combination to beat, in my mind! You can download Kompozer here: http://kompozer.net/
Kompozer Web Design Software Resources
Here are some Kompozer resources links to help you get up to speed:
A great book to learn HTML web design
Learn Web Design from Books
Other HTML and Web Design Books
Free Web Design Software Can Help You Make Money Online
I hope this information helps you as you learn how to create a web site. Learning web design is fun, a lot easier than many think, and it not only lets you create your space on the Internet, but may also lead to a new way to make money online by creating your own profitable web sites, or by designing web sites for others. Free web designing software makes it easy to do. Go for it!