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What is a good way to make _functional_ web pages?

Posted on 2007-11-16
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Hi everyone,

Kind of an opinion question  here...

I need to crank out a few new websites. I've done a few others in my life based on the paradigm of hand-coding php+mysql to generate html/css.  

But this is simply too slow, especially to get something that looks nice.

So what I want is some software for building web-pages. But it needs to allow for good/easy integration with some sort of server-side processing like PHP.  I'm open to any other suggestions too. The server is my own, so I can install whatever on it. It should allow for rapid development of a new site that looks good and is able to process forms, include headers, send emails, etc. I don't want to make any graphics, so the software should come with a bunch of "sweet looking" templates for buttons, etc.

Now, I don't know _anything_ about software for building websites. That's why I'm asking you experts.

What is the solution I should pursue?  

Thanks!

Kevin
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by:nizsmo
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personally, i would recommend using a combination of dreamweaver for getting the 'pretty' layout created and right, but at the same time use zend (or any coding programs) to code out the source code.

If you are purely looking at a layout program to create a beautiful website, there are 2 things i can suggest:
1. Use the http://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com/ (wysiwyg editor) which makes it quite easy to create a beautiful looking website.
2. If you have some graphic design experience, you can do a template in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator (popular) and slice the graphics and the layouts the way you want it to look, and export as an html site.

Hope the above is helpful.
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by:shuboarder
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Hi highqllc,

I agree with nizsmo, you want a WYSIWYG editor.

such an editor will allow you to create the GUI for your webpages without have to sit staring at a page of code all day.

I have always been a big fan of Dreamweaver:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macromedia_Dreamweaver

It's not the cheapest, but it does a very good job and makes light work of integrating flash, php etc.

There are many WYSIWYG editors out there that are free and if you are looking for a low cost solution try going through some of the software here:

http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?tag=fil&qt=WYSIWYG+html&sort=&operatingSystems=&licenseType=49&fileSize=&ca=

Hope this helps!
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thanks everyone... I am looking at all these options... I'm going with e107 for now and will looking into some of the other tools mentioned for creating graphical content/templates.
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Goodluck! Please don't forget to close the question if you require no further assistance :)
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