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Hi,

Can anyone tell me some good web design software, pretty much WYSIWYG, i don't know how to code so want something that gives a good end result.

Something professional for the non professional :-)
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Just to comment on hanccocka's good suggestions...

There are a lot of other programs out there, but you did say "something professional"

Adobe Dreamweaver is one of the best (and certainly most popular) programs for giving you WYSIWYG output without writing code. And when you do venture into writing code, it offers very good help and guidance. It requires you, however, to provide all of your own artwork. That might not be a problem for you, because you can create a website with either no artwork--depending simply on CSS styling, or you can find a great deal of free or near free artwork on the web.

Adobe Fireworks is an excellent hybrid program. It is a very powerful art creation program (although not as powerful as Photoshop or Illustrator) combined with a very good "web code" creation program (but not as good or as powerful as Dreamweaver)

Flash is an excellent overall program that lets you create the art as well as connect it all together of make complete websites. The biggest downside in my opinion is that my Steve Jobs seems to have a personal vendetta against Flash and won't support it on the iphone or ipad. He has also stopped putting it on the other Mac products as well.

Flash also has a reputation (not entirely deserved) for creating web sites that are unfriendly to search engines. Fore these reasons, many clients don't want web sites built with flash.

I have one very strong suggestion to make. Just like it is a good idea to lean a little about sex before you decide to make a baby, you would do yourself and any potential customers a great service to lean to write some simple HTML and CSS before you invest in a program.

All of these programs have a steep learning curve, and start with the assumption that you have a basic understanding of how web sites are constructed.

The basic principals are not hard and shouldn't take you more than a couple of weeks, but the two weeks you spend on the front end will save you countless hours of frustration down the line.
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Thanks Guys i will learn DW5
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