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Cheap Platform to Develop a Web Site.

Simple cheap web design platform needed.
Aside from MS Word, what other cheap desktop apps are available to create a simple web site?
Wordpress requires a monthly payment. I want to buy my development platform, not rent it by the month.
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You said, "Wordpress requires a monthly payment. Can't afford that."

WordPress is free.

Hosting normally requires a monthly payment. You'll require hosting, independent of how your code your content... well... if you'd like your content to be accessible via a public IP.

Check out KimSufi. They start at $5/month for dedicated servers. You will have to handle your own admin if you go this way.
you can use wordpress.com to create a FREE site.

however say you choose MySite as a domain name, then it will appear as www.MySite.wordpress.com or something similar.

there are limitations of what you can do with the site (can't add plugins, etc.)
As Paul suggested, you can use WordPress.com for a free site + best you read the WordPress.com TOS carefully... because...

If you use WordPress.com (rather than WordPress.org) you're monetization options will be severely limited.
Paul brought up a great point, which you'll only hit when you attempt exiting WordPress.com sometime in the future.

With WordPress.com you can't install any normal backup plugins... in fact most useful plugins are blocked...

This is complex, because to migrate out of WordPress.com (or FlyWheel or any other service built on WordPress.com) you hit the same problem... The only way out, is to export all your page/post content as XML + reimport your content into a WordPress.org instance you've setup some where.

This essentially means the look + feel of your site must be retooled from scratch, as WordPress.com blocks exporting your entire site.

I've had many a project come my way which required hours of time/money, just to get back to a sensible starting point for a site living on WordPress.com which has moved to a new home.
you may  get a blogger site and redirect your domain to blogger
As others have suggested, you are likely confusing "web design platform" with web hosting.  What sort of budget do you have for hosting?  Many providers offer hosting for $50-100/year and support WordPress.  The only other expense you'd have is the domain name registration, which could be as little as $5/year.
Define simple.  Notepad++ is very easy to use and it is free. https://notepad-plus-plus.org/  However, it is strictly for writing code, you still need to use your browser to to preview what you coded.  If you are looking for the reverse, where you can design something and have code written, take a look at https://pinegrow.com it is relatively inexpensive. If you want to put in some sweat equity you can build out a local site using https://grapesjs.com. The Demo looks pretty cool https://grapesjs.com/demo.html.
I've with Scott. Simple is best.

I either use...

1) WordPress for CMS sites.

2) vi with asciidoctor for static sites.
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Hi Everyone:
I need a web development platform that I pay for ONCE. I don't want to pay a monthly fee for a development platform.

I am NOT discussing hosting at all in this thread.  Disregard anyone's responses that contain the word "hosting" or "domain"
I just want to design a simple, clean site.I am not an HTML guru.  I'm just a guy who wants a quick, clean way to set up a site.
I know how to FTP the files to the hosting server, etc.  So that's not an issue.  

Many years ago, there was a product called Front Page.  Surely something is better than this in today's environment but along the same price point.
Wordpress requires a monthly payment. I want to buy my development platform, not rent it by the month.

if fact, thee is a monthly/yearly hosting fee for WordPress. But you can get free templates to design your own site.

here is an example from Dreamhost: https://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/shared/
Shared Hosting That Powers Your Purpose
  • Look like a Pro — Fast, Secure, & Always Up
  • 1-Click Instant WordPress Install
  • Zero Risk, 97 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Starting at $2.59/mo
as you can see, the monthly charge is for HOSTING the WordPress site

you can possible find less expensive hosting, but i would avoid GoDaddy since i have heard of many support problems with them

10 Best Cheap WordPress Hosting of 2019: Compared & Reviewed: https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/best-cheap-wordpress-hosting/
Setup is easy. Use a local editor + create a static HTML page.

Making this page available to anyone else, in a public sense, requires hosting.

So...

Setup == always free.

Hosting == always paid... in some way...
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