Re: best software for web site development (long)

Subject: Re: best software for web site development (long)
From: "Angie F." <angief1975 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 10:46:07 -0500

: Chris L says:
: My boss wants to create a web site up and has asked me which software
would work best. I don't
: know anything about this end of the technology. I suppose FrontPage or
HTML are the top two
: choices, correct? I would certainly welcome feedback from those of you "in
the know". Thx, Chris

Well, FrontPage is a OK, and HTML is a pretty good one. Basically, the tools
needed will be dependent upon the needs of your employer's Web site. If you
are simply creating a site with information and existing graphics, you can
use FrontPage and/or HTML. If the site needs a little interactivity, new
graphics, or eCommerce, then you may want to use tools like JavaScript, CGI
Scripts, Dreamweaver, Flash, PhotoShop, etc...

Here are my suggestions:

1. Find out exactly what your employer needs or wants on the Web site. This
should tell you (or help you find out) how many pages may be involved, what
types of graphics will be needed, what tools may be needed, etc...

2. Now, this step can be skipped, but I suggest that you review other
related company Web sites' structure, content, and overall 'look and feel.'
Hopefully, this will help you learn by example.

3. Go to the following Web sites to learn more about all aspects of Web
development (from HTML to eCommerce programming to tutorials for using
specific software applications:


Web Developer's Journal

JavaScript Tutorials

Article on effective Web content management

4. After creating this Web site, you'll probably be responsible for
maintaining. You should invest in a membership with the HTML Writers Guild
( as soon as possible. Once you join, you'll automatically
become a member of the International Webmasters Association because they
merge a little while back. Anyway, the reason I suggest that you join is
that they offer inexpensive six-week online courses on several topics like
Using FrontPage, Creating Web Graphics with PaintShop Pro, Accessible Web
Design, Introduction to Web Design, Using Dreamweaver, Introduction to
Cascading Style Sheets, etc.. The classes are usually under $70, but more
popular tools/classes like Flash, eCommerce tools, etc are more expenisve,
but are much cheaper than going to a commercial training site. I'm sure you
could convince your employer to spend the money for your membership and

Well, I hope that helps a little. If you need more info, e-mail me.

Technical Writer (Software)
angief1975 -at- hotmail -dot- com

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