There are a number of applications out there that allow you to design websites using WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors. We're going to look at the best web design software that falls into this category. We'll also look at the benefits of using such software to help you decide whether or not it's right for you.
The principle behind WYSIWYG editors is that whatever you see on the page is what you'll get when your website is published. Basically it gives you an interface where you can build your website exactly how you want it to look when people visit it online.
The most popular web design software packages are Dreamweaver, FrontPage and XSitePro. Adobe Dreamweaver is the professional choice due to its massive range of features and ability to create dynamic websites. The downside being it's difficult to pick up and use 'out of the box' and requires a lot of hours to learn just the basics, especially if you're new to web design. It's also expensive to buy.
Microsoft's FrontPage has a lot of features but often adds needless code to the pages it creates. This can increase page loading times, especially for those who still access the internet using a dial-up connection. It's not as user-friendly as Dreamweaver and pushes you in the direction of using Microsoft server technologies to build dynamic sites which will not suit everyone's needs. On the plus side, FrontPage costs less than Dreamweaver and is slightly easier to learn.
The third and final WYSIWYG web design software we're going to look at is XSitePro from Intellimon Ltd. This is a relatively new application that has been developed with the novice or internet marketer in mind.
Because the majority of features within Dreamweaver and FrontPage will not be used by most users, XSitePro has done away with them and left only the tools that novice-to-intermediate web designers need. It's resolved in an easy-to-use application that can be picked up and used by just about anyone.
The downside to XSitePro is that it's more difficult to create dynamic sites and has gone away with the look and feel of traditional WYSIWYG website software. So if you're used to working with Dreamweaver or FrontPage then you might find XSitePro hard to get used to.
When it comes to web design software, a WYSIWYG editor is really the only way to go. It makes production time far faster, but you need to start with the right software.
If you're a professional web designer and you want to create cutting-edge websites using the latest technologies then without a doubt you need to use Adobe Dreamweaver. It's amazingly powerful and automates a lot of the common tasks associated with web design.
If you're not after something quite as feature-packed as Dreamweaver and you're a fan of Microsoft technologies and you'd like to use them on the web, then FrontPage might be for you. Just do not go creating large pages as they could take an age to load!
If you're new to web design or you'd like to get something that does not have the learning time of Dreamweaver or FrontPage then XSitePro is for you. It's quick to learn, easy to use and can produce truly beautiful sites very quickly. And like Dreamweaver, it automates a lot of the common tasks associated with web design.
Picking the right WYSIWYG web design software is essential to make sure you find web design fun and interesting and not a chore. You should choose based on your skill level and exactly what you want to achieve. That will give you the results you want and will make building websites something you can enjoy for years to come.