I've been looking at this and it seems very good. I'm going to try the free
older version, but I'm slightly concerned that the site lists Internet
Explorer as a system requirement: I have IE but never use it, preferring
Firefox. Well, I'll see what happens.
Quite, a development version hosted remotely is an especially good idea
for collaborative exercises. But if only local access is required,
hosting it locally can be a lot more convenient. I use quite a lot of
development tools on my local system that wouldn't be tolerated on the
run-of-the-mill hosting services I use.
In part it's probably been driven by changing ways of accessing email.
e.g not long ago we had a couple of computers in the house, and would
normally read email on those. Collecting via pop3 and storing it
Nowadays, as well as more computers, we have smartphones and are
accessing email via different devices, all over the place (Nowadays I
normally read emails on my phone, and often write there as well, unless
it;s longer and more complicated, or happen to be at the computer.
So I use IMAP for accessing my mail, - and that requires emails to be
stored on the remote server. I do still run a client locally, to
download and store emails in a local archive. But in reality I rarely
accessing it using that. I find on the computer, I'll tend to use the
web client instead.
And of course, lots of people use email services such as Gmail, Hotmail
(as was) etc. andon't ever download locally anyway.
Bit late in the day in replying, but the best website designer
software for me is by far and away NetObjects Fusion. I got a version
for free on a cover-mounted DVD several years ago and have upgraded it
ever since. It is a doddle to use for novices, yet you can produce
sophisticated websites in a flash. Totally point and click, and pretty
intuitive in the way it does things.
I haven't updated it for quite some time now, as the version I've
currently got installed is more than enough for my purposes.
Go here for more details: http://netobjects.com/
There is even a free starter version for downloading:
OK, I only looked at a trial version of Dreamweaver, but considered
that most of its features I didn't want and couldn't afford. I'm glad
to hear it doesn't touch embedded hand coded stuff, but if you can
hand code, why use Dreamweaver?
You can use it as a basic context sensitive HTML editor, and its also
good with CSS styles - giving decent property based editors etc. So if
you have a layout or design in mind, its a quick way of defining all the
layout elements of your pages. And reams and reams of nested DIVs with
attached styles ain't much fun to code by hand IMHO.
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