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Topic # 24284 20-Jul-2008 09:35
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Hi,
I've set up a simple webserver at home and now want to construct some webpages to go there.  Purpose is to write a diary, some photos, that sort of thing.

So, I thought to look on Sourceforge thinking that there would be something suitable and was quite attracted to TinyMCE.  But, it doesn't work for me.  I thought I had a simple expectation that it would be easy to find a WYSIWYG editor that I could save the output onto the webserver.  But, the results of my searches are for Content Management Systems for hosting on fully fledged hosted servers, or for use by developers.  I could go into more detail of my frustration at these, but I'll leave the flames for another occasion.

Anyway, can anyone suggest a freeware program that does what I need?  Basic HTML editing that can be saved on a server.  And before anyone has the nerve to suggest, I have tried MSword before and am horrified by the HTML garbage it produces.

thanks,
ff

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  Reply # 149586 20-Jul-2008 09:40
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Hey farfields

Notepad is my favourite HTML editor. Also take a look at www.w3schools.com.

At least then you know exactly what your code is doing.

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  Reply # 149588 20-Jul-2008 09:52
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farfields: ... was quite attracted to TinyMCE.

That's an embedded HTML editor (as in it works within webpages). The same as what the Geekzone text editor has.

Anyway, I've used Nvu - a free WYSIWYG editor, but because of the fact that there are problems with the plain fact that multiple browsers can render things differently, I still have reverted back to coding HTML by hand.

Nvu is no longer supported, but you could use Kompozer.

My latest editor set I'm using is Aptana Studio Community Edition. Completely free, but it's not WYSIWYG. You enter code, and you can preview in different browsers by clicking on a tab at the bottom. Although it looks really complicated, you probably don't need 40% of the tools there, and you can just hide them.




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  Reply # 149613 20-Jul-2008 12:05
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Google docs is very nice for laying out pages.

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  Reply # 149634 20-Jul-2008 14:48
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For a basic site (including non-Blog static sites) you just cant beat Wordpress. Here and here run on Wordpress, and both have had a total of 20 minutes spent setting them up after the install itself. Its just such a simple and clean solution if you don't want to spend much time/effort to get something that looks reasonable up and running.




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  Reply # 150483 22-Jul-2008 21:33
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thanks for the suggestions.  I've downloaded Aptana and will give it a go.

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  Reply # 150497 22-Jul-2008 22:21
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@madman: Quite agree Notepad is the way to go.  You have to learn the code, but that's not really that hard and get to know how work out problems via source.  You can also look at other peoples web pages (if there's something in the design that catches your fancy) and understand how the features were implemented.

@farfields: The w3schools is good.  Also look at this site for a step-by-step guide on building your first basic pages.  It also contains links to other tutorial websites.

Anyway, good luck with the software you've downloaded.


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