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14-09-2009, 12:33 PM
A search of the web has got me even more confused than when I started.

I am looking for a fairly basic piece of software that I can use to create a fairly basic web site. It doesn't need any whistles and bells just the ability to show pix and text. I have tried using Word and Publisher but to my 70 year old brain they get me even more confused. Is there anything out there in the WYSIWYG area or would it be more economical fro me to get a professional to do it for me



kahawai chaser
14-09-2009, 01:01 PM
You can start easily with the popular free NVU (http://www.nvu.com/). Then maybe start by signing up with a free host, e.g. Netfirms Basic or the popular 110mb host (There are many other free hosts (http://www.free-webhosts.com/user_reviews.php)).

Then upload your site to your free host (use a free FTP program to upload your site - e.g. Core FPT Lite.

But perhaps for your needs...

You can also create a web site easily online with Yola (http://www.yola.com/) (used to be Synthasite, and was popular) Weebly (http://www.weebly.com/), Jimdo, and Webepags (http://www.webepags.com/). Visit their web sites to review them, and sign in if you want.

There are other easy web site building tools, e.g.Snap Pages (http://www.snappages.com/) (Good for sharing photos), and Edicy Pages (http://www.edicy.com/) (Various templates/themes similar to Blogger and Wordpress).

You could start with a blog as well, e.g. try the Google’s blogger or the advanced Wordpress (which you can add plugins for enhancement), or use the simple Google Page Creator (soon to be changed to Google Sites - You need a Gmail account) - easy to set up for a beginner.

14-09-2009, 01:35 PM
Nvu is now Kompozer

Grab it here:

Definitely the best if you're after free ;)

14-09-2009, 02:11 PM
If you're prepared to pay, SquareSpace is a good option, providing an easy to use WYSIWYG interface(drag and drop)

+1 for Kompozer too, best free editor there is!:D


14-09-2009, 03:52 PM
Unless it interests you greatly, you might be better off just registering a free account at [rurl=http://www.tumblr.com/]Tumblr[/url] (currently unusually down for upgrades) or similar, then just using one of the 100s of free themes (http://www.tumblr.com/themes/recent) that comes with it. If I was 70+ I wouldn't want to deal with the hassle of HTML, seriously.

With Tumblr you can use your own custom HTML/JavaScript if you like, you could use your own domain name if you own one, and it's all free (not to mention ad-free).

14-09-2009, 03:59 PM
If you're computer happens to be a mac which is highly unlikely, then iWeb will suffice, it's the best there is for WYSIWYG

14-09-2009, 04:01 PM
Dare I say DreamWeaver... :)

14-09-2009, 05:06 PM
Komposer is about the only thing id use. pm me if you want a hand with anything. happy to help

14-09-2009, 09:27 PM
A CMS might be suitable for you too-nothing too complicated like Joomla or Drupal, how about WordPress?

14-09-2009, 10:22 PM
Another thing to consider is where are you going to host the result and how much traffic are you expecting? Have you already got a domain etc?

I am quite happy to do a site for you for free but it will be your responsibility to pay for hosting, domains, extra data charges etc. I am also happy to update the site say once a month also for free. Bear in mind it would be your site and if any changes were wanted it would be over to you to send the information to me as I can't read your mind.There would be no charge on my part as you would have to pay the hosting, domain etc direct to whoever you choose to go with. We use http://www.kiwiwebhost.co.nz/ and you can get an account there for $1.00 per week. Then you might want to find a domain name supplier.

You may be able to find a member here who will host for free.
For the Mods I am in no way associated with the link above.

I use Publisher 2007 to put Web sites together and I have the feeling that while editors recommended above are very good you may not get the results you desire on your own. Currently, I regularly maintain a web site for a local community group which I won't give a link to as I did this once in the past so another publication of this site could be considered spam. Publisher is not for the purists as the code would not be optimised but works OK in Firefox and IE. I use WSFTP Pro to maintain the site.

Send me a PM if at all interested. For the record I am 67, retired and have spare time on my hands.

15-09-2009, 12:45 PM
Thanks for all your responses, to answer a few questions, firstly regretfully I do not own an Apple, I did look seriously at it but when it came to the crunch cost was against it so in the end for better or for worse I went for an HP Compaq Notebook whilst retaining my PC.

At this time I am not concerned re hosting as I am quite sure I can find a suitable location for the site to be lodged, it is a historical look at the work that was done during WWII by my parents and those who worked alongside them. Likewise I am not concerned re the domain name as when I am ready to go "live" I will secure the name then.

I have tried as mentioned using "Word" and "Publisher" but am stumped by the technology it doesn't appear to be just a matter of cut & paste, all sorts of funny things happen when I get to the serious bit and then I just walk away in disgust.

I should mention that this project has been on the go for around five years now and I have been getting nowhere fast



Poppa John
15-09-2009, 01:11 PM
percyporter...Go with Sweep, I can recommend him. He did mine. PJ