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Good Web Design Software?

Asked by ipodrulz (81points) April 16th, 2008

Hey my friend and I “designs” websites. But we often have a third wheel to code websites. Together we made one site ( but we feel like we should be doing our own coding, and I’m not really sure what to use. Dreamweaver seems to have a n00b stigma attached to it. I’m willing to learn coding, but if we code what software do you recommend? (On a mac). Also I’m very into the fancy (not tacky) effects. (lightbox etc.)

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jrpowell's avatar

TextMate and CSSEdit are what I use.

edit :: and I use Cyberduck for FTP.

soundedfury's avatar

All you really need is a text editor and FTP client to start. I use SubEthaEdit for my text editor and Transmit for my FTP client. Panic, the makers of Transmit, also created an all-in-one product call Coda that is wonderful. It has the built in FTP client (Transmit) plus they licensed the SubEthaEngine to create a collaborative editor. I’m going to switch at some point.

BBEdit and TextMate are other popular editors. Fetch is the only other well-regarded FTP client for Mac that I am aware of.

glial's avatar

Dreamweaver, TextMate, and Cyberduck.

Breefield's avatar

I use Coda, Transmit, and CSSEdit

To learn how to do basic coding / markup, I always direct people here

phoenyx's avatar

Mainly macvim

I’d recommend you learn the basics of vim even if you don’t use it as a primary editor. It can be found on nearly every linux webserver.

adrianscott's avatar

I use Dreamweaver and Eclipse. I’m not too sure why Dreamweaver does have a “noob” stigma attached to it (I’ve heard it before), but in code view it is quite powerful and can do so many things. Plus with a built-in FTP, it makes remote development a breeze.

If you are more of a visual learner, try Dreamweaver out and make a few things in the design view and see how it translates to the code view (there’s a split view that allows you to see both).

DeezerQueue's avatar

I wasn’t aware that Dreamweaver had a noob stigma. Most editors are WYSIWYG and also allow code view. If you know how to code, it doesn’t matter what you use, the most powerful tool is a good brain.

Download sites that interest you as well, and look at the coding.

Bri_L's avatar

@adrianscott- Thanks for those comments. I am a graphic minded guy by nature who understands the logic behind programing. I can also usually change simpler programming once it has been done. Your comments helped me decide which one to learn. That and it came with my adobe suite purchase so I would be a dope not to.

An aside, cyber duck is a good stable and free ftp program.

tompouk's avatar

Best of all: TextMate for xhtml and php coding.
CSSedit for editing stylesheets.
Transmit for FTP client.
Photoshop for graphics but if you don’t own 39843948$ go with Pixelmator which is very good.

Then you got it all. that’s the way to go on a mac.

ipodrulz's avatar

Thank you all. I’m trying out CSSedit and Coda at the moment. As for FTP, I’ve decided to try out a new one called Flow.

glial's avatar

Well, I’m headed to Miami next month to get my Adobe Certified Expert Certification. Maybe they can change it to Adobe Certified Noob. :-)

Bri_L's avatar

@ glial That is one hard certificate. I aspire to even try some day.

glial's avatar

Ya, I am looking forward to it though. Doing a 8 day bootcamp.

The real motivation is a 6% raise for completing it. Plus, I am teaching Dreamweaver this summer, so it looks nice for our Continuing Education department.

Bri_L's avatar


Very cool. Good luck to you!

russellsouza's avatar

There is never a single solution for all programming tasks. If it is a website that simply provides content dreamweaver is probably good enough.

If you want to make a web application I like the google web toolkit.

I have been using it for about 6 months now and it is working out nicely.

itmustbeken's avatar

Web coders, like all programmers, tend into the us/them mentality. The idea that anything with GUI is bad is just stupid.

I started out by using FrontPage (!), GoLive CyberStudio (when it was called CyberStudio…) and a host of others. I highly recommend Dreamweaver, Coda, Simple CSS and the newly opened sourced Komodo

ipodrulz's avatar

Hey…is Aptana used to make web applications? Cause it looks pretty cool.

stephen's avatar

@ipodrulz.abs you can do that, aptana is an open source prj, and its also the best app for JAVASCRIPT! or install any available plug-ins to extend its function!

cmmicek's avatar

Coda, Textmate, Transmit (MAC)

xyzzy's avatar

The problem with Dreamweaver is that it is very easy to outgrow it, especially on the programming side (PHP, ASP, whatever). However, it is still the cleanest roundtrip (WSYIWYG->code->WSYIWYG) editor I’ve seen.

lefteh's avatar

Smultron is what I use, and it’s a very easy-to-use free program with many tools built into it.

chatnoir's avatar

@glial Congratulations!

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