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What are some programs I can use to create a web page?

There are several web publishing programs available. Each one is preferred by different people for different reasons:

Macromedia Dreamweaver

Macromedia Dreamweaver is by far the preferred program among web professionals. In fact, often ads for web design positions specify knowledge of Dreamweaver. Add in the companion programs like Flash, Coldfusion and Fireworks and you have a winning combination for any web site.

All that good stuff doesn't come cheap, though. Dreamweaver alone will set you back around $400 if you're a first time buyer. Upgrades are around $200.

One thing to consider: Adobe, which makes GoLive (below) just purchased macromedia. It remains to be seen what will happen with the Dreamweaver franchise.

Adobe GoLive

Adobe GoLive is another excellent web publishing program. It works seemlessly with the other Adobe products, like Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere.

Like Dreamweaver, GoLive is pricey. It also costs around $400 with upgrades around $200.

Like Dreamweaver, GoLive is an excellent web publishing program (we use it to build this site). The interface carries on the same look and feel of those from Photoshop and other Adobe programs. If you already have Photoshop, you may be able to get a price reduction on GoLive direct from Adobe.

Microsoft Frontpage

While some people do prefer Microsoft Frontpage, most people use it because that's what their company provides or because it came bundled with their version of Microsoft Office suite.

The biggest problem with Frontpage is it tends to limit you without using Frontpage extensions. Unfortunately, not every site host supports them.

If you are creating a site for an internal company network, compatability with multiple browsers probably isn't an issue. The problem comes in when designing for the open web. Some of the code generated by Frontpage doesn't work well with browsers other than Internet Explorer.

V-Com Web Easy Professional

For an inexpensive web design program, we were quite impressed with Web Easy Professional (though we don't know any pros that actually use it).

While it's easier to design from scatch in the other programs listed above, the wizards and templates in Web Easy Professional worked quite well.

The program provides multiple options for page layout and graphics. In addition, the software comes with royalty-free images you can use to spice up your web site.

Web Easy Professional retails for around $60.

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