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WHICH EDITOR TO USE?
You must have seen
“Hello World” display in the empty webpage that a beginner
design using HTML tags. They use notepad in the beginning. There
are some other html editors available in the market but we will
discuss about two main editors widely used in the industry. They
are Microsoft Front Page and Adobe Dreamweaver.
There should not be any confusion in the choice between
those two editors if we exactly know what we want. If a designer
is well aware with his requirement and his limitations, the selection
is easy. Front Page is surely comes up will all Microsoft easy to
use addictive features where a designer really doesn’t need
to do much if he is going for a simple web page.
Front page in fact comes up with the wizard that even
a novice can run and come up with his personal web page within few
minutes. You simply need to go ahead with the wizard putting all
the necessary information, choosing the designing of your liking
and requirement and you are done. Now you just need domain name,
web space, user name and password and you are on the net. Attractive
ready made features with the ease of use made Front page popular
among the designers who are not much into web programming. Many
of the features that require programming skills are taken care by
Front Page with their Components. You can even design a working
guest book, feed back forms with no programming skills. Banner ad
manager will change the pictures automatically. It has provided
fancy hit counters, automatic thumbnails and lots of mouth watering
facilities for novice. So this is a sure choice for the beginners
or the people who do not want them self to be in the mid of the
This obviously comes up with its own limitations.
You have little scope of changing and customizing the environment.
So you can not much alter the coding behind the page. You have to
play within the limits of the freedom provided by Front Page. You
need Front Page enabled servers to upload the site which is not
a problem as most of the servers come up with this facility.
Here a person starts thinking of the option of Dreamweaver.
It will not provide you anything readymade. But it will provide
you complete independence. It will allow your style and your preferences
with 100 % customizing ability. If you want to design the working
guest book, you need to know java script or asp or jsp. But if you
are well verse with any of these languages or scripting, then sky
is the limit. In most of the companies, designing and coding departments
are different hence a designer will design the outer shell of the
site and programmer start coding with the application provided in
the site with respect to the design. Dreamweaver is a favorite choice
of the people who are inclined to the programming, who want total
flexibility and the freedom of work.
Choosing the editor is easy but once selected
it’s a bit difficult to switch from one to another for the
same web. Front Page will put its own hidden files that are essential
for the working of its component. Both the editors have their own
strong points. It’s up to us to decide the choice with respect
to our requirements.