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How to Build a Web Page With Freeware

by John D. Harvey
  • Overview

    Weigh the pros and cons of freeware web design software. Commercial web design products can be expensive. Fortunately, you can design a high-quality web page using freeware (free software). These freeware solutions can be stable, advanced and supported by a vibrant community of users. Freeware has its downsides. Depending on the product you choose, technical support can be spotty, and the product may have fewer features and tools. Sometimes, the freeware product can vanish or become obsolete if the community or software project leaders lose interest.
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  • Step 1

    Download HTML/CSS editor to create your web pages. There are two different kinds of web page editors: WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get) editors and text editors. A WYSIWIG editor displays web content during the editing process that appears identical or very similar to the final design. Text editors only allow you to modify the raw code that makes up an HTML (hypertext markup language) or CSS (cascading stylesheet) file. Two popular WYSIWIG editors are CoffeeCup and Aptana Studio. If you prefer a text editor, look at NOTEPAD++ and Bluefish Editor.
  • Step 2

    Download image editor to create and modify digital pictures so that they can appear on your web page. There are few stable and fully-featured freeware image editors. One that stands out is is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Project). Inkscape and Paint.NET are also good and may be better suited to beginners.
  • Step 3

    Download FTP software to get your web page online. You will use FTP (file transfer protocol) to move HTML, CSS and web images from your computer to the Internet. Two popular freeware FTP clients include FileZilla and CoreFTP Lite. To move your web page and images online, you need web hosting space. In this article, we want to focus on freeware for web page design, and not the much larger subject of web hosting. You can find some links to help you with web hosting in the "Resources" portion of this article.
  • Step 4

    Install freeware on your computer. Once you have downloaded all of your software installers, open each of them and install them on your computer. Each package has a different installer process. The freeware product's website should include tutorials on how to correctly install their software.
  • Step 5

    Learn to code web pages and edit images for the web.These skills require time, patience and lots of practice. You will find books and many web pages dedicated to these skills. If you're using freeware, then the best place to find tutorials is on that product's website. You'll also find some helpful links in the "Resources" section of this article.
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  • HTML/CSS Editor Web Image Editor FTP Client Software
  • HTML/CSS Editor
  • Web Image Editor
  • FTP Client Software
  • Start out with a very simple web page if you have no experience with web page design. Experiment on a test site or personal page until you have the skills needed for more demanding sites.
  • Start out with a very simple web page if you have no experience with web page design. Experiment on a test site or personal page until you have the skills needed for more demanding sites.

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