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    After a couple of decades in the IT industry, I've learned over and over that it is very expensive to re-create the wheel (ie. program things that others have already done with tons of resources brought to bare). I'm not interested in beating my head against the proverbial rock if there are tools that can be purchased the simplify the process.

    I know there are GUI driven tools out there that can be purchased that allow a basic beginner to set up a website. My question is 'Has anyone had experience with a software that allows quick building and formatting of a site but also has the capability of being extensible with custom programming'?

    Most basic tools...you get what you get and there is no way to go beyond the menu driven options inherent to the software. This creates the conundrum of providing a quick website that is quickly indistinguishable from many others. If there are good (beyond basic) products out there that create a strong shell that can be modified I am very interested.

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    WordPress with PopShops and/or GoldenCan work well.
    Generate more fake news.

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    Definitely WordPress. Find yourself a decent hosting company like HostGator or MediaTemple then install WordPress and for starters you can choose one of the 1000 free templates directly from WordPress' repository at http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ At that point you are ready to rock.

    WordPress is free and open source and has a HUGE network of developers who can do nearly any custom programming you'd ever want. But, before you go looking for a programmer, double-check that a plugin to do what you want isn't already available here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

    Best of luck!
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    One of my developers (from the day job), also suggest Microsoft Expression Web. Has anyone looked at or used that? His comments were around the fact that it builds pages based on open standards and should be easy to integrate other custom stuff later.

    Thanks for the suggestion on WordPress. I will look into that next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iam0003
    One of my developers (from the day job), also suggest Microsoft Expression Web. Has anyone looked at or used that? His comments were around the fact that it builds pages based on open standards and should be easy to integrate other custom stuff later.

    Thanks for the suggestion on WordPress. I will look into that next.
    Microsoft Expression Web is an html editor software that you use on your own computer then publish to the web.

    Wordpress is an online software that makes it so you don't need to know html necessarily to use it.
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    Thank you for pointing out the difference. I had originally queried him for a 'package/shrinkwrapped' software that allows easy creation of web pages. I assumed that is what he came back with but it sounds like I would be left short of my expectations if that is the case.

    Again...thanks for pointing that out. Expression Web sounds like the next step in my evolution...not the first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iam0003
    One of my developers (from the day job), also suggest Microsoft Expression Web. Has anyone looked at or used that? His comments were around the fact that it builds pages based on open standards and should be easy to integrate other custom stuff later.

    Thanks for the suggestion on WordPress. I will look into that next.
    I use Microsoft Expression Web 2 to build all of my sites and love it.

    You don't need to know html at all to use it. It writes all the html for you. What you see is what you get.

    That needs to be your first choice.

    More info here. http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Expr...1936039&sr=8-4
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    Microsoft Expression Web is an html editor software that you use on your own computer then publish to the web.

    Wordpress is an online software that makes it so you don't need to know html necessarily to use it.
    You don't need to know html to use Expression Web either. It writes all of it for you automatically.

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    Thanks for all the replies and comments
    I was looking into buying Expression Web 2.0 and saw that EW 3.0 is to be released september 11 (couldn't you pick a better date than that for a release of anything????).

    I am thinking rather than get used to the 2.0 interface and switch later I would just go straight to 3.0 for the minimal price difference. You also get the extra bugs that microsoft likes to leave around new versions as a bonus.

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    The best free cross platform HTML/WYSIWYG editer that I'm aware of is Nvu http://net2.com/nvu/, I believe it was built off of the Mozilla engine, by the guy that introduced the lynx computers into Wallmart a few years back.

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    Free is good!!
    I like the pricing on that one. Do you feel there are any limits in going with this tool that would not be there if you went with EW 3.0 or 2.0?

    I really want to just get something I can use and keep using going forward if i get a little more sophisticated in what I want to do.

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