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    I have just about had it with using Netscape Composer. Trying to put links in there and having them stay the way I put them is a nightmare. I have tried everything, and I am just plain fed up with redoing it over and over again. Can anyone suggest a program that is good, that will accept links without changing them? A program that once you do it you don't have to do it over and over again? Oh Boy! I am like a raving maniac right now.
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    Cazzie

    Try Dreamweaver it is great you can also hook up direct to your site. I am taking Pauline to the hospital now but when I get back I will (maul) you OOPS!! sorry mail you
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    cazzie

    Go to http://globalscape.com/

    HTML editor
    FTP up loader

    They have all the tools you need
    Free trial periods on most products.

    Also you can still use their downloads
    after the trial period.

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    Cazzie;
    I haven't used Dreamweaver, but I have used CoffeeCup. They are a CJ merchant and you can download a free trial version. I think it costs $49 for just the HTML editor but you can get full blown version for $149. I tried it and ended up buying it. It works well with Netscape. Not sure if you can save the commission amount by purchasing it by clicking on your own link. But if you click on the link below and decide to buy it, I would get a commission (no obligation of course).
    Ken
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    Cazzie

    I can't beleive you were using Netscape Composer, Notepad has more functionality that piece of rubbish. Gordon is right, Dreamweaver is the only tool you need but if you want a free or cheaper shareware editor then go to http://downlad.cnet.com or http://www.moochers.com and have a look around.

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    Cazzie;
    If your not an HTML jockie and want to do it on the cheap ..try Frontpage Express that ships free with Windows 98. I composed over 200 sites with MS Frontpage full version without ever resorting to their lame template styles. WWW.EcomCity.com is an example and I use FP Express for regular changes to affiliate codes. They both have an "insert" tab and you place your curser where you want the coded tags and then choose HTML which opens a window ..paste it in and save it. Meta tags for Keywords, descriptions, titles, etc. are simple using the "file" tab and then "page properties".. then "custom". CJ has a free download to make it a one step process for FP 2000.

    The free editor is installed from your Win98 CD when you add it under the desktop "mycomputer" -control panel then "add/remove S/W" button. Many times it shows up under "start" programs ..Microsoft Internet Explorer as a plugin. Every viable hosting service has free Frontpage extensions so you can save changes directly to the server without FTP. Estimates are that 60% of all worldwide web sites are produced with FP.

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    Mike! Thanks for pointing out Front page express. I do have it installed, never looked for it before. Will give it a whirl. Anything has to be better than composer! I can't tell you the amount of time I have wasted with it.
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    Dreamweaver!

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    FrontPage is best for you Cazzie!

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    Another Dreamweaver vote here! I used Notepad from 94 to about 2000 when I discovered Dreamweaver. Mind you, I can't make it clear enough that knowing how to actually write the code -- being able to open you code in Notepad and fix the little glitches is VERY important because no editor writes perfect code every time.

    My advice, learn it the hard way...once you can do it that way THEN try one of the many editors suggested by everyone here.

    Jill

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    Frontpage 2000 gets my vote. Cazzie definately do what Mike said and try the Frontpage express before you try others. After you decide you like it upgrade to Frontpage 2000 if you have the money.

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    I still used notepad.

    It's great for going over the code after you've done the meat of the work with Dreamweaver. It is probably a better idea that you go with Front page Express (you can't beat the $0.00 price) but when you get sick of that idea then give Dreamweaver a go.

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    I use Composer a lot and my main gripe is stability.

    I just got Namo Web Editor which looks pretty cool and isn't too expensive.

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    Cazzie;
    The simplicity verses net results of FrontPage Express cannot be touched by the other programs unless you know HTML. I have 200+ clients who definitely have no HTML talent let alone anything beyond basic computer literacy. Except for the totally lazy or big buck clients who pay me the others all have quickly master FP Express or the full version to edit and update their own pages. Not very lucrative for me as to charging for upgrades but they still pay for artwork or e-commerce add-ins and promotion advice.

    So give it a whirl.

    [ 11-22-2001: Message edited by: EcomCity.com ]

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    Its true FrontPage is about as simple as you can get, even if you dont have a clue what a tag or a table is you can publish basic web pages in a jiffy.

    But why take the time to become skilled and maybe even "attached" to such a basic editor? Dreamweaver packs the power to do almost anything, with more ability to create better sites, and even though it has a larger learning curve, the end result is better. Just give it a try, there is a free demo (30 days) available here.

    Although it costs about $200 to get the full version, you are buying the prefered editor of web publishing professionals everywhere. Frontpage is great for your everyday web user just wanting to put together a personal home page, but when html is your bread and butter, shouldnt you be using the best tools you can get?

    Hows that for product spin? :cool:

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    I use Frontpage 2k .. Its the best.

    [ 11-22-2001: Message edited by: Internet Guru Pranav ]

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    I like First Page 2000 by evrsoft. It's one of the free ones but does a good job. It has 4 levels of competence, easy for beginners, expert, hardcore and normal. Best thing is it doesn't add weird code to your pages like some others I've tried and you can preview your pages.
    http://www.evrsoft.com/1stpage/

    Ray

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    If you don't want your editoe to add extra code to your pages .. try Allire's Homesite 4.5

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    Without a shout of any doubt. Go for frontpage express if ur a newbie. or even if ur amateur.....or a professional.
    Nothing like notepad but u need to know all the html tags then lol

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    Dreamweaver is good but not recommended for amateur designers, To begin with..I guess Frontpage is fine....You can check out valadeo livesite as well(i dunno why the site is down shortly)

    But nothing can beat notepad [img]tongue.gif[/img] [img]tongue.gif[/img] [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    Add a vote for DreamWeaver. It's great, even for ppl who have no clue.

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    ps. Of course, nothing is better than the Limited SKD1 Edition of Frontpage. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif>

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    I think we're missing thhe original point here. Cazzie wanted a simple better way to edit her pages and directly save the changes to her site. Composer wasn't the answer and neither is Dreamweaver. The simple one step process of editing a page ( using the "insert" HTML function) for affilitae tags with the FREE Frontpage Express and even doing design layout changes is a no brainer. If her hosting service has Frontpage server extensions ( 95% of them do) she can save the changes without resorting to FTP and immediately view the results.

    Dreamweaver is great for building sites from scratch for the HTML literate. If Cazzie wants to go to the next step using the CJ Frontpage plugin with a full copy of FP then it even becomes simplier.

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    Cazzie may have started out just wanting a better way to edit code, but what's the point of getting a program where that's its main benefit when a full-blown piece of software can do so much more?

    As for me, I learned HTML, always wrote my pages in through the browser interface (works just like Notepad only it's hosted at the web host so you just hit Save when you're done and it's live--not all hosts seem to have this, but some paid hosts do!)...

    But now I don't know how I ever lived without

    DREAMWEAVER!!!

    I just got the full version a couple of weeks ago...

    It's great, but you do need to know some HTML in case you need to clean up the code. It'll take Affiliate Code without messing with it, though...and you can use the Code View/Design View splitscreen or the plain Code View (instead of having to use Notepad) to change things around when needed.

    The learning curve's a bit steep though...that's about the only drawback. But once you have it down, it COOKS!

    I will say that the 30-day trial wasn't enough time to even begin to unlock the full potential and there's still a lot more for me to learn about it...I have a great tendency to say "It's CONVERTING! Fine, leave it!" when a page works so my pre-DW sites still have their old look, though. Even the new ones are straight off a template because I didn't have DW yet when I made 'em... But the more I play with DW the more I'm inclined to start changing things around!!! I just hope I don't accidentally design out the CR along with the old look!

    As for making changes, DW can make it go like lightning with Find and Replace. From what I understand, almost every program has THAT, though...

    Tables are easy as dirt, just drag the outline where you want a cell and it does the rest (including making the table, not just the cell). Beautiful...sometimes you have to clean up that code but not often.

    You don't have to worry about typos in links, either...there's a few typo-resistant methods you can use.

    Definitely go for the Dreamweaver, even if you don't use all its capabilies right away. It's like having a Lamborghini--even if your local speed limit is 35 MPH, someday you might want to drive on the Audobahn...

    Creeper--that was good product spin, but it was totally wrecked by you asking if it was good product spin, LOL!

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    Yeah I know, I started the message with good intentions but by the end it started sounding over hyped [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    I still believe Dreamweaver is the best, and is well worth the time it takes to learn it.

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    Cazzie.

    A lot of us are reccomending Dreamweaver. I say download the trial version, when you get the hang of it you'll wonder how the hell you ever lived without it.

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