Best Web Design Software Programs

There are a number of software programs that can help you design your web site that are not associated with Microsoft. My favorite software programs are:
• Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Design which includes Flash, Dreamweaver, and Contribute

• Netobjects Fusion

• WYSIWYG Web Builder

Most people that are starting out building web sites want a WYSIWYG software, WYSIWYG stands for (What you see is what you get) and this makes building web pages very simple as the software program allows the end user to place object, text, photos, etc onto a web page while doing the hard work of translating the items into HTML (HyperText Markup Language).

All web sites boil down to HTML in some way or format, within the HTML is found other programming languages such as PHP, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, etc. The foundation is and always has been HTML. When choosing the right web site development software for your needs you will need to know what you want to do with your web site. Do you need to connect to a database? Do you want to incorporate animation? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you determine the best software for your needs. There are a number of programs to help you build your web site. Some are very expensive and have all the bells and whistles needed to produce very elaborate web sites with databases, animation, special formatting, etc. Other programs are more like an interpreter, meaning that they will translate your visual work on the screen into a simple HTML formatted document that will produce your web site as you see it on screen. The list of software choices above represent options for high end to just an interpreter.

Adobe Creative Suite 5 for Web Design has a street price of approximately $400.00 – $500.00, and has a number of sub programs or individual programs that will help you build a web site from the very simple to very complex. This suite includes items like Contribute which is a WYSIWYG editor that also allows for complex items to be added to the web site. Flash help you to build animation while Dreamweaver helps you to build PHP-based content management systems, these systems can range from web sites like Word Press to an online store. The Suite also contains other software such as Photoshop which allows you to manipulate and produce graphics for your web site.

NetObject Fusion is another application that is designed as an all-in-one design tool. This program allows you to incorporate a number of different types of web technologies in the WYSIWYG formatting style. This program easily incorporates databases and uses other technologies such as PHP, Java, ASP, Coldfusion, and XML files. IT also incorporates a graphics editor (although not as powerful as PhotoShop) and has a number of different templates to help you build your web site with ease. Power of the software is shown by the way that it incorporates E-commerce tools, and form components. The cost of this software is in the $200.00 range.

Another very popular software for building web pages, especially for the lesser experienced or novice individuals is the WYSIWYG Web Builder program, this retails for about $50.00. This is a very simple to use web page developer allowing the user to just drop pictures onto the page, drag text boxes around, create custom forms and choose from a number of different templates offered within the software. This is a very power program allowing connectivity to databases and use of Flash, XML, PHP etc. The software also helps with web site management as well as managing graphics, etc. It does not have a graphic editor built in, so one would need to purchase that software separately.

When looking for a good web site design software have a plan on how you want to use the software. You might find that the software for $50.00 to $200.00 will do all that you need to accomplish allowing you to save the extra monies spent on a higher priced software that over the long term did not add any additional value. What I do suggest is that you visit their web sites and download the trial versions to get a feel for the software, and this will help you find the software that works the best for you.