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).
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.