Web site Builder software for Mac

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  1. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
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    Bill
    I need to put together a small web site

    In the past I used Adobe Go Live on my PC

    I am not a PC user anymore and would like some simple Web Builder software to use on my Mac that I cam download to my computer

    Any suggestions? free, low cost or even a little more expensive - it really will be a simple "less than 10 page site"
     
  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Bill,
    I use 1&1 as my server. They have a program called Website Creator. It works fine, simple and efficient. Most servers have a similar program. For uploading files etc, I use Cute FTP.
    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Grant

    Grant SC Veteran

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    Nov 12, 2010
    Lunenburg Nova Scotia
    I have used a bunch of web site generating programs for the Mac with great success.

    A down and dirty one is iWeb and I used it for a while for my site my wife’s site and a Christmas Greeting sit that I put up every season.

    I maintained my “Elements Challenge” web site for two years with a neat little program called PhotoToWeb as it generates nice galleries of images. I now generate galleries with Aperture just because I am to lazy to run two programs.

    Now I maintain two sites, my own personal one as well as another, simply by using Wordpress.

    Finally I created maintain two hug sites using Freeway Pro it is very powerful but a bit tricky to learn.

    Finally I maintain a site by hand coding using BBEdit, Transmit and CSSedit.

    Here are some examples of sites I have built or maintained and this may help you our in figuring out the complexity of the programs that develop these sites.

    iWeb

    PhotoToWeb

    Freeway Pro

    BBEdit

    WordPress
     
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  4. Ghosthunter

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  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Sue
    I'd vote for Rapidweaver, but with caveats. When you buy the software, you are only buying for the current generation (so now, thats version 5.x). When it goes to Version 6 you'll be expected to pay a hefty upgrade price. On the other hand, it works well and comes with a truckload of themes. All you need to do is plug in your information.

    Another one which I haven't looked at recently is Sandvox. A similar deal to Rapidweaver.

    [edit] Just looked at Weebly. Brilliant concept.

    Hmm, another thing worth seriously considering is Wordpress. Its a blog, sure, but you can have just pages if you want. its also excellent for gallery. Completely free at http://www.wordpress.com I'm running a self hosted WP site at e-sack, only just revived it (see sig) but also have my old blog hosted
     
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  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
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    as indicated above - Weeby is quick and very easy

    looks good and is fine for me - run it free on their site or use it on your own domain

    Thanks - there is so much out there that is really good and (for free) if you just want something simple, (but they are more than that - you can built a quite good web presence for free - and it's fun)

    Thanks again
     
  7. deirdre

    deirdre SC Top Veteran

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  8. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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  9. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Wordpress.com is where you get a free blog, and wordpress.org is the original site where you can find the downloadables and lots of information.
     
  10. deirdre

    deirdre SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 26, 2010
    Whenever I see sites like this, I put them through validator.w3.org -- and invariably they don't conform to valid HTML/XHTML. This one's no different.

    If they can't get that right....and they're making templates...ugh.
     
  11. thearne3

    thearne3 SC Regular

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    Aug 4, 2011
    Ridgefield, CT USA
    Another vote for Wordpress. Very strong community. Much more SEO friendly than, say, iWeb. If you need good web 'presence'...
     
  12. Mayank

    Mayank SC Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 16, 2010
    India
    I'd highly recommend WordPress as well, the TwentyTen theme is very powerful and using the 'pages' functionality one can build very capable websites. Another great thing about WordPress is that it works on the server and is therefore OS independent. It requires a learning curve which is totally worth it. The best way to familiarise oneself with WordPress is to start a free blog at wordpress.com and then keep learning..