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    i need to build an ecommerce site for my body jewelry business and i'm wondering what program(s) to use. i've been reading in various forums that most people hate frontpage and prefer dreamweaver or note pad. i'm just now researching html, so i'm a total beginner.

    i've read that frontpage adds a lot of redundant tags. what's wrong with this? does it take the site longer to load or what? can i just use frontpage (i already have it and don't want to buy something else unless i really need to) and edit out the extra stuff (once i learn what that extra stuff is)?

    basically, i'll have text, pictures, links, a shopping cart, and an auto-responder. thanks for any input, Reuben

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    Frontpage has a reputation for writing crap code and code that usually displays better in IE. Dreamweaver generates much better code.

    Anybody who thinks Notepad is the best editor ever is not a good programmer, period. Notepad can't even auto-indent. Programs like Dreamweaver are designed to make universally compliant code. You should start by knowing HTML, though, and not relying on the WYSIWYG features.
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    Anybody who thinks Notepad is the best editor ever is not a good programmer, period. Notepad can't even auto-indent. Programs like Dreamweaver are designed to make universally compliant code. You should start by knowing HTML, though, and not relying on the WYSIWYG features.
    Yes, notepad is very bad... Which is why I use VIM :-D


    But when editing php, it's easier to use Dreamweaver, because it shows line numbers inside the code, plus when installing hacks for vbulletin and such, when you do a ctrl+f in notepad, it will only give you one line to search. As with dreamweaver, you're going to be able to paste the entire block of code that you're searching for.

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    Yea, i use dreamweaver nowadays, but i started by using notepad. I tryed frontpage for a while, it didn't really hit it off with me. Dreamweaver i think makes a much neater code.
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    I started with Frontpage but now use Dreamweaver. Frontpage can't do CSS and people here make a big deal over using it. Newer versions of Dreamweaver MX on, can do CSS. That said, because I preferred Dreamweaver so much, the last version of Frontpage I have is Frontpage 2002.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akr44
    i need to build an ecommerce site for my body jewelry business and i'm wondering what program(s) to use. i've been reading in various forums that most people hate frontpage and prefer dreamweaver or note pad. i'm just now researching html, so i'm a total beginner.

    i've read that frontpage adds a lot of redundant tags. what's wrong with this? does it take the site longer to load or what? can i just use frontpage (i already have it and don't want to buy something else unless i really need to) and edit out the extra stuff (once i learn what that extra stuff is)?

    basically, i'll have text, pictures, links, a shopping cart, and an auto-responder. thanks for any input, Reuben
    frontpage = propitary markup
    dreamweaver = slow, but can be compliant and is modern
    notepad = only if you know html a markup highlighting editor is preferable
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