Recommend web design program for newbie

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catfishes

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Iscritto: 07/24/2013

I've sort of been volunteered to look into creating a website for a local charity. Any advice on what Gnu license software I might start to play with?

Magic Banana

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Iscritto: 07/24/2010

Are you talking about licensing the content of the website or some kind of software to manage it ("content management system")? In the former case, any license that let the visitors copy the content looks acceptable. In the latter case, take a look at the AGPL.

ADFENO
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Iscritto: 12/31/2012

If you're talking about the process of making pages for the site by using a site page editor (the so called WYSIWYG editors), then you might want to try Amaya, Nvu/Kompozer., or even LibreOffice.

But I strongly advise you to be careful when using WYSIWYG editors, and to test your pages regularly using an Internet browser, and also be prepared to check the source code regularly too.

If you know how to define document types and encodings, it's useful to define the document encodings to UTF-8.

W3C's HTML validation can be of good use too. Lynx, the minimalistic Internet browser too.

Personally, I prefer to create pages using the good old plain text editors like Gedit, which also supports syntax highlighting for many languages, including HTML.

Best regards, ADFENO.
Have a nice day.

Sachin
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Iscritto: 06/02/2012

Check out this website for a design guide
http://www.anybrowser.org/campaign/

onpon4
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Iscritto: 05/30/2012

This isn't software, but you could use a template and edit the HTML. For example:

http://www.freehtml5templates.co.uk/

catfishes

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Iscritto: 07/24/2013

Wow 14 hrs later I think I've got HTML and CSS pretty much embedded in my brain.
Think I've managed to cobble together a pretty decent website I'll post a link when it goes online.
Cheers Guys

t3g
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Iscritto: 05/15/2011

I recommend either Aptana Studio (http://www.aptana.com/products/studio3) or Geany (apt-get install geany) for developing sites and testing in localhost running a local install of Apache or nginx.

I prefer Aptana these days as it is more feature rich. Of course you will need to install OpenJDK 6 or 7 (go with 7) before Aptana. Geany is lighter in resources, so it is all down to personal preference.

Oh and they are both free software under the GPL.

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Iscritto: 04/22/2013

" (...)testing in localhost running a local install of Apache or nginx."

Perhaps one should mention that this is only necessary if php or cgi is used; for html with css, a normal browser is sufficient and we don't need a server for testing.

Michał Masłowski

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Iscritto: 05/15/2010

There is a use for a local HTTP server when developing a static site:
accessing such a site via file:// URLs (directly from local disk) will
break protocol-relative URLs designed to work with both HTTP and HTTPS.
I run "python -m SimpleHTTPServer" in the directory with my site and
visit http://localhost:8000/ in the browser to have URLs like
//www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html correctly point to
http://www.gnu.org or https://www.gnu.org, not to the local file
/philosophy/free-sw.html which is missing on my system.

Many modern Web frameworks like Django have their own scripts for
running a development server, it's imo easier than with Apache or nginx.
(Non-development services have different needs.)

(Having an HTTPS-only site with links specifying the protocol would be
ok, if not for my boycott of paid TLS certificate authorities. I can
get a wildcard certificate from CACert.org, while I would need money
that not everyone would spend on a rarely updated blog and more ID
documents than I have to verify data that no reader of my site would
use.)

I. Khider
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Iscritto: 01/19/2013

Forget using cheesy web software. It will NEVER come out how you want it. There are so many problems with them. I used so many of those garbage editors as well as wordpress templates. Always the same misery. INSTEAD, get yourself a book on html, css, javascript, and php and maybe python as well and use GNU Emacs. The World Wide Web is yours.

t3g
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Iscritto: 05/15/2011

One of my favorite Python tutorials: http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/

fchmmr
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Iscritto: 05/14/2013

WordPress is pretty nice.
(use wordpress.org, not wordpress.com)

The gluglug sites runs on it.

catfishes

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Iscritto: 07/24/2013

Forgot all about this.

http://salfordascension.org/

Hadn't noticed before but it isn't https.

How do you do that?

Legimet
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Iscritto: 12/10/2013

You might want to try HTTPS Everywhere. And next time, make a new topic.

levlaz

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Iscritto: 01/29/2013

Nice job with the site! It looks great for a "newbie" :)

catfishes

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Iscritto: 07/24/2013

But this is the topic I started :(

And that's the website I made.

Just looked at getting SSL certificate.

Will sort it out promise.

Legimet
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Iscritto: 12/10/2013

Oh, I didn't realize what you were asking. Sorry about that.
Just get an SSL certificate from a trusted CA.

starchild
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Iscritto: 09/14/2011

This one looks interesting: http://brackets.io/

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Try mkdir, ls, cd, and GNU Nano :p