Although it is the latest in a long line of WYSIWYG HTML editors, NOF is perhaps the simplest to use, and one that creates very very detailed and powerful sites. NOF is literally a drag and drop affair. You can place almost any form of content onto your pages within second, using the intuitive buttons to your left. You can add Flash, Java and Active X within seconds, and transform your site from being a very bland words and pictures to a noisy riot of animation and sound. NOF also splits up the page manager, site editor, html editor and preview pages into very simple to follow menus, which you can get to grips with in a few moments. The only bad thing about this product is the HTML editor, and the limited amouint of editing that you can perform wthin the program itself. Although, once published, it is possible to edit all the HTML in notepad, it is often not viable, as the code produced, like so many WYSIWYG editors, is very muddled and difficult to edit.
NetFusion is a web authoring package, whose aim is to make webpages as easy as possible to achieve. It doesn't manage this quite as well as you might think, but it is true to say that NetObjects will do most things you want it to do. First of, it is a powerful expensive program, retailing at about £200-odd pounds. There aer ways round this - some domain names companies give this software free if you sign up to them - e.g. oneandone. Also, you can get earlier versions given away with magazines. However, you don;t get the manuals, and you REALLY do need manuals for this product. You can create websites based around templates. Basically you create your first home page, and then this acts as a template for the otehr pages, which you link together easily with arrows to create a tree diagram showing what your site will be like. To make this easier, there are lots of ready made templates which do look good. You can insert pictures, sound, animations, text and links into your pages. You can create them with frames, and adjust just about everything. You can also add your own HTML code to make it just right. However, this is not very easy to do, which is why you need the manual to be able to make the best of things. Fusions best feature is that it allows you to create databases for use with your webpage, which most cheaper packages do not. This makes Fusion great for sites where you want to sell things, and thus Fusion is often used by many businesses.
I first heard about this product when I was looking for a job at this company my friend worked at. They want you to have experience with Dreamweaver, asp, php skills and Have had used NetObjects. So i went in search of this product. When i read up on it was interested at the speed people seemed to be able to make sites at. "Had my first site made in 2 hours" etc. So after downloading and installing it was first put off at the first notice that poped up on the screen. "to get the most out of netobjects download the add on files now" So Ive just downloaded a 56mb package and the instaltion still inst finnnished? I was thinking this MUST be good. Anyway ignoreing the promt I opened the site wizard tool, First screen was 4 options, choose the type of web site, Personal, business, products, and anther i cant remeber, (sorry). I click on personal and on it went. After just 4 stages i had given it enough to build me a site out of one of its templates. I wasnt impressed yet. Looking at the template the site looked ok, but iwas thinking where is the whoole imaginative bit gone? I would have much prefered to make the site myself, with my own ideas. But it gives you this poor template. So after this i choose to start from scratch. Looking at the features i got a bit confussed. 56mb of a file and I can have a form, add a picture, text, and hyper link. OK you get a little more than this but believe me if youve been using even front page, stick to it rather than get this, its basic. After sticking out a whole hour of work It came to exporting my site as html. That went fairly well. No files lost, no bad links. So i supose you want me to sum it up.. Well BASIC, and definately for begginers only or youll regret it, especially for the price. Stay clear.
Netobjects have always built very good website building applications, and Fusion 5 is the latest version. It is by far the easiest website program to use, but is not as adaptable as Macromedia Dreamweaver. The thing that puts it above Dreamweaver is it's template based approach. You start a new site, choose a site style and then every time you add a page it automatically uses the site style, including all the buttons and graphics from the master page. This could be a little restrictive for some but it makes updating your site a lot easier. Let's say that you've built a site with five sections, with each section comprising of five pages. That's twenty-five pages in all. You then decide that you would like to add another section. With other programs this would mean manually updating each of your other twenty-five pages. Not with Fusion. You create a new page in the tree view and all of your other pages automatically add a button and link to your new section. It's also easier to have different areas of text on every page, without needing to use tables within tables. You drag a box in the area you wish the text and start typing. You can re-size the text box at any time. Fusion 5 also comes with some handy java objects. Fancy a rotating adbanner on your site, like the ones on this site. Easy. Ckick where you want the banner, choose the banners, add a link that is specific to each banner and Hey Presto! This is one of the best website builders around. It's easier to use than Dreamweaver, better all round than Frontpage and creates some gorgeous websites. NOTE - This software is expensive for what it does. I got my copy because I built my company a website, and the hosting company I chose gave it away free along with Micrografix Picture Publisher 8 and some other little bits.
Fusion comes in at about the same price as Dreamweaver 3, but offers a much easier route into building and maintaining websites. While FrontPage has largely tried to copy the NetObjects route, it doesn't do it nearly as well, and in the end the decision between the two is easy. If you want real control over the HTML and other published code, then Dreamweaver is the natural choice, but if you want a tool to help you build and maintain a professional website quickly and easily, then make sure you purchase Fusion 5.0
I've been surfing the net for photography websites quiet a lot, and I've seen a few good ones, but there are loads that are really bad. I just log on to someone's homepage and the design is so bad I go straight back. this is bad because this person, trying to advertise their work, will lose potential customer/viewers just because of lack of design quality. People should consider their design well when they decide to launch a website. I'm not saying that everyone should have flashy, trendy design. Find a style that goes well with what you want to present, make it simple, but make it look appealing to the viewer. That way you'll be likely to have more people actually looking at you're site, not just visiting and leaving again straight away. don't make it look cheap. There are loads of programs that allows you to be a bit more creative with you web design. I would recommend a program called "Netobjects". I'm not sure what it costs, but if you'd like a nice website, it's well worth investing in. With Netobjects you can easily arrange your website the way you want it. If you'd like to you can design you entire site in Photoshop and then cut and piece it together in Netobjects. you can easily ad rollover buttons and other fancy features, something that would take a lot of HTML-programming. The great thing is that even if you don't know much about computers and stuff, Netobjects allows you to be more of a designer and less of a geek. Go for it, it's worth it.
NetObjects Fusion is a tool for creating template driven websites — not web pages — websites. The primary target is for small businesses who don't wish to get their hands dirty with the design process. NetObjects claims that the Fusion is the "fastest, easiest way to build business web sites". There is no doubt in that. For this review, I created a basic 5 page web site in approximately 5 minutes, with no previous understanding of the program. This product definitely succeeds at what it aims to do. The question still remains, is it a worthy product for you? This depends on who you are. Fusion is not for everybody. If you like customization or a fine tuned design, or getting your hands dirty wading through HTML, this program is definitely not for you. If you have no interest (or time) in learning to build a website but still want a professional looking site that meets your needs, this is the perfect tool for you. The rank novice could put up a website of adequate quality within minutes. The creation process consists of a few simple steps: The Site: This is where the site is architected. The pages are organized in a tree-like setting. New pages can be created by right clicking on a page and selecting New Page. They are then positioned under the page they were created from in the tree. A large site can be created quickly and efficiently with the use of this window. There is no need to worry about placing links on the pages themselves. Fusion does this for you. The Style Window: This is where you create the look and feel of your website. There are several pre-set templates to choose from. Once a look has been selected, it is automatically applied to all pages in the site. The style menu was nice and easy to use. In addition to the standard settings, such as buttons and banners, you can also specify style sheets within the document. It is also fairly easy to customize a template w
ith your own graphics. This can all be done from the Text Styles dialog box. The Page Window: This is where you modify the individual pages, and add content as necessary. There is a full toolbar where you can add elements easily. Any changes are applied only to the existing page. Styles and other settings can also be changed with the Properties Palette.
As a complete and utter novice to web page design I was amazed at how easy it was to design a fully functional and dare I say pretty impressive business site. It is a package geared to the business end of the market, which seems rather silly because it would be excellent for the average home builder because of its ease of use. However I did get rather carried away and added too many gizmos including continuous loop music, animated graphics,textured backgrounds,flash this and flash that,a brass band and well you get the picture, I lost the plot and was bought down to earth when I realised it would take three years to download. Seriously though if you are like me and thought html was someones user name then check it out.