Guest Author - Stephanie L. Watson
Web site authoring programs (website authoring, programs)
If you are new to web design, even if you have a working knowledge of HTML programming, you might be hesitant about freehand writing code and hoping it turns out correctly upon being read by a web browser. Most people new to website authoring choose to make use of any number of website design programs and tools to help them create webpages. From the free online web generators to the expensive full package programs put out by Adobe, there are website authoring programs for every level of expertise.
If you want a simple, free online HTML authoring service, http://www.online-html-editor.org/ is a good place to start. You are presented with a webpage template upon loading the link, and you can alter it and author it as you see fit using online tools. You may then view the source code in Internet Explorer by clicking on the drop down menu “View” and selecting “View Source” which will display the webpage you just authored in its HTML format. Copy the code and save it to a notepad document saved as an .html file and upload the resulting file to your server. You should then see your edited webpage on your personal URL link.
Many website hosting services such as AOL, yahoo and WordPress also provide native website authoring on their servers, so that subscribers can build webpages directly on the host servers without the need of a separate program and FTP transfer to upload the website file to the server. Some of these services are free, some require a subscription, but most are simple and easy to use, being a few steps above the free HTML authoring site and several steps below a program like Dreamweaver.
Consider where you want to go with your website, your technological needs, and choose the method that best serves you.