Web design advice

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by MB, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. MB

    MB Guest

    I wonder if anyone has any siggestions about web design software.

    I have used FrontPage for many years but want to change. I have a lot
    of photographs to share (certainly hundreds and quite possibly
    thousands). I tried Serif WebPlus X2 but it cannot handle large numbers
    of flash photo galleries and ground to a halt as I added more and more.

    Has anyone any suggestions for alternatives.


    MB
     
    MB, Aug 31, 2009
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    Richard Guest

    You could give Xara Web Designer a try.
    http://www.xara.com/uk/products/webdesigner

    Richard
     
    Richard, Aug 31, 2009
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  3. MB

    MB Guest

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    Thanks, I had not thought of that though seen the name around.

    Not after anything "fancy" in the layout etc just menus linking to
    pages. It is just a way to make some photographs that I have taken on a
    subject available for some others to see.


    MB
     
    MB, Sep 2, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    Deamweaver is the "photoshop" of the web world. It is very good. If
    you can find a copy of DW8 that will run on both MAC and PC from the
    same CD

    The problem with Fontpage was it's tendency to use MS extensions that
    only ran on MS servers.
     
    Chris H, Sep 2, 2009
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  5. It does have an option not to - resulting in HTML that's only twice as
    bloated as it needs to be, instead of ten times as bloated. Still horrid
    though.

    For very large numbers of images, it really is worth going dynamic. I.e.
    storing details of each image in a database (eg mysql), then using PHP
    (or whatever) to build the web page only when requested. Takes more
    setting up, but makes life a lot easier when you want to add more
    images, change the way they appear or allow visitors to search on
    specific criteria.

    Although I've done it by hand, writing my own code, I'm sure there are
    off-the-shelf versions available. ThumbsPlus, for example, supports
    mysql so should make it easy to set up the database.
    Come to think of it, the "web page wizard" in ThumbsPlus can also be
    used to create static (not dynamic) thumbnail based webpages which might
    be a useful starting point, then add the dynamic stuff later if desired.
     
    Willy Eckerslyke, Nov 12, 2009
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