My first foray into producing a webpage was to code it by hand using HTML. The learning-
When I bought Microsoft Office ‘97, this came with FrontPage -
In 2005, I wanted to create a new website and looked for an update for FrontPage, but found that it was becoming obsolescent, so I looked around for something to replace it and perhaps add more functionality. I tried DreamWeaver, the so-
The search was on to find a solution to my quest. I will not bore you with details of my journey, but rather to say that I found the answer in Serif’s WebPlus. Although delighted with the program, I must say that I found it to have one limitation (if that’s the right word) -
Here is a screen-
You can draw shapes, text and
lines from here, and perform
fills and crops etc.
Web Properties Toolbar
Shortcuts to performing
hyperlinks, anchors, popup
menus, and setting export options etc.
Gives quick access to a panel
that will slide in from the left
(Not shown here) containing a huge set of options for formatting objects
Text Formatting Toolbar
A large selection of text formatting options are available from here.
Start new website
Open and Save
Attach HTML Code
View site structure.
Preview site/page in various browsers.
Publish site/page to web or folder or as a picture or PDF file.
Attach to right/bottom.
I look upon this as the colour control centre. It provides ways to choose/view colours, either from palettes or from named colour schemes. New colour schemes can be designed and saved here too.
Various colour gradients can also be selected and applied.
Line weights/colours and dot-
Create/select Master Pages.
Create/select web pages
View list of objects on current page.
View/select styles for objects
View/select/create colour schemes.
Another way to align objects.
Transform (resize/rotate) objects.
Right from the start I found WebPlus as easy to use as a word-
The user interface is pretty much as shown above when WebPlus is first launched, but there are many ways in which it can be customised to suit the workflow of the user. Toolbars can be moved around, and either placed horizontally or vertically. More toolbars can be added, and existing ones removed as required. The buttons on the toolbars can also be customised -
Sites and individual pages may be constructed using a variety of built-
Previewing single pages and whole sites in a variety of browsers is very easily accomplished, so it is easy to check the appearance and quality of your work as you go. Whole sites or single pages may be published to disc-
For websites involved with financial transactions, there is support for PayPal E-
In the 7 years that I have been using WebPlus, through various upgrades, I have never regretted investing in this program.
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