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Nethfel

 
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Hi all,

I'm having a heck of a time finding a web development package I like and can afford...

Rapidweaver - cool, but restricted to templates (ugh)
iWeb - more restricted then Rapidweaver, some functions only work if hosted on a site like MobileMe
Kompozer - great if I want to do all design myself - including menus and such - but limited for website plugins or user created plugins for websites (like java scripts, etc)
Freeway - looks neat, but freeway express (within price range) seems to eliminate a lot of functionality (including it seems actions) and freeway pro is way beyond my price range.
Amaya - no.
Dreamweaver - umm, way beyond my price range.

What I'd love to find, but don't know if it exists - is something like:
WYSIWYG Web Builder - reasonably priced, quite powerful for a wysiwyg, has many pre-built scripts, ability to use custom scripts, theme support (but development of a given page doesn't require the use of a theme), nice advanced menu support (dropdowns, etc. without a lot of hand work), etc. for the Mac.

Yes, I could just run that web builder in a VM, but honestly, I'd prefer a Mac native solution rather then using a VM/bootcamp/additional computer

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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If I were you i would find something that can make the job done with not have to spend that much money. I use Sandvox and Dreamweaver.

Sandvox for some fast work and Dreamweaver for some legit professional work
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Ironic, I just made a post about installing CMS Made Simple.

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I saw your post the other day... I actually already know how to install/use a CMS, but, honestly, I don't want to use a CMS system for this website - at least not one quite like that one - if I were to use a CMS, at this point, I'd do the overall design and my own PHP to integrate into a back end that was just designed for creating content (ie: using PureEdit CMS PureEdit, Making content management purely simple. ) - I've never been good at building templates for CMS systems (whether it be CMS Made simple, joomla, drupal, etc.).

To Ernestkarelia: Unfortunately, Dreamweaver is a tinsy bit beyond my financial means Sandvox may be interesting, but I'll have to try it out.

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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If you haven't seen them there are a lot of third-party templates for RapidWeaver. Plus, if you dig into the CSS with a text editor and any image editing application you can heavily customize an RW template.

Hopefully that was helpful to you.

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