Tricks and Tools
Use these helpful pages to make the most
out of your site
How to get started
Building web pages can be done in many ways. There are templates,
there are themes, and there are creative designs. You don't need
pages. Our best recommendation is to use an editor to do the bulk
of the work.
Macromedia DreamWeaver - The tool we use, excellent flexibility
Adobe InDesign - We don't use it but others rave about it.
HoTMetaL Pro - An excellent shareware product.
Microsoft Frontpage - We don't recommend this program, but it is
easy to learn.
For those who want to code
OK, so you like programming by hand, then by all means go for it.
You should start by spending time on sites to pick up ideas on good
design or have good links to resources. While we have included a
few tools here, you'll flatten your learning curve by making some
of the following sites part of your "favorites" or "bookmarks"
and visiting them regularly.
www.macromedia.com - Always something going on for developers
www.shockwave.com - Excellent dynamic content which changes often
The next group of links we offer with hesitancy. Many of them have
outrageous offers and banners for services which really are
too good to be true. It's the content which we found worthy, the
rest, well, take it as you will.
Scripts - Everyone knows these scripts, our provider even installs
some of these as tools for our use. Form Mail, Guest book and more.
High quality scripts.
www.HWG.org - If you're interested in joining a group not affiliated
with any particular vendor, here's a good one. They have plenty
of links to other resources. Some links go right to the original
leaders of the web W3C and NCSA.
Visit their Resources pages for a great "free" education.
While there are others out there, start with these. If you find
some you feel deserve to be here instead then by all means send
us a note.
Want to make those pages look good? Here are some more tools which
More . . . (Tips, page 2)