Free Website Editor

For years I have kept my eyes open for a free and easy to use Web Page Editor. Personally, I like to use Dreamweaver to create Web pages, but it is expensive and I realize that it is way more powerful than most teachers (or even I) need.

So, I was thrilled to come upon NVU. According to their web site:

"Finally! A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a "new view") makes managing a web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML."

On the NVU web site there are links to a forum, a wiki, a blog and even a chat about the software. The creator of this software wants input and wants to create a useful product. I scanned through the forum and found that there are limitations to NVU, but that it is excellent for creating a simple Web page, which is what most teachers are interested in doing.

  • Go to the Site Manager.
  • Click Edit Sites.
  • Give the Site a name.
  • Click Select Directory

This will create a folder on your desktop. Just like other Website creators, you will want to create a folder for images and possibly for the different subdirectories. If you have experience creating Websites, NVU will work the same.

Go To Your Site Folder and save your images to the image folder.

Barbara added: "I found that if you know HTML and understand CSS styles, this program will be an easy fit. Some of the instructions are difficult for new users."

For more complete step-by-step directions, go to this NVU Tutorial.

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