Monday, October 30, 2006

NVU: Free and Easy Web Design Program for (Music) Educators

Like most teachers, I find myself often in the position of having a million new and great ideas but no budget to support them. One idea a few years ago was to create and maintain a website that would serve as the information gateway for my program. My students could find and download assignments and parents could locate information and important dates without calling school.

I knew nothing about web design then so I used what was available at school which happened to be Microsoft FrontPage. I was glad to learn Frontpage is a wysiwyg editor (what you see is what you get) meaning that no html coding skills were needed to create the webpages. As I learned more about web design and a little about html coding, I began to become frustrated with FrontPage’s insistence on intruding on the code in my web pages. Microsoft takes the credit for your page by inserting its own stamp every time you update a page.

Having become intrigued by Open Source Software this summer, I wondered if there was a good open source web design program. It turns out there are many but I chose one that I feel is superior: NVU

NVU is a wysiwyg Web Design Program that I find serves my needs better than Microsoft Frontpage. Some of the features are:

  • WYSIWYG editing of pages, making web creation as easy as typing a letter with your word processor.
  • Integrated file management via FTP. Simply login to your web site and navigate through your files, editing web pages on the fly, directly from your site.
  • Reliable HTML code creation that will work with all of today's most popular browsers.
  • Jump between WYSIWYG Editing Mode and HTML using tabs.
  • Tabbed editing to make working on multiple pages a snap.
  • Powerful support for forms, tables, and templates.
  • The easiest-to-use, most powerful Web Authoring System available for Desktop Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh users.

Read about NVU at its WIKI site here. Download it here.

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