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Am planning on setting up a webpage but at the moment am unsure which program to use to design the site. Having read a few reviews I'm looking at either Namo WebEditor 6.0 or NetObjects Fusion 8.0. Any advice as to which one to get? Or even suggest another version/program.
If you want to buy a program I'd suggest Namo Web Editor 6 Suite over NetObjects for several reasons.
NetObjects is a wonderful and vastly underrated program, capable of very nice output in the right hands but the Namo Web Editor 6 Suite ships with some really nice built in tools that could swing things in its favour. You get an excellent bulletin board/forum system (PHP and MySQL), image tools like the GIF animator, image slicer, screen capture and vector drawing tool, the web editor itself is good with lots of page templates and built in themes, and it has an easy to use menu system similar to FrontPage. It also has excellent site management capabilities and good database integration built in. NetObjects can handle databases too, but to make life a little easier it helps to download an additional third party driver to connect direct to MySQL.
To be honest, it all depends on how much you want to spend and how much time you want to devote to learning the program.
Nvu, as suggested by zootmo, is certainly a worthwhile consideration, especially since it is free. It does not have the range of templates and themes of other products but that it not its strength. It gives you a FrontPage-like program for nothing but the cost to download and its results are very pleasing. At the very least you could try it to see how you get along.
It doesn't matter how much you spend or which product you buy, it still falls down to you as the programs user to learn to get the best out of the software. A good website design requires a good designer. The program only does what you tell it to do and once you progress beyond the included themes and templates it all comes down to you to steer the direction your sites take.
Either NetObjects 8 or the Namo Web Editor 6 Suite will more than produce the goods for you. If cost is a governing factor then Namo is cheaper by some margin. Namo is $89 (that's US dollars - about £60 or so) to buy online and the download is 141.1 MB. NetObjects is £132.50 to buy online and the download is around 100 MB.
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