__/ [Neil Hindry] on Sunday 23 October 2005 14:23 \__
> I am new to Linux and have installed Fedora Core 4 on my laptop PC and
> Mandriva on my Desktop PC.
I am not too familiar with the contents of each distribution, but I will
try to base my opinion on what I believe is installed already. I used
FC2/3 and Mandrake many times in past, but they are less comprehensive and
self-contained than your modern installations.
> I am looking to start my own website and as I am doing my website anyway I
> thought I may as well do it in Linux,
> that way I end up with my finished website but I am also learning more
> about Linux as I go.
Site construction can be correlated to the workings and interaction with
the shell, so I believe the contribution of Web design and Linux is recip-
rocal. I also urge you not to drift to WYSIWYG unless you must (see be-
> When I create my website I want to be able to write the code myself but it
> would also be nice to have the option of something like WYSIWYG where I can
> draw a quick page if needed, but if it cannot have both I prefer to be able
> to write the code myself.
Have a look and see if you have Quanta Plus installed already. It may re-
side under Internet or Development (and variations of these category
names). If you have not got it already, I suggest you go ahead and down-
load it. It can save you some typing and rid you from the need to memorise
tags/elements and tag/element attributes.
If you choose to go for more principled and intuitive Web development, I
suggest you consider a CMS (content management system). Many of these sim-
plify the process of page composition and yet they are highly flexible.
There is a learning curve involved and you need to make your site
database-driven. Have a look at some detailed instructions that are
CMS-specific, which make the task a significantly less daunting one.
> Does anyone know of any good free website creation software for Linux that
> meets my needs described above?
> Where can I get it from?
As I look back at what I said, I suggest you go for a CMS. That's probably
where all sites are headed. HTML code is a low level of granularity that
could not be superseded by WYSIWYG, but CMS tools with symbolic structures
make raw code merely obsolete as time goes on.
> I don't mind if you suggest one program for FC4 and a different one for
> Mandriva but if possible it would be nice to use the same program in FC4
> and Mandriva.
You should be able to run the same program/s in both.
> I hope you can help me.
> I appreciate any help or information given.
Hope it helps,
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