Originally produced by Allaire, Macromedia's HomeSite is an designed for those that like
to hand code their web pages. Newcomers to web design or those that prefer a WYSIWYG
environment may want to consider Macromedia other product Dreamweaver.
One of HomeSite's strongest points is the editing window. There are numerous options
including color-coding, tag help, validation, and code optimisation. It recognises XHTML
documents and validates and edits tags accordingly. Unicode and other international
character sets are support by a new double-byte mode.
Secure Uploading of Files
A useful FTP manager handles connections and file uploads to your server. This can be used
as an alternative to the inbuilt FTP utility in our shopping cart setup program. It also
support 40 bit encryption for FTP using Secure Sockets Layer(SSL).
The Auto Backup feature regularly saves your work to a folder of your choice. You
can retrieve not only the last document to be saved, but also earlier versions of pages.
One of the benefits of Macromedia acquisition of Homebase is the Integration with
Fireworks. Graphics and layouts created in Fireworks can now be imported directly into
You can configure multiple browsers for to view and test your web pages and not
just limit your self to Internet Explorer. The design window can also be split into a a
code view and a browser view. Any changes in code being instantly viewable on the browser
This check that the webpage conforms to the XHTML standard as recommended by the World
Wide Web Consortium. The built-in validator will point out the slightest error in any web
page and help make your web page viewable in the widest range of browsers possible.
Beginners may be put off by the programs steep learning curve, but experienced
web designers who prefer to code by hand will be hard pushed to find a better product.