Useful Free Software for Web Design Beginners

When it first became available to public, and for some time after, internet was a one way street for most people. You could use it to find information but aside from leaving comments and participating in online communities on forums, the great majority of users were not able to claim a piece of it for themselves. One needed to be quite knowledgeable to make and maintain a website. However, situation has changed drastically. Even though you still need a lot of knowledge and talent to make a great website that both looks good and performs impeccably, basic websites and blogs can be made by just about anyone with enough determination, the most rudimentary knowledge of web design and just a little bit of money. If for some reason you wish to create such a site and need some help, we can recommend some amazing free tools that will enable you to do just that.

WordPress

Chances are, that even if you are a complete beginner in the field, you have already heard about WordPress, however, it would be remiss not to mention it here all the same. WordPress is a content management system which was streamlined so that it is very easy to use, but it still offers everything that you might need for your pet project (which is not to say that it is not good enough for making more professional websites). People mostly use it to quickly make, often quite good looking, blogs, but, with some effort, you could make a more than decent site for your business. One of the best things about WordPress is that it is open source, meaning anyone can view its program code, which in turn means that a huge number of people have been making add-ons and improvements, which are also mostly free. If you find it lacking in options you might consider giving Joomla a try. It is free as well, and the fact that you need to be a bit more proficient in web design to use it also means that you can do much more with it.

NetObjects Fusion Essentials

Similarly to WordPress, NetObjects Fusion Essentials is a tool which allows you to build a website from scratch, without knowing anything about coding. It is a free web development application which provides you with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, which allows you to put your site together simply by dragging and dropping the elements that you wish to use. It has a number of additional features, such as form builders, photo gallery tools and general site management tools, but if you want the free version, your access to some if its features will be limited. However, if you only need a quick and easy way to make a simple but good looking website, the options that will be available to you with the free version are more than enough.

Gimp

Regardless of how easy it might be for you to make a site, if you want it to be pleasing to the eye you will have to spend quite a lot of time working in an image processor. Gimp is probably the best free software of that type that is currently available. The fact that a lot of professionals are using it even though they could easily buy Adobe Photoshop says enough about the quality of this piece of software and the options that it offers. It can do everything that you might need as far as image editing is concerned, retouching or resizing the images as you see fit, but it is still quite easy to learn how to effectively use it. This combination, coupled, of course, with the fact that it is completely free, makes Gimp an ideal image editor for beginners.

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