Using Office Publisher 2007

India
March 1, 2013 1:34am CST
I have Office Publisher 2007 installed on my laptop. Can I use it to design my web site that I want to use professionally? I don't have Dreamweaver at the moment. Can I then use the files from Office Publisher 2007 to Dreamweaver? I am aiming at designing something like paid-to-write site. Please suggest me.
2 responses
• Indonesia
2 Mar 13
You will never need Dreamweaver if you only plan to build one simple website without newest features and technology. I am a web developer and i have made 3 complete web applications so far, and you know what i use? Notepad.
• India
2 Mar 13
I don't know how "new" are the "newest" features, but as I have said above that I am speaking about a paid-to-write site, then I guess, I won't be able to do so through the MS Publisher alone, right? As for your apps are concerned, you have used notepad. Well, that's fine. But if we consider the extensions used while saving the file, we get many types to choose from. Notepad is just a medium, it is the file extension that matters, isn't it?
• Indonesia
2 Mar 13
I rarely use WYSIWYG editor till today to build websites so i can't say anything about MS Publisher, i have used DW once and didn't like it, i prefer to hand coding everything. No, but the code that matters. In fact all websites is just a bunch of text, a source code. Even with just a simple text editor you can make any website you can imagine. And about extension its just extension and all websites source code is just a text, when you save file with notepad just put double quotes on file name to give it different extension, example "index.php".
• India
3 Mar 13
I haven't also used MS Publisher until now. When I started this discussion, it was my first day of opening that software even when it was installed on my laptop for about three years. You won't believe that and neither do I Anyways, I had used MS Frontpage and had built a beautiful site there, which was as a part of my course study. However, I never followed that as I wasn't really interested in it then. That was about 10 years ago. But now, I really feel like going back to designing. I haven't seen how DW looks like but what fascinates me is the drag and drop like functions so it's easy to use. Well, I had a bit knowledge about HTML during that course what I had learnt then. However, I have forgotten some of those things as I never followed up. But yes, using the double quotes is something I am hearing after a lot of days
@owlwings (38064)
• Cambridge, England
1 Mar 13
You can use Publisher (and Word) to create web pages but the HTML code it produces tends to be unnecessarily complicated and leads to slow loading websites. If you imported the HTML files created by Publisher into Dreamweaver, Dreamweaver would certainly help with tidying up and rationalising them but you might still have to spend many hours correcting the problems which Publisher caused. Publisher relies heavily on frames for its formatting (comparable to the old 'scissors and glue pot' method of laying out a page for print, where each block of text, image &c is on a separate piece of paper or film and is stuck in place to give the final layout). When this is translated to HTML, it results in some rather complex code which contains a lot of redundancy and is quite difficult to work with in something like Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver itself is a very powerful package, of course, but has a steep learning curve. I used to be very familiar with MS Office (now, I think, I can only claim to be 'quite familiar') and found Publisher fairly easy to work with. When I tried to transfer my skills to Dreamweaver, however, I found that the concept was so different that I needed to 'unlearn' many things and needed to start again from scratch (which I didn't really have the time or inclination to do at that point).
• India
2 Mar 13
Thanks for this important feedback, mate. I have never thought that there could be such complications using these two software together. By the way, I had designed web sites in Microsoft Frontpage, I guess, in the 2001 edition. Now, the name has been changed. But then would it be okay to directly design the site in dreamweaver? Is it compatible when publishing the sites like the others that are on the web? I heard that DW is easy to use and has many options like drag and drop. That is why I want to give priority to DW.