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Well Wordpress is a blog oriented CMS (Content Management System) Jerry - not an IDE. DreamWeaver is an IDE but too expensive for my taste these days since they cancelled their Educator option.

If it is not a blog you want you might be better off with Drupal or Joomla. You can explore building a site with Drupal at Drupal Gardens (http://www.drupalgardens.com) they offer a lot of templates and will even host the site or allow you to download the site you built to any other server supporting Drupal.

If you really want simple then a Wiki might be the answer. We've used PMWiki (to avoid having to worry about a database) and MediaWiki (the software behind Wikipedia). Wikis are really oriented to non-HTML literate people making updates by using a simple markup language.

Any of these will work but in part it depends on the features you want. "Plain" website that doesn't require HTML expertise to maintain and that you can add a blog to? Joomla, Drupal or a WiKi.

Blog site that you can add ordinary pages to - Wordpress.

Hope this helps.

P.S. Part of you decision may need to be based on what your service provider already hosts. The one that handles my son's site supports all of the software I have mentioned and will even do a semi-automated set up for you. It is not unusual in that regard 1 & 1 for example offers similar options. If you are running on your own server then your choices depend on what software you already have loaded or are prepared to load.

On 2014-06-19, at 10:19 AM, Jerry C. Adams <midrange@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

A friend and I have a pretty simple web site; one which we designed and
maintain for our high school class. Pretty much pure HTML with a few Java

Right now, whenever someone's address or such changes, they forward it to
me, and I use a text editor to change it. Mike (my partner), who honestly
is the primary designer, wants to migrate it to something called Wordpress,
which I've googled. His reasoning is that it will be easily to make such
changes; i.e., he or I could just make them direct on the server, no FTP

Well, I'm not sure that's a compelling reason, but I'll let that slide.

My question is: What do you use to maintain a web site, and what do you
think about it? I guess I'm really asking about IDEs, such as Dream Weaver
and Wordpress, but I'm sure there are others in the wild.

Like I said, it's a real simple site; no order processing involved! .-)

Jerry C. Adams

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