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New computer, new software

Well, I'm delighted with it so far - a Dell Dimension 8150, and I've been putting lots of CDs on it, and installing old and new software. Thanks for all your advice.

But I've been hit by an unexpected snag: what software to use for maintaining my websites? It's a good five years since I seriously considered this question. I have been happily using Arachnphilia 4.0 for HTML mark-up, and an old version of WS_FTP for file transfer, but both seem to have been deprecated by their respective authors and you have to pay for the new ones (and I didn't like tha later version of Arachnophilia I tried anyway). And I suppose there are probably better programs out there, if I could be bothered to look.

Any recommendations for a good HTML and FTP program, preferably free but if it's really really good I am prepared to pay?

Edited to add: Well, a consensus rapidly developed (thanks, qatsi, sugarimp and dougs) around Filezilla for FTP, and I've tried it and it works very well. Any thoughts about HTML editors? sugarimp offers Stone's Webwriter - any views?

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uitlander
May. 21st, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
FTP - try Filezilla. Its free and it works.
qatsi
May. 21st, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
FTP clients
WinSCP is great, but it seems that it only does secure copying (SCP/SFTP) so if your servers only support FTP it may be no good to you.

FileZilla is quite nice.
sugarimp
May. 21st, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
For FTP I use FTP explorer, which is simple and fuss free. http://www.ftpx.com/

For html, I use Stone's Webwriter, which I adore, because it's got everything without being too heavy http://www.webwriter.dk/english/
sugarimp
May. 21st, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Actually, the FTP explorer version I use is ancient, when it was free. So now I recommend filezilla.
tanngrisnir
May. 21st, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
If you are using Windows, try HTML-kit.

Filezilla is pretty good as a graphical FTP-client; remember that you can FTP from the DOS prompt, BTW.

tanngrisnir
May. 21st, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
I meant to say, HTML-kit does incorporate a site management tool to save files to the server.
jackthomas
May. 21st, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Try NVU http://www.nvu.com/index.php for html authoring.
autopope
May. 21st, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Seconded. Cross-platform, based on the Firefox codebase, and free as in speech.
wwhyte
May. 21st, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
I do html authoring in a text editor, but then I don't do anything too clever with style sheets ect ect.
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nwhyte
May. 22nd, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)
I don't think you can be respected as a true "hardcore geek" if you still use internet explorer!!!!!
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