[Scottish] HTML templating software?

Robert(Rob) M. Schneider scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Tue Dec 3 06:32:00 2002


Far as I know (and I continue to look) there is nothing which comes close to 
Microsoft FrontPage for these features.  Your pages are static, wish to have 
templates, themes, etc. etc. As you observed, PHP is probably not what you 
want (it' a programming language).

There are quite a few tools in Linux dealing with editing HTML and XML pages, 
but nothing I've found for building/managing web "sites".   When I read 
reviews of web site tools in the Linux magazines, they tend to focus on web 
"page" development  and then jump to the other side of the spectrum to talk 
bout "programing" web pages. Very big leap with a lot of ground missed--but 
filled nicely with Front Page.  

I retain my Windows setup to run FrontPage.  I use Win4Lin on the desktop, 
and I'm increasingly using rdesktop to access and remotely use an XP box for 
this purpose.

You can supplement FrontPage's publishing capability with something like 
"sitecopy" (search Google for this word to find it's home page) to publish 
(move from development server to production server) by command or by a 
sheduled cron job in Linux.

On Monday 02 Dec 2002 10:53 pm, David Marsh's list-reading hat wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've decided to rebuild my website from scratch as it desperately needs
> an overhaul. (It's currently such a mess that I'm not even going to
> mention the URL).
> I've been doing a bit of searching around of late to see if there are
> useful Linux-based tools that I could use in order to help writing the
> site, using 'templates' (ie, common themes for pages, including basic
> layout, navigation bars, etc, such that I can change the template and
> have the appearance of the whole site change in one easy go).
> Most of the pages on my site will be static, so I'm looking for a tool
> that I use offline on my local machine to make each page as and when
> needed, and then upload changes to the server, rather than something
> which runs (and stores all my data) server-side.
> (Having said that, I'm currently learning to play with PHP "just
> because", but it seems overkill for pages which will be static)
> Does anybody have any experience in this area, and any tools that they
> would recommend?
> Either a command-line tool using hand-built template/config/source
> files, or a GUI-based 'HTML editor', I'm not fussy which ;-)
> Thanks,
> David.
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