i would like to make a personal website...
here's the problem.. i don't know what to use... about the graphic designing... photoshop cs? or gimp?
about the website design.. either dreamweaver 8, or just plain notepad or frontpage...
please help... what are the advantages and disadvantages on using these software...
I recommend to use
Dreamweaver 8 or later for Designing. ( if you know HTML or XHTML) then use notepad or some other similat software.
For Graphic Designing i recommend Fireworks 8 or later. Fireworks is said to be the Dreamweaver's companion. I really works fine (even more than fine) with Dreamweaver.
what more you want to know?
I am using these two and i am totally satisfied. Dreamweaver gives you a total control over CSS and SERVER SCRIPTING Languages and it hav by defalt functions that make it run better with Fireworks.
I started out with Frontpage and Paint, but now use Frontpage (raw code work is actually well organized, compared to the quality of the WYSIWIG) and the GIMP simply because it does what I need it to do.
I would also recommend setting up a Wordpress blog if you don't know anything about web coding. There are tons and tons of excellently designed Wordpress themes out there. With the quality I've seen, I'm not really sure it's fair to generalize them as 'cookie-cutter'. Also, if you decide to go with Wordpress, make sure you check into the plugins scene. They're easy to install and use and they'll help you customize your blog experience in many different ways, from SEO to fighting spam.