The three web page editors I decided to analyze were Nvu, Angelfire, and Tripod. I will discuss each of their features and limitations, first of which is Nvu. Nvu features a CSS editor, FTP, view/edit HTML source, generates valid HTML code, support for templates, and support for multiple websites. Nvu is also relatively easy to use, as one can simply hit the publish button and fill out a few blanks.
Regarding limitations of Nvu, there are a few. For instance, when publishing something, sometimes there may be an error as to why the work could not be published onto the web. Nvu also does not support creation of columns in CSS with WYSIWYG interface. Nvu’s main limitation is that it does not allow the user to create and arbitrarily position DIV blocks.
The next web page editor I will analyze is Angelfire. Angelfire is also the web page editor and web space provider I chose to build my web page on. Regarding Angelfire’s features, I would say that they are not particularly great. However, the reason I chose Angelfire was for its ease of use. One feature which is not particularly great about Angelfire is all the ads in the important positions of your web page. Considering that you are only given 20 MB of space from Angelfire, this is not too generous.
However, even with these limitations, I still chose Angelfire for its ease of use. From their tutorial, I learned how to put up my web page in a very short time. So Angelfire is the easiest to use out of the three web page editors I analyzed. Angelfire is nice for making things such as blogs or photoalbums. Simple web sites are also a good thing to use Angelfire for. Angelfire’s web shell is user-friendly in that it makes putting together your page simple, using file management, file upload, transloader. Making changes to your work is quick and simple as well.
The last web page editor I will analyze is Tripod. Tripod is very similar to Angelfire in many respects, particularly in that it also features 20 MB disk space for its free users, is designed for blogs and photoalbums, and is relatively easy to use as well. Features of Tripod include: RealAudio, RealVideo, password protection of your files, statistics, and instant activation. Its scripting is CGI, SSI and FrontPage Extensions.
Regarding limitations of Tripod besides the 20 MB space are that like Angelfire, ads in the forms of frames and/or pop-ups show up on your web page. Another features about Tripod is the 1,000 MB bandwidth limit per month. Essentially, Tripod is not too different from Angelfire, which is somewhat significantly different from Nvu. The reason Angelfire was chosen over Tripod is mainly because I feel that Angelfire is more easy to use and understand than Tripod, but just by a thin margin.
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