Obtaining and using Homesite
Homesite is a text-based HTML editor. You will type the text and select
the HTML tags from tool bars to format your text. You can see here a
picture of the Homesite
when I was writing this tutorial.
You can obtain Homesite for free
(version 1.2) or buying
a registered copy. The main differences between the two versions
besides price are:
My recommendation is that if you use Homesite infrequently and develop
your pages using another software, probably a WYSIWYG (what you see is
what you get) editor, such as MS Office , WordPerfect, Nvu,
you should get the free version only.
If you use Homesite as your basic HTML editor, then the registered
version is better for you, or yet Dreamweaver
that includes both a graphical environment and Homesite.
- In the free version you can only edit one page at a time.
You have to close one page to work with another. But of course you can
open many instances (copies) of Homesite as needed, allowing you
to work in different pages at the same time.
- In the registered version you can open many pages at the
same time. This is very important for copying text from one page to
another, to develop a page with a series of links to other pages that
you are also creating or editing.
- The free version will not be updated, lacking support to
many new tags created by Mozilla and Microsoft.
- The registered copy is maintained regularly, offers
end-user support, etc. You can download the registered version for a 30
day free trial.
As I said in the introduction, Homesite is a text-based HTML Editor.
You type the page content and format for the content by applying tags
available in a variety of tool bars provided by Homesite -- QuickTab
(basic tags), Fonts, Tables, Frames, Forms, Lists, Tags (all), Styles,
on the toolbar to place the tag around what you selected. You do need
need to know the HTML tag, Homesite will know the
tag and apply it to the text. You can even create your own custom tool
You can also spell-check, verify links, obtain HTML help,
preview your page in a browser, obtain the document weight(gives you
the file size and estimated download time) validate HTML, etc. Many
tags can be changed by right-clicking and choosing new values. Images
(gif, jpg, etc files) that you have locally can be inserted in your
page by dragging and dropping (Homesite creates the tags for you).
Links to local files are done in the same way (drag and drop).
Adobe has created a very good User Manual, including tutorials
to create pages, manage projects, etc, but you would have to download
the trial version of Homesite to read it. The free
version of HomeSite does not have a manual , but use Help
to learn more about it.
time you select the symbol to show the page you created in an external
browser located under Options, as shown in the left, a dialog will
prompt you for the name(s) and location(s) of the external browser(s).
You should have at least Firefox and Internet Explorer as external
browsers so that you can see how your page will look in each one of
them. Again, if you are not a professional developer use
to fix tag problems and create pages you can only do so in text
(source) mode. You can also use Nvu to do similar work in
code, but many times Homesite is easier to work on plain
This page is maintained by Al Bento
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This page was last updated on February 24, 2009. Although we will attempt to
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