Web Site Design Tool Doesnt Impress

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-05-31 Print this article Print

eWEEK Labs finds Straight2web's interface to be unintuitive and poorly designed.

Engineering Adventures Straight2web 2.02 is a Web site creation and design tool that has more in common with form-based content management systems than it does with traditional WYSIWYG authoring tools.

To create a site with Straight2web 2.02, released last month, users follow a step-by-step process to design a site layout and pages, add content, and publish the site. However, there were several interface problems where buttons to delete menus failed to work, and while I could move items up in menu listings, I couldnt move them down.

In general, I found the interface to be unintuitive and poorly designed. Companies that like the template approach to site creation should look at open-source portal products. Those looking for a basic Web-authoring tool that provides company control over where content can be added should look at Macromedias Contribute.

Click here to read eWEEK Labs review of Macromedia Contribute. Straight2web is priced at $175 for a single-user license or $435 for a multiuser business license. A free noncommercial trial version can be downloaded at www.straight2web.co.uk.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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