Web Site Design Tool Doesnt Impress

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-05-31
 
 
 

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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