There are various ways you can create and edit the contents of your personal website or an organization or department website. For personal web sites and other sites that are not managed by LiveWhale, there are two tools in use at Southwestern for working on web sites. They are Kompozer and Dreamweaver. Kompozer is an open-source application that runs on both Macs and Windows and can be downloaded from http://www.kompozer.net Dreamweaver is a commercial product from Adobe the runs on both Macs and PCs and the educational price is around $190 at the time of this posting.
In the world of web site creation, the term “publish” is used when you want the world to be able to view your website from a browser. When you are working on your website files, changing the content and saving your work does not necessarily mean that the changes are “on your site”. Most web site design and creation software, such as Kompozer and Dreamweaver, publish your web site content using a protocol called ftp and you need to know the location where to publish the files. ITS has created two documents to help you setup Kompozer and Dreamweaver to use ftp to publish your web site files.
(NOTE: NVU is now under the name Kompozer. If you have been using NVU, please use Kompozer and uninstall NVU. The instructions linked below are written referring to NVU but the steps are the same for Kompozer.)