Websites can be constructed with nothing more than a free text editor, a free WordPress theme, or with any one of dozens of Mac and Windows applications which help to design, create, and manage websites. Here’s one of the best for the Mac.
Information Super Freeway Pro
For many years Mac website developers struggled with Adobe’s venerable Dreamweaver package, which is now part of Creative Cloud, and comes with a monthly subscription price tag.
Among the attractive list of alternatives is Freeway Pro, very much a drag-and-drop app which combines most of the modern buzzword website components into an easy-to-use package.
The latest version lets developers create websites using responsive web design so the site’s layout adapts and responds to the screen size of any mobile device, Mac or Windows PC.
Freeway Pro uses a slightly different approach to creating a website, and follows the more traditional desktop publishing layout tools.
Select a template, drop in navigation menus, add social network and search engine components, throw in forms, photo galleries, videos, comment sections, and much more. It’s far easier and faster than using Dreamweaver (Hey, Adobe, 1999 called and they want their website tool back!).
Content in Freeway Pro can be animated with new transitions. Tables are easily created using the table tool. Menus can be generated automatically with CSS Menus.
Freeway Pro may not be quite as easy as selecting a template for a WordPress site because control over layout and design remains with the designer, not the programmer. Unlike WordPress, though, Freeway Pro does not require the MySQL database to manage. The site stored on your Mac is easily uploaded to the website’s server, and you always have a full backup locally.
There are less expensive ways to build a complex website, but there’s not an easier way to create a customized site full of bells and whistles that also adheres to all the industry buzzword features.