Pros Easy site organization/reorganization, automatic nav. bar creation and maintenance, use of editable themes to easily control visuals
Cons Occasional need to edit html.
Summary The official Cnet review didn't mention the main factors I bought NAMO for:
1) Themes are editable and applicable to pages as desired. These control most of the visual appearance of a page very easily and seamlessly.
2)The Site Editor allows you to easily insert, delete, and rearrange the pages (drag and drop) and completely takes care of all the Navigation Bar changes for you. In addition it's really easy to change nav bars appearance with the Themes and the nav. bar type by right click + editing their properties.
I find the wysiwyg editor view a lot like Microsoft Word to use, but of course somewhat more to deal with. Tables, and other features will seem very familiar.
I've been using Webeditor for about three years and have upgraded to each new version. I tried Microsoft Front Page first since I already had it in Office. Webeditor was much easier, seemed more capable, and puts out more standard code. The Webeditor new site Wizard seemed to take quite a while to work through, but it was really instrumental in getting my first site up easily and really quickly considering the overall time spent. I've had several other people switch to Webeditor at my suggestion and none have gone back.
MS Word files have a lot of extraneous word processor stuff if you try to paste a full .doc file. Be sure to accept all changes before you paste to Webeditor. You are much better off to copy and past from an open .doc file. Or, usually even better, in Word do a File + Save As: Webpage, then close the Word file and reopen the resulting html file, then copy and past that. The latter technique usually give the cleanest transfer, especially if using footnotes or other advanced Word features. Webeditor has some Tools to help clean up extraneous stuff from MS Word files, but be sure to save your page before using them. You're still best off to paste in the cleanest file you can.
Note that these are MS Word issues that would affect any html editor. Extraneous unrecognized code shows up as gold icons with a ? in the Webeditor wysiwyg editor. They're also easy to manually delete or use Find and Replace.
Once in a while the wysiwyg editor gets confused a little, probably due to my incorrect editing techniques, and some minor editing of HTML is required. Adding special html, php, etc is very easy using the tabbed windows to change viewing modes. One small peculiarity is that Webeditor doesn't add the .htm or .html file extension automatically when inserting a new page, perhaps because there are choices.
Overall, the program works very well and is much more capable than I am. I have created and maintain three websites, with 6 to 16 pages. I think it could easily handle much larger sites.
Pros Easy to use, easy to understand, great features
Cons Phone support -not that I really needed it!
Summary I have been using this quiet product for years now and always go with their newest product. I have been in a pich and needed to to create better than average sites in a pinch. This product has allowed that to happen---error free.
C-Net's review pales and makes it sound like this program is just one step above "freeware" and Front Page. I threw out Go Live, Dreamweaver, and a bunch of other here-today-gone-tomorrow products, and my replacement has been WebEditor and will continue to be so.
The first reviewer mentioned support being weak, I will concede that their phone support lacks a solid backbone. I have not had to use the phone support for WebEditor, but for some of their other products and they are all tied into the same support line.
The user forums are where I get most help/advice, but that is usually my preference for any product I own (users tend to take products to the limit and are much more creative).
I always manage to discover something new with each release and this is no disappointment at all.
I HIGHLY recommend this over any other web developement product...bar none!
"A real stinker"on by solus2sail
Pros I can't think of a thing.
Cons Doesn't deliver, No support.
Summary Web Editor 06 is a sharp looking package that falls far short of what is promised.
Editing may be WYSIWYG but publishing same is another matter.
I have read many posts to the forums and apparently I am not alone.
While not a beginner, I have read the help files supplied with the program but found few answers to guide me.
There is no on-line support available and user telephone support is not an option.
I created a web site using the site manager feature but when published, many of the pages created were nowhere to be found.
Creating and uploading a single page is likewise a frustrating effort.
While WebEditor looks great when loaded, in practical use it falls far short of expectations.
Even a feedback letter is returned "I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is a permanent error; I've given up".
My personal advice, spend your hard earned money on a more reliable program.
Pros Lots of features. Very WYSIWYG
Cons No tech support, holes in the manual, Help commands don't do what they say they will
Summary Namo may have a great product if only I could use it. Their tech support is non-existent. The product is billed as an easy WYSIWYG program ideal for first time web editors. That's me. I'm proficient on basic computer use and have used Netscape's composer successfully in the past, but I don't know HTML and have never used a higher end editing program.
The manual looks pretty good at first. It is annoying to read through 4 sentences explaining what a cursor is, but it does suggest that they are starting from the beginning for first time users. The problem is two-fold. First, they skip steps. There is great information on setting up your site tree and great information on laying out pages, but nothing on how to get from your site tree to the screan that will lay out the pages. Lots of omissions like that. Maybe a more experienced editor could figure it out. Secondly, the program doesn't do what it says it will do. Again with the site tree, the Help menu says if you click on one of the pages listed on your site tree, it will open the page. Sounds great, but it doesn't happen.
The real problem is tech support - there isn't any. There is a phone number in the manual that is not working. On the web site, the support page has a picture of three smiling people in head-sets - this is a cruel joke. There are no phone numbers unless you count the one for South Korea. They have a forum for questions that are supposed to get answered by their support people. I've been waiting for an answer for 5 days. Nothing. Furthermore they don't even tell you where to look for an answer - will they email it or do you have to go back on the site and check in? I've tried both. I also emailed their sales and PR people since those were the only direct emails available - nothing.
Bottom line - I think this could be a great progam if they worked on the kinks, fixed the manual, and had good tech support. As it is, I'm just grateful that the store where I bought it is going to let me exchange the open box.
Pros I can't say much positive because I give up.
Cons Their support group must not know English or they don't understand their own product.
Summary After buying the product I was able to get a new web page up. Updating it became a problem. I have spent 3 days at this. Responses were "not enough information" or wrong information because they didn't understand. They don't seem to have a phone or at least no one speaks English at it. No tutorials so I would expect more support to be available. I give up on this software. I suspect the positive reviews are experts or employess because I don't see it. What good is it if their manual is hard to read, little to no support and it continually crashes. I'm just counting this up as a learning experience. A tutorial and a phone number would be a huge improvement.