You can use any of the tools below, or others that you discover, to build a class website. The recommended method for creating a website for this class is this:
  1. Download a free HTML template as a starting point.
  2. Edit the template using Notepad or SeaMonkey.
  3. Upload to your NIU student web server space.

HTML Editors

Commercial: Some commercial HTML editors such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Expression Web are programs that professionals use to author websites. They range from $100-$400 and more, though often have free trial versions for limited time periods.

WYSIWYG: If you are looking for a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor, you can try SeaMonkey, KompoZer, or Amaya.

HTML Templates: Some sites offer free HTML templates that you can download and modify for your purposes. See Open Source Web Design, Open Designs, and Open Web Design.

Website Builders: Other sites enable you to build websites using templates, and host them for free. See Wix and Weebly.

Text Editors: Of course, you can use a text editor such as Notepad to hand-code HTML, to edit pages created with other programs, and to edit HTML templates that you've downloaded.

NIU Server Space and FTP Instructions

NIU Web Server Space for Students
Information regarding your NIU server space and link to FTP instructions.


Most blog programs allow users to create content quickly and easily using templates. The two most popular blog sites are Blogger and Wordpress.


Audacity is a free sound editor with plenty of options.

Graphic Editing Software

Gimp - Open source photo editing

General Links

University of Minnesota Deluth Web Design References-- A useful portal site I found about a year back while working on another project.