1. For someone who is pretty limited technologically, would Amaya be
beyond my abilities to use?
2. Is it realistic for me to approach using Amaya now with the idea
that I can become even more adept at using it as my knowledge of
understanding and writing HTML grows. The idea being that
somewhere down the line, It will all come together for me?
3. Does Amaya offer a simple 'Publish' button for uploading to a host
or is uploading to a server only done through ftp?
4. Does an Amaya-built Website require or recommend a Linux server on
which to host it?
5. Is hosting an Amaya-built Website a fairly common thing for most
hosting companies such that they would not require much, if
anything, from me to prepare for my uploading the site to their
First off; your website (theweekincongress.com) looks quite good - there
are some suggestions I could make but that's outside this reply. Let me
provide my thoughts on your questions.
1. Given the complexity of your current website you should have no
problems with using Amaya. In fact after an initial getting used
to it period you may find Amaya much easier and it ought to
produce "lighter" and more standards compliant (X)HTML code.
2. Yes! The nice things about Amaya is its standards compliance and
ease of use. I recommend it to a group of not-for-profit folks I
provide help to.
3. I think so. I don't use this feature; my use of Amaya tends to be
as my word processing tool of choice. I've made the switch (over
time) from MS Office to Open Office and now to Amaya and produce
all my documents in HTML form (they are much smaller and contain
no malicious macros) and if needed convert them to PDF format
using PDF Creator.
4. No! Most certainly not. Amaya produces simple (X)HTML text
documents that can be served by any web server.
5. There is NO additional requirement for hosting Amaya produced web
A useful thing I have done to suit my own use is to change the Amaya
"home page" to a local document I call "normal.html" which automatically
loads with Amaya. It works the same as the "normal" template in MS Word
Another option to using Amaya for your website is to move to WordPress.
I have done this for the group I mentioned above (see
www.u3anet.org.au). WordPress has a steeper learning curve than Amaya
but is ideal if there are multiple authors/editors and most don't have
HTML skills. If, however, your website is produced by just you then I
would stick with Amaya.
Hope that helps.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to
conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the
introduction of a new order of things — Niccolo Machiavelli, /The
Prince/, ch. 6