HTML and CSS are powerful tools. Yet building a site from scratch can be a time-consuming chore, even for an experienced web developer. And as demand for web developers rises through the next decade, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the committee at work charged with building their department's web page are going to need all the help they can get.

Flux 7, with a lifetime subscription currently 50%off, is designed to provide that help, whether you're a web development professional looking to turn around assignments more efficiently, or new to web design and in need of all the help you can get. Here's how it works, and why it's a handy tool anyone with an Intel Mac should have in their tray.

A Powerful WYSIWYG Engine

If you're new to HTML, you know that what you see is, too often, not what you get, especially if you forget to close your tags. Flux makes it easier with a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) engine.

Flux turns web design into a drag-and-drop endeavor. Browse through the template library and pick out what works best for your project. Then pull in the files you need, size them with the handles, and you're done. You can even edit some CSS properties without delving directly into the code. It's ideal for landing pages and other content you need to develop and publish quickly, or if you need a site that's easy to run with a minimum of fuss.

As you get more comfortable with coding, Flux helps out with Code Context. You can click any tag, on any page, and it will show you everything the tag does, its function, and how to use it. You can even edit properties by holding down the Command key, and Flux will read the context and roll out a pop-up, letting you change the color, font size, and other edits in a snap. Whether you're learning to code, or just need to turn around a quick edit yesterday, it's a handy tool.

Enhanced Code Editing

If you're more experienced with web design and need to diagnose a problem, fine-tune a complicated feature, or want to view your project come together in real-time, Flux has an enhanced code editor that breaks the site down into its components, complete with code, that makes it easy to move around the page and see where everything is located.

Whenever you want, you can hop into the code directly and edit it, or you can use Code Context to make quick revisions and updates. This reduces turnaround on project times, and makes visualization for clients a snap; just share your screen and edit the code, and they can see the changes in real-time.

Backward Compatibility

Best of all, while Flux can handle HTML 5 and CSS 3 with ease, it's also fully backward compatible with previous versions of HTML. It's ideal for jobs where you have multiple legacy pages to maintain, or need to take apart a site to see how to update it to HTML 5. Nor will you have to work with a copy, as FTP and SFTP support lets you edit on your server copy.

As the internet becomes more central to our lives, web design will be key to almost every job. Whether you want to make web design your career, want to expand your coding background, or just want to keep your small business website fresh with ease, at $49, a lifetime subscription to Flux 7 will make it a snap.

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