NVU is one of the WYSIWYG type of web editors (what you see is what you get). It allows you to drag and drop, copy and paste, and generally shows you what your web page looks like while you are working on it. Unlike Dreamweaver (the ultimate program of this type), NVU is availabe as a free download and so you can use it for developing your web pages without needing to spend money to buy an editor.
The first step to using NVU to create your web pages is of course to download it and install it onto your computer. You can download the appropriate version of NVU for yor operating system from the NVU site. There are three different versions for Windows, Mac OS/X and Linux so make sure that you download the right one.
The next step after downloading NVU is to install it onto your computer. Simply run he file that you downloaded to do this. The install can be run from a regular user account, you don't need to logon as Administrator or Root in order to be able to run the install.
During the install you will be given the option of adding NVU to all the appropriate places where your operating system can run programs from. Simply select your preferred location and allow NVU to add the appropriate symbolic links/shortcuts there.
Once installed you can start the program. When you do this your firewall should pop up an alert telling you that NVU is trying to access the internet. As the program has a built-in FTP option that allows it to copy your pages to the internet (NVU calls this Publishing) you need to allow NVU to have this access. The default settings have NVU popping up a tip box each time you start it with a tip on how to use some feature of the program. It is your choice on whether to allow this to happen or whether to disable it using the checkbox at the bottom of the window. I suggest leaving it enabled at least to start with.
The first time you start the program there will also be another popup asking how you connect to the internet. Unless you connect via a proxy server you don't need to change any of the settings there. You can always access those options via the Options window later if it turns out that you do need to change something.
With those popups closed we finally have NVU open on the screen almost ready to use.
As you can see there are a number of toolbars across the top, an area to list the web pages in your current project on the left, and the main window where you create your pages on the right.
Before we start creating web pages we will want to configure NVU to generate the best possible code.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.