Nvu (pronounced "N-view," for a "new view") is a free, open source
software program that allows you to build websites and web pages using a simple WYSIWYG
(what-you-see-is-what-you-get). Nvu makes creating web pages as easy as
using a word processor
and rivals such programs as Adobe's Dreamweaver and
Microsoft's Expression Web, only for free! With Nvu's built-in site
manager, connecting to your website and making changes is a snap.
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Building Your Website with Nvu
While not as easy as using the
, creating a website with Nvu isn't too difficult. You can have a site up and
running in no time with these three simple steps:
1. Get a Domain Name.
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2. Get a Hosting Provider.
If you don't want to set up your own
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3. Use Nvu to Create Web Pages.
Once you have a server, you simply use the
built-in FTP site manager in Nvu to connect to your site and start creating web
pages. It's as easy as using a word processor. We'd recommend you
check out the many tutorial videos
users have created on YouTube to help you get
The Nvu Open Source project was started several years ago by Linspire, Inc. At
that time, Linspire
was committed to bringing Desktop Linux to
the masses, and realized that an easy-to-use web authoring system was needed for
Linux to continue its expansion to the Desktop. Linspire contributed significant
capital, expertise, servers, bandwidth, marketing, and other resources to
bring Nvu to life, not just for Linux, but also for Microsoft Windows and Apple
Linspire contracted with Daniel Glazman
to be the lead developer and maintainer for the Nvu
project. Daniel was the chief architect for Mozilla Composer and brought a
tremendous amount of experience and expertise to the Nvu project.
Nvu was started from the Mozilla Composer
as the Mozilla Internet suite
was broken up into individual pieces (browser, email,
etc.). Nvu picked up where Composer left off, adding additional features,
functionality and ease of use.
Linspire abandoned the Nvu project when it was sold to Xandros in 2008.
Fortunately, Fabien Cazenave picked up the project and started updating Nvu
under the name Kompozer
Both Nvu and Kompozer versions can be found on our
Nvu is open source and covered under the MPL/LGPL/GPL tri-license.
For more information, visit the