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Microsoft Expression Web 4 Free alternative to Dreamweaver

In a bid to try and find a good alternative to Adobe’s Dreamweaver I have tried many tools. However, the only one that I have found for free that comes close to the power of Dreamweaver as well as its ease of use is Expression Web 4 development by Microsoft. Microsoft Expression Web 4 Free alternative to Dreamweaver certainly gets my recommendation.

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Microsoft Expression Web 4

Microsoft Expression Web 4 is a WYSIWYG editor created by Microsoft. It allows you to develop your website in full code view, WYSIWYG view or a split of both.

Microsoft no longer develop Expression Web, however the 4th installment is still available to download from Microsoft, free of charge. The 4th installment is also compatible with Windows 10 and I have used it today (Oct 2019) without any issue at all.

It reminds me of earlier versions of Dreamweaver and is very much like Dreamweaver MX. A little bit dated but has all the key elements that you get with the current version of Dreamweaver.

If you are looking for a free website editor, I would certainly recommend you try this.

Microsoft Expression Web 4 Free alternative to Dreamweaver

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Convert SSL Certificate Individual Files to a PFX file

So I am a great lover of Lets Encrypt and SSL For Free. For those of you who are unfamiliar with those two name, Lets Encrypt essentially provides free SSL certificates for your website. SSL for Free, is a tool that just makes the generation process a little easier if your host provider doesn’t already have a Lets Encrypt setup. It also provides a portal for you to manage all your SSL certificates if you have multiple sites. I have been using both services for a few years to generate SSL certificates for Linux platforms, however this week I needed to generate one for a Windows server. As the certificate gets generated in three individual files, or copy and paste code, I needed to convert SSL Certificate Individual files to a PFX file.

Converting Certificate Files into a PFX file for Windows

So the site that I found to do this is called Decoder.Link. On their site they have a quick and easy tool where you can upload your three individual SSL certificate files generated by SSL for Free. The site then converts and bundles them into a PFX file for you to be able to apply the SSL certificate in IIS on your Windows platform.

To make this process a little bit more guaranteed, I would recommend first generating a CSR on your Windows Platform, that you use on SSL For Free to create your Lets Encrpt SSL Certificate files. Then use Decoder.Link to generate the PFX before installing through IIS > Certificates.

Any problems of feedback, please let me know. I did come across another tool that offers this in my research on SSL Shopper but I did not try this one.

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Submit a website for anti-virus approval

Dependant on the device you are using and the anti-virus you have installed you will often see informative icons next to websites in search pages. The icons are indicators from your provider on how safe or unsafe each website is. The icons vary from provider to provider but the colour code remains consistent. Green means the site has been checked and is safe to visit, amber/orange means the website has not been checked by the provider, and red means the site has failed safety checks and is unsafe to visit. In this post we look at how to check a website and how to submit a website for anti-virus approval.

Norton Website Checker

The first one we are going to look at is Norton’s website checker. Norton allow you to check if a website has been tested and what the result is on their website. Click here and see if your website has been tested. If your website has not been tested you will see a ‘Untested’ summary. Under this you will also see ‘Site Owner? Click Here’. Click the link and follow Norton’s steps to validate your website and submit your website to be checked. Even if your website comes back as tested with a green/red result you should still claim your website and find out what made it pass or fail.

Submit a website for anti-virus approval

Google Safe Browsing

A number of Anti-Virus programs actually get a lot of their website information from third parties such as Google Safe Browsing.

Check your website using the link above. If you have not already done so you should certainly make sure that you have claimed your website on Google.

Google Safe Search

Virus Total

There are many different anti-virus checkers on the web. Most anti-virus brands you can think of will either have their own or use a third party. Virus Total allows you to check around 30 of these in one go.

Submit a website for anti-virus approval

These are just a couple of the tools online that check a websites safety rating. As part of your regular SEO procedures, I would recommending searching for other tools online. Check your website, and if it has not been checked, look for the websites process to submit your website.

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