Using NVU for Web Pages

NVU (n-view) is a complete Web authoring system for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. It offers both a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) and a code view. It is a free alternative to Dreamweaver for faculty, staff and students to use on personal homepages. This document is offered as a courtesy - the supported and recommended product for official Web development at WMU is Dreamweaver. Anyone who chooses to download and use NVU, assumes full responsibility for its use. 

  • Download NVU (select the appropriate link for your operating system, Windows or Mac)

 After you've downloaded and installed the appropriate version for your system (instructions shown are for Windows computers):

  1. Open NVU, and click Edit sites
  2. Click New site and then fill in:
  • To edit a Web file, in the top menu bar, click File > Open File and browse to the file you wish to edit.
  • The file you open will be displayed in a WYSIWYG window and you may edit it similarly to editing a Microsoft Word document.
  • If desired, you may switch from the WYSIWYG "Normal" to "Source" (code) view by clicking the appropriate button at the bottom of the editing window.
  • When you have finished editing the file, you should save it. Publish it by clicking the Publish icon in the top menu bar.
  • The Publish Page window will open. Assure that all settings are correct (if your file is going into a folder in your Web space, enter the folder name in the Site subdirectory for this page box) and click the Publish button.
  • A window will open and the publishing status will be displayed, and when it is completed.
  • You should now be able to browse to your page and view it on the Web. 
  • If you need more assistance, clicking Help in the top menu bar will give you access to their website, as well as the NVU user guide.