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, Windows, Apple, or Linux for your operating system)

 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.