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What is Microsoft Expression Web?

Expression Web is a full-featured professional tool for designing, developing, and publishing compelling, feature-rich websites that conform to web standards.

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Product Description

Expression Web is a full-featured professional tool for designing, developing, and publishing compelling, feature-rich websites that conform to web standards.


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Microsoft
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Year Founded
1975
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Redmond, WA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$125,843
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@Microsoft
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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Flagship products include Windows, Office, Azure, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics ERP and CRM, as well as Xbox; Skype; and Windows Phone.

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Manager, Vet Services & Partnerships
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Sales Data Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Although, MS discontinued its services in Dec 2012 for this, but free version can be seen. Still I love it. I learnt it thru youtube a lot when I was making/designing my web page. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No comments, I found it good to work/learn with. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

yes, if available again with all the services and securities updates. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

now a days doing nothing with MEW anyting Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The front end working part of the Expression Web is really appreciable.

The instructions are mentioned and it is very easy learn Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The backend work, i found it difficult at the initial stage of the process. But then i took help of youtube for working on it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yes, i recommend it to others also. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had designed the website for my brother's business. And that was really impressive.

If we hire someone for this work that was required a heavy payment.

So we done it by our own. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Developer and Managing Director
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

If you are a Dreamweaver user, you will love Microsoft Expression 4.0 . Maybe it may look a little more complicated to use but when you start to work with it you will love it. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided not to continue its development and they are offering the program at no charge. I was a Dreamweaver user for a long time and I still have the program installed on my computer but I and up using only Microsoft Expression for my website building and servicing. Honestly, I hope that Microsoft will consider continuing its development. What is that I like best? is the interface, the simplicity, and the easiness to carry on the coding work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are no dislikes so far. It is a good program. Let`s hope that Microsoft will continue servicing it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Unfortunately, Microsoft does not service this product anymore and this is the only detail that has to be taken under consideration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The first difference that comes in mind is that Dreamweaver which is the direct competitor, has a cost and Microsoft Expression is free, at least until now. I think that is a great benefit. On the usage point of you, they are both the same but I think that the Microsoft one is simpler to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Online & Social Media Editor / Marketing Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The program has managed to balance between simplicity and functionality exceptionally well. It is evident that ease of use was in mind while developing the program, as well as suiting the largest amount of users, let it be professional web editors or ordinary consumers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The program's focus on simplicity and ease of use sadly decreases the appeal for more advanced users who require more advanced features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are a beginner, there is no better web editing program out there. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Considering my lack of experience before using the program, I swiftly got the hang of HTML and CSS languages in a minimal period of time. With further practice and courses, it qualified me for multiple positions I would not have stood a chance in. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Owner
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The price is right... FREE is good. Plus it works well with other Microsoft products (Word, Paint, etc). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Here is the one thing... the interface isn't all that intuitive. The help and manual are good, so that offsets a little but it is NOT pug and play. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a good, basic level web design tool. I recommend it for basic websites (design and editing). As a free download, it is hard to beat the price or complain about the features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I teach web design classes to beginning designers, this is a good tool to use. Price is right, and it is a good stepping stone o more robust web design tools. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Independent Business Owner - Technology, Photography, Management, Consulting
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is HTML5 compatible plus it is very easy to use compared to software from vendors which require server side tools. WYSIWAG (what you see is what you get) most of the time and that is important. Plus, if you understand code, you can edit the code which is a requirement for any professional selling website creation and management services. Plus, Microsoft is giving away version 4 - no money outlay. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Microsoft has not fixed many errors which the product can produce such as running out of memory as it doesn't cleanse itself if one website is shut down and another one opened for editing. It requires you to shut down the program and then reopen. However, it's a minor nuisance. Another is that Microsoft no longer offers any kind of technical support for the product. Nevertheless, a minor nuisance because if you are part of the technology, you'll be able to figure out what went wrong if an error pops up and the program shuts down. Once you figure out what happened, you'll remember never to do that sequence again. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can edit old school templates as well as the latest themes for HTML5 and do rapid deployments. If I need to see how a website actually looks in a browser, I can do that with Expression Web. If it doesn't look quite right, I can upload it to the domain and view it there. Testing a website is really easy with Expression Web. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Special Projects Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The ease of use and installation coupled with the interface showing both code and final appearance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would prefer some automated wizards to accomplish more complex tasks in an easier manner. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a simple, straight forward HTML editing tool to maintain simple web pages, I don't think there is an easier solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Maintaining a professional organization's web site. Low cost and simple efforts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I am using it to design websites its very powerful software in which you can design & code frontend and backend of website and also check the preview as well, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Its now obsolete I would have liked it it continued. But am still using its older version. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly Recommended Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using it to design the websites for my business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Well I have been using Microsoft Expression Web for few years now before this I was very familiar working with Microsoft Frontpage. I can easily say this is advanced version of Microsoft FrontPage with more power features. You can code in HTML, PHP, CSS, ASP, JSP, JS. So this is my goto tool for web designing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't find anything to be disliked about Microsoft Expression Web. Only if design section of it displays proper div sections it would help designing easily on front end also. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend use of this Software which very powerful indeed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been working in it for last 6-7 yrs and find it very useful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

It works well and is VERY easy to use. I guess I am a bit of a "control freak" + I have always liked IT stuff. 25 years ago I was UK Director of AFSMI and lectured on Computer Service and Customer Service (both sides of the Atlantic). Now retired I still maintain my interest, Recently I have conducted a significant study of Pinterest as a Business Tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing - If it doesn't have the features I need I just - add them from another source! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is an easy to use and learn - Basic Website Design Tool - It works well! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I know it well and feel very confident as a user - I am using it to teach my grandchildren how to use the web as a site owner! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Marketing and Advertising
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

In the past i used Adobe Dreamweaver for design and development of websites. I upgraded my computer and couldn't afford another copy, so I installed MEW to give it a try. I found the interface to be relatively intuitive. and it has site management features that use your FTP credentials to move/update files. I has been a solid tool, without any bugs. The application has some plug in capabilities that are good. Also the tools for finding closing tags and braces in code work well. I like that files can be uploaded to the proper tree location, without having to set the local/remote pains. Also, you can upload/download a directory with all of it's contents. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The page rendering for split screen (code/design view) is not very sophisticated. May HTML5/CSS features do not display properly, so you need to use a local host to render in a modern browser. I have used WAMP for this.It does not have good support for PHP rendering or cross site edits, such as filename changes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it to see if it works. Since it is a free tool, I don't know how much support it has for updates and new features. If it does what you need right now, then it could be a good interim solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web design and maintenance problems. I needed something that I could afford (free) right now that allows me to code and upload changes to my web server. It provides some tools that help with source code review. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I was a long time user of Dreamweaver and after learning about MEW and being a big Microsoft fan I decided to give it a go. I had used FrontPage in the past so assumed this picked up where FP left off. There are a few things that I like and the first one is the price tag. At the time I did my install it was free of charge and offered some good HTML editing features. Did I mention that it was free? Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As with most of Microsoft Office programs, the program takes a little time to start depending on your hardware. It does lack in some the features that Dreamweaver has but and a can be a little hard for beginners. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

save your work often and make sure you view through mutiple browsers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly editing company pages over several websites. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Religious Institutions
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Expression Web provides an easy to understand WYSIWYG type of IDE, with lots of drag-and-drop functions available to make beautiful web pages, or HTML help files Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't support the old FrontPage extensions, and will completely ignore previous configuration files for it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As you probably already know, back up your work, regularly. No web editor is perfect! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program has been my go-to application for creating and maintaining my church's website, ever since Microsoft dropped support for the FrontPage editor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Especialista en ventas y marketing
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Tiene la habilidad de superar las versiones de FrontPage 2003 y otros programas diseñados para páginas web. Tambien, es Realmente facil de utilizar para el mecanismo WYSIWYG. A pesar de la eficacia de esta herramienta, en los años pasados, los creadores participaron la posible desaparición del mercado para ser reemplazado por otro. La versión principal de FrontPage 2003 por su sparentezco en los aspectos de este último. Se utiliza el mecanismo WYSIWYG para modificar páginas web. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cuando utilizo la vista dividida se cuelga el software, ya estoy tratando con el soporte técnico aunque creo que es falla de mi equipo. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

es un software muy completo, ya cuando le tomas el hilo es realmente fácil crear un sitio web online profesional Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Es una buena herramienta para crear tu sitio en linea entrar a el mercado de competencia online. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Teaching French to Kids & Adults
Design
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

We spent about 15 minutes installing Expression Web. Once you have the program running, you can choose from a variety of templates to get started with a personal or professional Web site. We like that Expression Web includes templates for CSS designs as well as ASP.NET forms. Expression Web will also open an existing Web site or import one via FrontPage extensions, FTP, HTTP, or WebDAV. However, Dreamweaver CS3 does offer more template choices.

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What do you dislike?

Microsoft Expression Web lacks FrontPage's help for design beginners; is expensive; offers limited tech support; supports Windows only. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Microsoft Expression Web is a solid Web site layout program that replaces FrontPage and offers tools for dynamic designs, although we'd like more help for newbies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

For starters, Microsoft Expression Web is extremely easy to use. It definitely takes the cake for userability. The program is very versatile and offers a lot. Beyond the offerings, it is free. It is cost effective for what it gives you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to undo something once you have saved it. Unless you know what you did wrong or where exactly you did something wrong, you usually have to start over, which can be a pain if you're nearly finished. Getting the best experience requires some understanding of Microsoft Editing, so the program can be difficult to teach others if they are not familiar. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My recommendation is that if you are a company that is working with people who have little to no experience, this is the software for them. It is user-friendly and easy to learn. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Switching from coding to designing is nearly seamless which solves a lot of functionality issues that can take up time and energy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I like the ease of use and uniformity to other MS applications Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It does lack some advanced features that other packages have. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating web pages Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mr
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

What I enjoy the most is waking up every morning scrolling through Facebook finding ads to give me a free gift card for writing a short review of a program I’ve never used before. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is the fact that this is taking my time away from my day. What I dislike about this is there are too many things to fill out Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Every business problem Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

What i like best about Microsoft expression web is that its not that hard to learn how to use.its like easy to work around with and explore the different options you have available.its design thats my fav part. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Well honestly sometimes i still need help using it.because it has so many options im still learning but other then that so far i do like it.havent found a reason not to like yet lol Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Well i feel as though jobs are getting done a little quicker then usually,i think.and the benefits are happiness and satisfaction lol...its how the people and customers feel. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It’s easy to use. The program is not too expensive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It required update many times. I don’t like to waste my time on waiting for the computer to restart. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It’s so helpful program to learn and use it at work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Try to not click update now button. It will run the computer for a long time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is very easy to use and for first timers easy to understand and not complicated at all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It doesn’t have many options it’s very limited. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It’s very easy to use for first timers but for older workers and more professionals i would pick something a little bit more expanded. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It’s helped a lot with business pages and explaining stuff Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is very helpful is some cases. You are very likely to be using this all your life because it is my favorite. You can do whatever you would like. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I guess you could dislike this because you may realize it doesn’t provide what you need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should definitely check it out is is a very cool web. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have many benefits. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I mainly use the split screen view so that I’m able to see the live changes as they are made. I love that the code is color coordinated and that you can prepopulate the tags; they pop up automatically once you begin typing them Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the formatting is off in the wysiwyg view based on how the tables are written, but during testing the tables show up correctly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I’m able to make any edits needed to our html code before making it live. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is easy to use and edit, even for beginners. The best aspect of Microsoft Expression Web is the preview option. This is great for testing your sight to see where there might be flaws depending on what browser you are choosing to use.

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What do you dislike?

Microsoft Expression Web lacks FrontPage's help for design beginners; is expensive; offers limited tech support; supports Windows only.

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What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I dislike that they totally left the old Front Page users in the dust by jettisoning foundational structures like being able to visually map a whole website and arrange pages.

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