Once again I have been asked about the differences between YWD and open source CMS. Here's the simple answer(s).
The open source products are not a platform. They are a software just like Microsoft Word. The version you build on will probably be the same version you stop using 5 years later when you're bored with your site. YWD is constantly being updated; tonight, for instance.
Here are the steps to start building your site in, let's say, Joomla:
a) Find a host
b) Install Joomla
c) Install PHP
d) Install MySQL
e) Connect the whole damn thing together
f) Start programming the design into the system
Building your site with YWD:
a) Take credit card and sign up
b) Start adding design elements (no programming)
Paul Chato has been many things: a graphic designer, programmer, comedian, head of network TV comedy, game producer, 3D animator, playwright, event host, director and anything else that matches his fancy. Most of the time he is a managing partner at Your Web Department and is most excited about LiveBuild™. Check out LiveBuild