Simple Web Publishing Tools provide the ability to generate web pages on a
workstation but not the ability to automatically publish those pages to the
Internet. An FTP application or other utility is needed to copy the
web page and other software components from the PC workstation to the web
server. This can be a tedious and error-prone process when there are
multiple files involved (e.g. graphics, style sheets, include pages).
Most good Web Publishing Tools provide functionality to automatically publish
pages to the web. These Web Authoring Tools have the ability to detect
when pages are changed and will then publish only only the ones that have
The ability to publish websites or portions of websites directly is an
important and useful feature.