What is an HTML Editor? It is a program that helps you build web pages. Also known as WYSIWYG. This stands for “what you see is what you get”. With and HTML editor or WYSIWYG, you build the pages on your computer and you can see what they will look like on a browser before you actually publish the page or web site.
With a program like this, you don’t have to know any HTML or CSS to build professional web pages. The editor does all the coding for you. They work very similar to Microsoft Word.
I use FrontPage. It is a good program but it’s kind of pricey. FrontPage and Dreamweaver seem to be the programs of choice. I did tell you that you can build a website without spending any money so here are some free editing programs you could use.
These programs are fine for your first go. Once you have made some money, you will probably want to upgrade and make you life a little easier.
Please understand, these are free programs that I know nothing about. I use FrontPage so I don’t have a use for another editor.
Please don’t write me and ask me how they work. I don’t know. If the one you choose is too hard to figure out and it doesn’t have a help file, just delete it and try a different one.
There are probably more free HTML editors out there somewhere. You can try to find your own if you don’t like any of these. It is easiest to build your website with one of these programs. If you want to just write your pages on notepad, make sure the hosting service you choose has a way for you to edit your pages on their server. With an editor you get your pages looking just the way you want them and FTP them to the server.
Anyway, here are the free editors. I hope you can find one of them to be useful. The information provided here is not my review. It is what the program owner has to say about his software:
NVU Editor – New “Open Source” Editor for all operating systems. Created to be similar to FrontPage and Dreamweaver. This is a FREE forever program.
DFM2HTML is a compact WYSIWYG Web page creator which is suitable for beginners as for professional designers used to CSS coding in the same way. Effects like shadow, anti-aliasing, rotation or even round corners can be easily applied. DFM2HTML has a build-in FTP Upload manager for instant publishing of your site. The Presets dialog offers a wide range of mouse-over buttons and navigation bars.
PageBreeze is a powerful FREE HTML Editor which has both visual (WYSIWYG) and HTML tag modes. PageBreeze’s design emphasizes simplicity and ease-of-use. You’ll find that you’ll be creating great looking websites almost instantly–with virtually no learning curve! PageBreeze offers the kind of power you would find in commerical products like Front Page/ Dreamweaver in a free editor. Key features include a drag and drop form builder and more!
Alleycode HTML is an intuitive, robust and fully functional HTML editor with unique features such as: Synchro View, real time two way synchronized code/design view. Assignments, for quick access to projects. Turf View, full document view with fast right click control. Exhaustive Click’n’Insert HTM3.2 – 4.1, CSS and PHP function libraries. Alleycode is great for all knowledge of HTML (Includes Step by Step Quick Start Tutorial).
System Requirements: Win95 or higher, 16MB HD – Microsoft operating system: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
HotHTML 2001 is a free html editor catered for all types of web developers with an intuitive and user-friendly interface and helpful wizards, integrated previewing & tools for those migrating from WYSIWYG editors to the real world of web development. Supports HTML, ASP and Perl languages.
SuperEdi is a text editor with syntax coloring and build-in FTP client. The build-in directory tree helps you locate files quickly without opening the Windows Explorer. Context sensitive information is available via keyword lookup in help files or web sites. The editor is extendable using programs, text clips, automation scripts and HTML dialogs. SuperEdi supports Unicode UTF-8, UTF-16 as well as many locale- specific encodings.
If you are interested in buying FrontPage or DreamWeaver, here are the links to those sites. If you have trouble with these programs, they do come with technical support. If money is an issue, don’t spend $200 – $400 on an editor. You don’t buy a Fender Stratocaster before you even know how to play a guitar. Make sure this is what you really want to do before you pour a bunch of money into it.