HTML editors

Adobe Dreamweaver an HTML editorAlternatively referred to as a web content editor, and HTML editor is a software application that allows a user to create, view, edit, and make changes to a web page. Below is a listing of some of the more popular and commonly used HTML editors available today. Many of these programs have free trials that allow you to try them before you buy, and some also are completely free editors.

List of HTML editors

  • Amaya - An open-source HTML editor from the W3C that allows for WYSIWYG editing.
  • Arachnophilia Editor - Free HTML editor that allows you to do almost everything including frames, drag and drop, CGI, Java, and much more.
  • BBEdit - Innovative HTML editor for Macintosh users.
  • Bluefish - An open-source HTML editor, mainly designed for programmers and developers, with support for numerous programming languages.
  • Dreamweaver - Excellent and widely used HTML editor from the company Adobe.
  • Flux - Flux is an advanced, non-template based HTML5 Web Design application.
  • Hot Dog - Great program to help you create your first home page.
  • HTML Kit - An HTML editor that can create web pages, as well as edit other types of text files.
  • KompoZer - A free WYSIWYG editor that is designed to be easy for people to use.
  • Microsoft Expression Web - An easy and now free to use program that allows you to do everything within a WYSIWYG interface. Expression Web also includes Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools and the ability to preview in multiple web browsers.
  • RapidWeaver - Apple Mac all-in-one web design software.
  • SiteSpinner Cloud - A good free WYSIWYG HTML editor.
  • Wordpad or Notepad - Included with Windows, these programs or any text editor can create web pages by using HTML and saving the file as a .htm or .html file. While this may be harder initially it is free and does not require any download.

I want to be a web designer, which of the above programs should I use?

For most companies just having a strong understanding of HTML and how to write the code with and without an editor is more than enough. However, today most companies are also using the Adobe Dreamweaver editor as their primary editor. So, learning and knowing Dreamweaver is only going to put you ahead of anyone else competing for the same job.

Also, realize that most companies want you to know more than just basic HTML. Having a good understanding of AJAX, CSS, JavaScript, and a server-side scripting language are also a plus.

Additional information

  • See our HTML definition for further information and related links on this term.