Programs for writing and editing HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language)
HTML writing and editingBeginning web designers will find that there are several HTML editors available that automate many of the tasks required to write webpages. These WYSIWYG (i.e. what you see is what you get) editors do the HTML coding in the background all you see is the resulting browser page as it would appear on the web.
There are many of these HTML editing programs to choose from. Some are free while others must be purchased. Although these products automate the production of your webpages they can also create problems. Often automated editors develop a glitch or error on a webpage. Without the knowledge of how the source code is written it is difficult to make corrections. As I mentioned earlier, in this tutorial, it is wise to learn the basics of HTML so that you can have control better of your HTML editor and thus your webpage design.
Take the time to learn HTML. You won't be sorry and it will give you some insite into the background mechanics of your webpage architecture. Also, during website construction there are plenty of times that coding bugs can creep into your webpage layouts or file structure through an editing program. Without a background knowledge of HTML you could create a lot of extra work for yourself and ruin some good ideas.
Webpage text editorsFor those with some knowledge of hypertext markup language, or those who wish to learn it, here are two basic HTML text editors that make writing webpages simple and keeps them well organized;
Arachnophilia is a Web page development workshop and general programming tool that is easy to use. Arachnophilia provides free software downloads and lots of help in understanding HTML and developing webpages. This is the one I started with and recommend it highly.
Note Tab Lite
NoteTab ® is a leading text editor, popular Notepad replacement, and powerful code-based HTML editor. Another outstanding basic editor. Free for the downloading. Many webmasters consider this the best.
WYSIWYG editorsWith these you can build your website without any knowledge of HTML at all. Here are two such programs;
(what you see is what you get)
FrontPage - A Microsoft program written for windows that is widely used. Most web hosts support Front Page which makes it easier to upload and manage your site online.
Dreamweaver - Another very popular web authoring tool. Born from the merging of GoLive and Dreamweaver, Adobe has produced the Web's leading professional website editor. Simple to use and spectacular in its animation capabilities.
Whatever method you choose to develop your webpage layouts always remember to keep this one basic goal in mind. The production of a webpage that is pleasing in appearance and that satisfies a standard of quality that your visitors expect.