WYSISWG (What You See Is What You Get) web design softwares make generating basic websites relatively painless, like using a word processor. However, we need to take it to the next level. Create a more impressive website by combining the WYSIWYG approach with a more detailed and low-level control of what you’re doing. Although there are plenty of applications out there that would help you a great deal in creating a website, we will focus on the ones that you can get your hands on.
Listed below are 10 free web design softwares that are aimed towards giving you an easier time when dealing with creating a website. Make sure to check each one of them out!
1. CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor
This is the free version of the commercial product, so don’t be surprised if a few tools (CSS menu design, FTP upload, etc) are missing from the package. But if you’re a beginner though, this shouldn’t matter too much. Use the Open From Web options to add your own content to an existing web page.
You would be surprised how much this powerful source code editor can offer you. One of the many features that this software’s got for you is syntax highlighting — making your code more readable and understandable. Other features include code folding, where you can collapse some areas while you work on the others, and auto-completion that helps you enter the code faster and more accurately.
If you’re a web designer who’s got a lot of experience in the field, this probably won’t impress you so much as it is based on old technology and short of features. If you just want to create something simple — well, that’s another story. This WYSISWG editor gives you simple templates that, although are fairly ugly at first, can turn into something quite breathless when given the right amount of effort and time.
Have you ever designed a website and came to be disappointed because it wasn’t what you expected it to be? This is where Firebug will come in handy. A powerful Firefox extension, Firebug lets you view the HTML and CSS code, helps you adjust your styles and see results immediately, understand the layout of your page, analyze how long your page will load, and so many more. Don’t be too intimidated — Firebug isn’t just for web experts. You can try it for a few basic things and once you get the hang of it you can begin exploring around at your own pace.
5. Bluefish Editor
Although it hasn’t been updated for quite some time now, it’s still a huge chunk of helpful, especially to beginners. You don’t know anything about HTML, CSS, scripting or the likes? No worries, this program acts as a simple word processor — just enter our text, format it, and click various buttons to add links, images, insert tables and many more.
Create pages by dragging and dropping “widgets” — anything from text, links and images to forms, graphs and flowcharts — with this interesting HTML editor. Tweak them to suit your needs and voila, you have yourself a nice web page. You can also modify the CSS or add scripts to the page, and once you’re done a built-in FTP client will upload everything for you.
Coding isn’t the only job of the web designer. An average web designer also needs great graphics tools, and what’s one of the best image editors around? What’s impressive about this is that it has great photo retouching features, many special effects, a range of powerful and useful paint tools, and so many more. Proper color management is your key to ensure your images always look their very best — this can be made possible by GIMP.
This software is a more straightforward approach to web editing that includes many more useful and powerful features as well. Use it to type text, insert images and tables, include audio files, videos and so on. An annoying aspect about BlueGriffon though is that many options would require you to install commercial add-ons. Once you get the hang of it though, you’ll know the options that are availabe and you’ll see just how useful and easy to use BlueGriffon is.