When you want to build a Web site there are many things you need to think about and plan. This series of articles will take you through the steps to creating a Web site. Next, in order to create a Web page, I will need to decide if and what HTML editor I want to use.
Essentially, there are two ways to write HTML, with a "What You See is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) editor or with a text editor.
WYSIWYG Editor Benefits
One of the best things about most WYSIWYG editors is that I can be up and running quickly. Most of these editors work like a typical Word processor, so there isn't a lot of time spent learning a new program.
Unless you have been writing HTML for several years, most WYSIWYG editors will help you create Web pages faster.
If you use a WYSIWYG editor, you can be sure that your HTML will work in most browsers and usually be accurate HTML (with some notable exceptions).
Text Editor Benefits
Once you have learned to write HTML with a text editor, you will be more conversant with what HTML can and cannot do. You will not be limited to the functions of the editor.
If you do HTML on a text editor you can make changes anywhere that you can get access to your pages. Most text editors are fairly similar across platforms, and if you use Notepad, that is available on all Windows machines.
Many HTML editors add strange codes, tags, and attributes into the HTML. These can slow down the download of the page by adding extraneous characters, create pages that are only viewable by one browser, and add in unnecessary tags. By writing HTML in a text editor, you ensure that you only use HTML tags that you intend to use.