If you’re just starting out building a web page, it can be helpful to have an editor that is WYSIWYG or that explains the HTML to you.
I have reviewed over 130 different HTML editors for Windows (criteria). The following are the best web editors for beginners for Windows, in order from best to worst.
Each editor below will have a score, percentage, and a link to a more detailed review. All reviews were completed between September and November 2010. This list was compiled on November 7, 2010.
The CoffeeCup Free HTML editor is a text editor with a lot of potential. A lot of the features it has in the menus require that you buy the full version. The free version is a good HTML editor, but I would recommend you purchase the full version of the editor to get the real juice from this product. One important thing to note: many sites list this editor as a free WYSIWYG editor, but when I tested, you had to buy the full version to get WYSIWYG support. The free version is a very nice text editor only.
Score: 166 / 54%
SeaMonkey is the Mozilla project all-in-one Internet application suite. It includes a web browser, email and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and composer — the web page editor. One of the nice things about using SeaMonkey is that you have the browser built-in already so testing is a breeze. Plus it's a free WYSIWYG editor with an embedded FTP to publish your web pages.
Score: 139 / 45%
Evrsoft 1st Page 2000 is the free version of the Evrsoft software. It does not include a WYSIWYG editor and some of the more advanced features of version 3 of the editor.
Score: 134 / 43%
5. EditPad Lite
EditPad Lite is a free for non-commercial use text editor. It offers a lot of nice features for manipulating text. It even handles writing text in double-byte characters.
Score: 93 / 30%
The free version of Dynamic HTML Editor is a few revisions back from the paid version and it’s only free for non-profits and personal use. But if that is you, and you don’t want to learn anything other than file transfers for getting your web pages to your host, then this program would work fine. It has some graphics editing and is easy to drag and drop the elements around on the page.
Score: 92 / 30%
PageBreeze Professional offers you all the features of PageBreeze Free HTML editor, but with a few extra features. You can purchase the software directly or get it free when you buy FormBreeze form processing for your web pages. If you know you'll have a lot of web forms to maintain, this editor could be a very good deal.
Score: 91 / 29%
What you have to remember with Jalbum is that it’s not intended to be a full-featured HTML editor. It’s an online photo album creator. You can create photo albums and host them on the Jalbum site or on your own site. I created a photo album with about 20 photos in less than 15 minutes. It's very easy to use, and perfect for the newcomer to web design who just wants to share photos with friends and family. But if you need more than that from your web editor, you should look elsewhere.
Score: 89 / 29%
PageBreeze Free HTML editor is a WYSIWYG editor that makes it easy to edit your web pages. You can switch between WYSIWYG and source mode to check your HTML. And because it's made by FormBreeze.com you get the form integration right in the software so that your forms will work without any scripting or mailto problems.
Score: 89 / 29%
Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express is a way to create a simple web page really quickly. With the built in templates and wizards it's really easy to do. There are lots of fun additions to add links to sites like Flickr, Digg, or Amazon. This is the web portion of Microsoft Visual Studio Express.
Score: 84 / 27%