Small business owners don't always have time to learn HTML and web design, and their business might not support hiring a full-time web designer. These editors are easy to use, but include functions useful to many online small businesses.
I have reviewed over 130 different HTML editors for Windows (criteria). The following are the best web editors for small businesses 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.
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%
2. Web Designer
Web Designer is a fun WYSIWYG editor to use. It creates valid HTML pages with CSS, and you never have to look at the code. It's easy and fun to modify the existing templates or create your own, and you can add things like rotated text, shadows, and more all within the editor.
Score: 133 / 43%
Contribute is a WYSIWYG editor for people who have no interest or need to learning HTML. It can connect directly to a blog to give you more editing features or to an existing website to manage the pages there. Contribute works best when working with a site created using Dreamweaver templates. Contribute also provides version control and authoring information that is not included in Dreamweaver. Contribute can also edit XML files and has built-in ecommerce functions to add simple shopping carts and stores to your website.
Score: 130 / 42%
WYSIWYG Web Builder makes it easy to build a web page without knowing any HTML. It is a WYSIWYG-only editor with no access to the HTML code. But it supports nearly every HTML element I could think of and comes with an image editor and a lot of buttons and widgets. It also has a lot of support for editing your own images inside the editor. Plus with version 7 you can connect your forms to a mySQL database. This makes it very useful to small business owners.
Score: 115 / 37%
Website X5 Evolution looks like a very interesting package for individuals and small business who don't want to learn HTML or web design, they just want to put up a website. The documentation states that it will deliver XHTML 1.0 strict Web sites using CSS. It has features like a graphics editor, flash animation included, 500 pre-installed templates, RSS support, email forms, an ecommerce solution, and even password protected areas. Prices on the site are in Euros. There is also a less expensive version Website X5 Compact.
Score: 104 / 34%
Serif WebPlus is a website editor that is perfect for the small business owner who doesn't have time to learn HTML or web design. There are hundreds of pre-built templates, fonts, and icons included. This is not a good design choice for a web designer or someone who wants to become one. While you can edit HTML in this tool, it isn't easy to do. And while you can import your site into the tool, it changes the HTML on import which can make things look odd. If you want to try out WebPlus before you buy, you can check out WebPlus Starter Edition.
Score: 104 / 34%
7. Xsite Pro
Xsite provides a lot of features for supporting websites like a content management system. But it is also a fully featured WYSIWYG editor. The included scripts, wizards, and tools will make it desirable by any small business owner who wants a lot of control over her site.
Score: 98.5 / 32%
Dynamic HTML Editor is a WYSIWYG editor that is fairly easy to use for basic tasks. You click on what you want to add, then draw it onto the page. This tool has built-in graphics editing that can be applied to specific parts of the page as well as images. It's a good program for people who don't want to learn HTML and need a graphic intensive website. And it has ecommerce and RSS support which makes it great for small business owners who want to build and maintain their own sites.
Score: 98 / 32%
XStandard is an HTML editor that is embedded into the web page itself. This is not exactly an editor for everyone, but if you need to allow people who visit your sites the opportunity to edit HTML and you need valid HTML and CSS, this is a good solution. The Lite version can be used commercially for free, but doesn't include features like spell-checking, customization, and extensibility. This is a good tool for web developers who include CMS so their clients can maintain the sites themselves.
Score: 96 / 31%
Web Easy is a nice looking Windows program that would work well for newcomers to web design and small business owners who don't want to learn HTML. It has no access to the HTML, so you don't need to worry about it. It has lots of wizards to add forms, scripts, and even ecommerce to your site quickly and easily. For instance, there is an eBay automator to help you sell things on eBay with nice pages. There are hundreds of templates to choose from and tools to help you with optimizing your site for search (SEO).
Score: 95 / 31%