New Mac Owner: Need HTML code editor with FTP/SFTP functionality, or be able to mount

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Fuzzplug Jones, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. Fuzzplug Jones macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    I just bought my first MacBook Pro. One of the things I do is websites. I was disappointed with iWeb being the only solution for editing HTML that ships with the machine, though I can see their target market enjoying it.

    I need a good programmer's text editor that understands HTML, PHP, CSS, and the like, and that can establish connections to remote servers via FTP and/or SFTP and SCP. From within the program itself, I would like to be able to see the files on the server, open whichever ones I want, and when I save, I want it to put the file back up there.

    Alternatively, I would like a way to "map" FTP/SFTP sites to "drives" so that they show up in Finder and any application can write to them. I was playing with Ubuntu 8 before I bought the MBP and despite all Linux's shortcomings as a desktop OS, it was able to do this easily.

    It would be nice if these programs could be free because I just spend $2,000 on a new computer and I'm not made of money.
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Coda looks good. If I were more serious about my web stuff, I would consider it myself.

    I assume you need something more powerful and feature-rich, but if you want to play around before making a purchase, Smultron or TextWrangler are both good, free text editors. Neither have the connection options you want, but both can be set as default editors within FTP programs like Fugu or CyberDuck.
  4. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  5. dantherevelator macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    I use Smultron and Cyberduck and have no complaints. Can't beat the price, either.
  6. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    BBEdit is great....not free though ($125)....but has built in SFTP/FTP options.

    Personally, I use BBEdit with YummyFTP. Most FTP editors can setup these text programs like BBEdit or the free version Text Wrangler, as the program that opens up the files from an FTP session. Then when you save, it saves back through the FTP connection to the server.

  7. Fuzzplug Jones thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    Wow. Coda looks incredible. May have to actually buy that! Thanks everyone, some great suggestions.

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