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benwiggy

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Can anyone recommend a decent web editor, that does WYSIWYG editing and code editing? I was using Dreamweaver CS6 on Mojave, but not found anything 64-bit to replace it.
The open source BlueGriffon seems to have been abandoned, and has major UI issues on Big Sur.

Most of the other alternatives I've seen don't allow code/CSS editing, and don't let you import an existing site. Or, they've got everything you need on the coding side, but no WYSIWYG editing. (e.g. Nova).

Unless I'm missing something, there's a real gap in the market here. Things like server-syncing, dead link checking, would be nice extras, but I'll settle for being able to add a column to a table graphically.

I'm happy to pay money for something that does what I need. (Radical comment for an app recommendation, I know. Obviously, not Adobe-levels of money, but money nonetheless.)
 

benwiggy

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Google WebDesigner won't do WYSIWYG for existing pages; only for its own. :rolleyes:
 

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Google WebDesigner won't do WYSIWYG for existing pages; only for its own. :rolleyes:
Actually it does, but - of course there is a “but” ? - you have to first open your HTML file in a text editor, or any OTHER HTML editor of your choice, and insert

<meta name="generator" content="Google Web Designer 1.0.0.924">

(or whatever the actual version is, simply check by saving a single html file with it) into the meta tags. Then it works.
 
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Most of the other alternatives I've seen don't allow code/CSS editing, and don't let you import an existing site. Or, they've got everything you need on the coding side, but no WYSIWYG editing. (e.g. Nova).

I'd argue that it's because WYSIWYG is mostly dead.
There are loads of editors and workflows that allow you to code in one window and see the hot-reloaded render in the other, but the traditional MS FrontPage style mouse-driven WYSIWYG doesn't make sense anymore in the age of HTML5, CSS3, Flexbox, Grid, semantic HTML, web components, responsive designs, HiDPI displays and whatnot.
 
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katbel

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Can anyone recommend a decent web editor, that does WYSIWYG editing and code editing? I was using Dreamweaver CS6 on Mojave, but not found anything 64-bit to replace it.
The open source BlueGriffon seems to have been abandoned, and has major UI issues on Big Sur.

I'd argue that it's because WYSIWYG is mostly dead.
There are loads of editors and workflows that allow you to code in one window and see the hot-reloaded render in the other, but the traditional MS FrontPage style mouse-driven WYSIWYG doesn't make sense anymore in the age of HTML5, CSS3, Flexbox, Grid, semantic HTML, web components, responsive designs, HiDPI displays and whatnot.
I hope you found a good alternative: I'm on your same boat and I'm looking for something similar
I've tried few like Sparkle and Rapidweaver and briefly few more.
What I don't like about those they all need an api link to their servers to rely on if not more.
Why? Wouldn't be sufficient to allow you to upload to your server and nothing more.
I tried without the api server and my website comes out broken
Solutions? Ideas?
 

benwiggy

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Sadly, No.
I'm hoping someone will resurrect BlueGriffon, which is the major open source Web editor, but it's quite broken on Big Sur and up.
There's a thing called RocketCake, which seems to work well for pages from scratch, but can't import an existing site.
 

katbel

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Sadly, No.
I'm hoping someone will resurrect BlueGriffon, which is the major open source Web editor, but it's quite broken on Big Sur and up.
There's a thing called RocketCake, which seems to work well for pages from scratch, but can't import an existing site.
?: I was going to mention WebsitePainter, same software house, Ambiera
as RocketCake. But it's not free and it's the same app, little colored icon though...same frustration about importing website. Plus it seems even slower than RocketCake
 

benwiggy

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Nearly one year on; still looking. Most apps I've tried won't import an existing HTML file -- they all use a proprietary format to store the whole 'site' in.
 

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Shucks. I've just arrived here because BlueGriffon won't work with Monterey. I was hoping to learn what a good replacement app would be - but it appears there isn't one? All I need to do is import a very basic HTML website and make some very basic adjustments and additions. I also don't mind paying a reasonable amount for a reasonable app ? Is PineGrow not adequate?
 
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benwiggy

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I also don't mind paying a reasonable amount for a reasonable app ? Is PineGrow not adequate?
Pinegrow does look quite good. It lacks some features, like syncing to the host server. They're pushing a subscription model, though. There is a standalone price, but it's £150, compared to £100 on the subscription. Updating the standalone is 50%.

Frankly, it does seem to be the only game in town, so I guess they can charge what they like! I may well bite the bullet when the trial expires.
 

yabeweb

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Brackets, it does what I need to do, great app, no WYSIWYG
 
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benwiggy

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I have bought PineGrow, and it's very good. It does require some learning though, (like any serious app).
 
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