What Is The Best FREE .HTML Editor For Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rs14smith, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. rs14smith macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2009
    I'm use to using Microsoft Frontpage to edit my website templates that use .html/.php, but now I use my iMac more than a PC and was wondering what is a great application that allows you to preview your changes before having to upload it to the server.....similar to Microsoft Frontpage?
  2. lucifiel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2009
    In your basement
  3. rs14smith thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2009
    Possibly, but I don't it's free :)

    I know I used one app that was free one time, but just looking to see what others here recommend is the best "free" app to use to.
  4. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    I would enable PHP and Apache and do your testing on your local machine.
    As for a free HTML editor try KompoZer
  5. lucifiel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2009
    In your basement
    I was under the impression that all macs came with iLife?

    I suppose it isn't "free per se" but you did already pay for it, so you might as well use it...
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Just use Quick Look to preview your changes made in any text editor.
  7. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I did 90% of my website with vim. Works great but you need to understand it and HTML.
  8. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    Does anybody treat iWeb as a serious application?

    If you are really good with HTML, what you need is a simple TextEdit (as part of your OS X, or any basic text editor). If you want to use CSS, Espresso might worth trying.

    If you are good with graphics, code and don't want to create a website by using code primarily, try Photoshop and DreamWeaver.

    If you are either, you might want to give RapidWeaver a try, but expect to spend extra on plug-ins to open its true potentials. Realistically, you need a couple on top of Stacks, which I think is a must ($25). Personally, I spent about $150 on RW themes and plug-ins so far on top of owning RapidWeaver. RapidWeaver is the most flexible option in a way that you can progress from being a beginner to a fairly proficient user. In a way, it is probably the best way to take you to the height of Photoshop/DreamWeaver by Adobe.

    You may use Pixelmator for graphic tasks or open-source editors like Gimp or Inkspace. I think Acorn now has a limited free version, if you want a very basic picture editor. All websites use some form of graphic elements, so you might get familiar with graphic design too.

    Of course, you may use iWeb. But has anybody seen a website that was created with iWeb? I'm not talking about your own or friends of yours'. Using iWeb is considered a very inefficient and unprofessional way to create websites. Just as well, you may use a template with a text editor. There are some nice HTML and Flash templates. The latter actually allows you to create professional-looking sites very easily.

    Also, I never, never, never saw an iWeb page (including mine some years ago) that loaded quickly. People moan about Flash but Apple's idea of web design for the masses is not better either. So, if you want to use iWeb, your main option to reduce loading time and size would be by keeping your graphic stock under control. Some people also go mad about the folder structure of iWeb. Admittedly, It's super easy to use and for little effort, you actually get a functional website that looks nice, unless you really mess it up.

    NVU is open source, there used to be another cheap or free one called 'GoodPage'. There are some cheap WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get, like iWeb) editors but you have to remember that it's never like that. Often what you see is something like what you may get.

    Check out these ones:



    sorry for the difficulty reading the above, but I'm multitasking.

    Good luck with your site(s)!
  9. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
  10. lucifiel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2009
    In your basement

    Oh i agree, but the OP seemed to want a WYSIWG editor, as he/she was using Frontpage, so I made the natural jump to iWeb.

    I don't haev a website myself, but I know if I did, I'd go do hardcoding with textedit as that's what I used to do, but eh.

    But it does seem that iWeb is a crappy program to make websites with, that said, I have heard from other forum members who will live and die by it.

    So, I don't know if iWeb is as bad as you make it sound. I must say I can't "use it" to find out because I've deleted the entire iLife suite, it was just wasting 600mb on my HDD.
  11. usher macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2010

    why APPLE just can't solve this?

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