Free HTML/CSS Editors

Hello everyone,

I’m actually surprised I didn’t see a sticky about this. Is there one lying around somewhere I missed, please let me know.

I’m currently looking for a free HTML/CSS Editor. Up until now I’ve been using Dreamweaver (not the WYSIWYG portion), but with CS5 coming out I’m re-evaluating my need for Dreamweaver before upgrading.

The main features I’m looking for are:

  • Project management
  • HTML/CSS highlighting/hinting (Javascript/MySQL/PHP would also be awesome).
  • Relatively lightweight
  • FREE (not shareware/trialware) or cheap (<$50)

Features that would be nice to have:

  • Build-in FTP
  • Open-source
  • Error-checking/validation

Anyone have any good recommendations?

Thanks.

I’ve been using http://www.blumentals.net/webuilder/ for donkeys of years, it just about fits your budget.

Other than that check out all the links at Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_text_editors

The main features I’m looking for are:

  • Project management
  • HTML/CSS highlighting/hinting (Javascript/MySQL/PHP would also be awesome).
  • Relatively lightweight
  • FREE (not shareware/trialware) or cheap (<$50)

You can use the trial version of CoffeeCup HTML Editor to see if it does what you want. If you like it, the price is $49 with free lifetime upgrades. http://www.coffeecup.com/html-editor/

Try the web editor questionnaire at http://webdesign.about.com/od/htmleditors/a/aa121304.htm

It should help you work out which editor is the right one for your needs

  • Either it’s that or … Aptana. Which is pretty lightweight and does other things similar to its’ daddy: Eclipse SDK. My favorite function is the color picker. I also love the tag close detection that shows if you have the tag closed or not and where by highlighting either the end or the beginning of the tag.

Basic build includes alot, but you can probably get more by adding the plug-ins needed. It can also hook up to SVNs with these, too.

it is very hard for me to create web based on CSS. It is easy to develop with table but difficult to develop with css based using div tag. What kind of easiest editor that can develop web based on css just like drag and drop?

samanime, I use Notepad++, It’s VERY lightweight, open source, has syntax highlighting, FTP upload (through a plug-in), project management (again through plug-ins) and there’s validation tools for it as far as I’m aware. I use it myself for my own development needs and for something less than 2MB and highly expandable with script plug-in’s, it makes Aptana and Eclipse feel like bloatware. Here’s the link: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/ :slight_smile:

I was looking at Notepad++, though I thought it was missing project management. Now that I know there is a plug-in for it, I’ll give it another look.

Do you know if it has any type of intellisense/code-hinting (specifically for PHP and Javascript)?

I was looking at Notepad++, though I thought it was missing project management. Now that I know there is a plug-in for it, I’ll give it another look.

Do you know if it has any type of intellisense/code-hinting (specifically for PHP and Javascript)?

Nope it doesn’t have code hinting (that I’m aware of) and for some reason I can’t find the project management plug-in. I used it ages ago but where it is I can’t seem to see. If it’s not there anymore I guess there’s always the option to create a plug-in yourself for project management thereby giving the IDE whatever it’s missing :slight_smile:

Do you know if it has any type of intellisense/code-hinting (specifically for PHP and Javascript)?

My colleagues have started using Geanie. However this is (I believe, I don’t use it) a Linux editor, so I don’t know if it works on Windows (prolly does actually).

I’m mentioning it because I remember them prancing about happily because it did code suggestion for PHP. I dunno about JS, but definitely PHP.

*edit aha, after spelling it correctly I found http://www.geany.org/ which clearly states it can run on Windows and does support Javascript.

And it’s not just an editor, it’s a small IDE, so likely fills your other holes. Check it out.

My personal fave: http://www.panic.com/coda/

I also recommend Notepad++. I suggested it to a friend when she started doing web design but was getting too annoyed with Dreamweaver to get much done, and it suited her work style well so it was a perfect match. :slight_smile:

I personally still usually use Dreamweaver, any version that’s available, but I won’t bother to upgrade unless someone buys it for me. Hahaha. Honestly there’s not much reason to stay with Dreamweaver since many of the features can be found in other programs - except if you already use it for templates, then you’re kind of stuck. Notepad/Notepad++ are lifesavers when you need something light to just get in and make a quick change.

notepad++ is all i need.

I too recommend Notepad++

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