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    Best FREE WYSIWYG HTML Editor?

    Long story short is my neighbor caught wind that I'm a web developer and told me he wants to create a small website for a small home business he's creating. He has a shoestring budget so I gave him the friend discount on web hosting and a .com and am going to his house in the next week or two to set him up with an HTML editor and FTP client.

    My question is what is the best free WYSIWYG HTML editor? I never really bought into them and the only experience I have is with DreamWeaver from college and I know that all CS3 app's cost too much for him. I'd rather not set up any pirated software on his computer since all he needs to do is build basic pages.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    I just downloaded w3's Amaya and it seems to be able to do all the basic stuff he'll need. Has anyone used this program before ?

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    Amaya has always felt clumsy and incredibly sluggish to me when I've tried it. Granted, it's probably been about two years since last time.

    I'd recommend you to go have a look at KompoZer/NVU or the Composer part of SeaMonkey. These are all based on the Composer component of the Mozilla Application Suite, which in turn is a reimplementation and improvement of the Netscape 4 Composer using the Gecko rendering engine.

    Another free WYSISYG is EvrSoft's First Page. I don't know that much about it, though.
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    I've messed around with both first page and kompozer. I personally like kompozer better just for the feel of it but they're both okay. I don't use either one anymore.
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    I would say Kompozer, but I would also say that it might be better for him to use Word or something like that instead. I know, its hideous code, but tight budget means desperate measures. Anytime you use a WYSIWYG editor without knowing anything about web design there are going to be problems, so whatever is most familiar to the person is probably the best place to start from.
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    NOTE PAD... LOL the only way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doogie73 View Post
    NOTE PAD... LOL the only way to go!
    Sigh there had to be one, but alas he/she is probably correct I don't know anyone who didnt make their first .html file in notepad.

    Failing that, if he has office on his computer he might have overlooked frontpagE?

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    Filezilla, CuteFTP, FireFTP - 3 good free FTP clients rite there. Filezilla is my personal choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by doogie73 View Post
    NOTE PAD... LOL the only way to go!
    Try reading the post before replying you idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by udjamaflip View Post
    Sigh there had to be one, but alas he/she is probably correct I don't know anyone who didnt make their first .html file in notepad.
    He was asking for WYSIWYGs and not source editors though. And as a source editor, notepad is just slightly better than edlin.
    Failing that, if he has office on his computer he might have overlooked frontpagE?
    Using Word or FrontPage for WYSIWYG is a bad idea - the output is very low quality, especially from Word, and usually pretty bloated. If a Microsoft product is to be used for this, a much better choice would be Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition or Microsoft Expression Web instead.
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    Try NicEdit it's really lightweight and it loads super fast =] and it IS free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Johnson View Post
    I just downloaded w3's Amaya and it seems to be able to do all the basic stuff he'll need. Has anyone used this program before ?
    yes I do from time to time to see how it works but I don't recommand it. I don't know if is any port for windows but coffe( or coffe cup?) or nvu make me a good impression, but that was some time ago( liorean post something about nvu succesor).

    PS: mozilla composer?

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    Years ago, when I first started to learn HTML, I used Hippie from Trout Software. It was, at the time, a nice side by side editor so you could see the results of your code even as you were developing it.

    They have HippiePro now which claims to fully support both IE and Firefox. They also offer a trial period (50 uses) before you have to register the software ($79.95). Don't know if this is the type of thing you might be looking for or if it meets the budget requirements, but like I said, it wasn't bad back in the day and was instrumental for me in learning the basics of web-coding.

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