If you’re a novice Web designer, you really don’t have to switch
between three or four programs to design, preview, and publish a
Web site. You can use CoffeeCup HTML Editor instead. This program
is great for people (like me) who have inherited a site to update
and don’t know much HTML. But it also supports more-advanced
coding, such as CSS, PHP, and XHTML tags. This fully functioning
30-day trial version will give you a good sense of whether it will
work for your needs. I definitely recommend it over the unintuitive
Easy Professional Express
, which I reviewed previously.
CoffeeCup HTML Editor has a friendly way about it. Tabs along the
top and sides of the window put the three main views (Code Editor,
Visual Editor, and Preview) right at your fingertips. When you’re
ready to design a page, the QuickStart wizard helps with design.
You’re plopped into the Code Editor, but you can switch to the
Visual Editor to enter text and drag-and-drop images from files on
your computer. And in the Code Editor, you can choose to see a
The program also lets you test compatibility with various browsers
(up to six), as well as upload your files using FTP.
CoffeeCup HTML Editor has its idiosyncracies (like making you save
your file whenever you switch from Code Editor to Visual Editor),
but they are a small price to pay.
Be advised: Advertisements are parked along the top of the program
of the free version and the program asks you to sign up for various
added services. If you register for $49, they’ll disappear.
Note: this download will take you to the developer’s site.