Registered: Nov 2007
I've built one site in my life and it was purely html on notepad.
I just opened one site and had someone else design it for me and just purchased the script for another.
I'm learning as I go along myself so.....
To offer some options I know of myself and am considering:
Available on Linux, Mac and Windows, Open-Source and Linspire sponsored Nvu is based on the Mozilla composer so it shares a relatively similar interface. However, it is a much more advanced tool now, while trying to maintain a non-scary approach for new-comers in web design. The documentation is good and the community active, so, if you have questions or problems, help is not far away! While SeaMonkey Composer lacks many features in WYSIWYG mode, with NVU you can almost create a complete website staying in pure WYSIWYG mode. Still, if you want to add some code manually, it's possible to jump in a second between WYSIWYG Editing Mode and HTML, using tabs. Logically, the preview mode also uses the gecko engine (Mozilla, Firefox) to render web pages. While the code is clean, it will still be necessary to test your web pages against less-compliant web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 6, for example. It's got an easy-to-use, built-in FTP client to quickly upload files to your webspace. Support for forms, tables, and templates is very good but CSS support isn't perfect and it doesn't currently support server-side language like PHP. In conclusion, for the moment, Nvu rests somewhere between tools like Frontpage (Nvu produces much better code) and Dreamweaver (yes, there is huge gap !) : it is a good web development tool, aimed at beginners or intermediate users but it will need more refinement and support for server-side language if it wants to approach the very best web editors available on Windows, for example.
Quanta Plus is a user-friendly HTML editor and web development tool designed primarly for the K Desktop Environment (although it can run on any environment). Unlike Bluefish, Quanta is capable of both WYSIWYG designing and handcoding. It supports a huge number of languages, and its syntax checking and highlighting are excellent. It has code folding and current line highlighting. Features also included are : templates, document structure management, project management, plug-in support, DTD support,etc, integrated FTP client and preview function to let you see the results of your work while you're working. There is also a commercial variant called Quanta Gold, available on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, with more features. For Gnome users, the KDE interface of Quanta Plus will look a bit out of place, but overall that’s quite minor (note : this is not the case with Quanta Gold, because it's based on QT).
Quanta Plus is free; Quanta Gold costs US $49.95.