The Best Windows WYSIWYG HTML Editors

These are the best WYSIWYG HTML editors for Windows

WYSIWYG editors are HTML editors that attempt to display a Web page as it will appear in a browser—"What You See Is What You Get" as the acronym stands for. These are visual editors, so you don’t manipulate the code generally.

I’ve reviewed over 130 different Web editors for Windows against over 40 different criteria relevant to professional web designers and developers. The following are the best WYSIWYG HTML editors for Windows, in order from best to worst.

Each editor below has a score, percentage and a link to a more detailed review. All reviews were completed between September and November 2010. This list was compiled on November 7, 2010.

1
Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Dreamweaver. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Dreamweaver is one of the most popular professional Web development software packages available. It offers power and flexibility to create pages that meet your needs.

I use Dreamweaver for everything from JSP, XHTML, PHP and XML development. It is a good choice for professional Web designers and developers, but if you're working as a solitary freelancer, you might want to look at one of the Creative Suite editions like Web Premium or Design Premium to get graphics editing capability, as well as other features like Flash editing.

There are a few features that Dreamweaver CS5 lacks—some have been missing for a long time—and others, like HTML validation and photo galleries, were removed in CS5.

Version: CS5
Score: 235 / 76%

2
Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium
Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

If you are a graphic artist and a Web designer, you should consider Creative Suite Design Premium. Unlike Design Standard, which doesn't include Dreamweaver, Design Premium gives you InDesign, Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, SoundBooth and Acrobat. Because it includes Dreamweaver it has all the power you need to build web pages. Web designers who focus more on graphics and less on the purely HTML aspects of the job will appreciate this suite for the extra graphic features included in it.

Version: CS5
Score: 215 / 69%

3
Microsoft Expression Studio Web Pro

Microsoft Expression Studio Web Pro
Microsoft Expression Studio Web Pro. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Expression Studio Web Professional combines Expression Web with Expression Design and Expression Encoder to give you a full graphic, video and WYSIWYG Web design suite.

If you are a freelance web designer who needs to be able to edit graphics in something more powerful than Paint, you should look at Expression Studio Web Professional. This suite combines exactly what most web designers need to create great sites with strong support for languages like PHP, HTML, CSS, and ASP.Net.

If you want to buy Expression Web, this is the suite you need. Expression Studio Web Professional includes Expression Web along with the other tools for the same price that Expression Web used to sell for.

Version: 4
Score: 209 / 67%

4
NetObjects Fusion

NetObjects Fusion
NetObjects Fusion. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Fusion is a very powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor. It combines all the tasks you need to get your website up and running, including development, design and FTP client. Plus, you can add special features to your pages like Captchas on forms and ecommerce support.

Fusion also has a lot of support for Ajax and dynamic websites. There is even SEO support built in.

If you’re not sure if you want Fusion, you should try the free version NetObjects Fusion Essentials.

Version: 11
Score: 179 / 58%

5
CoffeeCup HTML Editor

CoffeeCup HTML Editor
CoffeeCup HTML Editor. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

CoffeeCup software does a great job of providing what their customers want for a low price. The CoffeeCup HTML editor is a great tool for Web designers. It comes with lots of graphics, templates, and extra features, like the CoffeeCup image mapper.

I've found that if you request a feature, CoffeeCup will add it or create a new tool to take care of it. Once you purchase CoffeeCup HTML editor, you get free updates for life.

CoffeeCup HTML Editor was voted Best HTML Editor in the 2010 About.com Reader's Choice Awards.

Version: 2010 SE
Score: 175 / 56%

6
SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey
SeaMonkey. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

SeaMonkey is the Mozilla project all-in-one internet application suite. It includes a Web browser, email and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and composer, the WYSIWYG HTML page editor.

One of the nice things about using SeaMonkey is that you have the browser built-in, so testing is a breeze. Plus, it's a free WYSIWYG editor with an embedded FTP client to publish your web pages.

Version: 2.0.8
Score: 139 / 45%

7
Amaya

Amaya
Amaya. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Amaya is the W3C WYSIWYG HTML editor. It also acts as a Web browser.

Amaya validates your HTML as you build your page. It shows you the tree structure of your web documents, so it can be very useful for learning to understand the DOM and how your documents look in the document tree.

Amaya has a lot of features that most Web designers won’t ever use, but if you want to be certain that your pages comply with W3C standards, this is a great editor to use.

Version: 11.3.1
Score: 135 / 44%

8
Evrsoft First Page

Evrsoft First Page
Evrsoft First Page. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Evrsoft First Page is a text and WYSIWYG HTML editor for Windows offering a lot of the features you expect from a professional Web editing package.

There are two versions of the Evrsoft editor: Evrsoft First Page 2006 and Evrsoft 1st Page 2000.

Version: 3
Score: 134 / 43%

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