Best Free WYSIWYG Web Design Software for Beginners
You don't need to be a skilled graphic designer or coder in order to build a website as there are many web design and development tools, online or desktop, that are specifically built for those who don't want to get involved with coding. In this post, I will talk about the best free WYSIWYG web design software that you can use for building your websites.
WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get and it is a term that is frequently used for referring to tools and platforms that allow users to create websites, templates, applications and other types of documents and user interfaces by giving the ability to the user to make edits on the actual output as it is edited and previewed simultaneously in real-time.
Here is a basic example to help you better understand how WYSIWYG web editing tools work: Let's say you want to add an image to your web page, you do that by directly inserting the image once you select it from your computer, i.e. you don't get involved with its HTML code, the tool generates the code in the background for you.
There are a number of free WYSIWYG web designing software that you can find if you do a little bit of research on your favorite search engine but most of them are either no longer supported, not truly WYSIWYG, lack core features or have very limited features in their free versions. For that reason, I decided to shorten your research by providing information about the best of them that beginners can easily start using and build their very first websites in minutes.
The tool I will talk about is KompoZer. I had briefly mentioned about KompoZer on another post where I talked about two free web design software for beginners but as time passed and KompoZer was improved with new features and capabilities, I decided to prepare a new, dedicated post about it.
KompoZer is a free, open-source WYSIWYG web design software that allows you to design websites and web pages without touching any code such as HTML or CSS. It not only provides a visual editor where you can put text, image and other types of web elements on your pages easily, but it also simplifies managing your website projects and files with the help of its Site Manager.
At first look, it may look like an old piece of software since its interface did not have any major overhauls in the last couple of years, but as you get used to working with it, you will realize how easy to use it is and how it makes it possible to build professionally looking websites even if you know absolutely nothing about HTML or CSS.
Among the various WYSIWYG web authoring tools that work on desktop, KompoZer is one of the most popular and it is used by a wide group of webmasters from all skill levels. Hence, it has an active community and forums in different languages where you can seek help when you need.
Obviously it doesn't have as many features as some of the high-end, paid WYSIWYG web editing tools such as Dreamweaver, but if you are just starting to learn how to build websites, this is a highly useful tool that you should give a try.
How to Download & Install KompoZer
One of the nice things about KompoZer web editing tool is that it works on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. You can download KompoZer in a number languages for different operating systems from the following page:
Simply click on the Download button that is designated for your preferred language and operating system. By the way, you can download either the installer or the zip archive version as you wish. The installer file will require an installation after the download, whereas the zip archive will be ready to use once it is extracted after the download.
Some Nice KompoZer Features
KompoZer has a rather simple and intuitive interface which you will get quickly used to after your first session of using the program. It has a project/file explorer on the left, file and editing menus on the top, and the visual editor, source code and preview panes are to the right.
You can easily add HTML elements to your website such as paragraphs, divs and headings in KompoZer. You can also insert links, images, tables and forms with the click of a button. You can move and re-position elements easily and also resize elements such as blocks, images and tables with the help of the rulers. There's also a nice color picker that will help you while working with colors.
You don't need to but in case you would like to play with the HTML code of your design, you can do so in the Edit HTML Source pane. The CSS editor, which is named as CaScadeS, allows you to make CSS edits easily.
You can edit more than one website at the same time, this is especially useful for busy webmasters working on multiple website projects at the same time. Once your website is ready, you can upload it to your hosting server with the help of the built-in FTP site manager.
KompoZer comes with a number of handy tools such as Markup Cleaner, HTML Validator and JS Console. You can use these tools to make sure that your designs have valid HTML code.
KompoZer has some nice addons such as Dom Inspector and Link Checker that you can download from this page.
Now that you know more about KompoZer, which in my opinion is the best free WYSIWYG web design software available at this time, you can download it and start building your websites without touching any code.
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