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10 best Free HTML Editor Resources

Back in the good ole-days, the only way to build a website was by coding it, line by line. We’ve come a long way since that. Now, everybody can build a website, regardless of coding skills. However, not all websites are created equally. Using a CMS with a free template is fine if you are okay with a standard, generic, website. But if you want your website to make an impression, diving into the HTML is something you cannot avoid. And if you are building the next amazing SaaS-product, you’re going to need all the flexibility and versatility your coding can muster.

The HTML editor resources in our list help you create awesome websites, apps, and services by harnessing (and unleashing) the power of HTML.


#1 CoffeeCup HTML

We can’t start our day without a strong cup of coffee, so it only makes sense that CoffeeCup HTML is the tool we kick off with. CoffeeCup has been around since the dawn of the internet era. The company was founded in August 1996. These decades of experience pay their dividends, as users report that CoffeeCup HTML editor “meets their needs better than the average HTML editor”.

The HTML editor CoffeeCup offers is completely free. You can, however, choose the paid version ($20) to add a WYSIWYG-editor to the mix.  


#2 Komodo edit

Komodo is a free, open-source, HTML-editor which is available as a download for free. Basically, developer ActiveState took their paid Komodo IDE, took away some of the features, and created a basic HTML editor that is ridiculously fast and easy to use.

The main downside to Komodo Edit is that customer support does not always meet expectations. For a free basic HTML-editor, we feel it’s acceptable to have to wait in line for a while. However, if you chose to upgrade to one of the paid plans (starting at $12/month), bad customer support might become an issue.


#3 Apache NetBeans

HTML is a powerful language. It is the foundation of everything we do and see online. But, it also has some limitations. If you want to combine HTML5 with PHP, JacaScript, C++ and a bunch of other coding languages, you may want to check out ApacheNetbeans.

The editor highlights source code, offers several handy wizards, and creates code that runs under any operating system. Apache NetBeans even auto-completes code for you, reducing your workload. If you feel a slight panic when reading about autocomplete, rest assured:  NetBeans autocomplete is a lot more reliable than your phone’s autocorrect.

Oh, another thing we like about Apache NetBeans is that it is open source. Not only does this allow you to use it free of charge, it has also resulted in a huge plugin marketplace full of nice little functionalities.

#4 Notepad++

Sorry, Apple fans, but this little gem is available on Windows only. Still considered to be “the best” by many IT professionals, Notepad++ is the real thing.

Notepad++ hardly has any bells and whistles. It’s just a free source code editor which helps you keep track of your HTML-code. You do have some customization options to decide the way syntax is presented, but that’s about the only additional feature Notepad++ offers. Free to use, basic and pure, such as Notepadd++


#5 Visual Studio Code

Just like Komodo Edit is a stripped-down version of Komodo IDE, Visual Studio Code is the stripped-down version of Microsoft Visual Studio IDE. This free tool is excellent when you are looking to debug your code, run tasks or get your version control done. Users are highly positive about Visual Studio code, saying that the free HTML-editor basically become the benchmark by which they judge other editors. However, they also remain critical: some users struggle because of the complicated commands for some configurations.

It cannot handle more complex workflows, which is where Visual Studio free will try to redirect you to Microsoft Visual Studio IDE (subscription starts at $45/month).


#6 Qbiki (a.k.a. Seattle cloud)

It’s important to find your niche if you want to be successful in business. Say you found your niche to be developing iPhone apps, then Qbiki has found their niche to be you.

Believe it or not, but Qbiki (now rebranded as Seattle Cloud) has been active in the iPhone app development scene longer than iPhones have been around. Qbiki was founded in April 2007, several months before the first iPhone was brought to market on June 29th, 2007. Having been the first-ever online tool to design, build and preview iPhone apps, Qbuki has always been a very prominent name in the market.

Almost a million iPhone apps have already been created using Qbiki. Pricing starts at $ 19,95, allowing you to create one app.


#7 HTML Email check

Can you imagine anything worse than receiving an email newsletter with the garbled text due to HTML-errors?

Yes, you’ve guessed it: sending out an email newsletter with garbled text due to HTML-editors.

Avoid that embarrassment by meticulously checking your emails before sending them out. HTML Email Check is a simple tool that helps any marketer to quickly validate the HTML of emails before sending them out. Validate the code, visually check the layout with the preview and send the email knowing that your HTML is completely error-free.

Subscriptions to HTML Email cost $14,95 per month, or $149,95 for the whole year.


#8 EasyWebContent

If you are a marketer, you (should) know everything about the famous P’s: Product, Pricing, Placement, Promotion, People. If you have some experience with online marketing, you probably also know the difference between.

You are not a coder, though. If you would want to be a coder, you’d have chosen IT as your career path. But you didn’t. So it’s safe to assume that HTML is a necessary evil for you, not your passion.

EasyWebcontent is a cloud-based content creation platform allowing anyone to create professional and engaging marketing content. You don’t need to buy any fancy tools, your web browser is all you need.

EasyWebContent started all the way back in 2008 as the first-ever online HTML-editor. Since 2010, the company has been adding features, enabling you to do more and more without needing to ask the IT-guys for help.

Today, EasyWebContent combines its HTML-editor with a site builder and visual content creation tool. Pricing of EasyWebContent starts at $10/month.


#9 Froala

Most SaaS-companies bringing a product to the market follow a similar approach. They look at the market and discover how some products seem to lacking a very useful feature. So, they build their own version, including that feature. If you would like an example, just scroll up a little, and see how EasyWebContent built their HTML-editor, later adding a site-builder and a visual content tool.

Not many companies sit down and decide to completely re-invent something from the roots. And why should you? Don’t fix it, if it ain’t broken, right?

The guys and gals of Froala didn’t agree with that philosophy. Having decided they wanted to build the best HTML-editor in the world, they decided not to “stand upon the shoulders of giants”. Instead, they took a blank canvas and started to draft.

The result is a handy WYSIWYG HTML-editor you can combine with JavaScript charts, design blocks, and a load of other features. The Froala promise is clear: “Our products take the pain out of developing editing software for rich text and web pages. (…) With all the latest editing features, businesses can focus on delighting their users.”

This promise doesn’t come free though, as the cheapest plan Froala offers will cost you a one-time investment of $239. This amount buys you a perpetual license and a year of free software updates. If you are a SaaS company, you will need Froala Pro, which requires a one-time investment of $1199.


#10 CodePen

Back in the old days, one of the most annoying things in coding HTML was that you’d have to save your .html and then open it in your browser to see the results. As a result, your F5-key would be the most worn-down key on the keyboard.

Codepen has been taking this nuisance away since its founding in 2012. Basically, CodePen is a web-based HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code editor.

CodePen is not so much an editor as it is a community for front-end designers and developers, making it the perfect place to hone your HTML skills. It lets you play and experiment with your code directly in your browser. CodePen is a nice tool to test your code for bugs, to collaborate, or to just get new ideas.

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