There’s no shortage of software available for creating web pages. In the early days, we just made do with tools originally designed for print. Today, there are wonderful tools created specifically with web design in mind that make the process more efficient. Although I can’t list every available software release, I’d like to introduce you to the most common and proven web design tools. Note that you can download trial versions of many of these programs from the company websites, as listed in the “Popular Web Design Software Links”.
Web-authoring tools are similar to desktop publishing tools, but the end product is a web page (an HTML file and its supporting files). These tools provide a visual “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get, pronounced “whizzy-wig”) interface and shortcuts that save you from typing repetitive HTML and CSS. These tools won’t excuse you from learning HTML. Even the most sophisticated tools won’t generate HTML as clean or well-considered as a professional writing by hand, but they can speed up the process once you know what you’re doing.
HTML editors (as opposed to WYSIWYG authoring tools) are designed to speed up the process of writing HTML by hand. They do not allow you edit the page visually, so you need to check your work in a browser