The 10 Best Macintosh Web Editors for Beginners

Editors for Web Design Newcomers

If you’re just starting out building a web page, it can be helpful to have an editor that is WYSIWYG or that explains the HTML to you.

I have reviewed over 60 different HTML editors for Macintosh (criteria). The following are the 10 best web editors for beginners for Macintosh, in order from best to worst.

Each editor below will have a score, percentage, and a link to more information. All reviews were completed between September and November 2010. This list was compiled on November 6, 2010.

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skEdit. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

skEdit is a text editor for Macintosh. One really nice feature is the integration with Subversion version control system built-in. It also includes support for languages beyond HTML and is very customizable.

Version: 4.13
Score: 150 / 48%

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Rapidweaver. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

At first glance RapidWeaver appears to be a WYSIWYG editor, but there is a lot to surprise you. I created a site with a large photo gallery, a blog, and two stand-alone web pages in about 15 minutes. These included images and fancy formatting. This is a great program for newcomers to web design. You get started quickly and advance to more complicated pages including PHP. It doesn't validate HTML that you hand code and I couldn't figure out how to add an external link in one of the WYSIWYG pages. There is also a large user-base with lots of plugins to get more support for advanced features including HTML 5, ecommerce, Google sitemaps, and more.

Version: 4.4.2
Score: 133 / 43%

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

Version: 2.0.8
Score: 139 / 45% More »

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Jalbum. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

What you have to remember with Jalbum is that it’s not intended to be a full-featured HTML editor. It’s an online photo album creator. You can create photo albums and host them on the Jalbum site or on your own site. I created a photo album with about 20 photos in less than 15 minutes. It's very easy to use, and perfect for the newcomer to web design who just wants to share photos with friends and family. But if you need more than that from your web editor, you should look elsewhere.

Version: 8.11
Score: 89 / 29%

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ShutterBug. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

ShutterBug is a fine WYSIWYG web editor for beginners. It offers a lot of features that someone putting up a personal website would want. It's very easy to put up a photo gallery, and you can connect it to RSS easily too. I don't like that the demo alters your images — it watermarks them with the word “DEMO”. I would rather have a free limited-time trial that leaves my images alone. ShutterBug is primarily for putting up photo galleries on web pages. If you need an editor that does more than that, you may be disappointed with ShutterBug.

Version: 2.5.6
Score: 73.5 / 24%

350 Pages Free
350 Pages Free. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

350 Pages Free is a free version of 350 Pages Lite. You can post one website with 15 pages total. It is primarily a demo of their paid service, but if you have a small site you could maintain it with this.

Score: 73 / 24% More »

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Rendera. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Rendera is an online tool built to help you learn HTML 5 and CSS 3. You simply type in the code you want to test and see it rendered on the screen. It's not a great editor for building entire sites, but if all you want to do is see how certain HTML 5 tags or CSS 3 tags will look, it's a great tool.

Version: 0.8.0
Score: 73 / 24%

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TextEdit. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

TextEdit is the free text editor that comes with Macintosh OS X systems. It doesn’t have a lot of features specifically for web development, but if you want to start quickly writing HTML and don’t want to have to download anything, this is a great place to start. If you plan to use TextEdit, be sure to read the how to: Edit HTML with TextEdit as there are some tricks to how it handles HTML.

Version: 10.6
Score: 63 / 20%

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Radio UserLand

Radio UserLand
Radio UserLand. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Radio is primarily a weblog editor. You can use the FTP capabilities to connect to any web server or you can connect to the Userland platform. It comes with standard blog features like comments, trackback, and hits counter. It also can import RSS or export the entire site as an RSS file.

The Radio Userland service closed on January 31, 2010. Because the software is built to connect to this service, it's not clear whether the software will continue to be developed.

Version: 8.1
Score: 59 / 19%

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Create. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Create is a WYSIWYG editor for Macintosh best suited to Newcomers to Web Design and Children. It costs $149.00. There is a free trial.


1 Stars
Score: 26 / 10%

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