The Best Macintosh Web Editors for Beginners

Check Out These 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 in an easy-to-understand way.

After reviewing over 60 different HTML editors for Macintosh, the following are deemed some of the best web editors for beginners for Macintosh, in order from best to worst along with the version tested.

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skEdit (4.13) 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.

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At first glance, RapidWeaver (4.4.2) appears to be a WYSIWYG editor, but there is a lot here to surprise you. We 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. However, It doesn't validate HTML that you hand code and we 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, e-commerce, Google sitemaps, and more.

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SeaMonkey (2.0.8) 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.

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What you need to remember with Jalbum (8.11) 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. We 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.

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ShutterBug (2.5.6) 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. One negative is that the demo alters your images — it watermarks them with the word “DEMO”. A free limited-time trial that leaves your images alone would be preferable. ShutterBug is primarily for putting up photo galleries on web pages, and if you need an editor that does more than that, you may be disappointed with ShutterBug.

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Rendera (0.8.0) 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.

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TextEdit (10.6) 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 learn how to get the basics beforehand as there are some tricks to how it handles HTML.