Macintosh WYSIWYG Editors

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WYSIWYG editors are HTML editors that attempt to display the web page as it will display in the browser. They are visual editors, and you don’t usually manipulate the code directly. I’ve reviewed over 60 different web editors for Macintosh against criteria relevant to professional web designers and developers. The following are the 10 best WYSIWYG web editors for Macintosh, in order from best to worst.

Our Top Picks

Adobe Dreamweaver

What We Like

  • Comprehensive tool for creating, publishing, and managing websites.

  • Real-time browser preview.

  • Code hints, completion, and highlighting features.

  • Robust tutorials.

What We Don't Like

  • Steep learning curve.

  • Confusing interface.

  • Includes many features most people will never use.

  • Isn't browser-based, so surprises can happen.

Dreamweaver is one of the most popular professional web development software packages available. It offers power and flexibility to create pages that meet your needs. You can use it for everything from JSP, XHTML, PHP, and XML development.

It is a good choice for professional web designers and developers, but if you're working as a solitary freelancer, you might want to look at one of the Creative Suite suites like Web Premium or Design Premium to get graphics editing capability and other features like Flash editing as well.

There are a few features that Dreamweaver lacks, some have been missing for a long time, and others (like HTML validation and photo galleries) were removed in CS5.

Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps

What We Like

  • Something for everyone: page layout, graphic design, photo editing, website creation.

  • Seamless integration of all the Adobe apps.

  • Dreamweaver's desktop- and mobile-compatible website creation strength.

What We Don't Like

  • It's expensive and requires a one-year financial commitment.

  • Strong learning curve.

  • May be more power than some people need.

If you are more a graphic artist than a web designer, consider Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps package. It includes Dreamweaver and Spark, and gives you InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and other desktop and mobile apps.

Because it includes Dreamweaver, Adobe's Creative Cloud package includes all the power you need to build web pages, while web designers who focus more on graphics and less on the purely HTML aspects of the job will appreciate this suite for the extra graphic features included in it.

SeaMonkey

What We Like

  • Web page editor is a powerful, simple WYSIWYG editor.

  • Suitable for users with little or no web page creation experience.

  • Free all-in-one internet suite.

What We Don't Like

  • Interface is dated.

  • Slow startup speed.

  • Power-hungry.

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.

Rapidweaver

What We Like

  • Simulator shows how web page looks on Macs, iPhone and iPad models.

  • Built-in theme designs.

  • Free training videos

  • More than 1,500 add-ons.

What We Don't Like

  • Simulator isn't true WYSIWYG.

  • Advanced features require add-on purchases.

At first glance, RapidWeaver appears to be only a WYSIWYG editor, but there is a lot to surprise you. You can create 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.

SandVox

What We Like

  • Good option to quickly create a basic website.

  • No HTML, CSS, or JavaScript knowledge required.

  • 14-day free trial

What We Don't Like

  • Buggy on recent macOS releases.

  • Little design freedom.

  • Insufficient tech support.

Sandvox offers great features. One really interesting feature is the integration with Google Webmaster Tools. This can help you keep your site on track with SEO and give you options like a sitemap and other features.

GoodPage

What We Like

  • Code, structure, and browser views.

  • Site management features.

  • Easy to use with no learning curve.

  • Free 30-day trial.

What We Don't Like

  • Hasn't been updated in several years.

  • Dated interface.

  • Not suitable for complex websites.

GoodPage offers a lot of the features of a great text editor while also providing some WYSIWYG support.

You'll like the structured views of the document — this makes it easier to see the DOM for JavaScript development. Another cool thing is the CSS editor, which includes the specificity right on the property. If you’ve ever fought with a complex style sheet you’ll recognize the value of that.

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