CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor Profile

A Very Popular Free Text HTML Editor

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The CoffeeCup Free HTML editor (the latest version is 16.1) is a text editor with a lot of potential, although it is only available for Windows, which may frustrate some potential users.

This editor comes in two versions - a free version and a full version which can be downloaded for $29. While the free version is still very good, a number of the features it has available in the menus require that you buy that full version. Still, the free version is a good HTML editor, but we would recommend you purchase the full version of the editor to get the real benefits from this product.

CoffeeCup also offers an upgrade called "Responsive Site Designer" for $99. This upgrade seems to be focusing on mobile device support and Responsive Web Design. This is encouraging to see in light of the variety of devices and screen sizes now being used to access Web content.

Finally, CoffeeCup offers a combination of the HTML editor and the responsive layout designs for $169. Bottom line, they do still offer the free HTML editor, but they are also now branching out with some more premium offerings that make this software a more powerful and flexible option for website designers and developers.

One important thing to note: many sites list this editor as a free WYSIWYG editor, but when I tested, you had to buy CoffeeCup Visual to get WYSIWYG support. The free version is a very nice text editor only, so please be aware of that. If you are a designer looking for more of a visual interface to work with, CoffeeCup's free version will not meet your need.

One final item that should be pointed out is that to do FTP (file transfer protocol) or secure FTP, you would need a separate application. This may not seem like a big deal, but since so many HTML editors include FTP capabilities as part of their software natively, this separation is something that makes CoffeeCup stick out a bit, but not really in a good way.

Target Market(s): Beginners, Web Designers

Description

  • Operating System: Windows
  • Publisher: CoffeeCup
  • Price: FREE for HTML editor, premium versions available as well
  • Type of Editor: Text Editor
  • Score:
    • Web Designers: 39.8%
    • Web Developers: 48.5%
    • Small Businesses: 31.9%
    • Beginners: 35.3%
  • Latest Version: 16.1

What We Like

  • Very popular editor with a lot of supporters

  • Writes HTML5

  • Can edit other languages

  • Premium versions allow for additional functionality

What We Don't Like

  • No WYSIWYG

  • FTP (and secure FTP) must be done with a separate application

  • Only available for Windows