Free WYSIWYG Web Editors for Windows

Create your own web pages with these visual editors

Free WYSIWYG HTML editors for Windows are out there if you know where to look. If you aren't interested in learning to code, but you're ready to build your webpage, check out these six free HTML WYSIWYG editors for Windows.

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SeaMonkey WYSIWYG Home page

Screenshot / SeaMonkey

What We Like
  • Good for building basic websites.

  • Choice of WYSIWYG, HTML tags, and HTML code views.

What We Don't Like
  • Composer element no longer actively maintained.

  • Doesn't generate HTML5 code.

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

Version: 2.49.3

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Amaya WYSIWYG home page

Screenshot / Amaya


What We Like
  • Create and update directly on the web.

  • Supports HTML 4, XHTML 1, SVG, MathML, and CSS.

  • Open source software for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

What We Don't Like
  • Does not support HTML5.

  • No longer in development. Last version released in 2012.

Amaya is the W3C web editor. It also acts as a web browser. It validates the HTML as you build your page, and because you can see the tree structure of your web documents, it can be useful for learning to understand the DOM and how your documents look in the document tree. It has a lot of features that most web designers won’t ever use, but if you’re worried about standards and you want to be 100 percent sure that your pages work with the W3C standards, this is a great editor to use.

Version: 11.4.4

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KompoZer logo

What We Like
  • No need to install anything on your hard drive.

  • Reminiscent of Dreamweaver.

  • Easy to learn.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited features compared with other WYSIWYG editors.

  • Lacks support for HTML5 and CSS3.

KompoZer is an easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor. It was based on the now-discontinued Nvu editor and is now based on the Mozilla platform. It is a “what you see is what you get” editor with built-in file management and FTP to get your pages to your web hosting provider. KompoZer is for nontechnical users who want a professional-looking website without needing to know HTML.

Version: 0.8b3

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Trellian WebPage

Trellian WYSIWYG program


What We Like
  • Powerful for free software.

  • Offers two modes: WYSIWYG and Page Editor mode.

  • Handles image format conversions.

What We Don't Like
  • Page Editor features not particularly useful.

  • Freeware requires registration for a key.

Trellian WebPage is one of the few free web editors that offers both WYSIWYG functionality and image editing within the software. It also allows you to use Photoshop plugins to customize it even more. A great feature of this software is the SEO toolkit. This can help you analyze your page and improve its ranking in search engines.

Version: 5

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XStandard Lite

XStandard WYSIWYG page


What We Like
  • Free for commercial and personal use.

  • Generates clean XHTML.

  • Interface is easy to use.

What We Don't Like
  • No spell checker.

  • Cannot use drag and drop.

  • Must "request" download and enter contact information.

XStandard is an HTML editor that is a component that is embedded in the webpage itself. This is not exactly an editor for everyone, but if you need to allow people who visit your sites the opportunity to edit HTML, and you need valid HTML and CSS, this is a good solution. The Lite version can be used commercially for free but doesn't include features like spell-checking, customization, and extensibility. This is a good tool for web developers who include CMS so their clients can maintain the sites themselves.

XStandard runs in a browser as a plug-in. It runs on a desktop in Visual Studio, Access, VB, and VC++.

Version: 3.0

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Dynamic HTML Editor Free

Dynamic HTML Editor Free WYSIWYG support page

Screenshot / Dynamic HTML

What We Like
  • No need to learn HTML.

  • Insert and draw elements with a mouse.

  • Easy for beginners to use.

What We Don't Like
  • Lite version does not include many advanced features.

  • User interface looks dated.

The free version of Dynamic HTML Editor is a few revisions back from the paid version, and it’s only free for nonprofits and personal use. If that is you, and you don’t want to learn anything other than file transfers for getting your web pages to your host, then this program works fine. It has some graphics editing and is easy to drag and drop the elements around on the page.

Version: 1.9.9