Hmmm, maybe I should start that off in a different way
Let’s face it, if you want to do something online, you are going to need some way to edit HTML pages. And unless you’re a complete coding nerd, you’re going to need something where your need to actually touch the HTML code is kept to a bare minimum.
But, most of the really good stuff comes with a pretty hefty price tag. I just checked – Adobe DreamWeaver costs $399 from the Adobe Web Shop. NOT for the casual user, right?
For as long as I can remember, the only real, free alternatives have been NVU and Kompozer – both of them do a decent job, but none of them have been in development for years. So, I’ve been a reluctant backer of those. Well, there’s a new beast in town.
And that’s where said blue griffon comes into the game.
Blue Griffon is a cool free, open source HTML editor, actively developed, and with some very nifty features (ouch – remember, the benefits, sell the benefits Luke!)
It dices, slices, and makes the coffee (disclaimer: previous language is illustrative, Blue Griffon does in fact not slice, dice or make coffee!) like most other WYSIWYG HTML editors, and it’s based on FireFox, so what you’ll see in the editor will closely mimic what you’ll see in the browser.
But, on top of that, it’s got support for HTML5, CSS3, WebFonts (pretty exciting, I think), lots of other stuff, plus, the most interesting in my view: it can be extended with plugins, and there’s already quite a few both free and piad ones – among other ones, a free FireFTP plugin that lets you upload your pages directly from within Blue Griffon.
This one definitely comes with the PayBack Seal-of-Approval!