What Is A Web Editor?


A web editor is a piece of software used to create web pages. Every site you visit online when purchasing, browsing or socialising, a web editor would have been used to build that site. All editors are designed to do the same thing, help the publisher create whatever they wish to add to the world of the internet with the best possible tools available. Now, whilst some web editors can be very expensive, there are free web editors out there available. For example, Kompozer. Kompozer is a free download and is extremely powerful and popular to first time web designers who aren’t completely sure what they’re doing. It’s easy to use and will provide a step by step guide for users. Every homepage address will start with ‘index.html’. And always remember to save everything associated with your website in the PROJECT FOLDER. Once you have the correct editor for you, you can start to slowly build up your website exactly how you want it to look i.e. heading, font’s, colours, underlining, bold and italics, bullet points.

For the more advanced web designers/developers, there are 3 types of HTML editors that can be chosen to meet your specific requirement.

Text Editors

Text editors provide ‘syntax highlighting’. Text editors include either integration functions or built in functions for such tasks as version control, code checking, code clean up, spellchecking and structuring as a project. Now, text editors do require user understanding of HTML. Regular text editors such as Windows Notepad can save as HTML files by using the following extensions, htm, html etc.

Object Editors

Editors sometimes allow various editing of the source text of objects in more visual modes than simple colour highlighting. Some WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors have the option of palette windows that allow editing to the text parameters of certain objects. These palettes enable editing for each individual parameter within their field. Widgets may be included to demonstrate select options.


WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors resembles how the page will be displayed in the web browser. Which may be provided from stand alone programs, for example, Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage, or come in the form of browser extensions and can be edited within the browser. Because HTML knowledge is not required to use WYSIWYG editors, they are a lot easier to use for someone with little computer experience.

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