Many Web authors, particularly newcomers, believe that they must spend $40 to $70 to get a decent Web page editing program. In reality, you don't need to spend a dime to get an excellent program that'll do everything that the big, commercial programs do. Below, TheFreeSite.com offers a roundup of the top free Web editing programs around. Even if you know nothing about HTML coding, these programs can make the process of building a Web site relatively painless. Many of these programs will basically write the code for you. Others offer a wealth of must-have features, such as checking the validity of your coding, spell checking, link checking, and automatically uploading your pages to the Web. It's true: you can design a Web page using nothing more than Windows' built-in Notepad text editor. But with the many fabulous, free, feature-packed Web editing programs available, why bother?
A powerful free program, CoffeeCup's free HTML editor is a must if you code your own Web sites. CoffeeCup is easy to use and offers loads of helpful tools that let you add Web forms, insert images, tweak text, and more. You can create HTML and CSS files from scratch or work with your existing files. (For Windows).
This is a full-featured editor with a nice interface and many useful features, including intuitive forms for adding images, tables, links, lists, sounds, hex values, frames and more. All forms can be kept on top as floating toolbars. Other features include directory drop-down menus, a status bar with helpful info, a find & replace feature, auto-conversion of keyboard characters and more. Free, but donations are accepted. (For Windows).
From the gatekeepers of the Web, W3C, comes this free, highly useful Web authoring tool & browser combination program. Amaya has tons of features, such as WYSIWYG and a spell checker and is evolving all the time. You don't need to know HTML to build a Web page with Amaya. (Available for Windows and Unix).
Don't spend $50 on a commercial Web authoring program until you've tried this cool free program. Arachnophilia is an outstanding Web editor, bursting with features. It'll import fully formatted text, tables, and outlines from any Windows-compliant application and automatically convert it to HTML. It also has built-in FTP capabilities that can automatically upload files (although it can't delete files, like a true FTP client can). Powerful keyboard macros can include system commands---even other macros, for maximum flexibility. (For Windows).