If you have a website but decided not to implement a Content Management System (CMS) they you will need to update it by changing the source code. And to do this you need a HTML editor, below is a quick rundown of the best and most popular HTML editors you can use.
Windows Notepad – A very basic way to update a website is using Windows notepad. To use Windows notepad you simply right click on your HTML file and select “open with” and then Notepad. Whilst Notepad is a small piece of software and very very basic it is recommend for advance HTML coders and not those looking to trouble shoot. Notepad does not have any HTML tag highlighting and so if you have forgotten to close a tag or want to quickly find where and open tag closes then notepad is not the best software to do this.
Notepad ++ – Although named very similar to the above default Windows software, Notepad++ is not made by or associated with windows notepad and it does not bare any similarities. Notepad++ is a top HTML editor that contains all the basics such as line numbers, tag highlighting and auto completion of HTML tags, so the tags autosuggest and close for you as you write them. One of the great things about Notepad++ is having the ability to click on a tag and the software highlights that tag and also its corresponding open or closed tag, this is great to identify tags at the click of a button. Another great feature of the Notepad++ HTML editor is its ability to edit bulk pages at once, its handy search and replace feature allows you to find a line of code used in all your pages and replace them all at a click of a button.
Notepad++ is really a great HTML editor and one of, if not the best, out there.
Web developers use lots of different HTML editors – As there are quite a few n the market it all comes down to personal choice.
Depending on your experience with HTML you may be more confident with a visual or simple HTML editor such as the HTML editor offered by WordPress for example, this will allow you to generate some HTML code by pressing a few buttons and building your page with a visual editor.
If you feel a little more confident with HTML then you would use something like NotePad++ to develop your website. This would involve editing your raw php or HTML files.
In 2019 one of the most popular editors is called Sublime, this allows developers to code with pure code and have code marked up for ease of use, but this is often used by very advanced web developers.
When choosing an HTML editor find one that you are very comfortable with, some HTML editors can create very messy code, especially when combined with a visual editor so ensure to not make our code more complex than it needs to be.