You can create a web site without learning how to write HTML.

Some word-processor and desktop publishing packages incorporate conversion wizards that can export your document as a web page. However, these types of programs however often have significant limitations. There are many HTML editors and web page builders available, some of them are free.

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver

One of the most powerful web design tools available aimed at professional web designers. You can display a graphical view of the page at the same time as the source code, changes to one are reflected in the other. Care is required when using the FTP feature that is not very user friendly. This polished web tool has a straight forward method for adding Java applet scripting, Flash animations and ActiveX controls. It opens a new window for each page you are editing so it can get a bit confusing. Really for expert webmasters.

Adobe: http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/ Link opens in a new window

Hot Dog Junior

HotDog Junior

Designed primarily for kids, HotDog Junior allows you to create and publish your first Web Page to the Internet within minutes! You select one of the templates, place pictures, headings, text, sounds and email links in the order you want them with easy to handle 'web-blocks', then upload your pages.

HotDog Junior is designed specifically to allow novices to get pages up onto the Web. It allows you to create simple web pages very fast and automates the process of uploading to a server. It is not designed to edit HTML code nor can you open an existing HTML file to edit.

Sausage Software: http://www.sausage.com Link opens in a new window

HotDog Professional

HotDog Professional

A fully featured web page builder which includes the Auto-Downloader that keeps track of the files that HotDog uses and connects to the Internet to check that you have the latest versions. Great for more experienced users, if you can put up with the green dog!

Sausage Software: http://www.sausage.com Link opens in a new window

Microsoft Expression Web

Microsoft Expression Web

This is Microsoft's new Web Page creation software - part of the Expression suite. It has been designed to create fully standards compliant HTML code, ideal for professionals, but vastly over complicated for home user and beginners

Microsoft Expression Web: http://www.microsoft.com/Expression/products/overview.aspx?key=web Link opens in a new window

Microsoft FrontPage

Microsoft FrontPage

FrontPage is no longer supported by Microsoft as it has been replaced with Expression Web Link opens in a new window but FrontPage is still a good tool and much easier to use than Expression Web.

FrontPage has comprehensive wizards for site and page creation and includes ready made themes (co-ordinated backgrounds, bullets, banners and buttons). The interface is neat and the table editing tools are particularly good. You can publish your web pages to a server with the FrontPage extensions if you want to use some of the advanced/automated features like forms, or using the Web Publishing Wizard. Support for FrontPage extensions is being withdrawn as Microsoft are only offering support for a limited time and only for Microsoft servers.

Microsoft FrontPage: http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage Link opens in a new window

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office

The components in Office (Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, etc) can also be used to create web pages or convert existing documents in to web pages. However there are some limitations to what is possible, and if you have a complex document it may not covert well to an HTML page.

Microsoft Office: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/products/default.aspx Link opens in a new window

NetObjects Fusion

NetObjects Fusion

The latest version of Fusion has retained its most attractive features and now incorporates a built in method to edit source code. Many of it's features seem to be inspired by FrontPage. It has customisable tool bars and can automatically connect to the Internet to check for program upgrades. It is easy to create large multi-page web sites.

NetObjects: http://www.netobjects.com Link opens in a new window

NoteTab Light

NoteTab Light

A free HTML editor with a simple interface. Search files and format text quickly. Formerly called "Super NoteTab". 100% free with no advertising.

NoteTab Light: http://www.notetab.com/ntl.php Link opens in a new window

PSPad

PSPad

PSPad is a freeware editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It allows editing in various programming environments including HTML JavaScript and PHP and includes an FTP client. You edit in plain text, but it has automated features including automatically creating a closing tag in HTML when you open a tag. It has simple controls but advanced capabilities and is ready to use as soon as it is installed.

PSPad: http://www.pspad.com Link opens in a new window

Serif WebPlus

Serif WebPlus

This package has lots of features for a very competitive price. However as it works on a DTP layout type interface it is inclined to add extra code you might not need if you edited the pages in a more conventional manner.

Serif: http://www.serif.com Link opens in a new window


Xara Web Designer

Xara Web Designer

Xara Web Designer is an easy to use template based web graphic and website creation tool that gives you total page design freedom, no HTML or JavaScript skills required.

Xara Web Designer: http://www.xara.com/uk/products/webdesigner/ Link opens in a new window