14 Best Web Design Software and Their Specialties

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Just like any other field in computer science, there are specialized applications for designing websites. These applications are called web design software.

These software for web design come range in vast variety. There are free ones and there are seriously pricy ones.  Some of them are made for general use and some are for one particular use. Many of them are crafted for designers and there are many others devised specialist developers. Today we check them all out.

Whether you’re an experienced web developer or a newbie web designer, or even somebody who hasn’t even started web designing yet, you would find this post useful.

Instead of making a huge list of boring, nonproductive software I’ve kept it short, only two or three web design software of each kind… but the best and most popular ones.

WYSIWYG Web Design Software

WYSIWYG refers to “What You See Is What You Get”. That means you design in live environment, your design changes are previewed in real time and you don’t have to edit code to make changes. You work in a designer friendly environment. These days WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) is also emerging on the web design landscape. This is somewhat the same thing as WYSIWYG, for more details please follow the link. All I wanted to say here is that I’m including both of these kinds of web design software here.

Adobe Dreamweaver

Price: $19.99 per Month
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

Adobe Dreamweaver

This tool was formerly called Macromedia Dreamweaver. Back then Adobe tried a lot to make a tool that really challenges Dreamweaver. They made Adobe Pagemill and then Adobe GoLive… but no use. Then Adobe bought Macromedia and now it is called Adobe Dreamweaver.

Dreamweaver is the undisputed king of web design software. From newbies to experienced programmers, they all love it. It is one of the best software ever made, and we’re not talking about web design only.

Adobe Muse

Price: $14.99 per Month
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

Adobe Muse

Adobe recently launched this software. The idea was that Dreamweaver has just too many features and options, and that sometimes confuses the non-professionals. So they launched this tool that lets users to create websites without having to write or edit a single line of code.
If you like Adobe Muse, don’t forget to check out its tutorials.

KompoZer

Price: Free
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

KompoZer

This is possibly the most famous freeware web design software out there. Of course it is not as amazing as Dreamweaver but it is sufficient at designing routine websites. It has all the necessary features, including tabbed code-design viewing, code correction and style sheet making.

CoffeeCup HTML Editor

Price: $69
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X

CoffeeCup HTML Editor

CoffeeCup HTML Editor

CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer

CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer

CoffeeCup is the inventor of easy web designing. They have been making software for easy web designing since 1996.
CoffeeCup produces two software, CoffeeCup HTML Editor that competes with Adobe Dreamweaver, and Visual Site Designer (costs $49) that competes with Adobe Muse. Mind you, Visual Site Designer has been around long before Adobe Muse.

RapidWeaver

Price: $79
Compatibility: Mac OS X

RapidWeaver

A software exclusively created for Mac users. This is a template based application and you first choose your desired template then you edit it to make your own website. You can find many RapidWeaver themes (templates) online.

BlueGriffon

Price: Free
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

BlueGriffon

This is definitely one of the best freeware solutions for web designing. You can make HTML5 and CSS3 websites here.

Code Based Web Design Software

Code based HTML editors, or code editors are the choice of professional developers. Of course you don’t get a live preview here but most of these software specialize in writing server side scripts so there’s no use of live preview.

These software focus on providing development friendly environment to coders. If you want to be excellent in web development, you should get one of these software installed.

jEdit

Price: Free
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

jedit

This is my favorite tool (and I’m not getting paid to say that). Its main power is its plugins. Using the right plugins, you include dictionaries, auto-complete coders, validators and a whole bunch of things. It includes indentation and syntax highlighting for over 200 languages and it is very friendly with UTF-8 languages, including right-to-left languages.
If you are a newbie, I recommend jEdit because its design (in my opinion) is much more intuitive than other code editors.

Notepad++

Price: Free
Compatibility: Win

Notepad++

This has to be the most popular source code editor for Windows. It has been downloaded 27 million times and the number is still growing.
Very very simple to use. If you can use routine Notepad, you can use Notpad++. With features like tabbed windows, drag-&-drop and zoomed viewing this software is a tough to beat thing.

Adobe Brackets

Price: Free
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

Adobe Brackets

Launched only a few days ago, Adobe Brackets is the latest to come out of Adobe software house. Still in beta, and continuously being upgraded, we can expect

HTML-Kit

Price: Free
Compatibility: Win

HTML-Kit

Once, this was one of the most popular HTML code editors out there. Still used by many, HTML-Kit makes it to the list.

UltraEdit

Price: $79.95
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

UltraEdit

This is almost a twenty-year old text editor. The software has a long list of awards and praising remarks from industry leading magazines. Probably this is why UltraEdit is one of the few code editors that is paid. For free, you only get a 45 day trial.

TextMate

Price: $54
Compatibility: Mac OS X

Textmate

What Notepad++ is to Windows, TextMate is to Mac. This is a general purpose code editor for Mac.

Eclipse

Price: Free
Compatibility: Win, Mac OS X, Linux

Eclipse

This is a multi-language IDE or integrated development environment. Eclipse specializes in Ada, C, C++, COBOL, Fortran, Haskell, JavaScript, Lasso, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Ruby (including Ruby on Rails framework), Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Scheme, and Erlang. Only serious professionals should get their hands on it.

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Ayaz Malik

I'm a coding geek, art lover, and a proud father. I'm running several online businesses; sometimes I take freelance projects to pay my coffee bills. you can find me here on twitter
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