When I started asking questions about web editors, I started thinking there might be something better than what I was using. There are so many web editors out there, it is hard to choose which one to use. Most designers I know find an editor that suits their needs and stick with it. And this is definitely an easy solution. After all, if it’s meeting your needs, why would you need a new one? I was using Dreamweaver, and it met my needs.

Dreamweaver has a lot of great features, it includes a decent code editor, has some RWD features, it includes preliminary testing for mobile devices, and integrates fairly well with Photoshop. But one thing I noticed year over year was that even though new versions of Dreamweaver were coming out every year, they all seemed the same. Sure, I didn’t want the interface to change too dramatically, I was used to it. But couldn’t they at least add in some new features like advanced CSS properties or better visual design? I wouldn’t have been so bothered by it except that Adobe was also releasing products like Adobe Muse (a visual web editor with no easy HTML support, but very easy to use WYSIWYG) and the Edge products (Edge Reflow for RWD, Edge Code for HTML,  Edge Animate for web and CSS animations, and Edge Inspect for previewing on mobile devices). These products offered a lot of the features I was looking for in Dreamweaver. But why weren’t they being included in Dreamweaver?

Once I started asking questions I couldn’t stop. I started looking at other editors. It was terrible, I felt like I was cheating on Dreamweaver, but I couldn’t help it. The more editors I tried, the more I realized that there were features in web editors that I didn’t know I was missing. And once I saw them, I missed them. Thus I moved to Coda and Pinegrow.

Coda Creating a New Site
Panic Coda–Creating a New Site

What Questions About Web Editors Do You Have?

What web editor do you use? Why do you like it? What would you change about it? Have you considered trying another editor? Most editors out there offer some type of free trial, so you can check out some new editors and perhaps be surprised by the features you didn’t know you were missing.