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Learn to code like a professional website designer

Learn to code like a professional website designer image Article by: Jonathan Service | Image courtesy of: Pexa.com | Pixalbay | Posted on: Mon Mar 01 2021

Before we begin with this Tutorial

We need to look at the many different programs available for designing a website, software can automate the process also it can take the pain out of coding.  

Understand that most of these programs have pros and cons as we will discuss in some detail later. We will not delve too much into this, as designing a website and what program you use is entirely up to you and your preference.


Some well known and some not!

The most well-known programs for website design and coding are listed below with pros and cons that I have discovered over the years, I have been designing websites. 

The best way really to find out is to try the freeware or trial versions yourself and see what your preference is.


Some software I have researched online:



Easy to use, easy to learn for first timers, Cloud plans now more afordable starting at £19.97 p/m Free Trial available Can add additional code that is not required.

Nice page

Extremely easy to use, templates included, available for Windows, Mac OS, WordPress, Joomla, Free version Available premium version available starting at £4.95 p/m Premium versions as standalone can be expensive, is template-based and custom coding can be time-consuming.

BlueFish Editor

Bluefish is OpenSource feature-rich and usable by experienced and inexperienced users alike with the further following features:

  • Auto-completion
  • Preview in browser
  • Site upload/download options
  • Code block folding
  • Support for several programming languages
  • Supports WordPress language definition files
  • Cross-platform support
Does not have a WYSwIG editor built-in


BlueGriffon is an open-source full-featured WYSIWYG Editor that is easy for the inexperienced user with the following features:

  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Black and light theme
  • Responsive Design support
  • EPUB 3.1 support
  • Cross-platform support

This is especially helpful for folks who aren’t comfortable with HTML/CSS and just starting out. It makes it easy to edit while offering all the necessary features for a web designer.

Not as featured as Dreamweaver but that is to be expected as it is Open-Source and a lot has gone into Dreamweaver as it is the leader in the field.
5 SeaMonkey

Sea Monkey isn’t your typical code editor — but it’s a collection of Internet applications like a browser, email, IRC chat, and HTML editor.

additional features:

  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Separate browser
  • HTML editing
  • Cross-platform support
No FTP to upload completed changes to the server, but we can live without that!


Brackets is already one of the best modern text editors for coding in Linux. It was primarily built for web developers while also supporting other programming languages.

  • Live preview option
  • Tailored for web design
  • Auto-completion
  • Cross-platform
No FTP to upload changes to your site but we can live without that!


NetBeans isn’t technically an out-of-the-box HTML-CSS editor. But, you can use it as an HTML editor when building an HTML5 application.


  • HTML Editor
  • Cross-platform
It isn’t the go-to solution for HTML editing, but it’s an option out there for a specific group of programmers. You can give it a try to see if it does what you expect it to.


When it comes to deciding what editor to use for me it has always been Dreamweaver as now there is no initial large outlay beforehand as there used to be, the monthly fee can add up to £239.64 per year but is still lower cost than the original one-off cost of £400 or more depending on where you buy it from. If I were to pick one editor that was open-source, it would be BlueFish as it has comparable features to Dreamweaver and is an easy transition to make.


Bio image of the author Jonathan Service a website design in the uk

Written & researched by Jonathan Service

Bio: Jonathan is a website developer and owner of Bespoke Design Services, services in the UK with over 8 years of experience in his field.