If you are new to web design softwares, there are basically two types of software that can help you design your web pages.
HTML Editing Software
HTML editing softwares require you to know HTML in order to fully benefit from them. All they do, is make it easier for you to write HTML code by providing shortcuts to commonly used codes.
If you don’t have any HTML knowledge, an HTML editor may still come in handy as a useful tool to help you learn HTML.
WYSIWYG Authoring Softwares
What-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) web design softwares have a graphical interface that makes designing a web page, without knowing much HTML, possible. Today’s WYSIWYG is very advanced and most are easy to use … just point and click.
If you’ve used a word processor before, you’d be surprised to see how similar it is to a WYSIWYG authoring software.
When choosing the type of web site design software to invest in, you should consider your level of experience, HTML knowledge and also budget. Most beginners would prefer to use a WYSIWYG authoring tool because it is easier to use. If you are one of them, you have to be careful when choosing such a tool.
Most WYSIWYG tools have this bad habit of adding unnecessary codes to your web page which would increase your file size which would in turn lead to slower loading time. And if your web pages take forever to load, you can wave goodbye to your visitors.