Ways for creating web pages
There are three classes of editors that help in the creation of web pages written in HTML. They have varying degrees of usability and can speed up development. The only catch is that they have increasing learning curves to use them more effectively. The classifications are:
- Plain Text editors
- Advanced code editors
- Integrated Development Environments
Each of these options has their own pros and cons. The end product will be the same but the duration needed for achieving that product will be different for different options.
Using Plain Text Editors
The advantage of using plain text editors is that they already come preinstalled with every system. Since they are good to go out of the box they are useful for beginners to get started as soon as possible.
Notepad is the default editor for Windows. Do any one of the following:
- Search for notepad in the search bar
- Type notepad in Run
- Open Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad in Windows 7 or below
TextEdit is the default editor for Mac.
- Open Finder > Applications > TextEdit
- Change preferences to save the files in correct format.
Preferences > Format > choose Plain Text
- Under Open and Save check Ignore rich text commands in HTML files.
The obvious disadvantage of using such barebones editors is that they don’t have features that could speed up the making of web pages in HTML. Even switching to the next in class code editors could provide more useful features than sticking with plain editors.
Using Advanced Code editors
There are hundreds of code editors that provide tons of features that can help the process of creating web pages in HTML. Essential features like Syntax highlighting and Autocompletion make finding errors and churning out web pages easy. The time required for marking up of content is significantly reduced compared to plain text editors.
Some of the popular code editors with a focus on HTML are:
Sublime Text Editor
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is a good open source editor from Microsoft. It is a feature packed editor that can be expanded using extensions.
The only obvious disadvantage to these editors is that since they have to be downloaded separately and set up to be used.
Installing Atom on Windows
Installing Brackets on Windows
Installing Visual Studio Code on Windows
Installing Notepad++ on Windows
Installing Sublime Text on Windows
Using Integrated Development Environments
IDEs are most commonly used in software development because they have all of the tools in a single place. This makes workflows more streamlined for development. They have builtin features for debugging, which means that they are able to be used for finding and fixing errors and bugs easily. Most of the tools for deploying to the web comes along with these packages. The most commonly used IDEs for web development are:
- Aptana Studio
- IntelliJ IDEA
The disadvantage of IDEs is that they have a steep learning curve in order to utilize all of their features which can be scary for beginners. They are more suitable for complex projects involving lots of languages.
Using plain text editors while learning HTML can help in understanding concepts. After a while switching to one of the advanced editors like brackets can help in understanding the benefits of code editors. Since there is no rule that only one editor should be used, we can also install multiple editors and experiment with them.