What's the best free online alternative to Microsoft FrontPage?

I'm going to make a website for a friend, who will need to be able to edit it himself. All that's needed is something to create/edit simple HTML markup - I'll be doing the styling/CSS separately.

  • Are you asking for a WYSIWYG editor or just a text editor? – hasen Sep 1 '09 at 22:15
  • I'm looking for a WYSIWYG editor. – Matthew Dresser Sep 1 '09 at 22:20
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    Oh. See, when someone asks for an alternative to Microsoft FrontPage, I think "something to kill yourself with". – ceejayoz Sep 1 '09 at 22:29

I like the Online HTML Editor. It is pretty fast and has a full screen mode.

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  • +1 No frills but nice and simple. – Matthew Dresser Sep 1 '09 at 22:05
  • good enough for some QD work on the go :) – Molly7244 Sep 1 '09 at 22:45

You could use Bespin, Mozilla's free online HTML editor. It allows you to collaborate on projects also.

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  • I've used Bespin a few times in the past. Its about the best I could expect out of an online HTML editor, and supports a pretty full feature set of static HTML. For anything dynamic, you'll need to code it yourself, as with any other tool. – Andrew Scagnelli Sep 1 '09 at 21:53

I always go to www.osalt.com to find open-source alternatives. Here are the Frontpage alternatives.

Hope this helps!

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Kompozer, the updated version of Nvu is relatively popular.

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  • Kompozer is not really an online editor, now is it? :) – Molly7244 Sep 1 '09 at 22:13
  • Whoops, my eyes just glossed over that and saw 'free FrontPage alternative' – Dan Walker Sep 1 '09 at 22:21
  • i didn't vote you down, or i would have said so :) – Molly7244 Sep 1 '09 at 22:46
  • Doesn't matter. It's a wrong answer and probably should be voted down. – Dan Walker Sep 2 '09 at 0:07

Well, it's not online, but it is free: Microsoft's own Sharepoint Designer 2007, which is basically the Office 2007 version of FrontPage. They set it free earlier this year, if I recall. BTW, it is a vast improvement over FrontPage 2003.

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    -1 question asks for 'online solution', and a re-bedged frontpage is not really an alternative. – Josiah Sep 2 '09 at 4:56

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