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I am looking for a free (open source) or low cost WYSIWYG website builder that I can host on my own server. It needs to be able to handle multiple separate sites on different domains, and it needs to be usable by a non-programmer while preferably also allowing direct code editing for more advanced users.

In effect, I'm trying to host my own copy of Wix.com / Squarespace / Weebly for a bunch of local organizations to which I provide tech support.

I already know about Ghost, but the people who will be working on these sites will just be confused by Markdown.

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  • Have you heard about Wikis? Like Wikipedia? Compare a bunch of them at wikimatrix.com and see iif any meet your needs.
    – cybernard
    Jul 21, 2015 at 3:27
  • @cybernard Yes, I have certainly heard about Wikis, and I have already looked at a large number of them. I have not found any that meets my needs. There are extremely few that have a WYSIWYG interface that the non-technical content managers can use, and there are also very few that are multi-site ready. Also, the website you link to is a parking page, not a real site.
    – Moshe Katz
    Jul 21, 2015 at 3:47
  • Apologies it is really wikimatrix.org I made a ".com" assumption and failed. :(
    – cybernard
    Jul 21, 2015 at 3:54
  • @cybernard I had a look at WIkiMatrix, and found nothing there that fills all my requirements. In addition, I also found that there are a large number of factual errors on the site - features that it claims some wikis have that they actually do not have.
    – Moshe Katz
    Jul 21, 2015 at 21:01
  • Some Wiki's have externsion or plugins. You may find other users have created some of these. Otherwise, you could pick a wiki that comes the closest and supports plugins. Write your own plugins, which maybe or may not be a viable option. Maybe, your advanced user can help you with that.
    – cybernard
    Jul 21, 2015 at 21:18

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Search for a WYSIWYG html editor that is pre 2010. Current web pages commonly inject vast bloat of javascript with much more bloat of Google advertising which interrupts the user and even offends a lot of users while causing extensive lag on their personal computers.

As a last resort you might consider purchasing MS Office 2010 and saving documents as web pages. It is very stable and very easy to edit later.

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  • Your opinions about JavaScript have absolutely nothing to do with this question. Not every editor produces large amounts of JavaScript on the rendered pages. Many of them produce plain HTML with little to no JavaScript. Also, putting ads on a web page is completely up to the operator of the page, and I have no intention of having any ads. Also, MS Word might work for saving a single web page, but it is a terrible tool for managing an entire website, let alone multiple websites. It also cannot be used by non-tech-savvy users, because it requires uploading the changed files to the web server.
    – Moshe Katz
    Apr 14 at 1:54
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It's hard to find many software really free in this category. You could give a try to BlueGriffon (open-source but some extension needs to be paid).

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Ghost sounds like a pretty good option along with most modernized WYSIWYG sites. I was use to using Square Space, however their templates are limited and it costs extra than basic to edit further into the CSS. Have you tried Sitelio ? Stella offers free Ad Credits. It would count as a low cost WYSIWYG website builder but is user friendly. I do not like that it is $3 higher a month to maintain. Much like most WYSIWYG sites, you have to upgrade a decent amount to get the full benefits, the problem that I have run into as well with WYSIWYG sites is that once a client stops paying for it or can not make a payment the site is of course offline almost immediately (hosting). I have not tried Ghost personally. The problem comes when you are looking for a user friendly webbly that can be understood while having the advanced functionality for technical users. I am not sure they have WYSIWYG sites for both types yet.

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    Do you have experience with Sitelio? Is there anything you like/dislike about it?
    – user46
    Jul 21, 2015 at 17:31
  • @Eric How about adding more links to your post and some reasons why you recommend Ghost and Sitelio?
    – user416
    Jul 21, 2015 at 17:51
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    I already explained why I can't use Ghost - it doesn't have a full WYSIWYG editor - it requires you to know Markdown. Sitelio is also out because you can't host it yourself, which was one of my requirements.
    – Moshe Katz
    Jul 21, 2015 at 21:03

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