Currently I am using Microsoft Web Expression 4 SP2. It has some great features; like visual HTML 5 editor and a Microsoft Word similarity. But its an outdated software, 2012 and a deprecated one. You can build a complete website with it without the need to code a single line; It will help graphically build the HTML/DIVs/TABLEs/Frames/CSS... for you. It has Design/Split/Code modes. Design Mode and Visual GUI are my focus on my question.
I had a look into a lot of similar softwares this two weeks but can't find the proper one that can replace MS Web Expression. Tried so far:
- Web Matrix 3 from Microsoft
- Atom editor
- Eclipse Editor
- Visual Studio Community Edition 2017
- Visual Studio Express 2015 for Web
- Google Web Designer
- And some other tools.
None seem to replace Web Expression so far.
I am looking for something that support the following:
- HTML 5
- CSS 3
- PHP 7.x (Intellisense and Autocomplete with editor debugger)
- Visual Editor where I can edit Visually without wasting much time in coding; for HTML/CSS .
- FTP Publishing tool.
The issue with the list of software that I mentioned; that each natively support a different technology: Microsoft focus on ASP and .NET. Eclipse and Atom is more into writing code not HTML 5 Authoring tools and Graphical WYSIWYG Software. Please refer to the attached images to know what I mean.
Adobe Dreamweaver looks promising; the only issue is with its subscription based and some cloud functions which I don't need
So which one you are using for Web Development/Design that supports Visually most of the things and good graphical interface.
It might be an opinion based question; but I guess if you had long experience in Web Development; you had reached the optimal solution and software for productivity and convenience.
I am using windows, and I wish something free or affordable.
Note: I know a lot about coding in HTML,CSS and PHP ...etc So I am not about learning them...I am looking for something to save some time. You can do a lot with Visual Editor and code when needed.