This is a list of software that made my life easier and freeware that I wish I had in the beginning.
Freeware tools to help in unzipping and downloading software. Read this page first if you have never download a program from the Internet or are downloading many files for the first time and use an older PC operating Windows XP or lower. The zip programs add the ability to compress a file you are trying to send to someone else, but your e-mail provider refuses to let you because it gives an error message your file exceeds some limit.
Many web editors exist that will make some sort of webpage without the need to learn HTML which is fine until something goes wrong.
When just starting out you need either an HTML converter or a WYSIWYG HTML editor that allows you to edit code manually too, so you have some concrete working code surrounding your text to work with. Then you need a HTML Editor so you can see what the code look like if you opted for the HTML converter, or additional code tools that automate writing and let you start to add and correct things that are beyond the ability of your WYSIWYG editor.
What You See Is What You Get editors, once you find a good one is an invaluable tool. Most of the editors out there give faulty code, others lack the ability to re-edit and update your web document. Many WYSIWYG HTML editors lack the option to manually edit HTML. Most WYSIWYG HTML editors only allow you to save your web projects in their own format, which means it's more difficult to open and work on a HTML file written in a different editor. SeaMonkey passed both tests most of the time. (I can crash anything.)
SeaMonkey a browser based on Firefox has a WYSIWYG editor included in its arsenal of tools called Composer,which supports dynamic image and table resizing, quick insert and delete of table cells, improved CSS support, and support for positioned layers. In the summer of 2009 I started to test it, and by 2014, I find myself downloading it again on my next computer when I needed to troubleshoot an errant table where I wrote the HTML code wrong. SeaMonkey opens and saves files in a standard HTML format, which is a big plus because this allows to combine and add work from more than one editor.
RocketCake is a free WYSIWYG editor for creating responsive websites. RocketCake allows you to publish your web file to your hard drive so you can eventually switch over to a HTML editor, but you cannot import the file back to the WYSIWYG editor. Like so many past WYSIWYG editors, your entire web project must be done from within the editor. It was easy to add a image that I created, and to cut and paste text from an old website. It's not as good of a tool to learn website authoring as SeaMonkey, but it will make a working website, write the code and give you a working model with some really advanced features. SeaMonkey is better because when you write the code wrong, many times SeaMonkey will fix the bad code for you or sometimes allow you to make changes that aren't what you wanted but will work until you find an easier to understand reference that lets you fix your code yourself.
RocketCake defines a responsive website as a website that adjusts to the screen size of different devices - mobiles, tablets, PCs, notebooks. But a responsive website is much more than adapting to screen size.
To make a regular HTML website adapt to different screen formats, add either <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"> for most text based webpages or <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, height=device-height, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=yes, target-densitydpi=device-dpi"> for webpages made with multiple tables, between the heading and the body tag on your webpage using a HTML Editor. Responsive websites use these meta tags too.
Ten years later, I continued to use HTML converters to quickly publish short stories and poems for the Northside Writers Over Coffee onto the Internet. Occasionally, I find a market looking for material that I've covered somewhere on my website and want to re-work the content slanting it towards a publisher. HTML converters work well for that too.
Text 2 Web might be the program to get you started. You can convert your text document to HTML code. One button link back to Text 2 Web is generated. So you have an example to start from. You still may have to use HTML help sites to figure out how to do what you want with graphics and links, but at least you have something in front of you that you can call your own that can be opened in a HTML editor and is valid HTML code.
txt2tags a text converter that allows you to change a txt file into a HTML or XHTML file. Also converts other files not used on the web like LaTeX.
HTML Kit 292 free version works on Win 7 and Win 10, 64 bit computers. HTML Kit 292 nicely organizes HTML code into categories. To make a link to another website, anchor is listed under Action Tab, then click on Options. Installs dictionary and thesaurus plugins. Do not unzip them, but you need to download them from HTML Kit 292 Plugins and install them from the editor.
Although the HTML editors on this page include a spell checker, many do not.
Global Spell Checker a little program that allows you to use MS Word's spell check on any program if you already use MS Word.
Many website servers include their own software online for uploading your files to your website. Follow their directions to load your pages.
Filezilla FTP uploader for beginners and advanced users. Has been the file uploader of choice since Windows 3.1.
Buttons, backgrounds, cool text effects, photo's all use different freeware tools. For using graphics for websites, the smaller the graphic, the quicker it loads.
The more I use the Internet the more junk mail from companies I delete from my inbox. Here is a tool to help slow down your e-mail address on your website being the cause of still more junk mail.
E-Cloaker converts the characters of e-mail addresses and text into browser-readable Unicode. Only works on old PC's Windows NT 4, Win 95, 98.
It took a day and a half to cloak all the e-mail addresses on all three of my websites. The effort cut off the source of the problem and now all I must do is stop the spammers who already have my e-mail address and are using it without mercy.
Xenulink After a while your pages have so many links it is hard to keep track of them all. This freeware program checks all the links on your site in one gulp. However, about 800 links in the comment section on my blog was too much for Xenulink and it ignored my request not to look at Wordpress links.
Broken Link Checker is a Wordpress plugin that lets you edit links from people who made comments years ago and now their links are broken. To install this plugin, I went to Add Plug-ins in Word Press and did a search for broken links and installed it from within Wordpress. A link for Broken Link Checker appeared under Tools.
Online Broken Link Checker finds the broken links and what line the link is on in your code. Did not crash when I had the 800 bad link problem at my Wordpress blog.
Blogging is different than a website in that you don't need to fool around with a service provider to post you're articles. It's a combo of a guestbook and a website without learning HTML. Learning HTML is still a plus even while working in Word Press. Blogs use a combination of HTML, CSS, and PHP language, so they are hard to fix when something goes wrong but easier to use graphics and spacing than a straight HTML site.
Word Press works well if your website provider carries it as part of their package. SmatteringsBook's Blog exists because like many other web servers Bluehost provides Word Press. Reports across the web complain that the free standalone version drive most people off the wall because the learning curve is too steep and what you can do is limited.
Blogger by Google is the choice of many. Blogger is free, easy to setup and use. Wolfmanted's Blog was created with Blogger. One can also associate their website with Blogger.