How Can I edit my Freepages website?

Now the the online editor is no longer available for you to use, you will need software to edit your pages. You can use something as simple as a Plain Text Editor like Notepad or a piece of software especially for editing web pages like Kompozer, CoffeeCup, Blue Griffon or Expression Web. Many of them are free. This tutorial will not deal with use any specific HTML editor. You will need to check them out for yourself.

  1. Open the page you want to change in an EDITOR on your computer. Make whatever changes you want and save your edit.  
  2.  Open the page in your web browser and verify that your edits look the way you want them to. You should view the page in a couple of different browsers to see how it looks.
  3.  Once you are satisfied with your changes, you can upload/copy the revised page to the server using a File Transfer Program such as Filezilla.
    1. Detailed instructions for uploading using FileZilla.
    2. Detailed instructions for uploading with Core FTP LE

HTML Resources

  • If you need some help with writing HTML see Pat Asher's Very Basic HTML.
  • w3schools.com is a fantastic resource for learning both HTML and CSS. They offer tutorials, references and examples.

Free Editors

Screenshot basic webpage in Kompozer.  Screenshot basic webpage in BlueGriffon.  Screenshot basic webpage in Notetab Light.

The CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor is a full-featured Web design system. With built-in FTP uploading, wizards for tables, frames, fonts, and more, and 100% valid code output, it's a great tool for anyone who wants to design their own Website. NOTE: You will need to scroll all the way to the bottom to download the free version.

Araneae (pronounced ah-RAN-ee-ay) is a simple, yet powerful text editor, providing only the features necessary to create websites and scripts using the latest web technologies. Best of all, Araneae is absolutely free for non-commercial use. Use it as long as you like for your personal projects.

KompoZer is Nvu's unofficial bug-fix release and is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.  NOTE:  I have removed NVU from the list as it is not being updated.

NoteTab Light - Freeware. A slimmed down version of NoteTab Pro. This is a NotePad replacement and a capable HTML editor. You select tags from a menu of icons. much as you would in a word processor.

Html Kit - Here's a  freeware HTML editor that's aimed at advanced Web designers. You can use HTML-Kit to create, edit, validate, preview and publish Web pages and scripts. It offers loads of features including hundreds of free plugins and built-in FTP support.

1st Page -  This powerful program from Australia is loaded with handy features and is suitable for everyone from newbies to experts. Offers four different interfaces, ranging from Easy mode to Hardcore mode. 1st Page includes full support for WebTV, ASP, SSI, Cold Fusion, DHTML and more. Includes 450 free JavaScripts, as well. (For Windows). Last version is dated 2006.

Arachnophilia - Arachnophilia is an outstanding Web editor, bursting with features. It'll import fully formatted text, tables, and outlines from any Windows-compliant application and automatically convert it to HTML. It also has built-in FTP capabilities that can automatically upload files (although it can't delete files, like a true FTP client can). Powerful keyboard macros can include system commands---even other macros, for maximum flexibility. (For Windows) NOTE: I have used this program in the past.

BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox 4, it's a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards. It's free to download and is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. BlueGriffon is available in English, Dutch, French, Czech, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

CSSED  is a small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSS editing. It is an Open Source project, it means that you can download the program but also its source. It features syntax highlighting, syntax validation, MDI notebook based interface, quick CSS properties and values insertion, auto-completion and dialog-based insertion of CSS complex values. Being a CSS editor, it's not limited to this language. cssed haved some support for HTML (with embbeded Javascript), XML, Javascript, Java, PHP, JSP, C, C++, Apache configuration files, .htaccess, Python, Perl, SQL, SH and other languages so it can serve quite well as multi-purpose editor.

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdevelopers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages. See features for an extensive overview, take a look at the screenshots, or download it right away. Bluefish is an open source development project, released under the GNU GPL licence.

Expression Web is the successor for FrontPage and is the web editor I am currently using. Microsoft® Expression® Web gives you all the tools you'll need to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites the way you want them. Expression Web is a professional design tool and does expect that you have some knowledge of writing both HTML and CSS.