Kompozer is easy and free

Kompozer is easy and free

Summary: A reader of Monday's post, How do I make a website, sent me an email suggesting that I look at Kompozer instead of NVU (a free, if limited WYSIWYG editor I mentioned in that post). Since I had a choice between finishing my numerical analysis homework and trying out Kompozer, I obviously opted for the latter.

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A reader of Monday's post, How do I make a website, sent me an email suggesting that I look at Kompozer instead of NVU (a free, if limited WYSIWYG editor I mentioned in that post). Since I had a choice between finishing my numerical analysis homework and trying out Kompozer, I obviously opted for the latter.

Billed on its Sourceforge page as the Unofficial Bugfix Release for NVU, Kompozer is a quick download and is available for Windows, most Linux platforms, and OSX. Adept had it installed on my Kubuntu laptop from a repository in about 30 seconds. There are lots of tools for teaching students to create web pages, some expensive and proprietary, some cheap and open source. The range from great HTML editors like Quanta to utterly basic HTML creation tools like Mozilla's Composer.

However, I always found NVU to be a nice way to ease non-technical kids and staff into creating HTML. The WYSIWYG interface is fairly clean, as is the HTML it generates. The HTML is also easy to view and manipulate, giving students ready access to the code they create, as well as quick previews of code they write or change. Kompozer takes NVU a few steps further, adding easy support for CSS and a simple website manager for organizing entire sites.

This isn't meant to replace professional tools like Dreamweaver or more powerful free tools like Screem, but it's so easy that students get the instant gratification they like while still learning quite a bit about HTML and web development. Since Kompozer supports PHP and Javascript as well, students can explore more advanced concepts without moving into tools with a lot of overhead.

What tools do you recommend?

Topic: CXO

Christopher Dawson

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  • I switched from MS Expression to Kompozer

    this year after testing it for a while. Tables were easier and the code save to a smaller file size. Also, since I switched my primary work computer to GNU/Linux, Kompozer went with me while MS Expression is stuck on the old Vista machine in the corner.<br><br>Meanwhile, I saved hundreds of dollars on the next upgrade.
    zaine_ridling
  • RE: Kompozer is easy and free

    I love Kompozer. It is included in Edubuntu so is part of our Edubuntu lab. Kids love using it, and, as you point out, it can be used to make some good looking pages with clean HTML. And those interested in doing CSS, Kompozer has it all over NVU.
    Chris Blessing
  • Kompozer is also a portable application

    They don't brag about it but you can run Kompozer as a portable application. This makes it even more useful for eductors in environment where computers are locked down.
    virtualcharlie