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Web builders who code HTML and other scripting languages on the Web have a friend in HomeSite. This highly configurable code-based editor offers an intuitive interface, advanced automation features, and strong file-handling capabilities. The newest edition of HomeSite is the strongest yet and works well with other Macromedia tools such as Dreamweaver and Fireworks.

HomeSite's timesaving features include a Secondary File panel that lets you access two directories at once. You'll also find a built-in FTP manager, an auto-backup feature, a project-deployment system, a code validator, and several other powerful tools.

In keeping up with Web trends, HomeSite's color-coding, tag help, validation, and code optimization supports XHTML, DHTML, JavaScript, ASP, CFML, Perl, and VBScript. The editor also has a double-byte mode that supports Unicode and other international character sets. You can even use VTML (Visual Tool Markup Language) to build tag editors for additional tag-based languages that are not currently supported by HomeSite.

As text-based editors go, it's hard to find a more robust, modern product than HomeSite. The steep learning curve required to make use of HomeSite's more advanced features may put it out of reach for many beginners, but if you are a professional who codes by hand, this is your editor of choice.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 1.0 stars

    "$99.00 to buy? More like $399.00- u_u"

    April 8, 2012  |   By Lucien_Sabre

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    None...since the program no longer exists.

    Cons

    The fact that it doesn't exist.

    Summary

    Allaire company was bought by Adobe, in fact the "VISIT-SITE-External-download-link" button leads to the dowload page for Adobe Dreamweaver trial...and that costs 399 UDS, not 99 USD!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best IDE For Web Development"

    August 11, 2011  |   By FSUKXAZ

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    Homesite+ was only $99. It's skips a lot of WYSIWYG features you find in Dreamweaver and Frontpage. It's fast & easy to use. It lets real developers build code in a hassle free environment. It is the original IDE for CF & native to the CF language.

    Cons

    They are no longer making it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No Update In Three Years"

    December 5, 2007  |   By richardbpor

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    It was a very simple a solid Text editor. Very easy to navigate.

    Cons

    Deploying the site can be a bit frustrating. Worst is Adobe bought and abandoned Homesite support for this is zilch. The trying to push users to their bloated and way to expensive Dreamweaver.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best low-level HTML editor"

    September 3, 2006  |   By browsergirl

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    - If you have a good basic knowlodge of HTML is the THE editor to use

    Cons

    - Not recommended for beginners. For beginners I recommend the Coffecup editor instead

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My fave tools"

    June 26, 2006  |   By donsule

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    -Easy to use

    -Easy Navigation

    -Good for web developer with beginner experience

    -Faster than other similar html tag generator type

    -Convert to XML easily

    -Suggest error

    Cons

    -Not recommended for microsoft frontpage users, it'll slow you down because most tag write manually

    -Error suggestions sometimes not accurate

    -Price to expensive

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  • 4.0 stars

    "solid program"

    May 11, 2006  |   By amburge

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    I tried quite a few text editors before Homesite mostly due to its pretty outrageous price tag, but over time I'm happy I decided to invest in it. It does everything it sets out to do well. I have found myself thinking I wish it.... so many times, and when I look in the manual, sure enough, it does just that and some. That's how programs, especially programs as expensive as this one, should be. There's some excellent free text editors and some very good, very cheap ones too which I've tried which have about 1/2, sometimes 3/4 of what Homesite offers. But when it comes time to work with code, I always open Homesite. I really like how it's not annoying in anyway too, no popups, no commercial jargon, no buy dreamweaver today!

    Cons

    Support for this program is dwindling rapidly, especially since Adobe bought it. I bought mine as a download from their online store and it didn't even come with any sort of a manual I could find. I called Adobe and was redirected about 5 times before some guy who was on his lunchbreak told me that he really liked homesite so i was in luck because he knew where the manual was. Yikes! for future purchasers! The manual is in help references window, simple enough so I'll leave it at that. Also the ftp manager is convenient and seems solid, but I get this annoying byte discrepancy message everytime. I don't know if this is homesite or the various server's I've tried problem. I have solved it either way by disabled the option altogether.

    The validator validates very well, but they don't offer the extent of suggestions that the w3c validators offer, so I usually use those too. It is convenient though to have it built in. To be fair, I never have found any errors that it missed and the w3c validator caught. It does get things wrong though, such as telling me that br / is not valid syntax, but I think this is due to it being a workaround overall.

    The manual could use some improvement, though if you do some searches online you can find more detailed manuals from when Macromedia still owned and bothered with Homesite. I'm kind of surpised that Homesite is not more respected, considering it's used within Dreamweaver. That's something worth noting too. If you buy Dreamweaver, you get homesite free. The educational version of Dreamweaver runs about $200 so if you're not using it for commercial purposes it might be more worth it than to buy homesite separate and later decide you want Dreamweaver. I bought just Homesite cause I prefer text editing for just about all purposes (for the other purposes I got myself a much cheaper and still good editor from coffeecup). If you like WYSIWYG editors though, I think Dreamweaver is a more worthwhile investment than Homesite.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good program"

    January 25, 2006  |   By iManahain

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    to much button

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best HTML Editor I've ever tried out"

    December 6, 2005  |   By John_Peters

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    It saves my time so much that I simply can't live without it!!! Even if you do not remember all tags, you can use it - it is like having your own prompter when making new sites...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "That's cool"

    October 14, 2005  |   By thakikka

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    Simple to use

    Cons

    Too old

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good"

    September 8, 2005  |   By david.richards

    Version: HomeSite 5.5

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    none

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