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KompoZer

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If you dislike that achy, bloated feeling that other HTML editors can give your computer, KompoZer may be the freeware cure you're looking for. An open-source Web development tool built on the NVU architecture, KompoZer aims to improve upon the NVU's bugginess.

It does a fairly admirable job of that, while not being bloatware. Major editing buttons live on the top three-tier toolbar, including a one-click Publishing icon as well as one-clicks for Image insertion and Table and Form creation. Font tweaks like Size and Style live in toolbars just below that, making for easy HTML editing. A Site Manager, including File tree, is anchored on the left, although it can be collapsed, and the WYSIWYG standard means that KompoZer can compete more than adequately with other, better-known editors.

Currently packaged with Portable Apps, KompoZer's exposure seems to be growing. While this is a good thing, the program lacks a certain finish, potentially making it visually unappealing to "professional" users. Judging from the smooth, bug-free way KompoZer tested for us, it's definitely aiming to play the same tune that its competitors are.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 82 votes

    • 5 star: 30
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 15
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 1.0 stars

    "WORST HTML EDITOR EVER"

    March 10, 2014  |   By Moany_A55hole

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    Not a single thing
    Only good for spastics
    This program is designed for a 5 year old

    Cons

    Horrid editing
    Tables don't move
    Crashes
    Freezes
    Makes me feel like a total NOOB
    Messy code
    If you want to be a ****, use this program!

    Summary

    THIS PROGRAM ******************************************.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "js3250.dll is missing from your computer."

    January 15, 2014  |   By FrosteeFire

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    Don't know, it's not working

    Cons

    I am unable to open the program, it tells me everytime this exact message: "The program can't start because js3250.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem." I have reinstalled 3x and tried everything I know, please help me, I WANT to enjoy your product!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "simple full-featured easy to use"

    May 31, 2013  |   By theslaw1

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    Does most of what a paid program does

    Cons

    I like the split mode that Dreamweaver has. I can't find that here. Not sure about templates.

    Summary

    Great program if you want to try building websites.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great software! It's fast and works"

    January 25, 2013  |   By crodexter

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    It is easy to use and it works very good. I needed it for simple HTML page with quite large table. It ded all I needed. Easy to work with tables, to format text and cells. Thumb up!

    Cons

    None for me

    Summary

    It is really nice to find good freeware

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Acceptable. A bit buggy, and dated in feel."

    October 2, 2012  |   By bjkeefe

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    Mostly does as advertised -- a lean program that allows people who don't know HTML to put together a reasonably presentable page, or to modify an existing one, and once something is set up, to upload from one's local machine to one's web host.

    Cons

    Has certain bugs which scare the very people it would seem to be designed for; e.g., "Save" is grayed out after one save, even if additional changes are made. User has to know enough to choose "Save As" and dismiss the scary message, or state a new session.

    Does not seem aware of CSS stored in external files except perhaps as a tacked-on afterthought, which is confusing to people who, say, paste from an MS Word document and wonder why all of their nice formatting looks so bad on the webpage.

    Summary

    In fairness, I did not test exhaustively. I spent some time with the program for the purpose of helping a restaurateur friend whose wants were pretty much limited to wanting to make changes in his menus as they were displayed on his already-existing site that someone else had put together. My friend could not make KompoZer work despite some very good written instructions from his erstwhile webmaster, and I had to wrestle with it more than seems reasonable in this day and age.

    Also, I do not have much experience with WYSIWYG webpage editors, preferring to work with the underlying code and markup directly.

    The program has the feel of a decent beta from a previous era. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who knows nothing and has no one to call upon for help. I would, however, recommend it for someone who *can* call upon someone to get it set up, who only wants a way to make frequent small content changes without hassle.

    I'd also say it seems like a decent way for a non-markup-savvy person to sketch out a website, or changes to a website, to ease communication with someone else in charge of actual implementation.

    As I understand it, the program is not getting much active development these days. That's too bad. For a version 0.7, it's not bad, and seems like it's not far from being something good.

    Updated on Oct 2, 2012

    Typo: In Cons: should have been "start a new session," not "state a new session."

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  • 4.0 stars

    "try portable version Version 0.7.10 Rev 3"

    September 14, 2012  |   By vickiglam

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    dont know yet

    Cons

    didnt try,just got it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Mangled my code badly"

    September 6, 2012  |   By bluchunx

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    Fast, free, decent interface, color coding is good. Browser WISIWIG view is good.

    Cons

    This program changes your code in bad ways with no warning. For example, I suddenly had anchor tags in the beginning of every paragraph out of nowhere. I could go on... In future editions: just stop doing that, or create a warning (accept or reject change), or tell people up front what code will be "enforced" so they can decide on the program without wasting thier time.

    Summary

    It would be good for a free program, but it mangles your code!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't open in Windows 7 despite downloading x 6. Help!"

    July 20, 2012  |   By Rhabdo2010

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    I'll happily leave a Pros review if I can get Kompozer to open in Windows 7 which means getting the constantly missing file js33250.dll

    Cons

    File js3250.dll is missing form every download I've tried. Anyone have this problem? If so, please help. WWould love to give this web editor a go.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good html WYSIWYG editor and publisher"

    April 20, 2012  |   By Darwood

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    Easy editing of html pages using WYSIWYG or source html or Preview view. Good site manager and publishign features. Allows direct inplace editing of existing published pages.

    Cons

    Messes with your html layout. Little to no support for php, JS, HTML5.

    Summary

    Does what is says on the tin and great for quick and dirty editing of html web pages but not probably suited for the more professional developer. I'm looking forward to seeing future versions improve upon the existing features.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The worst WYSIWYG HTML Editor on Earth."

    April 19, 2012  |   By Sub Type

    Version: KompoZer 0.7.10

    Pros

    Not thing at all, If I can rate 0 stars I WILL.

    Cons

    Everything is a con, I need to send my website work to the tutor and I get 0 (I REPEAT 0) out of that and it's because of you.
    It even messed up my code and I can't change anything in dreamweaver
    I WAS EMBARESSED BECAUSE OF YOU!!!

    Summary

    Who the dog created this crap. Dreamweaver is the best. Freeware sucks. AND THIS SOFTWARE IS TOTAL CRAP.

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