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KompoZer

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good HTML editor and publisher"

    October 21, 2011  |   By stuartdole

    Pros

    You can create clean, simple websites fairly easily.
    It's free.

    Cons

    Kaze seems to have gone away - no updates since March of 2010. Anyone else out there in the community working on it?
    It gets confused fairly easily - starts doing weird things. (Easy to work around.)
    It gets confused if the source is all jammed up with too many tags.
    You need to know that you EDIT on your local disk, and PUBLISH to your host, and all the details involved - it's not magic.

    Summary

    This does a really nice job of creating and supporting simple, clean websites. I've created and maintain four or five websites, some with many dozens of pages.
    Kaze (the main contributor) hasn't released anything new since March of 2010 - about a year and a half ago as I write this. I hope he's OK, and I hope someone picks up the fork and continues development! The world needs it.
    Through trial and much error, I've learned how to "publish" pages to my host. It's a little non-intuitive, but once you get it, it's robust.
    KompoZer gets confused frequently - a couple of times a night when I'm actively maintaining or developing. If it gets at all weird, just save your work and restart the program. I think only once did I lose more than a few minutes of edits.
    KompoZer also will get confused by too many tags, especially in stuff you've cut and pasted from Word. I've been able to go in and just clean up the HTML by hand (in the code view), and then it's clean again.
    I have been able to teach my wife to use it too - she's game for anything, but not a techie. She now regularly maintains the website for her classes herself, including adding new pages, bringing in pictures, formatting the text, etc. Very cool.

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