Best Open Source Web Design Software

There are a lot of web design software out there, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. So how do you choose the best one for your needs?

We put together this list of the best open-source web design software to help you make that choice. Each one is a little different, so we’ll talk about their specialties and a couple of their downsides as well.

Best Open Source Web Design Software

1. KompoZer

KompoZer - screen shot.

KompoZer is a fully-featured web authoring system that has an integrated FTP client, an intuitive tabbed user interface, and support for all major operating systems.

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2. Bluefish Editor

Bluefish Editor - screen shot.

Bluefish Editor is a lightweight, fast editor for web designers and programmers. It has useful wizards for HTML documents, great project management features, and a powerful search-and-replace option for quickly batch-replacing source code.

3. Quanta Plus

Quanta Plus - screen shot.

Quanta Plus is a robust web development IDE. It’s highly-extensible and is able to run custom scripts. It has an excellent visual CSS editor that has code hints and auto-completion of syntax.

4. Amaya

Amaya - screen shot.

Amaya is a free, open source web editor and web browser developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Amaya started as an HTML/CSS editor and has since grown into an editor for many XML-based systems like SVG and MathML.


CSSED - screen shot.

CSSED is a fully-featured GTK-2 based CSS editor that has a plugin system for utmost extensibility; check out some of the available plugins for CSSED.


OPEN BEXI HTML Builder - screen shot.

Open BEXI HTML Builder is a browser-based open source website design tool for creating HTML web pages. It has a CSS color picker built into the interface and a very simple project management option.


NOTEPAD++ - screen shot.

NOTEPAD++ is a very popular open source text editor for Windows. Though not strictly just for web designers, it has an excellent source code editor the supports HTML, XML, CSS, and JavaScript.

8. jEdit

jEdit - screen shot.

jEdit is a text editor created for programmers. It can run on Mac, Windows, and Linux and has syntax highlighting for HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript and many other languages.

9. SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey, fostered by the Mozilla Foundation, is an “all-in-one” web browser that has a simple yet powerful HTML editor for in-browser source code editing (called SeaMonkey Composer).

Graphics/Image Editors

10. GIMP

GIMP - screen shot.,

GIMP, one of the most popular open source web designing software currently out on the market, is a feature-packed image editor and graphic design suite. For those who like Photoshop’s interface, check out Gimpshop – an extension that roughly mimics Photoshop’s interface.

11. Inkscape

Inkscape - screen shot.

Inkscape is the premier open source vector graphics editor (much like its commercial counterparts, Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW).

12. Krita

Krita - screen shot.

Krita is a painting and image-editing software application for KOffice.

best professional web design software

1. WordPress

Website Builder - WordPress

Source: WordPress

WordPress powers 40% of websites around the world, and no wonder. This web builder offers thousands of pre-made themes and a high level of customization (thanks to its functionality and 50,000+ plugins), making it a perfect choice when building a website to fit your brand. WordPress also has an excellent content management system (CMS). It’s easy and straightforward to publish content in the blink of an eye. And word has it that it’s the best CMS for SEO.

WordPress offers a free plan. Paid plans start at $4/month.

2. Webflow

Website Builder - Webflow

Source: Webflow

Webflow is an all-in-one responsive web design tool that folds a CMS, managed web hosting, and free SSL certificate all in one no-code platform. Build interactions and animations into your website, drag-and-drop unstyled HTML elements. Or make use of pre-built elements like sliders, tabs, and background videos. The tool features a master component library of core layouts, components, and patterns. Plus, Webflow gives you the ability to prototype and export code to hand off to developers if you don’t want to launch a site on its native subdomain.

Webflow starts free, with plans going up from $12/month on an annual basis.

3. Wix

Website Flow - Wix

Source: Wix

Wix is a user-friendly web design software for complete beginners. Don’t know where to start? Choose from over 800 templates or answer a few questions from Wix Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI). ADI will automatically build a website based on your responses. To customize it, drag and drop elements on the screen and edit as you see fit.

Wix offers a free plan. Paid plans start at $4.50/month.

Additional options of a drag-and-drop website builder include Boxmode and Webwave.

4. Statamic

Website Builder - Statamic

Say hello to Statamic, the CMS of the future. Built by developers for developers, this laravel-based and open-sourced CMS handles everything without any plugins. And by everything, we mean everything. Custom fields, navigation builder, search, you name it. Compared to other CMS, it’s easy to customize Statamic from the frontend. Its flat-file mode reduces complexity and makes maintenance a piece of cake. This is one cool web builder.

It’s free to use Statamic. Paid plans start at $259/site with an additional $59 for updates (free for the first year).

5. Ghost

Website Builder - Ghost

Source: Ali Abdaal

Ghost is a simple professional publishing platform. In addition to the blogging tool’s standard features, Ghost also offers built-in memberships and email newsletters. Other great features include the minimalistic and powerful editor, site speed, and user-friendly and lightweight CMS. If you want to set up a membership website with zero hassle, look no further!

Ghost offers a 14-day free trial, with plans going up from $29/month when billed annually.


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