The number of ways to design, create, and deploy a website are numerous and growing. There’s no shortage of Mac apps to do the deed, but in an unusual reversal, an iPhone and iPad app to create webpages has come to the Mac.
Competition for website building tools is intense. From free sites at WordPress to Wix to SquareSpace and many others, rolling your own code to create a webpage or website is almost a thing of the past.
Like Apple’s iWeb, HTML Egg is a drag and drop system. Grab a website or webpage template, add images, URLs, text, and anything else you need to create a business or personal website. HTML Egg comes with web fonts, color palettes, and a snap-to-grid approach to laying out components on a page, including photos and video clips.
All the underlying HTML and CSS code is generated automatically, and pages are easily previewed using a built-in browser.
Therein lies the only real problem with this elegant but basic webpage creation tool. HTML Egg, as it is with iWeb, RapidWeaver, and Sandvox, caters to smaller websites with a nominal number of pages. Adding more pages is easy enough, but maintaining organization and links for hundreds of pages quickly enters the cumbersome realm. HTML Egg does not create dynamically generated pages (similar to WordPress and others which rely on the MySQL database and PHP scripting language).
While HTML Egg isn’t as robust as the more mature RapidWeaver or Sandvox, it’s very good for basic webpages for small businesses or organizations with limited needs. And, it costs substantially less than other website generating tools. As with the aforementioned, you’ll still need to have a website host with a domain name, and webpages will need to be uploaded via FTP or sFTP. Still, if you want to roll your own without mucking around in code, and, you’re on a budget, HTML Egg is a decent option to a problem that already has many solutions.