So you want to create a web site? Great idea! There are few things in this world as satisfying as creating a good web site and having other people look at it, comment on it and like it.
You have many choices in tools that you use to perform this act of creation. If you already know HTML or if you are a "purist", you can just use simplest, most basic program of all - Notepad. In fact, many webmasters do just that, and many of best looking web sites are created completely by hand with no help at all from any other tool.
Some of editors that I have used over years are listed below, with a few brief comments about each. There are many other editors on market, some good, some bad.
Notepad [Free with operating system]
Many people just use Notepad to edit their HTML files. What is Notepad? It's text editing program that comes with all versions of Windows. Notepad is extremely simple, which more or less means you get to do everything (and I mean everything) by hand. Personally, I like to use Notepad occasionally to make quick and dirty edits to my web site when Dreamweaver or Frontpage 2000 won't do job.
NoteTab Light [Freeware] http://www.notetab.com/
NoteTab Light is a replacement for Notepad which is intended to include some extensions to make editing HTML easier. It's simple and easy to use, but not extraordinarily powerful.
Arachnophilia [Careware] http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/index.html
This is an excellent HTML editor with many features. If you like editing HTML and don't really want a WYSIWYG interface, then this is probably editor for you. Highly recommended. By way, this product is "care ware", meaning if you keep it you must "care" for a short time.
NoteTab Pro [Shareware - inexpensive] http://www.notetab.com/ntp.htm
This is a very powerful and cheap HTML editor. It has a dictionary, clipart, a handy global-replacement feature and lots of other things to help make webmaster's life easier.
FrontPage 2000 [Very expensive]