Web developers use plain text editors to code. Rich text editors like Word or Pages aren’t good for this task, as code should not be formatted in any way. No headings, bolding, or italics.

Instead, coders use plain text editors. The most basic examples are Notepad++ on PC and TextEdit on Mac. These apps are a great way to get started with web development, as there is very little you need to learn to use them. Make files, save files, and use files.

Full-featured text editors for coding have hundreds of features useful to those building websites and apps. However, very few of those features are useful when just starting.

The most notable text editor at this time is Visual Studio Code. It’s free, feature-rich, and well-supported. Also notable and a bit more approachable for new coders is Brackets, also free and designed just for web development.