Issue with logging in via Facebook…

This morning, without any warning Facebook decided to turn off our ability to log in users using their Facebook accounts.

We have contacted Facebook to ask them what the issue is.

While we are waiting to get the issue resolved you can login into your account with the email address linked with your Facebook account.

You will likely need to reset your password, to do this visit our password reset page and enter the email address that is linked to your Facebook account.

Any issues doing this please email us [email protected] and we can help you out.

We have made the site easier to use…

As we have added more features to the site, the interface got more complex. We worried that new users would find our app intimidating so we have been working on improving the user interface to make it cleaner and easier to use.

The main changes are:

The HTML Editor options have been moved from below the editor to above. We have made them icons so they match the menu of the visual editor.

The copy to clipboard and Cleanup my HTML buttons are now below the HTML Editor to make them easier to access.

The template and advanced options are hidden by default. Just click the cog icon to the right of the Cleanup my HTML button to show them.

We are keen to get more feature suggestions from users so we have added a system to let you submit your ideas and also vote on other users ideas.

You can view and submit ideas here…

New features: Choose your editor, easier to use email editor and new payment methods…

We have been busy improving Word To HTML to add in new features.

Choose your editor:

you could always choose between our default editor and TinyMCE but the option to switch was a bit hidden in the settings page. We have made this option easier by adding a toggle above the editor:

Updates to email editor:

we have made the email editor easier to use. By using our simple drag and drop interface you can make great looking HTML emails. We have also added a feature where you insert free stock images from Pexels. To insert a free image just click on the add free image option in file manager:

Then just search for the type of image you want, and click on add image to download it.

New payment methods:

as well as paying by card or PayPal we now also support the following payment methods  for our EU customers:

  • Przelewy24 for Poland
  • Giropay for Germany
  • EPS for Austria
  • Ideal for Netherlands and
  • BanContact for Belgium and
  • Sofort for all these countries except Poland

We are always keen to hear feedback and suggestions from users. You can contact us at [email protected]

New feature: Try our new Visual Email Designer…

create HTML emails visually

We are pleased to launch our new Visual Email Designer! Creating HTML emails is one of the most common uses of our service, but we wanted to make the process easier and quicker.

Our new drag and drop HTML Email Editor lets you visually create your HTML emails. You can start from a blank template or customize one of our many built-in predesigned templates.

All the controls are visual, so it is super easy to use – you drag the section you need from the panel on the left and place it into your email design. You can add new columns, rows, images, videos buttons etc. to your layout and see the changes live.

Once you have the design ready, you can preview how it looks on desktop and mobile with our built-in preview tool. You can also send a test email to yourself to see how it looks in a live email account.

The Email Editor is free for all our Pro users. Give our new Visual Email Designer a try and discover how simple and powerful it is.

Try it here…

The Ultimate guide to converting Word documents to HTML

In this guide, we will explore all the various ways for you to convert Word documents to HTML. We are the experts at converting Microsoft Word documents to HTML with over 15 years of experience. We have several tools to help you convert your documents to clean web pages:

  1. Word To HTML – our Web App great for quick clean-ups (paste content and process), upload Word documents and convert it to HTML etc
  2. Doc Converter Pro Desktop – the perfect choice for batch converting on Windows Desktop
  3. Doc Converter Pro Web App – the best choice if you need to bulk convert and process documents online
  4. Doc Converter Pro API – for programmers looking to add document conversion to their Apps

Using MS Words built-in save as HTML option

If you have MS Word installed you can use the built-in save to HTML option. All you need to is:

  • Go to the file menu
  • Select Save as
  • In the drop-down file type box select, Web Page, Filtered
  • Click Save

Easy eh? Not so fast there are two significant issues with using Word to save your HTML, the file sizes are large and the quality of the HTML is not very good.

Large file sizes when using MS Word to convert documents to HTML

If you create a simple test document like the one shown below, then save it to HTML you will see that the resulting web page has more than 100 lines of code.

If we use Upload file and convert the same file with one of our tools like WordToHTML.net you will get around 40 lines of code when full page mode is enabled, , that is less than a half of the size of the Word version.  If you copy and paste content from MS Word document into Visual Editor you will get even 19 lines of code, that is less than one fourth of the size of the Word version. You can try this experiment yourself or view our test files:

This example is for a simple document, for complex files the file size difference can be even larger.

Why does it matter if my HTML code is large?

Apart from practical issues like server space web pages with lots of code that longer to download. Google penalises sites with slow download times, and more importantly, users are impatient. According to research nearly half of web users expect a site to load in 2 seconds or less, and they tend to abandon a site that has not loaded within 3 seconds.  In the modern internet, speed is the most important factor.

Word generates messy non-standard HTML when converting from Word to HTML

The other big issue with using Word is it creates overly complex non-standard HTML. Now to be fair to Microsoft, I imagine that main reason they do this is to try to keep the layout of your files as similar as possible, but it does create issues. In our example file if we look at how Word handles the list items, this is the code it generates:

<p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst style=’text-indent:-18.0pt’><span
style=’font-family:Symbol’>�<span style=’font:7.0pt “Times New Roman”‘>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span>Apples</p>

A lot of code just to the display the word apple on a list. You will also notice that Word does not use the standard HTML Li and ul list tags. It uses CSS to format the lists, if you strip out this CSS the list becomes normal text. In comparison, this is the code generated with WordToHTML.net when you upload document and convert it.

<li style=”margin-left:28.06pt; line-height:108%; padding-left:7.94pt; font-family:serif; font-size:11pt”>
<span style=”font-family:Calibri”>Apples</span>
</li>

If paste content from MS Word test file into Visual Editor and choose to keep formatting you will be left with this very clean code:

<li>Apples</li>

So you can see if you want the cleanest HTML possible you need to use a proper tool like to convert your Word files to HTML.

What is the best way to convert Word to HTML?

Here are our recommendations based on your various needs.

I want an online tool that will quickly convert my text or single documents to clean HTML:

Our online WordToHTML.net tool lets you paste your text into the Visual Editor and your text gets converted to HTML instantly. It is super easy to use and free for basic features.

For users who need more, our WordToHTML.net Pro version is only $5 a month when paid yearly and gives you the ability to upload Word, PDF and other file types and have them converted to HTML. You also have the ability to save your files, create templates, and more cleanup tools. You can try the Pro version for free.

Try our WordToHTML.net converter tool.

 

I need a Windows application to convert lots of Word files to HTML:

We have a Windows desktop product called Doc Converter Pro. It is the easy way for you to convert your Word, PDF and other files formats to HTML. You can convert one file or batch convert hundreds of files in one go. You can also create your own custom templates to give you full control over your conversions.

The advantage of a desktop application is it will be faster if you are converting lots of files also it is a good option if your files are private as nothing will leave your system.

Find out more or Download your free trial for Windows…

 

I need a web app to batch convert my Word documents to HTML:

Our web app version of Doc Converter Pro Online gives you all the great features of our desktop version, but as it is web-based, you can work from any computer and any browser. You can also share accounts with your team.

How does Doc Converter Pro Web App differ from WordToHTML.net? Doc Converter Pro is designed for batch converting lots of documents whereas WordToHTML.net is better for cleaning up pasted text or converting single documents.

Check out the free trial of our web app…

 

I am a programmer who needs an API solution to convert our Word files to HTML:

No problem. We have a Web API version of Doc Converter Pro Online. With a few lines of code, we take all the hard work out of converting your documents. Try our free trial here…

 

We are here to help…

If you need more advice, feel free to contact us anytime. We can advise you on the best strategy for your needs.

Guten Tag and Witaj – Word to HTML is now available in German and Polish…

Word to HTML has users from all over the World so we have decided to translate our service to better accommodate non-English speakers. The first two languages to be supported are German and Polish.

We have used human translators to ensure quality. You can switch language at any time by clicking the language option in the top right of the screen.

 

New feature: You can now easily style your HTML tables…

We have added a settings screen to let you easily style your tables. To use it all you have to do is click anywhere in your table. On the floating menu that comes up click the brush icon.

On the table styling screen, you can control all aspects of the table style like color, font, padding, border and table height and width.

 

 

Upload and convert PDF files to HTML fixed layout, responsive preview and other visual changes

In December 2019 we’ve added new feature to Upload & Convert PDF files to fixed HTML layout. Just enable HTML fixed option before uploading PDF file:

We’ve moved preview saved document option from save doc menu next to Save button (1) and added new feature to preview saved document in a responsive mode (2). You can see how your html looks on mobile, tablet or laptop.

We have changed how Download as PDF option works under Chrome browser. If you save your HTML and select Download as PDF from menu next to Save button then Word to HTML will open new browser tab in Chrome and you’ll be able to save your document to PDF via Chrome.

Also we have updated top links above Visual Editor like below. Auto Save option was moved and simplified (it’s enabled by default and Word to HTML will save your document every 5 minutes if there are any unsaved changes in HTML).

We have removed link to Old Editor, yet still you can access it here via following URL: https://wordtohtml.net/site/old-editor

Also if you’re a Pro user you can select old editor in Settings.

Introducing our new easier to use editor with Super Paste…

As we add more features we are aware that the editor has become overly complex and intimidating to some users. We want to make things as simple as possible for you so we have been hard at work creating a new editor experience that is easier to use but contains more powerful features than ever.

Here is the old editor:

Here is the new easier to use editor:

If you are thinking, hey where have all the options gone?? Don’t worry they are all still there. You just need to click the 3 dots to expand out the options:

If you prefer having all the options visible you can do this by changing Editor Type option in Settings:

Introducing Super Paste! (Pro users only)

A common request from users is to keep their formatting when they paste from Word or Excel. We are pleased to introduce Super Paste. Now when you paste from Word or Excel you will keep an option to keep your formatting or clean it up:

You can control the settings for the new editor my going to the settings page:

 

New cleanup controls

We have added the following new clean up options:

  • Empty attributes: Removes all empty or with whitespace attributes like id=”” or class=” “
  • Data attributes: removes all data attributes, for example in this code <li data-animal-type=”bird”>Owl</li> it would remove data-animal-type=”bird” to leave you with <li>Owl</li>
  • Indent: tidy up your HTML to make it easier to read
  • Compress: compresses your HTML to make your file size smaller

We also added a section for CSS classes to keep or remove.

We are keen to hear what you think of the new editor and the new features, so please do let us know: [email protected] or fill out our short feedback form.