14 Essential Web Design/Development Tools
The Must-Have Resources
- HTML Ipsum. Serves as an advanced website for latin filler text. Provides entire pages of text, various sized paragraphs, sentences, unordered/ordered lists and even navigation.
- Adobe Kuler. A vast collection of color schemes with search and rating capabilities.
- BG Patterns. A comprehensive and handy background creator that allows you to modify sizes, colors, patterns and more.
- MultiBox. In my opinion, one of the most functional variations of the lightbox. Can display multiple file types and has great transitions and customizability. Freebie from PhatFusion.
- Flash Gallery. Probably the simplest gallery feature I have discovered thus far. Allows you to create a slideshow on your website easy and fast from a specified folder or from Flickr photostream. Best Part? It's Free.
- PicMarkr. Free tool that allows you to add custom watermark (image or text) to your online images.
- CSS Curved corners. CSS manipulated to provide bullet proof rounded corners, a great way to speed up loading on a website.
- Web Developer Firefox Add-On. The most vast system for web developers I have seen thus far. Allows numerous capabilities, including manipulating CSS and CSS Viewing, disabling specific site features and TONS more.
- WuFoo. Free (for the limited version) Form builder application with numerous options for displays and themes, and even the capability to edit the CSS.
- Upload Thingy. A file-upload feature that allows for large files to be uploaded on your website. Reasonable pricing, and fairly easy to do.
- Cushy CMS. An incredibly useful and surprisingly easy CMS system. One of the few free CMS providers.
- Browser Testing - IE Net Renderer. A convenient method for testing websites in the Internet Explorer browser, encompassing IE5.5 all the way through IE8. There is no charge for the service and your screenshot shows up fairly rapidly.
- Google Analytics. Provides an incredible amount of tools for evaluating your traffic, common visiters, locations, etc. All aspects of SEO are covered.
- W3C Validator. Checks your website for alignment with HTML and/or CSS Standards. While it is not always a necessity to maintain 100% compliance, it tends to be important to know the issues that are causing non-compliance which can sometimes be detrimental.
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