Building a website is a professional project. One that requires technical and creative skills to execute. To be able to develop a web interface that satisfactorily fulfils the major objective for users means that the web developer must know his tools. As a Smart web designer, you need to know ahead of time what tools you need to execute the project for your client. Some of them are free and some are not.
In this article we review some of the FREE web design tools which will definitely come in handy during your web design project.
This web tool is good for enhancing the quality of your typography. It is a form of directory of web fonts and allows you a wide range of choice. You can easily add it to your website or download for later use. What’s more? It’s even an Open source resource
This web tool allows you to quickly identify the name of fonts used on a web page. It can be easily downloaded as a Google Chrome or Safari Extension.
Google Analytics is an amazing web tool that lets you understand web traffic stats and understand how users navigate your website. It is an invaluable resource for any web developer looking to better understand user behaviour as it easily highlights what areas of the site needs attention.
This web tool simply emulates the screen sizes of many popular devices showing you how your site will appear and allow you to test media queries.
CSS Stats is a free web app that helps you picture various stats about your CSS files
Layers for word press is quite new but has been downloaded over 100,000 times. It is good for quickly creating word press themes
This is a very important tool developed by Google. it allows web designers do things like speed test analysis i.e check the time it takes for a web page to load. This is a critical aspect of UX given the short attention span of users, a web page that takes longer to load will always get low traffic. It also enables you see who is linking to your website or whether there are issues with the codes used on your website that is affecting your web rankings.
Inkscape is an open source vector illustration program based around the SVG format, and it’s a very good one – but SVG isn’t the only thing it can do. You can export multiple objects as PNGs, which means Inkscape isn’t a bad tool for mocking up layouts and creating interface elements. It’s also a basic but good alternative to programs such as Illustrator and CorelDraw.
WordPress is one of the best Content Management systems out there today. What makes it so important to web designers is that it’s so easy to use. It now powers everything from personal blogs to corporate websites.
This web tool lets you transform your designs into beautiful, interactive web & mobile (iOS, Android) mock ups and prototypes!