Top Ten Tools and Resources for Web Developers

If you are a budding web developer then you should be aware of some of the amazing resources that are available online. No list of this type can ever be definitive but I’ve tried to gather some of my particular favourites in one place.

Firebug Plugin

This is an absolute must in my opinion. The Firebug plugin is a free add-on for Mozilla Firefox that really lightens the work load when styling HTML elements. I allows you to view changes to your page in real-time as you tinker with the CSS. Great for positioning awkward elements, where pixel perfect precision is required. It also helps you to identify inheritance problems within your style rules.

Blog.Spoongraphics

Home of graphic designer, Chris Spooner. This blog has an abundance of great tutorials and tips. Some of his resources are free and some must be paid for through ‘access all areas’ membership but there really is plenty of great stuff that can be viewed or downloaded for free. Excellent creative advice on Photoshop and Illustrator as well as some insightful writing about the design process, where he explains the reasons behind some of the design decisions in his work.

CG Textures

I absolutely love this site when I need to make a background ‘pop.’ Thousands of textures can be downloaded for free although some of the larger sizes require registration.

W3 Schools

Definitive reference for all developers and designers. Need to know the correct syntax to use is your code, the W3 Schools will have a page dedicated to the particular task that you are looking to achieve. One of my first ports of call when I hit a programming stumbling block.

Webmonkey

Web developer’s resources from wired.com. Includes cheat sheets, color codes and re-usable code snippets. Also has a tutorials section with a design and development tutorials and Javascript help.

Colour Lovers

In my opinion, this is the best place to go for inspiration when choosing a colour scheme for your site. Users submit their own palettes and colour HEX codes, which are then voted upon and can be browsed through by popularity. Also features sections on the latest web and print trends and is quite a bustling and friendly community.

iStockphoto

Not a free site but the ability to download a water-marked comp to try out in a design before purchase is invaluable. I use this to present ideas to my clients and let them make a decision on whether or not to pay the extra for the larger image. There are quite a few stock photography sites online but this one is my favourite choice due to the large number of images and the site’s ease of use.

DevShed

Comprehensive list of developer’s tutorials. Great for learning about the fantastic world of open-source development and adding the latest functionality to your projects.

CSS Zen Garden

The beauty of pure CSS design. The next time someone tells you that Flash is required to make a site look good, tell them to go here!

Web Know How

More tutorials and free code snippets. Also feature free to use design templates, which can be a great starting point when learning or when struggling for inspiration.

I hope that if you are reading this and choose to visit one of these excellent sites then you will find them as useful as I did. Of course, I might well have made a glaring omission and would be glad to hear any suggestions to make this list better.

Using Web Development and Programming Forums

When developing a website one of the terms that people are going to come across is parallel programming, among other things that the person may or may not have any clue as to what they are. In order to make sure that the person is doing their job right, there are tons of information out there that is just waiting to be found in order to help the person do their design right and make sure that it is going to satisfy everyone.

One of these sources is the various web development forums that are out there. The web development forum is a collection of people talking about things concerning web development. For example, there may be categories of design, such as color, layout and so forth that can help the person to get a good idea of what they want with their own web format, as well as helping them to not make the mistakes that others have made. There are also going to be technical categories that are going to explain to the person that parallel programming is something that the person wants to make sure that they have on their web page in order to make it run properly, as well as other technical terms that people may have a hard time with.

Another source is a programming forum and this is going to be extremely useful for those programmers out there that may have ran into a glitch with their program. They are going to find that usually the fix is something that is simple, though at the time they cannot see it because it is so simple, which is a common problem. However, with the use of these programming forums, the person can get the advice that they need. So why should people use forums when they are in need of advice?

One of the first and probably the most popular reasons for using these forums is the fact that the person is getting some great advice for free. Most people are going to find that if they were to go to a professional or a service that they would be paying for this. Why pay, when the person can find the same information for free? Secondly, these forums are a great place to bounce ideas off of one another. In this way you may prevent yourself from going down a dead end path because someone else has already tried that and failed. Plus, if you have a problem, even if there is no clear cut solution, some of the best minds in the business are passing ideas back and forth that may fix it.

Finding these forums is relatively easy since most people have the Internet. They simply need to do a search for these types of forums and they are going to have numerous results that pop up that they can utilize.

Web Development And SEO Web Design – Increase Your Online Exposure

A solid web development team will provide an invaluable service for your website: It will ensure that your website is properly optimized for future search engine optimization services (SEO).

The world wide web is enormous. There are literally hundreds of millions of websites already online and several thousand constructed and registered on a daily basis. How will your website stand out in this massive competition?

Professional web design development is a crucial first step to ensure your business will reap the maximum benefits to be able to compete in the Global e-commerce marketplace. does your business provide services to locals in your area or are you able to easily export your services to anyone? Does your business provide products that can be easily shipped?

These are all important questions to consider when considering a web design as the websites content, navigation structure and positioning will rely on this information for your ultimate success.

A solid web development strategy is to ensure your website will be easily visible to the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. If no one can find your website on the internet, what is the point?

Content that SELLS your business is the crucial next step. With hundreds of millions of websites, what makes your website unique? No matter what business you are in, you are not the only business competing in your field. It is important to have a heads up on your competition by ensuring the content structure portrays your online business int he best possible way to ensure your customers will click and buy or at the very least, provide you with a solid stream of leads that will eventually convert as customers for your business.

SEO Web Design will ensure optimal success for any future search engine optimization services which will virtually ensure your business online success. As the world continues to shop for all services and products online, it is extremely important to ensure your website is properly positioned and visible to our clients and potential prospects as well.