10 Useful Sites for Web Developers
Some useful websites for web developers.
As a web designer and developer here’s some I use frequently and I think you’ll find them useful too. I’m sure there’s other useful sites out there so if you know of any then please add a comment for everyone else to benefit from. (I’ve actually added 11 to the list but that doesn’t sound as good in the title!)
Arctic is a bug and issue tracker. This allows the client to go through what you’ve produced and then provide feedback on bugs, issues and also support requests. It’s free for one project and then only $99 for a full license. You will need to download and install on your own webspace but it’s straight-forward. Very useful for both you and your client to keep track of everything.
A resource site that gives you a bit of inspiration for colour themes and palettes. Very useful if your client has a base colour but then you’re a little unsure of what colours would be compliment.
A font library with lots of user created fonts, with most available for free.
A free and comprehensive online web stats program from Google with lots of useful features. All you need to do is add some tracking code to your clients site for the stats to show up in Analytics
Useful for both inspiration and also fantastic quality photos, illustrations, audio and video. Credits start at around a pound and you really don’t have to spend a great deal to get some fantastic imagery on your clients sites. Gone are the days of those expensive Royalty Free Discs from Getty (even though Getty own iStock!)
It’s unusual for your client to have all the copy ready when you start designing their site. For those pages where they don’t then simply use some Latin copy which, unless they can understand Latin, is ideal for dummy copy.
See what your website looks at different browser sizes.
A great way to see how different sized and coloured fonts will appear online. Simply type in the font, colour, leading, tracking etc etc and you can compare up to 3 fonts alongside each other.
A fantastic resource for anything and everything web development. Very useful stats on browsers, platforms and OS’s as well.
W3C Validation Tools
It’s always useful if your sites are W3C validated – this ensures your code is pristine and that Google and all the other major Search Engines will crawl your clients sites with no errors. You can check there’s no broken links, validate your page source code and also validate your CSS.
Web fonts for Mac and PC
You’re not restricted to using Arial or Verdana on your site. Check this site on both Mac and PC to see how fonts will look on both platforms – you’ll be surprised at what you can use.
HTML email signature in Apple Mail
Step by step guide on how to add an HTML signature to Apple Mail.
Secure your WordPress Blog
A guide to securing your WordPress website.
Remove the shadow from Mac Screen Grabs
How to remove the shadow from Apple Screengrabs.
3 FREE Apps to protect your PC
A few free apps to help you protect your PC.
Web Browsing Tips #1: Find in Page
Find copy in page in a web page.
Web Browsing Tips #2: Tabbed Windows
Using tabbed windows in your web browser.
Web Browsing Tips #3: Keyboard Shortcuts
Some web browsing keyboard shortcuts.
Redirect your site the Search Engine Friendly way
Using a 301 redirect is important when you change your website URL or web page URL.
Remove the WordPress Meta Tag from your Blog
Remove the WordPress meta tag from your WordPress site with this small function.
Stay secure, use more than one password
We need passwords for everything, but how can we stay secure and have multiple passwords without having to remember them all.
Forward your emails to one address
Find out how, using cPanel, you can forward your emails to one email address.
Website Dimensions and Designing for the Web
What browser size should you design your website. Find out more.