Looking for a little lift for your website design project? Just starting out ? There are many Free tools out there to choose from to help you create engaging design. Adding interactive elements, animation and a A+ navigation will increase your engagement with visitors. Here are 10 FREE web design tools to check out . . . Let us know which ones you have used !
- The first tool is Google Web Design – create engaging HTML5 content with Google’s free web design tool.
There are many advantages to using this tool. Features include –
- a set default of components which include map, tap area, image gallery, iFrame and automatically reports metrics to increase interactivity with your viewers – use preset of events or you can build your own to connect actions to physical gestures – pages feature for navigation to give audience control over what they want to do – animation – toggle between Quick Mode or Advanced Mode using CSS3, manipulate 3D content and rotate objects – Big advantage to using this tool is you can send your files directly to Google Drive and use Google Publishing with AD Mob.
Color Picker – this custom color design tool will give you the HTML color code to use. You can save your customer color code up to 10 colors. Another bonus of the site is a link to lynda.com to view CSS and HTML tutorials. Start with a free trial to lynda.com and have a vast library available to you to learn more about coding.
Textpattern – this is a free open source CMS for web designers and bloggers. Use built-in tags to determine how your content is retrieved and displayed, free plugins are available to use with Textpattern. Upload your files and images, easy to follow interface and tested for security, the site Forum is active and you can have your questions answered by other professionals. Download for free on their site.
Wamer – the assembler helps build your application from units which contain HTML, CSS and JS. These units are referred to as ‘Stencils’. The stencils can be stacked to create the hierarchy. Keep it simple or get as complex as you wish. Stencils can be saved and reused. View their gallery for ideas on design.
Gimpshop – This is like getting a Photoshop program for free. An extensive set of tools to manipulate your photos is provided – blend tool, brush tools,layering, transparency among others. Tutorials available on the site to learn more about Gimpshop. Currently Gimpshop does not run on mobile devices.
7. Notepad ++ – this free source editor replaces Notepad and is compatible with MS Windows. Some of the many features include macro recording, multi-view, document map, syntax highlighting, WYSIWYG format for printing. Notepad++ is available in multiple languages.
8. FileZilla – This FTP application has many features and is available in many languages. Transfer files up to 4GB, access to remote file editing and file search, drag & drop, bookmark, easy to understand dialog boxes and Site Manager. Go to their filezilla-project.org to download and view all the features.
- Colorzilla – Use on Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera, this color code generator does the work for you. Pick your color and gradient from the presets and Colorzilla will provide the CSS code for your web design project. You can adjust the hues, saturation, link, save or share the coding. Import images by choosing from your files or the image URL. Supports Hex, rob, rgba, hsl and hula color formats.
I can’t leave Audio out so number # 10 is Audacity –
This open source tool is available for MS Windows, Mac and Linux. Record and edit your audio with the latest version 2.0.6. Manage multiple recordings devices with the Device Toolbar, Level Meters for adjusting recording and playback volume, create multi-track recordings. Site has a complete on-line manual, tutorials and active forum to answer questions.