The Internet today, is full of tools and resources, that can definitely help anyone develop a website. The timeframe that a developer spends on the site, will determine whether or not the website, will take a lot of work and effort, regardless of the tools a developer has. Developing a website can take months to develop or weeks, depending on the scope of the work. In today’s article, we are going to look at the twenty one most valuable tools, a web developer could use, in order for him/her to be able to develop, a clean website.
Here are the 21 most useful tools and resources, which can help anyone develop a website:
Resource #1: Content management system (CMS) : is one of the best tools a developer can have, in order for them, to manage the content of their website better. Developers have the ability to control and manage the content of a website, without the technical training needed, to put a large website together. Developers can easily add, delete and edit text and image on a website, on the fly, and have an unlimited number of pages, and designs for each of those pages, when they use a CMS.
Resource #2: Programming languages: a programming language is one of the best tools, you can learn, to develop anything really. However if you want to develop a tool, or an application for a website, or websites itself, do yourself a favor, and learn a programming language very well, it will come in handy when hard times come.
Resource #3: Databases: another very important tool you can have, is a database, which is a collection of information that is stored so that it can be retrieved, managed and updated. Once you set up your CMS, your database should already be created; however, if you want to custom develop a tool for your website, your database knowledge will be put to the test.
Resource #4: Code editors / Integrated Development Environment (IDE): a good IDE will provide developers, all the tools they need, in order to develop and test their website or application. A code editor, a compiler or an interpreter and a debugger are all part of the IDE, which give developers, the ability to develop and test their application, through a single graphical user interface also known as GUI.
Resource #6: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Pre-processors: help developers manage large CSS files, by allowing them to write CSS in a programming fashion with variables and functions. The code is then compiled into a browser-compliant CSS format, because the job of the preprocessor is to take one type of data and convert it into another type of data.
Resource #7: Template engine: will also be provided by your CSM; however, you may want to customize your templates, and you will need to know how the template engine of your CSM works. If you don’t use a CMS, then you’ll have to use an already packaged template engine, or you’ll have to develop your own. A template engine, combines templates with a data model to produce web pages.
Resource #8: Synchronized Testing Tool: allows developers to test their websites on multiple devices, without them having to test on one device at a time. Developers are able to keep all their devices in sync with the URL they want to test, and are able to load up pages on multiple devices for visual testing.
Resource #9: Software Development Kit (SDK) : helps developers create anything from an application, to computer systems and video games. SDKs are a set of software development tools, which help ease the software development life cycle.
Resource #10: Browser’s Integrated Developer Tools: if you want to be able to edit your HTML and CSS in real time, and view the behavior of the website; then you need to be aware of the developer tools, integrated with your browsers. Most browsers have developer tools, and will help you to test and debug your website’s design in real time.
Resource #11: Icon maker: as website developers, you will find that icons are everywhere, and are easy to incorporate into their websites. Sometimes however, developers have to make their own icon, and an icon maker can help anyone customize their icons.
Resource#12: Images for Websites: it may seem an easy task to find images for your website design, but unless you already have a library of images, already saved in your computer, you will have to find these images online. As long as you provide credit, there are sites, which would allow developers to use their images for free.
Resource #13: A server and a hosting company: of course without a server, you won’t be able to host your website, because your website needs to sit on a computer, which is maintained 24/7. This is where the hosting company comes in handy, you can either have hosting companies that will maintain a dedicated server for you, or you can also be on a shared server, which has a limitation.
Resource #14: Website performance: once a website has been developed, the performance of that website, has to be monitored. When the performance of the website is known, then the proper changes and upgrades can be made in the future for the website.
Resource #15: Website code validator: when you work on a large website, after it has been developed, the code of the website may have some imperfections, which will need to be validated against standards, set up by organizations. You will find missing or unbalanced HTML tags in your document, stray characters, duplicate IDs, and missing or invalid attributes and other recommendations, to make your website better.
Resource #16: Favicon generator: if you need to generate a favicon, then you’ll need a favicon generator. A favicon is a small, 16x16 image that's shown inside the browser's location bar, and bookmark menu when your site is called up.
Resource #17: A File Transfer Protocol Clients: is commonly used for exchanging files, over the Internet. When you want to customize your files for your website, you would want to have a tool to download and upload files to your server, an FTP client will help you with that part of your website development.
Resource #18: UX tools for wireframe and prototyping when you want to develop your website, a framework or a prototype will help you achieve your designing goals. Developers are provided with visual guides, which provide the skeleton of a website.
Resource #20: Web application frameworks: help developers streamline web apps, web services, web resources and website development. Web frameworks aim to automate the overhead associated with common activities performed in web development.
Resource #21: Local development environments: you may want to set up two environments for your website, a testing environment and the live version of your website. It will help you to become a better developer, and deal with changes on your local computer first, before pushing the changes to the live website.
Thank you, for reading this list!!!