As web developers, we may use many tools to validate and optimize our website, find icons, check browser compatibility, and many many more. In this post, I have listed 22 useful tools for web developers.
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HTML and CSS validation is one of the most important steps in web development not only for coding best practices reasons but for SEO purposes also.
A Mark Up Validation Service by W3C. The “foundations”. When we construct a building, we start from the foundations. So I believe that HTML markup is the foundations of a website. HTML as a language is not difficult but even an experienced developer could make a mistake (e.g. duplicate id on the same page).
A CSS Validation Service by W3C. As I mentioned above, CSS validation is a very important step in web development.
This tool is used to ensure the content can be accessed by everyone. Sometimes the needs of the website include access by disabled people.
4. Can I Use
“Can I Use” is a tool that provides up-to-date browser support of front-end web technologies.
Autoprefixer is a tool that parses your CSS and adds vendor prefixes to CSS rules for better browser compatibility.
A website must be fast and the page load should be as small as possible. This is more important when we talk about mobile. Check this post by Google for more information.
A tool by Google to check your website’s speed and performance and get suggestions for improvement.
Also a speed and performance optimization tool. Check your website and get a report for improvements.
A necessary tool by Google to check if your website is working properly on mobile devices.
9. Test My Site
Test My Site is another tool by Google that you can use to find out your mobile page speed.
10. CSS Compressor
A CSS compressor tool to make your site load faster by reducing code size.
In web development, we may need different types of web fonts. These are some tools for generating a font type to other formats. For more information about web fonts have a look at W3Schools.
In addition, if you want to make a website but you don’t have a design by a designer and you wondering about what fonts to use, you can check Google Fonts. You can use it for free!
14. Google Fonts
Icons are used for social media, email, arrows, cart e.t.c, on a website. These are some useful tools.
15. Font Awesome
Font Awesome is a very popular icon toolkit based on CSS.
Font Awesome, Bootstrap version.
Sometimes, including Font Awesome library for using only a few icons, is not a very good idea because this increases the page load. If you need only a few icons, for social media let’s say, you can you Fontello.
Fontello allows you to select only the icons you need and download the style only for these icons.
Flaticon is a very useful tool to find the icons you need and download them as vectors. If you are a registered user it allows you to choose the color you want for each icon.
Cookies on a website is a very important matter, especially with GDPR compliance.
Cookiepedia is a database with a list of categorized cookies. You can search a specific cookie tag and find what’s the purpose of it. In addition, Cookiepedia allows you to scan your website to find what cookies are used.
With this website, you can easily find a keycode by pressing a button from your keyboard. In addition, you can find a list of keycodes.
There are times that you need to compare two files and find the differences. Let’s say an older and a newer version of a file. Diffchecker is a very nice tool for it.
In this post, I listed 22 useful tools for web developers. Keep coding!