5 Web Design Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed
As a website developer specialist in this day and age, you should come equipped with the right tools and the right mindset. Sure, you know how to implement responsive design to cater to the mobile crowd, but what other tools can you use to make your life easier?
If you’re going to hand-code websites from scratch, it would take a really long time for you to create, organize, and implement certain lines of code to add certain functionalities to your website.
And no, don’t ever think of using those dreaded simple “website builders” that do nothing professional at all.
Well, there’s actually a tool that will help you if you want to hand-code your own websites and that is Cactus.
This program can be used on Mac computers and it helps you create a new workflow if you want to hand-code your websites from scratch. And no, this doesn’t work the same way as those site builders I was talking about earlier.
What you can do is browse through the features that you want to be implemented on your website, choose a template, and the program will then give you the necessary codes to have that feature up and running. It also organizes everything as well so you do not have to worry about clutter at all.
If you do not have access to a Mac but you are using an Android smartphone, then you can use Lumos instead. Although this doesn’t have similar features to that of Cactus, Lumos allows you to gain a lot of icon ideas from its extensive icon library.
You can draw inspiration by using this application. If you are stuck when it comes to your own company branding, you could use this app as your guide.
WordPress- Responsive Design
Although not necessarily a tool, this guide that’s created by Joe Casabona will give you the complete rundown on how to implement Responsive Design on your website.
For those of you who do not know, Responsive Design just makes it so that your website can be viewed really well no matter what device you’re using. Suppose that you’re using your smartphone to access your site, the contents that are found on your webpage will scale well to fit your device’s screen. Pretty neat, huh?
If you are absolutely curious as to how you can create a website using a site builder, then look no further than Appiterate.
This is an application that can be installed either on an iPhone or an Android smartphone which makes it pretty convenient.
HTML5 Pocket Reference
Now on its 5th edition, this book is a comprehensive yet succinct read. It gives you the things that you need to know about HTML5 and how it is shaping the current website landscape.
As a web designer, you should have the tools and the resources that will allow you to grow in your profession. The above-mentioned tools will help you get an edge over your competitors.