15 sites web developers and designers should know

by Jean.

Creating a good website isn’t an easy task, but there’s a few tools that can definitely make your developer or designer life easier. In this article, I have compiled 15 extremely useful website that any web developer or web designer should have bookmarked.


When designing a website, one of the firsts (and most important) steps of the process is to choose a color scheme.
Color Combos allow you to browse thousand of different colors combinations for getting inspired for your upcomming design. Color schemes can be browsed by colors.
Visit colorcombos.com


Who doesn’t know the extremely popular Lorem Ipsum text? This text is used by webdesigners worldwide to simulate the render of real text on a design.
Lipsum.com allow you to create th desired number of paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum, quickly and simply.
Visit LIpsum.com

What the font?

You just saw a logo or website using a particular font and you enjoyed it. You’d like to use the same font in a design of yours…but you don’t know the font name. At this point, you have only two solutions: Searching for the font during hours, or using the What the font service.
What’s the font allow you to upload a logo or an image containing a font, and it will tell you which font is it. Results are incredibles.
Visit What the font


Favicons are a must have for any website, mostly because on modern browsers as such as Firefox, it is displayed along with the site name in tabs. It is also used in bookmarks.
Favicon can be in various file format, including the popular .png. The only problem is that using png as a file format for your site favicon will not work on Internet Explorer. Happilly, there’s ConvertIcon a free online service that allow you to upload an image and get a .ico file, for maintaining compatibility with Microsoft’s browser.
Visit ConvertIcon


background Patterns is definitely one of the current webdesign trends.
On BgPatterns.com, you’ll be able to browse a wide selection of patterns that you can freely use on your designs.
Visit BgPatterns

HTML Encoder

Do you display code on your website? If yes, you probably know how boring it can be. In fact you have to type &lt; to display <. If you have to display a 50 lines code, this may take a while to manually convert HTML symbols.
The HTML Converter simply takes a code and returns it to you after converting HTML entities. I use this service daily for displaying codes on my blogs.
Note that a HTML Decoder is also available.
Visit HTML Encoder

Xenocode Browsers

In my opinion, Xenocode Browsers is the ultimat tool for checking your website in different browsers. Xenocode Browsers allow you to lauch IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Google Chrome and Opera directly from the web. The only weak point: The service isn’t available for Macs and GNU/Linux powered PCs.
Visit Xenocode browsers

Test Everything

Do you ever wished to be able to test your design in many browsers as well as checking a page PageRank, and even validate your code standards compliance all in one place?
If yes, Test Everything is definitely a site that you should visit. It aggregate over 100 different tools to test almost everything on a webpage.
Visit Test Everything

Sprite Generator

CSS Sprites is definitely a great technique to use, mainly because it reduces the number of HTTP requests. Thought, CSS sprites require time and particular knowledges, which make the technique kinda hard to use, especially for begginners.
The amazing Sprite generator allows you to send a zip file containing your images. It will returns you your images combined into a sprite, and even better, the CSS code that you’ll just have to paste in your main css file.
Visit Sprite Generator


Sure things, good looking buttons is a must have for any serious blog or website. If you don’t know, or haven’t the time to create some cool buttons, don’t worry: Buttonator is an advanced button generator that you can freely use.
By the way, don’t forget to check out our Top 10 CSS buttons tutorials list if you have an interest in CSS buttons.
Visit Buttonator

Load Impact

How many time have you ever seen websites down after they were featured on the frontpage of popular sites as such as Digg or StumbleUpon?
The free Load Impact service will allow you to test how your website can handle various blasts of traffic. The results with sites hosted at WpWebHost are excellent.
Visit Load Impact


Good looking icons are a must have in any professional website. There’s plenty of free icons on the web, so the folks at IconFinder decided to create a collection of free icons for you to use them in your designs. It is definitely easy to find what you’re looking for in seconds.
Visit IconFinder


Testing how fonts will renders on your design is sometimes a fastidious operation. Happilly, TypeTester allow you to test how fonts and their attributes will look. A definitive gain of time.
Visit TypeTester

CSS Tidy

Even advanced developers often needs to optimize their CSS code. CSS Tidy is a free, online application that will fix errors and optimize your CSS code. For example, it can automatically detect redundant styles, a very common problem of CSS codes.
Lots of settings are availables, to ensure you’ll be happy with the results.
Visit CSS Tidy

Contact Forms Generators

Forms are a very important part of any website, because they allow your readers or customers to interact with you. By using Contact Forms Generator, you’ll save a precious time by creating your forms, including the PHP, ASP or even Perl code needed for sending emails from your site to your mailbox.
Contact Forms Generator doesn’t even require programming skills.
Visit Contact Form Generator

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  • http://nice2all.com/ Lyndi

    What a great list. This is one to be bookmarked. Thanks so much.

    • http://www.almy.com Daniel

      ahhh I wish I had this list 5 months ago when I started my webpage. Better late than never though – thanks this is very helpful!

  • http://www.ampercent.com Amit Banerjee

    Awesome collection Jean ! bookmarked

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  • http://www.tweetrsvp.com Anita CM

    Great collection! Thanks for putting them all in one place…

    Anita CM

  • http://www.klauseppel.info klaus

    great collection! just bookmarked it =)

  • http://www.maxliebscher.com Maximilian Georg Liebscher

    It’s one of the best articles for a freelace webdesigner, i ever saw

  • http://www.yogodoshi.com Cayo Medeiros aka. yogodoshi

    Great list!
    I would include http://html-ipsum.com/ on it too, its just like Lipsum.org but it gives you html code ;D

  • http://www.tylershaqiri.com Tyler Shaqiri

    Great list!
    I always love info. on contact forms.

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  • Mario

    good list! thanks for posting!

  • http://www.sicanstudios.com Alex C.

    Wow! Awesome list! I didn’t know many of these services!
    Thanks for making my life easier!

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  • http://missioncommunicate.com Tim

    Just added it to my delicious list.
    Very good! Thank you for posting this list – several new items for me to make use of and recommend to others!

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  • http://solitarygeek.com James

    Wonderful list. One of the best ever I had read in quite some time. This deserve to be in the front page of digg.

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  • http://www.bbsupplementreviews.com chris

    wow great list, i just started web building an test everything looks awesome!

  • http://choosedaily.com Vernon

    Great set of links and tools here. I like the Color Combo site. I already use ColourLovers and Kuler but you can never have enough input on colors! This post is making it as a choice for tomorrow.

  • http://makenote.orgfree.com MaKe NoTe

    Thank you so much!

  • http://www.webfolio.net.au Oliver Giam

    Fantastic list of collection. Thank You!

  • http://Greatsetoflinksandtools Rotem

    Great set of links and tools, bookmarked.

  • fab

    fantastic!! thank you so much!!

  • http://www.blog.exxcorpio.com Luis Lopez

    I love this article because some of those tools i already know them but some ohters i had no idea and they can be very useful for webdesigners.
    Thanks for this article.

  • http://www.stockrants.com/forum McTwist

    i have completed the web designing recently but i am not a professional & i dont have a experienced at all i am new in this field but you gave me some tools thanks for it!it is very useful for me!

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  • http://www.xemion.com james paden

    These references will give me some experience and guidence. Thank you.

  • http://www.psprint.com/stickers-labels Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    Hey Jean, great post!! You article is indeed very helpful especially for the freelance web developers and designers. I have used HTML Encoder and Color Combo sites. But I had no idea about Contact Forms Generator. Thanks for the mention!!

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  • http://www.egydes.com/blog Husien Adel

    Useful Collection :) thanks Bro ..

  • http://www.kevinms.com kevinms

    Great collections, thank you so much! this is very useful…..

  • http://bretadammorris.com ralf0zero

    i really like that icon website. its the first time ive come across it! thanks for the information.

  • http://arifn.web.id arifn

    hi.. great list.. I don’t know if there is some site providing Lorem Ipsum text.. 😀

    I found another site similar to Color Combos, the name is ColourLover (http://www.colourlovers.com/),.

  • http://www.cyonyx.com Nazmin

    This is great…has bookmarked…Really appreciate who ever have research about this…

  • http://www.hodgeman.co.nz Hodgeman

    Fantastic list. Great resource of tools and services that shouldn’t be overlooked when designing and testing websites. Extremely useful. Have bookmarked!

  • http://www.niharsworld.com/ Nihar

    Great list.


  • http://www.nutnbutshootinggames.com/ Michlle

    thanks for this list of the tools really they are very helpful for the web developers like us because we always seek for the new tools for our web development!

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  • http://www.EdwardMooreLive.com Edward Moore

    Thanks for sharing this great article with all these great resources. I really appreciate seeing post like this that I can use for a long time down the road.

    I “dugg” it for you on “Digg”.

    To your health,
    Edward Moore

  • http:www.bmar.nl marja

    I used lorem LIpsum.com quite a lot untill I found http://www.designertext.com/

  • http://www.umcle.com Tim Baran

    VERY useful list. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.weberracing.net/all_prodmanf.php Bill

    Awesome stuff! That font identification site is absolutely great! I’ve been faced with trying to identify a font so many times I can’t even remember. But each time it has always taken a long time to identify the font. That site will be a big help. Thanks!

  • http://www.wasukoysiripong.com Wasu

    Thanks a lot for sharing the list. Appreciate it.

  • http://www.kmendoza.net/ Kenneth

    Nice list you got here… Bookmarked!

  • http://pablolarah.cl Pablo Lara H

    Thank you for the review.

  • http://www.buywholesaleproducts.net Jorge Moore

    What a nice list of tips. And yes, loading time is important for every web page as it can also help to convince your visitor to stay. The longer the page load, the bigger chances that your visitor will leave your site right away.

  • http://www.mydesign.com.ar Juan

    really grat collection, thanks (gracias)!

  • http://www.dkszone.net Kiran

    Of the whole list IconFinder was the only one known to me before. Its a great place to find all sorts of icons. thanks for the rest of the list. I am going to try out Test Everything and What Font

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  • http://www.imazeru.com imazeru

    great post .. thanks :-)

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  • http://http//www.readyphotosite.com/ Michelle

    I would add smashingmagazine.com to the list! Very inspirational and useful resource!

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  • http://www.platinummango.com Jordan Foutz

    I knew about half of those resources, but the other half, wow. I’ll be using them often now. Thx for the heads up.

  • http://www.bayaw.com/ narsjob

    whoooohoooo!!!! there are lots of things to learn from this discussion!!

    I love this place!!!!

  • http://www.rizwanjavaid.com Rizwan

    Thanks for this great collection of tools to use.

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  • http://chrispenner.info Chris

    Cool list. Definitely some useful links there. Thanks.

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  • http://www.mysecondpc.com Koas

    What a great list! Bookmarked!!

  • Shabbir

    it is very great post… thanks :)

  • http://www.wpspider.com/ Free wordpress themes

    great list. thanks

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  • http://mastandaa.blogspot.com/ Mast Andaa

    Stumbled… really a great resource

  • http://www.webhostright.com/ John

    Thanks, a few of these ive never come accross before, whatthefont looks handy, ive seen people asking in a forum a few times what a particular font is.

    Thanks for putting this list together.

  • http://scvinodkumar.wordpress.com scvinodkumar

    Thanks for this great resource.

  • http://www.neckssoft.eu Nick

    Great list 4 thumbs up!

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  • http://www.oyunsos.com Oyunlar

    nice very nice thank you so much

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  • http://yokewong.net/ Yoke

    I just put this post url in my “Favorites” list. I do know some of these sites and to know more of them is great. I think Icons finder, buttonator and colorcombos add to my collection. Great tools for webmaster…Thanks for putting them all together, it will surely make life easy.

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  • http://www.xtence.be Xtence

    Nice list of incredible tools, thals for sharing !

  • http://www.johnpapeonline.com John Pape

    I found this to be a very useful list for web development. The Test Everything tool is awesome. So many ways to fix errors in code, check SEO and so much more. I’ve used the What’s My Font website and is great for finding the Font style when you don’t have access to the original font. The other site I’ve used quite a bit is the LIpsum.com. Nice tool for creating visuals of text areas. Another site for this is http://www.html-ipsum.com/. This site will give you the html that you can paste into code.

  • http://mumsstudio.com Bjarne

    Hi Jean-Baptiste!

    Thanks for this great list – there’s are defiantly a couple of them I don’t know. Especially Load Impact is useful…

    BTW I found this through the article on Webdesignerwall about “20+ WordPress Recipes”, which led me to wprecipes.com and from there to this post. It’s funny how you can surf yourself through to this kind of useful stuff by coincidence.


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  • http://calculusabc.com Chris

    I was tempted to keep Stumbling when I saw the title; I’m glad I didn’t – most of these were sites that I was unfamiliar with. Great work.

  • http://www.the-best-weight-loss-program.com Manie Esterhuizen

    This is an awesome post! Thanks a lot

  • http://www.imonline.ws Vincent R. Parker

    Fantastic collection! Thanks for putting this all together in one place. Definitely bookmark this one! Thanks! :)

  • http://www.w3spor.no/webdesign Tomase

    You have collected good tools for us :-) Thank you, its already bookmarked!

  • http://www.lilbabes.com/sites/nubiles Nubiles

    Helpful links. This post leads you to sites which can help you with fonts, colors, and designs. Thanks so much for the links.

  • http://www.bibleknowledgebookstore.com Chris

    Great list, thanks for posting this, now i have some extra work to go do :)

  • http://www.attaincapital.com/trading_system_rankings Charlene- trading systems

    What the font sounds like a great idea. I actually felt really excited as I read about it because JUST TWO days ago I came across a font that I really liked and I could not find it anywhere. I emailed the “contact us” and haven’t received a reply, but I don’t have to wait for one anymore!

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  • http://www.confianzit.com Anoop

    Excellent list… Keep up the good work … Thanks …

  • http://www.twitter.com/Matey Matey

    Great, thank you very much !

  • http://progesteronedeficiency.net Rachel

    Great list of sites! *bookmarked*

    Thank you =)

  • http://www.losangeles-computer-repair.net/ Kiki

    Great list of must haves!! Sometimes it’s killer trying to find exactly what you need, what with all the free choices available on the web these days. Now I have a place to start when I’m looking for just the right edge. I especially like colorcombos, buttonator, and whatthefont. Awesome design implements when you have something specific in mind. Thanks a bunch!!!

  • http://www.justinroberts.com.au Justin Roberts

    Thanks for the list, I have seen all of them apart from ‘ConvertIcon’… I use a photoshop plugin to create favicons but if this site works I might use it instead.

  • http://ansblog.com Nits

    These are the basic but must follow idea to get space on web. Thanks

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  • http://mousewillplay.co.uk/ Mice Who Code

    Great list – there were a few I hadn’t heard of. Thanks! The number one site I couldn’t live without is the W3C Validator: http://validator.w3.org/

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  • http://www.yourbackpaincure.com/ thomas nicholson

    Thanks for the list.. Ill try the other one ..

  • http://www.guardiannetworks.com Chelsea

    Great list. Bookmarked.

  • Ignacio

    Nice list. Thank you!

  • http://www.browsershots.org MegaMad

    I like the list and have a (possible valuable) addition:

    browsershots.org shows your page in 86 browsers on 4 different OS’es.

    It ques your request so results will have a delay of several minutes.
    If you create a free account you will be able to save your history.
    If you create a paid account you will get priority processing.

    Keep up the good work!

    MegaMad – Leo

  • http://tr.im/mewC Rahul – Web Guru

    Really cool compilation of websites for all web developers and designers. But it could have been more… I mean more list of websites to make it more powerful.


  • http://d3ad1ock.iblogger.org d3ad1ock

    Great List.. a great find. thanks..

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    great list. bookmarked.

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  • http://mostcoast.at Felix

    me like! :-)
    nice useful collection

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  • http://www.blumen-online.net ortlieb

    uau! there are some stuff there that I was looking for a while! Thx

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  • vishnu

    wow! great collection howdy…!! thanks lot… bookmarked

  • http://www.codesquid.co.uk Codesquid

    Smush.it is great for compressing images. Just google for smush.it and you will find the site!

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  • Vaibhav Dharme

    Thanks for your wonderful knowledge. I added it to favourites.

  • http://loneplacebo.com Tony

    Wow! Great post, Jean! I haven’t heard of any of these sites! Either that’s a good thing or bad thing, I can’t be too sure…

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  • http://www.cssview.com Andrew

    great list I’d never even heard of half of these

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  • http://nabtron.com/ Nabeel

    really informative post! two of the sites mentioned in it are now in my bookmarks + this post too :)

  • http://www.articleswelove.com simi

    Comprehensive list of sites for web designers and developer. Great resource. Thanks for sharing

  • http://mattkendrick.com mattkendrick.com

    This is an excellent set of tools/how-to articles.

  • Sebsemillia

    Nice Collection! Knew some of them, some are new to me..

    One silly question concerning the xenocode browser sandbox, how do I use it?? I installed the “app” plugin, but what now? No right-click option, nothing in the browser add on list..

    I appreciate any feedback!


  • http://www.commandx.de Rene

    Like it! 😉 Sprite generator is a great tool and i didn’t know the iconfinder until now. Thanks!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5fWPcmo6uk Jamie

    Thank you so much for creating this list. This is a great reference. I only became aware of some of these sites. I will definitely bookmark this page.

  • http://sandiegocomputerrepair.org Sandy

    I’ve just recently gotten my site up and running. It’s awfully bare bones at the moment and I’m sure these handy sites will be a huge help in adding some pizazz. Thanks!

  • http://www.tongkat-ali-extract-erections.com Rob

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much this helps me!

  • http://www.almy.com Daniel

    useful and beautiful presentation

  • http://www.merosoch.com vaibhav dugar

    hey.. thanks a ton for this handy compilation.. i stumbled upon it thru Stumble upon :)
    thanks again

  • Major Lee Mashed

    I have to agree, EXCELLENT list of tools. Thanks, really appreciate it!

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  • http://www.best-website-designer.com Sarah Jones

    Yes, true, these are must know sites for designers and developers. I will send this link to my designers and developers.

  • http://www.brettwidmann.com Brett Widmann

    This is a really helpful collection! There some on the list I didn’t know about, but am so happy you pointed them out! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.mavermedia.com/blog Brad Maver

    Thank you very much for gathering these. This is a big time saver!

  • http://www.tilakbisht.com Tilak

    Very useful collection… all good tools in one place, bookmarking :-)

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.drivvedwebbyra.se Fredrik

    Bookmarked! Thx for sharing these great things!

  • http://scriptwrecked.com Trevor

    Wow, thanks! I was shocked by the usefulness of the links you came up with. I can’t believe I didn’t know about these before!

  • Tamik

    Great list. I would add zbugs.com for mergin and gzip compression css and js and css3.me for generating css3 code.

  • http://www.best2know.info/ Ritesh Sanap

    Thanks Jean , great list and also i guess everyone should bookmark it so i m also bookmarking it.

  • http://www.best2know.info/ Ritesh Sanap

    Jean, the What the Font URL gives the 404 error.

  • http://www.thevictorchen.com Victor Chen

    This is a great collection of sites. I’ll have to run my sites through them all.

  • http://mrtechie.ie Abe Petrillo

    Definately a great post! Priceless for web designers, your my hero!

  • http://www.MarcusInteractive.com Brad Marcus

    Excellent list of resources, though many broken links does dimish it somewhat.

  • http://iequalszero.com/ Jon Howard

    Nice post.

    Xenopost Browsers is now known as Spoon, and the link has changed to http://www.spoon.net/browsers/

  • http://iequalszero.com/ Jon Howard

    That was supposed to be Xenocode, not Xenopost -_-

  • http://learngraphicwebdesign.com Dan

    Few of these websites I knew, but others are completely new for me. Anyway, amazing list! My favorite is ColorCombos.

  • http://www.65bits.com Carlos Matias

    The buttonator.com domain is now pointing to PikiCentral (another website)

    Wrong link in this page : In the Buttonator article, the link called “Top 10 CSS buttons tutorials list” is pointing to this page.

  • http://www.votre-site-internet.com Flo

    Very useful list, thank you ! I have a preferance for Kuler rather than Color Combos.

  • http://www.web-werkstatt.eu Chris

    Great List, thanks for that. Browsershots.org is really a great tool to have all browser views at one view.

  • http://www.theitechblog.com/ Namit Gupta

    Xenocode Browsers site is not working. Do you know about any alternative it?

  • http://buffalolawncare.com.au Ken

    I have to admit I’m terrible at colour combos and often try to refer to various online sites for help, but never really find anything I’m happy with. I’ve accepted it now… I have no style! So I’m going to try out your recommendation for colorcombos.com with the site I’m working on now. Cheers.

  • http://whitelabelapps.com Robert Crocker

    Deployment is a huge time sink for busy developers..

    You should add http://deploybutton.com to the list.

  • http://goatsontheroad.com Nick

    Great post. LIpsum is an interesting approach to page layout and readability. We haven’t used it on Goats On The Road because the paragraphs are a bit longer than we like, but its a useful tool anyway.

  • http://www.letsnurture.co.uk/ ilesh Raval

    thanks for the awesome list of website which are really impressive for developers as well as designers i will sure share them to my friends

  • http://minhajuddin.com Khaja Minhajuddin

    For contact forms, you could even use http://getsimpleform.com/ . Full disclosure: I built the service :)

  • http://www.vegibit.com/ Vegibit

    Nice solid list of excellent resources :-)

  • Otto

    Sorry to see that these nice lists all get out of date someday and don’t get updated.
    Can’t find xenocode browsers for instance.