Look around the internet and you’ll realize some software is very expensive. That doesn’t really matter if you have a job, but if you’re still young you might not be able to count on your parents to buy you everything. There is no need to worry because there are plenty of free options available and they will be able to help you build the skills you need to become a great web designer. Take a look at these ones we’ve dug up and see what you think.
This software should win an award for having the greatest name in the world. Web designers couldn’t do half the things they do without a big mug of coffee sitting in front of them. It also happens to be a very good HTML editor that you can open straight from the web when you want to make a few tweaks to your website. Unfortunately the free version does have a few features missing, but if you enjoy using it you can always upgrade at a later date.
Notepad++ is a great source code editor that has been around for a while, but it just keeps getting better with each update that is released. You can get your work done quickly and correctly because of the way all your syntax is highlighted. There is also the option to fold your code when you’re working on something further down the page so that nothing gets in your way. When you want to find a certain piece of code it’s easy using the great search tool.
How many times do you think you’ve done a great job only for something to look seriously wrong on the front end? I bet it happens to everyone more times than we’d care to admit, but Firebug is great at helping you solve those annoying coding problems. It’s a Firefox extension that lets you make changes to your HTML and CSS code. You will be able to see the results of your tweaking instantly. Firebug also comes with a lot more features you will love.
Nobody in the world will ever be able to create a great website without a powerful photo editing tool. I bet you hear people talking about Photoshop non-stop, but Gimp can definitely hold its own when you compare the two of them against each other. It has a ton of beautiful features you would never expect in a free photo editing tool and it’s easy to use. Just make sure you go through a few tutorials first because it’s not too basic by any means.
Some web designers don’t have a lot of coding experience, but these days you don’t have to because of the WYSIWYG editors floating around. This one is a little bit special and it’s not just because you can pick it up for free. In order to design your website you simply need to pick up widgets are move them around. Drop them into place and watch a site appear before your eyes. You can still go into the code to tweak a few things if you need to.
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I bet nobody would have guessed how much free software would be available these days. We are all very lucky because we’re living in a period of time where you don’t need much money if you want to build something special. I’m definitely not trying to say you’ll be able to build world class websites using this software, but you will be able to build beautiful-looking sites that web traffic will enjoy landing on.
Jenny Wadlow is a freelance blogger by profession. She enjoys writing about her work and personal experiences. Whenever she isn’t busy, she indulges in cooking and gardening. Visit tricewebdevelopment.com for more information. You can catch up with her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.