Top 15 Best Most-Essential Web Design Resources to Get Your Web Design Work Done Smart

The best essential web design sites, resources, tools and services as recommended and hand-picked by the DoneSmart team

If you only use a few resources for your web-design needs, make sure it's these!

Web-design is getting more and more complex with the constant advent of new technologies and devices web-designers are expected their work to tailor to and work with. Use these carefully hand-picked resources to help you make sure you stay on top of your game and keep your web-design expenses to a minimum.

  1. A List Apart

    A very incisive and popular online blog/magazine for "for people who make websites." Always seems to be on the bleeding-edge of ideas and practical tutorials for new ways to improve the craft

  2. Aptana Studio

    Aptana Studio is probably the industry’s leading web application IDE. It's free and versions are available for Mac and PC. Packed full of time-saving features and with a very well designed UI it offers a relatively low learning curve.

  3. CodeCanyon

    Marketplace with 10,000s of already coded apps/sites-templates/scripts to license

  4. Google Apps for Work

    Business Mail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and much more from Google. Includes free trial and very low monthly fee (a few dollars a month for small-business)

  5. BrowserStack

    Online services that allows you to quickly test your website for cross browser compatibility across 700+ (mobile and desktop) browsers

  6. ThemeForest

    Marketplace with HTML, Email, WordPress, PSD, Joomla, Magento (and more) themes to buy

  7. GraphicRiver

    Marketplace to buy and sell stock graphic files from $1

  8. NameCheap

    Leading domain registrar and hosting provider, as the name suggest very cost effective yet still reliable

  9. BlueHost

    Leading hosting provider trusted by over 2 million websites. Extremely competitive prices, cPanel, good security and resource protection, unlimited bandwidth and 24/7 support team.

  10. Fiverr

    Popular marketplace for marketing, design, coding jobs, video production and more online services at an extreme budget ($5 per "gig")

  11. QuirksMode

    A compatibility table covering all major browsers that summarises and details which browser support which aspects of CSS, the DOM and other web-standards.

  12. PhotoDune

    Marketplace to buy and sell royalty free stock photography from $1

  13. Google Web Fonts

    Google helpfully offers 100s of free web-fonts to use in your design projects and make it easy to find the style your looking for with with plenty of filter and category sorting options when browsing the fonts online

  14. Adobe Color

    A free online service from Adobe to help you quickly find the ideal color scheme for your project from the thousands already contributed. Includes an "explore" page to see most-popular and highest-rated schemes which is a good place to start.

  15. Unsemantic Responsive Grid

    Unsemantic is a fluid grid XHTML/CSS system that makes creating complex grid based designs that are also responsive (i.e. collapse down for smaller device screens) a breeze.

We hope you found this best-of web-design list useful. If you think we missed of any utterly-essential web-design resources then please let us know.

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