Following on from our recent blog on Web Design we decided to throw together a quick reference article for those seeking a concise source of information on must have web design software applications.
Web designers can tap into a number of different software tools to help them through the design process, from concept stage to site delivery. We will cover project management tools specifically in a separate blog in the near future, which frees us up to discuss the bread and butter tools of actual design in this post. The beauty of the tools available is that almost anyone can start designing without too much previous experience.
If you have no relevant experience but still want to start designing, here are some excellent examples of web design software options for newbies.
While Photoshop is not a defined web design tool, it positively contributes to improving the aesthetics of a site. Photoshop is an Adobe product and enables the user to enhance the quality of their images. In a web design context, Photoshop can be used for UI creation and graphics optimisation to name just a couple. There is a portion of web designers that feel photoshop is redundant in today’s tech landscape, but for beginners, we still rate it.
Canva is a neat graphic design tool which novice web developers can use to create their own stamp for their site. Wordmuddle created their logo with nothing but Canva and mindless ambition (and zero design experience!) The beauty of Canva is that it can provide beginners with the perfect web design software to channel their inner Monet without needing too much natural flair.
Template Toaster is an excellent web design software with a difference. A windows based tool enabling the user to create responsive themes and templates that work on sites such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Your beautifully built templates will also work with many e-commerce platforms and some HTML websites.
To use Template Toaster, you need virtually no coding experience, and some of the other cool features of this software include:
Menu building functionality
Those with a degree of design experience may look for something a little more advanced. If this sounds like you, these options might be of interest to help you bring you’re a game.
Dreamweaver has its place in web design for beginners, intermediate and even advanced skill levels. This software is another Adobe creation and has been around for an age. Like all good Adobe products, the software continues to progress with new features including a clutter-free UI, enabling coders to focus on the job in question. The coding engine is relatively straightforward which will work well for intermediate level designers.
Xara Web Designer
Again, a one-stop shop for all of your design software needs, this application is excellent for those looking for a web builder with a difference. Highly compatible and mobile friendly Xara Web Designer holds a catalogue of pre-made templates. Web design pros have created these templates; while this may make you feel like a cheat, you can still add your creative touch. Fear not, the finished product will be yours and yours alone.
Bootstrap is techier and is a tool on which to create CSS, HTML and JS. Essentially Bootstrap is the platform on which to bake the website recipe; the language codes are the ingredients! This web design software is aimed at building mobile-responsive sites in a jiffy. Efficiency like that provided by Bootstrap is an absolute must in today’s world where information is consumed on the go.
This powerful web design software suits experienced programmers seeking out an efficient and fluid GUI editor. With project support and multiple document interface, this tool is perfect for designers knee deep in coding!
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