When it comes to designing a website, the first thing that comes into a web designer’s mind is the cost. Designing software used to be expensive with less versatility in the early years of web designing.
But in today’s world, software developers have come up with tons of free and open source software and applications to assist web designers. Web designers can now create the same website with the same designs and functions, minus the cost. Open source software is growing popular over time as the answer to paid software. And with many categories of free software to choose from, web designers and developers can choose the set or combination of freeware that can help them create the perfect website that they desire.
Open source software is well-known for its quality. This is due to the fact that there are thousands of developers for a single open source software! Since the code is open to public access, both users and developers work to improve the security and fix bugs in the open source software. Besides that, there are many innovations and new enhancements to open source software due to the many hands trying to improvise on it. Due to it being open, open source software can also be tweaked and customized to match web designers and developers personal needs.
This article brings you several impressive free software in various categories that have assisted many web designers in carrying out their duties. We hope that some of these free software will be suitable for you, too. All the best!
Coding and CSS
Free online service to find problems in CSS style sheets used by your HTML pages.
Dynamic web applications for Linux, Windows and Mac systems with many features for HTML and CSS.
Open source text editor created for programmers.
Small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSS editing.
Combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.
Free FTP software that is also Open Source in current development.
A window based ftp server.
Designed to handle thousands of simultaneous ftp clients and use very little CPU and memory.
Cross Browser Checks
Define your own “baseline” (or default) browser, and it works with any browser installed on your system.
Application emulation service which provides free versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari for Windows users.
Runs Trident (IE), Gecko (Firefox) and Webkit (Chrome and Safari), so that you can see how your website looks in all three, side by side.
Monitors more than 120,000 sites, Mon.itor.us also offer services like Internal Monitoring and Visitors Tracking.
Services include Availability Monitoring, Performance Monitoring, Link and Image Checking, Transaction Monitoring, Historical and Detailed Check and Alert Reporting.
Website monitoring, web server monitoring & server monitoring from worldwide locations.
Free remote website uptime monitoring designed to help you detect website downtime which can mean lost revenue and profits.
Free open source font viewer written in Java. You can view installed and uninstalled fonts, mark fonts as favourite and preview fonts with a customizable sample/display text.
Designers who want to accurately compare patterns of several fonts that look similar, may create collection of fonts.
Free font manager.
Suitcase Fusion (Mac) and Suitcase (Win) are powerful, quick and clever font managers which have a simple and an intuitive user interface.
Billing and Invoicing
A billing system that also provides a number of useful accounting and business management functions.
Freeside is a billing, trouble ticketing and provisioning automation software tailored to online businesses, including ISPs, ITSPs, hosting and content providers.
CitrusDB is a billing system developed with PHP and MySQL that can also be used to keep track of customer information (CRM), services, products, invoices and credit cards, and support information.
JBilling is a Web-based billing system developed in Java. It is cross-platform and supports multiple database systems.