In this post we discuss the best tools for:
- Code editing
- FTP/SFTP Transfer
- Image editing
- Cross browser testing
- Speed testing
Having the right tools saves you a lot of work. A good ftp/sftp client and code editor save you a lot of frustration. We’ll run through our favorites for both Windows and Mac.
Code editor: Sublime Text
You can download Sublime Text here for free.
The File Transfer Protocol is the most used may of transferring files to and from web servers.
FileZilla is known to a lot of people, but WinSCP is more versatile and in some cases more stable than FileZilla.
FileZilla is cross platform (also Linux), Cyberduck is a Mac only client that also supports SSH access.
Photo editing: Adobe Photoshop and Gimpshop
Adobe Photoshop is one of the most well known photo/image editing suites. It is not free like other tools, but can do pretty much anything. The pricing at time of writing is $9.99 a month. If you live in the EU, try switching to dollars as a currency since it is sometimes cheaper.
Free alternative: Gimpshop for Windows, Mac and Linux
Cross Browser Testing: Browsershots and Browserstack
When you are designing, you might want to know how your website looks in different browsers. Most designers use Chrome, and are well aware that Firefox sometimes has its own opinions about what your website should look like…
Speed analysis: GTmetrix and Webpagetest.org
The GTmetrix tool analyses your website to see if you have optimal code for speed purposes. If gives you recommendations on how to improve.