With so much business being done online, a slick and well functioning website should be key to your online presence. In recent years, many free web tools have launched that make it easier than ever to build a professional website for cheap.
All you have to do is know where to find them. Here are six of my favourites. There’s no excuse for having a terrible website anymore!
Still using generic stock images? Unsplash is a great source of “anti-stock” photos that will bring authenticity and character to your website.
10 new photos are added every 10 days, all of which can be used for web design projects royalty free.It’s great for crafting a professional web presence on a tight budget.
A jarring or unsuitable colour scheme can send the wrong message to potential clients and stop them from wanting to work with you. The Coolors web app is a great way to quickly come up with colour scheme ideas for a new project.
It’s really easy to use: just hit the space bar to generate new colour schemes and lock colours you like in place with the padlock icon.
Business assets, like brochures and catalogues, never look as good in PDF as they do in print. FlipSnack changes all that by converting standard PDF files into stylish online magazines.
These “flip books” are fully embeddable on your website and enable users turn the pages as they would a real magazine. You can also add sound and video to increase engagement.
The Noun Project
Icons are great for communicating ideas and explaining things in a visual way, and you needn’t hire a designer to create you a bespoke set.
The Noun Project is a repository of icons made by creators around the world, which anyone can use on their web design projects for free. All you have to do is attribute the creator, or you can pay a small fee for royalty-free use.
Nothing says “don’t do business with me” like a glaring typo on your website.Typosaurus is a web app that makes it possible to check your copy for spelling mistakes once it has gone live.
You can paste in up to 100 URLs and Typosaurus will flag any errors within seconds. A Chrome extension makes the tool even easier to use.
Large file sizes can take a long time to load and put off users. TinyPNG will compress PNG images while preserving transparency, with virtually no loss in image quality. This will make your website load faster and provide a better experience for customers and clients.
TinyPNG can also now compress JPEG files, and there’s a free extension available for Magento and WordPress.