Ok, I get it, this site is focused around Google+, however without a website, the +1 button and Google+ integration is quite irrelevant, so today we provide some web design tools for you to give a try.
Below are descriptions of some of the best Web design tools that you should learn how to use. All of them have been highly rated by Web Designer Magazine, and many are especially useful for creating and managing apps.
HTML5 Boiler Plate
“The Web’s most popular front-end template,” HTML5 Boiler Plate provides a basic frame for deploying web apps in that language. It was put together with the knowledge and expertise of hundreds of web developers and you can either download the software in its entirety or get a custom-built version made for you. Mobile Boiler Plate is also available for creating mobile apps.
The front page of the Basecamp website has the words “Last year [so many] companies signed up for Basecamp to manage their projects. Today it’s your turn” written across it. The current figure is 6,232 — quite an impressive record! Of all the customers who have used Basecamp, 97 percent recommend it to others because it is such a valuable tool for keeping everything organized — you can never lose anything since all of your project appears on a single page. You can always tell where something is when you need it. There is another good reason why you should choose Basecamp: At the start of each day you get the Daily Recap, a summary of all that was done yesterday, delivered straight to your inbox. Basecamp is indeed “the world’s number one project management app.” You can sign up for a free sixty-day trial or subscribe to Basecamp at the starting price of $20 per month.
“The rapid development PHP framework” that is CakePHP is one of the best tools that you can use for creating web apps. Not only does it work much faster than do many others of its kind, but it does not require you to use as much code, nor do you need any of those complex XML or YAML files. Everything that you need is built in, including database access, validation and translations. But best of all, you do not need to plan where to go from scratch because CakePHP can guide you with a set of conventions that come with the package. A free download of CakePHP is available from the company website.
Bitly Developer is for API documentation. You can use it to shorten links on behalf of a single site or user, or bundle them together for work with more than one end user. At the Bitly website, you can register any apps — up to five on the same account — that you have created. Bitly also has libraries, tools and widgets that you may use for interacting with its API.
reCaptcha is different from the Web tools that we have seen so far in that it is designed for security purposes. More specifically, it is for digitising and transcribing books so that they can be read online. reCaptcha can do so with a high degree of accuracy, even to the point of being able to read text that has been distorted by the angle at which the page was imaged. Unlike previous implementations of Captcha, this one is invulnerable to automated attacks owing to its double security layer. Every image is captured and graded by reCaptcha’s servers, so the software can easily be upgraded whenever a new vulnerability is discovered. reCaptcha can even be used by blind users! As an added bonus, it can help protect your email account by giving potential spammers a reCaptcha that they have to solve in order to get in. reCaptcha is absolutely great!
Adobe is, of course, best known for its Acrobat platform that makes the creation of PDFs possible, and for Flash, which is for watching online videos. But now we also have Adobe Air, and that has been designed for developing apps for all lines of Android devices — iPhone, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, iPad and others — while packaging the same code into them. It has been recently updated with several new features that make it more attractive to use than ever. These include stunning 3D games, video with high definition quality and native extensions that allow the user to call in code specific to his native platform.
Many thanks to Toxic Creative web design in Northampton for their help in choosing these tools to feature.