Free Web Development Tools

In order to formulate a website, web designing, web content development, client-side/server-side scripting, web server and network security configuration are considered to be the major tasks. In broader context, the term “web development” refers to the execution and accomplishment of such tasks. However from web professional point of view, web development is primarily concerned with the coding or non-design phase of website formation where web developers or webmasters are assigned the job to write the markup code for making serviceable websites. Following the approach of software and hardware, whilst the web designing tools acting as hardware enhance the look and feel of websites, the web development tools acting as software assemble the functional websites.

A wide variety of web development tools are accessible to craft from static websites to dynamic and more complex internet based applications, e-commerce websites and social networking sites.
Lets us explore the 5 Free Web Development Tools.


Scratching from simple and static websites, Notepad can serve as a web development tool. Although Notepad is a simple text editor having no format tags or styles but it can embrace the task of creating web pages. To use Notepad for coding a website is a challenging chore and it entails an exhaustive knowledge of HTML, CSS, and any other language involved. Saving Notepad file with extensions .htm or .html results in generating a web page. Similarly the graphic or animation files in Notepad can be identified by .png/.jpg/.gif and .swf extensions. Since notepad lack various web development and designing features, web developer favor more specialized editors over it.



Another tool to create simple and text based webpage is Notepad++; a free text editor and source code editor for Windows. Regarding its functionality, it has the ability to recognize and highlight keywords which truly help programmers in reducing the chances of typographical errors of mark-up language reserved words. Similarly on the behalf of programmer it matches up braces or brackets and can auto closes or opens HTML elements.


Microsoft Visual Studio

The most illustrious web development and designing tool is Microsoft Visual Studio. It facilitates integrated development environment (IDE) and is not only used for developing console and graphical user interface (GUI) applications but also it has accompanied with various built in tools i.e. code editor, form designer, web designer, class designer and database schema designer. It has the ability to support different programming language (C++, VB.Net, C# etc) and mark up languages (HTML, XML, JavaScript, etc) and allow code editor and debugger to support almost any programming language.


Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver is a commercial raster application with both visual and code-level capabilities for creating standards-based websites. It is available for Mac and Windows operating system. It has incorporated support for web technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and various server-side scripting languages and frameworks including ASP (ASP JavaScript, ASP VBScript, ASP.NET C#, and ASP.NET VB), ColdFusion, Scriptlet, and PHP.


Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)

Another web development tool is Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP). It is server-side scripting language designed to produce dynamic web pages. PHP can be installed on range of web servers and on almost every operating system and platform. In order to generate the web page, PHP code is embedded into the HTML source document and is interpreted via a web server with a PHP processor module. PHP allows separating HTML text from the executing part and thus it diminishes the time constraints for the project development. It is highly recommended for the creation of shopping carts for e-commerce websites.


Written by Mohsen


Mohsen is a Web/Wordpress designer and a blogger. He currently designs WordPress themes, writes for Webanthology, and studying computer. Follow him on twitter

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