Web developers such as yourself should use the proper softwares in developing a website. There are so many kinds of softwares — ones that create the site, edit the graphics, transfer files, SSH into your server, to name a few. In this article we will mention five of the best web development softwares that you should get your hands on.
It goes without saying that you need some kind of means to transfer your files from your local machine to your web server. IPSwitch’s FTP Pro has been used by web developers for quite a long time now — with users worldwide that count up to 40 million. You can transfer files via FTP, SSL, SSH and HTTP/s transfer protocols. You don’t even need to worry about security, eiher. It’s got 256-bit AES encryption, OpenPGP file encryption, FIPS 140-2 validated cryptography and a file integriy validation of up to SHA-512. It’s retail price is $54.95, but with a year’s worth of support agreement you can get it for $89.95. You can download the demo version for free.
Use PuTTY — a free implementation of SSH and Telnet — over Windows and Unix platforms. It includes an xterm terminal emulator and so many more features. More than the standard telnet sessions, it also supports SSH-2, SSH-1 as well as local echo. Although it’s not as fancy and full-features like the other commercial SSH tools, it gets the job done. If you need to telnet or SSH into your web server, know that PuTTY is a great choice in doing so.
There’s a reason that so many web developers like using Adobe’s Dreamweaver CS5 so much. More than being a full-featured WYSIWYG editor, it allows the developers to design directly within the code as well as designing visually. With Dreamweaver, you can create websites utilizing HTML 5. To help you get started, Dreamweaver features CSS Starter Layouts that is also integrated with Adobe BrowserLab. You can preview the dynamic webpages and local content by using multiple views and comparison tools. Dreamweaver’s retail price is $400, but you can get the demo version for free.
PaintShop Pro will be a great help indeed when dealing with the images you will be using in your website. Corel’s PaintShop Pro allows you to edit, import and share your images. For those of you who don’t have any graphic skills, you can always use its Express Lab feature to make quick fixes to your images. Do you want to create a GIF image with transparent backgrounds? Done. With this software you can upload your images directly to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. PaintShop Pro’s retail price is $99.99, but a free trial version is available for download.
The time you will save trying to make your website will depend on the kinds of web development and design softwares that you choose to use in the process. Choose properly and choose wisely!