30+ Best CSS Tools and Online Resources

Nur . Posted in How-To, Plugins 1819 Views

Now days I am in the process of learning CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) almost all web sites are using this technology. I have read few books now and I still believe that I am slightly lost when it comes time to applying what I know from scratch.

Over the past several months, I am working on www.muqadar.com and keeping a list for myself of potentially amazing tools and applications (most web based – all of them free) to make my CSS web design experience a snap. I purposely cut out over 30 options from this list, because these are the most user friendly and simplest to use. Enjoy and I hope you learn and benefit from the following list…

1. Em Calculator

Em Calculator is a small JavaScript tool which helps making scalable and accessible CSS design. It converts size in pixels to relative em units, which are based on a text size.

Em-Calculator

2. CSS Text wrapper

The CSS Text Wrapper allows you to easily make HTML text wrap in shapes other than just a rectangle. You can make text wrap around curves, zig-zags, or whatever you want.

CSS-Text-Wrapper

3. JotForm

JotForm is a great Web based WYSIWYG form builder. You can select a form type(Contact Us, Satisfaction Survey, Job Application, Suggest Website , Membership Registration, Party RSVP , Wedding Attendance, Reservation, Submit Product, and others). Your new form will be created with the default fields on the selected form.

JotForm

4. Typetester

Typetester is an online application for comparison of the fonts for the screen. It
s’ primary role is to make web designer’s life easier. As the new fonts are bundled into operating systems, the list of the common fonts will be updated. Typetester’s code structure is XHTML, styled with the finest CSS and driven by the JavaScript for manipulating DOM structures. Typetester will not work without JavaScript enabled.

Typetester

5. CSS Tab Designer

CSS Tab Designer is a unique and easy to use software to help you design CSS-based lists and tabs visually and without any programming knowledge required. With the CSS Tab Designer, you can quickly design your list visually, choose from a variety of styles/colors (60+ different designs/colors supported), generate strict XHTML compliant code.

CSS-Tab-Designers

6. List-O-Matic

List-O-Matic generates CSS-styled navigation menus based on list items.

List-O-Matic

7. List-O-Rama

List-O-Rama! allows you to generate nice CSS inline menus in seconds. Just walk through the wizard and insert the text of the links, choose the vertical or horizontal menu, pick the design and click on finish. The code is automatically generated and inserted in your page.

List-O-Rama

8. CSS Toolbox (Desktop – Windows)

Free CSS Toolbox includes a number of tools for fast-tracking and enhancing the development of style sheet code, such as an advanced CSS Formatter and CSS Validator.

Blumentals-Softwares

9. HTML PHP CSS Website Template Maker

CSS template generator creates a two column layout with both a header and a footer.

make-templates

10. Position is Everything

1-3 Columned Page Maker – Broken down into sections with all the necessary variables.

psition-is-everything

11. AHFB 2000: CSS Generator

Make simple cascading style sheets (everything but columns and layout).

AHFB-2000-CSS-Generator

12. Boxed CSS

Boxed CSS is a free website that offers you CSS grids : they are free to be downloaded and modified, without a linkback required.
Boxed-CSS

13. Blue Print CSS

Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your CSS development time. It gives you a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, and even a stylesheet for printing.

Blueprint

14. CSS Layout Generator

This generator will create a fluid or fixed width floated column layout, with up to 3 columns and with header and footer. Values can be specified in either pixels, ems or percentages.

CSS-Creator

15. Lay-out-a-matic

Simple layout options (Not that much options in my opinion).

Lay-out-a-matic

16. YAML Building

A tool for layout development of YAML based CSS Layouts (YAML = Yet Another Muliti-Column Layout).

YAML-builder

17. CSS Grid Calculator

Use the CSS Grid Calculator to quickly visualize page layout and draw grids in a variety of ways.

CSS-Grid-Calculator

18. CSS Fly

CSSFly is a web 2.0 tool for easy editing websites direct and in real-time in your browser. Simply edit the (X)HTML-code and the external Style-Sheet files.

CSS-Fly

19. HTML Kit

Not exactly a CSS tool (though you can edit CSS with it) but I use it to edit the HTML pages that I design so I can check if my CSS are correct. This is also a Freeware.

Optimizer and Tweaking and Validators:

20. CleanCSS

Powerful CSS optimizer and formatter. Basically, it takes your CSS code and makes it cleaner and more concise.

Clean-CSS

21. CSS Tidy (Download/Open Source)

CSSTidy is an open source CSS parser and optimizer.

22. CSS Optimizer and Tweaking

CSS-tweak

23. CSS Tweak! 1.0 mac free download

Simple, quick, and easy, CSS optimization with the drop of a file. CSS Tweak gives you a number of optimization options.

CSS-tweak-Mac

24. W3’s CSS Validator

Check Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and (X)HTML documents with style sheets.

W3C

Additional Inputs and Options

25. Rounded Cornr

Generate HTML/CSS code and images for rounded corners.

Rounded-Cornr

26. Spiffy Corners

Offers a simple way to generate the CSS and HTML you need to create anti-aliased corners without using images or javascript.

spiffy-corners

27. The Box Office

Lets you wrap/float/contour text around freeform images using CSS for usage in (X)HTML pages.

The-Box-Office

28. CSS Menu Maker

Making professional CSS menus simple, for the average webmaster.

CSS-menu-maker

29. CSS Scrollbar Color Changer

The CSS for the scrollbars that you create is displayed automatically below.

CSS-Scrollbar-Color-Changer

30. CSS Sprite Generator

Generate CSS Image Sprites.

Now its time to ready for a test and get Certification and Before taking the exam let have a look on CSS Examples - who can better teach you CSS than the W3C guys?

CSS Quiz

Take the test if you think you have the basic understanding of CSS

CSS-Quiz



Top-5-Resources

  1. Topstyle Lite – This is my number 1 CSS resource, it is free and very powerful, it even has intellisense like dreamweaver. dont leave home without it :) There is a commercial version but the free version should serve you well, especially if youre a beginner.
  2. HTML Kit - not exactly a CSS tool (though you can edit CSS with it) but I use it to edit the HTML pages that I design so I can check if my CSS are correct. This is also a Freeware.
  3. Firefox with Web Developer extension – No web designer should be without it, its the swiss knife of web design packaged in Firefox
  4. Multiple IE, Opera and Safari for Windows – a good web designer test their designs in other browsers, this is called cross browser testing, making sure your designs also looks good in other browsers
  5. CSS Cheat Sheet – These are lists of available selectors and values in one or two pages, which is very handy when you are coding CSS. See also other CSS Cheat Sheet

If you have your favorite CSS tool that’s not in the list? Drop it in comments.

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