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100 Web Design & Development Resources 2018

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Instagram.css
Instagram.css

Every wanted to use those famous filters from instagram on your website? Look no further then this free CSS library that will mimic those filters on an image you apply them on!

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Chota
Chota

Super light weight CSS framework that comes packed with features including a magical 12 column grid. Weighing in at only 3kb it’s a super small alternative for your next project that page load times are critical.

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Labelauty
Labelauty

A nice lightweight jQuery plugin that gives beauty to checkboxes and radio inputs and allows for custom labels for each.

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GradPad
GradPad

A handy online tool for generating the perfect CSS gradient for your website. This is the most customizable gradient generator I have found to date; giving you full control of the angles and location of the start and end of your creation.

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Flat UI Colors
Flat UI Colors

A collection of flat design colour palettes from all over the world. Vibrant colours are still on trend in 2018 so make sure you check this out the next time you’re stuck on selecting a colour for your web project.

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Fitty
Fitty

A super tiny javascript plugin that will snuggly resize your text to fit it’s parent container. Weighing in a 1kb you simply can’t go wrong with this responsive text tool.

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CSS Variables
CSS Variables

Read this informative blog post on using CSS variables. It really is incredibly powerful and will streamline your front-end development process. Make sure to check out part 2 from the article itself.

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Gestalt principles in UI design
Gestalt principles in UI design

This is your goto for your basic principles in UI design. These are classic and should be followed in any UI project.

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Social Media Cheat Sheet 2018
Social Media Cheat Sheet 2018

The sizes and requirements for posting to any social channel is constantly changing. Check out this super helpful guide for 2018’s latest sizes.

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Front-End Developer Handbook 2018
Front-End Developer Handbook 2018

This is an extensive guide to anything regarding front-end development. From best practices, learning & helpful tools, you’ll definitely want to check this out and bookmark it for handy reference.

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Hipster Ipsum
Hipster Ipsum

Tired of boring old Lorem ipsum in your projects? Why not get fresh and use some hipster ipsum! This always gets a good response from my clients and is the only ipsum I use.

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Coverr
Coverr

Video is huge in 2018! Check out this free optimized videos for your next web project! This tool even gives you the code to implement the video on your site using semantic HTML5.

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CSS3 Generator
CSS3 Generator

I use this tool all the time when I’m having trouble remember the syntax for my CSS. Simple use the tool to select what you want and then it will generate the CSS that you can simply copy and paste into your file. Huge time saver!

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CSS Triangle Generator
CSS Triangle Generator

I don’t know if you are like me but I always have trouble remembering the syntax to create CSS triangles in my web projects. Use this handy tool to output the CSS from a graphical user interface. Save time!

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CodyHouse
CodyHouse

A library of HTML, CSS & JS nuggets that you can utilize in your web projects. The library is huge offering something for anyone. Definitely check this one out!

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React Starter Kit
React Starter Kit

Looking to get into developing with React? Check out this handy website with videos that will introduce you to all the different components that React has to offer. Great for beginners.

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Sticky Sidebar
Sticky Sidebar

This is a pure Javascript plugin for making smart and high performance sticky sidebars. This plugin takes all the work out of the equation. By far the best sticky sidebar plugin in my arsenal.

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CopyChar
CopyChar

A complete list of all the HTML entities that you could ever need. Simply click on the icon to copy it to your clipboard for use in your next web project!

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ScreenLeap
ScreenLeap

Ever needed to share your screen with a client to get the job done? Check out this free screen share tool that allows you to set up private rooms and share your screen for an hour a day without any cost!

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Fonts.LOL
Fonts.LOL

You can now type in full-colour illustrated letters for your next project. Support is getting better all the time. This tool allows you to customize the colours of the letters.

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Google Fonts
Google Fonts

This is hands down the best resource you will ever find for Open Source fonts that you can use commercially for free! Whether you are a graphic designer or web designer these font’s will work for you.

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Font Squirrel
Font Squirrel

My second goto place for finding font’s to use in my creative projects. Generally you will find a lot of display typefaces here. Just make sure you check the licensing for each font to see where you can use it.

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TOPOL.io
TOPOL.io

An online responsive email generator. I use this all the time to start the creation of my email templates as it does all the responsive work for you. You can then customize it to your liking. It allows you to download the HTML for editing as well. Super time saver!

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ClipChamp
ClipChamp

This handy tool makes video optimization a breeze. The free account is limited to only 10 video’s per month but that should be more then enough for the average developer. Compresses videos to either mp4 or webm.

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Brands of the World
Brands of the World

Ever needed a brand logo when working for a client? Look no further! This online logo repository has millions of vector based logos that you can use in your next project. All free of charge!

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CloudFlare
CloudFlare

Building a Wordpress website and want to utilize a CDN to speed up your websites performance? This is the best CDN for Wordpress sites that you will find. Free options available as well as business accounts for higher traffic websites.

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Unheap
Unheap

An online repository that is beautifully organized by category containing the best of the best jQuery plugins to utilize in your next web project.

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Beaver Builder
Beaver Builder

This is my favourite drag and drop editor that I use for my client sites running on Wordpress. It’s responsive out of the box and comes with all of the components you will ever need to build beautiful layouts. This makes is super easy for your clients to manage their website themselves after you have finished developing it. This is not free but affordable.

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SEO in 2018 Guide
SEO in 2018 Guide

Super handy reference guide for best SEO practices in 2018. Definitely check this out if you haven’t stayed up to date with your SEO knowledge. This will provide you a competitive edge over other web developers.

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Stock Up
Stock Up

My favourite source for open source free for commercial use photography in almost any category. These images are high quality and would be perfect for your next web/graphic design project.

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Transfonter
Transfonter

Easily create web fonts for your next project from any font type with this free online generator.

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Toggl
Toggl

Need to keep track of your hours? Try this free time tracker with client & project based tracking.

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SERPLAB
SERPLAB

Keep track of your client’s google rankings with this easy to use tool. Prices start at $5 a month.

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jsDelivr
jsDelivr

Can’t afford a CDN? Try this free Open Source CDN for your resource files your next project.

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Real Favicon Generator
Real Favicon Generator

Use this tool to generate your next favicon for your website. Completely customizable and all for free.

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TIDIO Live Chat
TIDIO Live Chat

Does your client need a live chat feature for their Wordpress website? Try this free live chat agent that can be used on desktop, tablet & mobile.

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HEAP Analytics
HEAP Analytics

Tired of having to set up Google Analytics to get the data you need? Auto-track the entire customer journey and set up any event at a later date pulling in all your old data. All for free!

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ManageWP
ManageWP

Manage a lot of client sites with Wordpress? Use this tool to maintain, backup & monitor your client sites all from one dashboard. Works best with GoDaddy hosting as most features are free.

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ColorSpace Gradient Generator
ColorSpace Gradient Generator

Utilize this free tool to create on trend blended gradients. Also has a palette generator that you can use to create colour schemes for your next project.

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freepik
freepik

Free Photos, Vectors, Icons, Fonts & PSD's for use in your next project. Affordable one time fee per artwork, or a monthly subscription. Free for personal use... great for inspiration and reference!

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basicScroll
basicScroll

Free for commercial use. This is hands down the best parallax plugin to create parallax effects on your next web project. You can even utilize CSS variables for amazing effects.

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Font Awesome 5
Font Awesome 5

The best font library for your next web project. Available as a CDN and in free and PRO versions. With many different styles of the same icon you can’t go wrong.

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Animate.css
Animate.css

Hands down the best CSS animation library available on the internet. A great starting point to build your own animations if you download the unminified version of the library.

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Delighters
Delighters

Add CSS animations to your next web project that trigger as the user scrolls down. Free for commercial use. Works best with animate.css.

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Material Design for Bootstrap 4
Material Design for Bootstrap 4

A very powerful framework that combines Bootstrap 4 and Google’s Material Design. This is the framework I used to build this website.

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Responsive Modal Lightbox
Responsive Modal Lightbox

The simplest free for commercial use Lightbox for your next web project. Utilizing only CSS and JS there are no plugin’s required. It’s very simple to get this Lightbox to trigger on all of your images on your website.

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TinyPNG
TinyPNG

Optimize you PNG’s for your next web project for free with this online image compression website. Optimizes your images by over 70%.

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PutsMail
PutsMail

Need to test your latest email template? Try this free online tool that will send out your designs to any address you would like. Great for testing in different email clients.

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CodeMyUI
CodeMyUI

Looking for User Interface inspiration? Check out this free online repository of UI samples complete with the code needed to create them. This really is a GEM!

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GTmetrix
GTmetrix

Finishing a web project and need to optimize the load times? Use this free online tool to generate reports that will enable you to get the best load times for your website. Remember PageSpeed is a ranking indicator in Google.

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Invision
Invision

A free prototyping tool for you next web project. The free account let’s you create one prototype and share it for collaborating on your design. This is a must have for any UX designer.

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Let’s Enhance
Let’s Enhance

Upsize your photos using machine learning to replace the missing pixels. This is by far the best image up-sizer I have ever used. Definitely check this out if you need to make an image larger.

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Juicer
Juicer

Add a live social feed to any website with this free online tool. The free account let’s you include up to 2 social channels. Very customizable within the tool and allows you to customize the look with your own CSS on site.

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CDNjs
CDNjs

Another CDN for javascript files. Speed up your website by loading your resource files from this online repository.

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Bootstrap 4 Navwalker
Bootstrap 4 Navwalker

Working on a Wordpress site and using Bootstrap 4 for your framework? Use this add-on within your site to add the classes that the framework uses to make you default Wordpress nav function like a Bootstrap nav.

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Moose
Moose

A great collection of free stock photos. You can never have to many stock resources in your arsenal. Check this out the next time you need a stock photo.

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ReLaXed
ReLaXed

Turn your custom website into a downloadable PDF that will print to your specifications. This is ideal for articles and how-to-guides.

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HTML5Blank
HTML5Blank

My go to for blank HTML5 Wordpress themes on the market. Comes with everything you could ever need to start your next Wordpress development project. By far the absolute best!

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AWWWARDS
AWWWARDS

Looking for design inspiration? Looking for the latest and greatest on the web? Look no further than this online repository for all the latest and greatest sites that are online.

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Wp Rocket
Wp Rocket

Speed up your Wordpress website with the best caching tool available for Wordpress. This plugin always gets the best results for caching your website.

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Wordpress
Wordpress

Have clients requesting to manage the site you are developing for themselves? Wordpress is hands down the best Content Management System (CMS) you can get for free. With thousands of add-ons this framework is great for beginners to advanced developers.

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Bootstrap 4
Bootstrap 4

The latest version of Bootstrap has been released. With tons of great updated features this framework can be integrated with Wordpress. All fo the functionality you could ever need is built in… it’s up to you to use it in creative ways.

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Sublime Text
Sublime Text

The best code editor on the market. Free for use with a pop-up message every 35 saves. Has built in package installer to add-on to the already robust package. Supports all file types with syntax highlighter and predictive coding. I use this everyday!

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Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow

Your go to website for any technical questions you have. You will find a solution to any development question you may have. This site has saved me a ton of time over the years.

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Facebook Debugger
Facebook Debugger

Sharing your website on Facebook? Have all the Open Graph tags set up properly? Use this tool to determine if you have optimized your URL properly and to force Facebook to re-scrape your URLs data if you have modified it and already shared it on Facebook. Requires a Facebook account

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HubSpot
HubSpot

Not only is this a great resource for digital marketers. They offer a free Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) that can be installed on any site and captures your forms for you and creates lists within the CRM for you to view at a later date. Complete with funnel tracking to see where your user went to fill out your form.

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Dragula
Dragula

The easiest plugin I have found to enable drag and drop within your next web project. Highly customizable you won’t need another drag and drop library.

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Coolors.co
Coolors.co

Looking for a new colour palette? Look no further then Coolors! This online tool helps you create stunning new palettes for your next web project all while being fun and easy to use.

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Gradients.io
Gradients.io

Check out this collection of pre-made gradients for your next web project. It gives you the start and end colour for each gradient.

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Icon8
Icon8

A huge library of free vector icons to use in your next project. Definitely check this out if you are a fan of icons like myself. Save them to SVG to keep files small and then use them in your project.

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Bonsai
Bonsai

All in one solution for freelancers to do proposals, contracts, time tracking, invoicing & payments, reporting, and peace of mind. The best solution on the market but it will cost you $16 a month.

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AND CO
AND CO

Invoicing, Contracts, Proposals, Expense Tracking, Time Tracking and Task Management. All for free!

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Color Hunt
Color Hunt

Featuring a ton of pre-made palettes for you next web project all free of charge complete with ratings for each one.

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Grammarly
Grammarly

This is going to be your best writing companion while you are on the web, or on desktop. With a chrome extension and desktop app available this tool offer suggestions to fix your spelling and grammar.

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Introduction to Structured Data
Introduction to Structured Data

Google’s introduction to structure data (also known as Rich Snippets & Schema). Learn how to get graphical search results for your website.

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Google Structured Data Testing Tool
Google Structured Data Testing Tool

Use this free online tool to check if you have done your Structured Data correctly. Offers warnings if you have have missed something based on Google’s own recommendations.

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Schema.org
Schema.org

This is your go to site for Schema (Structured Data/Rich Snippet) generation. This is the authority that will show you how to implement your data, and teach you how to use all of the different signals that you can send to a search engine about your site.

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Material Design 2.0
Material Design 2.0

Google has updated it’s Material Design Guidelines. Be sure to check out this entire site if you love working with Material Design. This site has 3 sections: Design, Develop & Tools.

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Vecteezy
Vecteezy

The ultimate resource for free for commercial use vector based art. Typically I will download an artwork file as a starting point and then modify it to look like my illustration style.

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28 Slack Communities for UX Designers
28 Slack Communities for UX Designers

An amazing resource of Slack Communities that you can join for UX/UI. This is a great way to stay on top of current UX trends.

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Hootsuite
Hootsuite

Manage and schedule put to 3 social accounts for free. This is a huge time saver. Premium version available for more social accounts.

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Social Booster
Social Booster

Manage and schedule up to 2 social accounts with this free social media manager. This has the nicest interface compared to its competitors and is my personal favourite. Premium version available for more social accounts.

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A 25-Step Program for Becoming a Great Designer
A 25-Step Program for Becoming a Great Designer

Check out this list of helpful tips to becoming a great designer. This article is very well written and will definitely do as it says.

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HueSnap
HueSnap

Large collection of pre-made colour palettes for your next project. Allows you to create and submit palettes as well. Probably the best collection of colour palettes I have seen on the web.

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ScrollHint
ScrollHint

A Javascript library to suggest that elements are scrollable horizontally, with the pointer icon.

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SpiritApp.io
SpiritApp.io

Easily create web animations with the app for a desktop that will work beautifully on desktop, tablet, and mobile. This is an incredibly powerful app. Definitely check this out to make your website shine!

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Design Systems Repo
Design Systems Repo

Showcasing different design systems from around the world. Definitely check this out if you are looking to get some inspiration and see what others are doing.

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Fontisto
Fontisto

Scalable vector icon library that can be controlled and customized with only CSS. Great for your next web project. Currently, they have 616+ free icons!

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Optimized WP Fastest Cache Configuration
Optimized WP Fastest Cache Configuration

Need a free alternative for caching your Wordpress site then check out this handy guide to getting high page speeds for free with WP Fastest Cache!

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Layoutit!
Layoutit!

CSS Grid Layout Interface for building CSS Grids for your next web project! This is a great way to learn how CSS Grid works.

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WeTransfer
WeTransfer

Send up to 2GB of files for free with this secure file transfer online tool. Paid service available to transfer more files!

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TouchSwipe
TouchSwipe

Every needed to add touch, swipe or gestures to your web project on tablet or mobile? This handy jQuery plugin will allow you to do anything you need.

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Ubersuggest
Ubersuggest

Looking for new keywords that you can optimize your online presence for? Check out this handy keyword suggestion tool with all the handy info you’re looking for right at your fingertips.

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How To Do Keyword Research for SEO Guide
How To Do Keyword Research for SEO Guide

A definitive guide to doing keyword research in 2018. Put out by one of the greats in terms of SEO you can’t go wrong reading this article and putting its practices into place.

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localSEOchecklist
localSEOchecklist

Handy checklist to help you optimize your website for local search results. Everything on this list is a must! Check things off as you go and then download the report at the end to send to your client.

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Fitting Text to a Container
Fitting Text to a Container

A great tutorial for responsive text. Showing many different techniques and plugins that will help you achieve the results you are looking for.

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UIDB
UIDB

An online repository of User Interfaces that you can search through for inspiration for your next website. Tons of content on this site. Definitely check it out if you are into UI.

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Bloom
Bloom

A new plugin for Wordpress that helps you build your mailing lists in unique ways. Comes with tones of pre-built content that you can just drop into your site.

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THEHOTH Website Audit Tool
THEHOTH Website Audit Tool

This isn’t the best website audit tool I’ve used but for free it can help you optimize your website better.

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Creative Loop
Creative Loop

A social network created for only creative people. Currently in beta... signup and create a profile until the user base starts to grow!

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Free Illustrations
Free Illustrations

Free vector art for personal and commercial use! Updated often.

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CoolHue
CoolHue

A collection of handy gradients for use in your next web project.

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UX Project Checklist
UX Project Checklist

A checklist of all things UX to use for your next web project. Never forget and important step in creating a good user experience again!

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Pixabay
Pixabay

Over 1.5 million royalty free stock photos and videos shared by their generous community.

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Pages
Pages

A resource of landing page UIs that will inspire you for your next web project. Updated frequently this resource is definitely one to keep in your arsenal.

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CollectUI
CollectUI

A resource of UIs to inspire your ideas. Well organized they have samples for every UI element you can think of. See what others are doing to inspire your own UI.

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Boxicons
Boxicons

Carefully crafted vector icons, perfect for use in your next project as a web component or font or just download the SVG.

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Animista
Animista

Use this online tool to create stunning CSS animations for your next project and simply copy the code and put it in your CSS file.

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Brush Ninja
Brush Ninja

Use this free online tool to create your own gif animations and download the final result to use in your next web project!

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Freebiesbug
Freebiesbug

A large collection of free resources for Web Designers & Developers. Hand picked and constantly updated this is a really great resource!

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RAM: React App Manager
RAM: React App Manager

Have you been trying to learn React but are having trouble getting it up an running? Use this native Mac app to get your React apps set up in no time without having to program it!

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Colordot
Colordot

A human-friendly user interface for picking colours for your next web project. Very handy indeed!

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Bootstrap Studio
Bootstrap Studio

Want to build responsive websites using the bootstrap framework but aren’t great at coding? Check out this application that runs on your Mac to build websites with a drag and drop interface.

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Font Combinations
Font Combinations

Looking for a font to go with the font you selected? Use this tool to pair fonts together for your next project.

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uplabs
uplabs

The leading community of creatives, offering the best digital inspiration and downloads, every day.

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CSS Tricks
CSS Tricks

A site all about CSS, offering snippets and helpful resources for any CSS issue that you might have. I use this site every day!

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Web Design Proposal Tool
Web Design Proposal Tool

Need help generating a web design proposal? Use this online tool to automate the creation of your proposal in a professional looking manner.

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Uppy File Uploader
Uppy File Uploader

Need a file uploader on your website? Look no further than this free plugin to make your life easier! With tons of customizations, it is sure to be exactly what you need.

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Shards
Shards

A modern UI toolkit built on top of bootstrap 4 with 10 extra components and beautiful styling. Definitely check this out!

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QuickBill
QuickBill

A free online invoice generator with no signup required! Very handy if you are just starting out and don’t know what you should include on your invoice.

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