We’ll take you to the whole other side of web design, where awesome tools aren’t given the credit they are due and are often overlooked despite their amazing potentials. Check out our collection of underrated web design tools below.

1. CSS3 Click Chart

Having trouble remembering all the CSS3 attributes? CSS3 Click Chart will help you through this tought time. It’s a handy reference tool you can always count on when using CSS3 on your codes. CSS syntax and examples are also given to demonstrate how they are used on a particular attribute,

2. Patternizer

Using only an online interface, you can now create CSS3 stripes with this online tool. Customize everything — and I mean everything, from the gaps between the stripes or checks to the angles they appear and the colors they come in.

3. Basecamp

Created by web designers for their fellow web designers, this online app will help you in your project management and in managing relatively smaller frontend project to-do/bug lists. You will appreciate what Basecamp has to offer you when you’re collaborating with different design agencies for a project.

4. HTML5 Boilerplate

If this isn’t self explanatory enough, then I don’t know what is. All jokes aside though, this app is just what it says it is: a boilerplate template you can use for your HTML5 projects. This can be a great starting point towards creating a frontend development project. The best part? All those things I just said — all possible with just one download.

5. Google Rich Snippets

Pay attention to appearance. How your website would look like is extremely important, especially to window shoppers who just happened to wander around the vast space we know now as the internet. With Google’s Rich Snippet tool, you can now customize how your website will look like when it shows up in the search results. This may be a small thing but first impressions are always important if you want to gather more visitors.

6. Primer

Paste HTML into a window and expect a blank CSS based on the classes and ID’s you used in the HTML as the output. This is what Primer will do for you. This is ideal if you’re working on your markup first and apply the styling in the later processes. It saves you time by generating a simple set of empty CSS nodes, ready to use.

7. Code Anywhere

Wouldn’t you love it if you were given the chance to code anywhere — I mean anywhere!! — without bringing anything along with you? How? Simply log on to this app using any computer or smartphone and voila, all your servers and files will be waiting for you. Web formats such as HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS and XML are all supported by CodeAnywhere.

8. Site Validator

Imagine the time you’re going to save validating your entire website when this tool can do it all for you in just one click. Don’t worry though — it complies with the validation done by the official W3C Validator which includes validating the HTML5 markup on your pages.

9. Opera Mobile Emulator

Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, this small program allows you to see how your website will look like in different Opera browsers installed in all sorts of environemnts (smartphones, tablets, etc.) A web-based version (which is less functional) is also available.

10. Plagiarism Checker

Make sure that you don’t have any unintended plagiarism in your website by utilizing this application. Ensure that what you have on your website is all unique content. This gives your pages full SEO benefits — one way of assuring you that your competitors aren’t stealing your content.

There you have it guys. No matter how relatively small the help of these tools might make, nevertheless the impact of these would definitely be amplified. Never underestimate the power of the smallest web design tools.

About the author

Carmel is a web developer and designer who also works part-time as a freelance writer. Despite her busy schedule, she makes it a point to share her knowledge about web design and development through her articles on blogs.