I though it may be worth a quick post to share some of the tools we have built up over our time on the internet. Focused on website / domain investment. I have been earning a living on the web through one form or another since 2002 and many of these tools have been found along the way. I know when I was starting out the lack of tools was a hindrance so I hope this list helps those on the early part of their web career as I sure the seasoned professionals have most of these in daily use already.
I haven't linked to the tools, but you can Google and quickly find them if you are interested.
In no particular order.
- artisteer - site development this is in no way leading web design / development tool BUT it is extremely useful for quick site makeovers and especially useful for non technical people. It allows you to create a layout then automatically generate a theme / template etc for popular content management systems - wordpress, joomla, drupal etc or static html
- Content Management System - Wordpress - can be a royal pain managing a multitude of sites on a CMS especially when their updates etc, but wordpress is about the most flexible and easiest to use with some great plugins.
- Xenu Link Sleuth - spiders a site and grab a list of page s/ urls, status codes, broken links, title tags etc and allows generation of a site map - great for du-diligence work when buying a site and seeing some quick wins from an on page SEO factor.
- Screaming Frog Spider - as per xenu but with a few more features - free up to 500 pages - then will need paid version.
- SEO Tool Bar from SEOBook - firefox toolbar allows quick sense check on any site from and SEO perspective
- Chrome Extension - SEO Site Tools - as per SEO Book tool bar but does same things in Chrome
- Chrome Extension - Chrome SEO - As above just by a different provider.
- Web developer toolbar for Firefox - as per firebug with a few different features too.
- Rank Checker from SEObook - for quick and dirty keyword rank checking for a particular site.
- Advanced Web Ranking - more advanced website rank reporting (this is a paid tool and quite expensive). We also run a very small SEO agency and use this tool for ranking reports for clients. It is very extensive and powerful.
- Roboform - password management and a host more - I literally couldn't live without this.
- MySQL Administrator - use for administering databases and create autobackup schedules for databases from your PC.
- Filezilla - FTP client.
- Tweetdeck - although we are not huge social media players you cant avoid it these days - tweetdeck allows us to manage multiple twitter (and other) accounts from one place.
- Camtasia Studio - allows for very professional looking screencasts - we use this mainly for tutorials but may be of use dependant on your web business model (paid tool).
- Notepad++ - great simple text editor.
- PDF Creator - generate pdf from anything - installs as an extra printer and literally anything you can print you can turn into a pdf.
- Sizer - allows you to see what youe website looks like at different screen sizes.
- Faststone Photo Resizer - it me me literally years to find this tool. Bulk image resizing and optimisation - amazing software.
- Skype - for the obvious.
- WinHtTrack - allows copying of an entire website - great if you have just purchased a domain and content - quick way of getting all the content copied. Or if you are moving a site to a new domain etc.
- Winmerge - for comparing two text files - we use for comparing files for things like version upgrades a and looking for changes. It has a multitude of other use too.
- Winrar - winzip alternative with a few more features.
- network-tools.com - find anything you need to about a domain, ownership, technical / server setup etc.
- domaintools.com - as above
- google keyword tool - keyword research - we have nothing as good for keyword research - any other suggestions?
- domainlore - uk domain drop / auction
- freshdrop - find recently dropped international domains.
- outlook - email - yes we still use it I am looking for better ways to manage email - but not found one that we are 100% happy with.
- ietester - test your wesbite on all versions of internet explorer
- paypal - for obvious
- escrow.com - for obvious
- odesk/elance/scriptlance/99designs - for all the stuff we don't want to do or can't do in house.
- 123-reg / moniker / godaddy - for some domain name registration management.
- opensrs - we have a reseller account with tucows under their opensrs platform for some domain name registration and management.
- dropbox - sharing files on occasion.
- graphic river / themeforest other envato sites - for quick graphics / themes etc.
- textbroker - for quick and dirty content creation - not exceptional but serves a purpose on some occasions.
- majestic seo - paid for tool but handy for backlink checking and analysis.
- open site explorer - as per majestic seo
- gravity forms - wordpress plugin for form creation
ok, this is getting too long.......that's enough to start things off - there are a few other bits but nothing out of the ordinary.
what tools do you use?