February 7, 2010 Customized Marketing

Favorite Tools for Web Design

I am frequently asked what tools I use for web design.  Many of the add-ons and plugins that I use are free and you might want to investigate for your own use if you don’t already use them.

mac standspeakersNikon-P6000

Hardware, etc.:

  • Macbook Pro 3.06  8GB RAM(upgrading the RAM to 8GB makes all the difference in the world!), Dell 24″ LCD, Apple wireless keyboard and magic mouse
  • Rain Design M stand – raises the MB Pro to right height to use  as 2nd monitor with the Dell,  cools the Mac, and gives me a little space underneath for stuff
  • Harmon Kardon Speakers – you gotta have good sounds when coding!
  • Nikon Coolpix P6000 Camera – you can see some photo samples here

Apps, Tools, and Misc.:

  • Evernote (use the free version for internet version, desktop app and iPod Touch app)
  • Filezilla (free FTP client)
  • Skype (I use the $30 annual version so I can make outgoing calls to clients that don’t use Skype)
  • Bluehost – my favorite hosting.  Really cheap, but reliable, and you get to talk to someone knowledgeable 24-7 for support.  The more I use other services that my clients have, the more I love Bluehost.


  • WordPress
  • Operating System – Snow Leopard
  • Adobe Design Premium CS4
  • Microsoft Office for Mac

Free Browser Add-ons for Firefox (I use lots of others, but these are more specific to web design):

Premium Themes to modify:

What do you use?  Pls comment with your setup and any suggestions!

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Comments (6)

  1. Do you code straight into the text editor or do you use some sort of software tools? I’m thinking of starting to use some kind of tools just to make my life easier like Komposer for Linux, but I feel a bit guilty about it lol

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