Long gone are the days where you could just throw up a new website and watch the traffic roll in with little to no other work needed. These days generating traffic from the likes of Google and Bing takes a bit of hard graft and elbow grease in order to get your website ranking high up on the search engine rankings.
This list of essential web developer tools will hopefully help make that elbow grease and hard graft that little bit easier. These tools will hopefully help you revolutionise the way you do your work and help you towards success.
Of course this is going to be at the top of my list. Google analytics is an analytical tool that has become the corner stone of every web developers arsenal thanks to the power that it bestows upon the user! Not to mention the fact that it is, in fact, 100% free and nothing can really get better than that!
Use Google Analytics to analyse how traffic is currently being directed to your websites and use this information to better optimize for these keywords. Discover keywords that you have ranked for and have gained a little bit of traffic from and then optimize your web page or post to try and boost your rankings for that keyword and gain yet more traffic.
Google and Bing Webmaster Tools
Another set of invaluable tools courtesy of our friends Google and Bing! Google and Bing’s Webmaster tools are a great way to see how the two giants see your website and they both allow you to submit sitemaps that help the two search engines index your web pages quicker. This is definitely a great tool if you are just starting a new site and are wanting to get your site visible online as soon as possible.
Another great thing about both of these tools is that they, like Google Analytics are completely free. So you can enjoy the benefits of utilizing such powerful tools without spending a penny!
This has got to be one of the best content management systems out when it comes to creating arrays of different websites then using WordPress means that you can get your sites up and running in a matter of minutes. It handles absolutely everything so all you have to do is find a theme or build your own custom theme in order to make your site look individual.
The learning curve for WordPress is minimal as it hides most of the complexities of running a website and handles pretty much everything for you whilst still giving you the option to start working on the more complex side of things at your own pace.
Coupling a WordPress site with a decent SEO plugin can pretty much guarantee you that your on-page SEO performance will be almost as good as it can get! All you would have to worry about after that is making sure the content you put up on your sites is up to scratch and that you constantly keep working on your off-page SEO!
WooRank Site Analysis
This is an excellent tool for tightening up your websites performance and can show you numerous areas in which you can improve upon. Site analysis tools are excellent for testing whether everything on your site is in check and WooRank is one of the best free ones on the market right now.
Testing my own blog I was able to see several different things that could be improved upon and I have already taken action against as many of the faults as possible in order to make this blog as fast as possible!
This isn’t exactly a great web developer tool but it’s certainly a great tool that all web developers should know about. This is an incredibly useful tool when it comes to keeping clients updated with monthly reports about how well their site is doing. The reports are generated from all sorts of sources and the cost of using it is roughly $1/month per client. If this makes you seem even a little bit more professional when dealing with clients and it keeps the client that wee bit happier with your services then it is most definitely worth it.
Google Webmaster Help Videos
The collection of Google webmaster videos on Youtube is an incredible resource which all web developer should take a look at if they are wanting their websites to fully comply with Google’s white hat techniques and thus rank highly.
This is an absolutely excellent site for finding out what font is used in images for things like logo images etc. This is perfect if you are looking to find the name of a good looking font for one of your newest projects or maybe even a redesign.