Whether it’s for a business or personal portfolio, a great looking website helps attract users and encourages them to engage with it. True enough, a study by Adobe shows that 38% of internet users will stop engaging with a website if the layout is “unattractive.” For businesses, this means garnering the user’s attention in less than a second. But to make great websites, you need the right tools for the job. And fortunately, you don’t have to spend any money for a lot of these tools.
Here are five web design tools you should look into.
Vectr is a cloud-based illustration tool with very similar features to popular graphic design software like Adobe Illustration. Whether you’re looking to create illustrations or UI assets for your website, Vectr makes a good alternative. Just remember that every computer is built with different specifications. Modern multifaceted devices and microprocessors have very sensitive PCB areas. The thinner your device, the fewer layers it has, which means it has more vulnerable spots. If taxed too much, then your computer could stay slow forever. Vectr is a little hard on a computer’s hardware, so make sure you have the right components to run it.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a web designer who hasn’t heard of Typewolf—an independent typography resource for all your lettering needs. If you don’t have a specific typeface in mind, Typewolf can also curate fonts for you, depending on the size classification of your project. Beyond that, this website also has several free in-depth typography guides you can access to broaden your knowledge.
A huge part of web design is user experience. And if you want your visitors to get the best experience possible, start with an easy-to-load website. Unfortunately, if you have a lot of heavy graphics on-screen like images and videos, as well as flashy animation, a fast website is nearly impossible to create. A CSS compressor can reduce your site’s CSS code size, allowing the domain to load your pages much faster.
A great-looking website isn’t expensive to make. As long as you know what resources are available and have a concrete image of what your end product will look like, an engaging web design is well within reach.