10 Free Must-Have Design, Video, Email, Accessibility Tools and Plug-Ins

The best  web development and Internet tools are easy to use, save us time, provide valuable information in terms we understand and free. Here are some favorites:

1. Web Developer Extension for Chrome is a must-have.

2. Google Page Speed Insights

3. WP Accessibility . WP Accessibility provides fixes for common accessibility issues in your WordPress site. Learn more about the importance of WP Accessibility from its developer.

4. WP Post Styling. This plugin provides a custom field on your WordPress interface where you can add custom styles to be applied only on that page or post. Useful for being able to publish articles with a unique look.

5. Http Status Code Checker. Here are more free webmaster tools.

6. Cre8asiteforms Web Page Size Lookup

7. Create your own Favicon with the Cre8asiteforums Favicon Tool

8. Mobile emulator tool by Keynote MITE. This robust, free tool provides access to hundreds (free), thousands (enterprise) mobile devices for performance testing.

9. The free Color Contrast Comparison is a strong favorite for checking color contrasts during web design.

10. This one is three bonus recommendations.

PakWired’s 3 UX Design Tips Startups Can Implement Today

I like to use the same concept throughout my designs: display what you need to display, don’t leave out anything important, focus attention on places you want your users to be drawn to, without spamming them with ads and “buy” buttons.

3 of Deborah’s Favorite Obscure {but valuable!} Free Video Resources

For those of us in the video industry, finding resources can be addicting. I love tools. I love ebooks. I shouldn’t tell you this, but basically if it has the word “Video” in it, I’m pulling out the credit card. In my quest, I always welcome freebies, as well. Today I’m going to share three resources, two of which do not have nearly the buzz they deserve, when compared to the value of their resources.

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Smarter Outreach: 3 Tools to See Who’s Behind Each Email

Today’s social networking world is overwhelming: You meet people online, talk to them, lose them for a month or two, then find them again. There should be better ways to keep up than trying to remember everything!

Joe Dolson Shares Website Accessibility Recommendations and WordPress Goodies

If you haven’t watched our most recent Cre8tive View, please go now and you’ll  be rewarded with new information on accessibility and WordPress plug-ins.

Joe Dolson has been a Moderator and Technical Administrator at Cre8asiteforums for many years.  His skills in WordPress plug-in development and website accessibility compliance design have made him famous.  His WP-Twitter plug-in has been installed over a million times. He has many more.

We are thrilled to share our dear friend and accessibility mentor with you.

Is Accessibility Testing Easy?

Cre8asiteforums Accessibility expert, Joe Dolson, points us to an article on accessibility testing that raised some eyebrows about expert testing vs non-expert.

Success ladderIt’s generally assumed that accessibility is akin to a chore list and this is the last item on the list that nobody wants to do. Compliance testing is not difficult. It’s detailed and takes time. It’s also thought to be an investment that is not worthwhile to do, and yet in my blog post for Internet Marketing Ninjas here, not meeting something as simple as color contrasts creates barriers to conversions because many people can’t SEE the content on web pages.

In Joe’s thread, Basics Of Web A11Y Testing, Member DCRX, who is highly skilled in emotional web design, wrote:

Accessibilty always comes off sounding like you’re building sites for dolphins. “But where could we get a tank big enough and a waterproof PC for user testing?”

Long-time member, Tam pointed out,

I’m not sure I’d agree that accessibility testing isn’t difficult, yes you can run it through automated testers and follow the written rules, then try it out on text browsers and tools to highlight contrast etc. and that will certainly improve things. But, that not quite the same as sitting behind a user that is actually blind or accessing your site via eye movements. It’s a bit like saying usability testing is easy and can be done by the web developer without bothering with any actual users.

Get your Accessibility groove on with these suggestions:

Prevent Barriers to Conversions By Choosing The Right Color Contrasts

Pragmatica11y: Understanding the Basics of Web Accessibility Testing

How to Structure an Accessibility Review

Although the information is not on the web site yet, I (Kim Krause Berg) do Accessibility WCAG2.0 compliance testing and Section 508 compliance testing for Internet Marketing Ninjas.


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