As you can see, online businesses are becoming more and more concerned about the UI of their respective websites to provide a better user experience and generate better ROI – the demand for Front-End Developers has also increased significantly in recent years.
Reports say that an enriching, creative and optimized UI can increase the conversion rate of the website by around 200% – Isn’t it something interesting…??
However, at the same time, what we can’t ignore is that the work of Front-End Developers has also somehow got increased compared to that of 10-12 years ago. They are required to work upon numerous aspects such as responsive design, improved SEO, ease of use, etc. along with staying updated with the latest web design trends.
Contentedly, there are various Front-End Web Development tools available to make your job easier. And here in this article, we’ll get to know about various such tools in detail.
But before moving further, let’s get to know…
What are These Front-End Web Development Tools?
A Front-End Web Development Tool is actually the software that allows the front-end developers to build the website layout and UI more efficiently and without any hassle. With the help of such tools – the work of front-end web developers, especially the repetitive or monotonous tasks, gets reduced that subsequently fastens the web development process.
Now, let’s get started with several best tools for Frontend Web Development:
1. Chrome DevTools
2. HTML5 Boilerplate
HTML5 Boilerplate is one of the simple yet very helpful front-end web development tools out there. It allows you to create fast, robust, and adaptable websites or applications. One of the best things about HTML5 Boilerplate is that it can be integrated with any of the front-end frameworks, content management systems, etc. that you are using. Other than that, it includes Normalize.css for CSS normalization and documents that consist of various additional tips and tricks. Also, the Apache Server Configs helps you to improve website performance and security. You need to know that Microsoft, NASA, Nike, etc. are some of those renowned names who are using HTML5 Boilerplate for their respective platforms.
Sass is one of the most widely used CSS extension languages across the world. What Sass does- it helps to extend the functionality of CSS such as variables creation, inline imports, inheritance, easier nesting, etc. You need to know that it is entirely compatible with all the CSS versions that make it convenient for the developers to use any available CSS library. Meanwhile, you’re required to install and set up Sass on your project before using it. Once it will be installed – you can conveniently compile your Sass to CSS using the sass command. Sass is being supported by numerous renowned tech companies & developers and Bourbon, Compass, Susy, etc. are some of the popular frameworks that are built with Sass.
6. Visual Studio Code
Another tool that comes in this list is a popular version control system – Git. It allows you to manage the source codes, track the changes that you’ve made in your code or even roll back to the previous state in a much convenient way. It saves every change and allows all the developers in the team to work on the same code at the same time without any hassle. It makes the collaboration among developers more smooth by reducing the risk of situations like code conflict, etc. Meanwhile, Git is free to use, open-source, and very much secure – what else you need to get started with the enriching tool for front-end web development.
9. Npm (Node Package Manager)
When there is a talk of Task Automation – Grunt is the most recommended tool for front-end developers. It allows you to automate repetitive tasks such as compilation, unit testing, linting, and many others conveniently to enhance efficiency and productivity. The Grunt ecosystem is indeed very vast and is extending regularly. There are a number of pre-configured plugins that come up with Grunt for task automation. Let us tell you Grunt and Grunt plugins are installed and managed through npm, the Node.js package manager – that we’re going to discuss in the next point. You need to ensure that your npm is updated before setting up Grunt. Adobe, Twitter, Mozilla, Walmart, etc. are some of the popular names that use Grunt.
Also, the list doesn’t end here…!!
There are many other tools as well that are equally important as the above-mentioned ones, and you can use them for Front-End Web Development to make things much easier and convenient. Furthermore, it is not mandatory also that you should go for these particular tools – you can search out for their alternatives as well to find the suitable ones for you. For instance – we’ve mentioned Visual Studio Code – however, you can explore another code editor also like Sublime Text, etc. as per your requirements.
- HTML Tools: HTML5 Boilerplate, HTML5 Bones, Haml, etc.
- CSS Tools: Bootstrap, Metro UI, Sass, etc.
- Deployment Tools: CircleCI, Bamboo, Travis CI, etc.
- Performance Testing Tool: GTmetrix, Speed Curve, Web Page Test, etc.
- SEO Tools: Google Webmasters Search Console, Varvy SEO tool, etc.