Selected Free Web Design & Site Maintenance Software
TopStyle Lite is strictly a CSS only editor, whereas TopStyle Pro is a full-blown XHTML, HTML and CSS editor. However, if you just want a CSS editor, TopStyle Lite will serve you very well. It handles all current versions of CSS, and also tells you how compatible your style sheet is in several different brands of browser.
As an alternative, one which I have been using more frequently lately, try Free CSS Toolbox. Again, this is the CSS only version of their full webpage editor, but it's really easy to use for those with some prior CSS knowledge without having to read through any help files. It's also very easy to pick up for the complete novice too!
This software can analyse your web pages, keywords and titles etc., helping you create the best possible combinations for the major search engines. You can use it offline on local pages or online by entering your url.
Features include: Getting the list of keywords and keyphrases that will bring most targeted visitors to your site. Optimize your Web pages for top-10 positions and superior visibility in major search engines all over the globe. Submit your site to search engines that bring so much traffic to your competition. Analyse and build links by performing a profound link research and then finding and contacting the best of potential link partners. Manage pay-per-click campaigns from a single unified workspace. You can even analyse your competitors keywords to see what is working for them, and more!
There are 'premium' versions available, but the free version with its extensive suite of tools is more than powerful enough for most users.
For anyone who may want an alternative, you can also try SEO Studio which also comes as in free and premium flavours! This doesn't have the same number of tools as WebCEO, and by all accounts is not as accurate, but could be useful all the same.
If you want a realy nice set of tabs or buttons for your website, then this program can help you create one effortlessly. In fact the software categories menu on the right hand side was made using it. (I changed the images to match existing lessfuss colours that's all!)
CSS Tab Designer is a unique and easy to use software to help you design css-based lists and tabs visually and without any programming knowledge. If you would like fast loading code based navigation for your webpage or site, then this program can help you do it without knowing any CSS or HTML.
RSS is an abbreviation for 'Really Simple Syndication', which was a standard created for providing newsfeeds from a website or blog. S you may (or may not!) be aware, newsfeeds are becoming quite popular amongst many web users. Now if you use blog software such as blogger, or wordpress, then your newsfeed is created automatically for you. But, what do you do if you have a website and no RSS feed? Well, that's where this program becomes really useful.
RSS Builder is a very easy to use program that creates RSS news feeds and podcasts for your web site. It provides a simple interface that lets you add topics, links, content, and enclosures, then publish the RSS (v2.0) feed to your web server, using the built-in FTP client. Now your site users can be informed whenever you have news, add content, products, or whatever!
If you have ideas for a domain name, then put them in and this software will do a look-up and tell you if it's available. If you don't have any ideas, then input keywords and it will create a list of possible combinations. You can set it up with your own favorite registrar, so that you may order the domain name as soon as you've found something suitable. You can also save all output for future use or reference.
"Import names from a text file: Convert all the words in an article or story to domain names. Great for getting domain names related to a specific subject!"
If you often require new domain names, then this software can save you a lot of time.
Xenu's Link Sleuth checks Web sites for broken links. Link verification is done on "normal" links, images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets. It displays a continously updated list of URLs which you can sort by different criteria. A report can be produced at any time. A great tool to keep your site up to date.
XMLFox is a graphical XML editing and validation tool for creating valid, well-formed XML documents and/or XSD Schema. It includes an XML View, XML Tree, XML Grid, and XML Script modes for editing, as well as extensive find capabilities for text and XML data. Additional features include XML and Schema Validation, standard editing features, XSD Schema building and more.
There are a couple of commercial versions on their website, so make sure you download the free one!