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February 3, 2017

Top 10 Open Source Tools to Deal With Your Web Design Venture

Do you want to develop a website without the use of code? Below, we review the best open source tools to bring life to your business website.

1. Notepad++

Notepad++, open source editor is the substitute of Notepad that appears in different languages. It is handled by GPL License. Based on the powerful editing elements called Scintilla, the open source software is written in C++ and utilizes Win 32 API and STL to assure high execution speed and smaller program size.

Optimizing the determined routine focusing on user experience, Notepad++ does not miss a single chance to decrease world carbon dioxide emission. When using less CPU power, PC reduces the power consumption emphasizing the green environment.


  • Syntax Highlight and folding
  • User defined Syntax
  • Perl Compatible Regular expression (PCRE) Search/Replace
  • GIO entirely customizable
  • Auto-completion
  • Multi-Document
  • Multi-View
  • Zoom in and Zoom out
  • Bookmark
  • Multi-language environment supported
  • Launch with various arguments


2. Kompozer

One of the top open source tools, Kompozer is simple to use and specially dedicated to the users who lack technical skills, but desire to build a stunning, professional website without working much on the codes.

Also, the tool is a completely Web authoring system that combines Web file management with simple to use WYSIWYG website page editing.


  • FTP file manager
  • A new colour picker
  • Tabs
  • CSS editor
  • A dash of style
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Forms
  • Cleaner mark-up
  • XFN
  • Visible marks
  • Table cell/resizing rulers
  • Automated Spellchecker


3. Firebug

Open source tool Firebug helps with the integration of Firebox to keep the success of Web design and development tools alongside while you browse. Also, it allows debugging and checking CSS, HTML and JavaScript live on any website.


  • Inspect
  • Log
  • Profile
  • Debug
  • Analyze
  • Layout



GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), is cross-platform available for Linux/GNU, OS X Windows and various operating systems. This free and open source image edit platform also allows you to update source codes and allocate your updates.

Whether you are graphic designer, photographer, illustrator or scientist, GIMP is of benefit to your web design and development projects.


  • Customizable interface
  • Photo enhancement
  • Digital Retouching
  • Hardware support
  • File Formats


5. Dia

One of the remarkable Open source tools, Dia becomes inspired by business Windows program “Visio” although it is more concerned on the informal diagram for normal use.

Also, it is used to deal with different diagrams and currently contains the objects, helping to develop an entity relationship diagram, network diagram, UML diagram and more.

Support for fresh shares along with a simple XML file using the subset of SVG to make the shape. And, Dia lets you load and save diagrams to a custom XML format and export them to a different format including SVG, WMG, PNG, XFIG.


  • Simple and easy to use
  • Let’s you print the diagram
  • Include support for new shape


6. Krita

Previously, a creative and painting application, Krita was part of Calligra till the version 2.9 and currently it provides different services independently.

In the past days, open source tool Krita used to actively focus on a generic images manipulation and printing application in the style of GIMP or Photoshop. From 2009, the Krita community expanded its services to include cartoonist, illustrator, and concept artist as well.


  • User Interface
  • Brush Stabilizers
  • Pop-up Palette
  • Brush engines
  • Wrap-around mode
  • Resource manager
  • Layer management


7. Inkscape

Inkscape consists of the professional quality vector graphic software that operates on different Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and Windows platform.

Usually, the software is used by Web design experts and hobbyists globally to develop a wide-ranging variety of graphics such as illustration, icon, logo, diagram, map and website graphic. Also, it uses W3C open standard SVG, open source and obtainable for free.


  • Comfortable drawing tools
  • Broad file format compatibility
  • Powerful text tool
  • Spiro curves


8. Filezilla

Filezilla, the free FTP solution lets you find the availability of both clients as well as service. This open source software is allocated free of cost under the terms of GNU (general public license). It is surely the most desired FTP application.


  • Simple to use
  • Supports FTO and SSH File Transfer protocol (SFTP)
  • Cross platform. Operates on windows, Linux and more
  • IPv6 support
  • Obtainable in different languages
  • Supports resume and transfer the large file more than 4GB
  • Tabbed user interface
  • Powerful website manager and transfer queue
  • Bookmark
  • Drag and drop support
  • Filename filter
  • Remote file editing
  • Keep alive
  • Logging to file
  • Remote file search


9. Cyberduck

Open source tool Cyberduck is popular as a FTP, SFTP, S3, WebDAV and OpenStack swift browser for Mac and Windows. The tool is a widely tested FRP and applys to the simple and supportive for FTP on the secured SSL/TLS connection.


  • Connects every server
  • Allocate content in the cloud
  • Edit any file with desired editor
  • First class bookmarking
  • Browse with ease
  • Transfer anything


10. WinSCP

WinSCP consists of an open source free SFTP client and FTP clients usually intended for windows. Also, you can deal with different types of translation to Catalan, Polish and Swedish. It also allows you to open different types of files in the editor using the paths.


  • Improved tooltips
  • Solves various OpenSSL vulnerability
  • Allocates custom command in the form of WinSCP extension
  • Enhanced transfer speed
  • Various improvements to scripting, command-line and .Net assembly


Closing Up,

These are the top open source tools that help to deal with Web design. Which web design tool do you like the most?


Sujata Shrestha is a SEO copywriter for a website design Sydney company: Aussie IT Group. She loves to share her tech knowledge about marketing and web development that she believes has given her so much. Apart from writing, she also loves cooking and exploring new places.