11 Useful Online Tools for Better CSS Development

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Whether you’re a CSS pro or just learning, it’s important to have a good set of tools to speed up and simplify your development. What makes the web so great now, is that many valuable tools can be found online and used inside your browser. Here are 11 online CSS tools that should be a huge help to your CSS development.

Grid Designer

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Grid Designer is an easy to use tool that lets you quickly create complex grid layouts.

Drawter

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Drawter Beta 2 is a tool written in JavaScript and based on jQuery library. It provides you the possibility to literally draw your website’s code. It runs on every single web-browser which makes it really useful and helpful. Each tag is presented as a layer you have drawn.

YAML Builder

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The YAML Builder is a tool for visually creating YAML-based CSS layouts. It allows for the setting of basic layout characteristics like the number and positioning of the content columns, as well as the dynamic creation of grid-based layouts by dragging and dropping subtemplates.

Blueprint Grid CSS Generator

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This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprint’s grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.

Format CSS

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This tool lets you paste your css into a field and returns a formatted version based on various settings that you specify.

CSS Type Set

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CSS Type Set allows you to enter text and then experiment with various settings such as font, font size, color and more to see what your css text will look like.

Clean CSS

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CleanCSS is a powerful CSS optimizer and formatter. Basically, it takes your CSS code and makes it cleaner and more concise.

YUI CSS Grid Builder

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CSS Grid Builder is part of Yahoo!’s YUI Library. It’s a simple interface for Grids customization.

Typetester

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Typetester gives you lots of settings to create side-by-side comparisons of on screen text, and then grab the CSS for the one you like.

CSS Frame Generator

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CSS Frame Generator allows you to paste your XHTML code into a text area and it converts it into a CSS Frame layout.

W3C CSS Validation Service

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If you haven’t heard of the W3C CSS Validation Service, you should start using it. It is a great and easy way to make sure your CSS and XHTML is valid.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

25 Comments

  1. Waheed Akhtar
    November 30, 2009

    Excellent list of CSS tools. Thanks for putting them together

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  2. designfollow
    November 30, 2009

    great post, thank you.

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  3. SEOmium
    November 30, 2009

    Very good list indeed. I myself a big fan of Clean CSS. Highly recommended.

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  4. jef
    November 30, 2009

    Great list, thanks!

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  5. Hazel
    November 30, 2009

    Another alternative to Clean CSS is http://styleneat.com/ :)

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  6. San Diego Web Design
    November 30, 2009

    Wow.. it is really good to have some inpiration and useful sites when you create your own design. Thanks for the great list on how to create a good css layout from this tools!!!

    Now I can use these in creating new design! :)

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  7. JHAY GAMBA
    November 30, 2009

    Awesome tools! Thanks for sharing mate!

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  8. Tutorial Lounge
    December 1, 2009

    i really like these useful development tool and also considering to my development team. thanks

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  9. Adam
    December 1, 2009

    Its not an online tool but Less CSS (http://www.lesscss.org) will really get your CSS development cracking.

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  10. Anton Ranestam
    December 1, 2009

    Wow, thank you so much!

    Grid designer is awesome, I’m going to use that from now on :)

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  11. Imran Hafeez Panhwar
    December 1, 2009

    Great share

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  12. avanzaweb
    December 1, 2009

    very useful tools. I have to do something similar

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  13. Arthur Brown
    December 1, 2009

    This is a great list of tools.

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  14. Dan Trotter
    December 2, 2009

    You could possibly be the best people in the world, handing this sort of cream out to us cats :)

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  15. MrJuls
    December 3, 2009

    Thanks for these links, the W3C CSS Validation Service is very useful.

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  16. Adam Hermsdorfer
    December 6, 2009

    I’ve used blue print before and really like it. Look forward to testing out the other tools.

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  17. Dwayne
    December 7, 2009

    Nice list, i don’t think it’s in order tho but that’s ok =>

    Thanx!

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  18. Moksha
    December 19, 2009

    its list of tools, I am sure they are going to make coding easier

    thanks

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  19. alientyc
    December 30, 2009

    Great list of tools to accelerate my CSS design! :)

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  20. dams
    January 28, 2010

    Boks, a killer Grid Editor (Adobe Air)
    http://toki-woki.net/p/Boks/

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  21. MindSculpt
    February 19, 2010

    Great list, however don’t get too used to using automated apps to write/re-write your code for you. You can use them to learn how to consolidate and organize code you’ve written, but you are better off writing the code yourself to become a more proficient developer.

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  22. adelacreative
    May 18, 2010

    Useful tools, but the drawing your website type of tools I don’t think I’ll ever use. I just like to be in control of my code, and it’s just much easier to hand code it myself.. I guess it’s usefull for beginners or non-css savvy.

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  23. Brett Widmann
    October 23, 2010

    Excellent post. Thanks for all the helpful tips.

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  24. mauritius web design
    August 22, 2011

    Great stuff to increase my css skills thanks for sharing

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  25. Demian
    June 14, 2013

    Thank you for the set! It is excellent. I would add this css font tool as well – http://www.intelligencestorm.com/intelligencefont

    Reply

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