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Tools and Resources Every Web Professional Should Know About

Written by Kevin Liew on 27 May 2015
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It’s quite easy to get lost in the numerous tools and resources available for web professionals at the moment. Some are truly extraordinary and others aren’t really work your time.

In order to help you get the best ones for your business we’ve comprised a list of the ten best we could find.

Stamplia

Stamplia is a template marketplace that was launched in 2013 by a team of talented professionals. Their aim was to offer independent designers the opportunity to share and sell their work in a safe environment, helping them to increase their income. Stamplia quickly gathered over 6000 collaborators from all across the world and is now delivering some of the best high quality templates for newsletters and emails, transactional emails (registration confirmation, password reminders) and registration forms. If you’re truly passionate about design, talented, and an expert in HTML, you can collaborate with Stamplia too. The signup process is simple and you’ll have access to thousands of potential clients from all over the globe. That’s right, you can say goodbye to wasting time trying to find clients for your designs. Once you submit your template to Stamplia, they review it and assess its value: the templates must properly display in various browsers, they must be unique and meet the current demands of the market. 

Notism

Anyone dealing with creative work (designers, UX people, copywriters, managers of advertising agencies etc.) is well aware of the importance of a smooth process of coming up with ideas, creating content and sharing it easily. Luckily, we now have Notism to help with all that! Notism enables users to share, review and present design and video work in a simple and streamlined manner, namely collaborators, directors and editors will be able to leave feedback directly on static images or on a video’s timeline by using notes and sketches. Cool, right? Notism will always have your work backed up, as all data will be written on multiple disks and constantly kept safe in several locations. Additionally, there are other ways of putting Notism to great use – for example, you can create working prototypes of your design templates by setting up hotspots and linking screens or assign to-dos to the members of your team. In fact, there’s a “show live cursors feature” that will tell you who’s working on the project right at the very moment you’re accessing it. Don’t hesitate to get Notism and change the way you do creative work for the better!

3. Fire Checkout

With the Fire Checkout extension created especially for Magento powered stores, you'll increase your conversion rates and speed up the checkout process for your clients. The one step checkout this tool provides is extremely powerful and, according to case studies, it can help you increase your sales figures from 10% to 70%. The Fire Checkout extension is available in 11 languages and guarantees a checkout process that is simple and straightforward. You can say goodbye to the old boring checkout processes that lasted even up to 5 pages. Fire Checkout is fully AJAX based, which guarantees fast speed and efficiency. If you’re ready to watch your conversion rate increase and speed up the checkout process for your customers, then this one page checkout extension is exactly what you need. You can even customize your checkout page by adding up to 5 custom fields such as “Comments” or “How did you find us?”. The geolocation technology and support for all popular payment and shipping methods make Fire Checkout one of the most efficient checkout extensions out there.

4. Pintastic - Pinboard Social network script

Pintastic is currently the most popular Pinterest clone and marketplace script on the market. This powerful platform allows you to create your own social pinboard network within minutes. The Pintastic script stands out from the crowd through its various strong features that make sure everything runs smoothly and that your users have a memorable experience. All orders toward the database do not contain JOIN clauses, which guarantees everything goes well and you won’t encounter any problems. A lot of work has gone into creating the new Pintastic 4.0. This platform is now more stable and loads faster than ever, thanks to optimized queries and a single, streamlined CSS file. What makes Pintastic so fantastic? The 100% responsive design makes sure everything looks neat on all devices. The smart search is now faster and more accurate thanks to the improvements of MySQL 5.6. Finally, the multi language support makes things easier by allowing you to translate the script in your preferred language right from your admin panel.

5. actiTIME

actiTIME makes it easy for you to keep track of the time you spend on each project that you’re involved with. This time tracking software is flexible and easy to customize to your company’s particular requirements. actiTIME is a web based application that will work both in cloud and on premise. It can be used by large companies and freelancers alike in order to get a competitive advantage in their field. With this tool you will be able to make task estimates, setup deadlines and notifications in order to control your work process as best as you can. With a number of custom reports, you’ll be able to control your project’s cost, review staff performance, make payroll and issue accurate invoices for your clients. Join 9000+ companies already using actiTIME and see how it improves your team’s performance and lowers the overall cost of your projects.

6. actiPLANS

actiPLANS is a perfect tool to help you get  a clear view of your company’s leave schedule. Regardless of the size of your company, an automated process for leave requests and approvals will help you save a lot of time and money. With actiPLANS you will be able to easily calculate paid time off balances and always have a complete leave time history. This software is very easy to use and has flexible settings which allow you to create the rules you need in order to fit it to your leave time policy. Thanks to actiPLANS you won’t have to send dozens of emails back and forth in order to request or grant a leave. It will also be of great help in reducing unscheduled absences and human errors.

Using actiPLANS you will be able to assess available resources and make realistic work plans for your projects. What’s more, there is an absolutely free version for small teams.

7. PowerMockup

PowerMockup is a smart add-on that will enable you to transform PowerPoint into a wireframe tool and easily create screen prototypes for mobile, web and desktop applications. You will get over 650 interface elements and icons made entirely from the PowerPoint shapes everyone is familiar with, which is why PowerMockup is such a highly praised add-on. Users only have to select the desired shape they want to use and then drop it in the PowerPoint slide – it’s as easy as that! PowerMockup’s instant search feature will help you find any shape in the blink of an eye. Even more, there is now a collection available of PowerPoint shapes for creating mockups for Android apps. In fact, PowerMockup takes PowerPoint to the next level, as there are several of the PowerMockup shapes that provide additional functionality that goes beyond the one offered by PowerPoint. For example, when you resize the “Window” shape, the add-on will ensure that the window’s title bar keeps the correct proportions. PowerMockup has truly succeeded in creating a powerful prototyping platform that is accessible to everyone as it is highly functional but incredibly easy to use.

8. IconBeast

IconBeast is the perfect place where you can acquire pixel perfect icons and symbols. Offering over 3000 iOS Tab Bar and Toolbar Icons with IconBeast Pro. IconBeast caters to all needs and has a license that is simple and easy to understand. Their icons can still be useful outside of iOS. You can use IconBeast products just as well on Android, prints and websites. IconBeast’s collection is continuously growing and you’ll receive free notifications each time a new icon or symbol is added. The items come with royalty free license (no attribution is required) and the source files are in AI, EPS, SVG, and PSD. IconBeast Lite is a strip-down version of IconBeast Pro and offers 500 free iOS Tab Bar Icons for iPhone and iPad. You are free to use these items in your projects, but you’re required to credit IconBeast with a link back to their site.

9. Getsy - Multi Vendor Marketplace Script

Getsy is a professional solution if you want to open your own multi vendor online business. This platform will enable you to start your very own marketplace website in less than a day. The improved code of the new version will bring you one step closer to making money faster and easier. Getsy is the tool to help you create the perfect place where sellers and buyers can meet and conclude sales without the help of an intermediary. The design is 100% responsive, which means your users can safely enjoy posting, selling and buying products on your website from any kind of smart device. One of the cool new features is that you can now have your site translated in multiple languages by simply clicking a button in your admin control panel. And thanks to the multiple payment options, you’ll surely keep your clients happy and satisfied. Your entire order history will remain visible in your admin panel and you can focus on building up your business.  Go over to etsyclone.com and get started with your business right now.

10. Argento Template

If you’ve been looking for the perfect way to take your website to the next level, then Argento will make all your dreams come true. This is by far the best and most advanced Magento template ever created. With the retina screen optimization and mobile optimized navigation, Argento easily stands out from the crowd and helps you increase your conversion rates in no time. The professional team at Magento will get make sure to get your new Magento responsive template installed for you within 24 hours for free. The Easy Banners will make the advertisement management process easier for you, while the Highslide will replace the default product media block with a powerful light box widget. Argento can be downloaded immediately after placing your order, so you won’t have to wait too long to see its amazing features for yourself. What is more, the free support offer includes installation, guidelines and troubleshooting, so you can reach out to the team whenever you have an issue.

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