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    Comprehensive Set of Web Development Tools for Developers in 2015

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    As a developer, it is always fascinating to know about new and latest tools which can help you enhance your development process. You can not only save your time and energy, but also come up with advanced set of features and functionalities. There are several tools which should be part of your arsenal to overcome the complex development requirements from clients. Depending on the type of your development process, there are several aspects where you must be looking for testing, designing and development tools. But most of the developers are unaware of such tools available in the market. So, we have compiled a list of free web development tools which are essential for most of the developers to speed up and enhance the development.


    Web Designing Tools


    If you are looking for tools which can help you fine tune the designing aspect of your web development process, then these are some of the most favourite designing tools for Web Developers across the globe.


    For an instance, you visited some website, and it has the most attractive font style, but you are unable to identify it, then which tool can help you find it. ‘WhatFont’ has been designed to help you inspect the elements of the font. It is compatible with the Google API as well as TypeKit. While using the WhatFont tool, you need to understand that it can detect the fonts in text only, fonts used in images cannot be determined by the tool. This tool is currently the most popular tool for finding fonts. Available for free of cost, small to large companies can make optimum use of it for a lifetime.


    The simple and easy to use QuirkTool helps you in designing as well as testing websites. It has a range of features to create wireframes and sitemaps for testing website in smart devices. It is important for all the developers to ensure that the website they create for themselves or clients is responsive and compatible to be accessed in all device types. You can enable or disable scrolling as well as rotate screens to test all types of use cases. If you are thinking that this tool is going to cost you a lot, then to your surprise, it is available for free of cost.

    Web Building Tools


    Building tools are very essential for automating tedious tasks like compiling SASS into CSS or LESS into CSS, image optimization, web server launch, linting codes and more. Some of the popular tools are mentioned below for terminal and graphical user interface.


    The Gulp tool is developed using Node.js and it is helpful in building the projects. With the help of this tool, you can test servers and preview changes as and when you make changes. As Gulp is an open source tool, it is free of cost and small to large businesses can make optimum use of it. It offers many features including compilation of SASS, Stylus, CoffeeScript, and many more. It has detailed tutorials and documentation for easy learning and understanding of writing and testing codes.


    For those who are looking for a comprehensive tool for project testing, compilation of SASS, Stylus, etc., then Prepros is the best tool. It has both free and paid versions, so you can use the free version as long as you want and then shift to the paid version. This tool is very helpful in enhancing and streamlining the development.


    Web Testing Tools


    As there are several options for the code editors, you also have many browsers, devices and users for testing the website or applications you develop. Most of the developers have multiple testing tools to ensure that they deliver a bug free and errorless application or website. To offer the best experience to your clients and users, use the best testing tools given below.

    Google’s Pagespeed Insight

    If you are looking for a comprehensive testing tool which helps you in evaluating the page speed of your website then Google’s Page speed Insights offers the best features. It helps in enhancing the user experience on various devices and desktops. Based on the score determined by the tool for your website pages, CSS, JS and images, you can make required changes and enhance the quality. This tool is easy to use and configure, ideal for website which are facing slow loading issues.


    With the help of this online tool, you will be able to easily test your applications or website pages on a plethora of devices and browsers. Just select a browser or device using this tool, and you will see that it actually creates a virtual machine which does the entire testing, specifically for website or application. For first 30 minutes the service is absolutely free, but later you need to pay.

    Code Editing Tools


    There is a wide range of options when you checkout the options for code editors. Some are small, compact and lightweight, while some offer a complete suite of features for testing or compiling tasks.


    Most of you must have heard and used Sublime code editor. It is one of the most popular tools which come with advanced features and plugin support. This tool is available free of cost for a certain period of time, then you will be asked to purchase the software.


    Just like Sublime, Atom is another popular tool which is famous among the developer community across the globe. Developers love Atom tool because it offers the flexibility to customize it as per your requirements. There are several themes and add-ons which can be used to enhance your development process.

    These are some of the tools which we have compiled based on our experience and research. We would love to know any additional tips or suggestion you have regarding this post. If we have missed any point(s) in this, then please do comment and let us know.

    Tags : tools, web development
    Categories : Web Development India
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    New Checkout Improvements in Magento 2

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    New Checkout Improvement in Magento 2.0

    Magento 2 is the new version of Magento which will be released in late 2015. In beta version, we can see that the Magento’s developers are continuing to improve and upgrade the new features. Specially, there are many new features for ecommerce. Checkout is one of the most crucial aspects of an ecommerce store; therefore, the checkout process in Magento 2 has been improved for more conversions and for a better user experience.

    In Magento 2, the checkout process layout was designed more compact and more concise. The new design will helps users more easily to navigate; surely this will help them feel much more comfortable and convenient.

    Below are some new and improved features in the Magento 2 checkout process:

    - Automatic guest checkout.

    Magento 2 will allow customers can check out as a guest if they don’t want to create a store account. So it will help your new customers can make the checkout process faster. Moreover, it will make the customer feel more comfortable because now, they will not be required to login to checkout.

    In the old version, the required to login before checkout sometimes make new customers feel uncomfortable because they will have to spend more time to register a new account. With me, this is a very proper adjustment because this will help increase selling rate of the ecommerce website.

    - Prompts registered customers to log in.

    If your customers already have account on your site but they are not logged in while doing checkout. Then Magento 2 will prompt registered customers to log in. And of course they also can continuing checkout process without login if they prefer not to.

    For example, if your customers logged in, they can use reward points they have earned during checkout. Also, the checkout inputs are automated with their information if they have their name, address, etc. saved in their store account. Moreover, customers can also keep track of new and past orders by using a store account.

    - Order summary with product images.

    Magento 2 allows customers can see their product images in their order summary displayed in the right sidebar. A mini shopping cart will displays the total and certain attributes which assigned to the product. This helps customers know exactly what they have in their cart. Displayed image of the products in the cart will help them determine whether it is the product that they want to buy or not.

    - Receiving shipping rates once information is provided.

    When shopping online, there are many customers who always want to know immediately how much they’ll be spending for shipping. This improvement in Magento is very userful for them. In Magento 2, the shipping rates will automatically load right after when customers fill their information.

    With older Magento version, to active this feature, the store owners need to use the extension like Magento shipping cost calculator for their store. But with Magento version 2, store owners can do that much easier.

    - Billing address not needed unless it’s required by payment solution.

    In Magento 2, your customers will do not have to provide their billing address unless stated otherwise. This is an improvement which enable your customers can simply check off if their billing address is the same with their shipping address. This also means that customers can complete the checkout process faster because they will no longer need to enter billing address.


    If you using Magento 1.x and you can’t wait for Magento 2. You can use Magento One Step Checkout Extension to reduce checkout steps and make checkout process become more easily & more convenient for customers right today.

    Overall, the 5 new checkout improvements which mentioned above will make the checkout process easier and faster. We’re all eager for the Magento 2 release this fall!

    Tags : magento, magento-feature
    Categories : Magento