Top 10 Chrome Extensions and Tools for Web Designers

If you are designer in need of some useful
tools to speed up, collaborate or audit your web development projects, Chrome
extension has a multitude of tools.

This list comprises some of the most popular – and some would argue necessary – tools and Chrome extensions that every user doing design work should have in their kit bag.

1. DomFlags

DOM Flags is a simple to use Chrome extension
that provides a new way for developers to work with browser tools. It allows
developers to speed up the task of styling elements.

Using keyboard shortcuts for each element you
can bookmark your navigation.

We’ve all experienced the difficulty in
inspecting highly detailed elements, and it’s easy to get lost.

DOM Flags enable you to track styling elements
includes a feature to inspect components with accuracy automatically. This, in
turn, will help speed up DevTools workflow and implementation.

DOM Flags enables you to track changes. And
maintain your focus on the elements you’re working with.

2. Sizzy

Sizzy gives designers and developers a simple
way to test their sites in multiple viewports.

Sizzy provides a simple way to check your
design in real-time. It offers an interactive view of any number of devices and
screen sizes. You can even simulate a device keyboard and then switch between
landscape and portrait modes.

Installing a Chrome extension will add a button to your toolbar, which, when clicked is going to open the current URL in the Sizzy platform. The extension will block all “x-frame-options” headers so you will be able to take a look at any website online.

Sizzy is an open source project, and you can see the entire code here.

3. Checkbot

Checkbot can test your site for security
issues and also audit your website page loading speed. It will provide
designers with a means of identifying typical errors and recommend improvements
in site security, search engine, and site speed.

Using more than 50 best practice metrics, it
will audit a website for best practice SEO, broken links, duplicate content and
more. The tool will also validate CSS, JS, and HTML.

Checkbot picks up on designer and coder errors
in real time saving you the trouble of having to go back and recheck your work
repeatedly.

If you’re looking for a good quality tool that
will fix broken page links, ensure unique content and page titles and eliminate
redirect chains this tool would be useful.

For designers, it can help you minimize your
CSS and JS as well as provide recommendations on how to minify your CSS and
leverage browser caching.

4. GistBox Clipper

GistBox is one of the most helpful Chrome
extensions for web designers.

GistBox can create a GitHub Gist from any code block on the webpage you are viewing.

At the top right-hand corner of any code
block, you’ll see a small button, which when pressed, will allow a pop-up that
enables you to save the code to the Gist.

You can create new Gists with a right mouse
click and save blocks of code for later inspection and use.

Integrating with GitHub enables designers and
developers to collect code blocks and manipulate them or categorize them for
later use. This makes it a convenient and efficient Chrome extension tool.

5. ColorZilla

ColorZilla Is an incredibly useful Chrome
extension for gathering hex codes which can be tagged, labeled and categorized
for individual web design projects.

It enables you to select an eye-dropper tool
that will extract the color from any web page and save it to the ColorZilla
clipboard.

With it, you can quickly develop color
palettes for later use and as a way of ensuring you are using color
consistently in web design and development.

ColorZilla also acts as a color analyzer and
CSS gradient editor so that you can convert an image to CSS.

6. WhatFont

This
Chrome Extension is a real time-saver for those wanting to utilize their
favorite fonts And incorporate them into
their own web design project.

WhatFont Chrome extension allows developers to
quickly analyze and identify almost any font on any web page.

The extension is well developed and rather
than having to open up inspection tools the extension works by merely waving
the mouse over the font.

Not only that but the extension will also identify the service that’s being used to serve up a Pages went font and will support Google Font API and Typekit.

7. LightShot

LightShot is a quick screenshot tool that
enables you to capture the entire, or part of any page and either upload it or
download it or send it to a third party destination.

Screenshots taken by LightShot can be used and
shared on social media or printed.

You can annotate and add text, arrows and more
to the selected portion of the screen. But perhaps one of the most brilliant
features of this simple tool for web designers is that by selecting an image
you can then proceed to do a full Google image search for similar images
online.

LightShot can be configured in multiple
languages.

The extension is written in pure JavaScript and will also work for Windows, Chromebook, Linux and Mac OS. It can also be accessed as a desktop application making it an excellent choice for web designers who are dependent on multiple devices.

8. Awesome Screenshot

Like Lightshot, Awesome Screenshot is a screen
and image capturing extension.

It does differ from Lightshot, however, in a
number of ways. Awesome Screenshot can be configured to connect all your
screenshots with your Google drive.

It allows you to screenshot those elements
which are beyond your view in order to capture the entire page. It has
additional editing and annotation tools comma allows for cropping and image
editing all within the extension.. or with the use of additional Awesome
Screenshot applications

You can extend its features by installing the
Chrome application for desktop as well. The extension also allows for video
capturing and sharing so that you can collaborate with other developers or
designers when working on any site.

You can add additional images to a screenshot
as well as blue or erase elements that you would rather not show to others.

9. Clear Cache

The Clear Cache Chrome Extension Is a fast and
simple tool that enables you to clear cookies and cache of the page you’re
looking at. It removes the need to navigate to the settings page of your
browser in order to clear a few simple page elements.

For web designers who are making multiple
edits and want to view them in real time, this is an excellent tool that will
eliminate much of the frustration of looking at old data.

There are times you need to clear your cache
and cookies, but navigating to Chrome settings is tedious. Clear Cache lets you
erase your cache as well as global or local cookies at the click of a button.

Clear Cache will allow you to configure which
elements you want to clear from the page. Variables include Cash, downloads,
all systems, form-data, at Cash, index database, plugin data, passwords and
more.

10. Web Developer Google Chrome
Extension

The Web Developer Google Chrome Extension
allows developers and designers to easily audit, analyze and check their web
pages for any violations of best practice design, coding, usability, and search
engine optimization.

It’s a great all-in-one tool that is not heavy
on browse our resources yet provides a ton of information useful to web design
is also responsible for search engine optimization elements within a website or
page.

The
extension installs the toolbar with multiple web developer tools.

The tool will give you indications on page
size, width, and dimensions which make conflict with best practice use on
multiple devices. It allows you to check embedded JavaScript and view your
website through a simulation of various devices.

The extension functions well on Windows, Linux
and Mac OS. In addition to coding and design issues, it will also provide
insights into meta tag information, response headers, color information, and
topographic information.

You can review the main features of the tool as well as it’s full capabilities on developer Chris Pedericks’ website.

No doubt there are a plethora of other high
quality and useful Chrome extensions that are web designer or developer could
use.

This list showcases a few of the most popular
and useful tools. Do you have any recommendations for tools which you think I’m
more useful or superior to the ones in this list? Let us know.

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