Free design resources
There are a number of sites that provide free stock images, icons, and other graphic design and web design resources, such as:
- AllTheFreeStock is a directory to a plethora of websites with free resources, including stock photos and footage, mock-ups, website templates, fonts, and icons.
- Icons8 has lots of high-quality icons, easy to download in multiple formats.
- Material UI provides free-to-use color palettes and icons, as well as Unicode and emoji keyboards.
- UI Space has freebies like mock-ups, User Interface (UI) kits, fonts, and icons.
- Pixeden includes mock-ups and web design resources like WordPress themes.
Troubleshooting and clean-up resources
After finishing up on web design, your first priority should be getting it user-tested: having coworkers or friends use your site and provide feedback on its appearance and functionality.
In addition to user-testing, there are some tools that you can use to ensure your website is water-tight, including:
- The WAVE suite of evaluation tools automatically checks your site layout and content for Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) violations and flags them.
- The bad website checklist from Forge and Smith provides 20 criteria that make for a poor user experience.
- W3C provides an in-browser link checker tool that ensures there are no dead-ends or 404s.
- The SEO Spider Tool web-crawls to find dead links and audits for SEO issues.
- This developer tool from Google checks page load speed, another SEO consideration, and provides tips to improve it.