The Best Online Web Development Resources
Description: There is no end to the amount of resources available online, but trying to keep up with the best of them can amount to a full time job. That's why it pays to go directly to the best sites.
Whether you're new to the world of developing your own websites or you're an old hand who likes to keep up with the latest developments, it's good to know the best places to go to find the resources you need.
You don't want to be trawling through dozens of websites all the time though, so you need to find a reliable and comprehensive source of information that shares its knowledge about a wide range of web development resources.
Webmonkey is an excellent site for everyone, regardless of your skill level - and that's obvious from the moment you see their front page. There are three buttons to give you access to information that's relevant to beginners, builders and masters, and the appropriate sections of the site will be displayed once you've made your choice. ?This does away with the annoying task of having to navigate a site for ages before you can even tell whether it's going to be any good for you.
Taming the Beast also has a good range of tools that will be useful, particularly to ecommerce websites - although there is an excellent list of code generators that will benefit a wide range of websites. While this site is a little harder to navigate than Webmonkey, it is no less useful for that; you'll have a tendency to trip over something else really useful while you're on the hunt for a particular resource.
Another good resource to have close at hand is DevShed. This is a great site for the beginner to bookmark because it is packed full of articles revealing the ins and outs of lots of web development tools. In this sense it's more of an information site than one which offers lots of free downloadable tools to help you build and maintain your site, but it's no less useful for that.
If it's specifically development tools you're looking to download, you can't do much better than visiting CNET Downloads. Everything is easily organized into sections, so you won't be struggling for ages trying to find the download you need.
Some downloads are completely free, while others are free to try and then require a payment for you to get access to them permanently. It does give you a chance to see what's out there though, and there are plenty of categories that cover all your needs - from the frivolous to the basic building blocks of website creation.
Whatever resources you find online, make sure you bookmark the best ones so you can return to them whenever you want to. You'll probably find also that as you develop your knowledge your tastes and needs will change, and websites you previously found useful will fall by the wayside.
Keep looking for new resources that can help you move forward in the future, and create a better website that will reap the rewards and further your own knowledge as a result.