Here’s a list of 70 hand-picked, easy to use, and free web generators that will save you tons of time and energy. I have grouped these tools into 10 categories: Color Palettes, Robots.txt, Website Screenshots, Favicons, Web Backgrounds, Webpage Elements (buttons, tabs, etc), Memes, Forms, Logos, and Dummy Texts.
The best part about these tools is that they are completely free (some need you to signup though). If you are looking ways speed up your work and channel more time and energy to new content ideas and marketing strategies, I believe the list is a must-bookmark. According to my last check on WordPress.com stats, there were more than 42 million blogposts published in May 2014 – and that’s just WordPress.com alone. Who has the time to create everything from scratch these days?
Category #1: Color Palettes Generator
- To generate color palettes based on image input.
- Allow users to compare, review, and select color combination at ease.
Kuler is a cloud-based application for making color themes using an iPhone or your browser. The tool helps capture colors from a mural, garden, or wherever you happen to be and creates your own color combinations. You also get to browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community (like image above) and sync these color themes right into Adobe Illustrator CC.
A few other not-to-miss color tools are Color Hunter, Colour Lovers, CSS Drive Colors Palette Generator, Color Scheme Designer, as well as Colrd. Note that although these tools work more or less the same (create color palette based on image input) but the auto-generated the color codes may be different due to difference in color extraction algorithm. I suggest you to try each for at least once. Color Hunter, Colour Lovers, CSS Drive Colors Palette Generator, Color Scheme Designer, Colrd.To learn more, visit these tools online:
Category #2: Robots.txt Generator
- To generate robots.txt file based on user’s input.
- All these tools come with a set of preset list of bots – which is quite limited if you ask me. You will need a longer list of bots in order to do more with your robots.txt.
SEO Cleo Robots.txt Generator
What’s a robots.txt?
Robots.txt is a simple text file (that you can just create on a notepad) located in your server root directory. When a search engine bots come to your site, they will first look for this robots.txt to learn which web pages of your site should be indexed or followed; and which web pages should be ignored. If you screw up your robots.txt accidentally (ie, request the search engine to ignore your entire site), you’ll screw up your website’s search rankings. The robots.txt file is also used to block certain undesired bots from your website (surprisingly many of these bad bots to obey the rules).
Other free robots.txt generators
Some other robots.txt generators worth looking at are: IM Ninja, SEO Book, Submit Shop, Clickability and Yellow Pipe. These tools normally come with a default list of search robots – this allows you to set rules specifically for certain bots in just a few clicks.
Category #3: Website Screenshots Generator
- To quickly create website screenshots for inspection or content purposes.
- To create thumbnail of a website at ease.
Shrink The Web
Personally I find Shrink The Web is the best screenshot tool online. It’s quick, scable, user-friendly, and most importantly, it creates watermark-free screenshots.
Capture Full Page
Am I Responsive
Am I Responsive is not really a webpage screenshot generator. However it’s a tool that must not be missed – The app checks the responsiveness on any site with a single click. It’s a huge time saver for those who are developing a responsive theme.
Category #4: Favicon Generator
- To generate favicon based on user’s input – be it an uploaded image or in-app drawing.
Other Similar Icons and Favicon Tools
Category #5: Web Backgrounds Generator
- To generate background images in various styles.
- Some of these tools require you to download the background image; some will provide you the CSS codes only.
Category #6: Web Elements Generator
- To generate web elements like buttons, ribbons, or tabs at ease.
- This type of generators are less popular these days – mainly due to changes in web design trends.
GR Sites Button Generator
Category #7: Meme Generator
- To generate customized meme at ease.
- A meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
Other meme generators
Category #8: Form Generator
- To generate easy-to-embed forms for websites.
More form tools
Category #9: Logo Generator
- To create logo at ease.
- Some of these sites provide customization service at extra cost.
Online Logo 24/7
Square Space Logo
Your other choices:
Category #10: Dummy Texts Generator
- To create filler texts for all layout needs.
There are quite a lot of good dummy texts generators around. So besides picking some of the best, I have also included a few funny ones in this list. For example, Baconipsum generates only texts related to meat. For example, here’s what I have generated seconds ago:
Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet flank sausage jerky fatback, andouille ham shankle kielbasa pork loin tri-tip beef ribs. Tail meatball ham, pork belly porchetta hamburger flank salami ground round shoulder meatloaf swine filet mignon capicola. Tail porchetta pancetta, salami bresaola t-bone brisket corned beef fatback short ribs landjaeger chuck. Tri-tip chicken pastrami ham ball tip, ham hock shankle jowl. Shank boudin doner, leberkas hamburger tenderloin pancetta ham brisket ball tip spare ribs prosciutto beef chuck.
Fatback leberkas swine filet mignon cow pork chop landjaeger turkey shoulder sausage pancetta. Leberkas chuck shankle kielbasa porchetta pork. Meatloaf porchetta brisket bresaola, ham tail flank frankfurter pork corned beef. Brisket pancetta hamburger beef, tenderloin ground round pork belly.
Meatloaf tri-tip spare ribs, shoulder ham kielbasa brisket sausage tenderloin capicola shank. Landjaeger spare ribs fatback biltong pork belly flank hamburger swine chuck bacon kielbasa capicola turducken. Corned beef pork belly tail, shank tri-tip jowl turkey flank cow landjaeger drumstick chicken. Shankle pork drumstick venison turkey.
Feeling hungry yet? :)
Other text generators
- TV Ipsum – Generates cheesy quotes from 70s and 80s tv shows as dummy text.
- Cupcake Ipsum – Generates dummy texts with delicious cupcake-related treats.
- Veggie Ipsum – Creates fillet texts related to vegetables.
- Beer Ipsum – Nothing but beers-related dummy texts.
- Adhesion Text – Generate dummy texts in eight different languages.
- Lipsum – A normal dummy text generator.
- Fillerati – Filler text generator.
Over to you!
Did I miss something? Share your favorite web generators in the comment section.