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. To learn more, visit these tools online: Color Hunter, Colour Lovers, CSS Drive Colors Palette Generator, Color Scheme Designer, Colrd.
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.
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.
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.
Did I miss something? Share your favorite web generators in the comment section.
Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.