Free tools to develop a website

Last couple of weeks I was in search of some free tools to develop a web. I found that some alternate softwares instead of buying some professional / costly software. I switched over to Ubuntu operating system. Even though here I am discussing with some free softwares usable for either in windows or linux.

I had been using Adobe softwares for web development. These softwares are very professional but very costly. After I switched over to Ubuntu I never touched these software and through out from my PC.


For a web developer we usually need a webserver. For PHP developers it is easy to find a webserver without any cost. You can try the LAMP and can install in your local machine. Lamp is the abbreviation of Linux Apache MySQL and PHP / PERL / PYTHON. If you want to install these as a package you can try XAMPP or WAMP. These softwares are completely free and it is available for both windows and Linux machines.


Next is your Graphic requirement. It is a truth that I couldn’t find any good alternate for Adobe’s Photoshop. May be I had been using Photoshop for a long time. But you can try GIMP (will work for windows, Linux and MAC OS) or Pixlr (an online free image editor).

IDE (Integrated Development Environment)

Selecting an IDE is very important. There are a lot of softwares available for that. Personally I would suggest NetBeans IDE. Another one is Eclipse. Here is the list of some great IDEs for PHP Developers

1. NetBeans
2. Eclipse
3. Aptana

There is one another simple light weight editor is available , Called Intype. But it works only in Windows. But I like it very much.

FTP Software

Filezilla is one of the Free FTP software. Otherwise you can use FireFTP that can be add on to Firefox. In Ubuntu I am using gFTP.

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2 Responses to “Free tools to develop a website”

  1. ikarishinji Says:
    July 5th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Working under Debian, i think Linux has everything you need to create websites!
    GIMP ans his plugins can compete with photoshop for web design; inkscape can be a good replacement to illustrator and bluefish is a good html/php/css editor.

  2. Navmeet Singh Says:
    July 29th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    does it have any software to test your websites’ functionality in IE?

    I use IE tester in windows, i plan to use Ubuntu please help me out.