Aug 28 2007

Free Tools to Tweak Your Blog

Last week, we looked at how to check the health of your blogs with some free tools. Now, that you know where you rank and started implementing changes that will increase your Google PR, Alexa Ranking, etc., it’s time to spruce up the looks of your blog.

Free Development Kit

If tinkering with HTML, PHP or CSS is your cup of tea, it may be worth your while to check out this excellent free development kit, HTML-Kit. Even though the name suggests it is a HTML editor, it is much more than that. It could be an excellent tool kit for a web developer or someone learning web development.

Some of the features of HTML-Kit:

  • Full featured drag & drop enabled editor
  • Supports various programming and scripting languages like PHP, JavaScript, CSS, XSL, Java, Python, etc.
  • Over 400+ free plugins available to enhance various features.
  • Dockable and floating toolbars
  • Keyword help and TagsReminder provide just-in-time help for applicable tags.
  • Configure FTP servers and access remote files in local workspace.

Chami.com provides not just the HTML-Kit but also a variety of online tools for adding a nice touch to your website or blog.

For Linux users: Quanta Plus is an excellent option.

FavIcon from Pics

Favicon is that little icon that appears in the address bar of your browser and in your tabs. You can generate a favicon for your blog just by loading a picture here. You can also choose to animate your favicon with scrolling text although personally I think that it might be annoying to some. For the design challenged like me, you could use the Image Embellisher tool to add some effects to your image before creating the favicon.

CSS Poster

If you like to edit your CSS style sheets of your themes, you are probably driving yourself up the wall trying to read through the bland file with miles and miles of selectors.

You can now visualize your CSS file with this CSS Poster tool that creates a visual representation of your css file. The css file you upload has to be less 300K in size. You choose the sizes of your output file from small to extra large and it generates a PNG file.

Fresh Badge Generator

I came across this cool badge generator at MeandMyDrum. It has plenty of options and tips to generate your own cool web 2.0 badge than what I have seen in other online generators. Go ahead and create one for your blog.

With availability of so many free WordPress themes, it is still possible to find your theme on another blog as well. But, if you learn to tweak little things you could quickly give your blog an unique look!

I would love to hear what tools do you use to tweak your blog.

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  1. chrisblogging.com said:

    I dont know much about this stuff, but these services are interesting…

    August 28th, 2007 at 11:42 am
  2. Mark said:

    Hey K – thanks for the mention! I like HTML-Kit as well. Although I’m curious if your toolbar is doing the same as mine by changing all the icons to black. It’s happened to me a few times and the only way I can change it is to re-install. ??

    August 28th, 2007 at 9:16 pm
  3. K-IntheHouse said:

    @Chris.. some of these are really easy to use and can make your blog look a little bit different than the rest of the crowd. Thankf for taking the time to comment. :-)

    @Mark.. I haven’t had that happen to me yet. I try to use HTML-Kit often but my main workstation is OpenSUSE so I end up using Quanta Plus more.

    August 29th, 2007 at 5:48 am
  4. Chris said:

    Quality tips again K – you should start a blog about this kind of stuff ;-)

    September 2nd, 2007 at 11:00 am
  5. Nancy said:

    these services are interesting…

    September 8th, 2007 at 5:12 am
  6. K-IntheHouse said:

    Thanks Chris.. I would if only I had the time. I would have a blogging blog, a photo blog, a pool blog and a volleyball blog. :-)

    September 10th, 2007 at 6:03 am
  7. K-IntheHouse said:

    Appreciate it, Nancy.

    September 10th, 2007 at 6:09 am

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