- Posted by Samantha Hunter
- On May 24, 2017
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The need to have a “toolkit” of versatile and practical software was quickly felt when I wanted to develop a personal and amateur a website and a blog under WordPress.
From managing remote access (FTP and sorts) to editing CSS style sheets; Here is the very personal and far from objective (nor exhaustive) list of my soft indispensable for the web design on Mac.
Transmit Edited by the same team that created Coda; Transmit is surely one of a complete FTP managers for the Mac platform. You will find everything you need and more.
Transmit offers a widget for Dashboard and Automator scripts to go even further in the operation of your FTP. Version 4 even allows its remote disks to be mounted on the desktop. Essential.
Cyberduck Alternative Open Source the previous, the digital duck holds the comparison well. Complete, with a simple interface and accessible to even the most novice, Cyberduck is a partner of choice.
Note that developers are working hard to update their software very regularly. A gift to support them is the least you can do!
MacFusion. Another option if you do not want to get bogged down with FTP software: integration of your remote disks into the Finder. An operation made possible thanks to MacFuse technology.
This technique adds support for file systems not supported by Mac OS X in its original configuration. By installing the MacFuse (code) and MacFusion (graphical interface), you can have your FTP disks mounted on the desktop, in the Finder, just like any other storage device.
Only worry to report during my tests: the transfer times are longer than via a dedicated software. Your turn to try!
Site management, CSS editing, preview, Coda knows how to do everything. This software is somewhat the king of web publishing. Developed for Mac OS, it integrates perfectly with the system, with a particular elegance. Leagues of a Dreamweaver, weighing and much more complicated to take in hand.
Reviewing all the features of Coda would deserve a post in its right. Go to our test to find out more, and download the trial version to make your opinion. This software deserves your attention!
Espresso Alternative to the previous one, Espresso is a newcomer in the web edition which made vows to group all the functionalities under the same interface. Immediate advantage: no longer have to switch between the software to edit code.
An alternative to the previous one, Espresso is a newcomer in the web edition which made vows to group all the functionalities under the same interface. Immediate advantage: no longer have to switch between the software to edit code.
Espresso allows you to organize, find, preview, publish, edit, navigate, synchronize, and more. The interface is clear, many features. We feel that it is a work tool that will make the happiness of all Mac users.
If you’re looking for a simple text editor, TextWrangler is for you. Far from suggesting the feature caravan of a Coda or Espresso, TextWrangler focuses on text editing but does it well.
Versatile, TextWrangler is very convenient without being too complex. If you are looking for a specialist in HTML editing, the same publisher offers BBEdit, a must in its category. And take the opportunity to take a look at Yojimbo, which hides a great tote for your notes and ideas.
Mamp is a turnkey solution to create a local copy of your website.
Unzip the archive, and you have available a server with MySQL, Apache, and PHP on hand. A very effective option to adjust, refine and modify your web installations without affecting the online versions. You will then have to upload the changes to your “real” server once the necessary checks have been made.
Alkaline is a software, a web app and a series of extensions. Its primary purpose is to be able to test the compatibility of your website with most browsers of the market, whatever their version. You will need to open an account on the publisher’s website to access the test profiles and submit your project. Various offers are offered, one of which is free. Alkaline is also a management application for your Mac which can integrate directly into Coda or Textmate.
We also recommend using a tool like Clean My Mac 3 to speed up your website at all time!
Hope you like this selection!