As mentioned in Exploring Online Webmaster Tools, one of the most interesting trends in the World-Wide-Web is the emergence of online tools. Instead of downloading an app to your device, online tools are provided on a subscription basis. The cost can vary widely, but tends to be lower than traditional purchase or download models. In fact, many such tools either offer a free package for little use or are completely free. In today’s article, we’ll go over a few more tools that are of particular interest to webmasters.
Site24x7 provides performance monitoring solutions for DevOps and IT operations for website performance, servers, synthetic transactions, application performance, and more. Besides, they offer several free tools including website uptime with DNS scan. One of the features that sets Site24x7 apart is the stacked bar chart of website uptime metrics where each color represents:
- Time required for the server to resolve the DNS name to an IP address
- Setup time between Site24x7 connection and website
- The time spent waiting for the web server to send data.
- The time at which all the contents of the file are downloaded
At the bottom of the page, there are a number of additional related system and network administrator tools categorized by system administrator tools, validation tools, content tools, and developer tools.
The Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) is a completely free and essential service offered by Google to all webmasters. Completely separate from indexing and ranking Google pages, Search Console is here to help you optimize your site and its content for search. It’s a place where you can monitor your site’s performance, identify issues, submit content for crawling, identify content you don’t want indexed, view search queries that have brought visitors to your site. , monitor backlinks and more. Search Console will also display the Google message along with any errors, including crawl errors, manual penalties, 404 pages, detected malware, etc.
To get started, you’ll need a Google sign-in, which you might already have if you regularly use Google or Gmail. Next, you will need to add your website to Search Console. Before Search Console can access your site, you must prove to Google that you are an authorized webmaster. There are no less than five verification methods for Search Console!
Once done, you will have access to many tools and resources. Site setup includes details about your sitemaps, crawler access, sitelinks, and URL parameters. Other areas of interest include your web site, +1 metrics, diagnostics, and labs. Your site on the web is especially useful because it provides detailed statistics about your traffic, keywords, and search queries.
Bravenet is a great place for free website building, hosting, and web tools. Whether you’re just learning how to build a website or just looking for something quick and easy, this is a great place to start. At Bravenet, you can create blogs, magazines, guest books, photo albums and forums. You can use their simple website builder with drag and drop functionality and free web hosting with tons of storage, to build a website in minutes.
You must register to use the Webmaster Tools, but registration is completely FREE. In return, you get a set of building blocks to help you build your site, including website templates, stock photos, and widgets. Additionally, there are email marketing tools that help you create stylish emails and newsletter signup forms.
The free web tools found at WebToolHub were designed to help webmasters design and tune their websites for search engine optimization for a variety of search engines. There are over 80 free tools to check or optimize your website, such as:
- Domain Tools
- HTML tools
- SEO tools
- Text Tools
- Various tools of all kinds
Canva might just be the easiest graphics tool ever. While graphics and illustrations are generally not the job of the webmaster, this site just might make you a handyman for good. It uses a drag and drop interface which allows you to combine image components on different design templates like presentations, social media graphics, etc. with thousands of beautiful layouts. It’s a one-stop-shop for creating amazing designs online.
In addition to the design templates, canva offers:
- Millions of Images: You can add millions of photos, vectors, and illustrations to your designs. You can even download your own.
- Photo filters: Canva offers both predefined filters and advanced photo editing tools.
- Free Icons & Shapes: There are thousands of graphic elements to choose from, including icons, shapes, and elements. You can also upload your own.
- Hundreds of Fonts: Canva has a great selection of fonts of all types.
Note that many design elements cost money, but there are enough free ones to create stunning works of art. You can also import your own graphics and use the Canva editor to organize them if you want. Besides the web, graphics can also be customized for devices like the iPad and iPhone.
The above sites are just the tip of the iceberg, and many more are featured every week. Do you have your own favorites? Let us know in the comments!