30 Websites to Follow If You’re into Web Development

I’ve made it a goal to learn at least one useful thing each day so that I can stay sharp and well-versed on the topic of web development and design. To that end, here’s some of the websites I keep track of to find new techniques, resources, and news about building websites.

Most of these sites are updated frequently, so there’s never a lack of new content that fills up my Google Reader.

Because the role of the web developer is ever-expanding, I’ve also included a variety of sites that covers fields relating to web development – such information architecture, user interaction, and web/graphics design.


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NETTUTS is a recently launched blog/tutorial site that provides "spoonfed web skills". There are already plenty of useful and detailed tutorials that range from offloading static content to Amazon S3 to creating a beautiful tabbed content area using jQuery. NETTUTS is perfect for developers just starting out, since the tutorials are very thorough and in a "step by step" format. For more advanced developers, it’s an excellent source of inspiration and learning new techniques.

2. woork

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Woork is a blog by Antonio Lupetti, a developer from Italy. He provides short, easily-consumable tutorials on various topics of web development such as PHP, Cold Fusion, JavaScript, and CSS. His knack for creating beautiful tutorials, chock full of custom-made images that illustrates the concepts he talks about is a testament to the detail and "work" that Antonio puts in each of his posts. Check out his awesome tutorial on a "Top-Down approach to simplify your CSS code" where he explains his preference on creating and formatting stylesheets.

3. Web Designer Wall

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Web Designer Wall is a blog by Nick La that features design ideas and elaborate, stunning tutorials such as creating a CSS gradient Text Effect – a technique that uses an image overlay over normal XHTML text, and jQuery tutorials for designers which showcases ten techniques to get you started with jQuery.

4. Smashing Magazine

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I won’t say much about Smashing Magazine since most of us have probably heard of it, but if you haven’t, Smashing Magazine is an excellent resource for web designers and developers looking to be inspired. Smashing Magazine also manages to publish almost everyday, despite their very detailed and thorough posts.

5. Vitamin

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Vitamin used to offer a large amount of information on the topic of web development and design. With many contributors, Vitamin managed to cover a wide range of topics including Ajax, CSS, development techniques, best practices, and workflow management. This blog merged into the Treehouse Blog.

6. Wake Up Later

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Wake Up Later is the blog of Samuel Ryan, a freelance web developer/designer. Rather than covering specific web development techniques or providing tutorials, he talks about general web development related things such as reasons not to write your own code, tips on improving productivity, and common design mistakes made by developers.

7. - Screen shot is run by Jonathan Snook, an icon in web development and design. His blog provides tutorials and articles about PHP, JavaScript, and more recently (the blog dates back to 2001), Adobe AIR. He also provides useful resources and bookmarks that are worth a read, and talks about things that are part of being a web developer such as project management via email and maintaining your personal brand online.

8. Signal vs. Noise

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Signal vs. Noise is a design/usability company blog by the people over at 37 Signals – known for developing remarkable web applications such as Basecamp and their involvement in the popular open source web application framework, Ruby On Rails. The blog gives insights about being a productive and effective web application developer and keeping things simple, with entries such as "Workaholics fixate on inconsequential details" and "Sleep deprivation is not a badge of honor".

9. Adaptive Path Ideas

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adaptive path’s company blog offers news and posts on the topic of user interface design. There’s a variety of useful posts that cover the topic of creating user-friendly designs (not limited to just web applications). Some things the adaptive path crew writes about are "Tips for presenting the look & feel to a client" and "The Lure of the Single Click".

10. Tutorial Blog

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Tutorial Blog used to provide handy tutorials, resources, and lists on various web development and design topics such as code snipplets for web designers and Flash tutorials. As of May 2015, the site no longer exists.

11. WebAppers


WebAppers is a blog created by Ray Cheung, a freelance web developer. The premise of WebAppers is to provide news and resources related to open source and free applications that are useful to web developers and designers. From cost-free fonts and icons to navigation menus and image galleries, WebAppers seeks to hunt down useful tools and applications aimed at reducing your time developing custom solutions.

12. Web Resources Depot

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Web Resources Depot is similar to WebAppers – it discusses new web resources that web developers and designers may find helpful. Web Resources Depot is an excellent way to stay up to date with what’s currently available out there all in one place.

13. Ajaxian

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With continual advancements in Ajax, it’s imperative to keep up to date with modern techniques and news. Ajaxian is the leading Ajax community run by some of the biggest names in the field. You’ll find information, reviews on JavaScript frameworks, helpful tools, and server-side technology specific (like PHP, RoR, and .NET) articles. If Ajax news and information is what you’re looking for, you can be sure to hear about it from Ajaxian.


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DZone is a social news site for developers. Users share links related to development and can vote on submissions (very much like Digg but limited to developer links). You can subscribe via RSS to various pages and sections such JavaScript, Flash/Flex, or databases if you want to get instant updates to things specific to your interests.

15. Design Float

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Design Float is social media site created for web and graphics designers. Like Dzone, people get to vote up submissions. You’ll find stuff about CSS, HTML, and Photoshop submitted to Design Float.

16. IBM’s developerWorks

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With the name camel-cased, you already know off-the-bat that it’s a great site for developers. developerWorks offers many articles and tutorials pertaining to development topics, not just about web development, but also on related fields such as systems administration and open source technologies and applications. developerWorks has a knack for writing about complex topics and boiling it down to consumable, understandable articles.

17. - Screen shot is a social bookmarking site where members can post bookmarks to keep and share. It’s not strictly for web developers but you can monitoring specific tags such as webdev, development, or javascript.

18. Sharebrain

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Sharebrain is site that shares useful resources for web workers. You can find resources and tutorials on various web development and design topics such as Photoshop tutorials, Usability, SEO Tools, CMS’s, and interviews.

19. Style Grind

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Style Grind was a blog that shared useful news and information about web technologies and designs. Resources and news reported by Style Grind included a variety of web development and design topics. Style Grind no longer exists.


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Your value as a web developer increases when you’re proficient in design as well. Some examples would be WordPress theme developers who not only know how to develop themes, but can also design them. PSDTUTS is a great place to improve on Photoshop skills and is a site I follow to learn more about graphics/web design.

21. Design Reviver

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Design Reviver aims at providing useful information for web designers. You can visit this blog to read Flash tutorials, get free downloads like Photoshop brushes, and to find design inspiration.

22. Blog.SpoonGraphics

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Blog.SpoonGraphics is a blog about graphics and web design created by Chris Spooner, a graphics and web designer. You can find many tutorials on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, free, downloadable resources like “Sliding Door” tab menus, articles for inspiration, and news.

23. John Resig

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John Resig is the self-titled blog of John Resig – a premier JavaScript developer and author most known for his creation of jQuery, a popular JavaScript framework. John Resig’s blog shares his thoughts about JavaScript development and web applications. It’s where I found out about the release of his new project: Processing.js (a JavaScript port of the Processing programming language) and where he voiced his thoughts on Google Doctype.

24. Boxes and Arrows

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Boxes and Arrows is all about best practices, innovations, and trends in the topic of design – including information architecture, graphics design, and user interaction design. You can read about findability (how people look for information), counter-arguments of front-loading information above the fold, and web accessibility.

25. PHPDeveloper

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PHPDeveloper brings together news and resources about PHP from blogs and sites that cover PHP. You’ll find reports varying from PHP video tutorials to interesting developments over at Zend.

26. Coding Horror

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Coding Horror is a very popular blog (over 100,000 RSS subscribers!) by Jeff Atwood, a software developer. He talks about web development too, posing questions such as Is HTML a Humane Markup Language?, discussing Amazon S3’s viability to host images, and sharing information on versioning databases.

27. O’Reilly Network

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The O’Reilly Network by O’Reilly Media (publisher of development books) features articles and blogs pertaining to web development and open technologies. Some recent articles include Creating Applications with Amazon EC2 and S3 and Getting Started with the Google App Engine. Some blogs that are part of the O’Reilly Network include (for Windows Developers), (topics cover the Java language) and (which talks about Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP).

28. Google doctype

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Google Doctype is Google’s new project that will include entries "by web developers for web developers". Currently, it doesn’t have very many articles, but it’s certainly a resource to follow in the upcoming months.

29. Web Monkey

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Web Monkey – the web developer’s resource is back! Though they’re just getting back to the swing of things, it’s definitely a website to keep track of.

30. Digital Web Magazine

Digital Web Magazine

Digital Web Magazine is the online magazine for web professionals (web designers, developers, information architects). You can find many things included here such PHP, Web Standards, and Programming.

Other notable sites to check out

If you’re looking for your favorite site and it’s not included here, check out something I wrote few months back called "20 Websites That Made Me A Better Web Developer" which talks about popular sites like A List Apart and 456 Berea Steet.

Because of the sheer quantity of great websites out there, I simply can’t talk about and share all of them (I wish I could), so I encourage you to share your own favorites in the comments section with the name, link, and a short description. In about a week, I’ll update this post with your suggestions. Thanks!

Updated (March 14, 2014): Corrected 3 URLs that have been moved (, Signal vs. Noise and adaptive path blog.

This was published on May 21, 2008


AK: The Bloggers Times May 21 2008

I think you can also add my website Which is more like Google news or Techmeme, Which collects posts from more than 400 blogs related to Blogging, SEO, web-design, PHP, Photoshop other related to webdesign. Certainly you can include it here.

Thank you

It would be awesome if someone could post me an OPML file of all these sites :D

Michael May 22 2008

Great list !
Knew some already, but others are completely new to me.

Bookmarked it. Thanks.

Noura Yehia May 22 2008

You need to add yours to the list ;)
Thanks for the mention.

For me it’s easy to twitter-follow instead of all this stuff. He/she knows what’s really interesting.

Matthew 'Web Design' Adams May 22 2008

Great Sites. is another good one with some cool video podcasts.

Henry Jones - Design Reviver May 22 2008

Thanks. It’s nice to included with such great company.

Michael Vogt May 22 2008


Great list.

I wonder is a list apart ( wouldn’t be a good addition to it.

Michael Vogt

thanks for the list, I was just starting to get bored with the same old RSS feeds I have. It’s nice to have something fresh!

You filled up my Google Reader. I knew of 4 of the sites, and the rest look like excellent reads. Thanks!

jakedahn May 22 2008

Someone should make an opml file of all the sites, to make it easy for everyone to subscribe.

Great list. I really dug woork, but he hasn’t posted in over a month!

Thanks for the list, maybe these sites added later.

Anita CM May 22 2008

Great list of resources. Thanks for putting them all together in one place…

Thank you, that’s an awesome list. Starting to bookmark them all!

Jason Bartholme May 22 2008

Great links, Jacob. There are a bunch of sites I had not heard of. I’d also suggest Steven Snell’s Vandelay Website Design, he’s always got good resources for designers and developers.

Great list. I also use

oh wow, thanks for putting nettuts first! :-) Yay!

David Lano May 22 2008

Great list of sites. One you may want to add would be:

I’ve found it to be an incredibly useful resource over the past several months. Thanks!

Jacob Gube May 22 2008

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for the awesome feedback and I’m glad many found new things to add to their feed. Make sure to drop a comment about your favorite sites too – I know I can’t list them all, so I’ll need your help!

@Chris: Thanks you very much for creating the OPML file – it’s something I should have done in the first place and I really appreciate your help.

@Michael Vogt: ALA is definitely an excellent website to track and I think most people have heard of them. I’ve also written about them numerous times and this time I wanted to include sites that are a little less familiar (there’s some exceptions like Smashing Magazine for example, but for the most part I think these sites are fresh).

@Jason Bartholme: Vandelay Design is awesome, and Steven and I have guest posted on each other’s blog. Here’s his post on Six Revisions, and here’s mine on Vandelay Design, if anyone’s interested.

@Jacob Cass: Hey bud, thanks for posting! Thanks for the resource link, excellent collection as well!

@collis: No problem, NETTUTS is great and I wish you all the best – you can probably see by my comments over there that I’m a big fan.

aleeesha May 22 2008

I like Design Meltdown for inspiration and an overview of popular design trends.

Shycon Design May 22 2008

Great list. I’m a big fan of the *TUTS sites. is another similar site… its worth adding to your reader and skimming over (or doing) the tutorials everyday

Chris Coyier May 22 2008

Nice list! And thanks to all the commentors that mentioned CSS-Tricks!

6. Wake Up Later -> The link “reasons not to write your own code” takes me to a page titled “5 Reasons You Should Write Your Own Code.”

Needless to say, I was mildly saddened.

Haduvo Design Fusion May 22 2008

great list.

Not a single one of these actually talks about Design. Photoshop tutorials are not design. Neither are articles about CSS/XHTML or Flash.

I like and because they actually talk about design theory.

Television Spy May 22 2008

Great collection and list.

Jacob Gube May 22 2008

@Dean: Oops. I meant to link to -> reasons not to write your own code. Thanks for the catch, it’s part of a two-part series of posts.

Toby Somerville May 22 2008

Another great resource for web development is:

Eh, how bout mezzoblue?

WorldWideWebDev May 22 2008

Great post! I’m curious if these or other sites also provide good internationalization/globalization/localizability development techniques for multi-language web sites.

Very good list of websites. IBM..

Thanks for the list!.

I love there you will find lot of psd icons and design resources (free layouts, buttons, css, etc)


That’s a great list and thanks for including WebResourcesDepot.

As has been mentioned,

Awesome post !! very useful link for web developers and designers to develop a good web site.
I love too…… lol

Nice list, but it doesn’t include, which rules!

#31 – Six Revisions :) – Nice collection.

Jake-DesignerFied May 23 2008 for sure should be in that list. And I agree as well.

Nice list anyway!

awesome collection… i currently frequent some of the sites listed however there were some on her that I haven’t… thanks!

Another emerging site I keep going back to is

You can also include this dose of inspiration :

amir_arian May 23 2008

Thanks,but where is ?

Nice list anyway!

Nettuts apparently doesn’t post negative comments to their articles. I posted a comment to one article that they are improperly using code in violation of W3C recommendations and WCAG accessibility requirements. If the Nettuts site owner cannot “man up” to honest criticism, they are not worth it at all.

Jacob Gube May 23 2008

@Gadfly: Your comment may still be in moderation. I’ve posted constructive criticisms, suggestions for improvements, and flaws about jQuery code and XHTML mark-up on a couple of tutorials, and Collis has published them.

Nasirjumani May 23 2008

Great list, stumbled!

I am humbled to have StyleGrind included among these other truly great sites. Thanks so much.

Great list but is missung

What a collection of web sites! Great work

Jennifer Jones May 25 2008

Great List. Thanks

Thanks for this collection :) it always help to make new creative ideas and designs

Great collection of nice websites!

But is missing :D

What about ?

Sabinder May 27 2008

These are great sites – thanks for sharing.

Hmmm, These are neat, and it is a pretty good list, but how is anyone meant to follow 30 websites? The blogging format seems fundamentally broken for this type of content. To improve my design skills, I bought a book – nicely structured and well thought out by an experienced teacher. For java solutions, there’s the developers almanac. If someone took the time to categorize, structure, rate and index this content, then it would be really useful!

Chris Harrison May 27 2008

How did A List Apart ( not make this list?

Thanks for including Design Float!

Nodster May 28 2008

Def missing out when you don’t have CSS tricks (

Computerden May 28 2008

interesting sites. Can definitely help speed up the development process

I was brought up on WebMonkey, great to see it back again! Couldn’t believe it was shut down – I learnt so much from that site.

KNOWTEBOOK.COM May 28 2008 – webdevelopers daily dosis

Jeff Finley May 28 2008

These links are really helpful. Nettuts is such a nice site. Wake Up Later also looks promising.

Welcome to Paradise May 30 2008

I’m following more than 14 of the above mentioned website. Now I’ll also be following too.

But I have to tell you that you’ve missed out some great sites like, stumbleupon, digg, cssremix. They should’ve been in this list too.

Antonio Lupetti May 30 2008

Hi friends! Thanks to added my site in this grat post. I really appreciated.

matthewmurdoch May 30 2008

Jacob, this is just what I was looking for tonight! Thanks for your work! Found you on Digg. I’ll link over from my site.

Danny Thomson May 31 2008

you forgot one that is really great..

Help Developer May 31 2008

Fantastic list, I always like to find new graphic design blogs and I found a couple of new ones with this list so thank you.

I would also like to add my blog as well:, I put a lot of work into trying to get my blog as favoured as the ones shown in this list.

Good resources, thanks.

I do most work on PHP but now ROR is looking good too…

John Campbell Jun 01 2008

Great list, there are so many helpful sites for designers and web developers.

I really like – it is like digg for designers.

David Appleyard Jun 01 2008

I’d like to recommend

Drupal Museum Jun 02 2008

Excellent list.

Web design Company UK Jun 03 2008

If you are into flash then I would like to recommend It offers useful resources and tutorials in flash including a rage of source .fla files to download and use on your website. A vats collection of resources that are updated regularly.

Nelly Yusupova Jun 03 2008

Great List. I would also add to the list.

OMG – I’m now officially a RSS junkie!

istioselida Jun 05 2008

great list! i have now plenty of reading to do!!

Great list, haven’t seen much of these ones before! :)


Jacob Gube Jun 11 2008

@Jeff Parks: Thanks for the heads-up! rocks PHP

Kevin Saitta Jun 13 2008

I just stumbled on this blog and this is an excellent list!

You might want to add:

uzaktan eğitim Jun 17 2008

Thanks. great list!

D. Diesil Jun 17 2008

Ahh man!!!

This is exactly what I have been looking for.

Thanks a billion,
D. Diesil

Great collection of sites. Subscribed to most of the sites listed here!

Excellent list – I’m a huge fan of smashing magazine already and there are a few new ones to visit on here.
Lynne – PoLR

I want to say that you shouls remove from that list. That blog steals tutorials from other countries websites translate it in english. He is a thief

Jacob Gube Jul 07 2008

@Andy: Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll investigate this further and take the necessary actions to remedy this issue.


Wow, interesting list: whats about ??

miss erica Jul 10 2008

Another great resource list – Web Developer’s Handbook avail at

Geoserv Jul 15 2008


Great list, I frequent Smashing Magazine and A List Apart.

yamaniac Jul 17 2008

I am a great fan of smashing Magazine, PSDtuts, you guys missed out Css-tricks. The content quality there is pretty cool!

Wow, an awesome list. I used about 5 of these sites to get around the Web Dev world before I got to my job….this industry is growing fast and I’m glad to have been given a head start. Check out my company though, we do every type of website (Design and Develop)

Nice list, but I think you forgot two excellent resources that are absolute must-reads: Eric Meyer’s blog and the CSS Zen Garden. Both sites feature up-to-date information on layout and design and many tips and techniques for making your web design process both smooth and elegant.

Avenues_Nepal Jul 21 2008

hey thanx a lot.. great help!! :-)

Deb harrison Aug 07 2008

I clicked the button on my toolbar accidentally, but what a great piece! I shall read it a bit better when I have more time.


CSS:Jockey Aug 31 2008

Nice List, I am sure these resources would be a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!!


Web Site Design and SEO Sep 09 2008

great resource. I am a huge fan of vandelay designs too. The site is very beautiful and offers a lot of goodies. Your site looks great too. I have seen lots of goodies myself. I will surely revisit and post some comments on new postings.

Alanya Haber Sep 26 2008

great resource and nice work

Steve Moses Oct 06 2008

Nice list you have provided, but for javascript developers i would recommend

Alanya haber Oct 10 2008

very good…

ChanHan Hy Oct 24 2008

Very nice. I love it.

Gazikent Nov 11 2008

Great List. Thanks

DreamweaverSpot Nov 15 2008

Finally a nice stumble. Thanks for putting this list together. This will come in handy.

Great list, thanks a lot.

it’s good. thanks a lot.

haber & news Jan 08 2009

ohhh… thank you thank you.. very good

thanks very excellent list

Thanks for all the suggested sites. I think should definitely be in there as well.

nice list. A couple of these are really amazing.

The Search Engine Optimization has become a integral part of website development today. So there must be some links to best of the SEO sites.

Your reply shall be welcome!

yabancı müzik Apr 23 2009

Very good list of websites.

canlı müzik dinle Apr 23 2009

great resource and nice work

ankara istanbul Apr 23 2009

very good.. thanks…

very good.very thanks

Nettuts is #1 for me. They rocks.

Very impressive – bookmarked, definitely.

dizi izle Jul 08 2009

very good.very thanks

NETTUTS + SmashingMagazine are my favorites. But there are so many other useful sites too.

Netfloat Jul 10 2009

interesting list for web designer indeed

I clicked the button on my toolbar accidentally, but what a great piece! I shall read it a bit better when I have more time.


could someone upload the opml file again?
mediafire link doesnt work anymore…

Goran Web Aug 31 2009

Well I only know of a few of them. I will have to try out the rest and give you some feedback. Looks interesting.

Biber Hapı Sep 06 2009

Finally a nice stumble. Thanks for putting this list together. This will come in handy.

Vijay Joshi Sep 09 2009

I follow about 10 of them. Time to open google reader and pull others also.
Thanks for the awesome list.
I would also suggest

its very nice projected.

Case Ernsting Oct 19 2009

Very thorough list. Are there any sites where local web developers can find the other web developers in their geographic proximity?

Karachi Oct 24 2009

This was a great article indeed. I dont know but somebody forgot to put Six Revsions in top 30 ;)

Amber Weinberg Nov 13 2009

script and style is a good one as well :)

this was a great article indeed. I dont know but somebodyforgot to put Six Revsions in top 30 :) thankyou

türküler Feb 22 2010

There an extensive list of other language specific characters that you can directly type with a key combination on

it’s very helpfull, thanks…

yoomark May 06 2010

Nice tutorial for web developer.thanks…..

Dünya Kupası May 13 2010

Nice tutorial for web developer.

Aowonubi May 23 2010

This page is easily the greatest resource i’ve got i’m really new to the game and still learning html but this info should put me on the fast lane….i’m spending alot of time on

beypazari May 25 2010

very helpful topic, thank you

permatec May 31 2010

Thanks for your helpful post.As a web development i really need it…..

We have also started new initiative Lets create something better..

Matthew Wehrly Aug 12 2010

Just found this article, great list. I hadn’t heard of a few of these. Thanks!

Pretty good site for news and top level interesting stuff. Interesting for a lunch read – not too much tech detail.

njmehta Sep 03 2010

I just recently discovered your site and appreciate you sharing your bout with Web Design & development with the world.but this site also search best knowledge Web Design & development.

Nisha Shah Sep 22 2010

Excelllent source of information, Big thanks. [:)]

Cecil Perie Nov 05 2010

I wouldn’t assume I’ve ever found a new web site with this many remarks on it!

Paul Harris Nov 28 2010

nice website mentioned.

I wouldn’t assume I’ve ever found a new web site with this many remarks on it!

SARAVANAN Dec 15 2010


Matthew Jan 05 2011

Great article, some nice sites.

Matthew Jan 07 2011

I’ve added all these into my rss reader, great list of web dev sites. thanks!

guzel sozler Jan 14 2011

I’ve ever found a new web site with this many remarks on it!

Some jewels in your list! and the rest is very inspirational, thanks for sharing.

Subhasish Feb 17 2011 is a free online web development tutorial site.It started with more than 1000 pages of content, hundreds of examples and an online editor so that learners can practice online.

They have a RSS feed so that regular updates can be followed.

More than handyyy…..thankXXXXX

Great collection of sites. Subscribed to most of the sites listed here..

sawebdesigns May 17 2011


son haberi Jun 17 2011

Great and very useful collection.

Good collections but missed some more useful web tutorial websites.

Anthony Dec 09 2011

Even though this article is a few years old I found sites that I’ve never been to that are just awesome. Being a web designer, a lot of this help out. I would add 365psd though. I find some good stuff there.

You definitely missed these websites

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