First, you need to define exactly what you want your site to accomplish, as this will dictate which web design tools you should consider. If iwhat you need is strictly an opinion or information site, a simple blog might suffice. On the other hand, if you have a database to access, or want to conduct transactions, you will most likely need to hire a professional. I recommend writing down the goals of your site to get a better handle on the scope of the project.

Clipart. Need graphics but can’t even draw a line? Grab free clipart. There is no end to free web design tools like this out there, though they vary in quality. Usually all they ask is a link back to their site.

Adobe Photoshop – Photoshop is definitely one of the most popular and highly used graphic editors. This Mac and Windows-capable application was originally created for the use not only of designers but also of photographers. Photoshop is best when you want to manipulate images and come up with your own web graphics. Some of the Photoshop tools that you can use include scripting, filters, and features like the option to Revert.

Some HTML editors offer a huge range of features, but those programs will cost a pretty penny because of their extensive capabilities. Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver are two of the major HTML editors, but many others exist and are available in price ranges from free to a couple hundred dollars. Similar editors are available or sometimes included that allow for editing of CSS, PHP and a variety of other programming languages.

Browser developer tools are browser specific. Included in Google Chrome, there is Google Developer Tools, which can be seen by typing Ctrl+Shift+L. Regarding Firefox; the add-on called Firebug has this feature. On Internet Explorer, there’s a built in development mode. Pressing F12 will trigger this mode.

Web design templates. The ultimate in free web design tools. If you need a site up and running ASAP, download a finished template and start editing. You will have to make the content and maybe some graphics, but the basic coding for the home page and supporting pages will be there already.