15+ Useful Resources for Web Developers — October 2016

PHP7 was released with an exciting new feature: speed. And we have seen a growing number of new or improved PHP libraries released in the web developers community. Hence, in this round of our Fresh Resources, we have included quite a number of PHP libraries, along with JavaScript and CSS libraries.

Some of these resources include a collection of popular pure-CSS interfaces, a JS library to display CSS gradient dynamically and a PHP library that lets you generate short urls with your own domain name,


This is a PHP library contaning the details and attributes of over 200 countries such as the demonym, the capital city, the dialling codes, the currency, the flag and a lot more. This PHP library is a gold mine to developers.


A collection of a dozen nice looking colors (e.g. gray, red, blue, pink, orange, etc) as well as their color shades. OpenColor can be installed via NPM which present the Sass, LESS, and Stylus formats. OpenColor swatch preset is available for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch swatch preset.

CSS Icon

CSS Icon is a collection of icons created purely with CSS using only a single element. There are currently a hundred icons displayed on the list. Clicking any of these icons will show you the details of how the icon is made.

You Don’t Need JavaScript

With CSS becoming more powerful, we no longer need JavaScript, in some cases. This resource is a collection of popular interative interfaces on the web such as Accordion, Carousel, Parallax, Tabs, Off-canvas, purely built with CSS.

Agolio WordPress

Agolia is a cloud base service to deliver real-time, relevant search result that work in a number different platform out-of-the-box. This is the official plugin from Agolia to integrate their cloud-platform services into your WordPress site with ease.


Here is a CSS library to apply consistent styling to bare HTML elements such as p, h1, and table. It is similar to Normalize.css and Reset.css but it’s better. Simply add the wysiwyg class on the element that wraps your content and you are all set.

Jekyll Now

Jekyll Now is a tool that allows you to create Jekyll-based blog without dealing with Terminal and Command Lines. This addition has made Jekyll a great blogging platform for those who want a simple life.

React MDL

React is gaining popularity among web developers thanks to its robust architecture that makes it crazily fast and an easily extendable JavaScript framework. React MDL is a collection of Material Design Lite componentported to the React component.


Taggd is a JavaScript library to add a tooltip on an image, similar to photo tagging in Facebook. This library provides a friendly API to add the tags. It is responsive and fast, and does not need to depend on an external library.


QuillJS is an open-source library to display text editor GUI. Unlike TinyMCS, QuillJS is much cleaner, lighter, and comes with a more intutive API to work with.


GranimJS is a JavaScript library to display CSS Gradient dynamically. This JavaScript library comes with load of options where you can change the Gradient colors, the opacity, and transition speed for each gradient, just to name a few.

Awesome Design

Here is a (nearly) complete collection of great resources for UI designers. Therein you can find Tools, Fonts, Inspirations, Photos, and News or Blogs related to design. It’s another gold mine for designers.

Browser Based Games

Looking for some games to get a load off your mind? Go to this page. There you can find a number of games you can play right in your browser. Additionally, for web developers, this can be a great reference for building web-based games.


OptimizeJS is a JavaScript library that speeds up all your JavaScript execution by up to 50%, on average. See the Docs and the bencmark where it list numerous test cases against popular JavaScript library in more detail.

React Animation

This library ports Animate.css animations so that you can add in these animation into your ReactJS components. If your project relies on ReactJS, this library definitely should be in your toolbox.


A handy JavaScript library that converts machine time format (e.g. 2016-06-10 12:12:12) into a a more readable format (e.g. just now, 3 seconds ago, or 5 minutes ago). You can also translate the output into your own language.

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