Some of the Engagement Tools Web Developers Need

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When it comes to programming, picking out the right tool for the job is the most important thing for web developers. With the right tools, you will be able to increase your productivity and your job will become fun.

We have had a lot of time to select and test different tools that will come in handy to web developers in Singapore. Here is our selection of some of the engagement tools web developers need.


Irrespective of whether you are a front-end, back-end, or full-stack developer, you must work with APIs at some point. A majority of the modern applications have a frontend that requests data from the backend via an API.

However, it is necessary to test your requests and queries. Insomnia is the best tool for the job today. It is a free tool and it supports GraphQL out of the box as well. It also comes with template tags that perform a variety of operations such as timestamps, strings, and more.

Insomnia also has the ability to do a lot of things including:

  • Creating new plugins for the software and community of users
  • Generating code snippets in 12 different languages
  • It has a client certificate assignments to SSL validation and workspaces

It also has a thorough documentation area filled with code snippets, instructions, test data, and more that can be added to the specific collections or calls. Users can also view the responses beyond XML and JSON.

Insomnia allows you to view images, PDF documents, HTML pages, audio files, SVGs, and more. For these and many more reasons this is the best API testing tools available today.


Video conferencing is one of the best modes of communication between web developers and their clients, colleagues or partners. However, it is challenging finding a reliable video conferencing tool.

With that said, Zoom is the ultimate tool that allows you to handle all your communications in real-time. For Mac users, you could combine Zoom with Muzzle, which is a simple app that silences annoying and embarrassing notifications when you are screen sharing.

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Zoom is also useful when recording live code rounds or recording video conferences. It strikes a balance between the economical and the necessary and it delivers high-quality crisp sound, HD video, and a diverse range of subscription packages.

It is affordable and versatile tool that offers web developers excellent alternatives available on the market today. They have four pricing tiers including Basic, Pro, Business, and Enterprise. Other than this, Zoom offers two software-based solutions that are designed particularly for conference rooms.

Moreover, it also has a video webinar package, several add-ons that you can tack on to any of the standard pricing plans.


Notion is the best note-taking app on the market today. It offers templates that are offered via industries, tables, browser extensions, and more. Notion also has a smartphone app and it will sync to the account on your computer.

If you find something useful but lack the time to dive deeper, you can save the references through the notion browser extensions. With the ability to sync between the browser and the mobile app, you can check up on the references when it is convenient for you.

It also has a sleek design and it serves as a powerful replacement for apps such as Bear and Evernote. It was once the reserve of corporations, but they have introduced cheaper subscription plans aimed at individual web developers.

Prices start at $4 per month for unlimited storage. Everything gets organised in a collapsible menu on the left-hand rail of the page you are viewing. Notion allows you to reorganise the pages by tapping and holding functionality.


When working in teams, web developers can sometimes get overwhelmed and can easily get disorganised. Trello is a light-weight workflow visualisation tool for agile web development tools. It is particularly best suited to small light-weight teams that move fast.

Essentially, you create a new board, create columns for statuses such as to do, in progress, done, planned, and more. With such a system, your entire team will be synchronised and aligned with what needs to be done and which team member is working on what.

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Trello is compatible with a variety of applications and it has Android and iSO apps as well as a Trello app for Slack. It has three pricing tiers and for starters, you could use the free tier that offers unlimited boards, cards, lists, checklists, members, and attachments. It also includes a power-up per board and with that, you can link any file from Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox accounts or upload files as large as 10MB.

To get started, you only need to input your name, email, and the password. You will be taken to your dashboard where you can create a new board or work on a previously untitled board. While here you can change your name, avatar, password, language, among other settings.


Figma is a design collaboration tool best suited to web designers, developers, and people working in product design. It is a browser-based tool that gives the users a one link easy access to all the design assets, lengths, colours, heights, widths, and more.

Getting started using Figma is easy and straightforward and all you need to do is sign up for a free account and start drafting immediately. It also gives you the option of importing a sketch file that is over 400 MB.

Using Figma for the first time will feel like you are using a browser-based version of Sketch.  Compared to other design collaboration tools, Figma has an enhanced pen tool they call vector networks. They are built on paths which allow designers to control strokes, bending, fills, and more.


Web developers need to manage their time appropriately to ensure that they have enough time to deliver excellent web design and development services. The above tools will increase their productivity and it will make your jobs easier.

Contact us for professional web development and services in Singapore today. Our support team is on hand to issue a free and non-obligatory quote.

About the Author

Tom Koh

Tom is the CEO and Principal Consultant of MediaOne, a leading digital marketing agency. He has consulted for MNCs like Canon, Maybank, Capitaland, SingTel, ST Engineering, WWF, Cambridge University, as well as Government organisations like Enterprise Singapore, Ministry of Law, National Galleries, NTUC, e2i, SingHealth. His articles are published and referenced in CNA, Straits Times, MoneyFM, Financial Times, Yahoo! Finance, Hubspot, Zendesk, CIO Advisor.


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