Where Do You Go to Get Your Code? The Top 5 Snippet Websites for Web Developers

There’s a rule of thumb in web development: one hour spent in design equals ten hours spent in development. Bringing a design to life is magical, but sometimes it simply takes too long. The following are 5 amazing websites that promise to cut your development time significantly by offering you snippets of code for free!

Bear in mind that just chucking together snippets can make for an unwieldy website, one that loads slowly and doesn’t play ball with older browsers. Some of the snippets will also be written in PHP, so make sure to check your cloud hosting provider allows scripts on to run on their servers.

Snippets of code are the lifeblood of overworked developers

CSS-Tricks. Not only does this site offer some of the best CSS tutorials around (it’s virtually canonical reading for professional web developers), it’s got a great categorized page full of code snippets in HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and more obscure languages like htaccess. It also has a specific set of snippets for WordPress. CSS-Tricks is a bookmark must.

CSS-Tricks is basically the Rosetta Stone of the web developer community

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Stack Overflow. It’s hard to think what developing in any language would be like without Stack Overflow. Horrible, probably. Packing some of the best forums around, StackOverflow is the place to go with questions, advice and curiosity. Etch the address somewhere, and remember to refer to the snippets page before coding anything, ever.

If CSS-Tricks is the Rosetta Stone, stack overflow is the index page

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CodePen. Sometimes the simplest snippet sites are the best. That’s definitely the case with CodePen, which includes an editor and clipboard functions for previewing alterations in real time. Anything posted is automatically open-source, and there are some beautiful creations hanging around. Get it in your favorites.

CodePen’s beauty is in its simplicity

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Snipplr. Snipplr dubs itself as ‘Code 2.0’, and it’s easy to see why. Providing a go-to for next-generation coding, Snipplr’s search engines and tasty filter functions make for simple code-hunting success. The phrase matching is pretty good too: search code or functionality, your choice.

Snipplr is for those who love code…

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Snipt. Clean, clear and reassuringly functional in appearance, Snipt has a voting system that allows users to push the best snippets to the top of the list. You can also save snippets for further re-working later on. Tags, embed codes and clipboards are supported, in a refreshingly nondescript environment. One for a little zen relief from any hitting-your-head-against-a-brick-wall coding crisis.

…whereas Snipt is for those who just need to get to bed

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About the author:
Louise Miller graduated from UCL in 2010 with a MA in engineering. When she is not busy designing apps for android, she enjoys blogging about digital media and the latest news in technology.

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