4 Tools That Help Remote Web Developers Collaborate

July 19, 2016

1:15 pm

Remote working has been on the rise for workers over the last few years – and for good reason. Employees are able to get the flexibility and work-life balance that they desire. But even so, remote workers are even more dependent on the help of digital tools to get their daily tasks accomplished.

For web developers who rely on collaboration to get their work done, it can be difficult to work alone or remotely away from the rest of the team. However, remote working can still benefit web developers the best – as their work emphasizes collaboration between digital code and those who make them.

If you’re a web developer looking to increase your productivity and communication to the rest of your team, here are ten digital tools that may help with this and to make remote working more efficient.


For web developers, concise and efficient code is a necessity. But instead of spending a large amount of your workday checking your code, why not use that time to other tasks? Usersnap, a website that takes checking for errors in your code to the next level, you can see feedback and bugs in the same context as the reporting user. It lets the user screenshot and annotate their screen, creating an issue on your side of the app. From there, it’s easier than ever to share feedback and collaborate on solving the issues at hand that keep your code from being perfect.


For collaborating web developers, screen sharing is also a necessity that helps makes code creating run smoother. However, it can be a nightmare (and really inconvenient) to work only thorugh screensharing software like Skype. With that, Screenhero aims to solve this issue by helping users with low-latency screen sharing and code collaboration inside Slack.

And outside of strict coding, Screenhero is also great for meetings and presentations, bringing voice chat and screensharing inside the Slack app.


When it comes to a remote team, it’s important to have a centralized way of organizing and communicating files to everyone on the team. And while emailing can be convenient, it’s easy for files to be lost or disorganized in this way.

Basecamp streamlines this process and allows for everyone on the team to be on the same page, regarding file sharing. This makes it convenient to move between tasks too – no more having to keep a hawk’s watch on your own code when you need to switch off to something else.

Dropbox Paper

For managing business documentation, Dropbox is one of the most popular options for remote workers and teams. However, for developers and designers, Dropbox Paper may be an even better choice. Great for collaborating over early-stage designs and code snippets, this program eliminates the need for a mountain of emails – making communication run smoother than ever.

Remote working may be convenient, but without the right tools, it can be difficult for remote workers to work at their best and to remain in touch with the rest of their team. With these tools, remote web developers can be well on their way to developing strong work habits that keep them in the loop while being committed to their daily tasks.


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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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