Useful Wireframe Tools for Web Designers

by . December 27th, 2022

A website wireframe is a simple visual guide that displays the blueprint of a website. Wireframes are used by designers to plan the layout of pages by incorporating clients’ requirements. It showcases the structure of web pages by providing an understanding of where various page elements will appear. A wireframe plays a vital role in positioning elements such as the logo, banner, images, text, videos, contact forms, etc., on web pages, in the best way possible.

Plenty of wireframe tools are available online, but selecting the right one is not easy, as each wireframe tool has pros and cons. Let’s have a look at 5 of the most helpful wireframe tools that simplify the job of web designers to a large extent.

Axure RP

Axure RP is an interactive wireframe software that is used to create prototypes for web applications. You can create attractive wireframes with boxes, placeholders, shapes, and text. You can then add colors and gradients, import images, and use grids and guides for accurate placement. Axure RP can give your mockup a sketchy hand-drawn appearance. You can also create click-through mockups or prototypes with compelling content, drag-and-drop applications, animation, calculations, and more. This tool is easy to use and gets your job done in a short time.


SketchFlow is a wireframe tool from Microsoft that forms a part of the Expression Studio Ultimate suite. This tool helps in creating efficient prototypes that suit the various business needs of clients. The freely distributable SketchFlow player easily explains the prototypes to clients. Clients will be able to test the multiple scenarios and leave their reviews. SketchFlow allows you to effectively map out and iterate the flow of an application UI, the layout of individual screens, and the transition from one application state to another. If you are looking for a tool that facilitates convenient testing of multiple ideas, SketchFlow is a perfect pick.


WireframeSketcher is a software that helps designers create wireframes, mockups, and prototypes for desktop, web, and mobile applications. This tool can be used as a desktop app and as a plug-in for any type of EclipseIDE. It has a mockup gallery where you will find stencils, widgets, icons, and mockup templates for all website, desktop, and mobile applications. The tool’s streamlined interface helps take advantage of multiple monitors and provides quick results. The prototypes can be shared as PDF files with clients.


ProtoShare is a collaborative prototyping tool that helps designers visualize requirements with website wireframes and interactive prototypes. This wireframe software is used to create, review, and refine prototypes of websites, web apps, and mobile apps. It manages feedback, tracks changes, and lets clients review the wireframes in real-time. ProtoShare uses standard web programming languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.


ForeUI is a user-friendly prototyping tool that allows you to create mockups, wireframes, and prototypes for web applications. As the style of your prototype can be changed by switching the UI theme (Hand drawing, Wireframe, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Windows 7, etc.,), you can use ForeUI to create flexible prototypes for your website. You can explain the prototype’s performance for specific events with intuitive flow charts. You can also view your design as a slide show and include annotations whenever needed. These prototypes can be exported as HTML or PDF files.  ForeUI is a great tool for usability testing.

Apart from the above-mentioned tools, there are other popular wireframe tools like Pidoco, Jumpchart, Pencil, SimpleDiagrams, etc. As wireframes focus on the display of contents, the functionality of objects, rules for placing objects in the right places, the effects in different scenarios, and much more, they are very useful for web designers. They also let clients get involved in planning, viewing, and tracking changes and provide continuous feedback. To create a web-structured website, you can use the help of a professional web designer who can accomplish all your business needs using the latest technology.

Brian Taylor

About the Author

Brian Taylor is the Project Manager, VP at Forix, a web design company based in Portland, OR. Forix specializes in web design and development for small, medium and large company websites, e-commerce systems, developing mobile applications.