It takes handy tools and reliable materials to make a solid web site. We're blessed with some decent web development applications; it was only a few years ago that we used vi, PFE32, command line FTP clients and a lucky rabbit's foot. Times change.
This site is being built with what I call "reverse design ethics." Though it'll look keen at 800x600, 16-bit color (24-bit is swell), each page should look just fine at 640x480, 8-bit color. Jakob Nielsen knows best, and we believe in him.
Just a few of the instruments that we use in the ChromeJob.com lab to produce high-tech pages: