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November 22 2011

10:00

Showcase Of Small But Useful Content Management Systems

There are lots of Content Management Systems on the internet and sometimes it might be difficult to choose one of them. Sure, WordPress is leading and Blogspot is following on the second place, but what if you want to have something else? If you are one of the ones who needs an advice, then this article should be perfect for you. Today we take a look at popular CMS all over the web and describe them so that you know which one fits you best. Although I could write about them, I would rather skip WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Blogspot, because everybody knows about them and I do not think they need descriptions.

1. Expression Engine

Expression Engine is one of those CMS that is easy to use. Within few minutes of testing it, you will already know the basic functions and will be able to play with them right away. This CMS is very flexible and creating content should be much more than easy. The templating system shows you immediately the changes you make and the last-generation caching system minimizes the database usage, which means faster loading times not only for you, but also for your visitors. Another advantage Expression Engine offers is the option to embed and run PHP directly in the templates, similar to the widgets from WordPress.

Expression Engine allows you to have multiple sites with just one installation. The caching system I was telling you about earlier keeps the site running fast because it stores database queries in the memory and reduces the database connections when web pages are generated. The license has to be paid only once and ranges from $99 for the “Freelancer” pack to $299 for the largest pack.

2. Business Catalyst

Business Catalyst is an Adobe product considered to be very powerful for developers. Basically it is also for content publishing, but has many other features such as e-mail marketing and site analytics. The analytics are maybe one of the most interesting features, thanks to the depth of the information the user gets, such as customer’s actions. The CMS lets you build and manage a customer database (which is feature most of the other CMS lack) and allows you to sell your products online. Unlike many other CMS, Business Catalyst can easily be integrated with PayPal, Google Checkout and other pre-integrated payment gateways.

The main difference between Adobe’s CMS and other ones is that Business Catalyst focuses much more on online businesses than on blogs. If you want to have a blog, then Business Catalyst is not the way to go. However, if you have products you want to sell, you can skip a lot of coding and stress by going with this option, because it is probably the best one out there. You can create a custom HTML/CSS layout, upload it and then integrate the available modules into it  - it can’t be easier. Adobe offers five types of monthly licenses for Business Catalyst, ranged between $9 and $79.

3. Cushy CMS

For Cushy CMS you don’t have to pay anything, because it comes free of charge. You can, however, go pro for $28 per month, but you have pretty much what you need if you are a beginner in the free version. Cushy is very similar to WordPress in this matter. If you go for the free version you have only very basic features available and will not be able to upload your own logo, change colors, use your domain name, customize the themes and others.

The main advantage of Cushy is that is simple and you do not require PHP, ASP.net or any other programming language to use it. Cushy produces as well standards compliant, search engine friendly content. Another advantage is that the server space is unlimited even with the free version.

4. Contao

Formerly known as TYPOlight, Contao changed its name in June 2010 and is an accessible open source CMS that enhances functionality. There is no CMS in the world that can compare itself with WordPress in terms of plugins and extensions, but Contao does its best efforts with a large database of useful plugins available for everybody. There are hundreds of additional modules which are easy to install and customize and there are also lots of templates available.

The downside of Contao are exactly the custom templates which have to be bought and for which you might need to know some CSS, because they definitely need to be customized to fit your needs. The templates are not great and if you look to create a visual impact but don’t have design and coding knowledge, Contao might not be the best choice.

5. Radiant CMS

Radiant CMS is based on Ruby on Rails and has a very active community for support and updates. Radiant focuses on making everything user-friendly for everybody and offers flexible templates which can be customized right after installation. Radiant features a very good and flexible site structure, custom text filters and page caching. It is not full of plugins and modules, but it gets the job done. Moreover, the CMS is free of charge.

6. SilverStripe

SilverStripe is another open-source application written with the use of PHP. It has many configurable options and targets websites with a lot of content, because it is very easy to manage it. Built on the Saphire framework, SilverStripe offers very good SEO support and allows users to customize the administration area too, which is quite rare nowadays.

The downside of SilverStripe are the default layouts, which are pure basic templates, but as long as you know some design, customizing them should not be a problem. You might also find some custom templates on the internet and spare some time designing yourself.

7. Textpattern CMS

Textpattern is a relatively popular Content Management System due to its simplicity. It provides great tools and allows users to create content very easy, quick and according to web standards-compliant pages. There is not a WYSIWYG editor included, because the CMS uses textile markup for content generation, which means text is automatically generated into HTML (this option is available in WordPress as well, so you should be used to it). The administration panel is very easy to use and follow.

Textpattern comes free of charge as well and allows many things such as layout editing, file and image upload, plugin installation, SEO tools, subscribing features and a big support team which continuously improves the platform.

8. Alfresco

Alfresco is very easy to install and lets you convert files into documents. Alfresco might be a bit more difficult to get used to, but if you put some time into it, in the end it will pay off. Alfresco is not that much for beginner bloggers, but targets developers much more. Don’t get me wrong, this CMS is very flexible and usable and the administration panel is organized, maintained and easy to navigate through, it just takes a bit more time to get used to it. Alfresco is an open-source product as well.

Tips on choosing the perfect CMS for you

After reviewing these CMS, you probably have a difficult choice in choosing one of them, therefore I thought of sharing some tips with you very fast. First time you have to think what your needs are. If you are business oriented and want to sell something, Adobe Business Catalyst is probably the only choice, although it might be a bit pricey. The rest of the CMSs reviewed here are for bloggers, although Expression Engine might be a bit too expensive, so try to avoid it if you only do this for passion and don’t plan on getting serious with it.

You also have to think how intuitive and easy to use the system is and how good the GUI interface looks. If the administration panel is difficult to use, then why should you choose that one? In the end, the administration panel is the place where you will spend 95% of your time.

Think also if the CMS is flexible enough and allows you to use plugins or modules. And make a short research before choosing one of them and see if the available plugins and modules are enough for you. If the CMS is not extensible, I personally don’t consider it worthy to be chosen.

In case you are a developer, this tip might not be for you, but if you are a blogger only, or maybe a front-end designer, would you feel comfortable to have to edit ASP.net or PHP pages/modules? If not, then choose a CMS that doesn’t force you to do this. If it is too complex it might not be for you.

Other important thing you should consider is the security. I am aware of the fact that the largest CMS in the World, WordPress, has security issues all the time, but at least they try to work on them. There is no perfect CMS if we take a look at their security, but hey, this is the internet today, there is not that much you can do. However, it is a good to make a bit of research and see which CMS is the most secure.

Find out if the system is optimized for speed and performance, like Expression Engine is, and then look into the documentation and support. At some point in time you might need some help and it is important to have a place where you know you can find answers.

With this last tip I put an end to this article. I hope all the small, but very good and interesting CMS I’ve reviewed today look interesting to you and I hope this article helps you a bit in the process of choosing your next Content Management System.

BONUS

Earlier today Salman talked about Pligg, a Social Networking CMS for people who want to create a website like Digg and Reddit. Also included are 20 examples of how Pligg is used. Be sure to check it!

March 18 2011

15:32

13 Excellent Plugins To Enhance The Power Of WordPress Admin Section

There are hundreds of wordpress plugins available on the internet. Some of them are very useful and some of them are only for the sake of existence. But it’s totally up to you that how you can make your wordpress blog more strong and powerful using different plugins to give your blog readers an amazing and wonderful experience. In this post, We are listing down wordpress plugins for admin area that are worth checking out.

You are welcome if you want to share more wordpress plugins for admin area that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

Developer Tools

The Developer Tools plugin creates an admin user interface for many of the code-enabled features in WordPress and commonly used JavaScript libraries. It also generate template code for theme development.

Role Scoper

Role Scoper is a comprehensive access control solution, giving you CMS-like control of reading and editing permissions. With this plugin, You can assign restrictions and roles to specific pages, posts or categories.

Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu

The lazy and the productive will love it : all admin links available in a neat horizontal CSS driven drop down menu. No need to click on “Manage” then “Pages” to edit pages. And plenty more space on your screen.

WP Login reCAPTCHA

This plugin simply adds reCAPTCHA to your login form. By adding reCAPTCHA to your login form, you can prevent bot / script from trying to login to your WordPress website.

WPMU Prefill Post

You can add the ability to create post template. You can manage templates and use them to prefill a post. Also prefill the post title.

Scissors Continued

This plugin adds cropping, resizing, and rotating functionality to WordPress’ image upload and management dialogs. Scissors also allows automatic resizing of images when they are uploaded and supports automatic and manual watermarking of images. Additionally, images that are resized in the post editor are automatically resampled to the requested size using bilinear filtering when a post is saved, which improves the perceived image quality while reducing the amount of data transferred at the same time.

Auto Post Thumbnail

Auto post thumbnail is a plugin to generate post thumbnail from first image in post or any custom post type. If the first image doesn’t work it will automatically search for the next one and so on until the post thumbnail is inserted.

Global Hide/Remove Admin Bar Plugin

This plugin adds an option to the Settings Menu to globally turn off the Admin Bar and/or turn off the user option in the profile to show admin bar.

Custom Login

You can use this plugin to customize your login screen. It will really help you to design personalized login screen for your every clients.

Hellos Bar

This plugin adds a javascript file that will position a fixed bar at the top of your browser screen to show announcements (controlled by a custom post type [CPT]) on each page load. Built with simple HTML and javascript.

Faster Image Insert

This plugin moves built-in Media Manager down in a meta-box, right next to main editing panel, so you have full control of the manager: opens it, makes it collapse or hidden from the interface completely. Best of all, is now you can insert image(s) much faster, and precisely where you want them to be.

WP Hotlink Protection

The WordPress Automatic Image Hotlink Protection plugin is a single step script designed to stop others from stealing your images. Simply add an .htaccess file to your root folder thereby stopping external web servers from linking directly to your files.

Cimy Header Image Rotator

With this plugin, you can displays an image that automatically rotates depending on setting. You can setup from one second up to one day and more. Intermediate settings are also possible.

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May 01 2010

09:07

Tabzon: A Small And Easy In-Out Attendance Board For Offices

Different workplaces have different ways to mark an employee’s attendance. Sometimes a physical register is kept in which each employ signs in and out. Other workplaces use a fingerprint scanner or a code-entering gadget to mark attendance. Another way is for each employee to sign in via an email which can only be opened from the office.

All these solutions are effective in marking attendance but are not effective in finding out where the employee is presently. In other words, if an employee is absent, the boss does not have a way to find the reason of absence.

To remedy this, a better sign in-out solution is provided by Tabzon.

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tabzon

Tabzon is a free website that acts as an in-out board. It can work as a wonderful attendance tool for businesses. To take advantage of the site, the boss creates a Tabzon account. This requires entering the name of the company and no kind of personal details. Upon successful account creation we are provided with a URL for our company’s in-out board. We can then proceed to invite our employees to Tabzon either from within our account or by sharing the URL.

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When a user enters your Tabzon in-out board, each time he is about to be away from work, he updates his Tabzon status for other employees to see.

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Using Tabzon employees will be able to specify the reason they are currently unavailable. This is something that will be a great help to the bosses and administration.

If you are heading a company, give Tabzon a try by clicking here and let me know in the comments what you think about it.

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April 03 2010

21:51

Now Make Your Blogging Life Easier Than Ever With Wordpress For iPad

We have got a great news for bloggers who use wordpress as their blogging platform and who do their best to keep their blog updated with latest news/happenings but they could not do the best due to functional limitation of wordpress for smartphones. Now Wordpress made it easier for you if you are planning to have your Apple’s recently released iPad.

While everyone is curiously watching the release of Apple’s iPad, Wordpress just announced the release of their optimized version of iPhone OS to take advantage of the iPad’s new user interface. It will really make your blogging life easier than ever before. Let me tell you how…

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You may want to post update from anywhere (while you are on the move) but who knew that it would be like that easy as today after this release. Now write, add photos, check your spelling, and even create links without having to write a single line of code or HTML. While writing if you are not comfortable, just rotate the screen. WordPress will automatically adjust to a more comfortable widescreen layout to enjoy the iPad experience.

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Yeah, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with your readers while you are not on the computer. But from now on you can moderate, edit, or reply to comments. It will also help you to quickly moderate bulk comments through the easy to use interface.

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I agree it’s not necessary but it would be fun though to share your location when you post to your wordpress blog if you are out somewhere. Just tap the Geotag icon on the Write screen, and watch as WordPress locates you on the map. It’s a great way to share where you were when you posted to your blog. But we have to wait for Geotagging features because it will be available on the iPad when the 3G model comes out in late April.

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March 08 2010

23:58

DotNetNuke Makes It Easier For You To Build Feature-Rich, Interactive Web Sites And Applications

DotNetNuke Community Edition is a leading free open-source content management system for ASP.NET websites.  With DotNetNuke, you can quickly and effectively deploy dynamic web applications with almost no technical knowledge, however if you are an ASP.NET developer, you can customize it in the way you want to fulfill your specific needs.  Whether you need to deploy a simple website or a feature-rich dynamic application, DotNetNuke cater your needs in the way you want.

Unlike legacy web applications, you don’t need services of a web developer in order to make changes in your content and locations of different modules.  You can easily achieve this task on-the-fly by logging into the administration control panel.

Since DotNetNuke is open-source, you can enhance and extend the functionality of it if you are familiar with ASP.NET programming.  In addition to the existing modules in DotNetNuke, you can develop custom modules over it or use from a number of pre-developed modules by different third party vendors to extend the functionality as per your business needs.

DotNetNuke is the world’s most widely adopted framework for building web applications on Microsoft Windows platform. DotNetNuke powers over 500,000 portals, web applications and public web sites. It has a large open-source community to support the development of the system.  Furthermore, you can find number of help and support resources and books that help you find solutions to your problems while you work.

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February 11 2010

07:51

KENTICO CMS For ASP.NET: An All-In-One Solution For Your Web Site And Now With Free Editon Too

Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is a powerful and fully featured Content Management System. This robust and stable CMS can be used for building and maintaining websites including Intranets, Online Stores and Social Community Networks using the Web 2.0 features on the ASP.NET platform. In addition it comes with a Free Edition that might be used even for commercial purposes!

Let’s find out what Kentico CMS has to offer each of us:

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Key Features For Developers

For Web Developers Kentico represents an all-in-one solution that helps you achieve the best of your results with least of effort and in shortest time.

Fast Development Process: Kentico CMS offers ready-to-use framework on ASP.NET platform, which otherwise would have been a tedious and expensive job with hours of coding. Hours of manual coding to write SQL queries and ADO.NET codes has been cut down by Kentico CMS into a few mouse click processes and loads of other ready-made modules.

Open Extensibility and Flexibility: Kentico CMS is featured with unrestricted and extensible architecture and web development framework, which is a real problem with many of the content management systems of the date.

Highly Flexible HTML Code & Design:
Kentico offers you high flexibility and full control over the (X)HTML code and customization in design in addition to flexibility in site navigation and structure.

Responsive Support: Kentico CMS provides all clients with a highly responsive and readily reacting Phone and E-mail support.

7 days bug fixing policy: Every reported bug will be fixed within 7 working days. That’s a unique commitment on the market.

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Key Features For Web-Masters

Used widely for variety of websites ranging from Intranets, Extranets to Corporate, Community, E-Commerce and many other sites, Kentico CMS indeed has been the preferable choice of most of the site owners.

User Friendly Interface: Kentico CMS is featured with user-friendly interface and WYSIWYG editor that is easy to use and edit, even if you are not a technical guru. With just only the minimum knowledge of Word, you can easily learn the features of it.

Easy Solution To Creating Your Website
: There’s hardly to worry about even if you do not have a web developer to create and incorporate your requirements based on Kentico CMS. It helps you with hundreds of Kentico CMS Solution Partners, who are at your service with the complete design and template based on your requirements.

Helps To Build Interactive Websites: Websites does not only mean a good template design and collection of information. With Kentico CMS you can make your website much more interactive by creating online forms, communities using forums, newsletters, blogs and can perform surveys too. It also allows you to add a shopping cart to your website for online selling, which is again an important feature.

Know How Your Site Is Doing: With the built-in feature of Web Analytics, Kentico CMS helps you in tracking your website results such as the visits and campaigns. Furthermore, it helps you in optimizing the content of your website for better results.

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System Requirements

Kentico CMS for ASP.NET does not require any high-end technical configuration to work. The minimum technical requirements your system should have to run this CMS software are;

  • ASP.NET 2.0
  • .NET Framework 2.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008
  • Visual Studio / Visual Web Developer 2005/2008 and
  • Internet Information Services

Security Benefits

Security is one of the vital features for any software and same with Kentico CMS too. It has its own security standards and system based on the standard security features of ASP.NET.

Kentico CMS for ASP.NET supports both Windows Authentication and Forms Authentication service as well. You can even create your own that will work by importing user information from external database. Module based user permissions can also be granted for specific documents or sections of website. In a word, the Permissions Authorization is not just only limited to predefined ones. Moreover, Kentico CMS provides other security features too such as UI Personalization. To know details about the security benefits, visit Security Benefits of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET.

Free Edition, Trial Version and Virtual Lab

It comes with a Free License Edition for use in personal or even commercial projects. There’s no expiration period for this version, however it offers limited features set (like number of items in E-shop etc.). Get a Free License Edition of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Good way to evaluate Kentico CMS is to download a 30 days trial version with all its features enabled and 10 support tickets by e-mail at free of cost. Download Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Trial Package and know its incomparable features more closely.

Kentico offers you an amazing feature of ‘Virtual Lab’ where you get the chance to evaluate it more closely online without installing anything on your PC. In this Virtual Lab option, a temporary website is being created on their server. This is a 7 days trial website where you can test almost all the features of Kentico CMS and is available in four options including Corporate, E-commerce, Social Community Network and Personal Web site. Go ahead to subscribe for a 7 days trial of Virtual Lab of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

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Main Benefits At A Glance

To sum up, here are the major beneficial points in part of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET;

  • It is based on the Microsoft ASP.NET and SQL Server platform
  • The complete C# source code is available along with the source code license
  • High level of customization using Visual Studio
  • Fully featured and SEO friendly solution and available in 200+ web-parts that can be used to build any site including E-commerce, Intranet or Social Network.
  • It offers tons of ready-to-use modules that helps in fast website development with no complex manual coding
  • It hardly requires any technical knowledge while the non-technical users can use it with ease
  • No additional software or add-ons are required as Kentico CMS itself is a complete solution package
  • Featured with browser based WYSIWYG editor that is easy to use
  • User-friendly Interface that is easy-to use and translated into 8 languages
  • It comes with a Free License Edition for use in commercial or personal projects with no time limitation
  • Support system is highly responsive
  • Multilingual support that includes right-to-left languages and eastern languages too.
  • Kentico CMS offers Multisite Support featuring support to unlimited number of websites with just a single instance
  • Low in bugs with 7 days policy for bug fixation. For the past (4.1) version they also planted a tree for each bug found – Trees For Bugs
  • A living community at Kentico DevNet (http://devnet.kentico.com/)
  • Implementation cost is low
  • Last but not the least, it is a fully re-brandable solution

You can see the Complete List Of Features Of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET for more details.

Words are just not enough to describe the immense number of features offered by this content management system software. One of the best showcases of its popularity is the Windows Web Application Gallery. Inspite of its signing up in the later half of last year, the number of downloads of Kentico CMS is already making its way to the top.

Finally, the price for this outstanding content management system ranges from $0 for free edition to $ 4499 for 1 Web Site Ultimate License.

Be it for your corporate website, a community website or an online store, Kentico CMS for ASP.NET has all the features that makes it an all-in-one solution that stands far ahead of other CMS softwares of the present date.

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December 21 2009

06:32

Top 5 Content Management Systems for eCommerce

eCommerce continues to steadily evolve as it’s become one of the most reliable, and preferable ways to purchase goods. Its very existence has allowed countless number of businesses reach new heights, and take advantage of endless possibilities. As new standards, ideas, and applications for eCommerce role out, the strength of your online presence must support these new trends.

Having a powerful and dependable Content Management System is becoming less of an option and more of a need. Below we’ve outlined 5 of the best Content Management Systems to fuel your eCommerce. Please note that CMS’s like WordPress and Joomla, although not entirely focused on eCommerce, they offer effective plugins to take care of your basic and intermediate level needs.

Business Catalyst

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Business Catalyst allows you to build typical eCommerce web sites that range from small to medium sizes. Once you sign up you’ll get a hosted eCommerce application that provides you with a dedicated content management system (CMS) that has the power to jumpstart blogs, shopping carts, and forums. You’ll also be greeted with easy to understand analytics that let you track web site visits and customer activity. The user interface is simple and concise. Business Catalyst not only helps build your online store, but it manages it as well. BC is a full-featured hosted application that offers great support over the phone, email, or live chat.

Magento

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Magento is classified as an open source eCommerce platform that eases the flow between design and online sales. Magento is one of the fastest growing eCommerce solutions in the market, and with their long list of features it’s not hard to see why. Magento likes to out-smart other content management systems for eCommerce by providing excellent options to grow your site. Magento is a very flexible eCommerce platform that lets you Manage multiple websites, integrate Google Website Optimizer and over 50 payment gateways.

PrestaShop

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PrestaShop is a free, open source eCommerce platform that delivers a wide variety of features such as the full control of your inventory, orders, shipping and tracking, allowing you to manage your business in real-time. This eCommerce platform has a WYSIWYG editing tool for your products and the managing of images. Your online store can be customized at any time, accept PayPal payments, and manage customer based subscriptions. PrestaShop can send payments directly to your bank account, or your PayPal account.

OpenCart

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Open cart’s admin area has a well designed user interface that simplifies the process of tweaking your site. When you first begin using this eCommerce platform you’re given a customizable layout that gives your products an adequate amount of “breathing room”. OpenCart lets you take full control of your shipping features and the ability to take coupons. You can use coupon codes for your existing customers as incentives. Open Cart is ideal for small to medium sized businesses that are looking for flexibility and the power of useful tools at their fingertips.

osCSS

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osCSS is simply a php eCommerce shopping application that’s built on the oscommerce GPL code. It’s available for a free download and distribution. This version complies with current web standards by using XHTML 1.1 as the mark-up language. You’ll have full take on how to display your products and the way they will be shipped. Although osCSS isn’t the most popular or powerful eCommerce CMS, it sure does get the job done.

If we’ve missed any important ones, please share it with us!

About the Author

Joel ReyesJoel Reyes is a web designer and web developer with years of experience in the industry. He runs a development studio called Looney Designer. Connect with him via Twitter, and through his Blog.

November 26 2009

18:38

15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For

Today, we are going to say big Thank You to everyone who support us, appreciate us, love us and always be there for us when we need them. So, how can we forget those that makes our computer life easier and did the tremendous work for us. They delivered us those applications/softwares that help us to get the routine work done for our daily use. There are many that we can not count and list down exactly but we are tried to make a list of 15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For. And Yes! Happy Thanksgiving all of you too

You are welcome to share other software you would thankful for and that made your life easier. . Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

WordPress

Wordpress

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

phpBB

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With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.

Firefox

Firefox 3.5 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

Drupal

Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.

Gimp

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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Ubuntu

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Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

Wine

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Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.

FileZilla

FileZilla is a cross-platform graphical FTP, FTPS and SFTP client a lot of features, supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and more. FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server for Windows. It has a powerful Site Manager and transfer queue and drag & drop support.

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment. This is based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

TightVNC

TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.This is a cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.

Blender

Blender

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems. It includes tools for modeling – fast subdivision surface and polygon tools, multi-resolution mesh sculpting, metaballs, NURBS, vector fonts, and curves; uv mapping; shaders and texturing – both paint based and node based; ik and fk animation tools with rigging, constraints, skinning, morph targets, drivers, deformers, and modifiers; simulation tools including hard bodies, soft body, cloth, and fluids; and particle systems including hair. Blender has integrated rendering with both its native renderer and the raytracer Yafray as well supporting many external renderers; and python based scripting.

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together etc.

VideoLAN

VideoLAN

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

BitTorrent

BitTorrent

BitTorrent 6 is a client that transfers large videos, audios or softwares in a faster and cheaper way. A ‘client’ in this case is a computer program that follows the rules of a protocol. The BitTorrent 6 client will give you access to the world of content on the protocol in a lightweight, fast and reliable package.

OpenOffice

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Mozilla Firefox As An Open Source Faster, Safer And Smarter Web Browser

firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a fast and powerful web browser designed to run on both Linux and Windows. There are far fewer issues with spyware, adware, and pop ups making it far more secure than Internet Explorer.

Amaya

Alternative: Adobe Dreamweaver

amaya

Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

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