Easy Web Authoring!
KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.
Key features of Kompozer:
- WYSIWYG editing of pages, making web creation as easy as typing a letter with your word processor.
- Integrated file management via FTP. Simply login to your web site and navigate through your files, editing web pages on the fly, directly from your site.
- Reliable HTML code creation that will work with all of today’s most popular browsers.
- Jump between WYSIWYG Editing Mode and HTML using tabs.
- Tabbed editing to make working on multiple pages a snap.
- Powerful support for forms, tables, and templates.
- The easiest-to-use, most powerful Web Authoring System available for Desktop Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh users.
This great HTML editor is often used in conjunction with GIMP
(THE opensource free graphics editor) to produce some great websites. If you are lucky enough to have a subscription to Lynda.Com
(video tutorials) then you can watch a great tutorial on how to create a great website using pure .CSS by just using opensource tools (namely Kompozer and GIMP)
Komodo Edit 4 is a free, multi-language editor that makes it easy to write quality code. Focus on what your code can do; let your editor sweat the details. Background syntax checking and syntax coloring catch errors immediately, while AutoComplete and CallTips guide you as you write. Available on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
Download Komodo IDE from here
From the same organisation you can download the brilliant ActivePerl and ActivePython. Also checkout all the code (easily downloaded) that you can learn from here.
via Komodo | ActiveState Community Site.
Cliccami Welcome to MorfeoShow – Easy Photo Gallery System for Joomla! 1.5
Based on an original work by Matthew Thomson (ignitejoomlaextensions.com)You can create Four types of galleries:
* Classic (Standard Interface)
* Flash (Flash Interface)
* Maps (Google Maps Interface)
* External sources (Picasa or Flickr)
* Several visual display parameters to choose from including ‘Classic’ and ‘Flash’.
* Short and full descriptions can be added to each gallery and set to display or not.
* Additional images can be inserted in the full description.
* Galleries can be edited after being created.
* Folders’ write permissions are displayed in the backend when gallery folders are created or edited.
ScrewTurn Wiki is a fast, powerful and simple ASP.NET wiki engine, installs in minutes and it’s available in different packages and languages, fitting every need. It’s even free and opensource.Files (wiki entries) are stored as files on the hard disk and not in a database making the maintenance and backup very easy. Easily skinned via straightforward CSS and can be enhanced with the API.
Really just for my own use! Google RSS reader shortcuts – just because I use it and can never remember them! One interesting way of organising the feeds is to add ‘tags’ to the entries. This way you can quickly find them again just using your tags – a bit like delicious and other social media systems online.
||selects the next/previous item in the list
||moves the page down/up
||in list view, selects the next item without opening it
||in list view, expands or collapses the selected item
||in list view, expands or collapses the selected item
||stars the selected item
||shares the selected item
||mark as read/unread
||switches the read state of the selected item
||tag an item
||opens the tagging field for the selected item
||opens the original source for this article in a new window
||mark all as read
||marks all items in the current view as read
||displays the subscription as expanded items
||displays the subscription as a list of headlines
||refreshes the unread counts in the navigation
||selects the next/previous subscription or folder in the navigation
||expand or collapse a folder selected in the navigation
||navigation open subscription
||opens the item currently selected in the navigation
||go to home
||goes to the Google Reader homepage
||go to all items
||goes to the “All items” view
||go to starred items
||goes to the “Starred items” view
||go to tag
||allows you to navigate to a tag by entering the tag name
||go to subscription
||allows you to navigate to a subscription by entering the subscription name
||toggle full screen mode
||hides and shows the list of subscriptions
||keyboard shortcuts help
||displays a quick guide to all of Reader’s shortcuts
There’s an interesting article on the ONLamp.Com web site describing how John McCreesh used the wordpress blogging software to create and maintain a CMS based site. The site was originally using phpWebSite; which is an opensource community-driven CMS system based around php.
It seems to me that this should be very simple as there are loads of plugins for wordpress and the basic CMS system straight out of the box is more than adequate with its customised page templates and multiple ‘page’ capabilities. Really all it needs is some styling and layout changes to make the system into a very useable day to day web based CMS system – all for free!
Many people are now concentrating on the ‘content’ of a web site rather than the look and feel. The layout is of course important, especially if you are looking for brand image, but underneath all the show, there has to be good content. A content management system (CMS) is the ideal way to breach the gap between the two. By using the power of wordpress and the plethora of add-ons and support in the community plus an adequate content management system to bring it all together you have the best of both worlds.
A friend of mine (Les Edgecumbe) runs a wordpress site for the community highlighting the outrageous monstrosity that is the CLS Laundry based in Newton Abbot. Originally Les used a web based commercial CMS system, some things were not easy and he relied on my help. I converted him to wordpress and now he maintains the site without my assistance and gets a good number of hits. He can concentrate on the content and not worry about the underlying technology that runs his site; it’s maintained by 1000’s of developers out there all the time!
I suggest you use wordpress and once your up and running, pop over to the wordpress ThemeViewer to choose a suitable style for your web, create a few pages and articles and your running. If your interested in CMS systems themselves, go to opensourcecms. This web site does a really good job of comparing CMS systems, and lets you ‘try’ different cms based systems online to help you decide which one is best. It has the usual popular systems such as joomla, drupal, typo3, php-nuke and mambo plus some other systems that you may not of heard about.
Update (26/10/2008): You can now compress some of the portableApps to squeeze even more applications onto your memory stick with the PortableApps.Com AppCompactor. This is also packaged as a portable app (but note this is intended for developers or advanced users).
Now you can take FREE applications with you as you travel between work and home or abroad. The web site portableapps.com has a collection of applications that can be installed on a USB memory stick and run directly from that device on any PC.
The portableapps web site (FREE) also has a dashboard (menu system) that allows you to install more applications and run the applications that you already have installed
on the USB device. Some of the key applications available (from sourceforge) are:
- Audacity (sound recording)
- Pidgin (IM client)
- Scribus (DTP)
- FileZilla (FTP client)
- Firefox (Web browser client)
- NVU (Web design package with WYSIWYG)
- OpenOffice Suite (Full office application suite)
- GIMP (Graphics)
- VirtualDub (Video editing)
- VLC (Video player)
- Plus many more…
I found all the applications installed without a single problem. If you use the portableapps menu application to install the software it automatically adds the new program to the menu. You do not need to install the dashboard but in doing so you get a neat backup / restore utility that backs up your memory stick applications to your local hard disk.
I use the IM client everyday (as it connects to most IM systems with one program). This is a brilliant way of carrying around some key applications in your pocket without having to rely on a PC having them pre-installed. I now use Windows Live Writer quite a lot to create blog entries, and came across a site explaining how to install Live Writer as a portable application, I have not tried this yet, but will blog my findings when I do.
On the portableapps web site you’ll also find a download that is self contained and has all the essential applications (currently about 90Mb download). It’s called the portableapps.com suite. There’s also a ‘lite’ version that is only 30Mb (uses AbiWord instead of the full OfficeSuite).