In an attempt to answer
some common questions, I have created this page with various links to some of the
most popular programs, tools and scripts. To make this easier to understand and find what
it is you are looking for, I have put it together as a small list of tasks everyone
goes through in the creation and maintaining of a website. As you read through the
list, you will find two kind of links. The BLUE links
are to the companies web page for that product. The RED
links are to
download the program itself. I will try to keep this updated as best as I can, but
you may find a newer version at the companies website. Most of the programs
listed here are shareware versions of the retail product. They will have time
limits or nag screens until you purchase them from the company. Since you are
using these tools to make money, if you find anything here usefull...please
spend the money. They are also trying to make a living... :)
FTP Clients :
This is how you will transfer the files to and from your website unless you are
using Frontpage or some other automated deployment or publishing
Ws_FTP Pro by
IPSWITCH is most peoples favorite.
Version 7.5 is the latest available.
CuteFTP by GlobalSCAPE, Inc. is also very popular, with a different feel.
Version 4.2 is
Telnet/SSH Clients : This
is how you will access the server via a command line. Use
this for installing scripts.
by Vandyke Software This is the best I have
found...And the easiest to use! Version 3.4.4. Due to legal mumbo Jumbo... You need to fill out a form even to
get the trial...
F-Secure SSH by F-Secure,
Inc. Corperate users trust this one... Version 5.2 More legal crap here.
Email Clients : Most likely you are using windows, so
you should at least have Outlook Express... If you have MS Office installed
then you have the full blown Outlook. If by chance you hate either of those...
then this next program is a god send...
Eudora Email by Qualcomm I used this for some time, but
after a couple reinstalls of windows...I just started using Outlook. Version 5.1
HTML Editors : Ok, you can transfer files...get on
the server and send email. Now it's time to make the webSite. I have personally used all of these to one degree or another.
Homesite by Macromedia This editor was bought from Allaire by Macromedia...they
ripped out the graphical editor because they already have Dreamweaver. It is by
far my favorite editor. Version 5
CoffeeCup HTML Editor
by CoffeeCup Software I like this one a lot also... I has tons of
wizards to help you through just about anything you might want to do...Lots of
cool effects built in too... Version 9.2
HotDog Pro by Sausage
Software Automation and ease of use are high on this company's list...
If you are shopping for an editor, I suggest you try all three of these very
fine products! Version
5) Graphical Web Design :
Personal Preference, Hosting Platforms, Programming Languages, Site
Requirements and many other things all need to be considered when choosing a Professional Web Design Platform. In this
section, I will just list many of the most often used products...you can take a look and decide what you want to look into.
Microsoft Frontpage 2002
Net Objects Fusion
Abobe Go Live
6) Graphics Creation
PhotoShop by Adobe Adobe Photoshop is the
professional image-editing standard, helping you produce the highest
quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Version 7 has no free
Fireworks by Macromedia If
Photoshop is the king of image editors...Fireworks runs the show when it
come to creating digital images. These two together make an awesome team.
Also no trial version here yet...
7) Web Tools : There are probably thousands of programs written to
help make web design and building easier. Of those, I can only suggest the
ones I have found helpfull.
Swish by SwishZone.Com Everyone thinks Flash
Graphics are cool. Only a few could make them until these kind folks created
Swish! You can make Flash
without Flash... It's really that simple! Version 2.0
Linko, Ltd. Probably one of the nicest programs for making those great
Dynamic HTML graphical do everything but wash your ass menu makers out there...
Thumbs Plus by Cerious Software The absolute industry
standard for creating Thumbnail Galleries. Unless you are using an automated
script, this is the one to get. Version
Top Style Pro by Bradbury Software
Style sheets are here to stay...and once you realize how much time they save,
how much easier page layout becomes...you'll never go back. Top Style makes life
with style sheets a walk in the park. Version 2.5