This is the November 2009 Edition of the Net Link Hosts' "LinkedIn" Newsletter.

Content Management Systems

If you are new to building websites online, you’re really in luck these days, because you have unlimited options for building your new website. You can buy a web design template and simply use that, or you can use our website builder in cPanel.  You can buy Dreamweaver or use Frontpage.  There are a number of other options depending on your comfort zone and skill level.

But there’s one solution that is often overlooked, even though it can really save you money and help in getting your website designed and even developed, all in one breath. These are Content Management Systems or CMS if you want to sound all savvy.

A CMS is just what it sounds like: an easy way to manage your website’s content. For non-techie users or those new to web hosting, using a CMS is a very affordable way to add great style and easy updating for your website. A CMS also includes the ability to install advanced features (or plug-ins) to really extend what your website can do.

Here are a couple of content management systems, all of which are free, open source projects and available as a simple installation in Fantastico.

Definitely the Godfather of content management these days, even though some people do argue that WordPress isn’t exactly a CMS. If you want to get technical, it’s just a blogging platform, but people are using it more and more for managing all aspects of their website.

The Pros of WordPress Web Hosting: It’s fall off a log easy. Maybe even easier. And it’s 100% free, you can install it with about 3 clicks of your mouse via the Fantastico control panel inside cPanel. There are thousands upon thousands of free WordPress themes (templates) you can download and use.

The Cons of WordPress Web Hosting: It has its limitations, as it’s designed to be a blogging platform.

Joomla! is one of the forerunners of CMS, and has really become synonymous with that term – you say “CMS”, I say “Joomla!”! This is because it’s been around a long time and is a really powerful system, which can help you improve website performance, incorporate RSS Feeds, enable printable pages, news flashes, add blogs and polls, paste website search tools, and all this can be done in a million languages.

The Pros of Joomla Web Hosting: Once you get used to it, there really isn’t anything you can’t do. It’s also 100% free and just like WordPress you can install it via Fantastico in about 3 clicks. Besides the gazillion free Joomla templates and skins out there, you can also find reliable Joomla extensions, which when installed add features like ecommerce shopping carts, advanced RSS options, advertising units, and a ton more.

The Cons of Joomla Web Hosting: It’s really not easy to get started, which is unfortunate because many people miss out on the chance to utilize Joomla’s extensive features. If you have the time to learn it, Joomla is a great choice.

b2evolution

b2evolution is, like WordPress, primarily a blogging platform.  It's a powerful system for managing your websites with incredible advanced features you can learn as you go. One of the main things people like about b2 is its ability to manage multiple blogs under one single installation. This simplifies the process and just saves you so much time in the long run.

The Pros of b2evolution Web Hosting: Easy, Free, Simple.

The Cons of b2evolution Web Hosting: Limitations as far as content management goes and there aren’t as many templates/skins out there for you unless you’re willing to customize them yourself.

And those are just 3 of the available choices you have. There’s also Drupal, Mambo, Typo, and many others. To start, check out the ones listed above, but take a look in Fantastico to install one and see which one best suits your site's needs.

Stock Photo Sites

Photos that have gone into the public domain or are free stock images are hard to come by and can be a useful tool for any webmaster out there.  Here is a list of 18 stock photo web sites.

  1. Public-domain-photos.com
  2. ImageBase
  3. FreePhotosBank.com
  4. FreeJPG
  5. Cepolina Photos
  6. Studio25
  7. Visipix
  8. Burning Well
  9. tOfz
  10. stock.diwiesign.com
  11. UnProfound
  12. Abstract Influence
  13. FreeFoto
  14. unices.org
  15. Amygdela’s atmosphere
  16. ZURBphotos
  17. star29
  18. Photogen

Always remember to read through the terms of use for each site, as each web site has it’s own rules for usage (such as “only for non-commercial use” or something to that effect).

Quick and Easy Website Translations

Are you looking for a way to open your content up to even more people out there in the world?  Publishing yourself in multiple languages might be pretty tough, but we have a shortcut that can do the job in just a few minutes.

ConveyThis.com will give you an easy to use web site button to take care of all of your translation needs.  Supporting up to 29 different languages, this service is one that many people have been looking for, for a very long time.

Here is a little more about the online tool from the developers:

Now you can get a free translation button that can translate your web site or blog to any language with the help of all the major online translators: Google translate, BabelFish, Live Translator, and more! Remove the hassle of maintaining code from translators that are down or suspended. We do all the work for you. Plus, you get statistics about languages your pages were translated into the most. Make your websites more popular and accessible with the help of ConveyThis.com! It’s FREE and there are no ads of any kind.

You can also login to check and see how many users are using the button to translate your web site and what language they are translating to.  This is a great tool that would be an asset to any web site developer out there.

Go register today, and open yourself up to an entirely new audience.

 

We hope you find the information in this month's newsletter helpful and informative.  If you have any questions about any of the content in this newsletter, feel free to contact us.  We'd like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!



Sunday, November 1, 2009

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