Open Source Programs
A worldwide effort has paid off in free software that really works. Here are some useful examples.
For your website
All of the following can be installed on your web site for your clients or just yourself to use.
CivicSpace is "a free open-source software platform for grassroots organizing and civic activity. It allows individuals and organizations to build online communities that communicate effectively, act collectively, and coordinate coherently with a network of other related organizations and communities."
WebCalendar is "a PHP-based calendar application that can be configured as a single-user calendar, a multi-user calendar for groups of users, or as an event calendar viewable by visitors."
Zen Cart™ "truly is the art of e-commerce; a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system."
Open-Realty™ is "a free web-based listing management application. It is intended to be both easy to setup and use. Written in PHP, Open-RealtyTM is designed to be a fast and flexible tool."
Almond Classifieds is a classified ads organizing system.
Post Affiliate is "a free affiliate system written in PHP. It is simple and easy to use. It contains the basic necessary functionality that allows you to set up and maintain your own affiliate program, one of the best and cheapest ways to increase sales and achieve higher targeted traffic. Affiliate marketing is very effective solution, because it allows you to base advertising on a pay-per-performance model."
Moodle is "a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts), yet it can scale from a single-teacher site to a 50,000-student University."
Coppermine is "an image gallery system featuring categories and albums, thumbnails and intermediate size pics, search feature, new and random pictures, user management (private galleries, groups), user comments, e-cards feature, slideshow viewer."
Gallery is "a web-based software product that lets you manage your photos on your own website. You must have your own website with PHP support in order to install and use it. With Gallery you can easily create and maintain albums of photos via an intuitive interface. Photo management includes automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, captioning, searching and more."
WordPress is "a personal publisher (web log) with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. It's what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it."
PHPlist is "a double opt-in email list/newsletter manager. It is designed to assist you to stay in touch with your audience, without flooding them with information they don't want. PHPlist is an essential tool for anyone who is serious about creating, capturing and maintaining an offline audience, and will help you increase traffic to your website."
phpBB is "a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable Open Source bulletin board (forum) package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. This is the ideal free community solution for all web sites."
Joomla! is "one of the most powerful open source content management systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable."
For your computer
The following programs work on your computer, performing many of the functions you would usually pay for.
OpenOffice is "a full office suite including word processor, spreadsheets, drawing, database, presentation and math tools. It's nearest kin is Microsoft Office, but it's free... "
GIMP is "the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages."
Inkscape is "an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports... layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more."