Software and Tools

Learning Website Design with Joomla

amazon_logo_footerA lot of people are looking to save money and manage the content on their websites themselves. This is great, but it is not as easy for everyone. What is helpful is to have a few books to read up on the subject and use as a reference.

There are many books available at But so many to choose from, and for different versions (Joomla 1.5 or 2.5?)

And there are some great online Tutorials available:

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Backups for your Music and Pictures

After I wrote about online backups from Data Deposit Box, I was surprised how many questions I had about it.  The big issue that came up was backing up pictures and music. data_storage_wd_elementsEven just one full 16gb iPod backed up online would cost $32/mo. Obviously too expensive.

But these online backup services are not meant for your media files. For your media files, you'll want a couple of external hard drives like those on our page of recommended Backup Storage Drives.

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Backups, you got backups?

Where's your backup?

Seriously, if your computer was to crash now, in the next 5 minutes, where is your backup? Can you get to it quickly? Is it up-to-date? Today, this week, month? Year?

I know, I know, you've been meaning to get to that. On the to-do list.

tick tick tick, click click click - there goes your drive!
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FTP programs

There are many FTP programs out there to use to upload files to your website. Some free, some commercial.

A couple of commercial products are WS_FTP and CuteFTP.

Free downloads include WinSCP ( ) and FileZilla .

From the screenshots of winscp, it looks a little 'friendlier' to non-techies. And it has a built-in text editor which is very helpful when making quick edits to your html site.