If you have a blog or want to start a blog, you will need to have some essential software tools to maintain the site. If you would like to make a few updates or changes to your blog without having to pay for the maintenance, you can use these FREE tools. If you are a beginner, don’t be afraid to do a little bit of research to learn to make these changes or additions yourself.
The following tools are for Windows users (some can be used for Mac users as well, just check out the specifics on the websites before downloading).
Crimson Editor is a professional source code editor for Windows. This software offers many powerful features for programming languages such as HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java. Other features include undo/redo, user tools, macros, spell checker and more.
File Zilla is a full featured, high quality FTP program. If you plan on uploading things to your website (like images, music, movies, wordpress, anything) you need a FTP client. Using your web-browser is not a good idea. This program works on all three platforms, and works very well.
Image Manipulation Programs
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.
For the Photoshop lovers, there is a Photoshop Mod at gimpshop.com.
If you are going to be doing anything on the web, you will need a good web browser. Something other than internet explorer. I highly recommend firefox, which you can get by clicking here www.GetFirefox.com.
Make sure your website looks good in all web browsers. The easiest way to do this is install several web browsers on your computer. If there is a browser you cannot use, just check out the following site when you are done: www.browsershots.org. The browser shots website will show you what your website looks like on multiple operating systems, with multiple browsers, and with different versions of those browsers.