Open Source

E-commerce platforms: a software comparison

Choosing the right e-commerce platform for your online shop can be a complicated task: the sheer quantity of options alone make finding the perfect solution sometimes seem like an insurmountable task. First and foremost, the business situation and personal preferences are the main factors that determine which e-commerce platforms are right for you. We’ve laid out which options are available and what you should particularly watch out for when making a decision. [...]  

Server operating systems: a history and overview

Operating systems have gone through some major changes over the years. While their beginnings are rooted in more humble, purely text-based user interfaces, today’s options have evolved into complex software packages with graphical interfaces, comprising an elegant go-between for hardware and software applications. Users, who have long since been equipped with a keyboard and mouse, are able to easily manage system resources. Operating systems for servers are also in greater demand than ever, particularly when it comes to web hosting. But what are today’s most widespread operating systems? And which systems were they predated by? [...]  

An overview of six recommended free e-mail providers

Everyday around the globe over two billion e-mails are sent; the majority of which are sent free of charge. The quality and quantity of features offered by free e-mail providers is forever improving – ever increasing amounts of storage space, greater levels of security, and more modern user interfaces are all being made available free of charge. But the list of possible providers is long and in many ways unclear. There are so many factors and options that make the choice difficult for potential users. Our article gives an insightful overview of six of the best free e-mail providers out there. [...]  

CMS comparison: A review of the five best platforms

Range of functions, ease of use, and technical aspects: If you’re searching for the right content management system (CMS) for your website, many factors must be taken into consideration. Worlds lie between a small blog and a huge company website, but sometimes the same system is behind both. The market for open source solutions of the CMS variety is huge. Among the best known are WordPress, TYPO3, Joomla!, Drupal, and Contao – five systems with different strengths and weaknesses. [...]  

Skype alternatives | 13 other video chat programs

For millions of people around the world, video chats and conferences are an essential part of daily life – for both work and leisure. When it comes to video telephony software and applications, Skype is by far the leader of the pack. In fact, many people are unaware that there’s a considerable number of good alternatives to Skype on the market, which are also available free of charge. Some of these programs even boast extra features that can’t be found with the market leader. But which of them are really the best Skype alternatives? [...]  

Alternatives to Microsoft Visio

Visio allows you to create industry-standard professional diagrams, which can be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Office documents. Thanks to a variety of graphic elements, complex information can be visualised efficiently and smoothly. But this visualisation software is quite expensive, so luckily there is no shortage of free Microsoft Visio alternatives. [...]  

Creating a website with WordPress: A Beginner’s Guide

Do you want to have your own website, but hardly have any programing skills? With a content management system, you can create a homepage for yourself or your company without HTML knowledge. Our WordPress guide will guide you step-by-step through the website making process, from installing and setting up WordPress, to creating content and publishing your material. [...]  

The best alternative to OneNote

Microsoft OneNote remains one of the most frequently used digital notebooks. Above all, the most impressive aspect is its structured, multifunctional layout. However, OneNote does not stand alone in the world of digital notebooks. Other programs offer similar, even broader functions, and are also compatible with more operating systems than Windows. We present you the six best alternatives to OneNote. [...]  

What are the alternatives to Picasa?

Ever since Google discontinued the popular photo editing and management software, Picasa, many former users have been looking for good Picasa alternatives. There are numerous programs to choose from that often offer the same, or at least similar, features as the trusted Google tool. Our guide offers a practical overview of the best alternatives to Picasa. [...]  

Jira alternatives: five project tools in short

In order to optimise teamwork in a company, project management tools such as Jira are being used more and more frequently. The program, developed by the Australian software company Atlassian, is one of the most sought-after solutions in its field with over 35,000 customers worldwide. This software can prove costly if more than ten employees are using it so it’s worth considering one of the alternatives to Jira that might be just as good as the Atlassian product. [...]