Resources

In line with our philosophy of Voluntary Simplicity & affordable web site design, we strive to use tools and services that are open source, low-cost, shareware or free.

Here are some of the tools/services we can recommend and customize for implementation on your website.

Affiliates

By linking to Amazon products and services you can add compelling content for your site visitors enjoyment and receive up to 8.5% in referral fees for doing so.


Blogs


In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not. Since Blogs were launched in 1999, they have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others.

Bulletin Boards

phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable Open Source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ.

 

Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites.


Calendar

The Easy PHP Calendar is a powerful PHP calendar script that is easily integrated into web sites and is simple to customize. This attractive, full-featured calendar is suitable for display on a calendar of events page, home page, or any other page that needs a calendar.

 


Content Manager

e107 is a content management system written in PHP and using the popular open source MySQL database system for content storage. It's completely free, totally customisable and in constant development.


CSS - Cascading Style Sheets

www.csszengarden.com

CSS allows complete and total control over the style of a hypertext document. See what can be done by clicking the link above.


E-Commerce

osCommerce is an Open Source based online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License.

It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved.


E-mail Faxing

MyFax is an award-winning Internet fax service that lets you send and receive faxes using email, the web or handheld device.


E-mail Encryption

This program can't stop you from getting spam ever again. It can only help you avoid spam, and only if you use it correctly.


My script can stop the SpamBots at this critical step, keeping your email address off of their bulk-email lists. Think of it as having the equivalent of an unlisted phone number so that telemarkers can't call you. It works by using a combination of encryption and Javascript to hide your email address from SpamBots, while still allowing human users to "click to email me" without knowing the difference.


Paypal Online Payment System

PayPal has quickly become a global leader in online payment solutions with 100 million account members worldwide. Available in 103 countries, buyers and sellers on eBay, online retailers, online businesses, and traditional offline businesses are using PayPal.


Petitions

 


Anyone can create a petition. Once you have published your petition, people will be able to sign it right away. Popular petitions will be automatically promoted in their categories, and even on the PetitionSite.com home page!


Photo Albums

iWebAlbum is a free program which allows you to create great-looking web photo albums with just a couple of clicks.


Podcasts

http://radio.about.com/od/podcastin1/a/aa030805a.htm


SEO Services

web site promotion

* If you have a website you want to promote, you should check out SelfPromotion.com. It's a resource for do-it-yourselfers where you can learn to prepare your pages for the search engines, then use a sophisticated url submission robot to submit your webpages to all the important search engines and directories. You'll also find tutorials about website promotion, submitting to yahoo, and much more. Best of all, you can use the site for free -- if you like it, pay what YOU think it's worth! The guy who runs it has reinvented tipping!


Surveys



Intelligent survey software for serious primates of all species. SurveyMonkey has a single purpose: to enable anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily.