Choosing Tools

The right tool for the right job.

That is the one thing my Father always talked about most of the time it was when we were using the wrong tool to try to get a difficult task done.

When you think about it, if you try to use the wrong tool to do a job you often end up with a situation where nothing goes right, you end up spending so much of your valuable time trying to finish the job that you loose sight of the bigger problem trying to solve a smaller one.

One of the most important things you can do is to choose the right tool for the right job. Dad always said that and for many years I never learned that lesson, but years later, I can still hear that adage in my mind. In blogging, using the correct blog software tools can help you manage the goings-on of your blog. When it comes to publishing your blog content, there are two kinds of blog software tools that you can use, such as: the server-based tools and the client-based tools. Both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages and it is up to you to choose the one that is right for your blog.

There are a lot of tools to  the best software tools Google is a good place but you also need to have some feedback from users.


Client-based Tools One of the two blog software tools that you can choose from is the client-based tools. These tools’ purpose is to aid you with publishing your blog and they are normally installed on your computer and also run from there. Additionally, client-based tools are also categorized as small blogs that are able to run from your hard drive. Client-based tools also have text editors that allow you to perform word processing applications from your own computer. Thus, a text blog editor enables you to create and publish your own content at the comfort of your own desktop. Obviously, the first advantage of using client-based tools, like the text editor, is convenience. Most bloggers choose to publish their work with a desktop tool rather than a Web browser, which entails logging into the blog software’s control panel and accessing the Web-based text editor. Additionally, client-based tools can be managed either locally or remotely.

There are several different kinds of software tools like configuration tools  and software products that help the user do their job faster.

More so, the content of your blog can also be managed locally by saving drafts to a local computer. These can be very beneficial to those with limited Internet connection since accessing and managing the content of your blog remotely and locally can be done without the need of being connected to the Internet. Lastly, you can manage multiple blogs through the use of client-based tools. If by any chance you are publishing more than one blog, it might be easier if you consider using a blog editor. The blog editor can be easily configured to manage all your blogs. You only have to enter the same information that you use to log in into your server tool combined with the particular kind of server software you are using and the blog editor can save that information in its configuration. The Server-based Tools Another kind of blog software tool that you can choose from is the server-based tools. There are two varieties of such tools: blog hosting service provider tools and server-based publishing tools. The first variety is automatically provided by your blog hosting service provider. Hosted blog software tools are very easy to use and you do not have to install any software or manage any configuration too difficult to comprehend.

software engineering tools can help you get your job done faster and under budget.

These kinds of tools can help you focus on publishing your content. With the use of hosted software tools, you are also provided with an assortment of design templates. These can help you in choosing the desired layout that suits your blog. More so, the layouts can be easily customized, including the fonts, columns, colors, etc.

What you want when you want it, On the other hand, publishing tools you install on the server has the advantage of giving you the level of customization and control you need over the configuration settings. Through the use of these kinds of server-based tools, you can decide how much storage space you allocate, extend the features of your blog through plug-ins or add-ins and make custom layouts and pages.

configuration tools

There is a lot to be said for automation and configuration tools can really help you in that area.


Standalone or Freestanding…

How to design the right software for the right job. What kind of software should you have running your website, because it is no longer enough to just have a website you need programming and you need software to make your website stand out in the crowd.

WordPress is a CMS or Content Management System. Find out what you are missing in your wordpress content, because what you do not know about using wordpress websites will hurt you.

 What if you could have both at the same time.

It was created to make it easier for the every day person to create content and to publish that content to the internet, it did not matter if you were a seasoned publisher or if you were just an average Joe or Jane publisher, you could setup and publish a website using wordpress. WordPress is considered by many to be the most popular publishing system out there and deservedly so. This is why this website is a wordpress website, you can skin it, (like decorating a home) with what they call themes, which apply through out a website often with the ease of a few mouse clicks. Google appears to really like wordpress websites, so that is another plus for using this CMS system. However, when you look under the hood of wordpress you may not really understand what you are seeing, like a complicated super charged race car, most people would be very impressed but understand little about how it worked.

The great thing is that like TV, you do not have to understand it to use it. WordPress can be used as many different things, part of how versatile it is depends on one part of the system called plug ins. This involves the use of programming, most often PHP, but it can be a combination of technologies, the nature of plugins can be used to adapt a wordpress website and instantly turn it into something very powerful. It can also be used for both good and bad, so beware of some of the free plugins, out there, not that we mean to scare you but not all plugin developers are the good guys, but you already knew that were just reminding you that if you walk down a blind alley, at midnight, you might be mugged.


Ok now that you have been warned, lets proceed to the next part.

Plugins are a great way to gain powerful features without having to understand how they work the down side is that you have little or no control over what they do, so you do have to be careful how you use them. There are literally thousands and thousands of plugins out there, many work just fine but many more do not. It is common to find that some plugins do not behave correctly, they might have a conflict with other plugins.

I know it is confusing, but if you think of it this way, the parent is wordpress and the children are plugins, often children may not always get along with the other children, they may fight, they may get angry with each other and do things that may cause you grief as the parent or the website operator. Now you would not just throw out the baby with the bath water, at least most of us would not do that, however you may at some point have to consider the value of a particular plugin if it does not play well with the other more valuable plugins. We have been using and developing plugins for a long time now and we are still learning every day something different about how they work, that is the way of change, and change is what wordpress is all about. The day something stops changing, (growing as a product) is the day that it begins to decline.

So the important thing here is that wordpress continues to evolve and part of that evolution is in developing software to use with wordpress websites, this is what we want to do, to provide you the public with plugins that make your life easier, since wordpress by itself is great, we thought that making it even better would be a lot of fun, this is why we started creating wordpress websites like this plugin related website. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing our well tested plugins, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.