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Below are some tools and resources to help with your online work. There are a few pay-for programs but I concentrate mostly on the good free programs that can help you prepare images for your auction listings or listing in your shopping cart. Included are text and html editors to help you prepare custom mark-up for your auction listings. You will find ftp programs for uploading your files to your web hosting space and many other useful resources.

I have worked with most of those that are Windows programs but have added a few that are for Mac OS. Use at your own discretion.

Zen Cart Manual - is an administrator and operator handbook for configuring and using Zen Cart™ to run an online store. Also offered as a downloadable ebook

Domain Name Registrars

GoDaddy - the world's biggest registrar of internet domain names

Website Hosting Providers

Hostgator - One of the more popular large website hosting companies offering Shared, Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated server packages for both beginners and professionals alike. Providing top notch support and 99.9% uptime guarantee

Image Hosting

Photobucket - one of the more popular free photo hosting sites.

ImageShack - a free and easy-to-use media hosting service. Upload images, flash files, and movies.

TinyPic - free, no log-in or registration required. A Photobucket Video & Photo Sharing Company


Zen Cart - the official Zen Cart support forum.

PCQandA - Have a computer question? This is the place to get answers - in plain simple English. Software or hardware questions. This is an active forum, online for over 10 years with many of the original moderators still active.

Online Tools - Validation checks for your googlebase feed - Bing Webmasters Toolbox

Google Merchant Center - account needed to submit feed with Zen Cart Google Base Feed Module

SSL Checker - will help you diagnose problems with your SSL certificate installation. You can verify the SSL certificate on your web server to make sure it is correctly installed, valid, trusted and doesn't give any errors to any of your users.

FTP Programs

Filezilla - The free ftp solution for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux

Cyberduck - Open source ftp for Mac

WS_FTP Professional - the most secure and easy-to-use FTP client available. Offers a trial version.

File Archiving

7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. Comes in handy for those occasional .rar files we need to decompress.

  • Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
  • Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.

Office Suite

Open Office is a FREE and comparable top notch office software replacement for Microsoft Office.

This is a free computer software download that's fully functional and creates:

  • Text Documents
  • Spreadsheets - useful for working with easy populate zen cart module
  • Presentations
  • Formulas
  • Databases
  • Drawings

Open Office can also read and write files from other common office software packages.

Read: Open Office Info

Download your free copy:

HTML, CSS and Coding Resources

W3Schools -
free tutorials in all web development technologies. Educate yourself. For beginners and experts.

HTML Dog - Quick and easy-to-follow practical guides to get you up and running with HTML and CSS, following best-practices every step of the way.

Dynamic Drive -
the #1 place on the net to obtain free, original DHTML & Javascripts to enhance your web site

<hyper> gURL - free web tools, online generators, javascript's, CSS, and tutorials, as well as many other resources for webmasters

pc-guide-to-html - a link sent to me from the kids at   High fives for sharing a good resource kids..

Text Editors

Notepad++  (Windows) - is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Bluefish Editor (Mac & Linux)- a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

TextWrangler (Mac) - featuring syntax coloring and function navigation for HTML/XHTML, XML, PHP, JavaScript, Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua, Java, ANSI C, C++, Objective-C, and more, Find Differences to compare two versions of a text file and merge the differences, integration with Mac OS X developer help, and the ability to function as an integrated external editor with Xcode.

HTML Editors

HTML Kit is a FREE, full-featured editor for HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other text files. HTML Tidy for creating standards-compliant web pages is one of hundreds of plugins available for it. user reviews have given 95% thumbs up for HTML-Kit 292 with millions of downloads. read more My personal favorite.

Crimson Editor - a free professional source code editor for Windows. This program is not only fast in loading time, but also small in size (so small that it can be copied in one floppy disk).

CoffeeCup - offers a Free version HTML Editor. CoffeeCup is a full-featured web design system. With built-in FTP uploading, wizards for tables, frames, fonts, and more, support for HTML5 and CSS3, and 100% valid code output, it's a great tool for anyone who wants to design their own website.

PageBreeze - Free HTML Editor - is an HTML Editor which has both visual (WYSIWYG) and HTML tag/source modes. PageBreeze Free HTML Editor's design emphasizes simplicity and ease-of-use.

RagTag - a free code editor. For quick checking, run your HTML code through RagTag. You will get a formatted listing and report of mismatched tags to help you clean up your web page problems.

Dreamweaver® is the industry-leading web authoring and editing software that provides both visual and code-level capabilities for creating standards-based websites and designs for the desktop, smartphones, tablets, and other devices. Offers a fully functional trial version.

Image Tools

Easy Thumbnails Software - a wonderful and FREE little utility for easily generating lots of thumbnails. This handy tool gives you control over image size, quality, pre-fix/suffix AND more. A personal favorite.

FastStone Photo Resizer 3.1 Freeware - An image converter and renaming tool that intends to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode. read more

FastStone Capture 6.9 Shareware - A powerful, lightweight, yet full-featured screen capture tool that allows you to easily capture and annotate anything on the screen including windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular/freehand regions and even scrolling windows/web pages. It also allows you to record screen activities and sound into video files. read more

Image Editor Suites

GIMP - (latest version 2.6) a Free alternative to Photoshop® and is a versatile graphics manipulation package. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. The file format support ranges from JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted. This freely available image editor comes with extensive online documentation available in numerous languages, tutorials and more. To make installation even easier a Windows installer is available.

Inkscape - An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development. Mac and Windows version including a handy Windows Installer. Documentation includes books and online tutorials in numerous languages.

Adobe® Photoshop® - is a professional, industry standard, image editing software package with breakthrough tools for digital imaging, photography, superior image selections, realistic painting, and more. Offers a fully functional trial version.

Corel® PaintShop Photo® Pro X3 Ultimate - everything you need to create fantastic photos! Get advanced photo tools, and easy-to-use photo projects, along with powerful photo effects and digital painting. Offers a fully functional trial version.

PC Tools

MagicDisc - a free and very useful utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. For anyone who deals with CD-based programs – it is a MUST. MagicDisc allows you to use almost all CD/DVD image without burning them onto CD or DVD in order to easily access your favorite games, music, or software programs ---- It works like a real CD/DVD-ROM.