Misc Online Resources

Development Tools & Other Resources


Microsoft Word 2007 keyboard shortcuts - Any of these commands can be used in the various web page editors. As I have found with some tool sets, some actions can only be made with a hotkey command (such as the ability to underline text in the free standard version of WordPress)

Sourceforge - An invaluable resource for open-source software

Video Tutorial Zone - A collection of free video tutorials

Lynda.com - Easily the best online source for computer software related training/instructional videos. Monthly memberships are very affordable and totally worth it

100 great free and open source tools and applications for web developers - Good suggestions from a Web designer

Top 10 Open Source Web-Based Project Management Software - Such tools help with communication and keeping track of  progress in a team project

35 Extremely Useful Free Online Tools for Web Developers and Designer
- Useful tools for all aspects web development

Adobe Dreamweaver - An industry standard website authoring program. Enables users to create fully-functional websites 

Twitter - If by chance you've been living under a rock for the last few years and have no idea what Twitter is, check out the TwitterManiaManual document attached at the bottom of this page

LinkedIn - A business-oriented social networking site (Facebook for professionals)


Useful Articles

7 Factors that Separate Good Websites from Bad - Invaluable tips for anyone planning to build a website. Not to be missed!

Why use a CMS
- Yes, why should you use a content management system?

Web Pages That Suck
- A hilarious website that's chalk full of useful advice about what NOT to do

World's Worst Website - If your site looks anything like this, please take it down now. You should be ashamed of yourself

What Everybody Ought to Know About Usability & Web Design - Don't worry. After reading this, you'll know

How to Get Free Wordpress Training to Build Blogs and Websites

Best Web Browsers - Due to popularity, functionality, efficiency, ease of use and number of available application/plugins, Firefox is clearly the best browser. It is highly recommended that you use it instead of Explorer (however, every website maker should be atesting their creations with both)

Joomla! Vs WordPress

Drupal Vs Joomla!
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101 Useful Resources for Online Entrepreneurs

How to Build a Website
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Blogging for Business


Useful Online Services


PayPal - For online business models that take payments via their website

Google Analytics - Invaluable for any business with a larger site that does a lot of business. This tool will point out the user behavior, and how to improve the pages they visit

Skype - Essential for any business that communicates long distance frequently. It will save money

Gmail (Google mail) - Best free web mail service

Google Talk - Free, easy to set up, goes well with Gmail (and other Google Apps) and very useful for frequent distance voice communication (saves money)


Local Business Directories


A businesses should list itself with as many free online business directories as can be found. Signups take only a few minutes to complete and some directories offer SEO benefits to sites listed in their database (this helps make the site more credible to search engines and can positively influence the keyword search rankings of some pages).

Local Business Directories can be found through keyword searches for specific geographic locations (ex. Victoria BC or Canada) or specialized industries (ex. travel, real estate, etc). Find as many as you can!

Google Business Center    

Yahoo! Local

Bing Local Listing Center

DMOZ - The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors. Note: For a submitted site to be approved for this unique directory, an actual person needs to review it. This process can take several months so be patient. The wait is worth it. Sites registered in DMOZ receive added credibility with the search engines (which influences search placement)


Stock Images


Photograph images
www.openphoto.net - Free
www.sxc.hu - Free
www.photogen.com - Free
www.twicepix.net - Free
www.photos.com - Paid

Clip Art Images
www.clipart.com - Free
www.clip-art.com - Free
www.barrysclipart.com - Free

www.cksinfo.com - Free
www.animation-central.com - Free
www.amazing-animations.com - Free