Internet

Plan your blog

Screenshot of the blog of Abahali baseMjondolo - a grassroots movement of shack dwellers.

A blog is a type of website that is very easy to publish and to update.

Plan your website

This section will take you through the stages involved in building a website, starting with analysing your audience and goals, then deciding how to structure your website, how to get it hosted and how to set up your own website address or domain.

You'll learn about the website development process, about the important issue of maintenance, and about keeping your content fresh in order to keep people visiting your site.

Internet tools

We have included downloads and guides for the following tools to help you create your website.

 

Internet

Unlike traditional media, the internet isn't a one-way channel, but a participatory space. Communicating on the internet is about engagement, getting people involved. If you do it right, people will become advocates for your message and start promoting it themselves.

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Joomla

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Version: 
1.5.14
Summary: 

Joomla is ideal for individuals and small organizations that want to create, manage and publish content on their websites easily.

License: 
GNU/GPL
content_server_side_installer: 
http://joomlacode.org/gf/download/frsrelease/10785/42655/Joomla_1.5.14-Stable-Full_Package.zip
System Requirements: 

Operating System

  • Unix/Linux
  • Windows

Web Server

  • Apache

PHP

Database Server

  • MySQL
Usage Level: 
Moderate
Installation Level: 
Easy
Languages: 
Vietnamese, Latvian, Spanish, Farsi/Persian, Dutch, German, French, Arabic, Portuguese Brazil, Portuguese Portugal, Bosnian, Russian, Sinhala, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Bengali/Bangla Bangladesh, Ukrainian, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Gujarati, Indonesian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Greek, Catalan, Mongolian, Thai, Armenian, Icelandic, Finish, Korean, Slovak, Tatar, Tamil, Bahasa, Lithuanian, Romanian, Sindhi, Mecedonian, Hebrew, Estonian, Japanese, Krdish, Afrikaans, Albanian, Polish, Belarussian, Azerbaijani, Pashto, Uzbek, Georgian, Cymraeg Welsh There are many more language translations available. Please click on the link below for other languages and current language translation status.
Guides and Tutorials: 

Installation Manual (version 1.5)

Documentation and Resources: 

SPIP

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Version: 
2.0.9
Summary: 

SPIP is a publishing system for websites. It allows a community of users to collaborate online, creating and developing content.

License: 
GNU/GPL
content_server_side_installer: 
http://files.spip.org/spip/stable/spip.zip
System Requirements: 

The only requirements (Using Linux / Apache is not mandatory) - MySQL 3 or greater - PHP 4 or greater *Installation Level*: 

Usage Level: 
Easy
Installation Level: 
Easy
Languages: 
Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Creole, Czech, Danish, German, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Basque, Persian, Fon, French, Galician, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Luxembourgish, Dutch, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese
Guides and Tutorials: 

Drupal

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Version: 
6.13
Summary: 

Drupal allows an individual or a community of users to publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

License: 
GNU/GPL
content_server_side_installer: 
http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-6.13.tar.gz
System Requirements: 

Operating System

  • Unix/Linux
  • Windows

Web Server

  • Apache
  • Microsoft IIS

PHP

Database Server

  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
Usage Level: 
Moderate
Installation Level: 
Difficult
Languages: 
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dzongkha, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnih, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungaria, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Latvian, Lithuanian, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scots, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Guides and Tutorials: 
Documentation and Resources: 

Content management systems

A Content Management System (CMS) is a piece of software that enables you to create dynamic websites. This can be useful if you want to create a community or be able to update your site easily. There are many different CMS systems available; we've chosen three which you can use for setting up a dynamic websites; SPIP, Joomla, Wordpress and Drupal.

Begin blogging

Set up a Wordpress blog. If you would like to set up your own website that can be regularly updated with new ideas and descriptions of events in a chronological order, it doesn't get much easier than using Wordpress.com.This guide takes you through every step you need to follow to set up a blog using Wordpress and make simple modifications to the way it looks. Get blogging! This guide makes it easy!

Firefox

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Version: 
3.5.2
Summary: 

Mozilla Firefox is considered by many to be the best browser available, particularly due to its security features, the global community of developers involved, and the huge range of add-on products that extend its functionality. Firefox runs on all platforms.

License: 
Mozilla Trilicense
content_windows_installer: 
http://www.mozilla.com/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.5.2&os=win&lang=en-US
Linux installer: 
http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-3.5.2&os=linux&lang=en-US
content_mac_installer: 
http://www.mozilla.com/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.5.2&os=osx&lang=en-US
System Requirements: 

Installs easily on Mac and Windows. Most Linux distributions have Firefox packaged in them as the default browser.

Usage Level: 
Easy
Installation Level: 
Easy
Languages: 
Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (British), Finnish, French, Frisian, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (Portugal), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish
Documentation and Resources: 

KompoZer

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Version: 
0.7.10
Summary: 

KompoZer is similar to Dreamweaver or FrontPage, allowing you to manage and create websites. KompoZer allows WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editing of pages; making Web creation as easy as typing with your word processor. It also has lots of nice tools that allow you to maintain entire websites both on and off line.

License: 
MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-license
content_windows_installer: 
https://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/files/current/0.7.10/kompozer-0.7.10-win32.zip/download
Linux installer: 
https://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/files/current/0.7.10/kompozer-0.7.10-gcc4.0.3-i486.tar.gz/download
content_mac_installer: 
https://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/files/current/0.7.10/kompozer-0.7.10-mac.dmg/download
System Requirements: 

KompoZer is not resource intensive and will work on computers that are up to 4-5 years old.

Usage Level: 
Easy
Installation Level: 
Easy
Languages: 
Nederlands, Deutsch, Dansk, Slovensko, Slovensky, Castellano, Russian, Suomi, French, Catalan.
Documentation and Resources: 

Wordpress

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Version: 
2.8.4
Summary: 

Wordpress makes publishing and maintaining a website quite easy and it is also great for distributing podcasts and video. You can easily add pages through a simple form and quickly update content. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools in the world. To use Wordpress you can either signup for an account at wordpress.com or for full control and more features you can install it on your own server.

License: 
GNU GPL
content_server_side_installer: 
http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
System Requirements: 

WordPress can be used as a web service or installed on a server for greater control. To use the webservice go to wordpress.com or to download the Wordpress software to install yourself click here.

Usage Level: 
Easy
Installation Level: 
Difficult
Languages: 
English, Arabic, Azeri, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh.
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