Recommended Software

We are often asked what software we recommend. We do not require any of these products for you to maintain your site hosted by Optimus Media, they are only software we recommend.

Internet Security and Filtering
Protect your family from identity theft, viruses, porn and other unwelcome web sites

  • Total Net Guard
    Owned by AFO (American Family Online they are pioneers in filtered Internet protection services since 1998. They provide great Internet services to help you protect yourself and your family from the dark side of the Internet. Check out all their many and varied filtering options — not just one like many other filter companies!  Also check out their solutions for mobile devices!!! << — HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Anti-Virus Software
It’s a must to have some type of anti-virus software to protect your computer. While there are many great products we like these the best:

A must for cable, DSL and permanent connections to the net. A firewall keeps people/programs from gaining access to your computer without your knowledge.

  • Zone Alarm (Free)
    There is a pro version and a free version. The free version is more than adequate for home/personal use.

Web Design
If you are going to design your own site, we recommend the following products:

  • Dreamweaver
    An outstanding program for those who want to create professional looking web sites.
  • Notepad (already on your system)
    Really want to know understand html? Then I recommend you start at the beginning with a good HTML tutorial or book.

If your web design software doesn’t have a FTP client built-in, and even when it does, it’s a good idea to have a reliable FTP program.

  • Filezilla
    A great open source (free) FTP utility. It’s become my primary  only FTP Client.

Graphic Design
If you use a lot of graphics on your site. These are great programs.

  • Fireworks
    Get it with the Dreamweaver/Fireworks Suite, or the Macromedia Studio. Be sure and use its optimization feature to keep your graphics loading quickly.
  • Adobe Photoshop
    The standard — but pricey. Both Fireworks and Photoshop are now owned by Adobe and therefore expect Fireworks to phase out.
  • Gimp
    The leading Photoshop clone. This one is free, so give it a try.


If you are putting audio or video to your site, you will want to check out these products:

  • Audacity
    An excellent audio editing package, Audacity works with over a dozen different audio formats including AU, WAV and PCM, and has extensive editing capabilities.