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 the only software we recommend.

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:

Firewall
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.

FTP
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.

Audio/Video

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.