Useful tools #1

I’ve spent most of the day believing it was Thursday so to celebrate it being a Friday, a few useful web-based tools:

Internet Frog: a cute way to test your upload and download connection speeds.

Browser Size: “a nifty online tool for setting your browser size while doing Web design”.

Want to try out different blogging/cms softwares but don’t want to install them all on your server? Try Open Source CMS.

This site was created with one goal in mind. To give you the opportunity to “try out” some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world. You are welcome to be the administrator of any site here, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs.

The administrator username and password is given for every system and each system is deleted and re-installed every two hours. This allows you to to add and delete content, change the way things look, basically be the admin of any system here without fear of breaking anything.

Snook Colour Contrast Check: I normally use the desktop version of the Nils Colour Contrast Analyser but the Snook web-based version includes a useful (and fun to play with) slider to adjust colours so that you can achieve an aesthetically pleasing combination and check that the colours contrast enough.

Why is color contrast so important? Here’s the layman’s version: we’ve all been on sites that use red text on a purple background. We peer and squint at the screen, muttering obscenities before beating a hasty retreat to the calming waters of more readable pages but if you have any of the various forms of colour blindness and/or low vision, colour contrast becomes even more important. Read more at the W3C.

And finally…

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that my father had written this: The internet is shit.

6 Responses to “Useful tools #1”

  1. Lyle
    November 11th, 2005 22:34

    Oddly enough, all the truly manky colour schemes over on d4d™ are the ones that come out as being good on the high-contrast stuff.

    It’s just that they also happen to burn your eyeballs out at an early age…

  2. daisy
    November 11th, 2005 22:54

    Heh. Isn’t manky such a good word? Must use it more.

  3. Croila
    November 12th, 2005 14:34

    Oh hey, thank you for the link to the Open Source CMS stuff – it couldn’t have come at a better time! I’m currently researching open source CMS at the moment as I want to put the site I wrote for my work into a CMS, taking it away from straight HTML. It’s getting quite big now, and I think I need a CMS. The link you gave us here is going to be really useful for me to find a good system so thank a million Daisy!

    (Got any personal recommendations, by the way? I need a “proper” CMS, not a blogging system…)

  4. Lyle
    November 13th, 2005 14:22

    One simple answer, Croila, would be “Avoid Mambo like the plague!”

    Not sure on any of the others yet, I’ll have a look around. But Mambo is vile…

  5. daisy
    November 13th, 2005 20:59

    I think I’ve read that about Mambo too Lyle.

    Croila, I’m on the wrong machine now but I’ve some emails stored somewhere that discuss this (might be the WSG list?) but I’ll send/post as soon as I’ve access.

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    November 14th, 2005 14:54

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