Adobe Photoshop is the gold standard in the realm of photo editing and has dominated the market for years. However, due to its immense range of functions, the program is often too complicated and expensive for amateur photographers and designers. So it’s no wonder that there are so many appealing cheap or free Photoshop alternatives. [...] ►
Vector-based graphics programs can be used to create drawings and designs for web-based or print media. Of all of the applications on offer, Adobe Illustrator is by far the most popular with many professionals swearing by it. But the specialist software comes with a hefty price tag. However, there are several lesser-known vector graphic programmes available free of charge. So, what free alternatives to illustrator are there, and which functions do they provide? [...] ►
The app market has already produced several new and progressive app formats; conventional native apps were followed by the development of web apps and hybrid apps. But then what is a progressive web app (PWA)? Fundamentally, they are based on the concept of a web app that then takes the form of an app. But PWAs manage to go one step further, promising users the optimized use of a mobile device’s native functions, as well as being fully operational offline. [...] ►
When managing repositories, most users rely on the trustworthy online service GitHub. However, there are also various alternatives that may be more suited to your needs, depending on what you’re looking for. In our overview, you will learn about five current alternatives to GitHub that can be useful for managing your project. [...] ►
For creatives and those who are aspiring designers, many programs from Adobe make up a key part of their standard equipment. InDesign is a very popular tool with large publishing houses as well as smaller publishers thanks to its huge range of functions. But quality (and name) come at a price: monthly fees put a hole in the cash register, especially for small companies and self-employed designers. Luckily, there are some good, free InDesign alternatives. [...] ►
In so far as is possible, the communist state of North Korea has managed to shut itself off from the rest of the world. However a western IT expert recently succeeded in sneaking a peek at their internet domains and as a result we now know that there are only 28 domains for the entire country. From recipes to maritime affairs, here you’ll find an insight into what a North Korean can find online. [...] ►
E-Mail accounts are one of our most important communication tools: we use them to register for online portals, for private and business exchanges, and as an organizer and digital address book. It is therefore all the more important to make sure your account is well-protected. But what if your e-mail account does get hacked? Our guide explains what methods internet criminals use to gain access to e-mail accounts, and what you can do to regain control of your account if the worst does happen. [...] ►
Most people don’t spend much time reading into laws and paragraphs of legal jargon. But for online business it is extremely important to know your rights and obligations, both as a merchant and as a customer. Even for simple matters such as an online sale contract, there are some regulations which differ from physical retail. The law has laid out some important duties for online merchants that are intended to protect the customer – transparency and disclosure of information are a must in e-commerce. [...] ►
What exactly is a website? Who needs one, and what are the different options available for private users and businesses? There are solutions for beginners, which require no programming knowledge. These solutions, especially content management systems, have established themselves in the last few years due to their flexible content management. Professionals, however, still swear by self-written source codes. [...] ►
The 1&1 Web Hosting Guide: advice for website administration
Hosting an internet presence (web hosting) is getting easier and easier thanks to the variety of tools and increasingly user-friendly content management systems. But it’s still good to familiarize yourself with the finer points of online service administration: and this is where our Web Hosting Guide comes in. In our Digital Guide to hosting, you’ll find in-depth information and recommendations on programs, tools, plugins as well as general hosting tips. These useful articles are designed for all levels, from beginners to professional users: with relevant content and comprehensive detail, the 1&1 Web Hosting Guide offers expert knowledge to a broad readership.
CMS, blogs, and technical matters
The ‘Hosting’ category is one of six sections of the 1&1 Digital Guide. This is then split into three further subcategories: ‘CMS’, ‘Blogs’, and ‘Technical matters’. The first of these is devoted to content management systems, looking at the considerable number of options available for website creation and administration. The ‘Blogs’ subcategory offers advice and guidance on the establishment and operation of a successful weblog. Here, we also introduce the many extensions and tweaks available for the most widely used blogging and CMS application of all – WordPress. Our final section focuses on information and tips on ‘Technical matters’. This subcategory explores the different sorts of web hosting, the various programs which lighten your web hosting workload, new hosting opportunities, and everything else you need to know about the administration of internet resources
From beginner to expert: hosting tips for every ability
Our Web Hosting Guide isn’t just for checking basic requirements and techniques of site administration – trained professionals can also expand upon their existing knowledge by reading our articles. Articles like ‘What is shared hosting?’ or our ‘Blog with success’ series are suitable for readers who are new to web hosting, whereas specific posts like ‘Indexing management with robots.txt’ or ‘The top ten .htaccess tricks’ require prior knowledge and experience. This variety makes our Web Hosting Guide attractive and accessible for anyone interested in website administration. Whether you’re a small to medium-sized enterprise, a blogger, a developer, or simply a technology enthusiast: 1&1 has got you covered.