Open Source

Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch: the flexible search engine

If you work with large amounts of data, you’ll need a powerful search engine. Elasticsearch offers you a full-text search that you can configure so that it is perfectly tailored to your needs. But first you have to understand the principle behind it – what is Elasticsearch?. In this Elasticsearch tutorial we’ll explain the first steps in using the search engine, from installation to creating a...

What are the alternatives to Picasa?

The most popular Picasa alternatives at a glance

Ever since Google discontinued the popular photo editing and management software, Picasa, many former users have been looking for good Picasa alternatives. There are numerous programs to choose from that often offer the same, or at least similar, features as the trusted Google tool. Our guide offers a practical overview of the best alternatives to Picasa.

Jira alternatives

Jira: five alternatives competing with the Atlassian tool

In order to optimise teamwork in a company, project management tools such as Jira are being used more and more frequently. The program, developed by the Australian software company Atlassian, is one of the most sought-after solutions in its field with over 35,000 customers worldwide. This software can prove costly if more than ten employees are using it so it’s worth considering one of the...

Microsoft Visio alternatives

Microsoft Visio: Free alternatives for creating diagrams and flow charts

Visio allows you to create industry-standard professional diagrams, which can be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Office documents. Thanks to a variety of graphic elements, complex information can be visualised efficiently and smoothly. But this visualisation software is quite expensive, so luckily there is no shortage of free Microsoft Visio alternatives.

GitHub alternatives

GitHub alternatives – the 5 best applications at a glance

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.

Skype alternatives

The best alternatives to Skype: 13 free applications for video calls

For millions of people around the world, video chats and conferences are an essential part of daily life – for both work and leisure. When it comes to video telephony software and applications, Skype is by far the leader of the pack. In fact, many people are unaware that there’s a considerable number of good alternatives to Skype on the market, which are also available free of charge. Some of...

E-book templates

Everything you need to know about e-books – part 2: e-book templates

You may have impressive content, but with an appealing e-book design and a well-structured layout your publication will also look great and be easier to read. By ensuring good readability, creating visual stimuli, and offering more value to the reader, you increase your e-book’s chances of success. In the second part of our e-book series, we reveal how to create your own template and what you need...

What does WYSIWYG mean?

WYSIWYG: I spy with my little eye

WYSIWYG: This strange sequence of letters has become the standard for most editor programs. This is why many users can’t imagine how these programs work without the 'what you see is what you get' principle. In the field of HTML editors, there are different approaches and opinions. We explain exactly what is behind the acronym, show you the advantages and disadvantages of the principle, and...

Free Drupal themes for a cool website design

10 free Drupal themes you should know about

Acting as a template for web presences, themes can change your website’s appearance in the blink of an eye. If Drupal is your chosen CMS, you’ll never be short of layout options. When it comes to free Drupal themes, users are spoilt for choice. The hard part is knowing where to start! There are a lot of deciding factors here, including your knowledge of web design and what type of website you’re...

Magento: an introduction to the open source software

What is Magento

Many contemporary content management systems such as WordPress and TYPO3 can be used to design and program web shops with the help of plugins. But depending on the CMS, plugins can be pretty inconvenient to manage, making them a poor choice for larger projects. Some content management systems like Magento, however, are specially tailored for e-commerce, and therefore present a considerably more...


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