Recommended Third Party Solutions

Not everything has to be built from scratch -- especially when there are some great third-party tools that have already been built.

Here's a sample of some third-party tools that CCIT recommends:

Collaboration Tools

  • MediaWiki
    A free software wiki package originally written for Wikipedia
  • vBulletin
    A powerful community solution that makes it easy to add a forum/bulletin board to your site
  • Blogspot
    A free blog publishing tool from Google
  • Google Forms
    A flexible form and survey development interface with built-in reporting

Content Management Tools

  • Drupal
    A free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a web site
  • Joomla!
    A free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a web site

Multimedia Tools

  • Google Earth
    Offers maps and satellite images for complex or pinpointed regional searches
  • Google Maps
    Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions
  • Audacity
    A free, open source software for recording and editing sounds
  • Podcast Producer
    A complete, end-to-end solution for encoding, publishing, and distributing high-quality podcasts
  • iTunesU
    A part of the iTunes Store featuring free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more
  • Adobe Presenter
    Transform presentations into engaging Adobe® Flash® multimedia experiences
  • Adobe Captivate
    An electronic learning tool which can be used to author software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes
  • Adobe Flash
    Create and deliver rich interactive multimedia and animations
  • Camtasia
    Record on-screen activity and convert it into a video
  • Jing
    Capture anything you see on your computer screen and share it as an image or short movie
  • Flickr
    Online photo management and sharing application

Site Administration Tools

  • Google Analytics
    Advanced usage tracking and visitor information gathered on your site
  • AccVerify
    Validates content for compliance with accessibility standards and usability testing
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