While our customers can install their website using automated tools such as 1-click installation, managing it is one of the things that you will always find yourself doing.
Below we have collected basic tools that you can use to get things done. There are similar tools and many other ways to all the things you want to do, but these surely will get you started.
Recommended Basic Tools
Although you can get away with Notepad, Textedit, Vi, or whatever default text editor comes with your platform, we recommend using a good text editor with syntax highlighting to make things easier. Here are some recommended options:
- SublimeText - OS X/Windows/Linux - A commercial developer's editor, but well worth the price. Very powerful especially combined with plugins such as Markdown Extended, Pretty YAML, and PHP-Twig.
- Atom - OS X/Windows/Linux - A new editor developed by Github. It's free and open source. It is similar to Sublime, but does not have the sheer depth of plugins available yet.
- Notepad++ - Windows - A free and very popular developer's editor for Windows.
- Bluefish - OS X/Windows/Linux - A free, open source text editor geared towards programmers and web developers.
Another option if you primarily work with just creating content, is to use a Markdown Editor. These often are very content-centric and usually provide a live-preview of your content rendered as HTML. There are literally hundreds of these, but some good options include:
- MacDown - OS X - Free, a simple lightweight open source Markdown editor.
- LightPaper - OS X - $9.99, clean, powerful. Our markdown editor of choice on the Mac.
- MarkDrop - OS X - $5, but super clean and and Droplr support built-in.
- MarkdownPad - Windows - Free and Pro versions. Even has YAML front-matter support. A very solid solution for Windows users .
Although there are many ways to deploy your website, the simplest is to simply copy your local site to your hosting provider. The easiest way to accomplish this is with an FTP Client. There are many available, but some recommended ones include:
- Transmit - OS X - The de facto FTP/SFTP client on OS X. Easy to use, fast, folder-syncing and pretty much anything else you could ask for.
- FileZilla - OS X/Windows/Linux - Probably the best option for Windows and Linux users. Free and very powerful (but very ugly on the Mac!).
- Cyberduck - OS X/Windows - A decent free option for both OS X and Windows users. Not as full featured as the others.
- ForkLift - OS X - A solid alternative to Transmit, and slightly cheaper to boot.