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Open Source Software for Agents

I’ve been a fairly big proponent of open source software for some time.  For those of you not familiar with the open source movement, it’s the idea that many developers across the world, working together through peer reviews, can develop evolving, superior products. 

Open Source software are typically described as “projects,” rather than products, as there are typically many more releases/revisions than commercially driven products, and there are many more collaborators, who often contribute a small amount of their time.  Open Source projects are typically labors of love for programmers.

You probably already use some open source products.  Firefox is extremely popular, in a large part because it is open source.  The reason there are so many cool add-ons and extensions for Firefox is because the source is “open” to other developers to put together these cool tools. 

In contrast, Internet Explorer has little in the way of customization because Bill Gates et al don’t want anyone messing with their code.  The same rings true for WordPress -– lots of extensions/add-ons because it’s open source.  You’ll notice that the larger a project is, the more stable the releases, and the more customizations that are available.  Be careful of really small projects unless you like tinkering and are ready to invest some time.

One of the most attractive aspects of open source is the price: It’s free! Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Eric Bramlett on March 14th, 2009 under Technology

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Preferred WordPress Blog Plugins

It’s been quite some time since I posted my last list of preferred WordPress plugins.  Since the HomeGain Real Estate Blog is all about helping real estate agents succeed, I thought this would be a great place to post an update. 
Man have things changed!  WordPress has always had great plugin’s, but I really think it’s reaching a breakout point.  After installing the right stuff, WordPress behaves like an incredibly functional CMS for a highly dynamic website (not just a blog.) 

Without further adieu, here’s my list of preferred plugins for WordPress blogs:

Akismet – There’s a reason this plugin comes standard with every WP install.  It’s the only spam plugin you need.
Lucia’s Linky Love – In my opinion, this is the cadillac of do-follow plugins.  Most do-follow comment plugins blindly follow any commentator link on your website or blog.  This makes it really tough to let marginal comments through — even though the commentator might simply be uncreative, rather than spam commenting.  Lucia’s allows you to set a minimum # of comments before the links are followed, and allows you to follow any specific comment that you don’t like, along with a number of other useful settings.
Minimum Comment Length – I’ll say it right now — Joost de Valk is the man.  Not simply because of this plugin, but because I’m currently rocking 3 of his WP plugins and 2 of his Firefox extensions.  Minimum Comment Length does what it says — you set a minimum comment length and you frustrate the daylights out of spam commentators. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Eric Bramlett on October 14th, 2008 under Blogging and Social Networking

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Eric Bramlett joins the HomeGain Real Estate Blog

We are pleased to announce the addition of another fine writer to the HomeGain Real Estate Blog, Eric Bramlett. Eric comes to us from Austin Texas where he is the broker of record and co-owner of One Source Realty.

Eric brings a special brand of commitment to his customers. From his website : “I will offer you the latest in Real Estate marketing, and I am available to my clients 24/7. I believe in the Austin Texas Real Estate Market and I am personally invested.”

Eric also writes on the Bloodhound Blog and maintains his own Austin centric blog.

We look forward to Eric’s first post! Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on September 23rd, 2008 under Guest Bloggers

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