The 10 Best Music Download Apps for Android

You might not have sat to think about it but Music has become an important asset to those of us who enjoy drowning out the sounds of the environment with sensational melodies, lyrics, and beats.

Whenever you’re on the move and most likely away from a Wi-Fi, you may not want to stream music and podcasts with your mobile data and that is why I have created this list of the best music download apps for Android devices.

1. Audiomack

Audiomack provides users with free access to millions of tracks, mixtapes, and albums which can be downloaded for offline listening.

It has a beautiful tabbed UI with sections for trending songs, top songs, top albums. You can also create unlimited playlists, browse playlists by mood, genre, etc.

Audiomack

2. Mp3 Music Downloader

Mp3 Music Downloader enables you to download music from multiple engines with multiple sound qualities at blazing fast speeds. It reportedly has over 1 million high-quality tracks that you can search by title, artist, genre, or album.

Mp3 Music Downloader

3. Free Music Download

Free Music Download gives you access to unlimited searching, streaming, and offline listening of high-quality sound music for free. You can search tracks, artists, and albums from Free Music Archive, Jamendo, ccMixter, and Last.Fm.

Free Music Downloader

4. Download Mp3 Music

Download Mp3 Music is a simple and fast music downloader app powered by Jamendo and Outly Limited with the ability to stream and download any song for only none commercial purposes.

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Because it aims to inspire musicians, music lovers, and to maximize creativity, Download Mp3 Music focuses on offering songs from independent artists. Among its features are lyrics, multi-threaded downloading, embedded voice search, etc.

Download Mp3 Music

5. Free Music Player and Downloader

This Free Music Player is a free music player for YouTube and creative commons music. Its features include offline Mp3, FM radio, music streaming and downloading from Dropbox, Jamendo, and podcasts. It does not download audio content from YouTube or SoundCloud but it can be used for streaming their content.

Free Music Player

6. Music Downloader

Music Downloader enables you to sync and download music from Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox as well as music from Jamendo and podcasts for offline listening. It features a beautiful UI, syncing music content across connected devices, voice search, recommended playlists of charting music, etc.

Music Downloader

7. Download Pop Music

Download Pop Music allows you to download music and videos in several sound and video qualities. It is powered by Jamendo so all the music it contains is available under creative commons and intended for non-commercial uses only. You can search for tracks by artist name, track name, etc. and you can even download YouTube captions.

Download Pop Music

8. Google Play Music

Google Play Music allows users to stream music and radio channels as well as to upload their own collection of up to 50,000 songs and listen to them across Android, iOS, and the web for free. Its feature highlights include a beautiful and colorful UI, searching by artist, genre, mood, decade, etc.

Google Play Music

9. Super MP3 Music Downloader

Super MP3 Music Downloader contains a comprehensive collection of music from independent artists. Its feature highlights include a  simple UI, searching by genre and artist name, browsing by popular tracks, instruments, and moods.

Super MP3 Music

10. Download Mp3 Music

This Download Mp3 Music app is powered by Jamendo and the free music archive so users have access to millions of songs intended for personal use only. Its features include a fast downloader, lyrics display, download quality options, verified tracks, etc.

Download MP3 Music

Some applications e.g. Spotify did not make it to the list because although they are free to use, they require a subscription for downloading music to be enabled.

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Do you have experience with any of the listed applications or ones that deserve to be on this list? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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10 Best Alternatives for the MacOS Terminal App

MacOS ships with a good terminal application as it is responsive and capable of handling virtually any command line task you throw at it. My issue with it, however, is that it isn’t so customizable or as cool-looking as many alternatives in the market.

Continuing my series of alternative applications for popular apps on different platforms, here is the list of the 10 best alternatives to the default terminal app on MacOS.

1. iTerm2

iTerm2 is a free and open source terminal emulator that offers users a robust search tool coupled with auto-complete commands, multiple panes in independent sessions, multiple profile support, several customization options, etc.

iTerm2

2. Alacritty

Alacritty is a cross-platform terminal emulator with a strong emphasis on simplicity and performance. It uses the system’s GPU to accelerate its performance, works well out of the box and is both free and open source.

Alacritty

3. Hyper

Hyper is a beautiful, completely customisable terminal emulator written from the ground up in JavaScript with the aim of providing users with a beautiful and extensible command line interface.

It is 100% free and open source and you can learn more about it in our article here .

Hyper

4. Terminator

Terminator is an open source terminal app built with a focus on arranging terminals in grids. Its behaviour is mostly based on the GNOME Terminal with extra features for regular CLI users and sysadmins e.g. simultaneous typing in arbitrary groups of terminals, tons of keyboard shortcuts, etc. and it is free to use.

Terminator

5. Kitty

Kitty is a speedy, feature-rich, GPU-based cross-platform terminal emulator. It has native support for tiling multiple windows side by side, startup sessions, multiple copy/paste buffers, function extension via Kittens (i.e. its plugins), focus tracking, OpenType ligatures, bracketed paste, etc.

Kitty

6. MacTerm

MacTerm is a powerful free and open source terminal app built as a replacement for the MacOS terminal. It supports 24-bit color, notifications, a floating command line, iTerm2 image sequences and color schemes, and standard graphics protocols, among other features.

MacTerm

7. Byobu

Byobu is a free and open source text-based terminal multiplexer and window manager with enhanced profiles, configuration utilities, convenient keyboard shortcuts, system status notifications, etc.

Byobu

8. Zoc

Zoc is a professional terminal emulator for Mac and Windows platforms with an impressive list of features including tabbed sessions with thumbnails, over 200 commands of scripting language, communication via several protocols not excluding SSH, Rlogin, and Wse, an address book with folders and color-coded hosts, client automation with macro scripting, etc.

Zoc

9. Cathode

Cathode is a fully customisable vintage-themed terminal application designed for accomplishing even the most complex command line tasks despite its somewhat playful appearance and styling options. It sells for $4.99 and also has a mobile version for iOS users that can connect to any Mac or SSH server.

Cathode

10. TreeTerm

TreeTerm is a file manager and terminal combined together into a single app with the file tree and terminal tab always in sync. It charges a one-time payment of 9.90 Euros but is free to try for 30 days – enough time to decide whether it meets your criteria.

TreeTerm

Now you know all the cool terminal apps that you can replace the Mac Terminal with. Feel free to share your experience with us as well as to add your suggestions and reviews in the comments section below.

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10 Reasons to Use Arch Linux

Arch Linux is a free and open source distribution for x86 – 64-based architectures. It is a rolling release which means that it constantly gets updates of fixes and new features and it can be installed from a CD image, USB, or via an FTP server.

Starting from the 10 reasons why I love Ubuntu and the 12 reasons to switch over to Linux to the best reasons to use Fedora Linux , FossMint has covered several reasons why one or the other Linux distro is a good choice of a workstation to make.

Today, it’s time for us to turn our attention to the fan favorite Arch Linux.

1. GUI Installers

Arch Linux used to be very painstaking to install. In fact, the single process of installing Arch Linux used to drive curious potential users away but that isn’t the case any longer and it is with thanks to GUI installers such as Anarchy and Zen installer). It is 2019 and Arch Linux is a lot easier to install than it was before; that negates a reason why you shouldn’t install it.

2. Stability & Reliability

Arch Linux is a rolling release and that eradicates the system update craze that users of other distro types go through. Because it’s a rolling release, its core system is always up to date with the latest fixes and new features and you wouldn’t have to worry about when to install what and how long system updates will take.

Also, every update is compatible with your system so there is no fear about which updates might break something and this makes Arch Linux one of the most stable and reliable distros ever.

3. The Arch Wiki

The Arch Wiki is a vast library of documentation about [almost] any task you can complete on Arch Linux, its derivatives, and sometimes even other distros!

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It contains an overview of Arch Linux and a description of what to expect from it, FAQ and facts about it, an installation guide, post-installation tutorials, etc. Summarily, you can’t get lost.

4. Pacman Package Manager

Pacman is a command-line tool and the default package installer in Arch Linux and it is less wordy than the package managers of other distros e.g. APT in Ubuntu.

Pacman can also be used with several package managers such as Pamac .

5. The Arch User Repository

The Arch User Repository (AUR) is a collection of applications and tools that are installable on Arch Linux but not yet available in the official Arch repository.

It is maintained by the Arch Linux user community as a means to conveniently find and install those apps without hunting them down and compiling them from source.

6. A Beautiful Desktop Environment

The Desktop Environment of any distro is what helps you interact with your system from the time you boot the OS to when you shut it down. It is compatible with more Desktop Environments than might want to even try out yourself and its aesthetics can be 100% customized to suit your taste.

7. Originality

Unlike other popular distros like Ubuntu which is based on Debian, Arch Linux was built from scratch independent of any other Linux distribution. Granted, Ubuntu has gone on to birth several other distros but so also has Arch Linux e.g. Manjaro Linux.

So in as much as Arch Linux is open source and its developers are free to incorporate ideas from anywhere they choose, Arch Linux will always be pacesetters in the community.

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8. The Perfect Learning Base

Arch Linux is the perfect platform for anyone interested in understanding how Linux works as it requires you to pay attention to documentation and recommended usage tips throughout its usage.

Of course, you can decide to look for quick solutions and move on with your life but if what you desire is to be able to figure out the reason behind issues as well as how to fix them, then Arch Linux and its huge knowledge base is a good starting point.

9. The Arch Linux Community

Apart from the Arch Wiki, Arch Linux has a vast user community which is voluntarily on stand by to offer help to anybody interested in learning about Linux especially using Arch Linux or any of its derivatives.

They are also dedicated to promoting the success of Arch Linux and its ease of use. Take the AUR for example. Summarily, even if you get stuck in the wiki, you’re in safe hands.

10. Ease of Use, Flexibility, and Customization

Arch Linux may seem stiff from the outside but it is a completely flexible distro. First, it lets you decide which modules to use in your OS when installing it and it has the Wiki to guide you.

Also, it doesn’t bombard you with several [often] unnecessary applications but ships with a minimal list of default software.

There are a lot more reasons why Arch Linux should be your distro of choice but those are the best above. Do you have any recommendations to add? Share your views with us in the comments section below.

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10 Reasons to Use KDE as Linux Desktop Environment

KDE Plasma is a free, powerfully flexible and open source widget-based Desktop Environment primarily created for Linux systems by the KDE project. Originally, KDE was an acronym for Kool Desktop Environment until it was changed to be the “K Desktop Environment“. That notwithstanding, KDE Plasma hasn’t stopped being kool. In fact, it is among the coolest Linux desktop environments on the planet.

You might have been looking up a list of desktop environments to switch to. Or perhaps, you want to decide which DE best matches your taste. You’re reading the right blog because below are 10 solid reasons why your choice should be KDE Plasma.

1. Free, Open Source, and Privacy-Conscious

KDE Plasma is 100% free and open source with its source code available to any serious contributor here. The development team is also serious about users having the freedom to use their system the way that they want without compromising their privacy and/or security. In their vision for the future the team writes:

In a world where our privacy is increasingly threatened, we wanted to emphasize its importance. Freedom without the right to privacy is no freedom at all.

So, if you want a Desktop Environment that respects your freedom, right to privacy, and is also true to the open source philosophy, then KDE Plasma is a good choice.

2. Appearance

Plasma is one of the most beautiful DEs in the Linux ecosystem. Period. While beauty will always be in the eyes of the beholder, most users will agree with me that Plasma boasts a beautiful, modern look and feel thanks to its choice of color shades, dropdown shadows on its application and widget windows, eye-candy icons, and pleasant animations, among other aesthetic features.

3. Customization

KDE Plasma ships already looking beautiful but you are still at liberty to customize it into the DE that you want. You can change its widgets, fonts, icons, window decorations, pointers, borders, buttons, etc. all from a single place – System Settings.

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KDE Plasma‘s accessibility option also allows you to control the operation of certain actions such as single or double-clicks to open files and folders, connectivity options, and what’s even cooler is that you can boost its functionality using extensions.

4. Performance

KDE Plasma is popular for its speed and bug-free UX. This is because it requires way fewer resources than not just its previous version but also other Linux desktop environments and despite all its animations, it continues to maintain a uniformly responsive UI/UX.

5. Ease of Use

KDE Plasma being both beautiful and simple ensures that it is easy to use and boasts a generally straightforward workflow. Launch applications from the app overview menu or with Krunner, toggle between open app windows, etc.

6. Widgets & Multiple Desktops

Plasma ships with several widgets for displaying almost any information about your system and its processes including a calculator, clock, messaging, news feeds, etc. Some widgets even have multiple display or style types such as the calculator and clock widgets which have a variety of appearance choices users can choose from without needing to download extra stuff.

Plasma‘s widgets work closely with its ability to work with multiple desktops which boast modern animation styles such as wobbly windows, gliding, jello, and 3D. All widgets and desktop options can be easily configured and customized to the user’s taste and their performance is smooth.

7. Integration

Plasma reportedly has the most thoughtfully integrated features than any other Linux or BSD desktop environment. Take Android, for example. Plasma integrates seamlessly with Android –  a feature that allows you to connect your Android device to your Linux system without requiring extra tools.

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It even has a variant for smartphones in the form of Plasma Mobile in case you want the Plasma experience in your pocket.

8. Konsole

Plasma‘s default terminal app is a feature-rich terminal emulator that goes by the name of Konsole. The features it offers include the ability to work with multiple profiles, multiple tabs, creating bookmarks, silence and activity monitoring, themes, running various command sessions simultaneously, etc.

9. Default Applications

KDE Plasma comes with several applications that are sure to meet your usage needs. The most notable ones are Dolphin file manager, Konversation IRC chat client, KTorrent torrent client, Krunner app launcher, Falkon web browser, Spectacle screen capture tool, and Gwenview image viewer (and simple photo editor).

Mind you, there are other applications by the KDE project that are among the best in the community such as Kdenlive video editor and Krita digital painting app to mention a few.

10. Power consumption

KDE Plasma doesn’t use as much memory and battery as you would expect given its animations and fluidity. It features excellent RAM and battery management that work automatically to keep your system cool and your battery healthy.

As the saying goes, the evidence is in the pudding. So head over to the KDE download page to see all the features listed above and way more for yourself.

Do you have any experience with KDE Plasma? Perhaps you’ve got some reasons to add to the list – let us know about your experience in the comments section below.

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5 Best Facebook Alternatives to Protect Your Privacy in 2019

When we talk about Social Networking sites, the first thing that comes up to our mind is “Facebook”. It is Facebook which in reality introduced millions of people to the Social Networking world. But, today a lot of people are deleting their Facebook account or have become inactive.

The main reason behind this is privacy. While we already knew that Facebook uses our data, the recent Facebook-CA scandal has made a lot of us look for its alternative.

So if you are one of those who love Social Networking sites but are scared about the privacy part, then you are at the right place!

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We have made a list of the best available alternatives to Facebook which is a must-try! There you go!

1. Vero

Based on a Subscription model, Vero shows no ads and collects your usage data only once you approve it to do it. Unlike Facebook which uses your usage data to make money, this app uses your data only to help you to be mindful of the time you spent on this app! What more can you expect from a Social Networking app!

The app is available on both Android and iOs.

Vero

2. Minds

Minds a Social Networking site is based on open-code source and privacy is one of its core principles.

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Available on Web, Android, and iOS, this Social Networking site pays its contributor in Cryptocurrency! It has most of the features that are available on Facebook but is chosen over it because of its privacy policy.

Minds

3. MeWe

MeWe is another such alternative to Facebook where you can get all the basic features of Facebook without worrying about privacy. Although it has advertisements they are not targeted.

Its user interface makes it one of our favourite and gives it a place in our list. It is not available on the web but is available on both Android and iOs.

MeWe

4. Raftr

The app introduces itself with the line “The app that helps you find your people and get current”. Raftr gets its name from “raft” which implies a group of Sea Otters. It connects you with your friends at college and keeps you updated with all the happenings.

It also gives you an option to connect to the real world. Talking about the privacy policy, unlike Facebook, Raftr doesn’t share any personal information with the third-party and hence makes its place in the list!

It is also available on Android and iOs.

Raftr

5. Diaspora

If our focus is on privacy, we cannot afford to miss out listing Diaspora . No one owns Diaspora and it is only you who controls all your data.

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It is a not-for-profit social Networking website and has no interest in selling your data to any third party or show you advertisements to make money. It also gives you an option to hide your real identity.

Diaspora

The above apps are an alternative to Facebook if your major focus is on privacy. There are a lot of other applications available that gives you all the basic features available on Facebook and may be more! LinkedIn, Instagram, Ello, Pinterest, Snapchat are other free applications that are giving tough competition to Facebook and covers all its features.

Do let us know if you find our article useful by commenting below. Don’t forget to share with us your next favourite social networking site!

In case you think we have missed out a site which according to you should have been in the list, do fill up the form below for us to incorporate those! Till then, Happy Networking!

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10 Best Benchmark Apps to Measure Your Mac’s Performance

Benchmarking is the act of measuring your computer’s hardware and software performance e.g. Graphics, speed, and GPU performance typically in order to find out the cause of issues or to improve your system’s performance.

Today, I’ll list the best apps that you can use to run benchmark tests to measure your Mac’s performance.

1. Disk Speed Test

Disk Speed Test is a benchmark app developed by Blackmagic whose purpose is to check your Mac disk’s performance when working with HD videos.

It does this by using large data blocks to write test your disk as well as write and read tests in order to evaluate not only your disk’s performance but also its readability over time.

Disk Speed Test

2. Geekbench

Geekbench is a free cross-platform processor benchmark that measures your computer’s performance by running several simulations of real-world usage and complex challenges.

Its test result displays a single-core score which shows the performance of your Mac operating with only one core; and a multi-core score which shows your Mac’s performance with all cores running. It is free to use on a single machine with premium versions available.

Geekbench Measures Mac Performance

3. Cinebench

Cinebench is a free cross-platform benchmark app that measures the ability of Cinema 4D’s ability to take advantage of your computer’s processor and multiple CPU cores.

Its simulation demo shows a video of cars in different textures made up of millions of polygons coupled with several visual effects such as transparency, environments, and lighting.

Cinebench

4. Novabench

Novabench is a freemium benchmark app that analyzes your system’s GPU, memory, CPU, speed, and disk speed using complex real-world simulations.

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A click of a button starts full tests which complete in 2 minutes and what’s even cooler is its online database of results that you can compare your test results to.

Novabench

5. UNIQUE Benchmarks

UNIQUE Benchmarks is a freemium cross-platform benchmark app designed to calculate the stability of your computer’s GPU under stressful conditions coupled with testing its colling potential under high heat output.

Powered by UNIQUE Engine, UNIQUE Benchmarks provides users with an interactive experience wherein they are able to explore the simulated worlds using walk-through and fly-by modes.

UNIQUE Benchmarks

6. Count It

Count It is a 100% free benchmark app designed to calculate your Mac’s frame rate counter especially when recording your gameplay.

It features a hotkey icon that unintrusively runs tests to calculate your system’s FPS and enables you to even save the game resolution settings that promotes your PC’s best performance for each game.

Count it

7. Phoronix Test Suite

Phoronix Test Suite is a free and open source automated benchmarking utility for Mac, Windows, Linux, GNU Hurd, Solaris, and BSD Operating Systems.

It features 450+ test profiles and 100+ test suites via OpenBenchmarking.org, an easy-to-use UI, remote management, automation of multiple test systems thanks to its Phoromatic system, etc.

Phoronix Test Suite

8. GFX Bench

GFX Bench is a free unified graphics benchmark utility macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android. It is based on GLBenchmark (OpenGL ES) and DXBenchmark (Direct X) and designed for measuring mobile and desktop performance using increased workloads and advanced graphics effects.

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Just like Novabench, it has an online results database where you can compare your test results to those from other users.

GFX Bench

9. Tyler’s Frame Machine

Tyler’s Frame Machine is a simple, lightweight, cross-platform, portable utility for performance testing, calibration, framerate comparison, benchmarking, and demonstration.

It is mostly used for educational purposes and supports OpenGL, DirectX 11 and 12, Metal and Vulkan which allows it to run benchmark tests on virtually anything.

Tyler’s Frame Machine

10. iBench

iBench is a free and open source benchmarking application for running comprehensive benchmark tests on Macs. It contains 12 integer workload and 9 floating point tests which it uses to evaluate the memory subsystem and CPU performance of your computer.

iBench

Note: Quit all apps before running your benchmark tests and to take multiple ones as well – finding the average of 2 or 3 tests will give you a more accurate report on your Mac’s performance.

Now that you know the best benchmark apps that exist for the Mac platform you can evaluate your system’s performance from the convenience of your sitting room. Got any suggestions to add or user experience to share? Drop your thoughts in the comments box below.

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12 Best CRM Software for Small Businesses in 2019

Customer Relationship Management software is immensely important in any business because the apps are designed to help business owners improve the quality of their interaction with their customers by streamlining the content that they receive which in turn attracts more traffic and increases sales.

On what basis are CRM software better than others, you ask?

  • Usability – The best CRM applications have a nice straight-forward UI and informative dashboard that make them easy to use and navigable.
  • Portability & Mobile Responsiveness – They are also available for use from the cloud and mobile devices which ensures that managers can always keep track of their business’ project at any time and from anywhere.
  • Affordability & Feature Set – The best CRM applications (especially for small businesses) offer a good number of features at affordable prices. This means that CRM platforms that don’t offer the essential features necessary for managing their customer relationships at low costs are not listed.
  • Integration – The best CRM software for small businesses have OOTB support for several 3rd-party programs which will enable them to boost the functionality of whatever platform they’re using.

Today, I bring you a list of the best Customer Relationship Management software in the market.

1. Zoho

Zoho is a CRM software that aims to help owners of any business size to sell better, smarter, and faster. Its features include live chat for keeping your site visitors interactive, prompt reminders, call analytics, email filters by priority and sales with context, process management, developer tools, marketing automation, in-depth analytics, integration with all the popular business apps e.g. Office 365, Zendesk, Twitter, Slack, Zapier, etc.

Zoho CRM is free for up to 3 users with leads, documents, and mobile apps and 3 subscription packages, Standard at $12/month, Professional at $20/month, and Enterprise at $35/month. It is also available on Android, iOS, Windows, and the Web.

Zoho CRM

2. Pipedrive

Pipedrive is a free cloud-based CRM tool designed to enable online business owners and sales personnel to consistently grow their sales by gaining maximum output from minimum input. It is designed with a focus on simplicity, time-saving, beginner friendly, and affordability.

Pipedrive’s subscription packages cost $12.50/month for Silver, $24.20/month for Gold, and $49.17/month for Platinum. It is also available on Android, iOS, Mac, and the Web.

Pipedrive CRM

3. HubSpot

HubSpot is a 100% free intuitive platform designed to help business owners manage and promote their business online. Its CRM is designed to enable marketers/salespeople to manage their relationship as well as improve their interaction with customers.

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It features several tools geared towards client relations such as lead generation, marketing automation, email automation, analytics, tickets, and popular feedback. Hubspot is free to use forever while offering 3 subscription packages, Starter at $50/month, Professional at $800/month, and Enterprise at $3200/month. It is also available on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and the Web.

Hubspot

4. Agile CRM

Agile CRM is a powerful affordable all-in-one cloud-based customer relationship management software designed for sales and marketing automation with small businesses in mind.

It is free for 10 users with lead scoring, tasks, unlimited deals, appointment scheduling, etc. while offering 3 subscription packages, Starter at $14.99/month, Regular at $49.99/month, and Enterprise at $79.99/month. It is also available on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and the Web.

Agile CRM

5. Drip

Drip is a beautiful popular eCommerce customer relationship management application designed to enable the business of its users to stand out. It offers a comprehensive list of tools for customer data, engagement, personalization, and optimization.

Drip integrates seamlessly with email services, Facebook and Instagram as well as other 3rd-party platforms, etc. It is free to use but offers extra features in subscription packages namely Basic at $49/month, Pro at $122/month, and Enterprise which varies in price.

Drip

6. Constant Contact

Constant Contact is a paid CRM built to enable WordPress to improve their online presence and customer relationships using tools that allow them to easily manage their contacts list, send personalized emails, track customer activity, generate and analyse reports, drag’n drop, create sales funnels, schedule emails, etc. all from the convenience of a beautifully designed dashboard.

Constant Contact’s subscription packages are based on the number of contacts with Email starting at $20/month and Email Plus at $45/month.

Constant Contact

7. Freshsales

Freshsales is customer relationship management software with a focus on beauty, efficiency, and simplicity. Its feature highlights include AI-based scoring, personalized emailing, activity capture, built-in phone, interactive pipeline management for tracking deals, smart forms, etc.

Freshsales has 4 subscription packages namely Blossom at $12/user/month, Garden at $25/user/month, Estate at $49/user/month, and Forest at $79/user/month. Freshsales is available on iOS, Android, and the Web.

Freshsales CRM

8. Insightly

Insightly is a cloud-based CRM platform built for Gmail, Outlook, and G Suite applications. It is developed to enable lifelong customer relationships that are strong and aims to grow users’ revenue by 20% annually by offering features such as workflow automation, several 3rd-party integrations, bulk emails, a minimalist dashboard, etc.

The platforms that Insightly supports are Android, iOS, Windows, and the Web and its subscription packages cost $29/month for Plus, $49/month for Professional, and $99/month for Enterprise.

Insightly

9. Copper

Copper is designed to simplify the work of salespeople, client managers, and marketers by conveniently integrating with G-suite and providing a Chrome extension for fetching tasks directly from your users’ inbox and tracking conversations.

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Its features allow for a streamlined sales process, personal notifications on completion of deals, standard email templates, pipeline management for monitoring the progress of deals, etc.

Copper is available on Android and iOS and its subscription plans are Basic at $19/month, Professional at $49/month, and Business at $119/month. If you enjoy using Google’s suite of applications then copper is probably the perfect pick for you.

Copper

10. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a freemium CRM built with personal to mid-size businesses in mind with a comprehensive list of necessary features for managing business sales and customer relationships using tools such as pipeline management, multiple custom reports, both on-cloud and on-premise availability, appointment scheduling and service bookings, etc.

Bitrix24 is available on iOS, Android, the Web, Mac, and Windows with the subscription plans costing $69/month for CRM+, $99/month for standard, and $199/month for Professional.

Bitrix24 CRM

11. Nimble

Nimble is a super simple CRM software that combines your business contacts, sales, business intelligence, and communication into a single platform with an eye-candy dashboard through which you can monitor prospective deals at all stages as well as scan the social media of customers in order to understand your clients better.

Nimble’s other features include pipeline analytics, sales forecasting, deal tracking, availability on Android and iOS. Its subscription plan is $19/user/month billed annually or $25/user when billed monthly.

Nimble CRM

12. Close

Close is a free CRM designed to enable users to close more deals by focusing on sales automation. It is developed for salespeople by salespeople with features that offer users lead management, reporting, predictive dialers, timeline view, email sequences, global call coverage, integration with other platforms including Stitch, Zendesk, Slack, HubSpot, Intercom, etc.

Close is available on Windows, Android, Mac, iOS, the web, and its subscription plans are Basic at $65/month, Professional at $95/month, and Business at $145/month.

Close CRM

All the listed software employ a modern approach to online business and customer relations management; they feature a beautiful UI, minimalist design dashboard, several client management, and activity tracking tools, are customizable and offer a comprehensive list of features at affordable prices.

Have you got any questions, suggestions, or comments that you want to add? The discussion box is down below.

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10 Best Open Source Accounting Software for Linux

An Accounting Software is an complex application that enables businesses of any size to manage data especially financial data and ensure that all resources end up in the right place.

Any such software that is good has the ability to gather, analyze, summarize, and report financial data and some even go an extra mile to automate certain tasks, implement contingency strategies, and allow for custom functions.

Here is a list of the best accounting software for Linux platforms that are not only open source but also free or low-cost.

1. Apache OFBiz

Apache OFBiz is a free, open source, and cross-platform suite of business apps that offer several out-of-the-box (OOTB) modules for advanced ERP tasks such as order management, contracts, payments and billings, catalog management, e-commerce, and many others.

Apache OFBiz

2. FrontAccounting

FrontAccounting is an Enterprise Resource Planning software aimed at large businesses especially companies into sales and manufacturing. Its features include managing payments, items and inventory, assets, invoices and credit notes, purchase and sales orders, a built-in ledger with a budget, etc.

FrontAccounting

3. Openmiracle

Openmiracle is a free and open source accounting software with all the features necessary for managing any type of business including flexibility thanks to its customization options, a beautiful UI, and plugin extensions.

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Its name comes from a combining Open (for free and open source) with miracle (for Manage Inventory Revenue Assets Capital Liability Expense.

Openmiracle Accounting Software

4. GnuCash

GnuCash is a free and open source cross-platform accounting software for personal and small businesses. It is designed to be used as a checkbook register with the ability to track income and expenses, bank accounts, stocks, etc.

GnuCash

5. Akaunting

Akaunting is a free and open source online software aimed at small businesses in order to facilitate their accounting activities.

It features a beautiful, colorful UI and can be used from any device connected to the Internet to manage transactions, create invoices, receipts, and reports, monitor cash flow, etc.

Akaunting

6. LedgerSMB

LedgerSMB is an accounting application that aims to liberate small and mid-size businesses by providing users with invoicing, inventory management, quotations, order processing, document exports, general ledgers, etc. for them to build their business.

LedgerSMB

7. Compiere ERP

Compiere ERP is a modern, low-cost open source ERP and CRM business software aimed at small and medium-sized businesses involved in retail, distribution, and service and manufacturing.

It has a community edition which offers various features for several business models save for support form Aptean and automated upgrade tools – those are only available to enterprise users.

Compiere ERP

8. Manager

Manager is a free, open source and cross-platform accounting software that provides small businesses, companies, and organizations e.g. dental clinics, science labs, wholesalers, etc. ERP functions for managing their accounting processes, customers, reporting, and a ton of many other features.

Manager

9. Frappe Accounting

Frappe Accounting is a free and open source accounting application that provides small t- mid-sized businesses with invoicing, payments, GST, and reporting features in order to categorically boost their performance.

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It ships with OOTB financial statements, tex templates, customer & supplier modules, customizable charts, etc.

Frappe Accounting

10. Grisbi

Grisbi is a free, simple and open source accounting software for managing finances. It was created over 14 years ago and has since been in active development to enable personal and small business owners to carry out simple entry accounting tasks.

Grisbi

Now that you can pick an option from my list I assure you of an exponential boost in your business performance. All of them are designed to be flexible and powerful, yet easy to use.

Are there other awesome open source accounting apps for Linux that are not included? Drop your suggestions in the comments box below.

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18 Best Open Source Solutions for Your E-commerce Business in 2020

One of the many advantages the Internet age has given us is the ability to launch and manage businesses online using a virtually unending list of resources that are free, paid, open-source, and proprietary.

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Many people are of the notion that they can only run a successful e-commerce platform with expensive tools, plugins, etc. but that is far from the case because there are loads of awesome open source solutions created for that purpose.

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Today, I bring you a list of the best solutions to set up a personal e-commerce business with. They are listed in random order and are all free open source.

1. PrestaShop

PrestaShop is a freemium e-commerce solution that enables users to launch and manage their online business with several tools that enable them to attract visitors, customize their store, conveniently manage products, sell globally, see traffic analytics, etc.

PrestaShop

2. OpenCart

OpenCart is an online PHP-based store management system designed specifically for eCommerce websites. Its features include an affiliate program, discount and coupon codes, themes, support for integration with 3rd-party apps, etc.

OpenCart

3. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a free and open-source plugin designed for any size of online merchants using WordPress (also open source). It is loved for several reasons including being easy to use, comprehensive online documentation, and support for integrating with other platforms.

WooCommerce

4. X Cart

X Cart is a robust eCommerce platform created with the aim of enabling users to successfully establish businesses online. It offers 24/7 support, a rich list of features and integration support for other platforms, as well as a premium offer to those users who want to chip in some cash for enterprise functionality.

XCart

5. osCommerce

osCommerce is a free e-commerce and online store management platform with tools for managing your very own self-hosted online store or website with the advantage of securely managing your products and tracking your sales.

osCommerce

6. Zen Cart

Zen Cart is an open-source PHP-based online store management system that simplifies creating online stores and makes interacting with the platform, whether as an administrator or customer, more user-friendly. It contains 16 categories of 1800+ add-ons with a community of about 150,000 members.

Zen Cart

7. CubeCart

CubeCart is a free customizable e-commerce system that enables users to open online websites where they can sell products to anywhere in the world. It offers a plethora of extensions including shipping calculators, payment gateways, etc.

CubeCart

8. Drupal Commerce

Drupal Commerce is an open-source eCommerce framework used for building flexible e-commerce websites and apps based on Drupal. It offers several features such as mobile responsiveness, support for integration with 3rd-party software, complete freedom over the visual appearance of websites, etc.

Drupal Commerce

9. VirtueMart

VirtueMart is a free open source e-commerce solution designed to be used with Joomla. It offers users 500+ features specific to customers, merchants, developers, and web agencies and is loved for its accessibility.

VirtueMart

10. Magento Community Edition

Magento Community Edition is a free and open-source version of Magento that enables users to build and grow unique stores online with ready-to-use extensions and by working with official Magento partners.

Magento Community Edition

11. Ubercart

Ubercart is a free and open-source e-commerce solution built to enable Drupal users to build a community around the sales of any type of product e.g. eBooks, premium creative content, etc. while maintaining a seamless line of interaction between clients to boost customer satisfaction.

Ubercart

12. Tomato Cart

Tomato Cart is an open-source user-friendly eCommerce solution based on osCommerce 3. It is completely customizable, lightweight, and contains a built-in Content Management System, among other features.

Tomato Cart

13. JigoShop

JigoShop is an established open-source eCommerce platform that adds functionality such as easy product migration, currency conversion, shipping rates, etc. to WordPress. It is loved for its modern design, quick runtime speed, extensions support, and reporting system, among other features.

JigoShop

14. paGO Commerce

paGO Commerce is a free and open-source eCommerce solution build for Joomla users. Its features include a robust coupon system, paGO Quickpay for making payments, a single-page checkout optimized to promote high conversions, an attribute system, etc.

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It is created by the developers at corePHP to be PCI-compliant and targeted at medium to enterprise-level businesses with real-time support in the backend.

paGO Commerce

15. AFCommerce

AFCommerce is a robust online store with both an administration area and storefront preconfigured right out of the box. It also contains a website builder that enables users to build an unlimited number of web pages complete with custom fonts, structural layout, colours, etc.

AFCommerce

So there you have it, folks, the 15 best open source solutions to set up your e-commerce business. What’s your favourite open source eCommerce solution?

16. Bagisto

Bagisto is a free and open-source Laravel eCommerce platform created to enable users to build and scale their business. It features Pure RTL support, product SEO, a multi-store inventory, multiple channels for selling products, and a beautiful user interface that is equally easy to navigate.

Among bagisto’s coolest features is its multi-vendor marketplace which encourages merchants from all over the world to sell products without boundaries, and also its robust documentation for users interested in using it (i.e. the bagisto framework) for development.

Bagisto Laravel eCommerce

17. Spree Commerce

Spree Commerce is an open-source eCommerce platform and one of its favourable strong suits is its mobile-first customizable user experience. Relied upon by several popular businesses like Diehard, the New England Patriots, Fortnum & Mason, Kenmore, and Craftsman, to mention a few, Spree Commerce is a significant player in the open-source business community.

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Some of its popular use cases include a multi-vendor marketplace, a PWA frontend app, a multi-tenant platform, B2B or B2B2C eCommerce, and integrations with 3PL, MailChimp, Segment.com, POS, and Avalara AvaTax.

Spree Commerce

18. ClicShopping

ClicShopping is another free and open-source store online B2B/B2C application built using PHP and MySQL designed with the aim of enabling anybody to create a reliable and efficient eCommerce store. It is probably the oldest software in this list that has managed to stay relevant thanks to its dedicated team of volunteer developers, donations from supporters and other types of contributions.

ClicShopping is compact, doesn’t require a lot of resources to run, and just like with WordPress, you can install small applications (plugins) to extend its functionality. If you’re familiar with PHP and MySQL then building your B2B/B2C application will be a breeze.

ClicShopping eCommerce Platform

Have you got any suggestions to share with us? Let us know in the comments below.

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10 Best Free Human Resource Management Software

It wasn’t too long ago that we published an article on the best open source accounting software for Linux . Today, we’re concentrating on software that’ll enable you to manage your Human Resources efficiently.

Human resource management is difficult irrespective of whether you’re running a small or large business. Most HR tools require a subscription plan or one-time fee but there are a good number of alternatives that are available at little to no cost.

As I usually do, here is my list of the best HR management software and they are all free.

1. IceHrm

IceHrm is an open source limitless Human Resource Management application that enables users to keep track of their business’ resources including the employees and their activities. It is completely free to use for up to 5 employees.

IceHrm

2. WebHR

WebHR is an online platform with a range of tools to enable users to manage their small to medium-sized businesses with utilities such as absence management, recruiting, payroll, performance tracking, etc.

WebHR

3. Jorani

Jorani is a free and open source Human Resource management application that aims to provide business owners with a simple workflow as well as an efficient time and employee management.

Jorani

4. Sentrifugo

Sentrifugo is a free and powerful open source HR management app that offers user access to several functions including recruiting, absence management, performance reviews, analytics, expense management, etc.

Sentrifugo

5. Zenefits

Zenefits is an HR management software designed to solve human resource issues, especially when dealing with payrolls. Its free plan offers an employee directory, core HR apps, hiring, and onboarding.

Zenefits

6. Zoho People

Zoho is a free award-winning management platform with a full suite of tools for managing small and medium-sized enterprises. It has a maximum of 5 free users and 250MB of storage with personal tracking, absence management, and mobile apps.

Zoho

7. Odoo

Odoo is a robust business software whose community version is a free and open source business management software with tools for project management, inventory, marketing, point-of-sale, etc. Its strong suit is its versatility in functionality.

Odoo

8. OrangeHRM

OrangeHRM offers users a professional open source solution to managing their businesses by providing tools for reporting, attendance management, recruitment, disciplinary tracking, travel and expense tracking, etc.

OrangeHRM

9. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is an online suite of tools designed to enable users to manage their business with tools such as the employee directory, customizable employee profiles, gamification badges, charts, etc.

Bitrix24

10. Gusto

Gusto is a freemium HR management solution for any size of business. Its free version offers employee profiles, surveys, time management tools, health benefits administration, organization charts, electronic signing, hiring etc.

Gusto

All these tools have unique features that you can only find out about after trying them out yourself. What has been your experience with them if you’ve used them before? And do you know other free HR apps that are worth mentioning? Drop your comments below.

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