Open Source Web Applications
The links below go to the web site of various Open Source web applications. Virtually all are free to use at the time they were listed on this page. Virtually all will require the use of a MySQL database from your hosting account. The complexity of installing, setting up and using will range from the very easy to the very difficult. Red Dog 7 Hosting provides this list solely for your convenience, and does not endorse or warrant the fitness of any of them.
A few words about “Free” applications.
- Some of it is Very Good, have been around for a long time, and have frequent updates. WordPress, Simple Machines Forums, Zencart and Mediwiki are four that immediately come to mind.
- On the other hand, there are a lot of applications that are pretty buggy. Its a good idea to go to the site and see how long the application has been available, and how frequently it has been updated. Most will have a version list with dates released. Frequent updates is an indication that more than one person is working on the application, and problems are being quickly addressed.
- The below list are applications, which have had updates within the last 24 months of this list being put together. Many applications become abandon in time. That software then has weaknesses exploited and not fixed. In time they will cease to work with the new releases of server operating software.
- Free is a pretty loosely thrown around term.
- Sometimes it means there’s a free trial
- Sometimes it means the basic version is free, but the features you require are not.
- Sometimes it starts out free, but a future major upgrade is no longer free, and your version becomes obsolete.
- Sometimes there’s a limitation (like number of customers, users, products…) that in time you’ll hit and be held hostage for a paid version. Most if the time, the charge is reasonable.
- Sometimes the installation process is purposely made overly complicated so you buy their installation service – or they make it to have an unrealistic server requirement – to suck you into using their high price server.
Most of these applications start out with the best of intentions – but occasionally they will try to catch you into a trap. Research the product pretty deep on their site, read any of the available downloadable documentation, and check the reviews. Your intuition is usually your best guide. If you ever have someone install the application in the hosting account for you – immediately change your log in when they finish. While that won’t protect you from the few professionally dishonest vandals who might install a backdoor on your server – it will protect you from the dishonest rookie.
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