Installable 3rd Party Web Application Software

Many host providers have the option to install 3rd party applications for use with your web-site. Any or all of these web applications can be added to your website, including multiple installs of each. All of these web applications are available to be installed on which hosts the AASiteDesigns web-site.

A web application is defined as software designed to manage, enhance, or add functionality to a website. Examples include blogs, guestbooks, forums, image galleries, and e-commerce systems. The software is installed in your hosting account as a collection of files and directories. The amount of space required depends on the application, but can range from a few kilobytes to upward of 60 megabytes.

Many applications also require a database to store additional data. MySQL is the most common database system used in web hosting but many systems are available. Generally the database set-up/configuration is handled automatically as part of the installation script.

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Community Software

Flat Calendar is a simple calendar system. Flat Calendar was last updated in 2002 and is no longer supported by the author. "Flat Calendar was designed for those of us who need calendar and event book functionality but do not have access to a database, or would simply prefer to store the data in a flat text file. Unlike most of the calendar and event book scripts available, Flat Calendar stores all its events in files on the server without any use of a database."

WebCalendar is an open source calendar script. "WebCalendar is a web-based calendar application. You can configure it as a single-user calendar, a multi-user calendar for groups of users, or as an event calendar viewable by visitors."

phpMyChat is an open source real-time chat system. "phpMyChat is an easy-to-use multi-room chat script that supports IRC-like commands and has been translated to 33 languages."

phpBB is an open source forum system. phpBB is the most-used free forum script on the Internet. "phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customisable open-source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, helpful FAQ, and is the ideal free community solution for all web sites."

Simple Machines Forum is a free forum system. Simple Machines Forum forked from the YaBBSE project in 2003. "SMF is a next-generation community software package that is jam-packed with features, while at the same time having a minimal impact on resources."

XMB Forum is an open source forum system. "XMB Forum allows you to build, manage, and promote your online community."

PHProjekt is an open source groupware system. "PHProjekt is a modular application for the coordination of group activities and to share informations and document via intranet and internet. PHProjekt components include calendar, project management, time card system, file management, and contact manager."

Advanced Guestbook is an open source guestbook system. "Advanced Guestbook is a guestbook script, which allows visitors to your website to post comments. Features include preview, templates, e-mail notification, picture upload, page spanning, html tags handling, smilies, advanced guestbook codes and language support. The admin script lets you modify, view, and delete messages."

GBook is a free guestbook system, with advanced spam-fighting tools. GBook is also known as PHP Guestbook. "GBook is an easy to use PHP guestbook, which allows your visitors to post comments on your website. GBook includes advanced (and regularly updated) SPAM protection."

Mediawiki is a powerful open source wiki system, and can be used from the web GUI although the advanced administrative tools require SSH access. Mediawiki was originally created to power the Wikipedia project. "MediaWiki is a feature-rich wiki implementation, and is used to run Wikipedia and many other wikis."

Content Management

b2evolution is an open source blog system. b2evolution forked from the b2/cafelog project in 2003. "b2evolution is a news/weblog tool. You enter your news items through an easy-to-use web interface and the updates will appear dynamically on your webpage. The script also handles archving and commenting. b2evolution is an extension of the 'b2' blog script."

-b2evolution developer

Pivot is an open source blog system. Pivot is also known as Pivotlog. "Pivot is a web-based tool to help you maintain dynamic sites, like weblogs or online journals."

-Pivot developer

Wordpress is an open source blog system, and is the most-used self hosted blog script on the Internet. Wordpress forked from the b2/cafelog project in 2003. "WordPress is a state-of-the-art personal publishing platform/blogger with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability."

Drupal is an open source content management system. "Drupal is an open-source platform and content management system for building dynamic web sites offering a broad range of features and services including user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes. Equipped with a powerful blend of features and configurability, Drupal can support a diverse range of web projects ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven sites."

Soholaunch is a free website builder system. Additional features can be purchased from the website. "Soholaunch Pro Edition Website Builder makes it easy for people of all experience levels to build and maintain a great website. cPanel installs the free version of Soholaunch which includes a Quick Start Site Building Wizard and the 'Drag & Drop' page editor. (Server administrators can purchase advanced feature set licenses (including Calendar, Shopping Cart, Newsletter, and Blog) from"

Moodle is an open source course management system (education) script. "Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. Moodle can scale from a single-teacher site to a University with 200,000 students. "

CodeIgniter is a powerful, free framework system for the development of web applications. Development is achieved through the creation and editing of files. A commercial version named ExpressionEngine, which includes a web GUI, is available from the website. "Code Igniter is an Application Development Framework - a toolkit - for people who build web sites using PHP. Its goal is to enable you to develop projects must faster than you could if you were writing code from scratch, by providing a rich set of libraries for commonly needed tasks, as well as a simple interface and logical structure to access these libraries. Code Igniter lets you creatively focus on your project by minimizing the amount of code needed for a given task."

Coranto is an open source framework/cms that uses a flat file (text file) database. Coranto has a very small install size, with much of the functionality added through plugins, and is a CGI script. Coranto is the successor to NewsPro. "Coranto is your everyday Content Management System (CMS). It's designed to be flexible, and you can easily expand Coranto's functions by the use of a multitude of "snap-in" addons. Whether you run a small blog or a fully scaled newspaper with millions of hits every day, you can rely on Coranto's fully browser-based environment to update your site. The script also has its own forums for your support, questions and ideas."

Joomla! is a powerful open source portal system, and is one of the most-used scripts on the Internet. Joomla! forked from the Mambo project in 2005. "Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable."

Mambo is a powerful open source portal system. "Mambo Open Source Content Management System is the friendliest and most advanced CMS open source software available. Quite simply, MOS allows anyone to manage a web site. It is easily configured for personal sites, and powerful enough for large-scale commercial installations, perfect for non-tech webmasters and advanced programmers alike."

ocPortal is a free Content Management system for advanced dynamic/interactive websites. "ocPortal is a CMS with many Web 2.0 and community features, for building modern, sophisticated websites. ocPortal supports many types of content (galleries, news/newsletters, etc.) - and integrating rich media and advertising into them. Community features include forums, member blogs, chat rooms, WIKI, and content commenting/rating. ocPortal lets you decide how your site will look and behave. Features are plentiful, but also optional. Feature integration is at the core of the ocPortal philosophy - for example, the site-wide search engine, and the unified member profiles. Out-of-the-box your site will meet the highest accessibility and professional standards, and will appear higher in Google due to automatic SEO. Your website will automatically block and record hacking attempts, and you can control access in different ways such as via paid subscription. ocPortal is designed as the software that'll handle all your needs; you'll get much more than just a Content Management System."

PHP-Nuke is an open source portal system. cPanel also applies the latest PHP Nuke Patched security modifications. A commercial license can be purchased from the website. PHP-Nuke forked from the Thatware project in 2000. "PHP-Nuke is an automated news system specially designed to be used in Intranets and the Internet. The Administrator has total control of his web site, registered users, and he will have in the hand a powerful assembly of tools to maintain an active and 100% interactive web site using databases."

PostNuke is an open source portal system. PostNuke forked from the PHP-Nuke project in 2001. "Some may see PN as a weblog or content management system. But PN is more than that, PostNuke is a community, content, collaborative management system, a C3MS. It's your electronic toolbox, a set of tools allowing you to build a dynamically generated web site that five years ago would have cost thousands of dollars to launch."

Xoops is an open source portal system. Xoops forked from the PHP-Nuke project in 2002. "Xoops is a dynamic-Object Oriented based open source portal script written in PHP. Xoops is the ideal tool for developing small to large dynamic community websites, intra company portals, corporate portals, weblogs and much more."

e-Commerce and Business

Noah's Classifieds is a popular free classifieds system. A commercial version is available from the website.

"Noah's Classifieds is the Internets immensely and most popular Classifieds WebSite-Ware on the Web. We now have a software series with the most modern Web-2.0 feel, features, and amazing new feature variations and functionality and we have a truly created on on going and ever growing recipe for a great Classifieds Ads WebSite Software that is perfect for any project."

CubeCart is a free e-commerce shopping cart system. A commercial version is also available from the website. CubeCart was previously known as eStore.

"CubeCart is an eCommerce script that allows you to setup a powerful online store."

OpenX is an open source advertising banner system, and is the most-used free banner system on the Internet. Openads was previously known as OpenAds and phpAdsNew, which forked from the phpAds project in 2000. "OpenX is a free, open source ad server that is trusted by more than 30,000 web publishers in over 100 countries around the world. OpenX is a powerful ad serving solution that puts control over online advertising back in the hands of publishers."

Magento is is a very popular open source e-commerce shopping cart system. "Magento is a professional open-source eCommerce solution offering unprecedented flexibility and control. With Magento, never feel trapped in your eCommerce solution again."

osCommerce is a very popular open source e-commerce shopping cart system. "osCommerce is an online shop e-commerce solution. Its feature-packed out-of-the-box installation allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with absolutely no costs or license fees involved."

phpShop is an open source e-commerce shopping cart system.

"phpShop is a PHP-based e-commerce application and PHP development framework. phpShop offers the basic features needed to run a successful e-commerce web site and to extend its capabilities for multiple purposes."

phpMyFAQ is a powerful free frequently asked questions system. "phpMyFAQ is a multilingual Frequently-Asked-Questions system. phpMyFAQ also offers a Content Management-System, flexible multi-user support, a news-system, user-tracking, language modules, templates, extensive XML-support, PDF-support, and a backup-system."

phpCOIN is a free client and invoice management system.

"phpCOIN (Clients, Order, Invoices, and Notes) is an e-commerce/online-store solution that includes a variety of modules (store setup and display, customer management, invoicing, payment, and support) within a single interface."

Crafty Syntax Live Help is an open source chat-based help system. "Live Help is a multi-user, multi-operator, multi-department live Help support chat system that allows the operators of the websites to monitor their visitors as they are browsing the site and proactively open a chat session with the visitor. Features include auto-invite, referer tracking, page tracking, chat notification, user is typing message, multiple chat sessions, sound alert, leave a message if offline, push urls, quick responses, and multiple operators."

Help Center Live is an open source chat-based help system. "Help Center Live is a fully-featured support system that includes FAQ management, a TROUBLE TICKET system, and LIVE CHAT."

osTicket is an open source trouble tickets script.

"osTicket is a widely-used open source support ticket system. It seamlessly integrates inquiries created via email and web-based forms into a simple easy to use multi-user web interface. Easily manage, organize and archive all your support requests and responses in one place while providing your clients with accountability and responsiveness they deserve."

SugarCRM is an open source customer relations management system. Commercial versions are available on the website. "SugarCRM is a premier customer relationship management application. Sugar Suite brings a new and effective way to better acquire, sell, service and manage customers, helping companies increase revenue by being more organized. This is the free open source version of SugarCRM. More features are available in the commercial versions."

Images and Files

php File Manager is an open source web file manager. A commercial version with newer updates is available on the website. php File Manager forked from a project on (site is no longer available). "php File Manager, based on the script written by, is an open source, web-based File Manager."

Invision Power File Manager is a free web file manager. Power File Manager was last updated in 2005 and is no longer supported by the author. "Invision Power File Manager is a popular file management script that is extremely user friendly and gives you full control over all the users actions. Invision Power File Manager is completely free for both personal and commercial use, all that we require is that the small link back to Invision Power Inc at the bottom of the page is left intact."

Coppermine Photo Gallery is a popular open source image gallery system. "Coppermine is a multi-purpose and fully-featured image gallery script."

Gallery 1 is an open source image gallery system. Gallery1 was succeeded by Gallery2, though is still updated. Gallery1 installs can be upgraded to Gallery2 via a Gallery2 plugin. "Gallery lets you manage your photos on your own website. With Gallery you can easily create and maintain albums of photos via an intuitive interface. Photo management includes automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, captioning, searching and more. Albums can have read, write and caption permissions per individual authenticated user for an additional level of privacy. Give accounts to your friends and family and let them upload and manage their own photos on your website!"

Gallery 2 is a powerful and popular open source image gallery system with a large install size. Gallery2 is the successor to Gallery. "Gallery is the next generation of open source photo sharing web applications. Gallery gives you an intuitive way to blend photo management seamlessly into your own website whether you're running a small personal site or a large community site. Hundreds of thousands of people and organizations are using Gallery to create personalized photo albums on their websites."


phpLinks is an open source link management system, with search capabilities. phpLinks was last updated in 2003 and is no longer supported by the author. cPanel's install of phpLinks includes all known third-party fixes.

"PHPLinks allows you to run an efficient Link Farm with full search capabilities."

SiteBar is an open source link management system, with search capabilities. "Access and manage your private, shared or public bookmarks from any computer and browser connected to the Internet! Create personal, family, team, company or enterprise-wide bookmarks with flexible access rules, permissions and customizable design!"

iTron Clock is a free real-time javascript clock. "Installatron Clock is a simple script that allows you to insert a static or dynamic text-based date and/or clock display on your webpage. The display is highly configurable and is easy to insert into any webpage."

WebCards is an open source electronic greeting card system.

"Keep visitors returning to your site again and again with this powerful, efficient and easy to use e-card system. Featuring a full administration centre with a simple interface and full banning controls, visitors will enjoy communicating with their friends, bringing you more and more visitors."

Contact Form
Contact Form is a simple open source website contact form. "Contact Form provides a simple way for visitors to contact you through your website. In addition to being a quick and easy way for visitors to contact you, this also helps eliminate spam by hiding your email address from spambots."

phpList is an open source mailing-list/newsletter system. "PHPlist is a web application that implements a personalised mailing list manager or customer relationship management (CRM) system. PHPlist is designed to assist you to stay in touch with your audience, without flooding them with information they don't want. PHPlist is an essential tool for anyone who is serious about creating, capturing and maintaining an offline audience, and will help you increase traffic to your website."

Site Recommender is an open source "recommend my site" emailer. A commercial version with newer updates is available on the website. "Site Recommender allows your visitors to recommend your site to one or more recipients. Default messages are easily modified and the look and feel is customizable via CSS stylesheet. You can choose to be notified when your site has been recommended, and email addresses are hidden so cannot be harvested by spammers. Also contains error checking."

phpFormGenerator is an open source HTML form generator. "phpFormGenerator is an easy-to-use tool to create reliable and efficient web forms in a snap. No programming of any sort is required. Just follow along the phpFormGenerator wizard and at the end, you will have a fully functional web form!"

Feed On Feeds is an open source RSS/Atom aggregator. "FEED ON FEEDS is an easy to use server-side news aggregator that supports RSS and Atom. A news aggregator allows you to subscribe to news sources and have new items collected together on a single page. The newest items appear at the top, and you can mark old news items read."

The Search Engine Project is an open source website search system. "TSEP (The Search Engine Project) is a search engine for a website. You can put a 'Search this site' anywhere on your website and let people quickly find what they are looking for."

Surveys and Statistics

Advanced Poll is a free survey/poll system. "Advanced Poll is a polling system with powerful administration tool. It features multiple polls, templates, unlimited options, multi-language support, IP-Logging, IP-Locking, cookie support, comment feature, vote expire feature, random poll support and more."

LimeSurvey is a powerful open source survey system, with statistical analysis. LimeSurvey was formlerly known as PHPSurveyor. "LimeSurvey (aka PHPSurveyor) is a leading Open Source Online Survey Tool written in PHP. LimeSurvey allows you to develop, publish and collect responses to surveys. LimeSurvey includes a wide range of built-in question types, and a range of flexible options. Your surveys can include branching, your own preferred layout and design (using a templating system), and can provide basic statistical analysis of survey results. Surveys can be public, or can be strictly controlled through the use of "once-only" tokens for each survey participant."

phpESP is an open source survey system, with statistical analysis. "phpESP allows you to create and publish surveys."

Simple Poll is a free (for non-profit use) survey/poll system. Simple Poll was last updated in 2004. "Simple Poll employs a simple to use admin interface and template customizations for your poll so that you can easily adapt to the look and feel of your web site. Setup as many polls as you like."

Aardvark Topsites is an open source topsites system, and is the most-used free "topsites" script on the Internet. "Aardvark Topsites is simply the best topsites script there is. Features include pageview counts, hits in and hits out, members ranking, and customizable templates."

phpMyCounter is a highly-configurable free webpage hits counter. phpMyCounter was last updated in 2002 and is no longer supported by the author. "phpMyCounter is an easy to use yet sophisticated counter script. It includes an administration interface that allows you to customize the counter appearance and it works with PHP, SSI, or plain HTML webpages."