SilverStripe Hosting – Web App Overview

For a small-time (compared to WordPress & Joomla!) CMS, SilverStripe is designed with a flexible framework and intelligent access control

SilverStripe content management system (CMS) has a user-friendly admin interface and seamless reusable codes for developers.

It’s simple to install and has multiple options for security management. You will have full control of individual permissions and even add/restrict accounts based on IP address.

Who uses SilverStripe?

SilverStripe is designed for digital teams: developers, marketers, IT managers and authors.

Features

  • Free, flexible & extensible
  • Powerful frontend template engine
  • Robust deployment tool
  • One-click deployments and rollbacks
  • Developer dashboard
  • Documentation for developers
  • Searchable logging to allow easy error diagnosis
  • Snapshotting of database & assets to streamline ongoing development
  • Access controls
  • Server and Application security
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Code Care
  • Optimised to produce highly reusable code
  • Improved website performance
  • Round the clock website monitoring by Platform Support Team
  • Customised cloud solutions
  • Flexible cloud computing
  • Easy professional change management
  • Standardised infrastructure and support

Further information of the platform features is listed here.

A closer look at SilverStripe

SilverStripe is now on version 4.0.1 as announced in December 2017. The latest update is packed with security improvements, API changes, additional features, and enhancements. There are also a number of bug fixes.

Play with SilverStripe’s interactive demo page.

Websites using SilverStripe

Recent usage statistics has confirmed that out of 42,000 active sites that are using SilverStripe, about 2,500 are Australian-owned.

Here are some SilverStripe-hosted sites:

Hosting Requirements

SilverStripe has the following requirements:

  • PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.x
  • Once PHP versions become unsupported by the PHP Project, support will be dropped for those versions in the next minor release. This means that PHP 5.6 support may be dropped in a 4.x minor release after December 2018.
  • It is recommended to use a PHP accelerator or opcode cache, such as xcache or WinCache.
    • Note: Some PHP 5.5+ packages already have Zend OpCache installed by default. If this is the case on your system, do not try and run additional opcaches alongside Zend OpCache without first disabling it, as it will likely have unexpected consequences.
  • Allocate at least 48MB of memory to each PHP process. (SilverStripe can be resource hungry for some intensive operations.)
  • PHP requires a suitable CSPRNG (random number generator) source for generating random tokens, password salts etc. This can be any of the following, and most operating systems will have at least one source available:

  • Recommended configuration
    • Dev (local development for running test framework): memory_limit 512MB
    • Production: memory_limit = 64M
  • See phpinfo() for more information about your environment
  • One of the following databases:
  • One of the following web server products:
    • Apache 2.0+ with mod_rewrite and “AllowOverride All” set
    • IIS 7+
    • Support for Lighttpd, IIS 6, and other web servers may work if you are familiar with configuring those products.
  • Enabling content compression (for example with mod_deflate) is recommended to speed up the delivery of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • One of the following operating systems:
    • Linux/Unix/BSD
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2
    • Mac OS X 10.4+

Getting started with SilverStripe

Installing SilverStripe software can be done on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer. Also, it’s downloadable through its official website. Installation guide is given.

ABOUT SILVERSTRIPE

Publisher: SilverStripe
Category: Blog / CMS
Website: https://www.silverstripe.org/
Initial release: 2007
Language: PHP
Dev/s: SilverStripe Limited
License: BSD License
Price: Free

WordPress Hosting – Web App Overview

WordPress is a powerful database-driven CMS with unbounded scalability and configuration options. 

What started as a basic blogging system, WordPress is now the most popular free, open-source content management system (CMS) powering 29% of the global Internet community. It is a well-architectured platform based on PHP and MySQL, with ultra-flexible customisation by way of plugins and extensions.

Application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS) also use this software.

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

Although they are both rooted from the creative mind of Matt Mullenweg, WordPress.org and WordPress.com are two different platforms.

Also known as “the real WordPress”, WordPress.org is a self-hosted version of the software and currently managed by The WordPress Foundation. In order for your website to run, all you need is a domain name and web hosting.

WordPress.com, on the other hand, is a fully hosted blogging platform that is owned and developed by Automattic.

In this article, we are focusing on WordPress.org. But if you want to know more about the comparison of these two versions, check out this infographic.

Who uses WordPress

Whether it’s a simple blogging site, a family page, online magazine, small-scale e-Commerce store, or an esteemed company website – WordPress is a go-to choice. Even government and non-profit organisations also use this platform.

Through its wide-ranging Application Programming Interface (APIs), web developers will have in-depth control in terms of designing and layouting. They can freely express their creativity and innovation to advance the software’s functionality, which converts to a fully-structured output.

Features

  • Free and easy to use
  • Customisable designs with extensive customisation library, including themes, plugins, and templates
  • SEO friendly
  • Responsive Mobile Sites
  • Built-in comments section
  • High-performance
  • Manage on-the-go
  • High security
  • Powerful media management
  • Full e-Commerce support
  • Custom analytics and tracking (can utilise Google Analytics)
  • Multi-lingual, supports 70 languages
  • Easy installation and upgrades
  • Run your own ads and earn some cash

A closer look at WordPress

The Dashboard:

The coding page:

In November 2017, WordPress released version 4.9.1 to its global users. The new update resolves the security issues in relation to the newbloguser key, the language attributes on html elements, and the uploading of JavaScript files for users without unfiltered_html capability. Also, the update contains 11 bug fixes.

Websites using WordPress

Just because WordPress is an open source app doesn’t mean that it is not suitable for big brands. As of this writing, there are approximately 19.9 million active sites using this software, which include:

Hosting Requirements

  • PHP version 7.2 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater
  • HTTPS support

(Accurate at the time of writing).

Any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do, but WordPress works at best with Apache or Nginx.

Getting started with WordPress

WordPress can be installed on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer. You can download the software from its official website as well. Complete instructions are provided.

ABOUT WORDPRESS

Publisher: WordPress
Category: Blog / CMS
Website: https://wordpress.org
Initial release: 2003
Language: PHP, MySQL
Dev/s: WordPress Foundation
License: GPLv2 (or later)
Price: Free

Magento Hosting – Web App Overview

Magento is a leading innovative e-Commerce platform with robust, flexible merchant tools; and integration capability with Amazon, eBay, and Rakuten

The platform comes in two variants: Magento Open Source (formerly Community Edition) and Magento Commerce for enterprise-level businesses with standby web developers.

It has object-oriented programming and model–view–controller architecture with front-end code using the JavaScript.

The Magento marketplace boasts a strong portfolio of extensions, themes, modules, and technology & solution partners.

Who uses Magento?

Due to Magento’s vanguard retail management system, merchants running their online stores on this software are diverse and (mostly) top-level retailers, brands, and branded manufacturers.

Features

  • Flexible and Open Source Software
  • An Army of Innovators
  • The Most Customizable eCommerce Platform
  • Expert Implementation Partners
  • Boost Online Selling, Shrink Costs
  • Industry-Leading Cloud Solutions
  • Largest commerce marketplace for extensions
  • Supported by a vast global network of solution & technology partners and by a highly active global community of more than 150,000 developers
  • Backed by Permira, a global investment firm

Explore more advantages of running Magento here.

Magento up-close

Magento is currently running v2.2.

You can schedule a free product demo by signing this form.

Websites using Magento

There are 237,900+ live websites that are using Magento, and 5,900+ have Australian website domains. (source: BuiltWith.com)

Here are some Magento-built online stores in the Asia Pacific:

Hosting Requirements

  • Linux (Linux x86-64) distributions such as RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, and so on
  • Upgrading the Magento applications and extensions can require up to 2GB of RAM. If a system is less than 2GB of RAM, create a swap file
  • Composer is required for developers who wish to contribute to the Magento 2 codebase or anyone who wishes to develop Magento extensions
  • Apache 2.2 or 2.4
    • In addition, the apache mod_rewrite module must be enabled. mod_rewrite enables the server to perform URL rewriting. For more information, see Apache documentation.
  • nginx 1.8 (or latest mainline version)
  • MySQL 5.6
    • Magento application version 2.1.2 and later are compatible with MySQL 5.7.
    • MariaDB and Percona are compatible with Magento
  • PHP
  •  PHP required extensions:
  • PHP configuration settings, such as  memory_limit, is recommended to avoid common problems when using Magento. For more information, see Required PHP settings.
  • Verify if PHP OPcache is enabled for performance reasons
  • A valid security certificate is required for HTTPS.
  • Self-signed SSL certificates are not supported.
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS) requirement: PayPal and repo.magento.com  both require TLS 1.1 or later
  • Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) or an SMTP server
  • RabbitMQ will be used to publish messages to queue and to define the consumers that receive the messages asynchronously.

For more in-depth details, visit this page.

Getting started with Magento

Are you eyeing this e-Commerce engine? Install Magento on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

You can also download the app at Magento’s official website. Use the installation tutorial as your guide.

ABOUT MAGENTO

Publisher: Magento
Category: e-Commerce / CMS
Website: https://magento.com
Initial release: 2008
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Magento Inc.
License: OSL v3, AFL v3
Price: Free

Moodle Hosting – Web App Overview

Moodle is tailored to provide a robust, secure and integrated learning management system (LMS)

Modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment (Moodle) is developed in Linux using Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Its functionality is extensible through community-sourced plugins.

The platform is open-source and creates dynamic courses for academic and corporate settings. It’s packed with progress tracking and reporting tools and supports online activities such as peer assessment workshops, real-time messaging, and wiki forums.

Who uses Moodle?

This LMS has been used to create private websites for e-learning projects in:

  • Universities
  • High schools
  • Primary schools
  • Government departments
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Military organizations
  • Airlines
  • Oil companies
  • Homeschoolers
  • Independent educators
  • Special educators
  • Other corporate and private sectors

Features

General

  • Modern, easy to use interface
  • Personalised Dashboard
  • Collaborative tools and activities
  • All-in-one calendar
  • Convenient file management
  • Simple and intuitive text editor
  • Notifications
  • Track progress

Administrative

  • Customisable site design and layout
  • Secure authentication and mass enrolment
  • Multilingual capability
  • Bulk course creation and easy backup
  • Manage user roles and permissions
  • Supports open standards
  • High interoperability
  • Simple plugin management
  • Regular security updates
  • Detailed reporting and logs

Course Development and Management

  • Direct learning paths
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Embed external resources
  • Multimedia Integration
  • Group management
  • Marking workflow
  • In-line marking
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Integrated Badges
  • Outcomes and rubrics

Visit this page for complete description of the features.

Moodle up-close

Moodle has a stable release of v3.4

Try the Moodle app yourself, go for a demo.

Websites using Moodle

About 38,200 live websites are using Moodle, and 600+ sites are located in Australia. (source: BuiltWith.com)

A sample of Moodle-supported sites:

Hosting Requirements

  • Disk space: 160MB free (min) plus as much as you need to store your materials. 5GB is probably a realistic minimum.
  • Backups: at least the same again (at a remote location preferably) as above to keep backups of your site
  • Memory: 256MB (min), 1GB or more is strongly recommended. The general rule of thumb is that Moodle can support 10 to 20 concurrent users for every 1GB of RAM, but this will vary depending on your specific hardware and software combination and the type of use. ‘Concurrent’ really means web server processes in memory at the same time (i.e. users interacting with the system within a window of a few seconds). It does NOT mean people ‘logged in’.
  • An operating system (!). Anything that runs the following software; although the choice will most likely depend on the performance you need and the skills you have available. Linux and Windows are the most common choices (and good support is available). If you have a free choice, Linux is generally regarded to be the optimal platform. Moodle is also regularly tested with Windows XP/2000/2003, Solaris 10 (Sparc and x64), Mac OS X and Netware 6 operating systems.
  • Web server. Primarily Apache or IIS. Not fully tested (or supported) but should work are lightttpd, nginx, cherokee, zeus and LiteSpeed. Moodle will refuse to install on any other web server. Your web server needs to be correctly configured to serve PHP files.The version is not critical but try to use the newest web server build available to you.
  • PHP – The minimum version is currently 5.3.2. A number of extensions are required; see the PHP page for full details. Installation will halt at the environment check if any of the required extensions are missing.
  • A database. MySQL and PostgreSQL are the primary development database, the most comprehensively tested and have extensive documentation and support. Oracle and MSSQL are fully supported (note that optional plugins may be untested with these databases) but documentation and online help are not as comprehensive as MySQL/PostgreSQL. If in doubt use MySQL (more documentation) or PostgreSQL (better stability/performance). You will need the appropriate PHP extension (configured if need be) for your chosen database.
    • MySQL – minimum version 5.1.33
    • PostgreSQL – minimum version 8.3
    • MSSQL – minimum version 9.0
    • Oracle – minimum version 10.2
    • SQLite – minimum version 2.0
  • Minimum browser for accessing Moodle: Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11, Opera 9 plus whatever plugins and applications you will need for the content you plan to use.

Check the installation guide for more information.

Getting started with Moodle

Moodle can be installed on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

The software is also downloadable on the website.

ABOUT MOODLE

Publisher: Moodle
Category: LMS
Website: https://moodle.org
Initial release: 2002
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Moodle HQ
License: GPLv3+
Price: Free

Textpattern Hosting – Web App Overview

Textpattern is free, open-source software that simplifies the publication of well-structured, standards-compliant web pages.

But it’s also somewhat minimalist, compared to more established platforms like WordPress and Joomla.

Its strong point is the propriety markup that allows HTML coders to include ‘smarts’ in the code: dynamic content and functionality that would normally require a developer to build.

Who uses Textpattern?

Textpattern may appear as a simple web application but it’s versatile. It caters to bloggers, designers with coding skills and developers who prefer working a platform free form bloat.

For content writers and publishers, this CMS allows you to put your written word online quickly. You can manage page layout, design how you want the articles to be displayed, and even convert plain text to valid HTML with Textile (or Markdown via a plugin). It offers clean URLs for SEO.

It supports hundreds of plugins, extending the range of the core functions.

Furthermore, the software is standards-compliant out of the box.

Features

  • Quickly search old articles by keyword
  • Up-to-the-minute visitor/referrer logs
  • Browser-based template and CSS editing
  • Unlimited site sections
  • Unlimited article, link, file and image categories
  • Browser-based file and image upload & organization
  • Fast intuitive editing of articles, links, comments, page elements
  • Posting, editing & design privileges hierarchy
  • Unlimited site authors
  • Browser-based plugin installation and maintenance
  • Import content from other content management systems
  • Built-in search engine
  • Visitors can subscribe to custom article and link XML feeds
  • Browse categories and sections via popup or link list
  • Adjustable date/time stamps on articles
  • Articles can be set to appear at future date/time
  • Comments are accepted on a per-article basis
  • Comments may be closed after a fixed time or on the fly
  • Password-protect site sections, or even specific articles

Textpattern: Screenshots

When you open the Textpattern administration interface, you are directed to the ‘Write’ page immediately.

The Write tab:

Coding a Page template:

 

Try it yourself. Go to the demo page.

Websites using Textpattern

There are approximately 80 websites in Australia using Textpattern and 2,730 worldwide (source: BuiltWith.com)

Here are some examples of what can be achieved with Textpattern:

  1. Solborg Folkehøgskole (solborg.fhs.no)
  2. National Wiffle League Association (nwlatournament.com)
  3. Art and Culture Center/Hollywood (hicksdesign.co.uk)

Hosting Requirements *1

The latest version of Textpattern (4.6) requires:

  • PHP 5.3.3+.
  • MySQL 4.1+.
  • The PHP mysqli extensions.
  • The PHP XML extension and JSON extension (both included by default in PHP).
  • Your php.ini file needs to contain a date.timezone setting.
  • Your MySQL user responsible for communicating with the database requires at minimum the following grant privileges: SELECT, CREATE, ALTER, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, DROP, INDEX, LOCK TABLES. Some plugins may additionally require: CREATE TEMPORARY TABLES, CREATE VIEW.

Maximum system requirements:

  • PHP 5.4+ in mod_phpor fastcgi mode
  • MySQL 5
  • PHP extensions:
  • mbstring
  • Zlib
  • Apache 1.3+ or 2.0+ with mod_rewrite
  • A Unix server OS with locale support

*1 Accurate the the time of writing.

Getting started with Textpattern

You can install Textpattern on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

Also, you can download the app from Textpattern’s website and follow the instructions there.

ABOUT TEXTPATTERN

Publisher: Textpattern
Category: Blog / CMS
Website: https://textpattern.com
Initial release: 2003
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Team Textpattern
License: GNU GPLv2
Price: Free

Concrete5 Hosting – Web App Overview

Building a website and managing it are two different tasks, and Concrete5 lets you wear both hats with ease.

Unlike other popular CMS wherein add-ons (such as themes, plugins, etc.) are created by 3rd party developers, Concrete5 has a self-controlled built-in marketplace for add-ons. This option lessens compatibility issues and simplifies the design and build process.

The platform has out-of-the-box functions catering for most types of websites.

Who uses Concrete5?

  • Online magazines and newspapers
  • eCommerce sites
  • Extranets and Intranets
  • Government web sites
  • Small business web sites
  • Non-profit and organization web sites
  • Community-based portals
  • Church, club and team web sites
  • Personal or family homepages
  • Marketing focused sites for a corporation
  • Any school, college or university web site

Features

  • Free, Powerful and Extendable
  • Intuitive Editing, no creative limits or coding needed
  • SEO friendly
  • Mobile Optimized & Responsive
  • Modular Building & Templates
  • Create Forms and Collect Data
  • Integrated Reporting
  • Totally Customizable Blog
  • Completely Integrated Commenting System
  • Access Control, users, and permissions
  • Content Workflow
  • Social Media, social share plugin
  • Advanced Security
  • No Hassle Support

Feature Index is found here.

A closer look at Concrete5

In December 2017, Concrete5 8.3.1 was announced as the newest version of the platform. It came with improvements to the process for multilingual sites, behavioral upgrades, and bug fixes.

Try a demo and experience Concrete5.

Websites using Concrete5

There are about 100,000 active sites using Concrete5, and around 3,000 of them are from Australia (source: BuiltWith.com).

Here are some Concrete5-powered sites:

Hosting Requirements

Concrete5 version 8 minimum requirements:

  • PHP 5.5.9+ (PHP 5.6 or 7 recommended.)
  • The following PHP extensions:
    • MySQL (with PDO extensions)
    • DOM
    • SimpleXML
    • iconv
    • GD Library with Freetype
    • Fileinfo
    • Mbstring
    • CURL
    • Mcrypt
    • ZipArchive (For automatic updates and community functionality)
  • PHP Safe Mode Off
  • PHP Memory Limit at least 64 MB (more might be required for the processing and handling of large image files.)
  • MySQL 5.1.5 or Higher, or MariaDB
  • MySQL InnoDB Table Support
(Accurate at the time of writing)

Getting started with Concrete5

You can install Concrete5 app on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer. You can also download it directly from their official website. Just follow the step-by-step guide.

ABOUT CONCRETE5

Publisher: Concrete5
Category: Blog / CMS
Website: https://www.concrete5.org/
Initial release: 2003
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Concrete CMS Inc.
License: MIT software license
Price: Free

MediaWiki Hosting – Web App Overview

MediaWiki is a powerful PHP-based wiki engine developed to handle high volumes of traffic

Originally written for Wikipedia, this free, open-source script uses wikitext format in lieu of the complex HTML or CSS editing. It has a simple but customizable style sheet, and functionality can be made more advanced through extensions.

Performance and scalability are optimized to handle massive platforms with extremely high traffic rates (like hundreds of thousands of visits per day).

Who uses MediaWiki?

MediaWiki has been supporting high-traffic sites such as public wikis (wiki encyclopedias) as well as large companies and government-supported websites.

Features

Major features:

  • Easy Navigation
  • Editing, Formatting, and Referencing
  • Look and feel change
  • File uploading
  • Multilanguage support
  • User Management
  • Syndication

Benefits:

  • Easy to contribute without much training
  • Manage and find content
  • Customizable to your preferences
  • Content management and sharing
  • UTF-8 support allows one piece of software to author for all languages
  • Access and security control
  • Share your site info

Browse this page for MediaWiki feature list.

A closer look at MediaWiki

Editing interface:

Editing a page by using the Semantic Forms extension

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Websites using MediaWiki

About 121,000 live websites are using MediaWiki, and 80+ sites are from Australia. (source: BuiltWith.com)

A sample of websites that run on MediaWiki:

Hosting Requirements

Image thumbnailing and TeX require additional programs. Parsoid (required by VisualEditor) and other services have their own requirements.

(*) – MariaDB, a GPL fork of the MySQL code by Monty Widenius, the founder of MySQL, is an alternative and can also be used by MediaWiki.

Getting started with MediaWiki

Install MediaWiki app on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

You can download the app from its official website, too. Be sure to check the installation guide first.

ABOUT MEDIAWIKI

Publisher: MediaWiki
Category: Wiki / CMS
Website: https://www.mediawiki.org
Initial release: 2002
Language: PHP / MySQL
Dev/s: Wikimedia Foundation
License: GNU GPLv2
Price: Free

Typo3 Hosting – Web App Overview

With its dynamic, expanded scripting language, Typo3 is a blue-chip enterprise-class CMS.

Typo3 was launched back in 1998 with a focus on multi-language and localisation functions.

It is built with AJAX-based backend and intelligent API framework for developing extensions and custom features. It has a rich-text editor which allows you to create content in a full-featured, customisable interface.

Who uses Typo3?

Its diverse users range from multinational corporations, universities, small businesses to non-profit groups. It’s also often used for large news portals.

Features

  • Open Source
  • Safety First
  • HTML5 + Mobile Ready
  • Responsive Image Rendering
  • Mobile Device Preview
  • Multisite Management
  • File Abstraction Layer 2.0
  • Multilingual
  • Workflow, Versioning, Workspaces
  • Extensive functions for editors
  • High scalability with API-based framework
  • Unlimited expandability with its “App Store”
  • Comprehensive granular access rights
  • Distribution Management
  • Professional, Community and Commercial Support
  • Flexible designs
  • Extensive documentation
  • Intuitive AJAX drag & drop
  • Easy templating
  • Automatic caching
  • Frontend and Built-in image editing
  • Integrated search

A closer look at Typo3

Last December 2017, Typo3 has launched version 9.0.0 which pave the way for more advanced system features.

You can do a test run of the software on the demo page.

Websites using Typo3

Approximately 618,000 active sites are using TYPO3, and more than 800 of these are located in Australia. (source: BuiltWith.com)

Here are some Typo3-based websites:

(source: TYPO3 Websites)

Hosting Requirements

Supported Infrastructure:

  • Operating System: Unix (e.g. Linux), Windows or Mac
  • Webserver: Apache (recommended), IIS, NGINX
  • Middleware: PHP (see packages for required versions)
  • Database: MySQL or any other database system supported by Doctrine DBAL (e.g. MSSQL, Postgres, Oracle etc.)
  • Hardware: at least 256 MB of RAM. As with all database-driven applications, more RAM is advisable.

Recommended:

  • GraphicsMagick (standalone) or ImageMagick
  • GDlib/Freetype (compiled with PHP)
  • zlib (compiled with PHP)
  • Apache with mod_gzip/mod_deflate/mod_rewrite
  • A PHP-Cache (e.g. APCu / PHP-Accelerator / OPcache / Zend Accelerator, UNIX/Linux only)

Typo3 system requirements are consolidated on this page.

(Accurate at time of writing).

Getting started with Typo3

Typo3 can be easily installed on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

Or, you can click the Download button at the upper right corner of the Home page. A how-to guide is provided for you to follow through.

ABOUT TYPO3

Publisher: Typo3
Category: CMS
Websitehttps://getgrav.org
Initial release: 1998
Language: PHP, SQL, JavaScript
Dev/s: TYPO3 Association
License: GNU General Public License
Price: Free

X-Cart Hosting – Web App Overview

X-Cart is a commercial, open source shopping cart solution that comes with two e-commerce platforms and a built-in marketplace of add-ons

The X-Cart 4 (Classic) and X-Cart 5 are both PHP-based, 100% PCI-DSS compliant, and feature-rich. They include a template editor, WYSIWYG text labels editor, and CMS capabilities.

However, X-Cart 5 has an edge over the classic version for its more advanced functionality. This includes customization panel, store upgrades, platform maintenance & development, marketing & sales, and SEO tools.

Who uses X-Cart?

Both X-Cart platforms have been powering a wide range of e-commerce websites, including automobiles, electronics, clothing, fitness equipment, and antiques.

Features

  • Excellent cost of ownership
  • Open source PHP code
  • Smart and hassle-free performance
  • Fast & Secure
  • Great community support
  • Sell anything – products, services, even downloads
  • Unlimited products and categories
  • Integration with all popular payment gateways and shipping carriers
  • Sell everywhere – multiple currencies and languages
  • Fully customizable design
  • Marketing tools including coupons, banners and more
  • Mobile Ready and Free Skins
  • Fully compliant with payment data security standards
  • Even sell via Facebook with f‑Commerce GO
  • Built-in fully adaptive Ideal Responsive template
  • Cross-Browser, Multi-Platform
  • Online demonstration of skins bundled with X-Cart
  • Authorization via social profiles (Facebook, Google, etc)
  • Catalog Management Features
  • Shipping & Tax
  • Marketing & Search
  • Multiple payment options
  • Administration features

See the difference between X-Cart 4 and X-Cart 5 features here.

A closer look at X-Cart

X-Cart 5.3.4 is the latest release.

Find out how this software works first hand, go to the demo page.

Websites using X-Cart

There are 11,000+ live websites using X-Cart, and about 570 sites are located in Australia. (source: BuiltWith.com)

A sample of X-Cart-powered online businesses:

Hosting Requirements

  • PHP 5.4 or higher
  • PDO extension with MySQL driver
  • Phar extension
  • mbstring extension is highly recommended (though X-Cart has a polyfill for it, native extension will speed up string processing)
  • MySQL 5.1.31 or higher. You can also use MySQL-compatible database engine MariaDB.
  • 200-300Mb of disk space
  • libCURL module support (minimum required CURL version is 7.39.0; version 7.43.0 is recommended)
  • ini_set enabled
  • safe_mode disabled
  • file_uploads  enabled
  • post_max_size set to 2M+ and larger than the upload_max_filesize value (critical for installation)
  • upload_max_filesize set to 2M or higher
  • magic_quotes_runtime disabled (for PHP versions prior to 5.4.x)
  • memory_limit set to 128M or higher (if you are using 64-bit processors in your server environment, the memory_limit value must be 256M or higher)
  • GDLib 2.0 or ImageMagick (recommended for proper image resizing routines)
  • PHP time limit properly set according to your server config
  • mod_rewrite-like components to enable proper work of SEO-friendly URLs
  • if xdebug is enabled, xdebug.max_nesting_level must be set to 300
  • if OPcache is enabled, opcache.save_comments and opcache.load_comments must be true (set to “1”). Any other cachers should not strip comments from the code too.

Getting started with X-Cart

Get the X-Cart software through Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

The software is also downloadable directly from X-Cart website. Installation tutorial is provided.

ABOUT X-CART

Publisher: X-Cart
Category: e-Commerce
Website: https://www.x-cart.com
Initial release: 2001
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Creative Technologies LLC
License: Proprietary software
Price: Free edition, $495 (Business), $1,495 (Multivendor), $5,995 (Ultimate)

Coppermine Hosting – Web App Overview

Coppermine is an advanced, PHP-based image gallery script

Using GD or ImageMagick as the image repository, Coppermine Photo Gallery (CPG) is user-friendly (although, some basic knowledge of FTP is advisable) and fully-integrated to support other multi-media/data files.

CPG has been a well-adopted software among web developers and site designers because of its feature set, robust security as well as user management.

Who uses Coppermine?

The CPG software is useful not only for image-hosting websites such as celebrity & fan sites, photographer portfolio pages, and community-based web spaces.

While professional and amateur photographers use CPG to showcase their snapshots, business websites utilize it to display products images as well as marketing-related visuals.

Features

  • arrangement of pictures in categories and albums;
  • picture information stored in database;
  • users can upload pictures with web interface or ftp (and admin can batch-add to database);
  • full multimedia support
  • creation of thumbnails and intermediate size pics;
  • search feature, last added, random picture;
  • user management (private galleries, groups);
  • integration of user management with various bbs (like phpBB, YaBB SE, SMF, Invisionboard, vbulletin);
  • caption, title, description, and user defined fields for each picture (searchable);
  • easy install (installer provided);
  • multi-lingual, user comments;
  • e-card feature;
  • slideshow viewer, picture-resize on upload;
  • all features customizable with web interface (admin section);
  • template system;
  • user membership in multiple groups;
  • upload approval notice for admin;
  • EXIF/IPTC support;
  • language selection option in template;
  • image rotation, multi-pic upload;
  • separation of the breadcrumb block so that it can be placed independently of category in the template;
  • option to choose max height or width for thumbnails will help in creating nicer looking thumbnail rows and cols;
  • option to display a clickable filmstrip of thumbnails below the image display;
  • option to show first level albums of a category instead of just statistics of the category;
  • option of turning on OR off the showing of “Private” Icon to unlogged / unprivileged user;
  • title option to sort in albums;
  • online help feature for the admin pages;
  • plugin-API;
  • English as a fallback language for un-translated entries in language files;
  • password-protected albums, more admin-settable user profile fields;
  • bbs integration settable with a wizard-like user interface;
  • advanced search (boolean operators)

Coppermine up-close

The Admin Interface:

 

FTP page:

CPG is currently running version cpg1.5.46.

Explore what you can do with the software by going to the demo page.

Websites using Coppermine

About 4,900 live websites are using CPG, and 17 of these sites have a physical location in Australia. (source: BuiltWith.com)

A sample of CPG-powered websites:

Hosting Requirements

  • Good web server (Apache recommended);
  • PHP (4.2.0 or better; full PHP 7 support with cpg1.6.x);
  • MySQL (3.23.23 or better; 4.x recommended);
  • either GD or ImageMagick (any version).

CPG has been operating satisfactorily on IIS, Apache 1.3.24 onwards to the latest Apache 2, on Linux, UNIX, OSX, and Win32 systems.

Getting started with Coppermine

For quick install of the CPG app, do it on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

You can also download it directly from the CPG website. How-to tutorials are available.

ABOUT COPPERMINE

Publisher: Coppermine Photo Gallery
Category: Photo Gallery
Website: http://coppermine-gallery.net/
Initial release: 2003
Language: PHP / MySQL
Dev/s: The Coppermine Development Team
License: GNU / GPL
Price: Free