Grav Hosting – Web App Overview

Grav is a powerful, sophisticated flat-file CMS boosted with smart security features

As a content management system (CMS), Grav is a promising feature-rich platform. Since it is flat-file based, there’s no database involved. All data are stored in files and folders which makes development and migration speedy and lightweight in the long run.

It is an open source software that supports both HTML and markdown content. It also utilises modern standards such as Twig for templates and customisation.

Who uses Grav?

Grav has been a software of choice for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and school websites.


  • Simple, Intuitive Interface
  • Built-in Package Manager
  • Enjoyable Content Creation
  • One-Click Installs and Updates
  • Flat-File Nature
  • Flexible Configuration Settings With Its Advanced Forms
  • Powerful Markdown Editor
  • Stellar Performance
  • Powerful Content Filtering
  • Dynamic Content Types
  • Multi-Language Support
  • Image Media Processing
  • Easy Theme Customization
  • Extensive Documentation
  • SEO Friendly
  • Powerful Configuration Overrides
  • Smart Caching
  • Extensive Plugins Available
  • Usage Statistics Chart
  • Responsive

Browse this page to get a full view of the features and functionality.

A closer look at Grav CMS

The Package Manager

Grav is currently on stable version 1.3.10 and its Beta Version 1.4.0-Beta.

Get hands-on experience with the app on the demo page.

Websites using Grav

Out of 9,000+ active sites that are using Grav CMS, 90 of them are Australian-owned. (source:

Here are some Grav-powered sites:

Hosting Requirements

  •  Web server (Apache, Nginx, LiteSpeed, Lightly, IIS, etc.)
  • PHP 5.5.9 or higher
  • A PHP user cache such as APC, APCu, XCache, Memcached, or Redis is highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Required Apache modules:
    • mod_rewrite
    • mod_ssl
  • Required PHP modules:
    • gd
    • curl
    • openssl
    • zip
    • mbstring
    • xml
  • Recommended Tools:
    • Text Editors – Sublime Text, Atom, Notepad++, Bluefish
    • Markdown Editors – MacDown, LightPaper, MarkDrop, MarkDownPad
  • FTP Clients:
    • Transmit
    • FileZilla
    • Cyberduck
    • ForkLift

(Accurate at time of writing).

Grav’s system requirements can also be viewed here.

Getting started with Grav

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

Or, you can hit the Get Grav button on their website. A quick how-to guide is provided there.


Publisher: Grav
Category: Blog / CMS
Initial release: 2014
Language: PHP
Dev/s: RocketMe
License: MIT
Price: Free

Joomla Hosting – Web App Overview

Joomla! is a powerful, open source CMS favoured by many over WordPress

One of the most popular DIY content management system (CMS), Joomla! powers millions of websites today. It is built as a free, open-source software based on a model–view–controller web application framework.

The software is written in PHP and structured in a modular mode, allowing flexibility and trimming of features to fit your desired website functionality.

Who uses Joomla?

  • Corporate websites or portals, intranets, and extranets
  • Small business websites
  • Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
  • E-commerce and online reservations
  • Government, non-profit and organisational websites
  • Community-based, school and church websites or portals
  • Personal or family homepages


  • Free, flexible, and extendable
  • SEO friendly
  • User Management (ACL)
  • Menu and Cache Management
  • Template override and template assignment
  • Responsive with less CSS
  • Publishing tools
  • Content versioning and article management
  • Front-end editing with Editor buttons
  • Media manager
  • Great core functionalities: banners, contacts, tags, syndication, etc.
  • Multi-lingual
  • Easy CMS management
  • Global and professional support: documentation, integrated help system, forum, etc.
  • Full developer support

You can visit the Core Features page for more details.

A closer look at Joomla!

Joomla! has released its latest version – Joomla 3.8.2 – in December 2017 which addressed security vulnerabilities and over 90 bug fixes. Issues affecting Information Disclosure and Two-Factor Authentication Bypass have been fixed.

Find out how it feels to build a website with Joomla! Get a demo account.

Websites using Joomla!

As of this time, around 2 million active sites are using Joomla!, and about 7,700 of them are Australian websites. Below is a sample of sites using this CMS:

Hosting Requirements

Getting started with Joomla!

You can install the app on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer. You can also download it straight from the website. A step-by-step guide is provided.


Publisher: Joomla!
Category: Blog / CMS
Initial release: 2005
Language: PHP
Dev/s: The Joomla Project Teams
License: GNU General Public License
Price: Free

bbPress Hosting – Web App Overview

Increase audience engagement with your WordPress website by integrating it with bbPress.

Now you can transform your CMS or blog platform into a full-featured discussion board.

Created from the WordPress design table, bbPress is an easy-to-use forum application with extensible functionality through add-ons. It is, as a plugin, customisable through editing your website theme’s CSS as well. Post formatting is done on Quicktags Toolbar, an HTML editor.

Who uses bbPress?

The bbPress infrastructure supports all types of WordPress-powered websites. Community-focused platforms usually deploy this app.


  • Simple Setup. Easy to moderate. Fast, and clean.
  • One central account. One unified admin area. One click install.
  • Simple step-by-step installation
  • Multisite Forums
  • Fast and light coding
  • Simple interface
  • Customizable templates
  • Highly extensible
  • Spam protection
  • RSS Feeds

bbPress features can be viewed here.

A closer look at bbPress

The Admin interface:


The WordPress Admin page:

bbPress is currently running version 2.5.14.

Websites using bbPress

Around 206,000 live websites are using bbPress, and 3,000 of these sites are from Australia. (source:

A sample of bbPress-built website forums:

Hosting Requirements


  • Latest stable release of WordPress
  • PHP 7
  • MySQL 5.0 or MariaDB 10.0


  • Latest stable release of WordPress
  • PHPversion 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQLversion 5.0 or greater

Any web server that supports PHP and MySQL runs well with bbPress but Apache or Nginx is a must-have for robust and feature-rich project.

Getting started with bbPress

You can quickly install the bbPress app on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

The app is also downloadable through the bbPress website. Instructions are provided.


Publisher: bbPress
Category: Forum
Initial release: 2003
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Automattic
License: GPL version 2
Price: Free

osCommerce Hosting – Web App Overview

osCommerce is a free store-management system 17 years strong

osCommerce is a blank slate when you download it but can be feature-filled with add-ons and templates, which are up for grabs through a dedicated repository. It has a sophisticated, intuitive admin panel to give you complete control of your online store and data.

The platform is capable to integrate on any website or web server that is based on PHP and MySQL.

Who uses osCommerce?

The osCommerce engine is designed to cater various customer-based websites including travel & tours, apparel, jewellery, real estate, homewares, sports merchandise, car parts, and consumer electronics.


  • Quick update BS
  • Anti-Robot Registration Validation
  • Surfalot CMS App
  • Product Bin Number for Warehouse Field 1
  • Modules Control
  • Threat Scanner for osC 2.3.x and BS Edge
  • Slim Checkout
  • Session Expiration Control
  • Extra Product Fields ver. 4 for osc2.3x
  • Get 1 Free BS
  • Add languages box in Options as Images
  • Copy, move, and delete, multiple categories / products
  • customer__notes_infoaccount_01
  • State Selector BS
  • QTpro BS
  • RMA Returns System for osC2.3.4BS
  • Product Extra Fields for Osc 2.3.1
  • Ship In Cart for OsC 2.3
  • Product not available online but shown
  • Product Sort Manually BS and 2.3
  • X-Sell v2-MS2 – Cross Sell for MS2
  • Product Serial Numbers
  • Sloppy Words Cleaner reloaded
  • Live Chat
  • All Products SEO
  • Quickly Update Product Stock
  • Google delivery apps
  • Secure Admin access
  • Blacklist
  • Conversion calculator

Check out the software’s long line of features on this page.

A closer look at osCommerce

The Customer interface:

The Admin interface:

osCommerce has the stable release of its v2.3.4.1.

A demo page is available for hands-on testing.

Websites using osCommerce

Among the 131,800+ live websites that are using osCommerce, approximately 1,600 have Australian website domains. (source:

Some Australian online stores that are hosted by osCommerce:

Hosting Requirements

  • PHP v4+ (v5+ recommended)
  • Recommended extensions: GD, cURL, OpenSSL
  • MySQL v3+ (v5+ recommended)

The web server must support PHP either as a module or allow execution of CGI scripts. For performance reasons, FastCGI is recommended over CGI.

Getting started with osCommerce

You can download osCommerce engine on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

Also, the Download option is available on the Products page of the osCommerce website.


Publisher: osCommerce
Category: e-Commerce
Initial release: 2001
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Harald Ponce de Leon
License: MIT, GNU / GPL v2, BSD
Price: Free

CubeCart Hosting – Web App Overview

From payment gateways to shipping calculators, CubeCart provides an extensive toolset to get your e-store running smoothly and securely

This shopping cart software supports integration with other business apps, such as MailChimp, Patchworks, and eBay. Aside from being 100% open-source and free, CubeCart’s architecture is customisable via extensions and themes.

Who uses CubeCart?

CubeCart is an e-commerce solution designed to mobilize all sorts of online businesses (particularly, SMEs) that are aiming to sell digital or tangible products worldwide.


  • 100% Source Code, Security Audited by Netsparker
  • Technical Support
  • Unlimited Customers, Orders, Products, Categories
  • Unlimited Store Administrators (with configurable permissions)
  • 100% Template Driven Responsive Skin (Smarty Template Engine)
  • Sales Reporting with Spreadsheet Export, Statistics
  • Gift Certificates, Coupons / Vouchers
  • Quick Shipping Quote
  • Catalog Import (Any Spreadsheet Format) / Export
  • Social Plugins
  • Image arrangement in categories and albums
  • Image Resize/Cropper Tool
  • Search Engine Optimisation (100% customisable)
  • Editable Languages, Country / Zone Management
  • Multiple Currency Support
  • Google Analytics for eCommerce
  • Newsletter Tool, Mailing List Management
  • Product Clone and Options (with weight/price & stock level)
  • Product Image Gallery with Hover Zoom & Lightbox
  • Product Quantity Discounts
  • Product Pricing Groups (Allows for Trade Pricing etc.)
  • Product Reviews/Comments
  • Bulk Product Price Update
  • Product Category Management
  • Sale Mode (Global/Per Product)
  • Stock Control on Product Options with SKU & Restock Note
  • Hideout of stock products, Hide Prices Until Logged In
  • SSL Support, Basic Site Document CMS
  • “Contact Us” Form
  • Files & Database Backup/Restore Tool
  • Digital Download Support, Image & Digital Download File Manager
  • Editable (HTML) Email Templates
  • Affiliate Trackers, Payment Gateways, Shipping Methods
  • Payment Transaction Logs
  • Customer Account Management, Order History
  • Intuitive Admin Dashboard with Quick Stats & Pending Tasks
  • Organic Customer Product Recommendations (Based other customers orders)
  • Admin Access/Error Log, Server Request Logging
  • Maintenance Tools
  • Spam Control (reCAPTCHA)
  • Development Debugging Tools
  • True Object Orientated Code
  • Caching Support (APC, XCache, Memcache, Memcached & File Cache)

See the full list of features here.

CubeCart up-close

CubeCart version 6.1.13 has been released in December 2017.

Try a demo and find out CubeCart’s capabilities.

Websites using CubeCart

Out of 3,900+ live websites that are using CubeCart, about 220 sites are from Australia. (source:

Here are some CubeCart-powered online stores:

Hosting Requirements

Operating System GNU Linux/Unix*
Web Server Apache with mod_rewrite
PHP Version 5.4 or higher
MySQL/MariaDB Version 5.5/10.0 or higher

Getting started with CubeCart

CubeCart can be installed through Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

Also, the software can be downloaded from its official website. Just follow the step-by-step guide.


Publisher: CubeCart
Category: e-Commerce System
Initial release: 2003
Language: PHP / MySQL
Dev/s: CubeCart Limited
License: GPL 3.0
Price: Free

phpBB Hosting – Web App Overview

phpBB is a flexible discussion board software with flat message structure written in PHP

As a bulletin board service (BBS), the software boasts an extensive library of user-contributed extensions and themes.

phpBB supports multiple database engines such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server, and MS Access.

Who uses phpBB?

This free, open source BBS has been powering a wide range of forums, including:

  • Entertainment
  • Technology
  • Enterprise
  • International communities
  • Comedy
  • News
  • Music
  • e-Commerce


  • UTF-8 Support
  • Extensions
  • 2.x PHP7 Support
  • HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design
  • User Preferences
  • Moderation
  • Administration
  • Search Engine Spider Handling
  • Unread Message Tracking
  • Private Message System
  • Password Complexity
  • Allow/Disallow Duplicate Emails
  • Word Censors
  • Unmatched Code Security
  • Type-aware Parameter Handling and Database Layer
  • Anti-Spam
  • Data Management
  • Caching
  • Customizable board style
  • Permission Roles
  • Plugins
  • Multiple Methods of Notifying Users

Find the full list of features here.

A closer look at phpBB

The Admin interface

The Control Panel tab

The latest version of phpBB is 3.2.2.

See for yourself how this software works, login to a demo.

Websites using phpBB

About 13,000 live websites are using phpBB, and 40 sites have Australian domain. (source:

A sample of phpBB-powered discussion boards:

Hosting Requirements

  • A SQL database system, one of:
    • MySQL 3.23 or above (MySQLi supported)
    • MariaDB 5.1 or above
    • MS SQL Server 2000 or above (via ODBC)
    • MS SQL Server 2005 or above (via the native adapter, SQLSRV)
    • Oracle
    • PostgreSQL 8.3+
    • SQLite 2
    • SQLite 3
  • PHP >= 5.3.3, PHP < 7.0-dev
  • getimagesize() function enabled
  • The following PHP modules are required:
    • json
    • Corresponding PHP module for the database system you intend to use
  • The following PHP modules are optional, but will provide access to additional features.
    • zlib Compression support
    • Remote FTP support
    • XML support
    • Imagemagick support
    • GD support
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Getting started with phpBB

The latest version of phpBB can be installed on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

Or, click Downloads from the website. Instructions are provided for you.


Publisher: phpBB
Category: BBS / Forum
Initial release: 2000
Language: PHP
Dev/s: phpBB Limited
License: GNU / GPLv2
Price: Free

SMF Hosting – Web App Overview

With SMF, you can get your site’s discussion board up and running at a ‘brisk’ pace

Simple Machines Forum (SMF) is an open-source community freeware project that uses the standard MySQL database parameter for a smooth and quick installation.

One of the known bulletin board services (BBS’s), SMF is CSS-based and has an easy-to-use admin interface. It’s packed with control and security features for effective monitoring and moderating of posts – but minimal impact on resources.

Who uses SMF?

This platform is formatted to add a forum on any type of website to facilitate conversations and add value among members. It’s been used for entertainment, gaming, sports, and technology sites.



  • Uses PHP and MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite.
  • Newly developed template system making it easier for custom edits.
  • Advanced permission and user management.
  • Supports multiple languages at once.
  • Open and well-documented source code.
  • Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.
  • Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
  • Better SEO(Search Engine Optimization for search engines.
  • Log where search engines crawl your forum.
  • Multi-media output. (XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP)
  • Multi-language support from a large community.
  • Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as hacks.)
  • Ability to install mods to custom themes within a few mouse clicks.
  • File-based caching for a performance increase on all forums regardless of whether an accelerator is installed.
  • Search box


  • Security
  • Forum Settings
  • Boards and Categories
  • Member Registration
  • Member Navigation and Authentication
  • Member Tracking and Tracing
  • Statistics
  • News and Announcements
  • Communication
  • Member groups
  • Banning
  • External integration
  • Wireless access
  • Theming and Templating
  • Posting Features
  • Polls
  • Attachments
  • Calendar Support
  • Moderation Tools
  • User Profiles and User Options
  • User Resources

Browse the Feature List page for in-depth information.

SMF up-close

The Admin Interface:

In May 2017, Simple Machines has released the 3rd Beta of SMF 2.1 which contains several improvements over Beta 2 and some bug fixes.

Websites using SMF

Out of 18,000+ live websites that are using SMF, 60 sites are Australian-owned. (source:

Here are some SMF-hosted website forums:

Hosting Requirements


  • A web server with approximately 20MB of available disk space. Much more is recommended so that other content can be uploaded over time.
  • A web server that supports PHP, such as Apache or Internet Information Server (IIS).
  • PHP 5.4.0 or higher
    • Versions of SMF below 2.0.7 will not work on PHP 5.5. If you use PHP 5.5 it is required to use SMF 2.0.7 or greater.
    • Versions of SMF 2.0.14 and higher will not work on PHP 5.3 or below. If you use PHP 5.3 it is required to upgrade to a newer version of PHP.
  • The following must be changed in the php.ini file:
    • The engine directive must be set to On.
    • The  magic_quotes_sybase directive must be set to Off.
    • The session.save_path  directive must be set to a valid directory or empty.
    • The file_uploads directive must be set to On.
    • The upload_tmp_dir directive must be set to a valid directory or empty.
  • One of the following databases must be installed:
    • MySQL 4.0.18 or higher (at least 4.1.0 would be better) and PHP MySQL client API 4.0.18 or higher.
    • PostgreSQL 8.0 or higher (standard_conforming_strings must be set to off, starting from PostgreSQL 9.1 default is on)
  • The following are requirements for the database:
    • For a clean SMF installation, at least 2 MB of storage space in the database. Please note that this is only enough for the installation.
    • The database user must have at least the following privileges: SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, ALTER, and INDEX.
    • The database user must have the CREATE and DROP privileges during installation, conversion and some package installs.


  • GNU Aspell 0.50 or higher (with appropriate dictionaries) for spell checking functionality.
  • Apache 2.0.x or above with AcceptPathInfo set to On for queryless URL support.
  • PHP with the following set in your php.ini file:
    • The max_input_time directive set to a value of at least 30.
    • The max_input_time directive set to a value of at least 30.
    • post_max_size and upload_max_filesize set to the size of the largest attachments you wish to be able to upload.
    • The memory_limit directive set to a value of at least 32.MB
    • The max_execution_time directive set to a value of at least 15.
    • The register_globals directive set to Off.
    • The session.use_trans_sid directive set to Off.
    • safe mode disabled, or PHP suExec enabled.
    • BCMath library enabled for using the OpenID registration method.
    • mod_security disabled (please see Mod security for more information).
  • GD Graphics Library 2.0 or higher.

Visit SMF Requirements page for more details.

Getting started with SMF

Install SMF software on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

The Download option is also available on the SMF website. A step-by-step guide is provided.


Publisher: SMF
Category: CMS / Portals, Forum
Initial release: 2003
Language: PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL / SQLite
Dev/s: Simple Machines
License: The 3-Clause BSD License
Price: Free

OpenCart Hosting – Web App Overview

As a free, open source software, OpenCart is a well-crafted and customizable shopping cart solution

This online store management system has a self-hosted marketplace of extensions and tools to power up your online store.

Navigating the interface is relatively easy, however, doing some upgrade and mods may require some basic know-how on PHP, MySQL database, and HTML.

Who uses OpenCart?

OpenCart is a go-to e-commerce app for seasoned web developers who are in for an easy-to-modify interface and for merchants who want to launch an online shop such as:

  • Clothes & Apparel
  • Tech & Gadgets
  • Food & Beverages
  • Automotive
  • Themes & Templates
  • Furniture & Home accessories


  • Administrator Dashboard
  • User Management
  • Multi-Store
  • Options, attributes
  • Affiliates
  • Discounts, coupons, specials
  • Backup and restore
  • Unlimited Categories & Products
  • Downloadable Products Ready
  • Product Reviews & Ratings
  • Reward Points
  • Filters
  • Multi-currency & Multi-lingual
  • Turn mail to your advantage
  • Payment Gateways
  • Recurring payments
  • Shipping Methods
  • Sales reports
  • OpenCart Extensions
  • Extension installer
  • Marketplace
  • Responsive & SEO friendly
  • Marketing
  • Product Feeds
  • Guest and Registered user Checkout
  • Marketplace for third-party extensions
  • MVC-L architecture
  • API

Check the Feature page for further details.

A closer look at OpenCart

The Store Front:

The Admin interface:

OpenCart is currently on v.

Go to the demo page and find out first-hand how the store front and backend work.

Websites using OpenCart

Out of 390,000+ live websites that are using OpenCart, 5,500+ are located in Australia. (source:

A list of some OpenCart-built online stores:

Hosting Requirements

These extensions must be enabled:

  • Web Server (Apache suggested)
  • PHP 5.4+
  • Database (MySQLi suggested)

Required PHP libraries/modules:

  • Curl
  • ZIP
  • Zlib
  • GD Library
  • Mcrypt
  • Mbstrings
  • Xml

Getting started with OpenCart

You can install the OpenCart app directly on Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

Or, visit the website and download the app from there. Just follow the installation guide.


Publisher: OpenCart
Category: e-Commerce
Initial release: 1999
Language: PHP
Dev/s: OpenCart Limited
License: GNU / GPL
Price: Free