The Best Open Source Applications for websites from LunarPages

When you have LunarPages web hosting, you have access to a wide range of benefits. Not only can you easily build a blog or website, but you can also use many open source applications for all kinds of purposes. Open source applications are great for a number of reasons.

First of all, they are free to use. Secondly, they are enthusiastically supported by a large community of people. This means that if you ever have questions or problems you can always find help.

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Finally, open source applications are a constantly evolving process. Old ones are being constantly updated and improved, while new ones are always being introduced. Therefore, you shouldn’t take the following list of recommended open source applications as the final word on the subject. You should keep up with what your LunarPages account gives you access to. In the meantime, these open source applications will allow you to do many useful, fun and profitable things.

Blogging Applications

WordPress is the leading open source application for blogging and CMS. This is one of the easiest ways to build your own site from scratch, regardless of your experience of technical know-how. With WordPress, you can start off with a simple site and, as you gain experience, add all kinds of plugins that let you add features to your site.

Serendipity is another choice for creating a blog with an open source application, though not as well known as WordPress. This is a PHP-based weblog application that’s good for creating a basic homepage, weblog or online diary. As with WordPress, there are many plugins available for adding additional features without the need to do any coding.

Photo and Image Galleries

Image galleries are great for artists, photographers, designers and anyone whose website is based on images. Yet you don’t have to be a visual arts professional to enjoy taking photographs or even posting other people’s work that you admire. Open source image galleries make it easy for you to do this.

Below are a couple of good image galleries software that I like:

Zenphoto is a feature-rich CMS for creating quality, self-hosted galleries. This is a useful and easy to use application that allows you access to as many features as you need, while also making it possible to go for a more minimalist look.

Piwigo provides a convenient way to host and share your photos. You can find many extensions that allow you to customize Piwigo for your own purposes. You can find out about all the features by trying their demo.

Video Sharing

ClipBucket allows you to have your own video sharing site. With today’s technology, you can do more than simply sharing your videos on sites like YouTube and Vimeo. ClipBucket is one of the world’s most popular open source MMS (Multimedia Management Script).

This is a free script that allows you to create your own video sharing site. You and your members can also upload photos and music and share them with other users.


You don’t have to rely on established wikis to create and publish content. You can start your own with a couple of powerful open source wiki applications. Let’s discuss a couple below.

MediaWiki is a free PHP software that was originally made for Wikipedia. Now you can use it to create your own wiki for just about any purpose. Check out more about MediaWiki on their website.

Dokuwiki is a flexible wiki software that lets you create a wiki without the necessity of having a database. Many users appreciate how easy it is to use and maintain wikis using this open source application. The community also contributes many useful plugins that add many capabilities.

CMS and Portals

There are several useful CMS applications that can be easily installed and managed through LunarPages. We’ve already discussed WordPress, which can be used as a CMS as well as a blogging application. Here are a couple others:

Joomla is a popular CMS that has been downloaded by more than 50 million users. Can be used to create any type of website and online applications. E-commerce sites, government applications, small business sites, school and church sites and many more use Joomla. It is supported by a very large and helpful community of users.

Drupal is another very popular open source CMS. You can use this for anything from a small blog to a large e-commerce site. Drupal allows you to add many functionality such as polls, graphics tools, advanced menu management and many others. It’s also useful for large sites where admins must create many accounts for users with varying levels of access and permissions.


Magento is one of the best e-commerce applications you can find and it’s available from LunarPages. As with many other open source applications, you can find a large community of users to help you with Magento. In addition to providing you with many features for any kind of online store, it’s also known for being SEO friendly.

Classified Ads

OSClass lets you can build your own classifieds website with just a few clicks of your mouse! You can create a classifieds site on any theme you want, such as jobs, personals, real estate, vehicles or anything you want. If you want to build a site and get revenue from advertising, this is your best free and open source solution.


MyBB is a powerful application that lets you build discussion boards easily. Whether you want to create a small forum as a feature for your website or create a large authority site with a huge forum, you can count on MyBB. Having your own forum is a great way to build a community.

Open Source Applications With LunarPages

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The above are just some of the very helpful open source applications you can access with LunarPages. These options make it easy for anyone, regardless of experience or budget, to create very sophisticated websites. Don’t let the learning curve for such applications discourage you. You can always start with a few simple features and add more advanced ones as you go along.

If you are not a LunarPages customer, you can purchase hosting here and have immediate access to more than 250 scripts!