RackNine Inc. has set up a new website located at http://www.racknine.net/, in which we intend to cover news, reviews and best practices related to web applications, mostly Open Source software based on the PHP-MySQL duo and designed to simplify the process of creating and maintaining web spaces and communities.
The website is divided into 3 main sections:
Content Management Systems (CMSs): Used to manage content and work-flow by a single person or in a collaborative environment. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about any material that can be stored digitally.
The CMSs we currently offer require almost no technical skills or special knowledge to manage. A person with just enough technical abilities to create a Word document could easily create an edit pages with these CMSs listed below.
WordPress is a semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, Web standards, and usability. It supports multiple users, categories, comments, bookmarklets, RSS syndication, several APIs, and weblogs.
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power their websites.
With millions of websites running on Joomla!, the software is used by individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, and large organizations worldwide to easily create and build a variety of websites & web-enabled applications.
Since Joomla! is so easy to use, anybody with a minimal amount of instruction can easily manage their own sites themselves. Nonetheless, if you need specialized functionality, Joomla! is highly extensible and thousands of extensions (most for free under the GPL license) are available in the Joomla Extensions Directory.
Drupal is highly advanced Open Source software that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a great variety of content on a website.
Drupal is optimized for high volume traffic and its platform is currently powering millions of websites and applications, from personal websites to enterprise applications. It’s built, used, and supported by a very active and diverse community of professionals around the world.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM): Applications that allows for a large number of users to contribute to and share stored data, improving communication between employees of an organization and their customers, as well as potential clients, and members of sales prospects.
This easy-to-use CRM software will allow you to consolidate all your customers’ contact details and history in one place, helping you remember when you should follow-up with current contacts and prospects, which translate into increasing sales and profit margins.
vTiger CRM is an open source CRM application that was forked from SugarCRM with the intention of being a fully open source CRM application with comparable functionality to SugarCRM and Salesforce.com.
vTiger CRM offers reporting, a customer portal and an Outlook plugin in its free edition, whereas those functions are in paid versions of the other CRM applications.
CiviCRM is a web-based, internationalized suite of computer software for constituency relationship management, that falls under the broad rubric of customer relationship management. It is specifically designed for the needs of non-profit, non-governmental, and advocacy groups, and serves as an association management system.
CiviCRM is designed to manage information about an organization’s donors, members, event registrants, subscribers, grant application seekers and funders, and case contacts. Volunteers, activists, voters as well as more general sorts of business contacts such as employees, clients, or vendors can be managed using CiviCRM.
Kayako is a developer and vendor of proprietary help desk and customer support software. Kayako’s products are available either as a SaaS (Software as a Service) or as licensed, downloadable products hosted on your own web server.
Kayako offers some of the world’s leading helpdesk and customer engagement solutions, such as Kayako Fusion Help Desk Software that delivers customer support over email, tickets, live chat, remote desktop support, VoIP and self-help.
e-Commerce Software: Makes it incredibly simple to create a professional-looking store that accepts different payment systems and credit cards, integrates with Google, eBay or Amazon and offers multiple shipping options.
Customer registration and checkout are securely delegated to third-party organizations for a modest fee, so your customers can buy with confidence. Never before has been this easy to create your own Online Store with integrated Shopping Cart, for a lot less than you think.
osCommerce stands for “Open Source Commerce”, an online store-management software program that can be used on any web server capable of running PHP and MySQL.
Being one of the most veteran packages of its kind, osCommerce has spawned a number of forks over ten years of operation, including the widely popular Zen Cart.
Magento was built using the Zend Framework by Varien, a company that formerly worked with osCommerce, but later decided to rewrite the software from scratch.
Magento uses the Entity-attribute-value (EAV) database model to store data, offering merchants complete flexibility and control over the presentation, content, and functionality of their online outlets.
VirtueMart can extend the functionality of Joomla! that can be run as a Shopping Cart, or in Catalog mode. You need to install Joomla! first as the Framework, and then install and configure VirtueMart on top of it.
Despite being Open Source Software VirtueMart is capable of powering large Online Shops providing the type of performance, usability and security you’d expect from professional Software.