by YouTheDesigner . July 21st, 2008
Open source software is software in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design. These three open source software downloads are all free and can be great additions to your site, making for a better user experience, more return visits and more unique visitors per month.
1. Vanilla – Forum
Vanilla is a great free open source forum software that you can install on your site to allow people to start discussions. It comes with all kinds of features such as customizable account profiles, anti spam measures and pretty much anything else you could dream of. Its so easy to customize and is a great option if you are looking to increase traffic to your site and give your readers a place to chat.
2. Pligg – Rating Systems & User Generated Content
Pligg is a great content management system that allows you to create sites similar to digg.com where users can submit links which can be rated by users. Their are some good pre-made templates available, but most people design and implement their own unique templates. Its easy to set up and its a good option for a stand-alone site or as a way to add more content to a pre-existing site.
3. jobberBase – Job Board
Job boards can be extremely difficult to create from scratch, but with this awesome open source software called jobberBase you can get your own slick looking job board up and running in minutes for any niche you can think of. This is a super way to get people coming back to your site and can be turned into a great way to monetize your site even further.
Know any other kick-butt free open source software? Let us know below!
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