Whether you are creating a new website or working on a re-design or enhancement, you may have noticed that there are seemingly endless ways to build your site. Choosing a website application can be a daunting process if you are not completely familiar with the possibilities. With a 1&1 Web hosting package, the top 40 open source applications can be implemented with just a few clicks so you can quickly and easily get your project off the ground.
To narrow down the options, first think about the desired function of the website. For example, are you building a standard website, blog, or online shop? Some applications are better suited for developing a specific type of site. Here is an overview of the top five most popular applications for website design and development.
Most people associate WordPress with blog creation. However, this content management system (CMS) can be used to build a complete website or even a social network. In fact, over 74 million websites are built using WordPress, making it the most popular CMS in existence. Don’t worry, there are thousands of themes and plugins available to ensure your creation is as unique as your business. By choosing WordPress, your site will have something in common with BestBuy, Justin Bieber, PlayStation, and many other famous websites.
The Drupal content management system can be used to build practically anything. The platform allows for a high level of customization which makes it attractive for a wide variety of projects. Be it a blog, corporate website, or online store, Drupal’s thousands of pre-configured themes and modules make it easy to build a feature-rich site. Some of the most notable sites built using Drupal include The White House, The Economist, MTV UK, and more.
As a powerful content management system, Joomla! can be used for creating anything from a simple website to complex, enterprise-level business projects. The platform boasts its ease-of-use and thousands of extensions and designs. Millions of websites are built using this platform, including eBay, IKEA, more than 3,200 government sites worldwide, and an ever-increasing list of others.
Most frequently, TYPO3 is used for creating professional websites and is based on PHP scripting language. Over 6,000 extensions, with various functions, can be used to enhance your Web project without the need for custom code. More than 500,000 websites are built using this platform including Lufthansa, Lindt, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and more.
Magento can be used to build functional and visually appealing enterprise-class online stores and eCommerce solutions. Several shops can be managed with separate catalogs on different domains making Magento a highly recommended software that is trusted by more than 200,000 merchants. Some well-known customers of Magento include Harper’s BAZAAR, RosettaStone, and Nike to name a few.
These five applications are most commonly used in website design and development and offer a wide range of plug-ins and themes to help further customize the online presence. 1&1’s App Center not only offers the most useful extensions of these apps but also offers suggestions for best practices. Furthermore, if this all still seems too complicated, those with limited programming and technical knowledge can benefit from NetObjects Fusion® 2013: 1&1 Edition. This software, included free in most 1&1 web hosting packages, allows the creation of a mobile optimized HTML site quickly and easily.
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