Some of the popular web applications that can be installed in the typical shared hosting environment are WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpbb, galleries, shopping carts and others. These are the most common scripts for creating websites. Requirements for these applications are PHP (web programming language), MySQL (databaase system) and web server.
Shared hosting is usually the most economical solution for personal and business websites. With the increasing popularity of web applications like WordPress, Joomla, phpBB, and others, more and more companies that offer inexpensive shared server plans are beginning to support them.
Content management systems are very popular applications on just about every type, including hosting. Joomla and Drupal both give users a means to manage and create web content. They also have a very wide variety of plugins and extensions that allow them to create everything from image galleries to e-commerce sites. Their versatility and ease of use are two of the reasons why both of these content management systems have become so immensely popular in recent years.
Blogs are also hugely popular applications for hosting. Blogs, short for ‘web logs,’ allow the user to post journal-style regular updates on their site. A lot of people use them for personal journals, but they’re also useful for alerting visitors to site updates and other changes. WordPress is one of the most popular blog creating platforms out there. Because of its popularity, there have been numerous extensions created for WordPress that have turned it into more of a content development platform. Even so, it’s still popular chiefly as blogging software.
Internet forums are popular all over the internet, even on shared hosting. Some forums are dedicated to fans of a TV, book, or movie, others are dedicated to internet gaming, and others are even set up as a customer support area. Simple Machines Forum and phpBB are two very popular forum scripts. They allow visitors to a site to become registered users, make posts to a forum, receive replies, and even send private messages.
Shopping carts are a must for any e-commerce site, which makes them show up often. Shopping carts are what allow visitors to an e-commerce site to gather the goods they want to purchase, total their order, and check out. TomatoCart, Zen Cart, Magento, and osCommerce are popular shopping cart utilities.
Image galleries show up pretty often on shared hosting, as well. These can be a grid style, slideshow, or just about any other style that the user can think of. Coppermine is popular software for creating image galleries, but Joomla, Drupal, and even WordPress have their own specific plugins that allow them to expand to create galleries and slideshows themselves.
A lot of the same applications that are popular on VPS and dedicated hosting are popular as well. A lot of content management systems, blogging platforms, forums, shopping carts, and image galleries are developed by the open source community. This means that they were uniquely designed to respond to the need of the majority of site owners out there, many of whom use shared hosting. As a result, these applications generally don’t require a lot of disk space or resources, and are easy to install and use on a basic shared plan.
WordPress is the most popular blogging platform. It aims to be simple, yet effectivi personal publishing tool. With wordpress you can also create complex websites because underneath is a Content Management System (CMS) with lots of features including user management system.
Joomla and Drupal
Joomla and Drupal are Content Management System. With either of them you can create complex web sites including social networks, blogs, forums, and with plugins almost any type of websites. This are very poweful applications, have large number of community users, lots of features, plugin system etc etc.
phpBB, Mybb, and other
phpBB is a Internet Forum software PHP script. It is used to create online communities where users can post threads and posts, talk to each other, discuss and share ideas.
Some of the popular galleries are Gallery and Coppermine. With galleries you can upload and create online albums, you can also setup visitors to upload or have them first register then upload new photos, add pages, and simular things CMSs can do.
Shopping carts are used to create online stores where products are listed in categories. Users may order these products and depending on the setup register. Most popular shopping carts are zencart, magento, oscommerce and others.