PHP has come a long way since its birth about a decade ago. From writing blogs to managing databases, writing e-commerce sites to sending emails, PHP has ruled almost all the major spheres of web development. Let us have a look at some major open-source PHP applications that made a difference:
SquirrelMail: It is web-based email application written in PHP. It offers support for IMAP and SMTP protocols. It uses valid HTML 4.0 for rendering and hence it works fine with all the valid web browsers. It does not need any Java script to run. It is very easy to configure and can run in any software platform that support PHP, including Linux, Windows, UNIX, Solaris, Mac OSX, etc.
Gallery: It is a web-based photo album that allows users to create and share their own albums. Gallery is an open-source software written in PHP. The user is given sufficient tools to and variety of content in a website to be able to manage the photographs, such as image resizing, rotation, cropping, thumbnail creation, etc. It is designed keeping the user’s privacy in mind and one needs individual authentication to read, write and caption pictures in an album.
Drupal: It is a modular Content Management System that allows the user to create a dynamic website along with the creation of forums, blogs, and communities. The main advantage of using this PHP based open-source is the ease to publish, manage, and organize a large amount and variety of content in a website.
WordPress: WordPress is the most widely used Content Management System in the world today. It was originally designed as a Weblog to provide people with a well-designed personal publishing system. However, it gained huge popularity as a CMS because of its many advanced features along with its integrated link management and search engine friendly nature. It has a template system and it allows users to play with the WordPress widgets without changing the PHP code.