Web Applications

Here are some links to a collection of fully functional web applications to help get you on your way developing dynamic websites. Each of these professional applications is the leader in its respective field. We have attempted to cover a range of the most popular web applications. All are open source which means you can access the scripts and alter them however you wish.

Content Management

The first is the much vaunted Content Management System (CMS) Joomla. A CMS like Joomla actually gives you a fully functional website in terms of structure, look and functionality leaving you free to concentrate on the all important content. Having said that, with the skills you develop through our later tutorials you'll be able to customise almost every aspect of Joomla. Joomla is written in PHP and makes use a MySQL back end. It is generally considered to be the most polished and flexible CMS available.


Blogging is the in thing on the World Wide Web and Wordpress is pretty much the final word in blogging software. Simple to install and easy to customize you can be up and blogging in no time.


Most people have made use of bulletin boards or online forums. The most popular forum software in use today is phpBB. With more features than you can shake a stick at there is little in the way of forum design you can't achieve with phpbb.

Shopping Cart

Shop-script is fully functional PHP based shopping cart software. It has full paypal integration and set up is simplicity itself. You can create a professional looking online shop in no time and once more, because of the open source nature and the technology used you can customize the look and layout to create your own, unique online store.

To really make the most of these applications and to begin to develop your own you need to learn how to work with scripting technologies which is where we go next with our slection of tutorials.