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Freichat Free PHP Chat Script

FREICHAT is PHP based free chat script that is developed by Codologic. There are several options related to features and licencing, but in this review we will mainly talk about free version of Freichat PHP chat client. Selecting reliable web chat application/script for your website can be very important step. Adding chat feature can reduce bounce rate and create engagement with members of your social network, blog, e-commerce website or forum. Our team discovered Freichat script about a year ago and we've used it for a while for testing purposes. Recently we've integrated Freichat in WebmaisterPro and we clearly see the benefits of this PHP chat script. Before we continue with this chat script review, I have to say that Freichat is very light self-hosted client with “Facebook chat” alike design, that can be integrated easily with some of the most popular open source CMS and respective components: Joomla Community Builder JomSocial - check our JomSocial review (outdated) EasySocial (not official support yet, but it is working) check our EasySocial review WordPress BuddyPress - check our BuddyPress review WP Symposium - WP Symposium review SkaDate PHPFox SocialEngine vBulletin InvisionPowerBoards custom integrations Freichat Installation Our test involved Joomla 2.5, EasySocial 1.2 RC1...
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Drupal 7 Review. Pros and Cons

Drupal is one of the most popular, flexible and powerful CMS, as well as it is the 3rd most installed. Often called the best open source CMS, by many web developers, though our opinion defers and in this Drupal review, we will explain why. Drupal is developed in 1999 by Dries Buytaert and in the beginning it have been planed to be message board, but things have changed in 2001. Today Drupal is flexible CMS that is mostly preferred by experienced web developers. Drupal is very suitable complicated enterprise projects.With large community of developers and tons of free and paid modules and themes, that kind of projects are moderately easy to develop, mainly because the flexible Drupal core.  In this review, we are particularly talking about Drupal version 7(latest stable release). System Requirement Drupal is not “hungry” for high system requirements, but this depends very much on the website, number of modules and traffic. In general you can install Drupal even on shared hosting, you will need at least 60MB (Drupal installation takes about 16MB), can choose between some of the most popular web servers like Apache, Nginx or Microsoft IIS. Linux based hosting will be more cost effective choice. Minimum...
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Pligg Social Bookmark CMS

Pligg is probably the most popular and sufficient social bookmaking open source content management system. Pligg is mature CMS firstly developed in 2005. There are many popular websites that are based on Pligg and some of these actually look like full fledged social networks. Web Server Requirements Basically Pligg need Apache or Nginx based web-server with PHP 5 and MySQL 5 to run ( Pligg version 2). As nature of social bookmarking websites, a good minimum will be mid-class VPS to be able to handle traffic and high server load. Installing Pligg Installation is very easy and experienced webmaster will need no more than 5 minutes to complete it. Pligg Features Pligg is very flexible CMS that can easily be customized to fit your needs, additionally there are many free and paid modules, widgets and themes. Latest version design is based on Bootstrap 3 and other out of the box features are: user profiles link submission admin back-end commenting system voting templates modules widgets SEF URLs etc... Pros and Cons I can't say that there are any cons, mostly because there isn't other open source social bookmarking CMS that it is regularly updated and it is based on latest. Pligg is...
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WordPress Review

For most web developers and bloggers, WordPress doesn't need introduction. Probably the most popular and most installed CMS in the world and one of the most user-friendly. Originally developed as blogging platform in 2003, based on PHP and MySQL. Nowadays, WordPress is not just a blogging platform, but powerful CMS suitable for any kind of web project – business and personal websites, small e-commerce shops and social networks. Additionally there are many bridge components, mods and hooks for other content management systems that can integrate WordPress and provide website with blogging capabilities. You might also would like to check "WordPress Tips" section at our blog. WordPress Web Hosting Requirements This CMS is very light and easy to run on any kind of shared Linux web hosting based on Apache, Nginx, LightSpeed, etc server. It can run successfully on Windows hosting too, but personally would recommend to stick to Linux. The official website states that require PHP version is 5.2, though I would recommend PHP 5.3, as there might be some conflicts with plug-ins and main core on 5.2. MySQL version 5 or greater. To have beautiful SEF URLs mod_rewrite is required, too. For security reasons suPHP is required (almost all top...
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