In this post we’re going to take a look at some of the open-source software that is available for you to quickly and easily install through Bluehost’s interface. They have most of the standard options for content management, and some cool ones for education and wikis as well!
Moodle is open-source learning software that has been implemented by lots of major universities and colleges such as the Capilano University and the University of Victoria. Through Moodle you can deliver online courses and interactive learning, it features things like assingment submissions, calendars and messaging, wikis, and online quizzes.
WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging software, but it’s capable of much, much more. Bluehost endorses it so much that they offer hosting plans specifically built around hosting WordPress sites. With all of the plugins and themes available it’s hard to believe that this is FREE software. You can extend your WordPress site from a simple blog into an online store or thriving online community with forums, profiles, and messaging capability. It also has a pretty gentle learning curve when compared to some of the other content management systems out there, even if you consider yourself ‘technologically challenged’ it’s pretty easy to edit and post content, install new themes, and add plugins.
Zen Cart is one of the biggest names in the e-commerce game. It supports many different currencies and languages, and will not cost you a thing to install! It also strives to be one of the most user-friendly e-commerce solutions out there, no knowledge of programming languages is required to set it up. One of the features that draws people in when comparing it to other open source e-commerce solutions is the customizable template system. You can design it so that your online store will integrate seamlessly with your website and branding. This part is a bit tricky and may require the help of a professional, but it’s great to have the option.