If you're tired of the endless stream of product announcements and articles
on "tactical guidance" then today is your lucky day. This afternoon we
are featuring some simple website scripts (six open-source and two commercial)
that you can deploy in a few minutes and benefit from in the long term. That
benefit (in addition to all those new, high quality inbound links you will be
building) is greater exposure with your target audience in both the search and
social spaces. Let's get started with Websites You Can Build This Weekend.
Open Source Weekend Warrior
For those on a limited budget, check out these five websites you can get up
and running this weekend.
WeBid is an open source auction script that comes with an inbuilt
payment system (includes PayPal and Authorize.net). WeBid is in the beta stages
but activity seems pretty heavy with several mods and themes already released.
This script could be used as a pure-play auction website but those with their
creativity caps on might be interested in doing something a little more special
- perhaps a knock off of recently popular Fiverr
where you auction off your own services.
LimeSurvey is the best known
and most powerful open source survey application on the market. Surveys can include branching, custom preferred layout and design (using a web template system), and can provide basic statistical analysis of survey results. Surveys can be either publicly accessible or be strictly controlled through the use of "once-only" tokens for each survey participant.
Sharetronix is making inroads in
the private, enterprise-level micro-blogging niche. Your company can set up
Sharetronix and have your employees and their clients communicating in minutes -
away from Twitter and in your own controlled environment.
Yourls is a script that enables anyone
to run their own URL shortening service (similar to TinyURL). Features include
the ability to make the script public or private, sequential or custom URL
keywords, a bookmarklet so users can shorten and share links, great stats for
the price (including clicks, referrers and geo). While the URL shortening market
is flooded with solutions, running your own service could help you maintain
brand equity - and it's perfect to impress your Twitter followers.
PhpLD is a widely used
directory script. While the Web could do better with far fewer spammy
directories, really taking a directory seriously could pay big dividends in the
long run. For example, consider using the directory script as a repository for
links that are of interest to those in your industry and you'll make friends and
gain some notoriety (if not some new links back to your site) in the process.
Dokuwiki is one of the
best wiki packages around, and offering a long list of features and plugins. If
you are a member of one of those groups that need to document everything
then setting up a wiki will prove to be a very valuable resource. You've got
more than a few alternatives if Dokuwiki doesn't appeal to you. Other
open-source wiki solutions include MediaWiki, PhpWiki, PMwiki and the popular
Commercial Weekend Warrior
If you've got the weekend and some extra funds to burn through here's a
brief list of website clones that you should also check out.
is a Monster/CareerBuilder clone selling for $199 that would be a perfect
addition to any community where jobs can be seen as a commodity. The best
features of the platform include SEO friendliness of URLs, Twitter integration,
advanced billing, iPhone compatibility and syndication of your listings on sites
like SimplyHired, Oodle, and Indeed.
ClipShare is a very powerful
video script perfect for small online communities. The latest version offers a
multi-language system, the ability to embed videos from other sites, an internal
messaging system, video, groups, channels, friends and loads of administrative
options for $199. Worth the investment if yours is the type of audience that
consume or would consume lots of video.