By AN Jay on June 16, 2009

Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website

Don't Forget to participate in a contest where you can win custom logo design package from LogoDesignBundle.


Now a days, unlimited websites are coming live everyday to take part in the internet world. They can be classified in business sites, blogs, social networking sites, directories, forums, e-commerce sites and many more other creative ideas applied to do something that has never been done. Today, We are compiling a list of Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website. These free web applications can be use in diversified ways to get your customize results for your fresh and new websites. You can easily find their showcase of running websites to get inspiration and ideas.

You are welcome to share more free web apps/platforms that will help our readers to start their multi-function websites.  Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.



WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.



Pligg is an open source Content Management System (CMS) that you can download and use for free. Pligg CMS provides social networking software that encourages visitors to register on your website so that they can submit content and connect with other users. Our software creates websites where stories are created and voted on by members, not website editors. Use Pligg content management system to start your own social networking community in minutes.



With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBBâ„¢ will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBBâ„¢ is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.



Magento is the eCommerce software platform for growth that promises to revolutionize the industry. Its modular architecture and unprecedented flexibility means your business is no longer constrained by your eCommerce platform.


Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.



The PrestaShop e-Commerce Solution was built to take advantage of essential Web 2.0 innovations such as dynamic AJAX-powered features and next-generation ergonomy. PrestaShop guides users through your product catalog intelligently and effortlessly, turning intrigued visitors into paying customers.


Jobber Base

jobberBase is a great open source job board software for anyone. You can get online your job posting website with jobberBase. It’s easy to install and configure to start your job board.



YouTube, MySpace, Odeo, Flickr, Match and Facebook – all in one, customizable and under your full control. You’re limited only by your imagination – not by the software. Dolphin Smart Community Builder is a universal, free, open source software that allows you to build any kind of online community. With a huge variety of features & options, you can quickly launch your own very unique and successful website.

The Freeway Project


Freeway is the most advanced Open Source eCommerce platform and Freeway offers selling methods only previously available in enterprise class or niche bespoke systems. Without having to purchase a commercial system and then paying a developer to build a custom installation, Freeway does what you need out of the box. Of course Freeway is great for selling products but it also sells events AND services AND subscriptions. From appointments and time based bookings to event ticketing and subscriptions Freeway is the eCommerce platform.



PHPizabi is one of the most powerful social networking platforms on the planet. With literally thousands of websites powered by PHPizabi including everything from simple friends sites to the most complex networking super sites out there. Easy to install, use, and raising the bar on what it is to provide a reliable, fast, social networking package to raise your business to the next level.




Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider to leave a comment or subscribe to the feed and get future articles delivered to your feed reader.


This is a n impressive list of good platforms but it should also include Joomla or Snapage.

[...] More here: Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Websites … [...]

Could be worth adding Elgg to the list – http:/ – voted the best open source social networking platform by InfoWorld 2008.

[...] the rest of this great post here Share and [...]

Great resource, thanks! I haven’t heard of a few of these platforms.

WordPress, Drupal, Magento, and Joomla are very popular platforms. Some of these I just learned about. Can’t wait to check them out… :)

[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website @ SmashingApps [...]

Be careful with Pligg. Its gathering a hell lot of spam. It seems for me like guys have some kind of robots that looking only for pligg scripts and there you go.

How about PHPNuke and Vbulletin? These forum software also allow create wonderful website.

What are your thoughts on Office Live Small Business from Microsoft. It lets people make their own websites, and since it is template based, you do not need to know any web page coding languages. The service is easy to use and extremely affordable. There is a gallery on the homepage with examples and case studies of business who have used Office Live Small Business to get their website going.

MSFT Office Live Outreach Team

amazing article,
thanks for the article,

vbulletin and magento are not free so cannot be listed here
I am dam sure that Office live small business from microsoft is not free so that also cannot be added here

joomla should be the first in the list i guess is in joomla :)

thanks and regards

[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website @ SmashingApps [...]

phpIzabi is dead. There haven’t been any updates in a long time and zero enhancements for God knows how long due to a court fight among its creators. It’s also a serious hacker magnet because it has so many vulnerabilities.

If you decide to install phpIzabi,(unwise), be prepared to spend a large amount of time removing features that are insecure and fixing a huge amount of bugs. I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy.

…..OK, maybe my *worst* enemy, but I digress.

Boonex, on the other hand is getting very close to releasing Dolphin 7. Dolphin 7 is going to add a ton of new features, a fresh new look, and enhanced security.

It’s also going to include features that utilize third party apps like Android, iPhone, Adobe Air, Google maps, and they have also said that Google Wave will be integrated upon its release as well. There are many more enhancements, but you can find out more about it at the Boonex Unity site

The feature final version of Dolphin 7 Beta is expected to be released in the next week or two.

[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website [...]

[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website [...]

[...] See the original post: Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website @ SmashingApps [...]

[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website [...]

[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website [...]

I think that you could add elgg to the list

Elgg rocks!!


[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website [...]

[...] Ten Rock Solid Free Platforms To Start Your Successful Website [...]

Nice blog. A+ to this blog. i really appreciate with this blog. thanks a lots.

I loved the Infinity theme, cool collection, thanks~!links of london

If you decide to make a pligg-site be so smart to change the “powered by Pligg” at the bottom of they page in something else. Otherwise spammers will find you easily in Google, even worse: Spamprograms like Autopligg will find you and they spam for real…

Were is my Avactis shopping cart? The best thing about Avactis cart is its ‘TAG SYSTEM’ this system allows you to integrate the cart into your existing website. Without forcing you to use ’skins’, (which may change the colour or style of the cart but still looks nothing like your original site)?

YEA!!!!!! have been looking for a simple breakdown of all that is out there, and I still think WordPress is the best, however i hear Drupal is a great contender. anyways, THANK YOU!

For newbies, I recommend WordPress but if someone needs to make lots of static content available, Joomla might be a better choice although it’s a fine line between the two.

Nice site…
Thanks for the nice post..

I agree with many of the posters that WordPress is definitely the way to go for Newbies. Studio Press and Templatic have some really decent Themes. Another source people should check out is feedmyapps. They also have a pretty good list of various opensource website platforms.

Thanks for the post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.