Blogs, wikis, social networks, social news aggregator. Although there's certainly been a lot of hype around these things, when applied in the right circumstances they can serve a utility for many people and businesses.

Fortunately, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get started building out your own Web 2.0 toolkit because there are free, open-source Web 2.0 applications that enable you to operate your own Web 2.0 services - for fun or for business.

Here are 5 of them:

  • Chyrp is a lightweight open source blogging application modeled after Tumblr.
  • Elgg is a social networking platform. Although I haven't yet tried it out, it looks very promising and it just had its 1.0 release.
  • MediaWiki is the wiki software that was originally developed for Wikipedia.
  • Pligg is the most popular Digg clone. It runs on PHP and MySQL.
  • WordPress is one of the world's most popular blog publishing platforms and some of the most trafficked blogs on the internet run on it.

Published 10 September, 2008 by Patrick Oak

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wordpress is simply gr8

almost 10 years ago


Lawrence Ladomery

I'll start the comments about other open source apps that haven't been mentioned... ;)

I'm a big fan of Textpattern ( which is a blogging platform flexible enough to publish 'proper' web sites. Nothing particularly complex, of course, but one is able to use its propriety code to define certain behaviours for content (eg. if / then logic) -- which is great for designers who don't know PHP or any other programming language.

Here is a directory of sites published using Textpattern -

almost 10 years ago

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