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Free PHP MySQL Tools

Look for Fantastico or Elefante Script Installer packages. They include collections of opensource (FREE) programs developed for creating websites, blogs, bboards, web portals and much more using PHP and MySQL.

Many web hosts are adding Script Installers to their web hosting packages. Click a button and the software of choice is automatically installed on your account.

These Script Installers are provided free with your web hosting account.

Note: Opensource programs are usually programs that are still in the development stage. We discourage beginners from trying to install opensource programs on their own. Documentation is most often poor and geared toward the 'tech minded' individual.


We've provided links to the sites that developed the programs below. In most cases the link will take you to a site that has been created using the tool. Most will post a lot of information and testimonials about the tools.

Fantastico Scripts

We recommend visiting the sites and joining their communities if you choose one of our recommended web hosts and install the software.
I recommend Joomla! above all Content Management Systems. The documentation is excellent. Use it to develop portals or just a simple interactive website. Installs with member registration, polling, blogging, site search, contact form, web links page and mass mailing features built in. Adding message boards and Live Chat as plugins takes minutes. See our FAQ & Screenshots page
The simplest weblog around. Popular but no longer in development. If you like it, but want more, try b2evolution or WordPress, both extensions of b2.
A blog script featuring multiple blogs, categories/sub-categories, skins, search function, multiple languages, search engines friendly URLs.
A powerful blog script featuring multiple blogs, multiple authors, drafts and future posts, bookmarklets.
pMachine Free
This is a features limited version of pMachinePro.
WordPress is a personal publishing tool with focus on aesthetics and featuring cross-blog tool, password protected posts, importing, typographical niceties, multiple authors, bookmarklets.
An advanced portal with collaborative book, search engines friendly URLs, online help, roles, full content search, site watching, threaded comments, version control, blogging, news aggregator. Requires some knowledge of HTML. Poorly documented
A portal system with a wide range of modules
One of the most popular community-based portals with a big choice of modules and languages. Requires some knowledge of HTML. Very poorly documented!!
phpWCMS is perfect for professional, public and private users. It is very easy to learn and gives you the flexibility to separate layout and content. Lots of powerful but simple implemented features assists publishers and web developers too.
Very powerful Content Management System with document manager, announcements, menu manager, photo album, block maker, FAQ, web pages maker, polls, information categorizer, calendar, link manager, form generator.
A Content Management System with focus on flexibility and security. A big variety of modules and blocks makes this CMS an allround tool.
A very popular advanced portal system.
Help Center Live
Very powerful all-in-one help center including Live Help, Support Tickets and FAQ. Features include unlimited operators/departments, monitor visitors, initiate chat, collect visitor's information, track visitor's footprint, autosave chat transcripts, canned messages, leave a message, auto-assign tickets to operators, unlimited FAQ topics.
Invision Board
A popular and very customizable forum with a powerful administration area to control your board and members.
A widely-popular open-source bulletin-board package, works well, simple user interface and admin panel, clean look, scales well, and can be customized.
Another popular bulletin board software installation.
An easy to use yet powerful shopping cart featuring unlimited categories and products, multiple payment gateways, downloadable products. The design is very easy to modify.
OS Commerce
A power-user shopping cart with a big variety of modules and support of almost every payment gateway. A big developers community is ready to offer custom solutions depending on your needs.
4Images Gallery
An Image Gallery system featuring unlimited categories/subcategories, web-based and FTP images upload, auto-thumbnails, comments, send a picture, rate a picture, random pictures, extensive administration panel.
Coppermine Photo Gallery
An Image Gallery system featuring categories and albums, thumbnails and intermediate size pics, search feature, new and random pictures, user management (private galleries, groups), user comments, e-cards feature, slideshow viewer.
A powerful mailing list featuring multiple mailing lists and attachments.
PhpWiki is a web site where anyone can edit the pages through an HTML form. Linking is done automatically on the server side; all pages are stored in a database.
TikiWiki is designed to be an international, clean and extensible Content Management System and Groupware that can be used to create all sorts of web applications, sites, portals, intranets and extranets. TikiWiki also works great as a web-based collaboration tool. TikiWiki has a lot of native options and sections that you can enable/disable as you need them.
A Course Management System designed to help educators create quality online courses. Available in currently 34 languages, featuring WYSIWYG HTML Editor, teacher has full control over all settings for a course, flexible array of course activities (Forums, Journals, Quizzes, Resources, Choices, Surveys, Assignments, Chats, Workshops), user logging and tracking, mail integration and much more.
Real Estate listing system featuring attachments, flexible search, template system, Yahoo Maps interface.
A full billing/invoicing application, perfect for webhosting resellers. You can install only one instance of phpCOIN!
A form generator featuring up to 100 form fields, all kind of input fields incl. file upload, customizable fields attributes, send submitted data to an email address or store them in a database, admin panel.
A Link Directory featuring categories, reviews, popular links, new links, links approval.
A very powerful webcalendar featuring private and public calendars.