Third Party Website Software
There are many free website packages which you can use to build your website. These packages are simply uploaded to your website and installed. Many websites combine third party software with normal html pages. Some are solely built around these packages. Below are some descriptions of some web packages and links to there sites.
phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable Open Source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites.
This program is simple to install and very well supported and can be easily customised. I use this forum for this site and my other sites and I have rarly had any problems.
4images - Image Gallery Management System
4images is a powerful web-based image gallery management system. Features include comment system, user registration and management, password protected administration area with browser-based upload, HTML templates for page layout and design, search engine and a lot more. 4images is free for private and non-commercial use.
I have used this package to create www.railwaypictures.co.uk The main reason I chose this was the ability to search the picture information. Once installed you can manage your site and upload pictures through the website. It will automatically create thumbnails for your pictures and allow you to resize images. It allows the you to validate images before they go on the site to stop inappropriate images being posted.
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