What is SimpleScripts?

SimpleScripts is a script library that allows you to install complete web applications or scripts to your website with a click of a button. These web applications could be a blog, a forum, a wiki, a content management or anything else.

Why use SimpleScripts?

SimpleScripts makes it almost trivial to install many web applications. It will create a database, copy the files, adjust permissions, and set up the configuration files. It also allows you to quickly update your web application when a new version is released. This is a very important because new bugs or security flaws are found in web applications all the time. If you don’t quickly update your copy of the application to the newest version then you could be attacked.

What scripts can be installed using SimpleScripts?

SimpleScripts allows you to install several different scripts including:

Blogs

  • b2evolution
  • WordPress

Content Management

  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • MODx
  • e107

Form and Surveys

  • LimeSurvey

Discussion Boards

  • phpBB2
  • SMF

eCommerce

  • OpenCart
  • OS Commerce
  • Zen Cart
  • Magento

Forums

  • phpBB
  • bbPress
  • PunBB

Mailing Lists

  • DadaMail
  • phpList

Photo Galleries

  • Zenphoto
  • Pixelpost
  • Coppermine

RSS

  • Gregarius
  • SimplePie

Utilities

  • phpMyFAQ

Webmail

  • Roundcube

Wiki

  • WikkaWiki
  • PmWiki
  • TikiWiki

They also add new scripts regularly. An updated list of scripts that can be installed by SimpleScripts can be found on its official web site.

What is SimpleScripts?

What are the disadvantages of using SimpleScripts?

Other script installation software, such as Fantastico, takes a long time to update their scripts when a new version comes out. This is partly because of the creator of Fantastico but also due to your web host. When a new version of a script is released to fix a security flaw or add a feature. If your web host doesn’t update often, then you will be using a vulnerable application on your server until they do. SimpleScripts doesn’t really have this weakness because the web host doesn’t have to update their scripts manually and SimpleScripts tries to release the new versions within 24 hours.

You can learn more about SimpleScripts by visiting its official web site or by playing around with it on your own web hosting.

SimpleScripts is currently only used by a few web hosts including Bluehost and Hostmonster.

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