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Forums used to be (and maybe still) the most standard place online where users discuss.

They are evolving in many ways with sites like Reddit, Q&A systems or simplified versions.

Discourse is also a discussion platform (built with Ruby on Rails) that is not complicated for end-users, eases reaching to the content easy and has various social tools.


First of all, there are no pages to navigate, just scrolling is enough. It is possible to mention users like Twitter and has support for real-time updates.

It remembers where you last left reading, reply to the entries quickly, send a quick-reply-invite to friends so that they can reply without registering and login/register with any social network accounts.

Discourse makes categories optional, they can be created or not, has an admin for controlling everything and an API for expanding it further.

Showkase LogoIf you are looking for a quick way to create a good-looking portfolio website, there is a nice and professional option for that: Showkase.

Showkase is a self-hosted, PHP-powered and very easy-to-use app for building HTML5 portfolio websites.

It has a portfolio-focused, simplified admin interface where new pages (about and contact us pages) can be added, galleries can be created and images uploaded.


Images can be uploading with multiple ways, Showkase auto-creates the thumbnails and they can be ordered with drag ‘n’ drops.

The galleries can be presented with a choice of multiple viewers (JuiceBox or SimpleViewer) where both supports a chic navigation with thumbnails prev-next and/or bullet navigation options.

There are 3 built-in themes and new themes can be created with ease (uses Smarty 3 template engine).

Showkase Demo

Besides these galleries, there is also a “Library” feature for uploading images and using them within the site.

Websites created work pretty fast as the app creates lightweight HTML pages and doesn’t make any database queries.

Also, when it comes to different devices and browsers, Showkase themes are responsive and they work well on tablets + mobile as well.

The giveaway

Showkase is giving away 3 Standard licenses ($49/each) to WRD readers.

In order to join the giveaway, just comment this article and winners will be sent 1 week later (4 Feb 2013) randomly with the query below:

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=3627 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck.

The winners

Here they are:

  • dan linsky (comment #1066874)
  • Aaron F. (comment #1065950)
  • Barry (comment #1070139)


Grappelli is a free and open source project, built with Django, that can empower any website with an admin interface.

It is a skin to the Django’s default admin interface which has a plain, grid-based and good-looking design (uses Compass for styling) and offers some extras.

Grappelli Django Admin

There is a built-in WYSIWYG editor (TinyMCE), search with auto-completes, several jQuery plugins and sorting data with drag ‘n’ drops.

Also, its dashboard can be customized with ease and works well with the django-filebrowser extension.

Telescope is an open source application for creating social news websites that has a similar functionality with Hacker News, Reddit, etc.

The application is built with Meteor, a real-time JS framework, and it runs on nodejs.

Every data in Telescope is displayed in real-time, it is possible to collect entries under categories and users can discuss on each entry easily.

Telescope - Social News App

Two types of authentication exist: e-mail/pass or Twitter and there is support for invite-only sign-up.

Layout provided by the app is responsive, has a very nice look and can be customized as well.

Parsimony is an open source application which functions similar to content management systems but offers more and allows us to create any type of apps.

It brings the design, development and content creation/editing to the same interface.

Using its web-based database designer, we can create custom tables and even create custom modules (that can be inserted into web pages) using the data in these tables.

Parsimony CMS

Whether it is a blog, an HR app or anything, Parsimony is capable of creating it only with drag ‘n’ drops.

There is a permission-based user management system which eases granting the necessary rights to each user.

The application is built with PHP-MySQL,  has a multilanguage interface and supports theming.

WordPress is so flexible and customizable in many ways, thanks to its tagging, categories and mostly the custom fields features.

Pods Framework, a free WordPress plugin, takes things to the next level and enables us to create customized content types and fields.

As an example, just like the "Posts" menu, you can have a "Products" menu in the WP-Admin and you can manage the products from a customized "Create/Edit Post" interface.

Pods Framework

And, only the fields you want will appear on these pages which is so useful for creating completely customized WP-backends.

The framework has its own API so that you can make use of it even more with a little coding.

Also, Pods can be extended with the lots of packages that are created with its community.

Many web designers/developers have a favorite CMS (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.) and build websites of any size with them.

If you are looking for a simpler alternative or don't prefer to empower your customers with so many features, SiteCake is a very good option.

SiteCake is an open source PHP CMS application which allows site admin to edit a website while browsing it.

SiteCake CMS

Once logged in, everything becomes editable and it displays a "content editing bar" with options for inserting HTML elements like headers, lists, images, videos and other stuff like Google Maps or a slideshow.

It is possible to crop images, drag 'n' drop items, create new pages and delete anything with a click.

SiteCake-enabling any website is easy by simply adding specific classes to the HTML elements and the its UI is multi-language (there are various languages files provided).

Syte is an open source personal website which is integrated with many social network beautifully.

The website is built with Django (Python), HTML5 + CSS3 and has a responsive layout.

It is not a CMS but a hub that displays content from other sources. For content creation, it uses Tumblr. Any post created in the defined Tumblr account is automatically displayed in the Syte-powered website.


The social networks that the user belongs are featured in a column and, once any of them is clicked, a sidebar "featuring the content from that network" slides nicely.

There are integrations with Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram,, GitHub, Dribbble and more are on the way.

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  • Movim is an open source social network application which follow the decentralised approach like Diaspora.

    The application is built with PHP-MySQL and includes features like a wall, an instant messaging system, a contacts list, photo gallery, news feed etc.

    Movim Social Network

    It gives users the maximum control over their own data and allows them to import/export all the data from one Movim-powered network to another.

    There is a special focus on privacy where all user setting are set to the max-private by default and they can customize them later on.

    Movim is multilingual and doesn't require anything complicated to setup an instance.

    P.S. You may also want to check out other open source social networking applications.

    Previously, WRD had shared Pubwich, an open source application that can fetch data from different sources.

    It is not updated since 2010 and there is a regularly updated fork named PubwichFork.

    To remind, the application can aggregate any published data from multiple sources including websites + social networks and display them in a single-page.


    The sources supported include Atom, RSS, Delicious, Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr, and more.

    PubwichFork is built with PHP and it is a handy project for quickly having a personal website that you almost do nothing to update but manages to keep fresh.

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