What is Buddypress?
It’s a set of plugins and themes (each adding a distinct new feature) developed originally by Andy Peatling allowing a WordPress MU (Multi-User) blog installation to become a social network also.
All of the plugins could be used to create a complete social network from scratch, or you could use specific plugins to add desirable features to your existing blog network.
Later on, Buddypress was acquired by Automattic, the makers of Wodpress MU and WordPress blog software, and the author joined to their team.
The features Budypress has are:
* Extended Profiles
* Private Messaging
* The Wire
* Activity Streams
* Blog Tracking
Some upcoming features in 2009 are:
* Status Updates (Mid 2009)
* Photo Albums (Late 2009)
To have Budypress running on your server you need to have the following:
* A working installation of WordPress MU, version 2.7.1 or greater
* PHP version 4.3 or greater
* MySQL 4.0 or greater
* The mod_rewrite Apache module enabled
Budypress might not be a contender now for Social Engine, DZOIC Handshakes, WebNetwork, Boonex Dolphin, Alstrasoft E-friends, Elgg, PHPfox, PHPizabi but in the near future it could be as new features will be added and, especially, because it can reach a good chunk of the market thanks to many WordPress MU installations which are already there.
The commercially licensed Magento Enterprise Edition it’s geared towards larger companies and includes additional features, including ROI specific features, not available in their open source, Community Edition product. In addition to features, the Enterprise Edition will include Service Level Ageements based support with guaranteed response times, warranties, indemnification and soon, PA-DSS certification.
This doesn’t mean the Magento team will abandon the open source commitments. It will still develop the Community Edition product (which we reviewed here – an early version).
The premium version is based on the core of the Community version so the upgrade is a relatively simple process. Extensions (local, community, commercial) and custom themes will continue to work as they do with a standard upgrade process.
The Enterprise features (not found in the Community Edition):
- * Advanced Administrator Roles and Permission Restriction per Site (Website and Store View)
* Logging of Administrator Actions
* Gift Certificates/Cards (Physical and Virtual)
* Customer Store Credits
* Content Staging and Merging. Support for both on-demand and scheduled merges and rollbacks of content
* Category View and Purchase permissions per on customer group (limited catalog access)
* Private (Club) Sales including Events, Invitations and Category access permissions
* Strong Data Encryption
The price of Magento Enterprise Edition is not pocket money but a larger company can afford $8,900 annually for a single server installation and support. After all, there is a economic nuclear winter out there and Varien needs to become more profitable so going enterprise surely will help.
Magento ecommerce software is a PHP/MYSQL based ecommerce solution and Varien is a Los Angeles based software company. Find out more about Magento Enterprise Edition on the team’s blog.
If you had experimented with their ecommerce software you are welcomed to tell us your opinion (in the comments).
Laconica, the Twitter clone open source microblogging software, is one step closer to the version 1.0
Twitter is all the rage these days (it reached even The Colbert Report – a well known US comedy show).
As almost all successful things, Twitter could not escape cloning. They are several services out there Twitter like Jaiku, Presently and Plurk being some of them ((see a longer list of clones here )
But those are web services and that means if you want to actually build one like that you would have to code it yourself.
Here comes Laconica to the rescue. Laconica is the open source microblogging web software which can help in build a web service Twitter like (it helps people in a community, company or group to exchange short – 140 character – messages over the web).
Recently, Laconica team released the version 0.7.3 which bring new features to an already quite well built software (that besides fixing some bugs from previous versions).
Some of the new features are:
* A plugin to allow a templating language for customization
* A plugin for Piwik Analytics engine
* A bookmarklet for posting a notice about a Web page you’re reading
* A welcome notice (‘welcomebot’) and default subscription for new users
* Correct and intelligent redirect HTTP status codes
* Support for SSL for some or all pages on the site
* Better handling of empty notice lists on many pages
* Major improvements to the Twitter friend-sync offline processing
* Ping, twitter and facebook queuehandlers working better
* Subscribers, subscriptions, groups are listed on the Personal page.
* “Invite” link restored to main menu
* Better memory handling in FOAF output
* Fix for SUP support (FriendFeed?)
More here …
Download the latest version of Laconica – the open source microblogging software.
Listen the podcast interview with Evan Prodromou for Laconica and Identi.ca
Laconica is not alone. It has competitors and two of them are Yonkly (built on ASP.NET) and Revou (built on PHP/MySQL but it is commercial – costs about $400). Check them out too.
In one post Techcrunch (the well known tech blog) said that ImageShack, the free image hosting service, has the most hosted online photos (the second one being Facebook).
It boasts a number of 20 billion images and over 28 million monthly visitors, Facebook hosting about 15 billion (closing the gap fast) and having a 200 million registered members.
On Imageshack you go and upload a picture (or more), then you get an URL to that picture which you can post/embed in any webpage. That’s it. You can do that without registering…but if you do register you get more features.
Now you can have a service almost like that (or like Free Image Hosting) thanks to Chevereto, the free image hosting script. I am saying “almost” because, at that amount and traffic, Imageshack is a more complex operation than it seems at the first glance. Chevereto it’s open source and licensed under GPL.
But on a much smaller scale this script can help you have a mini-service like Imageshack. It is the work of Rodolfo Berrios, a chilean web developer.
Let’s dive more into the details.
First of all, take a look at this demo: http://demo.chevereto.com (it’s in Spanish but don’t worry, Chevereto script is multilingual and you will have the English choice too). Choose a picture from your hard drive or a remote picture (if you know the URL) and see it in action. On the next page you will have your picture uploaded and several links to that picture so you can copy/paste on another webpage or on a forum as well as sharing it on social media site like Delicious, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr.
See it? It’s almost like Imageshack.
Let’s see how to use this free image hosting script.
The advertising market might have taken a hit these months but that doesn’t stop developers improving the advertising software they built so far.
One of these developers is OpenX and they just launched a new version of their popular AND free ad server software: the version 2.8.
We have reviewed this open source ad server software some time ago (when it was at the version 2.4) and we found it pretty compelling and easy to use (the review is here).
Now, with this new release, OpenX is pushing forward to more features like the new plugin framework which allows you to customize OpenX in any way you want (built your own plugins, use third party plugins or have an OpenX consultant do it for you – just like WordPress).
A new feature OpenX introduced was the OpenX Market Plugin which allows you to flow your inventory directly into OpenX Market to maximize your revenue. This Market is now integrated natively in the ad server software.
eCPM was optimized even more and now you can further maximize your advertising revenue by using an entirely new eCPM-based revenue optimization system for ad serving prioritization across your remnant CPM, CPC and CPA campaigns.
The scalability of the software wasn’t forgotten: raw data storage has been overhauled by a re-architected distributed statistics technology (bucket logging) to provide significantly improved scalability and reduced storage requirements.
The OpenX team didn’t forget also the user interface. They have tweaked again to make it even more easier to use.
Interspire is built on PHP/MySQL open source software (running on either Linux or Windows operating systems) but this e-commerce software solution is NOT a free and open source solution (that is because we have presented on MyTestBox.com mostly free and open source web software – we intend to present both of them).
The price ranges from $295 (Interspire Shopping Cart Starter Edition), going to $995 (Interspire Shopping Cart Professional Edition) and finishing with $1795 (Interspire Shopping Cart Ultimate Edition). To see the differences between these different versions, checkout their comparison page and, of course, checkout the server requirements if you plan to host Interspire e-commerce software on your own server and run your own online store.
The support and maintenance is free for only 3 months, then you have to choose your plan if you intend to let Interspire do that further.
Some of the new features the version 5.0 has are:
* Entice customers to spend more with discount rules
* Add your own form fields to the signup process
* Tabs on product pages
* Re-Ordering from a previous purchase
* Export to any Order/Accounting system
* Add multiple products to your cart at once
* Sell products with delivery or event dates
* A new dashboard
* The Google AdWords and Yahoo Search Marketing add-ons (a $298 each) are included free in all editions
* The ability to choose if FedEx rates are based on account or list rate
* The ability to give customer groups a $ discount and fixed product price as well as a % discount
* Additional payment gateway support for PayPal Express, QuickBooks Merchant Services, Secure Trading, OGone and IWSmile
* It’s now optional to upload an image for a product
* The default “no image” for a product can be uploaded
But to get a better grasp of what Interspire Shopping Cart 5.0 means take a look at the video they have prepared to demo the new features (or take a look at the screenshots).
Of course, you can try an online demo here if you are eager to experiment with it (or watch a screencast of it).
Interspire is a six years old privately held australian company based in Sydney which has also offices in Austin, Texas (USA) and London (UK). It boast about 20,000 customers worldwide and some of them are well known names: Ubisoft, Virgin, Monster.com, Intel, Shell, GE. It also develops other kind of web software like content management systems, email marketing systems and knowledge management systems.