Get them coming back: Ways to make your Website Interactive

March 3, 2012

Whether you have a website for sales, information, or fun, we all want our visitors to come back and invite others to our site. There are a lot of tools out there to help increase interactivity and entice visitors to return.

Below are just a few of the free, open source web applications that come with all e-dimensionz Web Hosting packages as part of Fantastico de Luxe.

Fantastico De Luxe is an auto-installer that will allow you to quickly install dozens of the leading open source content management systems into your web space.

Blogs

Blogs are a great way to exchange information and can be an effective tool to get users on your website and to return. If the information being exchanged on your blog is interesting and updated frequently, your website community will grow as your Blog becomes popular.

Fantastico Blog Applications

  • b2evolution: A blog script featuring multiple blogs, categories/sub-categories, skins, search function, multiple languages, search engines friendly URLs.
  • Nucleus: A powerful blog script featuring multiple blogs, multiple authors, drafts and future posts, bookmarklets.
  • WordPress: WordPress is blogging software with a focus on ease of use, elegance, performance, and standards with a huge selection of themes and plugins.

Polls and Surveys

Weekly polls or surveys are one of the simplest ways to make your website interactive. After a poll/survey is finished, publish the results for the readers to see.

Fantastico Poll / Survey Applications

  • Advanced Poll: A highly windows-inspired poll script.
  • LimeSurvey: An open source online survey application allowing users to develop, publish and collect responses to surveys. Surveys can be public, or can be strictly controlled through the use of "once-only" tokens for each survey participant.

Discussion Forums

Forums are another great tool for prompting return visitors and community building.

Fantastico Forum Applications

  • phpBB: A widely-popular open-source bulletin-board package, works well, simple user interface and admin panel.
  • SMF: SMF is a next-generation community sosftware package and is jam-packed with features, while at the same time having a minimal impact on resources.

Events Calendar

With a flexible calendar, you can add events that repeat daily, weekly, monthly or annually as well as one-time events of any duration.

Fantastico Calendar Application

  • WebCalendar: A very powerful web calendar featuring private and public calendars.

Image Gallery's

Have photo's a product catalogue available to your visitors is a great way to easily uploads images and allow visitors to view; most galleries will also allow you to provide your visitors with the option to rate or comment on photo's in your gallery.

Fantastico Gallery Applications

  • 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.
  • Gallery: An Image Gallery system featuring albums within albums, thumbnailing specific picture area, captions, rotate, reorder pictures, album-based attributes, album mirroring

FAQ and Guides

From Customer Support to Presales Question or an Advisory Board, an FAQ is a way to provide information to your visitors quick and easily.

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