Open Source Programs to use with your HostLabs account

Customers of HostLabs have easy access to many open source programs; all you have to do is log into your control panel. Once you are in there, you will need to look for the icon called “Softaculous”. After you click on that, a variety of open source programs will be listed varying from e-commerce to forums to wikis and everything in between! If you are not a HostLabs customer, you can purchase hosting here and get access to over 250 scripts!

When you hear of the term “Open Source”, it usually refers to a program in which the source code is available to the public to use and modify. Often times, open source codes are created as an effort in which programmers attempt to improve and share their knowledge to others. Programs are free to the public in the efforts to produce a bug-free product for everyone to benefit from. Programmers are able to read, restructure, and alter the source code which allows for the continuous improvement of the creation.

We have taken the time to research and give you a brief description of some of our favorite open source programs. Enjoy!

Ad Management

OSClasS helps you to easily create your own classifieds website.


Serendipity This is a PHP-powered weblog application that gives users an easy way to maintain their blogs. Serendipity is also very flexible and expandable and has a sophisticated plugin building. This application is quick and stable and is used for both personal blogs and professional websites.

WordPress Started in 2003, you can use this open source program for blogging and CMS. This program is one of the largest self-hosted blogging tools in the world. It’s easy to use and you can start a blog in seconds.


Magento This is a scalable ecommerce solution that is designed to help business succeed online. Businesses are able to control and customize their online stores. More than 125,000 businesses trust Magento with their stores.

File Management

eSyndiCat is a php directory software that can be used as both a stand-alone platform or in addition to your existing site.


MyBB uses a standard discussion board interface and visitors are also able to use the control panel to change how they view discussions. Moreover, the administrators are able to edit and moderate features in order to control the discussion.

Image Galleries

Piwigo is a photo gallery software and the extensions make Piwigo very customizable to fit various needs.

Zenphoto is a very simple online photo gallery that has all of the features and functionality that you need.


kPlaylist is a music database that you can manage online. You can stream your music; make playlists, share, download, and much more.


Concrete5 You can easily change the content right from your web browser by simply clicking and editing if you use this program. You can also add Meta data to your pages and images fright in your browser which can benefit SEO.

Drupal can build dynamic web sites that offer a broad range of features including discussion capabilities, user administration, and much more. There are thousands of add-ons and you can design your website the way you’ve imagined it.

Joomla! This award-winning content management system enables you to build websites and other online applications. It is also easy to use and it is used all over the world!


ClipBucket allows you to start your own Video Sharing website very quickly. ClipBucket is continuously growing and is improving their features. With new enhancements, ClipBucket is very versatile and reliable and can manage your video needs.


DokuWiki is targeted at developers, workgroups, and small companies. It is easy to install, has a large variety of extensions, there are over 50 languages supported, and much more.

MediaWiki is a free and open source wiki package written in PHP. Originally, it was for usage on Wikipedia but it is now used by several others.