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Free Software

If you have students, faculty or parents who enjoy building their own websites, there is no shortage of free, open-source software solutions for bulletin boards, blogs, listserves et al. Good places to begin looking for such software are at Sourceforge.net, HotScripts.com and FreshMeat.net.

Below is a list of a few specific open-source software programs you can implement on your website to help you with the ReadersLink™ program for your school. If there is a free software package you would like to add to this list, contact us and let us know!Below is a list of free software you can implement on your website to help you with the ReadersLink™ program for your school. If there is a free software package you would like to add to this list, contact us and let us know!

phpBB
What is phpBB? Since its creation in 2000, phpBB has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB 3.0 “Olympus” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes.

Vanilla
Vanilla is an open-source, standards-compliant, multi-lingual, fully extensible discussion forum for the web. Anyone who has web-space that meets the requirements can download and use Vanilla for free!

Elgg
Elgg is an open source social networking platform based around choice, flexibility and openness: a system that firmly places individuals at the centre of their activities. Your users have the freedom to incorporate all their favorite tools within one environment and showcase their content with as many or as few people as they choose, all within a social networking site that you control.

Django
Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Developed and used over two years by a fast-moving online-news operation, Django was designed to handle two challenges: the intensive deadlines of a newsroom and the stringent requirements of the experienced Web developers who wrote it. It lets you build high-performing, elegant Web applications quickly.

If implementing software on your website is more than you wanted, see our list of websites that provide you with ready-to-go blogs, For a list of free websites, click here.