Since we are nearing the end of 2014, it’s time once again for our annual look at some free scripts that we feel are exceptional enough to warrant keeping an eye on in 2015. Scripts on our watch list meet some demanding criteria — they must be functional and easy to use, but they also must offer something above and beyond the expected in terms of features and innovation. So, without further ado, here are the 12 scripts that made it onto our list for 2015.
HumHub is a free social network software and framework built to give you the tools to make teamwork easy and successful. It’s lightweight, powerful and comes with an user-friendly interface. With HumHub you can create your own customized social network, social intranet or huge social enterprise application that really fits your needs.
Minicart.js is a great way to improve your PayPal shopping cart integration. One simple change and your users will be able to manage their shopping cart directly from your website. Additional APIs provide you the power to customize the behavior to your needs.
Converse.js is a free and open source chat client that runs in your browser. It can be integrated into any website. Similar to Facebook chat but it also supports multi-user chatrooms.Converse.js can connect to any accessible XMPP/Jabber server, either from a public provider such as jabber.org, or one you have set up yourself.
Lychee is a free photo-management tool, which runs on your server or web-space. It allows you to upload, manage and share photos like from a native application. It supports displaying of EXIF and IPTC Metadata and you have the ability to make your photos public or private. Lychee comes with everything you need and all your photos are stored securely.
Kill Bill is an open source subscription billing and payment platform. Its plug-in architecture allows you to easily apply custom logic and integrate with third party systems. It provides analytics and financial reports to make sure you remain compliant. By owning your most precious data, and relying on its open architecture, you are in control and avoid vendor lock-in.
Quill is a free, open source WYSIWYG editor built for the modern web. With its extensible architecture and a expressive API you can completely customize it to fulfill your needs. Some built in features include: Fast and lightweight, semantic markup and cross-browser support.
Anchor is a super-simple, lightweight blog system, made to let you just write. It is based in PHP and MySQL and take just a few minutes to install. Similar to WordPress, it allows you to manage posts (articles), pages, comments, categories, users and supports metadata and custom fields.
Brimir is an open source ticket (helpdesk) manager. It allows you to send and receive support emails through a friendly web interface. Received emails are converted to tickets, which can be assigned to agents. It supports all the major features you would expect in a helpdesk support system including rules to automate your workflow, ticket labels and multiple agents/teams.
Themosis framework allows you to build custom websites and applications with WordPress. It is a a pre-configured stack to develop WordPress website and application. It comes with a plugin themosis-framework which contains the APIs and a theme themosis-theme where you’ll write your application/website. The Themosis framework works seamlessly with all WordPress APIs and plugins.
jPList is a flexible jQuery plugin for sorting, pagination and filtering of any HTML structure (DIVs, UL/LI, tables, etc). It can connect to multiple data sources like PHP+MySQL, ASP.NET+ SQL Server, WordPress plugin and SQLite.