Hot Scripts trends: most searched-for scripts in 2009

Ever wondered what are the types of scripts most frequently searched by Hot Scripts visitors? We’ve compiled trends from our internal site search engine for you to discover the most searched script in 2009:

Chat Scripts

We’ve seen chat scripts ranking #1 for the past few years. A chat script is a great addition to your web site to create an online community whereby your site visitors can interact with each other to discuss topics relevant to your niche or business. There are different types of chat scripts, each adapted to serve a particular purpose:

  • Chat Rooms – a full fledged chat application with different categories known as rooms that allows user to text, voice or video chat.
  • Shoutbox – a little widget that you can add to your site to allow visitors to quickly leave messages
    Live Chat Support – allows you to chat live and one-on-one with your customer on your web site to offer support.
  • Webcam Chat scripts – similar to a text chat script, it supports audio and video mode for a real time conversation.
  • Chat bars – a new concept that offers chat functionalities in an non-intrusive bar in the footer similar to Facebook’s chat system.

Flash Components

When Flash was first introduced some year ago, the technology looked so perfect but there was a problem – flash web sites and applications were so hard to develop. However during the few recent years, as Flash authoring tools evolved, components were created to allow easy plug-and-play of Flash apps into web sites. This gave birth to a whole array of Flash components like image galleries, contact forms, video and music players, animation and much more. Those components can be downloaded and inserted into your web page. You can then load your elements (like images, videos) via XML.

File Management and File Upload Scripts

With web hosting space becoming more abundant at a relatively cheap price, a lot of businesses have realized that hosting their files online is a good way to backup data but also makes collaboration and sharing easier. File management scripts can help you easily setup your own file storage solution over the Internet or Intranet. Most of these scripts comes with an easy to use browser-based interface with batch upload feature. Other file management scripts are more complex and comes with features like group based permissions, partial upload, batch renaming and https support.

RSS Parser Scripts

RSS parser scripts allows you to display RSS feeds items on your site – this can be RSS of your own site or RSS you want to pull from other sites. Since RSS files are basically XML files, there are several free scripts available to read those XML code and output them in a nice formatted manner. There are also several Flash based components that parses RSS. Whichever technology you decide to use, ensure that they support caching. Advanced RSS parser scripts will allow you to filter feed items based on keywords or regular expression or even combine multiple RSS feeds for output.

WYSIWYG Editors

WYSIWYG  editors (What You See Is What You Get) are one of the most reused components in Web development and are used to bring text formatting functionality found on desktop editing application like MS Word to the browsers. When text are edited, these editors will try to preserve the formatted so that it looks similar when published on the Web.

Clone Scripts

Clone scripts are web scripts that mimic the functionalities of a given web site or web application in terms of design, features, or both. While clone scripts have been around for years, there has suddenly been a great demand for them . You can now find clones of many popular sites, from Facebook and YouTube to Twitter. To start searching for clone scripts, you can do a search or drill down our new Clone Scripts category.

Newsletter Scripts

With more and more businesses adopting email marketing, newsletter scripts have never been so popular. While there are several remotely hosted solutions like ConstantContact or MailChimp, having your own mailing solution can turn out to be more cost effective in the long run. You’ll find several mailing list scripts in our directory ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred depending on their features.

3 Comments

  1. Marshall

    It's interesting to know what kinds of scripts are most in-demand because it give us developers an idea of where our efforts might be most fruitful. Thanks for the insightful information! On the other hand, within any of these categories if there are already a handful of killer apps then creating another script for that category might not be the best way to spend time after all. To get an even better idea of where the demand is for not-yet-undeveloped apps, it would be interesting to compare the popularity of these search types with the popularity of the actual apps returned in these searches. If for example, to pick one of the categories in the article at random, if there are a huge number of searches for Clone Scripts but the average rating of all of the Clone Scripts is lower than the average rating in other script types, and the actual number of Clone Scripts with high ratings is very low (compared to other categories), then that's a good sign that the world is in need of a few really good Clone Scripts. Knowing the number of scripts within each category, the average ratings of those scripts, and the raw number of how many of them are highly-rated, and being able to compare those numbers to the popularity of the search terms as you wrote about them in your article would give developers a strong indicator of where their wheels will gain the most traction. And will eventually lead to more users getting exactly the scripts they need. (Not to mention that this win/win for developers and users would in turn make your site even more popular for both. So it's really a win/win/win.) :) Just a thought. Marshall

  2. Thanks for sharing these stats with us Ahmad. Remember! Going with the trends is not always the best choice.

  3. Marshall

    True, perhaps, but identifying the trends and using them to determine your strategy is far superior to throwing a dart at a dartboard and deciding to code up an app to make ASCII art because the dart landed on "text rendering".