Top 10 simplest and most lightweight scripts on the Web

Ask anyone what their favorite CMS is, and you will probably hear mentions of WordPress. Sure, it is a great CMS that is flexible and customizable with its plethora of plugins that allow you to push WordPress to its limits — but is WordPress a simple script? Well, not really. Several scripts have been introduced that take simplicity an unprecedented level. A script can be termed as lightweight and simple if it contains a smaller code base, making it less prone to vulnerabilities. It is such a script that has a better performance in terms of server resources consumption — a script that ultimately takes seconds to install, understand and use.

In this post, take a look at the Top 10 most simple and lightweight scripts on the Web ranging from image gallery script, content management system and file manager.

1. simpleCart(js) – A Lightweight JavaScript Shopping Cart

SimpleCart(js) is an easy to use and lightweight JavaScript shopping cart that allows you to setup an e-commerce store in a few minutes. It requires no database or programming knowledge – all you need to know is some basic HTML. simpleCart(js) currently works with PayPal and Google Checkout. It has support for multiple currencies and tax rate. Its flexible cookie based cart feature allows buyers to add, remove and adjust quantity of items to be ordered.

2. GetSimple CMS -The Simplest Content Management System EVER

GetSimple CMS is an open source CMS that utilizes the speed and convenience of XML, a best-in-class UI and the easiest learning curve of any simple Content Management System out there. It has been loaded with features that every website needs, but with nothing it doesn’t. It supports a plugin system that allows you to add modules to further expand the CMS.

3. FluxBB – A fast, light, user-friendly forum application

FluxBB was designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications. It is easy to use and has a proven track record of stability and security making it an ideal choice of forum for your website. It supports PHP4 and PHP5 and works with MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLLite. All pages generated by this forum application are XHTML 1.0 compliant.

4. Relay – AJAX Directory Manager

Relay is a PHP and MYSQL based file management system with upload and download capabilities. The interface is AJAX based allowing easy drag-b-drop of files and folders. It supports multiple file upload with progress bar and automatic thumbnail generation for your image and PDF files. You can setup multiple users with different accounts.

5. Task Jr – Web-based task manager

Task Jr is a lightweight PHP5 web-based task manager to help you manage your personal and professional projects effectively. You can assign due dates and priorities to your tasks and use the different views to filter important stuff first. It supports iCalendar – your tasks can be shared or subscribed to as iCal calendars.

6. IMAGIN – Flash Photo Gallery

IMAGIN is a flash photo gallery that can organize photos and create slideshows from them. It has unlimited number of albums and levels of albums-in-albums. IMAGIN works by pointing it to a folder that contains photos, everything else is automatic.

7. Shoutbox – A PHP + AJAX Shoutbox

YShout is a lightweight yet full-featured package that allows you to easily add an interactive shoutbox to your website. A shoutbox is a great tool to communicate with your visitors, and YShout allows you to chat with them in real-time. The scrit is based on PHP and powered by AJAX.

8.lwrte -Lightweight Rich Text Editor

lwrte is a lightweight and unbloated Rich Text Editor based on jQuery. Its file size is only 10Kb and it doesn’t require any JavaScript wrapper. It is extremely simple and be easily changed according to your needs. It has all thaat your editor probably need. lwrte is compatible with major browsers and degrade gracefully into a textarea for others.

9. Adminer – Database Management in a single file

Adminer (formerly phpMinAdmin) is a full-featured MySQL management tool written in PHP. Conversely to phpMyAdmin, it consist of a single file ready to deploy to the target server. It works with MySQL 4.1, 5.0 and 5.1 through mysqli, mysql  or pdo PHP extension.

10. EZPX – Photoblog System

EZPX is a lightweight yet full featured photoblog system based on Codeigniter application framework. It was written in PHP, it’s painless to install, has an easy-to-use and clean user interface that you will love to use. And besides it provides a lot of features especially designed for photographers.

13 Comments

  1. John

    What these preferences are based for? miniBB would appear much lighter than fluxBB in terms of forum software, thus having many extra features.

  2. I think you are forgetting the simplest and fastest classified system, Open Classifieds, you can see it here: http://open-classifieds.com/ or try it here: http://demo.open-classifieds.com/ regards

  3. Mkenya

    Thanks for the great list, time to start exploring them..

  4. Dan

    Nice. Thanks a lot for the list!

  5. I will take a look at a few of these however I am quite sold on Wordpress and as Michael ,mentions, an article on the Top 10 wordpress plugins wouldn't go amiss. After moving away from vBulletin due to (imo) I now prefer to find solutions via WP A4D .-= A4D´s last blog ..Bones Season Five Finale Thursday 27th May =-.

  6. You forgot Flyspeck - http://flyspeck.net, the lightest in browser web page editor.

  7. Thanks everyone for your comments. @Micheal - the newsletter compared Wordpress v/s lightweight and simple scripts but didn't make mention of any top list for Wordpress. We do have another blog post on different Wordpress plugins at: http://www.hotscripts.com/blog/wordpress-plugins/ which you might find useful. @Chema & Flyspeck - Good examples of lightweight scripts - will certainly consider including these in a future list.

  8. FluxBB is the evolution from PunBB Good choice. I would have added Pixie CMS here.

  9. Wow, great list! One thing to remember is that lightweight often means not having all the functionality you need.