Content management system is free open source website software for managing online content. Once installed, user can use the CMS to create website, pages, organized content etc. And most of the CMS scripts are designed to run in PHP server with MySQL database.
In Hostmonster SimpleScripts, they provide lots of CMS software to choose from. Select the desire CMS for example Joomla and start the installation process as following
- Choose the version of Joomla you would like to install.
- Choose where to install the Joomla website. Select domain name and installation location.
- Choose the administrative password.
- Read the GPL license agreement and tick on the box to proceed with the installation.
- The Joomla website is now ready and up running.
After completing the Joomla CMS website, the demo site will look like following.
Besides CMS apps, Hostmonster SimpleScripts also provides huge collection of blogging apps. Setup and hosting a blog site is not difficult and the installation process is identical.
Indeed, we always prefer WordPress script, as this is the best blogging script we had come across. They are used by million of websites and there are thousand of free themes available online. Setup a new website is fast, simple and only takes less than 5 minutes. We prefer to use the SimpleScripts to setup website and it only took a few clicks to complete. Here is the installation step:
- Go to Hostmonster.com, log in to control panel and go to SimpleScripts.
- Choose WordPress and start the installation.
- Choose destination location and give your blog a name.
- Enter new administrator log in information.
- Complete the setup process here and the site is now up running.
If you do not prefer this apps installer tool to do the work, you can always choose the manual setup method. First FTP upload all necessary files, it took about 10 minutes to complete. This is the old fashion way and web hosts that do not provide one-click installer will require this method. Here are the steps:
- Go to WordPress.org and download the latest blog script.
- Unzip the package and get ready to upload all files.
- FTP connect to server using the right username and password. FTP uploads all files over.
- Each WordPress site will require one database. Log in to cPanel and create a new database.
- Edit the wp-config.php file and enter the new database connection information here. Upload this file.
- Once uploaded all files, its time to activate the installer by go to WordPress administrator page.
- Complete the steps and the new blog is now online.
If comparing WordPress vs. Textpattern vs. B2evolution, we prefer WordPress blog and it’s our recommended choice too. With our next Hostmonster review, we are testing the B2evolution site hosting at here. We choose to use Hostmonster SimpleScripts, and repeat the steps above. This installer provides the latest version and the pass five older versions to choose from. We choose the latest version available and setup the blog as following.
Hostmonster.com is suitable for various type of forum or discussion website. Few thousand page view per day is not an issue. Make sure you choose the forum script that is efficient, and configure the site accordingly. It’s really simple to setup discussion website, especially those open source free scripts.
Our next test will take us to test the premium forum scripts from vBulletin. This is world most popular forum script and it isn’t cheap in first place. We own one license copy of this and use it for our testing purpose. VBulletin is the premier forum script available today. It’s not free, purchase annual license from vBulletin website. And once having license to host and downloaded the script, get ready to rock and roll and start the installation process.
We manage to setup vBulletin script and make it running here. We can see this web server able to support various forum scripts without problem, the page loading is fast enough and smooth loading is observed over time. We are not worry much at this moment, unless you already having hundreds of online members at one time then you should consider a VPS or a dedicated server upgrade. Right now, they are offering few packages and it works the best for this forum site.
We want to know Hostmonster compatibility for e-commerce website hosting and we are choosing Magento for testing. From Hostmonster SimpleScripts, we find Magento for free installation. New release will be automatically updated in SimpleScripts and future upgrades can be managed here as well. Choose the installation destination and domain to host the Magento e-commerce site. Complete the steps and SimpleScripts will install it automatically. This is the easiest tool and we love it.
Magento offering more than just e-commerce website, it allows multiple store created from primary store, used to targeting subcategory products or keywords and thus allow create highly targeted mini sites.