August 9, 2009
Website applications are a necessity in today’s world. Hotel and resort websites need to have a booking engine. Real estate agents and realtors need to have real estate listings on their websites. Non-profit organizations need to have ways to collect donations and sell merchandise to help their cause. Other applications can help facilitate communication and add functionality and features to websites, such as
- Online Auctions
- Discussion Boards
- Photo Galleries
- Polls & Surveys
- Mailing Lists
- Advertising Banner Systems
- Links Directories
- Live chat
Other online applications can be used internally, as part of a company intranet or a password-protected, membership-only website to help improve project management, customer relationship management, documentation and support. These applications can make sure businesses run more smoothly and give you a way to make money online if you password protect an online product that consumers would be willing to pay for. Some examples of website applications that can be used internally by businesses are :
- Project Management Applications like dotProject
- Wikis for documentation
- Online Course Software like Moodle
- Support Ticket Systems like osTicket and PHP Support Tickets
- Online Help Desk Systems like Help Center Live and PerlDesk
Having an online project management system that all employees can log in to with their own username and password can change the way you do business. For service companies this can be a great way to make sure everyone knows what is expected of them and when and does their part. Wikis are becoming a great way to put documentation online and allow more than one employee to contribute. This makes it easier to transition to new system and between employees. Online courses and support and help desk systems can be used to provide support to employees or clients and customers to make life a lot easier for businesses that have a lot of support issues. Certainly software and hosting companies have already been taking advantage of these applications for years, but they can be useful in any service industry.
Of course, there are also the basic e-commerce shopping cart applications that every retail website should have and content management systems that are becoming a mainstay for every business. Content management systems (cms) are fast becoming a business necessity because they relieve the average business of having to outsource website maintenance or pay for employee training and higher wages. A content management system makes it possible for any Internet-savvy employee to update the website.
Acclaimed Web Development & Online Marketing offers all of these website applications and more. We offer content management systems that range from less-expensive, open source applications, such as Joomla, Drupal and php-nuke to more customized systems for our larger clients that include customized programming and database development to handle their unique business needs.
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