There are lots of names given to Facebook Fan page.
Facebook Fan Page
Facebook Branding Page
Facebook Landing Page
Facebook Pages are Public Profile for Any Brand
Until Facebook launched Facebook Pages way back in 2007, many companies were using Facebook User Profiles for their company’s profile. By doing this they were violating Facebook’s term of service. Just to allow companies to create their profiles on Facebook, they (Facebook) have introduced Facebook Pages. Facebook pages are kind of User Profiles which can do everything a normal Facebook user can do. But, instead of being Facebook Profile of a real world human being they were Profile of Brands.
Facebook Pages can distribute feeds to Users
This is one of the most important and widely used feature using Facebook Pages. This can be described as Facebook page’s tweet on User’s News Feed or a kind of automated notification sent to all Users who become Fan of Facebook Page. In general we can describe this as regular newsletter / automated notification kind of facility. Previously these News Feeds were not real time. Means Facebook was not posting Feeds instantly to all Fans of any Facebook Page.
Brands Can Communicate Directly
It is always a good practice to communicate with your Fans. Facebook Fan pages / Facebook Brand Pages can do communication with their fan users. In Facebook communication can be done from Facebook Page to user’s Feed. Facebook Fan page conversations are also as effective as any Blog, Tweets, Video or any commercial advertisements.
Juice of Above conversation..
If you are a company / brand / public figure / celebrity / Artist / Writer / Blogger / then you must have a Facebook Fan Page.
Facebook Fan Page can allow you to communicate with your Fans who join you on Facebook.
Fans on Facebook can have instant updates using News Feeds on Facebook, this allows them to be aware of your each and every act on time.
Any promotion / offer / new advertising can be done on Facebook Fan page which is visible not only to Facebook Fans but also to all other Facebook uses who come across Facebook Fan Page.
Just remember one thing, Facebook has millions of users and being a Facebook Branding Page / Facebook Fan Page means you are visible to all those millions of users on Facebook.
Web development is a very vast term for the work of developing a website. This can include web design, client side and server side scripting, web server configuration, website setup at server and maintenance of the web site. Among all these tasks “web development” mainly refers to the building web site: writing code and set it on the server. Web development can range from the one page static page of plain text (Now a days many designers and developers started creating their website as just one page website, full of creativity and animation. This is not a simple task !) to the most complex web-based internet applications.
These complex web development applications involves following..
eCommerce websites or eCommerce application or online shopping cart
Open source is a concept to give source code to end user to customize as per requirement. Let’s get into some of the major open source software in PHP.
CMS – Content Management System
There are lots of CMS available in PHP which helps you to manage the content of your site. Some of these are very user friendly and some of them are programmer friendly.
WordPress – Very powerful in implementation and at the same time very easy to use and implement. Initially, it was built to create blogs, but later on it is used to develop static / dynamic websites also. Free and commercial plug-in and themes also made it successful and favorite among web developers.
Drupal – Drupal is used for at-least 1% of all websites created as back-end CMS. It is used from small scale CMS site to big corporate & political sites. Main drawback of drupal is – administration is quite complicated sometimes.
Joomla – Joomla is ranging from small static website to big dynamic sites full of numerous features. Administration of Joomla site is a bit tricky, but it gives nice support if you know the administration well. Component / plug-in extensibility made is more powerful. Developer can create their own installable components.
SilverStripe – It is again a MVC architecture CMS similar to Joomla. But, it has its own framework called Sapphire. Many big organizations are using SilverStripe as CMS for their sites.
CMS Made Simple – CMS Made Simple is highly customizable CMS. They give you lots of freely available modules to use.
Concrete5 – Concrete5 is mainly for people who wants site, but have no knowledge of HTML or any other programming language. Any person who has bacis knowledge of computers can manage his CMS site using concrete5. Main feature is online editing. It means, when you are logged in as an administrator, on the site you can directly make changes and save them on the page right there and see how it looks.
FrogCMS – It is very simple CMS to use. The best part of this CMS is flexible template setup per page.
TypoLight – TypoLight is now known as Contao. Main feature of this CMS is that it is built on PHP 5.2, fully object oriented and MooTools JS. This makes it Ajax driven application with web 2.0 features.
TextPattern – If you have used WordPress in past then you would think of WP once while you open the TextPattern. It is very similar to WP. Very simple to use and simple features but yet affective.
Modx – Modx may give you a slight feel of Joomla. It also gives a facility to build / extend any component and re-distribute in installable format. It is the first FREE CMS which supports web 2.0 and Ajax.
Symphony – Symphony uses XML and XSLT for template designing. It allows you to customize almost everything on the site include URL of the site. But, it is quite complicated for a non-programmer person.
There are many Free / Paid Forums available in PHP.
PHPBB – PHPBB was the first forum I have seen in my development career. Still I do not see any Forum much better than this which is freely available to use.
BBPress – From the makers of WordPress another amazing thing given to the world to use for free. Similar to WP, it is easy to integrate, maintain and good for SEO purpose.
SMF – It can be connected to many CMS directly. Supports multiple languages and strong permission based user management module.
MyBB – The best feature of this forum is – you can easily switch your forum from VBulletin, SMF, phpBB to MyBB through its MyBB Merge System. Lots of plug-ins are available to extent your forum.
PunBB – It is very light weight and fast forum script. It has minimal design structures to make it simple and fast. Yet, developer can extent it to desired level.
Phorum – Pure HTML template system which makes it easy to understand and good for designer to make the forum as per client’s requirements.
E-commerce and online shopping cart are the base of internet boom.
Magento – List of feature includes Marketing Promotions and Tools, Search Engine Optimization, Catalog Management, International Support, Shipping, Customer Service, Order Management, Customer Accounts, Payment, Checkouts, Mobile Commerce ( iPhone optimized ), Analytics and Reporting, Multistore.
OSCommerce – This is the first Shopping cart I have seen in my life and I am fan of it from that day. Some of the nice features includes Supports unlimited products and unlimited categories, Support physical (shippable) and virtual (downloadable) products, Multilingual , Multicurrency, Secure transactions with SSL, Offline payment processing (cheque, money orders, offline credit care processing, ..), Online payment processing (PayPal, 2CheckOut, Authorize.net, iPayment, ..).
ZenCart – Wellknown features includes Various customer modes, Unlimited category depth, Various sales and discounts, Various display modes, Various shipping options, Various payment options.
After the boom of FaceBook there is no need to explain what is Social Networks.
Around Me – Create social website (like Ning, Myspace, Yahoo or Google groups). Each group can create multiple pages. They get blog, forum and wiki.
Classified sites are very popular in today’s busy life.
Noah’s Classifieds has a free version of Classifieds site which serves all the basis needs of a classifieds site.