If you’re involved with development, design or application delivery on the web, it makes increasing sense to look into free open source tools that can help you. Over on OStatic, the GigaOm blog on open source that I edit, we’ve recently covered many of these. In this post, I’ll provide some examples of what you can find there and what these tools can do for you.
Piwik seen above, is open source web analytics software–highly recommended. When it comes to doing web analytics, it’s beneficial to get as many views of your data as possible, so you can use Piwik in conjunction with a tool like Google Analytics or on its own.
Piwik’s features are built inside plug-ins, and a community of developers contributes interesting plug-ins. It also has a very customizable interface where you can drag and drop the types of widgets you would like to keep an eye on regarding site metrics.
QuantaPlus is a very rich, open source web development environment, especially popular with those who concentrate on PHP for building sites and applications. It’s based on KDE, so it appeals to those in the Linux community most. It does a good job of letting you work with multiple pages at once, and has very complete PHP debugging.
In addition to these tools, the list on OStatic includes Kompozer, a very good open source web development environment, and easy-to-use for Windows, Mac and Linux folks, as well as OpenX, a free, open source ad serving service that can help your site get revenues.
Web workers can also benefit from learning about OpenSolaris and Amazon’s cloud computing initiative surrounding it. Check out more on this at OStatic as well as our review of the new beta version of the OpenOffice.org suite of open source productivity applications.
Do you use any open source tools for web development or design?