What is XOOPS?
XOOPS is an acronym of extensible Object Oriented Portal System. Though started as a portal system, XOOPS is in fact striving steadily on the track of Content Management System. It can serve as a web framework for use by small, medium and large sites.
A lite XOOPS can be used as a personal weblog or journal. For this purpose, you can do a standard install, and use its News module only. For a medium site, you can use modules like News, Forum, Download, Web Links etc to form a community to interact with your members and visitors. For a large site as an enterprise one, you can develop your own modules such as eShop, and use XOOP's uniform user management system to seamlessly integrate your modules with the whole system.
XOOPS is a powerful, flexible and easy to use Content Management System (CMS) based on the scripting language PHP. When installed on a web server with MySQL, it allows administrators to manage dynamic websites, build online communities, handle users, modify at will a site's layout, and feed content through a simple interface. XOOPS handles 'the hard stuff' leaving you free to focus on the content of your website.
XOOPS stands for: extensible Object Oriented Portal System. For you, this means it's a tool built with long-term tools that can be scaled to suit your needs. XOOPS is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), which means it's free to use and modify. You can tweak and twist the program as much as you want or need, as long as you abide by the distribution terms of the GPL.
Features of XOOPS
Database: driven XOOPS uses a relational database (currently MySQL) to store data required for running a web-based content management system.
Modules can be installed/ uninstalled/ activated/ deactivated with a click using the XOOPS module administration system.
Registered users can edit their profiles, select site themes; upload custom avatars, and much more!
The ability to search for users by various criteria, send email and private messages to users through a template-based messaging system.
XOOPS was created and is maintained by a team of several hard-working volunteers working from all over the world. The XOOPS community has more than dozen official support sites around the world for support of non-English speaking users.
Multi-byte Language Support:
Fully supports multi-byte languages, including Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, etc.
Versatile Group Permissions System:
Powerful and user-friendly permissions system which enables administrators to set permissions by group.
Theme-based skin able interface:
XOOPS is driven by a powerful theme system. Both admins and users can change the look of the entire web site with just a click of a mouse. There are also over 1000 themes
Here are top reasons why XOOPS is the most powerful and creative option for your new website project:
1.XOOPS is the #1 Content Management System (CMS) project on www.sourceforge.net
2.XOOPS is recipient of several awards, and constantly places as finalist in various CMS and Open Source competitions.