The default “directory listing” web pages that Apache serve, although making the job, are not so stylish.
Apaxy is a customizable theme for improving these pages with the help of
mod_autoindex Apache module and some CSS.
It offers a clean interface with icons for each mime type and makes further improvements possible.
AMPPS is a software for quickly installing Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl and Python and creating a web server environment.
What differentiates it from other similar solutions is the built-in Softaculous package which makes 1 click installations of popular web apps possible.
There is a huge list of installable apps (250+) including WordPress, Joomla, Magento, phpBB and much more.
Using the AMPPS panel, the server resources can be configured and all the installations can be managed.
It has versions for Windows + Mac OS X and also installs phpMyAdmin + SQLite manager for controlling databases.
Compatibility: Windows and Mac OS X
Although listing the contents of a directory is not a good practice for most of the websites (considering the complete structure and files will be available to the public eyes), it is an easy way to show and share files.
The default Apache directory listing/index page is not the most handsome one and h5ai is a template built specifically to improve these pages.
Its is built with HTML5 Boilerplate, jQuery + Modernizr and can be implemented with few steps: "copy folder h5ai to the web-root directory of your server and update the .htaccess file".
Google is so decisive on making the web faster with the tools and resources it creates. Also remember that they had announced "speed being a factor in Google's search rankings".
Google is now sharing an open source Apache module named mod_pagespeed that automatically optimizes web pages.
For the other members of the Page Speed family like the Page Speed extension, check this.
Requirements: Apache 2.2
Compatibility: Tested on CentOS and Ubuntu
CRE Loaded PCI CE is an open source e-commerce software which is the lighter, but still strong, version of a paid solution.
It is designed to run on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server and offers lots of features which you can add more as it comes with the source.
The application has an unlimited category system, comes with several shipping provider (free shipping logic is integrated) & payment modules.
It is possible to define "special products" on the main page & per category. Products can be sorted by price, manufacturer, etc.
Some features of CRE Loaded PCI CE:
- article manager
- faq manager
- banner manager
- multilanguage support
- ability to checkout without registration
- & more
It also has a strong admin interface where the store can be managed easily (by multiple admins when needed with the access-level based user system).
A very significant feature of the product is the importance it gives to the security. CRE Loaded PCI CE is compliant with all PCI data security standards (& has a "order fraud screen" in the backend).
Requirements: LAMP server