The open-source phpESP update is a good way for businesses to get high-quality feedback from customers, employees and other parties. Although its not as easy to use as some commercial survey software, it also doesnt carry these packages high prices. The product can be downloaded at phpesp.sourceforge.net.
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Now, facing a growing need for the kind of information that surveys can provide but lacking the budget to implement a high-price system, many companies are starting to ask the same question: Is there an open-source solution for this business problem?
When it comes to survey software, the answer is yes. PhpESP 1.6 is an effective, capable, Web-based survey application that enables businesses to create complex and advanced surveys, view results in real time, and carry out advanced analysis. In fact, eWEEK Labs found phpESP 1.6 to be so capable that weve started to use it to handle surveys of eWEEK readers.
Like many open-source applications, phpESP is a SourceForge project and can be found at phpesp. sourceforge.net. (See related story for a look at other PHP enterprise options.) The original author of the application is James Flemer.
As the name implies, phpESP (which stands for php Easy Survey Package) is based on the PHP scripting language. Installation didnt require much more than unpacking its folders to our Web server, creating a MySQL database and making a few small configuration file changes. We were able to get it running on Linux and Windows systems with no problems.
Once phpESP is up and running, all management is done through a browser-based management interface. The product provides enough simple group and access management features that we could control the capabilities of different types of users.