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Best free CMS for Social Networking Website

Discussion in 'Content Management' started by imricky, Jun 27, 2010.

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    Can anyone please suggest me any good Content management system so that i can start a social networking website, where one can share photos, videos, make friends, groups etc. like Facebook or Orkut.
    SEMrush
    Thanks in advance!
     
    imricky, Jun 27, 2010 IP
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  2. LargeChimp

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    id have alook at some of the clone scripts out there, or your best bet is to have a scout on www.hotscripts.com

    Josh.
     
    LargeChimp, Jun 28, 2010 IP
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    Wordpress 3.0 + Buddypress + Premium tools from WPMU will give you the functions that you need.
     
    hmansfield, Jul 4, 2010 IP
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    infogle Prominent Member

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    Yes you can easily do all that you mentioned in the joomla CMS - it is very much possible and i do have done work for my clients on this by creating similar to what you have written - and believe me it is the best.

    Hope this helps...
     
    infogle, Jul 4, 2010 IP
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    Jaiminshivcs Banned

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    Phpfox is best Script for social networking websites.
     
    Jaiminshivcs, Jul 6, 2010 IP
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    Buddy Press wordpress plugin is not bad for running small or large social network.
     
    nickthrolson, Jul 12, 2010 IP
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    Wordpress with buddy press, or even better - Joomla
     
    digital29, Jul 14, 2010 IP
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    I have just had a wordpress/buddypress website built for me as a social network. The programmers added a few custom/unique features and we have recently got our hands on the finished product. It works really nicely, and does what it does well. If you try and customize it etc, or bend it to do some other things, it can be temperamental, but it still gets my vote. I love wordpress and what they do, and we have got an awesome social network as a result of their efforts and innovations now.
     
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    Social networking capabilities, flexibility and future expandability are both very important. If you get a "canned" script that only does "its thing", you are limiting your site's future growth capabilities. Right now, I think Joomla is best for many in those areas. It has ACL capabilities (okay, limited, but 1.6 is supposed to address this, and there are extensions that can override the core and provide you with more granular controls), and a plethora of extensions to choose from, many free or low-cost relative to what you'd pay for one a commercial CMS. Plus, at least IMHO, templating is easy.

    BTW, I am keeping an eye on WordPress. I tried WP and BuddyPress on my test server. Unfortunately the rigidity of the system caused me to drop this as a viable option for me. But development is getting very interesting, and I will play with this again in the near future. :)
     
    Bratzilla, Jul 15, 2010 IP
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    i also want to start a social network site for a student group... do you guys recomment phpfox.. can any one show me a sample phpfox site
     
    aasantha, Jul 15, 2010 IP
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    AlcVitRes Well-Known Member

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    Boonex's Dolphin product is positioned as free, depending on license
    you choose, but it hardly can be used effectively on shared hosting.
     
    AlcVitRes, Jul 17, 2010 IP
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    ilook Well-Known Member

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    There are really bad reviews about Boonex Dolphin.
    It gives big problems with many members...
    Many complains and Boonex only will solve it when you them pay big $$$
     
    ilook, Jul 17, 2010 IP
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    AlcVitRes Well-Known Member

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    Yes, unpacked it's 33 MB already with ffmepg.exe alone being 8.9 MB,
    plus some weird rules on Dolphin forum, but it's "free" stuff. If asked ~
    commercial product, I would better offer fork of DLE, but not everyone
    is skilled in Russian. Same can be done with DLE and bunch of modules.
     
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    Personally, I love and would recommend ModX all day long.
    My favorite CMS, and very very easy to set up.
     
    CariNet, Aug 4, 2010 IP
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    Dolphin is the best out there in the market compared to joomla, phpfox, se etc

    There are bad reviews about microsoft as well..
     
    mickscool, Aug 22, 2010 IP
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    Personally, I ended up using Elgg. I tried Wordpress/BuddyPress but just couldn't "get there from here." I have a very limited scope of programming abilities (even in html) but have still been able to fairly extensively customize the Elgg platform to work for my site ( www.viewcaster.net ). Lot of continuing development on some really interesting plug-inc.
     
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    Drupal for sure! It offers the most compared to Joomla, Im not familiar with Buddypress.

    Drupal features:
    - Good SEO
    - Flexible environment
    - Can basically anything.

    Beside that most (all?) quality modules are free for Drupal but when you use Joomla you have to pay for the most simple modules.

    Just be aware for:
    - SEO
    - Security
    - Module pricing
     
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    Definitely check out BuddyPress for Wordpress. It's pretty powerful and I really liked it for the little amount of time that I used it.
     
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    Word press plugging are best!
     
    emailmarketingsoftware, Sep 6, 2010 IP