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Top 11 Website Builder And Software To Help Create Social Network/community Site


Social networking and community websites is becoming more popular as the day goes by and has become part of human lives. Many people belong to Facebook, twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and many too numerous to mention , for the purpose of making new friends, meet and learn from people with same interest, establish an online presence, e.t.c.
If you desire to have your own social networking site, below are some of the top social network website builders you could use to build your own social networks without you doing any coding.

  1. Elgg

    Elgg is an award-winning open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments, from a campus wide social network for your university, school or college or an internal collaborative platform for your organization through to a brand-building communications tool for your company and its clients. it offer pretty much everything you need to develop a social network. Elgg is based on LAMP (Linus, apache, MySQL and PHP).

  2. BuddyPress

    BuddyPress is a free open source social network CMS, just like its parent project WordPress, BuddyPress is a completely open source endeavor. Everything from the core code, to the documentation, themes and plugin extensions are all built by the BuddyPress community. This means anyone can help the project by contributing their time and knowledge.
    With it, you can build a campus wide social network for your university, school or college; an internal communication tool for your company; a niche social network for your interest topic; a focused social network for your new product.
    Like WordPress, you can extend the functionality of it using awesome plugins found at it repository.

  3. PhpFox

    phpFox is a social network software that gives you the ability to create a unique community that includes many of the features found on sites like Facebook and MySpace. it features include: Apps, Pages & Groups, Activity Feed, Mobile version, Privacy, AJAX Browsing, CMS, Monetize, Extensibility, Theme Management, Administration, Ad Campaigns, User Groups, Blogs, Photos, Attachments, Forum,
    Polls, Shoutbox, Friends, Private Messaging, Videos collections, Quizzes, Events, Music gallery, Marketplace, User subscriptions option, Multilingual, Social Sharing, Members Profiles, Instant Messenger.

  4. SocialEngine

    SocialEngine is one of the best way to create your own social website or online community. No coding or design skills needed. It gives you a simple, unbranded network that you can customize in any way. You’ll have the freedom to maintain fine-grained control over all aspects of your site and content. Your community’s content is yours to own. Unlike most hosted services, SocialEngine PHP never prevents you from moving your community or serving your own advertisements. some of it features are:- Photo Albums, Blogs, Groups, Events, Chat & IM, Mobile, Music Sharing, Forums, classifieds, Video Sharing, Polls.

  5. Ning

    Built from the ground up for social to power vibrant communities, the Ning platform, provides all the tools and expertise you need — to make your community work for you in a matter of minutes. some of it wonderful features include: Customizable Member Profiles, Blogs, Forums, Photos & Video Embeds, Groups, Pages,
    Built-In Mobile Site(HTML 5 Optimized for Smartphones), Events & Chat, Social sign-in via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google & more, Real-time activity feed featuring top new + Facebook / Twitter / RSS Seamless Sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & more.

  6. Grou.ps

    GROU.PS is a do-it-yourself social networking platform that allows people to come together and form interactive communities around a shared interest or affiliation with built-in apps enabling easy collaboration and communication. it features are: Newsfeed, People, Blogs, Forum, Chat, Photos, Videos, Wiki, Events, Funds, Groups, Files, Map, bookmarking Links manager, Music gallery. it pretty affordable.

  7. Oxwall

    This is a free open source, flexible and easy to use PHP/MySQL social networking software platform. Some of it amazing features include:
    Built-in SEO, advertisement management & statistics, Photo, video sharing; blogs, forum, wiki; Groups, event, friends; comment and much more to list here because its define by plugins. if you don’t want to get your hand dirty with coding, you can use their hosted solution and have your social network ready within minutes. Here is a demo.

  8. SocialGO

    This is a drag-n-drop site builder which makes building your social or community site simple and easy. You don’t need any coding experience,comes with huge collections of widget. Some of it awesome feature include: SEO optimized, use of a custom domain, news feed, event, groups, forum, IM & video chat, photo gallery, blog and social integration.

  9. Mixxt

    This is both a free and premium social network builder. You don’t need to be a developer, just select what you need and get started.
    With Mixxt, you can set your community to private or public; let your members have real conversations in a forum, blogs and chat; create rich content pages; build wiki with your members; availability of image galleries and videos collection.
    Mixxit is totally free but not ads free, though you can remove the ads with their smallest premium package available.

  10. kickApps

    Kickapps gives enterprises, corporations, small/large brands the ability to create an interactive social network. build your own community with photo/video sharing, comments, rating, and other community widget. a demo of this CMS is Dell’s community.

  11. Pligg

    Pligg is an open source CMS (Content Management System) that you can download and use for free. Pligg CMS provides social publishing software that encourages visitors to register on your website so that they can submit content and connect with other users. it software creates websites where stories are created and voted on by members, not website editors. Use Pligg content management system to start your own social publishing community in minutes. dezinews is an example of site built with pligg.



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    Thank you so much for great post.

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    tell me software create social network files?

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      I don’t get your question..

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    Help you with what?

  • http://nowebsite.com sumtinwong

    Thanks for your article.

    Among the 11 cited; which do you know that have the following functionalilies (out of the box):

    1. Multiple community sites
    2. Each community site can have more than one admin

    3. A user from community site (a) should be able to create ad hoc groups and it may include users from other community sites

    3. A user should be able to publish contents (ie. Photos, videos, forum threads) and assign access based on ad hoc groups.

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • http://wapden.net collizo4sky

      From my experience, i think PhpFox and SocialEngine does all the stuff listed.

  • http://nowebsite.com sumtinwong

    Thank you. Between the two which is more mature Agnes has a bigger support community?

    • http://wapden.net collizo4sky

      Both has great support community.

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