By AN Jay on March 26, 2008

Let’s Take A Look On Some Of The Great Free And Open-Source Community/Networking Website Softwares!

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Digg, Youtube, Flickr, Orkut, MySpace and other networking websites are the daily visiting websites for most of us. While visiting them sometimes we consider to start website something like them. But to create a copy of these big names is sometime not possible. Now you don’t need to worry at all! There are many open-source community builder/networking platforms available on internet. Which you can easily setup for your own community/networking websites and can find your place in the fastest growing community/networking website industry.

Let’s take a look on some of the great free and open-source platforms which can be really helpful for you to take your first step.

The New Dolphin 6 Smart Community Builder

YouTube, MySpace, Odeo, Flickr, Match and Facebook – all in one, customizable and under your full control. You’re limited only by your imagination – not by software. Dolphin Smart Community Builder is a universal, free, open source software that allows you to build any kind of online community. With a huge variety of features & options, you can quickly develop your very unique and successful website.
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Elgg: the open source social networking platform

Elgg is an open source social platform based around choice, flexibility and openness: a system that firmly places individuals at the center of their activities.

Your users have the freedom to incorporate all their favorite tools within one environment and showcase their content with as many or as few people as they choose, all within a social networking site that you control.

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PHPizabi - Create Worlds

PHPizabi is one of the most powerful social networking platforms on the planet. With literally thousands of websites powered by PHPizabi including everything from simple friends sites to the most complex networking super sites out there. Easy to install, use, and raising the bar on what it is to provide a reliable, fast, social networking package to raise your business to the next level.

If you know more great platforms to start with, I will really appreciate‚ you to share them‚ with us in the comment section.





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Comments

Dolphin is a great community builder software.

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Or use an online based service to create your social network like http://kickapps.com, http://sixgroups.com or others.
Pro: Up and running within minutes
Con: Less customizable

I’d add Drupal to the list. It’s part content management system and part framework. With lots of community functionality built in, plus thousands of add-on modules, it can be used to build and manage just about any kind of website.

Great list, I’d arguably add Drupal like Matt said and also us – Lovd! :)

LovdbyLess launched mid-March of 2008 and is also an open source social networking platform – free to download and customize. It’s built with Ruby on Rails and requires a fundamental grasp of the language, but it’s easy to catch on. Please test it out and let us know of any questions or concerns. You can’t beat the price. ;)

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@Andreas
Thanks for sharing kickapps.com and sixgroup.coms with SmashingApps.com readers.

@Matt and Lovd
Thanks for adding Drupal here! Looks like Lovd is really good. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for the pointer to Elgg and PHPizabi — never heard of either.

I’m confused by what you mean by “Social Networking” in this particular post. Mind you, i’ve yet to really get what either “Web 2.0″ or “Social Networking” (SN) exactly mean. I just think “AJAX” for the former and “online info’ comm’ systems for groups” for the latter.

When i checked what Elgg and PHPizabi provide, compare that to what i’ve gotten out of the Free/Libre/Opensource (FLO) systems i’ve supposed worked with for building SN systems, the ones i’ve worked with seem as feature-rich or better than Elgg and PHPizabi (if not better presented).

What i’ve used: a bit of Plone, PHPNuke, Xoops, Joomla/Mambo, Drupal, as mentioned in the posts just above, and, the same one this blog is using, WordPress.

All except WordPress, a sort of hyper-extensible blogging system, i’d say, are commonly classed as CMSs (Content Management Systems). They’re all also cross-comparable by features, including FLO-licensing or other, at http://www.cmsmatrix.org/. Elgg is covered there but not PHPizabi.

Oops! WordPress is also covered at the CMS Matrix site. (I had had “Match case” switched on when i tried to find it. Duh.)

Couldn’t find an admin eddress for this site, so… there seems to be a problem with your human-checking and captcha set-up for posting comments here — though Firefox NoScript plug-in may be doing this. These are to two of the warning i saw while commenting:

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter – headers already sent (output started at /var/hsphere/local/home/smashapp/smashingapps.com/wp-content/plugins/SK2/sk2_second_chance.php:2) in /var/hsphere/local/home/smashapp/smashingapps.com/wp-content/plugins/contactforms/cforms.php on line 200
Kind-a-Captcha

Please type the code below in the input field and click on Submit (characters can only be letters from A to F and digits from 0 to 9).
captcha_img

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter – headers already sent (output started at /var/hsphere/local/home/smashapp/smashingapps.com/wp-content/plugins/SK2/sk2_second_chance.php:2) in /var/hsphere/local/home/smashapp/smashingapps.com/wp-content/plugins/contactforms/cforms.php on line 200
Sorry, bad luck on this one, cow-boy, try again. You have 4 attempts left.

We’ve just begun elgg hosting service.
Of course it’s free!

You can create your own social networking site such as facebook and myspace.
This service is powered by the open source social networking platform Elgg.
Blog publishing, File sharing, RSS feeds and much more!

Now we are thinking to add functions gradually for that there are a lot of requests.
What kind of functions do you need? We want a lot of your opinions.
http://elgg.ogli.net/

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I have tried phpizabi, but I did have a problem or two with it! I am looking for something more like what fantasi cc uses, I really do like the format they use!

PHPizabi is far to buggy! There needs to be a hell of a lot more work to make it any good!

good blog bro!

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i think joomla,drupal and wordpress are the best content managers..
full recomemnded…
i have to take a look to Elgg!… it sounds interesting..

Congrats! It’s inspiring to see all of your hard work. I have bookmarked your website.

Regards, Paul

Hello, I can’t understand how to add your blog in my rss reader. Thank you.

here is another interesting OSS social network group chat http://echowaves.com

Another social networking solution for people who want to run their own social networking website is at http://snempire.com

Thanks for adding Drupal here! Looks like Lovd is really good. Thanks for sharing!

Great article. Thanks.

Thank you for this informative article

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thanks for the article

Some fantastic shots here, love the emptiness in some of them.links london

Dolphin isn’t a free.

snempire isn’t free. Looks like they got free advertising

Thank you very much. This was a great help.

I also thank you for the Elgg and PHPizabi tip. Thanks a lot !

God Bless

Thankx for the info. I am looking for a site software. Was going to Boonex. Had everything picked out till I read about the advertising. No thank you Boonex. Anyone know more about PHPizabi?

Its a cool website..
thx for sharing this info..

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Good news, nice article, Thank you !

Elgg is a great tool I use it all the time. Good Article
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