How to Create your Own Social Networking Site?

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Have you ever wondered of being the next Mark Zuckerberg. Did you ever dream of owning your own social networking site. If  the answer to the above questions is YES, then in this article I can help you create your own social Network. So How to Create Social Networking Site?

Knowing a Web Programming language like PERL or PHP is an added advantage but certainly not a necessity. In this article I am going to discuss several ways you can create and modify your own social network.

Make a website for the general public or just your exclusive friends, it’s easier than you think. So let’s get started and explore the several options available out there in the web that helps you create your own social networking  site.

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Ning

This is one of the easiest platforms out there to create your own social networking site. If you decide to use your site’s address as a sub domain of ning.com then you can use Ning for free with some limited features.

However such features are more than enough to start and run a basic functional social networking site. If you are looking for more additional features and you want to use your own custom domain name then there are three plans BASIC( $25 monthly), ULTIMATE($99 monthly) and PROFERMANCE($ 49 monthly).

With such plans you get more advanced features and API access so that you can edit your website as your desire. But for most beginners Ning promises a very simple drag and drop interface. People with web designing knowledge can even customize the HTML and CSS of the website.

Elgg

If you know PHP and MYSQL basics then you should give Elgg a try to power your social networking site. Elgg is an open source platform that gives you a PHP script. You need to upload the script to your server and then the installation process is pretty simple. Check Elgg documentations if you are unfamiliar with the process. It’s kinda similar to WordPress Installation. Elgg is totally free to use and it runs under LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) Server.

Social Engine

If you have a plan to make a huge feature rich Social Networking site then you should look no further than Social Engine. Social Engine is for those who already has a solid pre-production plan of their website design, layout and functionality. Although the software is pretty simple to install and use but it comes at a steep price $299.

The best thing about Social Engine is that you gets tons and tons of plug-ins that you can add to your website to provide more features to your users. If you plan to buy this software make sure that you get a high traffic hosting plan. Click Here to see a LIVE DEMO site created with Social Engine.

On Your Own

BuddyPress is an open source person to person communication programming bundle owned by Automattic since 2008. It is a module that can be introduced on WordPress to change it into an informal community stage. BuddyPress is intended to permit schools, organizations, sports groups, or some other specialty network to begin their own informal organization or specialized apparatus. The beautiful part of it is, it’s free.

Making a social networking site is often difficult and the competition is almost negligible with Facebook dominating the genre . Whatever you do it is important to have a realistic vision of your project and a solid budget if you plan to hire others to do your work. Come up with an unique idea and who knows maybe your site will be the next big thing in the web world.

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