Excellent Resources Help You Create Your Own Social Networking Site

written by aext on January 15, 2010 in Tools with 31 comments

Social Networking sites or Social News sites are the good places to promote yourself or for you business. We have out there Facebook, Digg, DesignFloat… all of them are great and you may wonder how they build them. This collection will give you an answer.

This post is not gonna help you create Facebook or Digg sites but at least we can build a clone site by take a look at collection of awesome platforms, sources … or services to help you create your own social networking site and social news site.

The main idea here is listing them and give you a chance to compare them together. There are some sources, service you have to pay for, but we still have some great free services and resources.

Pligg CMS


Pligg is a social networking CMS which is designed to manage a site with an unlimited number of authors. Pligg CMS let users submit and vote on news articles. You can choose a 5 star method for voting or the more traditional numbered voting as seen on sites like Digg, Mixx, or Reddit by using Pligg CMS.

How to use Pligg as Social News Site

Setting Up A News-Voting Website With Pligg

This article shows how to set up your own news-voting website with Pligg. With a little work you can create your own community and let users vote news to the front page.

8 Myths About Launching a Pligg Site

This post will tell you some things you probably don’t know about Myths.

How to Create Modules in Pligg

Focus on Pligg Modules and how to create them.

Youtube: pligg install tutorial

Successful social news site using Pligg

  • Sphinn.com: Sphinn is a social site for search and interactive marketers. It’s designed to allow you to share and discover news stories, read and take part in discussions, discover events of interest and network with others.
  • Designfloat.com: Designfloat is a Digg-clone especially for web designers and graphic designers. Although the About page on Designfloat said that is a sample page of WordPress, this is a most popular social site powered by Pligg.
  • Blogengage.com: Blog Engage allows you to submit your Blog Article(s) that will be reviewed by all and will be promoted by me or our visitors to the main page.

Drupal with Drigg module


Drupal is an open source content management platform. Drupal itself is a standalone CMS, but you can build a Digg-like social news by using Drigg module. Drigg is a powerful Drupal module that allows you to create Digg and Pligg-like web sites. There are also some modules for Drupal can do as well, but Drigg is the most popular.

How to use Drupal as Social News Site

Community building and social networking modules

This page contains a list of modules commonly used for social networking.

Drigg 6 Express setup (Drupal 6.10)

The latest bundle of Drigg6 along with the latest version of Drupal (6.10) .This bundle includes security feature of captcha in drigg node.

Drupal 6 Social Networking

The awesome book helps you build a social or community web site, with friends lists, groups, custom user profiles, and much more.

How to build a Social Networking Website with Drupal

Piervincenzo Madeo explains how you can plan and build a Social Networking Website using Drupal.

Successful social news site using Drupal

  • Designmoo.com: DesignMoo brings together the latest news in the design community from thousands of sources.
  • Designbump.com: DesignBump a popular social voting site for design related topics have just launched a great new modern looking design of their own.

WordPress


WordPress is a powerful blog tool and publishing platform that help you build a great content based website. Everybody knows that we can build anything from WordPress with some plugins, some ideas … WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

How to use WordPress as Social News Site

There are some plugins help you build a news submit page besides your blog/magazine site.

TDO Mini Forms: Highlight recommended plugin for you to build a great community news website. This plugin allows you to add highly customisable forms that work with your WordPress Theme to your website that allows non-registered users and/or subscribers (also configurable) to submit and edit posts and pages.

FV Community News: With this Community News plugin you allow your visitors to add articles to the sidebar or whenever you want.

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And we also have great tutorials …

The Right Way To Build WordPress As A Community News

The most complete tutorial explain how to build WordPress as a Community News, … but in a right way.

How to Allow Users to Submit News / Posts to Your WordPress Site

The nice tutorial explains how to using TDO Mini Form in detail.

Make A Community Site With WordPress

In this post, you will see a couple of tips that can help you build your social network (community site).

Successful social news site using WordPress

  • Devsnippets.com: DevSnippets is designed and maintained by the Noupe.com team. DevSnippets serves as public gallery where readers can submit the best code and design snippets, tutorials and latest trends in the design blogosphere.
  • Whofreelance.com: Daily design news brought to you by AEXT.NET. All the news will display on both whofreelance.com and aext.net
  • Scriptandstyle.com: A design news project by Chris Coyier and David Walsh.
  • Webdesign-ne.ws/: Daily resources, design news
  • Design-newz.com: The same of Webdesign-ne.ws brought to you by Spyre Studios

Joomla


Joomla is a dynamic portal engine and content management system. Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

How to use Joomla as Social News Site

TPDugg (Component + Modules) : TPDugg is a social article sharing component for joomla. With this component, you can make a website just like digg.com with Joomla.

JomSocial: JomSocial is a set of Joomla components that allows you to create a sophisticated Social Networking site using the popular free and open source Joomla software. The price of Joomsocial is $99.

Build a Social Network Using Joomla!

This article will walk through the beginnings of setting up a social site using Joomla. Some of the end goals and solutions will vary depending on your needs.

Successful social news site using Joomla

  • Devsnippets.com: DevSnippets is designed and maintained by the Noupe.com team. DevSnippets serves as public gallery where readers can submit the best code and design snippets, tutorials and latest trends in the design blogosphere.
  • Whofreelance.com: Daily design news brought to you by AEXT.NET. All the news will display on both whofreelance.com and aext.net
  • Scriptandstyle.com: A design news project by Chris Coyier and David Walsh.
  • Webdesign-ne.ws/: Daily resources, design news
  • Design-newz.com: The same of Webdesign-ne.ws brought to you by Spyre Studios

WordPress MU with BuddyPress


WordPress MU – WordPress Multi-User, is designed for people who want to run multi-blog in one WordPress. With BuddyPress which contains all the features for your need to build a social networking.

How to use WordPress Mu and BuddyPress

wpmu.org: Awesome place to learn about WPMU and BuddyPress.

Setting Up a New Installation for BuddyPress

Official tutorial help us to set up a new WordPress MU with BuddyPress.

Social Networking with BuddyPress:

Take a look at installing BuddyPress on Nettuts.

How To Build a Social Networking Site using WordPress

Easy to setup new WordPress MU and BuddyPress

Successful social networking sites using BuddyPress

Elgg


WordPress MU – WordPress Multi-User, is designed for people who want to run multi-blog in one WordPress. With BuddyPress which contains all the features for your need to build a social networking.

Elgg Social Networking

Create and manage your own social network site using this free open-source tool (From Technologies to Solutions) by Mayank Sharma

Create your own social network site with Elgg

In this article you will learn how to install Elgg to create your own social networking site.

Using Elgg as an ePortfolio – Video

Who using Elgg

It’s so difficult to find a social networking site using Elgg, if anyone knows any, feel free to drop lines.

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Other Platforms and Services


Those CMS, platforms above are great and there are several people using it to build their social networking site. However, there are some kind platforms you may want to check out.

  • Slinkset.com: Create your own social news site in seconds. An online service offers submit, vote … easy to use and one second to set it up.
  • Ning.com: Ning is the social platform for the world’s interests and passions online. Ning offers an easy-to-use service that allows people to join and create Ning Networks.
  • KickApps.com: KickApps provides on-demand social media applications that enable web publishers and marketers to grow, engage, and monetize online audiences.
  • Boonex Dolphin: With a huge variety of features & options, you can quickly launch your very unique and successful social networking site.
  • Groupsite: CollectiveX will allow you to create a social site for your group, organization or association.

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