If you are looking to create a social network, there are a lot of ways to skin that proverbial cat. One option is to add social functionality to an open source content management system.
An interesting example is JomSocial. JomSocial is an extension for the popular open source Content Management System, Joomla!. It gives Joomla! users ready-made templates for creating online communities. It’s designed to eliminate all the piecemeal development tasks required to build a social network on Joomla!. With JomSocial, you get the following functionality standard:
- Friending & Following
- Private Messaging
- Special Interest Groups
- Activity Streams
- Photo Albums with Photo Wall (commenting)
- And as an added bonus, Twitter Posts
Plus, the templates are fully customizable and as a Joomla! user, you have access to the entire development community for support.
We recently held a local Meetup and published a note about the Top 10 Social Networking Platforms. We don’t have a time machine, but we do have the ability to add amend our original list, and JomSocial is a welcome addition.