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6 Open Source Social Networking Projects - page 2

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  • October 18, 2010
  • By Eric Geier


This development tool comes in a form of a plugin for WordPress. It gives social networking functionality to this popular content management system (CMS). It requires WordPress 3.0, PHP 4.3 or better, and MySQL 4.1.2 or better.

The basic features of BuddyPress include user profiles with avatars and blogs, activity streams, messaging, and group creation and discussion forums. Other features and functionality are available with plugins.

For a demo of BuddyPress, check out BuddyPress Test Drive. Then take a look at their documentation.


Like BuddyPress, this isn't a typical application. This plug-in is for the open source Joomla content management system (CMS). It requires Joomla 1.5.15 or above, PHP 5.2.6 and above, and MySQL 4.1.

Though its open source, prices range from $99 to $499, with the cheapest requiring a "Powered by JomSocial.com" link back. Right now they are offering a 30-day trial for just $1.

JomSocial features customizable profiles with photo and video support, activity streams, private messaging, event management, and organic groups. It offers flexible templating and design and external social network integration with Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Additional features can be added with 200+ JomSocial addons and 5000+ Joomla extensions.

You may want to signup on their Community site to demo the platform and view the documention.

Yogurt Social Network

This is yet another extension, this time for the Xoops content management system (CMS). Both XOOPS and Yogurt are PHP-based and work well in the LAMP environment. Features include sharing of pictures, YouTube videos, and MP3 music. It provides public walls for messages (scraps), friends list, and sharing of community groups (tribes).

Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any online demo or documentation.

Eric Geier is freelance tech writer and the author of many networking and computing books. He's also the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi networks with Enterprise-level security.

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