C5 as a social networking platform1 user found helpful
I've been using C5 for a while now, but mainly for fairly static websites.
Is C5 an option for a social network?
Where the registered member can only edit their own page with limited extra functionality?
Does anyone have any experience using C5 in this way? Is it flexible enough?
Thanks in advance
Take a look at Elgg -http://www.elgg.org. It has lots of the same benefits as Concrete 5 - Open Source core driven by commercial developer, strong user community and lots of plugins.
It wins over C5 in this case as it's purely focussed on building networks/communities with lots of options for creating/joining groups, interaction between users etc. plus discussion and blog plugins are designed for use within a multi user/group environment.
Elgg is nice out of the box. But customization is hard. Also, it does not cater to a static site on top of the social network. What I want is a site where users generate content, but then some of that content is promoted to a main site which is primarily informative.
Facebook is a pure social network. But that does not reflect the need of most niche social networks, which revolve around a core interest that is static and needs out.
Concrete5 is also much better at getting the site the way you want it. If you like elgg the way it is in the install, then great. If you want something different, it's hard. It can be done, but it needs some pretty niche expertise. I like elgg. But it locks you into a social networking model - very in-the-box.
It takes almost no time to build a community like site with concrete5. I've built concrete5.ch in less than a day (including forum). Okay, it's definitely not perfect but it works..
I'm still researching the best way to go about adding some essential features such as:
> An image gallery and blog for art contests (preferably w/ flickr integration),
> A handful of blog pages for our team members,
- I'd like latest posts from all to funnel into one block on the main page.
> Profiles and a Facebook-like discussion system.
> Down the road, the ability for users to upload various file types for sharing and 3D print orders.
The big question is: how much of this can I utilize the core C5 system for, or is there a best add-on which includes most or all of these, or am I better off finding individual modules? To anyone here who has built a great social networking-type site, please share your experience!
There are plenty of addons in the marketplace that you can use and combine to create a rather nice social network.
Some addons I suggest for your project are:
- ProBlog (has the ability to allow users to create their own blogs)
Plus there's many others, too!