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creating a small social network

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by philjohns, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Has anyone got any experience? (seems silly as we KNOW Greg has!)

    Ive been asked to come up with a plan for a website with the following:

    - welcome page general content and a login/register area
    - registrations must be authorised by admin before activitation
    - each user gets a "My Profile" page having access to change their own details and make these details visible/not-visible to members
    - admin section where all content/user info can be seen and edited
    - users must be able to submit articles/news/announcements and pictures to the website but they must all be authorised by the admin before being published
    - search feature to search members
    - My Friends section where they can add people as friends
    - events section that shows past and present events
    - news section - shows articles, news and pictures submitted by users once authorised by admin
    - image gallery (again, images only published once authorised)

    I've taken a quick look at Buddy Press and Im taking a look at Mingle.

    Got a feeling I need something a bit bigger though. Anyone got any ideas or experience?

    I may also be interested in having someone get involved in this job with me too...

  2. Sunburn

    Sunburn Active Member

    Hi Phil,

    Im currently building something similar in my spare time at the mo. The only real advise I can give is to write down everything and plan out your time and plan-of-attack. Big project like these often have hidden features and requirements and implementing them mid production / post production is just a nightmare.

    Good luck.
  3. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    Thanks for the reply Geoff,

    Have you done a lot of development for it from hand? Coding specifically for your needs?

  4. Sunburn

    Sunburn Active Member

    Yes, Im building it from scratch, simply because an off the shelf solutions are never exactly what you/I want.
  5. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    I find the best way to create a small social network is to go to the pub and buy a few drinks for the chaps.
  6. berry

    berry Active Member

    I'll have a Fosters.:)
  7. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    That's how Myface and Facetube started innit :up:
  8. AndySmiff

    AndySmiff Junior Member

    Have you tried JomSocial? It's actually pretty good and really easy to adapt as it natively runs on Joomla! 1.5 so there's already a huge variety of extensions that can help you get a not so off the shelf feel.
  9. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Start with a large social network and annoy people until it's a small social network.

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