Looking for an open source solution to build a community website

I'm looking to build an open source based social networking website. Looking for solution that is easy to implement and requires minimal coding.
phalguni_mookhopadhayayAsked:
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
For ease of use i would look into a content management system... there are many very good free ones out there like

Drupal..

http://drupal.org/

or joomla..

http://www.joomla.org/
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
I know that joomla has a social networking plugin that can be implemented also...
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
I did a quick search for you, i didnt read too much into any of these though, but here are some links involving implementing social networking with joomla...

http://myjoomlanews.com/2008/02/19/social-networking-on-joomla/

http://www.jomsocial.com/

http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=289718
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elrond_IIICommented:
hm, another option would be to use ruby on rails and install the community engine for it.

Generally I used drupal for quite a while for a social network project now, starting with version 5. Version 5 was quite okay for it, drupal 6 and 7 is especially strong if you want to use some additional features like location based services or semantic web annotations or any RDF inclusions.

As far as I know Joomla has about the same features in that area, but I haven't used it, so I can't go into detail.

My observation on the whole web 2.0 business however shows that many of the now popular websites use ruby on rails as a backgroun or swiched (from affinity laps and twitter to the switch of xing and alike), since it is a very modern framework with a lot of nice features in it. For RoR there is the community engine which allows Social Networking.

RoR however has the following bitfall: It has a lot of nice and good features if you are allowed to start over, however, the way ORM mapping and a like is build in the framework makes it somewhat strange if you have to use legacy code (at least I think to).....

hope that helped,
cheers, jörg
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phalguni_mookhopadhayayAuthor Commented:
I checked boonex and found it most appropriate for my needs. Thanks for your help.
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