Looking for an open source solution to build a community website

Posted on 2009-02-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I'm looking to build an open source based social networking website. Looking for solution that is easy to implement and requires minimal coding.
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    For ease of use i would look into a content management system... there are many very good free ones out there like


    or joomla..
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    I know that joomla has a social networking plugin that can be implemented also...
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    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...
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    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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    I checked boonex and found it most appropriate for my needs. Thanks for your help.

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