When you want to build a social network site, you can do this by using 3 different ways. The first and least difficult solution is how to register your site with a social network service which will allow you to set up your social network site by just editing your social network settings. This will not demand any technological knowledge, so if you are not a computer-savvy individual, this might be the best choice.
You can find several free services out there, however, I will not suggest selecting them because you should really buy your own domain name. The starting price for a great platform is about 20$ monthly, however, depending on exactly what functionality you want, you may have to pay more. Another method you can use is to get a social networking script or downloading an open-source software that you can set up on your hosting server.
The most popular open-source social networking software is elgg, which you can download at no cost. Elgg is an award-winning open-source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments, from a campus-wide social network for your university, school or college or an internal collaborative social network platform for your organization through to a brand-building communications tool for your company and its clients.
Though, a commercially made social networking applications range from about 99$ to 397$ based on what sort of license and options you are looking for. To create your social network site using the software requires some technological knowledge. The advantages are you will be in full control of your own data and the system is normally encrypted and it is extensible.
I will not discuss in details how you can set up a social network site using a script in this brief article, but listed below 8 steps are the fundamental information needed
- Download your software to your computer
- Extract the contents of the .zip file
- Find a hosting company which have the correct features and pay for a web hosting plan
- Add a new database to your web hosting account
- Upload the social networking script with an FTP software to your web hosting account
- Start the software’s installation wizard
- Alter the configuration settings of your social network script
- Change the design of your social networking site or locate a template that appeals to you
The 3rd option is by choosing a coder which can build a tailor-made solution for you. This will definitely cost you more than paying for or finding an open-source software that has already been created. The benefit is that your online community is going to be 100% unique and catered to your requirements.
Almost all social networking scripts are unencrypted and extensible, so extending a script that has been developed and tested well beforehand, will help save a lot of time and money creating the basic elements that most social sites have.
All the 3 methods mentioned above can be used to set up your social network site, but they all have their advantages and disadvantages. When you are pondering on how to build your social network site, you need to give consideration to the cost, if you have got the technical abilities needed, what features you are looking for.
Personally I would never use a service provider where you cannot use your own domain and are not in full control of your files and database, as you would not want to risk losing my business if your provider went out of business.
I will also suggest downloading any the of the Social Network Builder WP Plugins
Ultimate Member, User Profile & Membership Plugin
This WP plugin is number 1 user profile & membership plugin for WordPress site. The WP plugin makes it a breeze for users to sign-up and become members of your social network website. This plugin will allow you to add beautiful user profiles to your website and is perfect for creating advanced online communities and membership sites.
The WordPress plugin is lightweight and highly extendible, Ultimate Member will enable you to create almost any type of website where users can join and become members with absolute ease. The plugin has a range of extensions that allow you to extend the power of the plugin. You can purchase all of these extensions at a significant discount with the All-Access Pass or you can purchase extensions individually.
WordPress Page Builder – Beaver Builder
This is a flexible drag and drop page builder that works on the front end of your WordPress website. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, you’re going to love taking control of your website. Stop writing HTML or wrestling with confusing shortcodes. With Beaver Builder, building beautiful, professional WordPress pages is as easy as dragging and dropping.
There is a huge colony (yeah, that is the term for a group of beavers) of “Beaver Builders” that would love to get to know you! If you have questions, a project to show off, or you would like to meet and network with other Beaver Builder users, you will feel right at home in the Beaver Builders Facebook Group or the Beaver Builders Slack Channel.
The Beaver Builder was designed to work with almost any WordPress theme. Try Beaver Builder on your existing website today, or consider upgrading and using Beaver Builder’s outstanding framework theme (available in Pro and Agency packages) for your next project. Every part of a Beaver Builder layout or landing page is fully responsive and looks gorgeous on any screen size. Responsive web design has never been easier.
Elementor Page Builder
Elementor Page Builder comes with an exclusive toolset, that lets you create truly a responsive website in a whole new and visual way. From different font size, padding and margin per device, to reverse column ordering, this is the most powerful mobile page builder for creating perfect responsive websites.
You can design your entire page in the page builder. No header, no footer, just Elementor. This is perfect for landing pages and coming soon pages. Canvas works on any theme, and lets you get rid of the header area so you get a blank template to work on.
With Elementor’s unique features, you can create websites that have that certain ‘designer touch’. Among all the page builder features are:
- Box Shadows
- Background Overlay
- Hover Effects
- Headline Effects
- Shape Dividers
- Gradient Backgrounds and much more.
Blocks are pre-designed section templates that can be easily combined into any page. Blocks include a variety of categories: services, testimonials, call to action and more. Save and reuse Elementor templates on different pages, or export them to a different website with a click.
Making changes to your theme should not be so hard. Endless coding, dealing with developers, switching themes. The Theme Builder in Elementor Pro turns the entire process of creating WordPress websites 100% visual including your site’s header, footer, single post and archive page design.