6 Top Social Networking Software Comparison

Here’s a comparison matrix for 6 Top Social Networking Software.  Also make sure to read comments on installation procedure at bottom.

Category BoonEx Dolphindolphin ELGGelgg DrupalJoomla JoomlaJcow Jcowjcow phpFoxphpfox
Hosting Best Boonex dolphin hosting Best Elgg hosting Best Drupal hosting Best Joomla hosting Best Jcow hosting Best phpfox hosting
License CC-BY Open source under the GPL 2.0 GPL 2.0 GPL 2.0 Creative Commons Custom
Cost Free, $39, $99, $299 Free Free Free Free, $299 $99, $199, $299
Source Code yes Freely available via stable releases and development SVN yes yes yes yes
Installation Out of the box Out of the box Out of the box Out of the box - Out of the box
Codebase PHP, MySQL PHP, MySQL/ PostgreSQL PHP, MySQL PHP, MySQL PHP, MySQL PHP, MySQL
RSS yes Blog/Files/Groups/users/tags yes yes yes yes
Forum yes yes(via plugin) yes yes(via component) yes yes
Blog yes yes yes yes yes yes
Media sharing(Image, Video, Audio) yes yes(via Plugin) Via Video Module yes yes yes
Messaging yes(Text, Video) yes Module yes yes yes
Event Calendar yes yes(via plugin) Module yes(via plugin) Application yes
Social Grouping yes yes Module yes(via plugin) yes yes
Tagging yes yes Module yes yes
Poll Generation/Tally yes(with sharing) yes(via plugin) yes yes yes
Contact Management yes yes yes yes
SEO yes yes yes yes yes yes
Customizable yes(templates, page builders, database builders, open-source, extensions, plugins) Extensible via plugins with a flexible API; skinnable; available in many languages Module yes yes
Hosting Best Boonex dolphin hosting Best Elgg hosting Best Drupal hosting Best Joomla hosting Best Jcow hosting Best phpfox hosting

Comments

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Dolphin – Installation process is very easy. The admin and frontend appeared to be functional immediately after installation. Frontend Look, Feel is very good. Dolphin upgrades can be done very easily. But Administration and customization is not easy when compared to other networking scripts. There are many bugs in this software. May be they will fix this in future releases. Overall Dolphin would be the easiest to quickly implement and have tons of features. Boonex dolphin hosting Providers

ELGG – Elgg is the best choice for an all-in-one option without customization.Elgg hosting Providers

Joomla – The installation wizard is good and you will have a working Joomla core installation once you complete the wizard.Joomla customization & administration is pretty easy and straightforward. You will get a very good support from the community. There are many joomla templates available on market to improve the frontend look & feel. Joomla hosting Providers

Drupal – The installation wizard for Drupal is good and is very similar to Joomla. But the default Drupal install has little to no functionality for what you need. You must add at least 20 modules to achieve optimal functionality. Drupal has very simple looking on the frontend. But Administration and customization may not be easy for first time users. However once you have a grip on the terminology used in Drupal, it is very easy. Drupal hosting Providers

phpFox – can be installed perfectly after changing a few settings in .htaccess file. phpFox provides a functioning social networking site once completing the installation wizard. Administration and customization is not easy when compared to Joomla or Drupal. Frontend Look & Feel is very simple in phpfox.

Socialengine –  is another feature-rich and stable platform to build a Social Network and Community Website. Read full features of socialengine.

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