3 Ways To Start Your Own Social Networking Website

by cyrus on Dec 25

Social networking is one of the most popular trends these days. Many small businesses and individuals participate in social activities and create lots of user-generated content on a consistent basis. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are all great websites that every small business owner needs to be involved on. In addition to those, there are niche social networking websites that you should take time to get familiar with and expand your presence on. But what if you want to create your very own social networking website? Maybe your niche is too narrow or nobody has thought about creating a social community around it. A few years ago, you would have needed serious funds to get it done, but the startup costs have come down significantly these days.

You won’t even have to start from scratch to go about launching your own social networking website. There are many open source and proprietary solutions that enable you to get the job done. In fact, here are 3 top social networking software that make starting a niche social networking service a piece of cake:

Ning: a year ago, I would have called Ning a service that was only useful to beginners. But the service has been improved in many ways, and it is so flexible anyone can use it to build a social portal or a community around a niche. You can not only create a social community on the site, you can also use your own domain (for some additional fee) to take better control of your social network.

Pligg: Pligg is one of the best content management services to start your own “Digg-like” social networking website. All you have to do is partner up with a decent web host, get a decent design on the top of your Pligg software, and have a broad-enough topic for your social networking account. The software is free, and you can customize and change things around without too much trouble.

Elgg: While Pligg is more used for “Digg-type” social networking websites, Elgg can be used to create your own mini Facebook or MySpace. The code is much more easier to work with than Pligg, and your users will have the ability to create their own blogs, groups, and so on.

There are plenty of other content management solutions that you can use to start your own social network. Just keep in mind that you need to have a set of goals and a plan if you want to succeed with your website. Social networks are all over the place these days, but only those that provide a unique value to their users have a chance to succeed.

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