5 Great Open Source Social Networking Scripts

If you are looking for an open source social networking script, to start a social networking site of your own like Facebook, then your search ends today. After seeing the growing popularity of Facebook, each budding entrepreneur, wants to create a social network of his own. So here is the first step to it.

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In this post we are going to tell you about 5 great open source social networking scripts. These scripts are the framework on which you are going to build your social network.

Elgg

If you thinking to start a social networking website and looking for a script then look no further,  Elgg is one of the best Open source Social networking platform available today. It has even won the award for Best open source social networking platform in the year 2008 Elgg offers a variety of features including  blog, community, collection of news by using feeds aggregation , file sharing and much more. It is quite simply to use and install. Elgg need some basic things to work on your server, those are Linux, Apache, MySql and Php i.e LAMP environment.  Although it is easy to install and configure but if you know php then you can even apply more advance changes and can really make it an awesome social networking site.

Oxwall

It is also one of the top recommended open source social networking script available on internet. Oxwall is a combination of neat and clean design with jQuery. Just like popular social networking scripts in this script a members can write on other member’s wall. Like facebook users can send friend request to one another and can even interact with each other on forums. Oxwall also provide the members ability to upload photos and videos and share them with friends. To view demo please visit demo site.

Mahara

It is a kind of general purpose or personal social networking where you can share information, images etc with selected users. This can be used to create an e-Portfolio platform and can also be used to set up an online community where people can learn different things. It provides features such as resume builder, file manager, institutions detail and much more. Just like Elgg social networking script it also requires LAMP environment for working. To view demo kindly visit demo site.

JomSocial

It is yet another famous social networking script which is based on Joomla. Joomla is one of the best CMS or content management system and is preferred by many web developers these days due to variety of features. If you joomla then we will recommend you to use JomSocial for making your social networking site. This script also offers hundreds of plugins for additional functionalities. To view demo please visit demo site.

AroundMe

It is quite different from the above mentioned open social networking scripts. Instead of providing a social networking site for you, it allows you to create an platform where users can setup their own social networking site or community. It is just like Google groups.  It also allows users to create a group blog or a forum. 

Hope this list help you create a social networking site of your own ! All the best to you future Zuckerberg ! 😉