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Joomla! Social Networking with JomSocial

Kwasi Boateng, Beatrice A. Boateng

Learn how to develop a high quality social network using JomSocial
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847199560
Paperback184 pages

About This Book

  • Create and run your own social network with Joomla! and JomSocial
  • Creating content for the social network and integrating it with other Joomla! extensions
  • Community building and interactions

Who This Book Is For

This book is for individuals or institutions desiring to develop a social networking system using the Joomla! content management system. It is suitable for both the novice and the advanced Joomla! user. There is no need for scripting or programming knowledge. All that is required is enthusiasm and the determination to implement a project.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Not Another Social Networking Site
Overview of social networking
Why create your own social network?
Principles for setting up a social networking site
An overview of JomSocial
Let's get started: Joomla! Installation
Chapter 2: JomSocial: Setup and Configuration
Changing the Joomla! template
Installing the JomSocial component, modules, and plugins
The JomSocial Administrative Panel
Custom profiles
Video categories
User points
Linking to the social network
The social network
Chapter 3: Remote Installation and Managing User Profiles
Migrating the site from a local to remote server
Signing up for an account
Managing an account
Deleting a profile
Chapter 4: Making Connections with Users and Friends
Creating test users
Making connections
Messaging—writing and checking mails
Inviting others to join the network
Chapter 5: Creating Content and Sharing Activities
Installing SOBI2
Listing apps
Reviewing apps
Displaying listings in profiles
Chapter 6: Community Building and Interaction
Creating communities or groups
Building and managing our community
Chapter 7: Customizing the JomSocial Template
Duplicating the JomSocial template
Changing the avatars for individuals and groups
Changing the background color of the template
Modifying the JomSocial main page
Chapter 8: Tips and Tricks
Using the JomSocial profile's positions
Integrating other social networks
Adding other items to the HelloMe module
Moving installed apps to above the activity stream
Joomla! SEF
Changing the messages
Video and photo upload sizes
Chapter 9: Other Joomla! Social Networking Extensions
Community Builder
Other social networking components

What You Will Learn

  • Customizing user profile by adding extra fields
  • Changing your avatar and other images or graphics to enhance the look of your site
  • Setting profile permissions and determining privacy settings to control the privacy of your site
  • Setting preferences for user activities
  • Customizing user activity by adding JomSocial plugins
  • Inviting friends on other networks
  • Increasing your sites visibility by integrating your Facebook account into your Joomla! social network
  • Creating Blogs, Discussions, Gallery, Videos, Events
  • Creating and managing groups
  • Customizing the template to control the way your social network looks
  • Tips and tricks to enhance the social network

In Detail

JomSocial is a social publishing platform for Joomla! content management system. It allows you to connect with friends, integrate videos, follow users' activity stream, share photos, create groups, and customize your brand.

JomSocial is an out-of-the-box extension that enables a Joomla! website administrators to set up a social network with ease, and customize it to meet the needs of a site. By the end of the book, the reader will have built a good looking, fully functional social networking site using this hands-on guide.

Social networks have become ubiquitous in the 21st Century and have changed the way we communicate. No longer used to simply keep in contact with friends, they are used by multimillion dollar businesses to promote new products, discuss the latest ideas, and receive customer feedback on a much more informal platform.

This practical tutorial will guide the reader through the installation of JomSocial on a Joomla! platform, to configure it for complete integration with Joomla!, and help to walk through processes for integrating other key Joomla! plugins into JomSocial as applications for interaction in an online social networking environment. The guide wraps it all up by hooking up our JomSocial-enabled social network with Facebook and Twitter using identifiable Joomla! modules


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