Create your own social network with iScripts Socialware

iscriptsbox1.jpg I’m sure that everyone reading this has heard of social network sites such as Facebook and Myspace. If you haven’t heard of these sites you’re either brand spanking new to the internet or you haven’t been paying attention because these sites are wildly popular.

Wouldn’t it have been cool if you’d been the one to come up with the idea for Myspace or Facebook?

While you can’t recreate what’s already been created, you certainly can create your own social network site using iScripts SocialWare social network script. Think of the possibilities!

The iScripts Socialware software is a program that’s been developed in PHP/mySQL and it’s totally customizable. You can use it to create a stand alone social network, or perhaps create a social network that goes along with your existing personal or business website.

If you like the idea, but you realize that you don’t know that much about PHP or mySQL don’t worry. When you purchase the iScripts software you may request that the iScripts team set up and install the script for you on your web server. The company will upload all of the program files and images necessary to run your new social network, set up and configure the script and they’ll even test the installation to make sure that everything works as it should.

How’s that for service?

Naturally this installation service is not free, however it’s offered at the low price of $49.99 which I believe is a reasonable price for the peace of mind it will afford you when you see that your new social network is up and running and ready to accept new members within approximately 24 hours of your purchase.

iScripts even offers a full customization service that clients may chose inquire about if they want a truly unique social network.

You can also try a Demo of iScripts Socialware via the website. Just click on the Demo button at the top of the Socialware page and you can sign in to a demo version of the user or admin section and get a feel for the product.

If I were considering purchasing this product I would definitely take it for a test drive, as well as visit some of the sample sites that are listed in the right sidebar of the web page, and I’d also view screen shots of the user and admin panels which can be reached by clicking on the Screen shots button at the top of the page.

So how much does this cost? Only $149.95. I think this is a reasonable price for a product that could give your existing website quite a boost, as well as creating the potential to be the next Myspace or Facebook. You’ll get free support for one year, but you can purchase one to three years worth of additional support if you’d like.

If I were considering creating a social network site this would be a program that I’d look in to purchasing. I did a quick web search to see what other ready made social network programs were out there and I didn’t have much luck finding full featured stand alone social network software of this quality. Therefore I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a fairly unique social network product well worth considering if you are interested in setting up a social networking website.




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BUMPzee – a social network community you’ll love

Have you joined the BUMPzee community yet? It’s a site that works a little bit like mybloglog or blogcatalog but I really enjoy the communities that you can develop over there.

I joined BUMPzee about a month ago, listed all of my sites and immediately went to find some great communities. Actually the main reason I visited BUMPzee in the first place was because I’d heard about the Do Follow community there. Naturally I joined the Do Follow community and added a number of my sites to it.

You see that’s the great thing about BUMPzee. When you join a community you can add your sites and excerpts from your blog get listed in the community. It’s a great way to help promote your site, and of course if you are active in the community you can make friends and promote your site that way too.

As I browsed the site to write this article I also discovered another cool feature. Since people can add their blogs to communities you can use the Blog Reader in your BUMPzee dashboard and read all the blog entries from the various communities that you’ve joined. When you find a great post you can visit it, or give it a bump (I believe this is like giving it a vote), or even leave a comment. You can do that anywhere on the BUMPzee site where blogs and blog posts are listed of course.

Just like the other social network communities that I mentioned above you can add people as your friends and keep track of what they are up to on their sites too.

I think BUMPzee might be the best combination of all the social networking sites I’ve been on. You should visit and give it a try. Oh yeah, if you want to visit me and add me as a friend my user name is dragonden. Visit my profile and go from there.

Of course, if you are a do follow blogger don’t forget that I started the Do Follow Bloggers blogroll too. You should get your site listed on that blogroll too!

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Mybloglog

I love Mybloglog. I joined this site a week or so ago and I’ve been busy connecting with sites I’m familiar with who’s owners are already members, and finding new blogs as I go.

This is a social network site that lets bloggers connect with one another. For example when I signed up I added 7 of my blogs to the site, and my husbands blog as well. Almost immediately I had someone leave a message welcoming me to the site and I think expressing surprise at how many sites I run. I visited their site and checked out their blog and added them as a contact. I’ve been traveling through the Mybloglog site in that manner ever since.

Whenever someone visits my sites, or my communities- each blog I added to Mybloglog has it’s own community page – and leaves a message I visit them as well. If I like their sites I add them as a contact and perhaps join their community.

A running list of popular posts in your communities can be found in the right sidebar of your Mybloglog page.

They also offer site widgets that allow you to see which Mybloglog members have visited your site recently. That’s another way to connect with bloggers. I haven’t added the Mybloglog widget to this site yet but when I do it will be in my sidebar to the right.

You can also add a code to your site that will monitor your traffic. Then when you visit your Mybloglog page you can see the site stats for your blog. I really like their stat system. You can see which of your posts are most popular, how many visitors you’ve had to each of your posts, and what links they clicked while they were on your site. You can even see where your traffic came from. This is one of the best stat programs that I’ve found. I’m only using the free version.

You can get more stats if you pay a small monthly fee for each blog that you want stats for if you’d like, but I have so many blogs in the system it would cost too much. That’s my only complaint about Mybloglog. They should have a flat fee for those who have multiple sites. Then I might take them up on their full featured stat program.

Sign up for Mybloglog and feel free to visit my Mybloglog page. I’d be happy to meet you and perhaps sign you up as a new contact.

UPDATE: January 26th – I’ve been using Mybloglog for a few months now and I’m happy to report that I have over 100 contacts and I’ve joined 53 communities. I’m still as happy with Mybloglog as when I originally wrote this post. Oh and Mybloglog was purchased by Yahoo in early January, but Yahoo has no plans to make any changes to the site- which is a good thing.

I’m also happy to say that I when I look at my AWstats I can see that I get visitors each day on all of my sites from Mybloglog.

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