Number of social networking sites are increasing every day, but it doesn’t stop people from creating another one. There is always a requirement for creating a niche based social networking site. For example, if you have a college, you can create a social networking site, which is solely for your college members and students. Or you can create a community driven social networking sites for your locality, interest or anything which help users to connect with each other. Today, I will be talking about PHPFOX which offers you the quickest way to create a Social networking site of your own, and you can easily manage it too.
Details and overview of PHPFOX Script
“PHPFox” is a great social networking script, built in PHP & MySQL. Phpfox is very easy to use, you don’t need to do any coding and other complicated stuffs like that, just install this script in your webserver/web host and you’re ready to go
Features of PHPFOX
This Script has got lots of features, and here are some of the notable features:
- Easy to use Administration Panel
- Ability to run advertisements & earn lots of money
- Ability to easily integrate with CDN (Content Delivery Network) to boost the speed of your website
- Server Load Balancing
- Mobile Website (webpages for mobile with smaller screens)
- AJAX Browsing & Search
- Ability to Install new apps/games
- Easy to use CMS (Content Management System) & Theme Manager
- Multilingua l(You can Install many additional language packages)
- Marketplace, very similar to ebay. Where users can list their items
- Account Privacy (very similar to facebook eg; blocking, privacy level, etc)
- Timeline, very similar to facebook
- Ability to add/create blogs, photos, forums, videos, music, polls, quizzes, events, etc
- Additional Third Party features, that you can add later- video chat, radio, TV, Arcade flash games, user map, advanced marketplace, advanced photo library, documents, jokes, etc
2. Ajax Homepage & Search
3. Responsive Mobile Website
4. Default Home (with no customization)
5. Admin Panel
6. Site Settings
7. Manage Advertisements
8. Site Stats
9. Manage Users
Package Variations and pricing
The features of PHPFox defers with the type of package, there are 3 packages available-
- 1. Lite Package, contains the basic phpfox package, with no extra features
- 2. Network Package, contains the basic phpfox package and some extra features
- 3. Community Package, contains the basic phpfox package, all the features, extra plugins, and extended support
**The community package is the best of all that includes all the features that you want**
Webhosting Requirement for using PHPFOX Script
These are the basic requirements for running this script
- Apache or NGINX Web-server
- PHP 5.1 or later
- MySQL 4.1 or later
How To Build Social Network using PHPFOX Script on Your web-server
Installation of PHPFOX script is straight-forward, and here is how you can get it done:
Download the PHPFOX package from the site (Link), and upload the script to your server’s home directory via FTP.
1. Just type the URL in any web-browser-
http://yourwebsite.com/install , then it will take you to the installation page
which looks kinda like this, then click “Proceed to next step”
2.Next, you’ll be granted to provide the database Configuration. enter the details and click “Proceed to next step”. On your live server, you can follow this tutorial to learn how to create database manually on a cPanel hosting.
3.Installation will now be started, wait for it till it completes.
4. Final Step, now provide Administrator Account Details & click “Submit
5.Hooray!, now it’s completed the installation, now you can login with your administrator account.
Now, you can start working on customization and branding of newly created social networking site.
It has been almost around 6 months since, I have been using this script for my website, during this much time of usage I found out that it’s the best script to build your social network site, there are lots of others like- Dolphin, Jcow, etc. but no one can match the features that PHPFox has. So, if you have been waiting to create your own Social networking site, it’s the right time to do. If you still have any questions for the same, feel free to let me know via comments.
- Also check out : How to create your own Social bookmarking website using Pligg.
If you use any other script to create your social networking site, do let me know via comments. Don’t forget to share this tutorial with your friends on Facebook and Google plus.
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