The internet has put a spotlight on how diverse our world is, and has brought together a lot of people who would normally never meet; sharing their interests with new friends from around the world. Social media has been perhaps the biggest facilitator of these connections. Social media can truly connect the world, and we have only seen the beginning of this trend. You might not be aiming to make the next Facebook, but perhaps you know a community that you would like to bring together. Large or small, there are plugins that allow you to use WordPress to create your own social network and make it into exactly what you want it to be. Here are three that we think are some great places to start.
Mingle is a simple solution to create a social network in the style of Facebook or Linkedin. And it is scalable for communities of any size. You can even offer premium members if you choose to, as Mingle is compatible with MemberPress. Users will get individual profile pages with “pretty” urls, photo uploads, tagging, wall posting, activity pages, member directories, user-based widgets, email subscriptions and notifications, and more. And, of course, all registration and logging in/out occurs completely on the frontend. So your users never see the backend of your site.
WP Symposium was recently replaced with the newly re-designed WP Symposium Pro. It is a fully featured option to turn your site into a social networking site. Symposium is built to be a powerful tool for small communities and groups, but is scalable for large growth. It boasts an easy-to-use setup process and is equally easy to manage and maintain. You have complete control over every aspect of your site. Membership includes features like posting, profiles, private messages, activity boards, forums, and much more to stay in touch.
Razor might just be the best total solution for creating a social networking site. Not only is it beautiful, retina enabled, responsive, and professional-looking; it comes loaded with features you need for a successful social networking site. Razor features a visual editor so that you can create your own unique layout and design and save it as a preset for use on every page. It also comes with a contact form builder, conditional menu items, custom headers/footers/layouts, endless customization options, popup login modules, and full support for BuddyPress.