Best Free and Open Source Social Networking Software

Community Builder (for Joomla)

Community Builder (CB) is a popular open source social networking solution that offers the tools and usability needed to grow and maintain a website community.

The CB suite is in essence a set of extensions (component, modules, plugins) that enhance and add new functionality to the underlining supported content management systems (Joomla and Mambo).

You can network with other members and send messages, upload images, comment on content, create content and it is free.

Features include:

  • Works natively with all stable flavors of Joomla and Mambo
  • Know your members with categorization, lists and reporting features
  • Encourage member interaction with member connect features (search, messaging, more)
  • Create profiles for your members
  • Enable members to create content on your website
  • Add avatar photos to profiles
  • Share photos and videos
  • Hundreds of plugins are available
  • Fully translatable language options (front and back)
  • Create your own brand by integrating any CB commercially available template plugin
  • Ability to include one or more of five predefined tab component plugins
  • Additional add ons available
  • Ability to define additional fields associated with user profiles that are organized using tabs. Field definitions also allow pop-up tool-tip like help messages to be specified in order to assist front-end users during field completion
  • Tabs can be assigned/restricted to any Joomla/Mambo ACL groups (not just Public, Registered, Special) and Joomla ACL Access Levels
  • Tab template system available for tab presentation
  • Fourteen field types supported: checkbox, date, dropdown, Email Address, Editor Text Area, Text Area, Text Field, Radio Button, Web Address, multi-select drop-down, image, integer, multi-select checkbox and fields delimiter
  • Ability to specify whether a field is optional or required, publicly viewable or not, required during registration or not
  • Specification of which Joomla/Mambo User Groups are permitted to view user profiles
  • Extensive and flexible, fully configurable, registration process using a combination of email confirmation functionality, “Terms of Acceptance” verification, moderator notification email messages, personalized applicant pending approval and welcome email messages
  • Avatar gallery support along with the ability to allow users to upload their own image (to be displayed in their profile). Image moderation supported. Image resizing support via GD1, GD2, Imagemagick, NetPBM server installed applications
  • Private message system integration. UddeIM, JIM, Enhanced PMS, MyPM II (free version) and Professional version currently supported
  • Scalable, reliable, robust, secure
  • Custom field validations
  • Organize fields in tabs that can be displayed in different built-in profile positions
  • Create extended registration form
  • Allow login using email address and password
  • Manage registration and profile image approval in frontend with CB Workflow module
  • Create unlimited CB User lists with powerful searching
  • Let members connect with each other (mutual consent or one way)
  • Display # of connections on profiles
  • Show connection path between profile viewer and owner up to 6th degree
  • Moderate your community with FE reporting, banning
  • Let members interact (using email or PMS extension)
  • Built-in integration with Joomla articles (show article links in author profiles)
  • Built-in integration with Kunena forum
  • Improved SEO
  • Language support via plugin framework

Support: Blog
Developer: CB Team
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

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