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In this VTC course, author James Gonzalez reviews the best tools and practices for designing and creating Facebook-like social networking web sites customized for specific targeted audiences or needs. This course covers the principles needed to design effective and profitable social sites and the best tools available for building them. Four social website building tools are introduced in this course: Ning, Moodle, WordPress running the BuddyPress social plug-in, and Joomla! running the JomSocial and Community Builder Components.
Hi and welcome to this VTC course, How to Build Custom Social Networking Websites. This course reviews the best tools and practices for designing and creating social networking websites like Facebook, but websites that are more customized and more specific for targeted audiences. This course includes information on how to design sites that encourage users to interact and communicate with other members of your website, how to build friendships, trust, and community between your members. This course includes how to import content into a site from elsewhere on the Internet, how to encourage users to contribute to your site, how to earn revenue from your site, as well as, including thorough instructions to the tools for building these custom community based websites. This course will help you design effective community based websites as well as choose the right tool to create from the ground up, your own social networking sites that are suitable for any audience or need. Specifically, you'll be introduced to the Ning website for building social networking sites, as well as the free open source tools WordPress, Joomla! and Moodle. Here's an outline of the content you'll learn in this course. The course starts with a review of what makes a website social, elements of a social networking website, how to plan your online community, how to get started, then it goes into more specific details of how to build a website with the Ning Tool. How to build a community website with WordPress, how to build social learning sites with Moodle, how to build social networking sites with Joomla!, how to earn revenue from your site, and then I wrap the course with a summary of what you've learned and a little bit about your author. By the conclusion of this course, you may not know enough from these specific software introductions to create your own website, or certainly not a complex website, but you should learn enough to make informed comparisons of the advantages and disadvantages, as well and strengths and weaknesses of each tool. And can then focus on learning your tool of your choice for designing and creating your own social networking websites. If any of this sounds of interest to you, go ahead and move to the next movie, where I describe in more detail, who this course has been designed for, specifically businesses who desire to build a social network around a product or service, individuals interested in building a community around hobbies or other interests, or to create a local or distributed user group. Organizations and charities, so they can raise their profile, or promote events, services and fundraisers or for large families interested in keeping up to date with everyone and letting everyone know what other members of the family are up to.
- Course: Building Custom Social Networking Websites
- Author: James Gonzalez
- SKU: 34275
- ISBN: 978-1-61866-019-0
- Work Files: No
- Captions: No
- Subject: Internet & Web Design
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