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If you are about to start your own social network or community website you might be interested in the following applications which cover almost all features required for interactive and social-oriented website. Below you can find a list of the most populary used appllications and suitable hosting solutions for them.

wordpress-muBased on the standard WordPress blog platform the multi-user version extends the functionality to a whole new level providing you with the ability to create literary unlimited number of blogs. Additionally, your visitors may register and sign up for their own WordPress blog which will be created automatically without any actions required on your end. In other words, WordPress MU is the perfect application if you are looking for a blog-oriented community website. Our WordPress MU Hosting package provides all hosting features that will be needed, free installation and 24/7 expert technical support.

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buddypress_256BuddyPress is a set of WordPress plugins and themes which extend the multi user version of WordPress with many social network features such as extended user profiles, private messaging, friends lists and groups as well as user wall (wire). BuddyPress contains all the features you would expect from WordPress but emphasize on the members social interaction. If you are looking for a blog-community network but still you would like to emphasize on member profiles and groups BuddyPress is just for you. Our BuddyPress Hosting package is recongnized as the best on the marked due to the professional support and BuddyPress optimized hosting environment.

For those of you who are about to start their own BuddyPress website we have a special offer. If you sign up in the following 7 days you can get a special discount with PROMO CODE: BUDDY

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pligg_logoPligg is an open source Content Management System (CMS) that you can download and use for free. Still, it is not like the other CMS applications and hardly can be recongnized as any other specific type of application due to its unique features. Pligg CMS provides social networking software that encourages visitors to register on your website so that they can submit content and connect with other users. Pligg creates websites where stories are created and voted on by members, not website editors. You can use Pligg to start your own Digg-like social networking community in minutes. If you are going to create your own StumbleUpon clone you will need a reliable and secure Pligg hosting solution. Our Pligg Hosting package provides hassle-free environment for your website needs on an extreemly afforable price.

Laconica (pronounced “luh-KAWN-ih-kuh”) is a Free and Open Source microblogging platform. It helps people in a community, company or group to exchange short (140 character) messages over the Web. Users can choose which people to “follow” and receive only their friends’ or colleagues’ status messages. It provides a similar service to sites like Twitter, Jaiku, and Plurk.

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Joomla Community Builder is an open-source community builder, working as an extension to Joomla. Community Builder integrates all features needed to make your site social and users getting active on your website. Community Builder is designed and tested for stability and performance, and runs on many large sites with concurrent member interactions. Performance audits and database optimizations have been made in cooperation with leading database experts to ensure large site operations. Our specially optimized hosting environment for Joomla websites is a great platform for building your community website using the Joomla Community Builder Hosting Package

Dolphin web community script is a universal software package that allows you to build any kind of online community. With a huge variety of features and options, you can quickly develop your own community, dating or social-networking site.

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Free BuddyPress Themes

We are glad to announce our partnership with BuddyDress.com. BuddyDress is a website created by Compraweb which collects and provides free BuddyPress themes and a lot of useful information around the BuddyPress world.

Marco Mattiol, one of the founders of BuddyDress, was kind enough to take an interview with our marketing director Mr. Jonathan Taylor. The interview has been published just some hours ago and we are very excited about BuddyDress readers feedback. You can read the whole interview here. Some of the key questions were regarding the Free BuddyPress installation and integration services that TMDHosting offers.

Once again we would like to say thank you to BuddyDress team for their dedicated work to collect such valuable resources for BuddyPress and provide them free of charge. We believe that their collection of themes will be of a great help to anyone who decide to start their own social/blog network. All of you who decide to use one of the themes published on BuddyDress website can take advantage of our free theme installation services upon a hosting account sign up.

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bbPress and BuddyPress integration groups forum support

In this article we will provide you with step by step instructions how to integrate your WordPress MU/BuddyPress with bbPress for groups forum feature support.

First, you should make sure that you have WordPress MU installed on your hosting account. For detailed step by step instructions on how to install WordPress MU, please refer to our tutorial.

As soon as you have WordPress MU installed and configured you should download the BuddyPress latest trunk version. This can be done via the following URL:

http://trac.buddypress.org/browser/trunk

On the bottom of the page you will find a link via which you can download the zip archive of the latest BuddyPress version.

Unzip the archive on your local computer and access your hosting account via FTP. First you will need to create the following folder on your account wp-content/plugins/buddypress. Please upload all the content from the BuddyPress archive except the bp-themes/ directory.

As soon as you have all the files and folders uploaded under the wp-content/plugins/buddypress directory, please proceed with the upload of your themes. You should upload the bp-themes/ folder under the wp-content/ folder of your account.

Additionally, to install the default BuddyPress home theme move /wp-content/bp-themes/bphome/ to /wp-content/themes/bphome/.

Now you should have the following paths:

/wp-content/bp-themes

/wp-content/themes/bphome/

When you complete with the upload process, please login as administrator in your WordPress MU and activate the BuddyPress plugin via the plugin menu. Then, navigate to the “Site Admin > Themes” menu and select the “Yes” radio option for “BuddyPress Home Theme”. Next, go to “Appearance > Themes” and activate the “BuddyPress Home Theme” for the root blog.

Now you should proceed with the bbPress integration. Please download the latest trunk version of bbPress from the official site here. Be advised that you need the Trunk version. When you have the archive downloaded on your local computer, please unzip it and upload all the content of the archive under a subdirectory of your WordPress MU called forum.

Then access the installation wizard of your bbPress at http://yourdomain/forum. Click on the link to proceed with the installation process: “Ready? Then let’s get started!”. On the first step input the MySQL database name, username and password tht you have used to install WordPress MU into. These values can be found in your wp-config.php file. This file can be accessed and edited via your cPanel -> file manager -> navigate to your WordPress MU folder and click on the wp-config.php file, then edit it via the Edit option from the top menu.

On the next step, you will need to integrate bbPress with WordPress. Check the “Add integration settings” box, and leaved the “Add cookie integration settings” box unchecked.

- Add your table prefix (usually always ‘wp_’)

- Add your WordPress database settings found in wp-config.php

- You can usually ignore the “character set” and “collation” boxes

- Leave the “Custom user tables” section blank.

On the 3th step enter anything you like for your site name and first forum name. Select “Admin” from the dropdown to use as your keymaster user. Now you will need to login into your bbPress via /bb-admin with your WordPressMU/BuddyPress admin username and password and then refer to the settings menu. Check the “Enable XML-RPC” option, additionally, please check the “Enable Pingbacks” option just below.

From the following page download the buddypress-enable plugin via the Download in other formats: Original Format link on the bottom of your page.

This file should be uploaded under /bbpress-plugins/ folder of your forum directory. As soon as the file is uploaded (via your FTP client or cPanel -> File Manager) you should login into your forum and activate the plugin via the Plugins tab from the menu on the left.

Head back to your BuddyPress installation and sign up as a new user. Once you have activated the new user, make a note of the username and password given. Having the newly registered user, refer to your bbPress installation and login as administrator. In the Administrative panel of your bbPress refer to the “Users” tab and look for the new user you signed up. Click edit next to the user and select “Administrator” as the user type for this user. Save the changes by hitting the “Update Profile” button.

When the user is applied as administrator you should edit your bbPress configuration file via your cPanel -> file manager or by downloading it locally on your computer and then reupload it. The following line should be added after the opening php tag:

$bb->bb_xmlrpc_allow_user_switching = true;

After the line is added, please log into your WPMU admin interface and head to “BuddyPress tab > Group Forums” and fill in the details on that page. Make sure you don’t leave out the ending slash on your bbPress URL. (http://example.com/bbpress/). Enter the username and password for the user that you signed up in and set as administrator for your bbPress.

Once you have saved those details you can create group forums. Existing groups you will need to head to the group admin settings page, disable then enable the group forum setting to generate a new forum.

Be advised that if you experience any difficulties to perform this integration our technical support will be glad to install bbPress for you. Additionally, if you are not an existing customer you can take advantage of our free website transfer promotion and unused months compensation and sign up for your professional BuddyPress hosting.

You may also review our BuddyPress tutorial.

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WordPress MU and BuddyPress Hosting

In this article we would like to present you one of the greatest open source projects today — WordPress MU and BuddyPress . WordPress and its logo are one of the most recognizable symbols on the open source market as popular as names such as Joomla, Mambo, Moodle, osCommerce and etc. Alike the others, WordPress has formed an extremely large community and has never stopped to evolve.

Today WordPress is one of the most commonly used blog platform world wide. Still, the great development team of WordPress did not stop with the creation of the best blog application. Another branch of WordPress is the powerful blog network application based on code of its predecessor the multi-user version. WordPress MU extends the functionality of WordPress to a whole new level providing you with the ability to create literary unlimited number of blogs. Additionally, your visitors may register and sign up for their own WordPress blog which will be created automatically without any actions required on your end.

Using the WordPress MU you can create your own blog network where your visitors can register and create their own stand alone WordPress blogs without any actions performed by the webmaster. Unfortunately, most hosting companies do not support wildcards (required both by WordPress MU and BuddyPress) due to some configuration settings that should be applied both in the DNS and Apache virtual host. Still, in a properly configured hosting enviropment this can be easily achieved and these requirements can be met without any additional charges.

After the WordPress MU the development team has released a new set of plugins and themes that extended the WordPress MU functionality even further. By releasing the BuddyPress pack, WordPress stepped into the social network field with almost unmet functionality and features. BuddyPress is a set of WordPress plugins and themes which extend the multi user version of WordPress with many social network features such as extended user profiles, private messaging, friends lists and groups as well as user wall (wire). BuddyPress contains all the features you would expect from WordPress but emphasize on the members social interaction.

If you would like to take advantage of these great applications and create your own blog or social network using the WordPress MU and BuddyPress platform with wildcards support you may review our WordPress MU and BuddyPress hosting packages.

Furthermore, our professional technical support will perform the following service in a timely manner free of charge:

  • FREE WordPress MU and BuddyPress Transfer
  • FREE WordPress MU and Buddy Press installation
  • FREE Plugin installations
  • FREE WordPress and BuddyPress Upgrades

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