Social networking cms enable their users to create their own social network
In the era of Web 2.0 is required ,for your users (or customers), to provide the highest possible interaction within the community.
Currently, there are different ways to own a social network.
Below you will find an alphabetical list of open source and/or free stand-alone social networking cms
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Anahita is a developer friendly and open source social networking engine for building the very foundations of your social web project or business idea.
It provides both a framework for building your business social apps and a platform for hosting them.
The Anahita Connect social app makes the integration of an Anahita powered social network with other services such as facebook or twitter possible. This integration is done using the OAuth technology and allow your members to signup and sign in with their Facebook or twitter credentials.
You can download Anahita from this page
Dolphin is an open-source, downloadable, scalable, customizable, full-featured, independent and free software package for building social networks, dating sites and niche communities. Dolphin is the only “all-in-one” bundle of PHP community scripts, Flash plugins, Adobe AIR and Mobile apps that provide full control, freedom and flexibility. Launch your site, customize it and watch it grow!
They offer a free license (with some restriction and footer link) and three different paid license
The latest release ( Dolphin v7.0.9 ) was published on 24th January 2012
Elgg is an award-winning social networking cms, delivering the building blocks that enable businesses, schools, universities and associations to create their own fully-featured social networks and applications. Organizations with networks powered by Elgg include the University of Florida, the Australian Government and the State of Ohio.
The latest release ( Elgg v1.8.5 ) was published on 17th May 2012
Lovd is another open source social networking cms , build with Ruby on Rails.
Lovd is a social networking solution that has everything you need to build your community. You can check out a demo here
I point out to you that the project seems abandoned. The last update was in 2008
If you follow the group on google, Steve Bristol (one of the collaborators of the project) will answer your questions, since the latest answers from him, were written in November of 2011
Monox is another free solution,even for commercial usage, to build your social networking site.
MonoX comes with everything you need to build fully-featured social environments.
Even if it is free, You can get fee-based services.
The CNR License (99 USD) allows you to remove the MonoX copyright notice on a single domain.
Buy Priority Support (1999 USD) to receive help on all MonoX-related issues within 24 hours (Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM CET). Support queries are handled by people who know every aspect of MonoX and who implemented dozens of customized applications based on it. Support contract is valid for 12 months.
The Source Edition (2999 USD) includes full source code of MonoX and allows you to modify the core functionality of the MonoX engine. 12 months of priority support is included.
The latest release ( MonoX v4.5.3200.35 ) was published on 10th November 2011
Oxwall is unbelievably flexible and easy to use PHP/MySQL social networking software platform.
Its flexibility is an extremely easy way to change the way it works using Oxwall plugins. These plugins are complete units of functionality that can be used for various purposes.
If you don’t have a website you can try Oxwall with their free hosting service available at Wall.fm
The latest release ( Oxwall 1.3.2 ) was published on 12th April 2012
Pligg is an open source social networking CMS (Content Management System) that you can download and use for free. Pligg CMS provides social publishing software that encourages visitors to register on your website, so that they can submit content and connect with other users.
Use Pligg content management system to start your own social publishing community in minutes.
The latest release ( Pligg 1.2.2 ) was published on 18th May 2012
LiveStreet is a free (GPLv2) engine for blog and social networks.
The project has been implemented with the OOP on PHP5 + MySQL5 and is built on the principle of the MVC model, which makes it possible to change both the logic engine, and appearance with ease.
The latest release ( LiveStreet 0.5.1 ) was published on 30th September 2011
Social Networking CMS
If you want to check out the difference between various free social network software you can click the link below.