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For over 9 years now the 500,000 and growing Joomlapolis members have made CB the most widely used (over 2,500,000 public installs per Google) social networking solution. It’s FREE and has always been GPL.
Social websites go far beyond Facebook look-alikes and CB has literally hundreds of built-in features and extra (free or commercial) add-ons from CB Team and other parties that will help you realize your very own - tailored to your specific needs - website.
CB also has a powerful built-in framework (CB API doc. is available on Joomlapolis) so it can be extended and enhanced.
There are hundreds of built-in features you can use to:
+ Create profiles for your members
+ Identify users with first/middle/last name fields
+ Add avatar photos to profiles
+ Add unlimited CB fields to your profiles (text, image, textarea, html editor, integer, checkbox, multi-select checkbox, drop-down, multi-select drop-down, radio, date, email, weblinks - more available with add-ons)
+ Use delimiter fields to put customized HTML code in profiles
+ Configure fields to be read-only, for profile viewing, displayed with title, to appear on registration form, etc
+ Control of core fields (email, username, etc), and ajax email and username checkers
+ 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
+ Use built-in integration with uddeIM messaging
Each CB distribution has:
+ component (universal for all J! versions and Mambo)
+ CB Login, Workflow and Online mods (also universal)
+ 43 page Install guide
+ Readme and Upgrade txt files
Joomlapolis hosts free community driven support forums.
Optionally, Advanced, Professional or Developer 12-months memberships can be purchased giving rights to priority or even same/next business day guaranteed forum support and access to many additional optional plugins and privileges.
PHP 5.0-5.4.x and MySQL 4.1+ database are prerequisites (PHP 5.2.4+ and MySQL 5.0.4+, same as Joomla 2.5, are recommended).
* Please do not use the reviews to post support issues. Use our free community forums or paid support system at https://www.joomlapolis.com/suppor
What I also truly appreciated is that, while I am no programmer, I suspect CB API is really easy to use because of the amount of extensions that provide a plugin to integrate to CB profiles. CB itself is also pretty stable. I can't speak for 2.0 since it's been out for only a few weeks, but v1.9.1 ran without a hitch without problem.
And finally, the support. I got nothing but praise for it. While sometime I didn't like the answer(like: "This will be fixed in CB 2.0" which was months away back then) they have ALWAYS answered within 24 hours on their forums. The memberships price are not cheap(but you can get the basic extension itself for free), but I am glad I took one as a "thank you" for this great extension. It is unique in it's field right now, and v2.0 fixed the only small annoying things I had to say about it(the registration form and login box were not responsive so it would not display correctly on a tablet or phone. All fixed now). 5 stars
The support from the CB team is top notch, and we always get an answer to our questions in a timely manner.
We are Professional level members because of the added plugins and enhancements they add to the site. If you are looking to offer outstanding features to your sites members this is the only way to go.
Also the direction of the CB project is great with the soon to be stable release of CB 2.0, cant wait for the new version to be used on all our live sites.
Way to go CB Team, keep up the great work!
It is really a very good product to build complex communities. It is very Flexible and easy to install
There are endless possibilities that also shows in countless other components that include "CB integration".
There are still some bumps in the code, like they dont have a language override system in place (they dont use the Joomla native language feature) which makes it (almost) impossible to have your own customised language strings. But they are working on it already.
Keep on rocking guys!
I use Community Builder and a lot of they extensions on a lot of websites for many years and it is really a very good product to build complex communities. During the years they do a lot over very powerfull upgrades, like auto actions etc.
They support is the best of the best and quick.
I use CB, GroupJive and CBSubs and lots of plugins (almost all!) On my websites and I think it is really rich in possibilities. Initially, I am neither developer or webmaster and I still make the site I wanted. Thanks to the help of the team and its Joomlapolis forum, I was able to create a complete social network with all the necessary functions for the grow! Good luck to Joomlapolis in development;)
The possibilities are endless, and that also shows in countless other components that include "CB integration" out of the box.
99% of all questions are answered almost immediately on their forum and their staff (although sometimes they have room to improve on answering with a smile) are efficient, respectful and increidbly knowledgable.
drawback? Yes, the layout of the profile pages. But thanks to another great extension (ProfilePro from Joomduck) even that disadvantage disappears.
i read from others that the component is large, not easy to uninstall and requires a lot of effort. All this is true (except uninstalling, I never had to do that yet). And yes, creating a community is hard work, but CB and the guys from Joomapolis make it a lot of fun!
because it is flexible, easy to install and configure. But it also have some problem
like it is very heavy component so that it is difficult to uninstall.
But I like this extension because it does help.
Having said this, I must add that I had some bad times with CB because of two things: (1) making it look a bit fancy takes a lot of work and (2) if you need to migrate from J.1.5. to J.2.5. then you're on your own. It seems that there used to be a CB plugin for jUpgrade but that it doesn't work anymore since J.2.5.6., end of story.
So here I am working a few days on the migration of one single CB install. And yes I need to do it as I don't see an alternative. But boy would I like to see an easier way to do this.