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JomSocial is an award-winning, powerful, social networking component for Joomla! It allows you to create your own Social Network with Photo and Video Gallery, Event Management, Activity Stream and other features that work out of the box. There is no better or more powerful community extension for Joomla!
JomSocial's new version 3.0 is now stable and is available to download. The new version comes with lots of new features and is responsive. You can see the new demo here:
All features in JomSocial are years ahead compared to Joomla's Anahita or Community Builder, Wordpress' BuddyPress or other standalone solutions. JomSocial is designed to quickly build your member base and let them engage in social activities such as making new friends, voicing out opinions, sharing pictures and videos, managing events, or even launching a social revolution.
Creating your own social networking for your niche would greatly benefits your community. Whether you have a website for business community, gamers, sports fans or other online communities, you can free yourself from restrictive social environment and customize your own community with unique features and brand identity.
JomSocial is supported by many template clubs such as Rockettheme, Joomlashack, Joomlart, JoomShaper and many more to provide you endless choices of templates.
JomSocial has hundreds of extensions from third party developers that add more features to your social network and make it unique. This includes paid membership, file uploader, music player, chat system and translation file for various languages.
Don't wait further to experience the best social network built for your site.
(Extension formerly known as "Community")
* Responsive design
* Friendship system
* Event Management to manage community activities
* Media sharing with photos and videos gallery.
* Group and Discussions provide customized level of sharing.
* Private communication with friends via private messages
* Omnibox to post updates, photos, videos and events.
* 'Like' and 'Comment' on Activity Stream.
* Facebook friend inviter.
* Cross update to and from Facebook.
* On-site notification (first ever in Joomla!)
* Recurring Events
* Easy to use File Sharing
* Improved content distribution
* Beautiful Featured media
* Compatible with Zoo and Widgetkit
With the release of 2.4, I was blown away and also distraught as I was using a very custom template and the whole css structure changed. I found the forum support overwhelming and actually found a lot of my answers on there before posting. I was able to recreate my template in a day
JomSocial now have a ticket support system and I am impressed with the level of support that has been given.
I'm due to upgrade to 2.4.1 and I am confident in the knowledge that the Component and Support team will be there should I run into any trouble.
Thanks for some awesome development!
It's integration with Joomla! and Kunena is excellent. It was easy to install, without issues.
It contained slight bugs, which were immediately addressed by the technical team. A little, personal fine tuning was desired, and the tech team again responds with immediadecy and a legitimate desire to please the customer.
The extension lacks somewhat in a sophisticated capability to communicate with ALL members - custom forms/templates, etc., but JomSocial realizes this and I am sure will include this in future upgrades.
I am a staunch believer in and supporter of JomSocial, because of its outstanding customer response and genuine desire to make the best product which can be made.
A personal thanks to Mr. Fuqaha for his excellent service and a BIG thanks to Neil, one of the
technical team members. An outstanding team...Corporations like GM, Caterpillar, etc. should take lessons from JomSocial about the "customer is king."
Thanks to all.
Its simple to use and very flexible. It is by far the best community component for Joomla!
I would also like to thank their tech support for being such a great help with a couple of small issues i had. No fault of JomSocial...it was a template issue :)
thanks folks, for just being you!
If you are looking to build a social site or sub-site. This is the extension for you...
How wrong I could be, what a superb and innovative component. worth every penny. Three cheers for the developers of this wonderful bit of software.
Hip hip - Hooray, Hip hip - Hooray, Hip hip - Hooray - OK, I know that was over the top... but if you don't buy this, you would be making the worse mistake of your life. Thanks Guys. :-)
I've only scratched the surface of this community networking system but wow..... what a beauty.
Hip hip - Hooray!
continued updates show that the dev team is serious about keeping this as one of the best components available for joomla! today.
we are in our second year of running this component and it just keeps getting better. can't wait to get some time to be able to help them develop it even more - we have so many more ideas for improvement! :)
we are also using JReviews and the integration between the two is fantastic.
it's not a simple component, but after a bit of time it becomes clear that to anyone with a bit of patience, you have an extremely powerful component at your disposal.
facebook connect encourages even more people to join and our search engine results are all looking good!
thanks jomsocial - you rock!
The component makes the members (350+) of my website www.testdriveunlimited.nl come back daily, making new friends, discuss topics in the groups of which they are a member, upload photos and videos. Without JomSocial my community would not have been this active. For me this shows the power of JomSocial.
Yes, the support is not always that great but in general I get my questions answered. The team of moderators is getting bigger and lately I see that support is slightly improving.
Hopefully the development team behind JomSocial will now first focus on stability before they will add new functionality. Also a few more default templates would be great. Especially different colours schemes on the existing templates would help a lot of users to have a better integration with their website. I am using a Rockettheme template and there the fonts and font colours within JomSocial are generally being used from the main (Rockettheme) template.
If I can give potential new users of JomSocial one tip, try not to customize the component too much. For me this works great especially when a new update has been launched. If you are an average Joomla user then you should be able to get the component to work as you want it to work. The backend settings are not rocket science but because of the many settings you should take your time to get the best settings for your site. Just go over them one by one and you should be fine. It is all organized in a logical structure.
I am giving this component 4 stars because stability and support can both be better and hopefully 4 stars is stimulating the JomSocial team to make it 5 stars ;).
This is definitely the best extension to build a community. The design is great, mostly easy to customize and the social stream is really cool.
They have basically two support sections: One is official and the other is not "managed" by the team. Sadly they support officially only installing errors. Any customization must be done by yourself. You won't be able to rely on the support - nevertheless, they often help you if they have got the time.
All in all it is worth the money and the 5 stars.
But, they should work on their support!
I restarted with phpFox, which was significantly better. Members can be pretty finicky though, a lesson I learned with the previous setup. Based on user requests I ultimately added WordPress for blogging and vBulletin for the forum. Though it again required core file changes to phpFox the site is still running. I have problems with performance and the bridges used to create linkages between the software are not consistently reliable. Though the members are trucking along with this site, I still felt there had to be a better way.
That is when I discovered Joomla and Jomsocial 2.2. They form the hub of my new social networking site Reasoned Spirituality (http://reasonandspirit.com/). I added EasyBlog for advanced member blogging and the free forum Kunena. Once I overcame the steep Joomla learning curve, I have to admit that this setup is wonderful. One login for all areas of the site and no core hacks. Everything plays nicely together and the site runs much quicker and more efficiently than the other setups.
Of all the components, I really appreciate the power of Jomsocial. It works extremely well with the three templates I tried and integrates nicely with components. I highly recommend Jomsocial as part of a complete social networking site.
Ready to use
Easy to set up
Easy to update
Activity stream on the home page with comments and likes.
Privacy settings for individual comments, photo albums, and video.
Easy integration with Kunena forum.
Members love the karma points/Top Members.
Front end member control to ban.
Ability to feature members, groups etc.
Server resource intensive.
Templates are hard to customize for my experience level.
Level of support received:
Support is provided via forum and email.
If I had a big problem they've always come through quickly. For any minor problems, you may have to wait.
Purpose of using the extension:
I use this extension for a gaming fan site.
Your experience level with Joomla and web technologies:
The software does not play well with templates not specifically made for or edited for JomSocial. I uploaded an Artisteer-created template and found that much of the alignment was off(buttons overlapping text boxes, text cut off, etc.)
BTW, the template worked beautifully with Community Builder.
The next thing I tried was adding photos. JomSocial said I uploaded 3 and even showed the thumbnail of the first one but that picture would not open saying no photos had been uploaded. The second picture would not open (or at least I gave up after 5 minutes of watching the opening gif spin.)
Also, for $100 U.S., why do I have to put up with a link back to their site from mine?
Could these problems all be worked out? No doubt. But for $100 (the cheapest version) I expected it to work a lot more smoothly. I bought this extension to save time, not to spend more of it to make it work like I want.
Is great if all you want is the core application but once you decide to expand and add something simple like a music player it gets really complicated. You have to rely on 3rd party products that really do not measure up to par and can get really expensive or time consuming due to the lack of an actual demo without registering with every site you come across.
This community is not as wide used as say Community Builder therefore it is not as well developed. I would have personally liked to have seen the developers spend more time making applications (at least basic ones that function).
Support is your typical post on forum or open ticket. You will spend a lot of time searching your email for your reference number to update your product. They do not have a registered area that remembers who you are and what you bought so you can quickly access the things you need. I have yet to successfully update to the current version.
This is not the way an open source community operates and therefore I have no use for them and will discontinue my usage of their product. I build and design websites for a living and every site I build this on would have to be registered with them and have its own reference number I would have to remember. Who has time for that?
If I am wrong about any of this, fault lays within the confines of a really poor support system. At $150 a pop I would expect a little more personal support but alas it is mostly automated. The contact page doesn,t even have an email to contact.
Some advantages of JomSocial over CB:
Smooth, clean, professional looking application.
Built-in “make featured” option for profiles, which allows easy switching between featured & non-featured members.
Latest photos thumbnails display.
Easily administered photo galleries, with Admin ability to edit on the frontend.
Automatic listing of activities.
In-built video sharing, but cannot upload videos unless you have access to either a paid service or special server software.
Ability to insert modules into the profile pages
Some (important to me) areas where I believe JomSocial is lacking:
No support for animated gifs as avatars – unless you have server access to ImageMagick
No possibility for members to select from a library of default avatars.
No possibility to have admin set global restriction of access to specific fields (restrict access to registered members only for phone number for example).
No possibility (at least in core JomSocial) for Admin to edit member profiles in frontend
No possibility AT ALL for Admin to change which “profile type” a member has selected (except by going into the SQL database)
No possibility in core JomSocial to add custom tabs to the profile (except by hacking)
Poor layout of information on the profile page (eg a multiple selected list is displayed as a narrow vertical column of information in JomSocial – ie CRLF-separated items; in CB it can be displayed as comma-separated items)
In-built private messaging system, but inflexible (no possibility to setup autoforward, setup autoreply, cannot choose whether message is replicated in email notification or not, etc), and no possibility to use a 3rd party PMS instead.
And finally - JomSocial is not free!
To be fair, I have to say that (given that I have now done a lot of "hacking" of core code to get my JomSocial page to look just the way I want) I have recently decided to go ahead with a full migration from CB to JomSocial.
I just wish there were a few less "cons".
Thank you very much for your feedback. Hope you enjoy developing with JomSocial!
The JomSocial Component easily installs with out a problem. A new release came out while I was in development, followed the instructions clicked a few buttons and all upgrades went without event like it was a new install. Very smooth...
The administration panel is easy to browse and manage settings.
Setup is simple to understand with plenty of documentation on developer site and forums.
Integration with rockettheme's templates is a breeze.
Plenty of out-of-the-box addons for making your sites information and navigation user friendly plus plugins for Facebook and Twitter, features that are a must these days on any site.
The best part of this great product is the A-#1 support received when your specific question cannot be answered in the forum and documentation. I was a little confused on the sign-up and purchase with the two different logins and Ajmal quickly cleared things up and made sure my account was setup to my liking. The support I received was one of the most professional, courteous experiences I ever had on the web to date.
Here's to the JomSocial Team!
Thank you for your kind word. We are glad to hear that you have a great experience with JomSocial.