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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 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
* Postbox to post updates, photos, videos and events.
* 'Like' and 'Comment' on Activity Stream.
* Cross update to and from Facebook.
* Real Time On-site notification (first ever in Joomla!)
* Recurring Events
* Easy to use File Sharing
* Improved content distribution
* Beautiful Featured media
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.
However, from time to time, its Facebook connection functionality doesn't work propertly. This is not a good thing for a community where some of your users are connecting using FB. As I told, the good performance of this functionality is random and it depends on what you are updating or installing on your Joomla (I think).
Once you see that something is going wrong you decide to ask for support and then you discover that nobody answers or they answer late and with vague responses (in this particular case). This is not acceptable if you are running a community and you have spent money on advertising. Not professional.
So, in summary, if you are looking for a community component to build an small and isolated comunity and nothing else, maybe Jomsocial will be your component. But if you are trying to expand its potential using FB users it's best to combine it with other solutions (and spend more money).
Do not try its support desk and forums because it's really bad.
For an out-of-the-box component, Jomsocial is great. I think reviewers might be a little harsh because they are expecting a more simple solution. While I do agree that bringing my Jomsocial from 1.8 to 2.0 was a pain, the files itself upgraded flawlessly. Theming is something that could still use some work but like I mentioned before, this component can get a full community site going in minutes. How do I know this? I paid a lot of money a while back for a completely custom coded solution that does not even scratch the surface of what Jomsocial brings to the table. My site (www.mythrottle.net, sorry about the plug) works great and is way better than the original custom concept thanks to Jomsocial.
* Courtesy and Honesty
I have not had an experience in this area since I have not had to interact with support. My questions have been answered by reading old posts in the forums.
* Pros & Cons of the extension and its performance
Pros - Up and going in minutes, by far the best application that gives you a little of everything.
Cons - Theming is a nuisance. I had to migrate my theme using Winmerge to capture all of the new CSS code and save it on my template. In the end I got frustrated and used a hybrid theme between my own and Blackout. This will be remedied within the week as I am working on a custom 2.0 theme with Vrosa.
* Level of support received
None to date - no need for it...yet
* Ease of usage and deployment
Simple enough for an entry level developer to do it.
* Purpose of using the extension (i.e., "I used this extension for a magazine site.")
I use this extension for a motorcycle community.
* Level of difficulty
moderate if you are integrating additional extensions with Jomsocial. If you use it as a standalone it is very easy. Currently I use some big components but I have Alphauserpoints and Friend Suggestions woven in. Once The JEvents component is able to get events posted in its visual calendar, I will go review it and give it 5 stars.
* Your experience level with Joomla and web technologies
A few months but I feel like I've been doing this for years. It is really easy to configure and make changes.The forums have helped me a lot for Joomla and Jomsocial.
I was greatly impressed with the first release of JomSocial and its core social networking capability. If your community requirements match that of the un-customized JomSocial, then it is a good choice.
Unfortunately, as my community has grown, I need more robust community capabilities and better product support than is currently offered.
- User Profiles
- Template modification
- Support - many / most troubleshooting support forum posts go unanswered currently. JomSocial has no customer system for reporting and tracking resolution of confirmed bugs. Bugs are not address update after update.
- Architectural issues - The functionality in JomSocial is tightly bound to their own user interface and does not directly work with Joomla Templates easily unless JomSocial is customized. There is no method to customize functions so that changes are not lost during product updates - so the support staff recommends not to customize.
- Lack of Product Direction - After its initial release, the newly delivered functionality, like Events, has been greatly lacking in design and execution. This no long term vision / statement of direction for Joomla communities.
- There is very poor support for administration and maintenance of communities.
My Fair rating of JomSocial may seem harsh, as my JomSocial community has grown and prospered. If I still had an immature community, I would not be so critical. But I have invested in JomSocial technology and they are not growning to deliver the more robust features and support that will keep my community healthy. Now I am stuck with increased cost of operation with any sign that JomSocial understands large community issues at all.
We appreciate your response and we are glad to be apart of your growing site. I hope I could resolve your concerns and issues below.
Template issue: We have thought about inheriting Joomla template for most of JomSocial pages. The approach might be suitable for a small component that has predictable styling. However, since JomSocial has grown into a fully featured social networking component, we think that the approach is a big risk. There are many variation of Joomla templates out there that might cause conflicts to our JomSocial pages if we give them the control to style JomSocial pages. That's one of the reasons we consolidate our styling into our own template and let the users customize from there. We think this is the best approach for majority of JomSocial users out there.
Architectural issue: For experienced developers, they are free to do custom modification even for the core functions. To help them upgrade, we provide patch files so they can manually upgrade the files that are modified for the latest version.
Lack of product direction: Each year we released a roadmap for users to peek into the future of JomSocial. We recently published 2011 roadmap in our forum: http://www.jomsocial.com/forum/index.php?f=5&t=26424&rb_v=viewtopic (requires login)
For every release, we often incorporate a new feature (just like Events). The feature might not be perfect but from there we will see how the people use it and get their feedback. Further improvement will be done based on these feedbacks and the feature will be enhanced for the next release.
Support: Our official technical support will handle any issue from our users regarding installation and troubleshooting for official template and plugins. We also have the categories for community support which cover third party template and other customization.
If you have further questions or concern you can contact me directly at irwan at azrul.com.
I thoroughly recommend this component if you want to have a professional community presence for your Joomla-based websites. I'm off to buy a second license now :-)
Hi guys, thank you for all your kind words. It has been a pleasure to read on your feedbacks. I've passed these to all of our developers and I'm pretty sure they will be even more motivated to bring you the best features on the web.
Once again, thank you for being so supportive.
1. Make sure your hosting company allows php.ini access.
2. If you run on a vps then you are already ahead of the game.
3. Don't join a template company just for their jomsocial template. Chances are it wont be updated with the next jomsocial release. (quarterly)
4. Custom profiles are not available and the majority of us don't care for it. Please don't whine about when the developers will fit your custom needs.
5. Learn how to build a community. It's time consuming and can cost money especially for a niche market. Forum building is a good tool.
I have used the other community component for 3.5 years and was very happy up until I needed some support and advice. During the last 2 years I was watching and waiting for Jomsocial to mature.
I waited just long enough and for the last 6 months have been very satisfied with Jomsocial and especially the support I have received. Compared to other 'support' I have experienced over 4 years of using Joomla it leaves the rest for dead.
Thank you Jomsocial Team. Keep up the good work.
Has to be one of the top 10 apps in my book. Thanks JomSocial for making life easier for me.