- This extension inserts a backlink to the developer.
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
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.
I really don't know why people blamed Azrul's support: I always got quite immediate reply to my post in their forum...maybe people are just never happy ! Once again this is the best community component you can find for Joomla and the best thing is that they never stop to release interesting updates. Well done Jomsocial's poeple !
But as a paying customer I have yet to receive a single bit of support for any of my requests, I would love to see improvements in this area especially since they went GPL and support is there selling point
Thank you for your kind words. Please use our support forum for all support requests.
I would love to get faster access to up to date language files, at least from the most often used languages to keep up with the jomsocial updates. I would strongly recomend to component developers, specialy commercial ones to offer those language packages, even if they would cost something. I'm sure all customers would happily pay a contribution for that service.
Thanks and keep up the great work
I've been using JomSocial on a number of sites for quite some time now and after this example of support I'll be happy to continue to upgrade the component into the future.