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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
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY;
If you like to build a community site and you are an experienced programmer and you agree with JOMSOCIAL workflows, then this package will suit you.
If you want an integrated community in your website and you don't want to hire a developer this is not the choice to make.
There is no free evaluation version available to try. The demo version is a JOMSOCIAL version only, that's why you don't see the difficulties. You will find little non payed addons, the payed addons often are buggy. I noticed that also that after payment, a payed developer is rcommended.
JOMSOCIAL only support english, they claim multi language possibillities, but again, alot of programming and the language packages on their forum, are third party (read users) packages wich often don't work and are not complete.
LEVEL OF SUPPORT:
The support on their site is fair but slow and often you get an answer that this is too comples and you have to live with it because this is core jomsocial. Also explaining an issue takes alot of time (due registration requirements)
I wanted to have a simple user registration where users could edit their own profile and group communication. If ionly installed all the features, i diabled standard JOOMLA features, i used only the JOMSOCIAL template (for the whole site) and i used no MULTI LANGUAGE, i had a kind of facebook ducplicated website. That's why i uninstalled it again.
This review contains mostly wrong information:
1. We do have a trial version of JomSocial: http://instant.jomsocial.com/ you can try it free for 14 days to see if it works for you.
2. We support many languages and they are all available here:
You don't need to be a programmer to install other languages, you simply have to have basic Joomla knowledge which I think the reviewer doesn't have.
3. We provide support within 24 hours in 99% of the cases, longer for complex cases that require more investigation.
4. We don't ask you to hire a developer after you buy. However, if you need to customize it, we do have a list of developers who can help for a low cost.
JomSocial is powerful and works right out of the box. We are here to help with ANY issue if you give us a chance.
With just Joomla, the sign up process I can enable captcha, but not Jomsocial. I have paid for an Aksimet subscription in desperation as the team recommends, however this has not curbed the sign up spam issue.
Until we can have a simple captcha work on sign up, I am putting this on ice.
JoMSocial have built in Captcha since it's early versions, and you should be able to enable it any time in JomSocial registration flow.
Also, it's important to know how JomSocial is not a user manager. All users at your Joomla site are handled strictly by Joomla itself. JomSocial only extend it with it's profile features.
That being said, if you have any other component that allow creation of new users, it could easily be "exploited" for spam purpose.
And another thing to consider, even without ReCaptcha (which is as stated earlier disabled by default but can be enabled) JomSocial already have the built in system against spammers, and thats simply a custom profile fields.
Since three years I never get the goal - a bug free version of JomSocial. That means, I always had things which don`t work or work as it should be.
Doing updates with JomSocial is a big risk, because I got always new bugs or they changed anything else, so some functions are gone forever.
The support forum is not well structured, many posts with the same issues and different answers from the support team. The response time is from "normal" (into 24 hours) up to never (if you don`t complain).
I spend lots of hours finding bugs and still get blamed by emails from users who told me: "I cannot get registrated" as example.
(A new included datepicker tool was the problem which was not solved for weeks!)
In my mind, this component is a risk for my reputation.
I already complained that to the JomSocial team, also to their CEO.
Hello and thanks for your feedback. Many of the "bugs" people find are the result of using third party extensions and not JomSocial itself but of course, some bugs do exist from time to time. During the last year (since iJoomla took over), we have implemented a very comprehensive testing process to avoid future issues, and customers are already reporting that the releases are much more stable than before. We will keep enhancing this testing process in the future.
Thank you for the great review :-)
The best there is!
Thank you for your kind review :-)
But after years of a product that wasn't quite 100%, I'm skeptical that they're still working with a shaky foundation, especially with the number of bugs that are often fixed with the help of paying customers.
Thanks for your feedback! You are right, previously the quality assurance process wasn't as diligent as it should have been for such a huge application. However since iJoomla took over, we've implemented a very comprehensive testing process that included 4 cycles of testing, everybody who uses the new version says it's working extremely well. The foundations were not shaky, it was just a matter of doing a lot more testing :-)
Price: I was a member back when plans were 1 year long. Now, the plans are the same price, but only good for 6 months. So, essentially, the prices have doubled. It is quite a steep increase, but I still feel it is money well spent. If you actually stop and imagine all the coding that goes into this product, it'll make your head spin. It is a monstrous project. It would take you years and years to develop it yourself, and it wouldn't be nearly as nice. Again ==> $$$ well spent!
Support: I'm very pleased with the support. I've seen a noticeable improvement since the price doubled. I'm not sure if this is just a coincidence, or not, but it is great to have such dedicated people helping you out. They really go above and beyond.
Learning curve: like any great product in Joomla (including Joomla itself), there will be a learning curve. JomSocial has a tonne of settings, which can appear daunting at the beginning. But, once you work with it for a little while, you come to appreciate all the thought that went into it.
One word of advice - if you are using sh404SEF, turn it off for JomSocial. They are slowly working out their issues and better together, but I found that 80% of the "glitches" I found in my community were all due to conflicts with sh404SEF. Both are great products, but they do not play together as well as they could.
Thank you for the great review! One thing that is incorrect, the price has not doubled because renewals are 40-50% off. The cost of this operation is huge, employing 16 full time professionals, that is why the cost has changed. The price you pay is just a tiny fraction of what it cost us to develop and support. I hope this makes sense!
I went through the trial period to "test" the product to see if it was a fit for my client, it seemed good but i had some questions, so i figured by purchasing the full edition i could get these questions answered, after-all, it is one of those little bullets listed next to the purchase price. Its been over a month since I've submitted my questions and still no answer. Not even a recognition of my existence as a customer. I've had poor support by a few component suppliers, but I usually at least get a mandatory "we are reviewing your question" response. I can't recall ever being ignored by a developer like this.
I believe they deserve 3 stars because the component itself is good. Even the documentation on the site is good-enough to solve most issues. the problem is direct support and customer service.
The many configuration options has allowed me to give a unique feel and look on several sites. The defaults had me up and running in a very short time.
In starting a new community based project my thoughts went to JomSocial but at first glance I thought the idea to be a bit out of the box even for JomSoical. But the amazing support team proved me wrong. The support team listened to my idea, spent time brainstorming configuration option and came up with a configuration and work flow that worked!
Their willingness to be open to "new" ideas and support the project save me a lot of time and the expense of custom coding.
Great job and great combination all the way around.
Thank you JomSocial; Eric and Chris. You both made this fun!
Now the downside is that, like everyone says, the support has traditionally been absolutely horrible. But as of lately, it seems they're putting more priority behind support and answering a lot of overdue questions, and new ones.
I saw other reviewers saying they had problems with Jomsocial itself, they couldn't do this or that, never got it working, bugs, etc. blah blah blah.... that's bogus! Jomsocial is extremely easy to setup and configure. Yes, it requires some time to familiarize yourself, but all complex Joomla extensions do. But if you're familiar with Joomla, you should have no problem at all setting up Jomsocial. We used it many times and set it up in 10 minutes. If these people have problems, rest assured they simply don't know what they're doing or are amateurs in dealing with Joomla.
Is Jomsocial for beginners? Nope. But then again, if you're going deep enough to need Jomsocial, then you should not be a beginner in the first place.
bottom line: Jomsocial delivers what no other extension out there can, and it does so perfectly. I love it!
However, as of last week, Jomsocial has reinstated their forum. Support so far has been excellent! It remains to be seen if it stays that way of course, but so far so good. So two thumbs up for Jomsocial!