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Editor's Note
Community Builder (CB) is the most popular and flexible social community networking solution for all versions of Joomla! (3.2, 3.x and 2.5 with ACL support).

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

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2014-10-31
Reviews: 2
Joomla and Community Builder are so perfect together, they should be married :-) CB is fantastic, support is awesome, control is great.
2014-10-31
Reviews: 5
I use Community Builder and 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 usefull upgrades, like auto actions etc.
They support is the best of the best and quick. I suggest this
2014-10-17
Reviews: 6
I am building the website for a small dojo association and was looking for an extension to add custom fields to users profile when they register.(like their sensei name, dojo location, etc) I must say Community Builder made that pretty easy! I got the advanced subscription to support the team and get the whole documentation. After fiddling a bit more with CB, I found out it is a very flexible solution. But with flexibility often comes complexity, so I was glad to see that the documentation was very well written and complete. I found out about the privacy plugin feature for fields and how to add private tabs, etc. All in all, we managed to build very nice profiles for our users, and we are now looking at the other features like private messaging and allowing users to post their own blog and gallery.

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
2014-09-03
Reviews: 1
Excellent code and functionality!

The support is superb too!

And the paid plugins like Groupjive have no comparison.

I've been using it for years and by far is the best joomla component to create social networks
2014-05-09
Reviews: 2
We have been using Community Builder in our sites for over 7 years now and we have always loved the great features CB brings to our Hobby based sites.

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!

Alan
2014-03-19
Reviews: 3
I have been using CB since 1 year. This component is Superb! I used it to create a dating site, a corporate intranet & now the community for a sport steam.
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".
2014-02-22
Reviews: 2
I've used community builder for over 6 years now, and I am still ecstatic over their products! Regardless if I'm working for a client or myself, if I'm building membership sites, social networking sites, normal Joomla websites, or complex advanced sites community builder is always the first extension I install! The flexibility is amazing, the features unique, and the support leaves me breathless! It has a learning curve, but the time invested is well worth it! Then you'll be just as addicted as I am!
2014-02-21
Reviews: 11
I used CB in the free edition and were quite happy. So I decided to go for the paid Pro version when my needs for a more sophisticated setup grew. The Investment was quite substential but I have to say the support and the additional extensions which made me reach my goals with ease brought back the smile.

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!
2014-01-22
Reviews: 2
Hi,
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.
Regards.
Nic@
2013-12-02
Reviews: 6
Hi,
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;)
2013-11-24
Reviews: 2
This component is beyond excellent! I have used it to create a datingsite, a coprorate intranet and now the community for a sportsteam.
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!
2013-10-29
Reviews: 3
The Community Builder Software, along with the CB Subs Subscription system is the perfect combination for any Joomla page. The software documentation is thorough and comprehensive. Technical support for developers is well worth the cost of a developer subscription. I for one will be keeping mine renewed.
2013-10-07
Reviews: 5
I'm using CB on all of my joomla websites. Once you've tried and learned it it's hard to imagine making a joomla website without CB. It's so well integrated. And the best of all is the support. Kyle is like an eagle, seeing and answering all the forum topics. Thank you joomla, thank you CB
2013-10-05
Reviews: 5
I used CB 2 years ago and was enticed by the look of jomsoial so i moved 3 websites with 60000 plus members... After few months i realize my move was the worst thing... I spend too much and delayed all project waiting for the new version to fix my problem... Look what, im back with CB and this ttime i love it more... Its free and very active community... Hats off!
2013-10-04
Reviews: 2
I have been using CB on sites for years and now it is time to review it here at JED. Community Builder is one of the most useful extensions ever created for any CMS. Custom profiles are easy to create and user lists are also simple to implement. The fact that so many third party plugins have been written for CB is a testimony to the popularity of this extension. Every joomla site I have developed that allows for front end user accounts is powered by CB simply because I know the site can be expanded with other joomla extensions later which will support the CB profile and login system. If your site will have a focus on a custom user profile then using Community Builder will assist you by making it easy to manage users, generating user lists and it can be used to provide the data for adding profile details into other joomla extensions or modules. The front end user interface could do with some work and would be greatly improved with a template system for the profile tab layouts but other than that this is a brilliant joomla extension.
2013-09-24
Reviews: 17
This component does what it says.
I have used it for some time and there ar a lot of extensions out there to make it even better.

Recomended !
2013-08-31
Reviews: 2
I use this community component or JomSocial depending to the needs and the client. CB works great. It is a heavy component so be aware when you are installing it but do not hesitate since it is going to be what you wanted.
2013-08-30
Reviews: 2
I have been using CB and CBSubs for 5 years now and have to tell you that what makes this software worth having is the extraordinary support from their staff. I also, of course, LOVE the capabilities that CBSubs offer and was unable to find in any other extension. I manage a community site and needed to be able to have several types of membership and only one type could access certain content. Initially I had trouble configuring the memberships but the support staff helped me through this process and its still working years later. All of the staff that helped me years ago are also still there! Now I have two sites using CBSubs and I'm in the process of upgrading to all current versions of software. I've already run into a few snags with Joomla and had help from their forum, and am just starting the CBSubs and feel confident that their staff will be there to assist when needed. Response time is always faster than expected and they always know how to help get me out of the sticky spots that I sometimes get myself into. This is top notch support.
2013-08-28
Reviews: 14
CB is very flexible and powerful extension to manage a community.

Not 5 stars becouse scarce documentation
2013-08-07
Reviews: 2
I like it. It works good for my sites and the updates are good. The free version gives me almost all what I need. Thank you and continue this extension.
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