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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 3.1 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
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!
the main problem with jomsocial is the support though. did i just say support? unfortunately it is pretty much non-existent. many users before me have already complained about the lack of support. i'm just confirming what everybody else said. i had a billing problem and although i urged them two times to reply to my (very simple) request but they decided to play dead.
JomSocial, being a social networking extension is bound to have a lot of configuration to suit most requirements. We cant help it that JomSocial is massive simply because it is the nature of a social network. It may look complex, but rest assured that our code is clean and well constructed. If you are familiar with HTML, you will find that our template is a breeze to modify as we take pride in explaining features in our templates.
Regarding support, we realize that it is not on par with the quality of JomSocial. Thus, we have recently moved to a better, more unified support delivery system that would allow us to serve you in a more organized and efficient manner. Do give us a try and see that we have indeed improved for the betterment of our users.