Membership sites is a class of online systems where users can register and have their profiles on sites. Sometimes they can connect to other registered users and make social networks (facebook is a good example), sometimes they just have their profile listed on site so others can find it (for example service providers), or local online community site. Membership can be free or paid, or even have different subscription levels providing different sets of functionality available depending on level.
Here are some examples of possible site purposes:
- niche social network (for doctors, musicians, lawyers, kids)
- online community/forum (for some geographic area or occupation)
- service providers directory (plumbers, teachers, freelancers)
- dating/matchmaking/job seeking sites
- directory of classified information with private (maybe paid) access/subscription
Often such sites have ecommerce functionality like marketplace, service orders/reservations, paid services and membership subscriptions.
Joomla social networking sites sites can be created using components such as Community Builder and Joomsocial. It is a good choice in many cases when you need to leverage all power of Joomla platform and its components to provide rich functionality such as ecommerce, directory listings, events, forums, matchmaking etc. For Joomla directory sites we extensively use K2 and Sobi2 components. We also develop Joomla membership sites with public or protected access to content.
WordPress is one of the most favorable choices for membership sites thanks to such plugins as Buddypress, S2Member and Wishlist Member, which allow to make a WordPress membership site with great social networking capabilities easily. This is a good solution for niche social networks, online communities, simple marketplaces, service providers directories, sites with paid membership and protected content. WordPress membership sites design is one of our specialities.
Even though these CMS allow building memberships sites quickly they are not the best fit when system has advanced functional, performance and scalability requirements. We use Yii framework to build custom membership systems with rich backend and frontend functionality. Best social network design will be created for your site.
So if you need development or web design for social network or membership site please contact us.