Looking at the above figures, it definitely should make you feel motivated to start your own social network. Whether that’s to dream big and get to the size of Facebook and the others, or simply to provide a network for your friendship, business, or volunteer group.
The good news is that you don’t need to study to become a coding expert and neither do you need to have any technical skills if you want to start your own social network. You can start a really cool one all on your own, just by using the fantastic CMS that is WordPress.
WordPress is so simple to use, everyone from your neighbor in their 60s to your teenage niece are now using it to showcase their hobbies and also to start their own business ventures. You can easily create an interactive social network site, loaded with all kinds of features that you would see on existing ones.
To build a social network yourself, there are only really four WordPress plugins that you need to consider. They’re easy to use, can be set up in no time, and are awesome!
WP Symposium is a great alternative to using the BuddyPress plugin to build your WordPress social networking site.
The features of WP Symposium are:
Each user has their own profile with avatar, header image, activity description, and more
The community element allows you to join with friends, create groups, and send private messages
There’s the option to build forums
You have the ability to add shortcodes to create widgets and change the layout
Also, the support that you get with WP Symposium is fantastic. Not only does the plugin have a very strong support community, it also has an expert Help Desk. Plus, there is a very helpful Wiki and support given for other plugins like Facebook Connect, Events, Gallery, Groups, and Mobile.