I am currently in the process of developing a new website and I am unsure of which platform to use as Ning does not offer the functionality I am after. FYI, I will not be exporting data from my current Ning site, this is a completely separate project.
The essential specs for the new network are as follows:
1. It need to be 'own labelled'
2. It must have the ability to link to an external site keeping it framed within the social site, for example, using <iframe>. Some third party sites require login credentials I would like to be ‘passed thru’ from the members profile so the member only needs to log in once. I know I can do this through Ning btw!
3. It will require one network with many sub-networks. Each sub-network should be private and cannot be viewed by other sub-networks. However, I would like members from any sub-network to view other sub-networks' members being able to invite them to become friends. There should also be a cross sub-network forum.
All other cross sub-network function should be hidden / private. The main site activity feed should be set to show only items from the members’ peers in their network only.
Does anyone know of another platform that does offer this functionality?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Interesting question, Luke.
I think there's something to be said about using your Ning for this kind of thing. It may actually be possible.
1) Now the self-label option has changed somewhat if you have a predisposition against the Ning branding. I could, for example explain to you why I actually choose to have it.
2) You say you know how to do this on Ning, so keep that in mind.
3) A simple model for sub-networking is network>groups module. Permissions can be set in settings. Cross network is thus the whole site, people can see others in the common area, the forum, and so on- while everything on the sub-network level can be essentially hidden. The main site activity feed would be profile latest activity, they can opt-in to follow or participate in peer activity, but to find it they go out to explore other modules- whether they be content oriented or activity by profile.