Online communities are a growing trend for a variety of reasons. People want to feel connected.
Why have your own community? To have something unique and to be a leader. SPAM is a big problem on the mass social media platforms. These include bots, no privacy, unrelated advertising, and even explicit material.
What about existing social media platforms? You are the product for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. They make money of you, the content you upload and make you watch irrelevant ads. Pick your space and own it, it is about the relationships you build through your own platform that counts.
There is an unlimited amount of communities waiting to be created. You can help connect them! Years from now people you connected will talk about the first time they met, online or not.
Get started and build your platform in as soon as one day!
This is to clarify the course outline and what will be covered. This includes:
This video compares and contrasts existing platforms like facebook and instagram to software which allows you to make your own platforms.
What you should know about online communities. How they can help you and you can help them. The benefits are mutual.
By the end of this section you should know for sure if a community will be useful to you.
I tell you what questions to ask yourself before building your community so you will have a clear understanding of the outcome.
You must have a domain name and a web hosting account and this is about that.
If you've never built a website before, the free tools in this course, wordpress, will give you website building experience.
Here's where we get to work and get web hosting. I recommend host gator since that's what I use. Click the link I provided to see pricing Host Gator pricing. They start at $5.56/month
Installing wordpress will be done through CPANEL, the Quick installer is built in most but not all web hosting servers.
In this video, we review requirements, where you can get help and the plugins you need.
What is included with Buddypress and its features.
Buddypress includes some new pages for registration.
Tom Rutka is a front end engineer in silicon valley specializing in improving usability, performance, click-through conversions, and optimization. His code can be found everywhere from jQuery plugins, to courseware, to early stage startups.