Roll Your Own Alternative to Ning

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  • Roll Your Own Alternative to Ning

    1. 1. Roll your own alternative to Ning. Aaron Sumner University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning SIDLIT, August 2010
    2. 2. Handout: http://db.tt/f8udAD Slides: http://db.tt/rIZt5A or try http://bit.ly/dl1tIx
    3. 3. A little about me: • 16 years experience developing web apps at KU, KU Med, University of Washington • Developed Ning networks for projects at KU and ESU
    4. 4. April 15, 2010
    5. 5. July 20, 2010
    6. 6. August 20, 2010
    7. 7. Three options: 1. Stick with Ning 2. Switch to a hosted, non-Ning platform 3. Host your own
    8. 8. 1. Stick with Ning
    9. 9. http://about.ning.com/pearsonsponsorship/
    10. 10. 2. Non-Ning hosted platforms
    11. 11. No word on pricing.
    12. 12. 3. Host your own
    13. 13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_social_networking_software
    14. 14. Nice things about Elgg and BuddyPress: • Open Source (free) • Written in PHP • Relatively easy to configure • Good functionality out of the box • Plugin architecture • Hosting options available
    15. 15. Caveats: • No clean way to export from Ning into Elgg (yet) • You need server access • You need some tech know-how • Yet-another-social-network
    16. 16. Setup: • Download Elgg or BuddyPress • Configure your web server • Add the database
    17. 17. http://community.elgg.org/mod/plugins/all.php
    18. 18. Try it out! http://elgg.ruralocity.com/
    19. 19. Handout: http://db.tt/f8udAD Slides: http://db.tt/rIZt5A
    20. 20. Thanks! Keep in touch: On the clock: Off the clock: asumner@ku.edu @ruralocity www.aaronsumner.com @stratepedia blog.stratepedia.org @everydayrails www.everydayrails.com facebook.com/ stratepedia
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