Creating Social Networks

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Creating Social Networks

  1. 1. MULTISITE AND BUDDYPRESS The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Niche Social Network By Mason JamesTuesday, January 8, 13
  2. 2. NICHE SOCIAL NETWORKS Facebook showed us how successful an online social network could really be. As a natural response to that we’re seeing niche social networks arise. “Birds of a feather flock together”Tuesday, January 8, 13
  3. 3. What is a Niche Social Network? “Examples: A niche social network is an online community that caters to specific and unique topics of interest. Pioneer Woman: http://thepioneerwoman.com/ Rockhaq: http://rockhaq.com/Tuesday, January 8, 13
  4. 4. Do : Start Now @jjj “2012 - Year of the niche net work. BuddyPress.org has you covered.” (Jan 18) Open the net work for signups (beta) Use pressure to your advantageTuesday, January 8, 13
  5. 5. Don’t : Be Casual • Make sure you are passionate about your niche • Money can’t be the primary goal • Community-building takes a massive amount of work. You must continually engage members.Tuesday, January 8, 13
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  7. 7. Do : Have a Plan • Set goals for yourself and for your site. • Plan your work. Then work your plan. • Use phases for features and enhancements.Tuesday, January 8, 13
  8. 8. Don’t : Be Facebook We already have it. Be unique.Tuesday, January 8, 13
  9. 9. Don’t : Be a Jerk Attitude Forum etiquette ExpectationsTuesday, January 8, 13
  10. 10. Do : Marketing Doesn’t matter how good it is if nobody sees it Use e-newsletters, promotions, twitter, facebook Find where your target audience is and meet them thereTuesday, January 8, 13
  11. 11. Nuts and BoltsTuesday, January 8, 13
  12. 12. MULTISITE? • Allows your members to have their own blog/site • Easilymanage plugins themes and provide an exact UX/UI for your membersTuesday, January 8, 13
  13. 13. BUDDYPRESS? • Social networking, in a box. • Social Networking “layer” for WordPress • Member Profiles, Activity Streams, GroupsTuesday, January 8, 13
  14. 14. Must-have BuddyPress Plugins BuddyPress Toolbar: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ buddypress-toolbar/ Achievements: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ achievements/ Welcome Pack: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ welcome-pack/Tuesday, January 8, 13
  15. 15. Must-have Multisite Plugins Admin Menu Editor: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ admin-menu-editor/ Role Management: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ members/ Plugin Manager: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ multisite-plugin-manager/Tuesday, January 8, 13
  16. 16. Thank you for listening Web: http://masonjames.com WPMU DEV: http://premium.wpmudev.org/contact/ Twitter : @masonjamesTuesday, January 8, 13

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