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  • Niche Idea – the first step to create Niche Social Network

    Niche Idea – the first step to create Niche Social Network

    When you are aware of the benefits of Niche Social Network, it is also time you face those questions: How to create your own social network? Where do I start to build a website like Facebook? How to successfully create Social Network from scratch and monetize it?... Don’t worry or feel loss, isn’t everyone so? Let's step-by-step figure that out by going through our how-to series: How To Create Niche Social Network Why Niche Social Network? Niche networks are, by definition, groups of people who are intensely interested in a certain topic. People will be able to discuss the topic at hand without countless clutter and posts on other subjects getting in the way (e.g Facebook, Twitter…) Linkedin, the world largest Niche Social Network started by the idea of business-oriented community. It helps users create profile as resume like, invite and connect each other instead of friending, sharing and discuss expertise topics, experiences Nowadays, users tend to use more Niche Social since the concern of privacy, communication, knowledge, and interests. On the other hand, owning a Niche Social Network means you own that niche market. Community management will be much more effective and efficient with lower cost and efforts [caption id="attachment_5488" align="aligncenter" width="671"] How to create your Niche Social Network?[/caption] Let’s start from the very first step of creating your own Social Network: Niche Idea Steve Jobs 1996 famous quote: "Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy; great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." I mentioned that so even when you don’t have your breakthrough idea yet but still you can plan to have one base on the compiling others ideas, nurture, adding value and make it your own With Niche concept, you don’t have to target large community. It could be your own interests and meet others in term of hobbies, expertise or situations. You can start your niche idea by identifying niche community, this can base on 2 important factors: (1) psychological factor, (2) demographic data Gather all the information, data you have on the targeted community including what do prospect members sharing about common interests? What are their preferences? Like and dislikes? Incentives? Where are they?... Let’s say you have your own customers that use your products or services, this is the easiest way to approach since you know their wants, needs and how to cater them. Or you are one of the fans in specific activities, professional group member and you understand who are also like you, where are they and what brings them together, it’s great to define that community and lead it. Engaging your niche community: Since you identify your community and its preferences in your idea, great start! Now let fine tune it by deciding how you would approach them. There would be 2 common practice approaches - Narrow group approach: Focus on small but value prospect group of members in your community first. Apply the best understandings to add value, benefits and set a clear path to investing on how to promote and encourage this group expansion Even Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg started with a group of students from Ivy League Schools, using their reputations and relationships to develop a much bigger networking later on With this strategy, you can narrow down investment and effort from the beginning stage. Focus on functions, marketing and values adding on the platform you would build - Large-scale approach: normally this is borderless demographic approach, focus on general interests and recruit as much as members from the beginning Instead of just Social Network for Tax consultants, you can start with Consultants Social Network where any consultant can join and showcase their works from legal, accounting, healthcare to psychology...This will help you more opportunity to approach larger targeted members base Each approach has its own pros and cons and you can choose one, mix them or selectively use in phases as well. This has to be carefully planned as it fulfills your original idea and shaping how your Social Network Site functions. Conclusion: When niche social network and its benefits are clearly adding value to your vision and business, you can start building your own Social Network easily. First of all, it starts with a Niche Idea, where you identify your niche community base on psychological factors, demographic data...Then plan out how you can engage to that community by which strategy. You may now asking what to do next base on your idea, please check out our post for the second article on how to oversee functional Social Network. You can subscribe to our newsletter mailing list or our social channels   Bottomline: Going through this brainstorm you can definitely have your idea about your Social Network - the strong start to build, maintain and monetize your own community. Don’t worry about how strong or weak of your idea or how to make it happen, you can contact us at hello@phpfox.com - number one Social Network Platform! Our experts and partners are happy to assist you from the day one toward your successful community
  • New Apps and Themes in April 2018

    New Apps and Themes in April 2018

    As your site grows, expanding its features is one way to make sure your members to stay connected. That is why our phpFox Experts are continuously creating and providing top of the line 3rd party add-ons. Whether it's an app, new theme, or a different language, all you need to do is to know what your site needs and pick from more than 300 add-ons available in the phpFox store. In the meantime, let's all discover the latest apps and themes that have been added to the store for the month of April. 1.Quiz Winner by Suresh Choudhary DESCRIPTION Quiz Winner app offers an admin for select multiple winners of any quiz and winners will be shown in front of the particular quiz. Learn More → 2. Marketplace Verification by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION This app was developed for a site that needs marketplace verification for users without changing the user group. Learn More → 3. DivFoxer Landing Page by Suresh Choudhary DESCRIPTION DivFoxer Template - Landing Page [V4] is an add-on to DivFoxer Template [V4]. Installing this app together with DivFoxer Template [V4] will add a beautiful Landing Page with its rich features and functionalities. Learn More → 4. Web Push Notification [V4] by YouNetCo DESCRIPTION Web Push Notifications allow users to receive messages instantly from your website even when users are away from it. Using the power of Google Firebase, this app can help you increase engagement of your network by notifying them about their interactions, friend requests and more on their desktop. You can also create your own message and send it to targeted receivers or scheduled to achieve max engagement. Learn More → 5. Group Relation by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION With this app, users can send requests to add each other to relationship groups. They have a page to manage, accept and decline relationships. The relation groups will show up in two different blocks of the user's profile. Learn More → 6. New Members Block by cespiritual DESCRIPTION This app will add to your network a block to show new members. It filters members by gender, and you can enable a setting to show only members with an avatar. It also shows a tag with the join date. Learn More → You can also check the Community Roundup last month in case you missed it. Can't find what you're looking for? Ask the 3rd party Experts to customize one for you. If you want to develop 3rd party plugins for phpFox and interested to become one of our 3rd party developers, please check out our Developer Program page.  
  • phpFox 4.6.1 Build 2 Release

    phpFox 4.6.1 Build 2 Release

    We are back to announce the quick release of phpFox 4.6.1 build 2. Together with the release of phpFox 4.6.1, we have added some significant improvements in scalability of this version but it seems the installation didn't work well in some particular cases. That is the reason for this maintenance release. Aside from the reported issues we received, we have fixed some bugs focusing on the critical ones. In this build, we have fixed Problem installing the site if using CloudFare Blank site if the site is using a clone theme of Material 4.6.0  Lost language phrases after upgrading And some other minor issues are also fixed in this release. For any clients who did try upgrading to version 4.6.1 and are having one of 3 issues above, you won't be able to use the package 4.6.1b2 to fix the problem. Instead, please refer to this page for the complete solution in installing/upgrading your site. Or feel free to contact us in Client Area. We are more than glad to help you Installation Info Download Upgrade Instructions Installation Instructions Change Log See the complete changed file list here.   If you found any bugs with this release, please report in our GitHub tracker. You can also submit a ticket in your client area to receive support from our team.
  • New Apps and Themes in March 2018

    New Apps and Themes in March 2018

    One of the reasons why phpFox is the best social network solution is because of its extended plugins. These extended plugins include apps, themes, and language packs which are an absolutely great addition to your social network sites. As of today, we have 300+ plugins available in the phpFox store. But for now, let us give you a quick update on the new apps and themes in March 2018. 1. Advanced Comment [v4] by YouNetCo DESCRIPTION Advanced Comment app expands several additional features to Core Comment of phpFox and helps your social network own the most modern tools for users to express themselves. The app provides several ways for users to portray their opinions and ideas through images, stickers, and emojis. Various improvements are also implemented to comment section such as picture preview on links, hide/unhide comments, preview on the embedded link... And certainly, all these components & settings are easily customized. Learn More → 2. Add Links Button by FoxExpert DESCRIPTION The main thing in each social network based on Phpfox it is user's content and it is really important to force your users to add or Share content. Sometimes users registered and cannot find add buttons, but our Add links Button app solver this problem and adds Button into header near notification buttons, so your users never miss add links for any of your apps. Learn More → 3. Neo Material [Theme] by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION A clean dark material based theme with a fixed header. FEATURES fixed header when scrolling Modern dark color design Learn More → It is always great to ask the 3rd Party Experts about the overall functionalities about these products. All of the plugins listed in the sore have its own 3rd party developers. These developers provide support for their own set of plugins. If in any case, you won't be able to contact them, just drop us a ticket in your client area and we are happy to help.   Helpful Links phpFox Store - https://store.phpfox.com/ Apps - https://store.phpfox.com/apps Themes - https://store.phpfox.com/themes Packages - https://store.phpfox.com/bulk Language Packs - https://store.phpfox.com/language The Experts - https://store.phpfox.com/techie/browse   If you want to develop 3rd party plugins for phpFox and interested to become one of our 3rd party developers, please check out our Developer Program page.
  • phpFox 4.6.1 Official Release

    phpFox 4.6.1 Official Release

    Coolest Social Network CMS ever! That is one of the highlights of this latest stable version release. With its newly designed AdminCP, phpFox officially announces the release of phpFox 4.6.1. (more…)
  • phpFox 4.6.1 Development Release

    phpFox 4.6.1 Development Release

    phpFox is about to release phpFox version 4.6.1, which includes fixes for issues reported by clients in GitHub and in our Community Forum. It also includes feature improvements that are carefully tested by the phpFox development team. There is also going to have a new AdminCP Layout on this latest version. But before the official release, we will release this dev release for testing purposes. Download the Dev Release package in the Client Area For Testing Purposes This Development Release is specifically for all phpFox 3rd party Experts only. The purpose of this release is for all the 3rd Party Experts to test the compatibility of all 3rd party products which include apps and themes to the latest version of phpFox 4.6.1. The 3rd Party Experts will perform the necessary test and tweak features in this version. Compared to the current phpFox 4.6.0, this version contains many improvements that will absolutely love by phpFox fans out there. We encourage you to submit your feedback via ticket. We would love to hear any feedback or suggestions that can help phpFox 4.6.1 before we launch the official release.
  • phpFox Special Offer this Easter 2018

    phpFox Special Offer this Easter 2018

    It is Easter time indeed. Get on your feet and start grabbing your Easter baskets as we give you this special offer. This year has been one of the greatest years for us. We continue to listen to our clients and focus on improving the script. And to show our appreciation, phpFox would like to give you this special offer as part of Easter celebration. You can now get all the phpFox licenses (LITE, BASIC, PRO) with 20% OFF discount. This promotion will end on April 3, 2018 (PST). Make sure to use the coupon code EASTER2018 to avail this limited offer.   Why purchase today? This is the perfect time for you to purchase the phpFox script and start your social network site. You will be able to experience the new features of phpFox. Learn about the new and upcoming features of phpFox 4.6.1. You will also enjoy all the free lifetime upgrade if you buy today. We hope this great news finds you well and may you all have a wonderful holiday.
  • New Banners and Incentive Policies for phpFox Affiliates

    New Banners and Incentive Policies for phpFox Affiliates

    Great news for all phpFox Affiliates! You can now have a chance to increase your commission from 20% to 30% for every product purchase from your referrals. What a sweet deal! You just need to have three successful referrals within a month. Once your referrals successfully purchase a phpFox license, we will increase your commission to 30% from the succeeding month onwards. In addition, we also publish many pre-designed banners so that you can put them into your marketing materials. New Affiliate Banners Recently we attached two banners from the article phpFox Affiliate - How it works? And to make your posts more effective, we created new banners with different sizes that you can use in your marketing campaign.   1. Large Leaderboard Banner (900x90) A bigger version of the leaderboard banner that is perfect to place on top of your sites or in forum websites.   2. Leaderboard Banner (728x90) This banner is usually placed at the top of a page, so as to be seen by the user immediately when the page loads.   3. Full Banner (468x60) This banner is perfect to place at the top of a page, in the same spot occupied by leaderboards. It is often used twice on a page, with two banner ads appearing side by side to span the width of the page.   4. Medium Rectangle (300x250) This banner is commonly placed above the fold or the viewable space on a webpage when it first loads.   5. Square Banner (250x250) You can use this banner as an alternative for the medium rectangle banner to fit on the page better.   6. Wide Skyscraper Banner (160x600) The 160×600 banner is generally placed on the side of a page, so as to show users an ad as they scroll down the page.   7. Skyscraper Banner (120x600) A smaller version of Wide Skyscraper that can also be placed on the side of the page.   You can download these banners now and use on your sites, forums, or any page of your choice. Just make sure to use your unique referral link when using these banners. How to become a phpFox Affiliate? Everyone is welcome to join our Affiliate Program. You can earn 20% commission by default for selling phpFox licenses. Moreover, you can earn up to 30% commission once you sell three licenses in a month. How cool is that? You can also read the articles about phpFox Affiliate - How it works? and Earn Money in phpFox Affiliate Program for more information. Register now at https://www.phpfox.com/affiliate/ to get started.
  • phpFox 4.6.1 is coming out soon!

    phpFox 4.6.1 is coming out soon!

    You are about to discover the latest updates for phpFox 4.6.1. So buckle up and let us take you to what this version has to offer. MAIN FEATURE UPDATES   AdminCP New Layout One of the main feature updates in phpFox 4.6.1 is the new layout of its AdminCP. Recently, we posted an article regarding the new look of the Admin Control Panel. Read the Sneak Peek for the new phpFox AdminCP if you happen to missed it. Rechecked all the Core Settings To optimize the performance of the script, we run through its core settings to deprecate all the useless settings and add more useful ones.   Improvements in version phpFox 4.6.1 Support option to show/hide site menu with user groups. "Share" app will be added to Manage Apps page in the AdminCP for easier management of user group settings. Add a Block to AdminCP Dashboard feature is back. phpFox script is now compatible to run on PHP version 7.2 Additional information for IP such as region, city, zip code, lat, long and timezone Fixed Bugs/Issues Duplicated "Meta Keyword" field in Create Static Page page Unable to edit Relationship Statuses in Manage Relationship Statuses page (AdminCP). The photo doesn't show in the feed when users update profile picture. Quizzes and Polls don't load up the results if the Ajax Mode is turned off. The last character of messages in the feed is removed if it's a colon. Duplicated info of "Member Since" in Profile Info page. Cannot login as other users. Missing custom fields in registration popup when enabling the setting "Multi-step registration". Cannot add a ban filter with wildcard email address. Admin can't edit feeds on User Profile page. Users state info show wrong when admin edit their info from AdminCP. Replicated custom fields were blocked in other users profiles. Show avatar of the current admin when editing users in Admicp. Material Template Updates Allow admin to freeze header, sub-menu, profile-menu, and left-right columns The layout of some core components is updated such as comment, reposition profile cover, custom privacy. All the reported bugs and issues have been fixed.   There you go. We hope that this update can help you figure out what this version has to offer. The official release of this version will be in April 2018. We are still in the progress of improving the core script itself. We are also continuously gathering all the information from the list of reported items. In the meantime, please help us report all the issues on our GitHub to be able to fix it before the official release. You can also submit a ticket in your Client Area alternatively. 'Til our next post.
  • New Apps and Themes in February 2018

    New Apps and Themes in February 2018

    It is time for us to give you the latest apps and themes in February. Our developers have added new products to the store that you can absolutely install on your phpFox websites. These 3rd party plugins have just been uploaded last month, February. You can use these easy to set up add-ons to enhance your sites and make it more stunning. 1. Advanced Search by FoxExpert DESCRIPTION It is really important to allow your users to search anything with great design and autoComplete options(Live Search).Our app solves this problem and makes Phpfox global search looks solid and professionally. Rich information about each item, fresh responsive design, history of searching and Ajax search will make this app must have for each Phpfox website. Learn More → 2. Analytics Advanced by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION The app adds Google Analytics to your site and shows some charts in your AdminCP. Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Learn More → 3. Default Avatar by Foxer DESCRIPTION This simple plugin will allow you to set default profile picture for all users who didn't update their avatar yet. phpFox has great feature – it can display user's initials with some color if a user hasn't set up his profile picture. However this doesn't work in all cases – sometimes admins want to set a pretty profile picture that will be assigned to all members who don't have profile pictures set up. Learn More → 4. Triada Landing page by FoxExpert DESCRIPTION An app which allows having unique landing page and slideshow on Triada template. Must install if you buy our theme - Triada. Learn More → 5. Usermenu Advanced by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION With this app, you can add additional entries to the user menu. Learn More → 6. Fancy Profile Block by Foxer DESCRIPTION We have created Fancy Profile Block for website owners who want to add something new and very personal for their users. Fancy Profile Block's AdminCP allows to configure block's style – colors, background images, add filters to fit any phpFox design. Learn More → 7. DFoxer by Suresh Choudhary DESCRIPTION DFoxer is a Social Network theme that is ideal for connecting professionals and companies.DFoxer is all you need to create a site for any social, company, tourist base, camping, and so on With Page, Event, Marketplace and Blog features. Learn More → 8. Triada by FoxExpert DESCRIPTION Trending design with a sliding main menu and a unique homepage with best widgets for any social networks, which show user activities. Ultra responsive (mobile first) design which works great on any device. Expand features from the Material theme, it means you'll have all new features from 4.6 + fresh design with many admin settings. Learn More → What did you think about the new apps? Does anyone catch your attention? How about the new theme? We hope that this list has helped you narrow your search down.  When looking at these apps and theme, don’t forget to try out their demo and explore the features. Don't forget to check out apps and themes in January 2018 in case you missed it. Have any questions about these apps and themes? Please contact the vendors directly via your client area account. Or submit a ticket if you need support from your site. You can also chat with our live chat agent on our website.
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