Re: Index page modification????
@thetico: Ning vs. WPMU/BP
In addition to what Mike Pratt said, while NIng may look good out of the box, the question is do you want total ownership and stewardship of your community? If you do, WPMU/BP is the way to go. If you go with Ning, you are subject to terms and conditions set forth by Ning which could change at any time … just as many are subject to TOS of Facebook, Grou.ps, etc.
– With Ning, you as a Ning community owner have no way of backing up all the data and uploads your members contributed. Though I’m sure Ning would have backups of all your information – but you don’t.
– With WPMU/BP you can export and backup data via XML exports, cron database backups and backups of server files and folders. When anything happens like your server crashing, you have all the backups you need to restart anew by importing your backups within an hour or less.
Another question is, do you or your staff have the technical ability to implement WPMU/BP community and/or do you have the time to do so?
– Ning will perform out of the box, they have many paid staff to handle the administrative, technical, and logistical aspects of the Ning installations.
– WPMU/BP install will need a big measure of TLC from at least one Site/Super Admin who has the expertise and experience to implement the project.