BuddyPress Competition is heating up
Funny; check the ‘Happy users’ logos , one of our own listed there! Wonder if they would care to explain
I see that Joomla is still kicking out very badly malformed markup, they are so lucky that browser parsers aren’t stricter.
I’ve grown up Buddypress so I’m not sure how they can claim to have a value proposition.
$XXX + forums that only disclose presales questions or “success stories” = a bit sketchy.
Buddypress welcomes Jomsocial refugees and doesn’t charge for a great experience either
See that they have a mobile “iphone” app available. Will be kickass for bp – http://www.jomsocial.com/download/addons/core-enhancements/ijoomer–iphone-app-for-jomsocial.html
They got it wrong. It should be the other way around – Who needs Jomsocial if you can get BuddyPress?
Lots of features ready that bp still waiting for. Sorry but pay $99 and you’re still required to link back???? How about jomsocial pay me for the footer ad space?
1.2.6 should already be released. stop with all the last minute additions. SIGH
@intimez – I’m with you that competition is a very healthy thing, and perhaps also the kick that Automattic appear to need
@anton I think the link you posted doesnt work, here is the actual link http://www.jomsocial.com/download/addons/core-enhancements/ijoomer–iphone-app-for-jomsocial.html and the developer’s link is at http://www.iJoomer.com
Been using jomsocial since it’s early beta stage (almost 2 years) and now switching to buddypress for a huge community site.
Don’t like that twitter, ’cause to have “jomsocial + wordpress goodness by corephp” you have to spend $218,99 compared to $0,00 for buddypress.
However, what I like of jomsocial is that it already comes with built-in must-have applications/plugins for a community such as videos, photos, events (besides standard ones like groups, forums, pm). Plugins all developed by the same developers (come built-in with the installer). Instead with buddypress you depend on plugin’s developers (events, photos, privacy….) and what if they’ll stop supporting/updating them? Also in jomsocil the users is given the possibility to add what application they want to their profile.
@sulley – on the flip side – with one company developing it, you have a single point of weakness. if they go under, the whole project disappears – not just one plugin.
However, I tend to agree with you: BuddyPress would definitely be a more attractive development platform if a solid company took more responsibility for specifying standard components, resourcing their development, ensuring stated deadlines were met, and supporting them.
now switching to buddypress for a huge community site
Having stated experience with Jom, I assume that you have as much or more experience with BP as ‘Huge Community Site’ worries me slightly, not trying to put you off BP in the slightest, but generally one would tackle large projects only when 100% confident developing on a particular platform, and BP does require a fair bit of work to get what one wants.
@hnla I don’t have much experience with BP on the tech side (i.e. hacking core files…at least I’m able to customize BP template to use with wp theme). For now core features of BP and a bunch of stable plugins are enough to start with. So far I’m only missing a photos plugin but I’ll wait the new release of album+
The fact is that if I’d use jomsocial+joomla again, I’d have to spend more money on components and jomsocial’s 3rd party plugins. Most of WP 3rd party plugins are free ones, compared to joomla’s ones.
I find this thread very interesting. I just found it as I was researching on open source social network software.I’ m wondering if someone has tried Joomla’s community builder before.I was specifically looking for a comparison between Buddypress and Community builder (Joomlapolis.com)>
Nup. Joomla has so many SEO holes in it, it’s not funny. Even with so called SEO plugins, it is still a horible nightmare.
Bad code, horrible backend…. the user experience is just not a good one.
Anyone comes to me with a Joomla site, I simply turn them away… or sugest they rebuild.
I’ve been working with Joomla for years (2004 – 2009), especially with community builder and also took a look at JomSocial, which isn’t that bad – but you have to pay for. There has always been discussions about SEO and security. Most annoying thing is, that more and more components and modules have to be paid – support isn’t always that good as you would expect. Buddypress lacks a few standard features Jomsocial or Communitybuilder has, but the community here is very active and helpful, so most of my needs get fulfilled. Only alternative to WP/BP: Drupal – but that takes a long time to understand (for me) if you’re not a programmer.
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