by February 1, 2010 0 comments



If you want to extend the reach of your brand then social networking sites
like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut etc. have proven to be platforms of choice.
However, if you are having your own website or are planning to have one soon,
then a convenient way would be to install and run social networking software for
your website.  Adding social networking features to your website becomes more
helpful as it provides a platform for users to interact and collaborate. XOOPS
with Yogurt module lets you do all this.

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Applies To: IT managers
Price:Free
USP:
Add exciting social networking features to your website.
Primary Link: www.xoops.org
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XOOPS, an acronym for eXensible Object Oriented Portal System, is a PHP based
CMS solution that can serve as a web framework for building dynamic community
websites or intra-company portals having features like web logs, news, forums
etc. XOOPS is a well-known Open Source CMS that also allows you to build a
social network through its Yogurt module. For an enterprise, such social
networks can help to form a community of members for the site visitors to
interact with. The Yogurt module of XOOPS has features that allow users to have
a personal album of pictures, videos from You Tube, friends list, a public wall
of messages (scrapbook), and form communities. It also has privacy features
where users can configure who can see what. In this article, we see how to get
started with XOOPS and install the Yogurt module and have an Orkut like social
network where the organization’s users can interact and form communities.

Getting started
The prerequisites for installing XOOPS are a web server (Apache or IIS), PHP
5.2 or higher and MySQL 4.1 or higher installed and configured. Also a database
to be used by XOOPS should be created in MySQL. You can name the database as
xoops_db and also create the user and access rights to the database. With this
month’s DVD, we have distributed the latest versions of XOOPS and the Yogurt
module. Extract the contents of the zipped files. Now copy the contents of the
htdocs folder to the root document path of your web server. In case of Apache it
would be www folder. Now you can start the installation by typing your company’s
URL where you have upload XOOPS contents. If you have used a test environment
then “http://localhost” will be your URL to initiate installation.

When you go to the base URL where you’ve copied the XOOPS
files on web server, the XOOPS installation wizard starts with a list of
steps that will be followed during installation.

 

After doing the configuration check, the wizard checks for
directories where XOOPS files are located. Move the xoops_data and xoops_lib
files out of the root document folder of the web server.

 

The wizard checks for database server login details. Here
provide the database name you created for XOOPS and the prefix to be used in
each table name.

 

Create the general configuration of your website’s page
with description and meta tags. Next, install options for private messaging,
user profiles and protector modules.

 

Once the wizard finishes, go to the directory where you
extracted Yogurt and copy it to the Modules folder under the root directory
of the web server, and restart the web server.

 

After the web server restarts, click on Administration Menu
on home page. This page will show the installed modules, and to add Yogurt
module click on modules button.

 

The Modules Administration page lists the installed modules
and those that are available to be installed. Clicking on the install button
will install the social networking module.

 

On home page you can see Social Networking as a new option
under Main Menu panel. Clicking on that opens Orkut like interface having
all social networking features.

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