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How Social Media Can Help Homeowners Find Their Style

Social media pages are incredibly popular, and come in all different styles and types. Because of this, you can use social media to help you identify your own unique interior design style.   Locate a number of pages you enjoy viewing on a daily basis. Bookmark and save them. By finding the pages that appeal to you the most, you can start to devise the styles you want for your own home, whether it involves attractive furnishings such as a beautiful platform bed, or the colors you’ll be applying to the walls of various rooms.Here’s how to do it.   Choosing social media pages for interior design purposes   Choosing the social media pages to follow on an ongoing basis to develop your interior design ideas takes time and consideration. There are many different design pages, with many different levels of taste and sophistication, from the crafty to the elite.   If you enjoy doing crafts and remodels with your own two hands, you’ll naturally gravitate toward some of the do-it-yourself social media sites. These types of pages allow visitors to see what other people are creating on their own, using items they procured from a proper craft store or a...
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Your Own Social Network. Start Project on the Right Foot

Many companies and individuals have fell into trap of the rising trends related to developing own social networks. Following dreams of success without proper planning, technical skills and knowing what does it take equals to wasted efforts, money and time. Probably before you try build your own social network, you should start with you first successful web project or even just a blog. You can learn how to be successful online with the following article - Brief Overview of Successful Blogging. Without going into details related to technical part of developing your own social network, I will try to explain the first steps of taking the challenge and start the project on a “right foot”. Just scratching the surface of critical areas that will build strong foundations of web social network project. Planning Stage Planning involves a lot of knowledge and team work. A great idea, even unique isn't enough. Social science is extremely complicated and the fact that your unique idea doesn't have any competitors, doesn't automatically mean that project will be successful. Briefly every web project should be looked like any other business, a lot of the basics related to off-line business strategies apply with full power: Knowing your...
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WP Symposium Premium Social Network Plug-in for WordPress

WP Symposium is a premium plug-in for WordPress that can turn your blog into social network with few clicks. WP Symposium development started in 2010, this premium plug-in offer excellent support and constant updates. As WP Symposium is plug-in for WordPress, system requirements are similar, but this also depends on number of members and traffic, as the nature of social network kind of websites, it is highly probably to experience traffic spikes and many connections to database. WP Symposium Packages The review of WP Symposium will start with plan comparison, there is a free option that offers basic features (core features) like forum, group, member and member profiles are free, for additional features there are 3 different paid plans – Bronze, Silver and Gold – respectively at $39, $99 and $299. Please refer to the following page for more informatio https://www.wpsymposium.com/membership/. I personally would recommend to test the free version before buying some of the premium packages. WP Symposium Installation Installation is very simple, the same as installing any WordPress plug-in. As the developer have stated on the official websites, the steps are two. Though, I would say 3 steps as good practice is to back-up your files and database before...
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BuddyPress Social Network Plug-in for WordPress

BuddyPress is free plug-in for WordPress that will convert your WordPress website/blog into fully fledged social network. BuddyPress is an excellent choice for bloggers that have good knowledge about web development. Even the plug-in is free and open source, there are many things that require some PHP knowledge, WordPress/BuddyPress theme development and extensive understanding of WordPress core. BuddyPress Features BuddyPress out of the box features are: user profiles / extended profiles activity streams user groups private messaging notifications It is easy to extend the features with plug-ins which you can download from BuddyPress Plug-ins page: https://buddypress.org/plugins/. Pay attention on supported version of BuddyPress and WordPress, many plug-ins are outdated and can crash your website. Here is a link to list of recommended plug-ins, but again keep in mind to check version supported and possible conflicts with other plug-ins: https://buddypress.org/extend/recommended-plugins/. Web hosting Requirement As it is build over WordPress core, system requirements are the same, however keep in mind, that for large social network, you will need at least mid-level VPS. How to Install BuddyPress Installing BuddyPress is very easy, the same as you are installing new plug-in for WordPress – navigate to Pluins>Add new and search for “BuddyPress”. Hit “Install” and...
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EasySocial - Social Network Extension for Joomla – Review

As probably everybody knows - Joomla is one of the most flexible and powerful CMS, that can fit into any kind of web project. Thought until recently there wasn't a decent enough component for Joomla that is lightweight, fast, based on latest technology and with functionality that can match Facebook. Then EasySocial came! Some of the loyal members and readers of WebmaisterPro, knows that we previously used JomSocial as our main component, however recently we've switched to EasySocial by StackIdeas. For quite a like time the success of WebmaisterPro was based mainly on EasyBlog component which is also build by StackIdeas. Our social network was very lucky to be selected for the alpha test and even during this stage, we didn't experience many bugs (mainly bugs that we've discovered were related to 3rd party components, but not really bugs withing EasySocial). Another extension from StuckIdeas, that we recently integrated in our website is EasyDiscuss (excellent forum/q&a extension). Why EasySocial? Well, if you don't have a team of 20 developers and you want things to work out of the box, than EasySocial is for you. I will be straight – with all my respect the competitors in the face of JomSocial...
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Don’t be a Twit on Twitter

Social networking is becoming more and more popular and necessary, by the day. It provides you with the great chance to market yourself or your business, for free. Twitter is one of the biggest social media tools that you can use, to get your name out there and let people know who you are. Your success depends solely on your ability to creatively market yourself, and build something people want to follow. It gives you the opportunity to connect with people who have common interests and goals, and create a network from it. There are many different ways that you can use your Twitter account. Some people create parody accounts of popular celebrities or movie characters. Others prefer to keep their twitter profile professional and strictly use it for business. While the purpose of Twitter can vary for each person, there are some unwritten rules that remain the same, for all. Twitter has become an easy way for the everyday person to connect with celebrities, politicians, athletes, and businesses when it would be otherwise impossible. Companies are increasingly dedicating more and more resources to social media for a few reasons. One, it is a great way to reach a target...
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How Social Networking Helps Lost Friends Get Together

How Social Networking Helps Lost Friends Get Together Distance and time are often the two biggest reasons we lose touch with people. There are times when we just get busy with other things.That’s certainly a shame, but at a time when there are so many different social networking sites available to us, it doesn’t have to be.There are more ways than ever to illustrate how social networking helps lost friends get together. A Forgotten Feature Social networking has a great many positive connotations behind it. There are so many things we can now do with social networking that we sometimes actually forget that its origins. The beginnings of social networking are largely based on the concept of reuniting old friends. Classmates.com began that concept in 1995. We can do so many things on a site like Facebook, and yet one of the primary reasons why social networking was created in the first place is still a possible use of sites like Facebook and Google+. It’s strange to realize now that some of us actually forget we can even do this in the first place. Bringing People Back Together Through Social Networking You can still indeed find old friends through social networking...
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Microsoft Wants a Piece of Your Social Networking Time, Rolls Out So.cl

The Hush, Hush Debut of So.cl Just days after social networking biggie, Facebook made its initial public offering, tech titan Microsoft silently rolled out it's experimental social networking platform to the Public after being in the beta-testing period for quite some time. So.cl (pronounced as “social”), as the site is called, was first launched in December last year. The site is targeted at students and had formerly been limited to invitees at universities and school in the United States. Microsoft noted that the platform is the fruition of a joint partnership with selected universities that include Syracuse University, University of Washington and New York University – whose students have tested the website. It was developed by a team of designers and engineers from Microsoft's Fuse Labs and it is powered by Bing search. So, what's with So.cl? Below is a brief walk through. The Look and Purpose So.cl appears like a combination of the search engine Bing and online pinboard Pinterest. Based on its FAQ page, the site brings together social networking and search to aid users in finding and sharing interesting content they find on the Internet. It allows users to make rich posts by organizing a collage of visual...
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JomSocial - Create Your Own Social Network with Joomla

JomSocial is social network component for Joomla, probably the only complete solution that work out of the box (with few minor settings) that can help you to establish your own social network in a matter of hours. First I will start with the basics, Joomla and JomSocial requires good web hosting. So forget about shared hosting solution, you need at least mid-level VPS to run these two monsters, also forget about low-end cheap VPS.  Second you need special template for your Joomla website that is compatible with JomSocial - most are premium, I would personally recommend RocketTheme templates, but you have find high quality templates that are free, for example based on Gantry framework All right, so what do you get for $149? JomSocial package includes the main component, several modules and bunch of plug-ins (applications).  Installation is very easy and if you have some experience with Joomla probably you will not have any problems. I personally would start with installation of suitable template and upload the component through FTP in the root folder and after that use installation from URL (this may save some headaches if upload_max_size value is low). Set-up is a different ball game, setting up; component, modules...
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Understanding the Global Social Networking Trends

Never has there been, in the history of mankind, so great an opportunity for people to be connected and interact, as its obtainable today. The proliferation of the Internet has made communication between people to be greatly easy and effective, without the barrier or limitation of space and even time. And today, at the forefront of the phenomena changes we are experiencing, is social networking. Description Social networking is the general name given to the trend and the activities of websites that are created with the purpose of making communications between their users possible. These websites are also being known as the new media, for they allow users to speak, watch, hear and interact with people from all over the world. The make sharing of experiences, interests and activities, possible. Presently, it will be difficult to put a definitive figure on the actual count number of members of these social communities, for a simple reason that thousands of them are springing up on a daily basis, each making its own cut in the big pie of web population. Mind you, hundreds of thousands of users are also joining the move on a daily basis. People now find it difficult to be...
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