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    Building a social networking site from scratch or using a social networking script?

    Hello all,

    please i have a problem and need your vital information to help me decide on what next to do.

    I want to start a social networking site but is having problem deciding which way to go on whether to build the site from scratch or use a social networking script.

    Please friends, based on your experiences and ideas, I would like to know the positives and negatives of either building the site from scratch or using a social networking script.

    i would also like to know which SN script is best and why(that is if you think using a SN script is better)( i would also like to know more on phpfox and SE 3 or SE 4 scripts. can they hold a huge number of users and at the same time, like in millions?)

    Please consider the following 3 points below in addition to your personal reasons while making your contributions for me.

    1. The site is for a niche that would carry million of followership and will be also having very huge number of users(in millions) on the site at every particular time.

    2. the site will also be continually developed from time to time to improve on it, scalability.

    3. the cost implications involved.

    Please i would welcome your very kind, informed and quick contributions on this issue as i want to embark on the project almost immediately.

    Thanks in anticipation.

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    Sounds like you have a lot of research ahead of you as your first step

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    Hello all,

    i still await your contributions.

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    And we await yours.

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    In respect of your points 1 - 3 I should say:

    1. The site is for a niche that would carry million of followership and will be also having very huge number of users(in millions) on the site at every particular time.
    ambitious, at least.
    millions of followership? uh?
    users in millions? uh?

    Both uhs? should trigger some thought.

    2. the site will also be continually developed from time to time to improve on it, scalability.
    disconnect there. the site has nothing to do with it. the db storage and normalisation is the only thing relative to the issue of scaleability.

    3. the cost implications involved.
    depends on your coding skills and overall knowledge as said by Fumigator. Have you a budget for building it?
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    Starting from scratch is going to cost more and take more time to develop. If you use a software, you can easily get it up and running in no time, depending on who you hire or how quick you are at getting it finished.


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