How To Build a Facebook Clone using Dolphin 7

Many people are looking for the best solutions in the world of Free and Open Source Software for Community and Social Networking sites to answer the challenge of making a successful "Facebook Clone".

Dolphin is Free and Open Source. This fact presents great advantages and opportunities, and along with its key features like independent Modules structure, Language file system, Page, Menu and Profile Fields Builders, you're off to a great start!

So... let's see what we will need and how we can do it right!

Make sure you have installed Dolphin correctly ;)

Modules

Dolphin Administration Panel -> Tools -> Modules

Choose the appropriate modules and put them together, like: Facebook Connect, Wall, Photos, Friends, Groups, Events, Ads, Sites, Simple Messenger, Forum, etc.

Learn More "How to install Modules"

List Of Installed Modules - Sample

Builders

Dolphin Administration Panel -> Builders

  • Use the power of the Builders menus to manage Navigation and Member menus - tweak the order and placement of menu items of the modules you have chosen.

Navigation Menu Builder

Member Menu Builder

  • With the Page Blocks builder, you compose pages, their blocks and columns. You need to do 3 columns - rearranging the blocks between them on particular pages. Drag-n-drop blocks between columns and tune column width values easily. Learn More

Page Block Builder

Fields Builder

Membership and Privacy

Dolphin Administration Panel -> Settings -> Membership Levels and -> Privacy Settings

Give your site members freedom, confidence and comfort with a flexible:

Membership Levels

Privacy Settings

Logo and Splashscreen

Dolphin Administration Panel -> Settings -> Basic Settings

  • Put your "Facebook Clone" Site Title here
  • Upload a new "Facebook Clone" logo for your site
  • Upload new pictures for the splashscreen or Promo block on the Home Page

Basic Settings

  • Or create your own HTML page for the Promo block

Basic Settings HTML

Language Settings

Dolphin Administration Panel -> Settings -> Languages Settings

It's all in one place - no need to go here or there, just find and replace language keys

  • Change the default texts to your own text on such pages as "About Us", "Terms of Use", "Privacy"
  • Adjust/edit other wording throughout your site

Languages Settings

Out Of The Box

BoonEx -> Unity -> Market

Unity Market offers a great set of competitive products made by professional web-developers and web-designers to enhance Dolphin sites with different Facebook extensions and Facebook-fashioned templates:

Showcase

Vdubber

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Note: Most of the extensions and templates have their own installation instructions provided by the owner. Most of the extensions and templates can be installed only if you have already done a full Dolphin installation. Please contact the owner of the product via Unity personal messaging to clarify the details you have doubts in.

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