New to SocialEngine? Got a limited budget? Here are a few tips that may guide you in setting up an awesome SocialEngine-powered community.
1. Know your Niche – Don’t try to be the next Facebook, you’re just running straight into a brick wall. Instead, look for a topic that interests you and find like-minded people who can populate your site. Of course, you should plan this before setting up a domain name that would fit your site best.
2. When it comes to hosting, dont settle for less – We’ve heard a lot of horror stories from clients getting their hosting account suspended, all because they’re under a shared hosting plan. While SocialEngine can run on such environment, I highly recommend going with a VPS at the very least. It gives you enough power to boost your site into its fullest potential – remember, your site can become quite active sooner than you expect. Arvixe has an affordable VPS package that’s good enough to jumpstart your social network project.
3. Dont overload your site with features – sometimes, less is more when you start. Many clients try to install plugins that extend SocialEngine’s functionality, adding lots of cool features that can be found on top social networks of today – however, by having too much of these features your users get lost and confused, and some of them get turned off. Be creative and only install what you really need. You’ll realize that you dont have to include these and those just to please your members. Dont spend too much money on stuff that your members wont utilize to its full potential, you can save it to spend on other stuff for your site. You can probably add 3rd party plugins on a later date.
4. Seek help – There are a couple of great sites out there set up by loyal SocialEngine clients which you can visit and ask help. SE4.me and SocialEngineBase are good places to start. Avoid forums that “share” nulled copies of SocialEngine and third party plugins.
5. Keep your site interesting – Once in a while your members will get bored eventually and activity will soon drop. Get a page out of Facebook and disrupt the monotony once your members have become complacent. Change your color scheme, get a new theme, its probably time to add a new feature or get that 3rd party plugin you’ve always wanted. SocialEngine4 may have an updated version with some new features so you may want to upgrade to that latest version.
Remember, these are just tips. You may have something else in mind but you’ve got nothing to lose here. Good luck with your SocialEngine community site!