How much does it cost to build a social network?

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A killer idea poped up in my mind and it is about a new social network.... my question is that if i start from scratch then how much does it cost to build a social network with rich features.....??
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    Originally Posted by the6thplayer View Post

    A killer idea poped up in my mind and it is about a new social network.... my question is that if i start from scratch then how much does it cost to build a social network with rich features.....??
    It depends on the features. You could get an out of the box social site script for like $200. Or you could pay for mass customizations and spend thousands.
  • Profile picture of the author the6thplayer
    i don't intend to build a facebook lookalike so the $200 script is outta my place.... the idea is unique so i am willing to spend whatever it takes to do it..... but i need a rough idea before starting on it!!
  • Profile picture of the author JamesJeffery
    Don't go with out of the box solutions. If your network was to become big you would need to redevelop the whole lot. Not to mention out of the box software is available to any "hacker" that wan'ts to look through the source code for vulnrabilities.

    If you have a killer idea. Draft it up. Talk to some developers, or employ them.

    Bebo, Facebook, MySpace and any other large social network was built on custom software that they were able to scale and modify when needed.

    Price wise, you're probably looking at a couple thousand. But that depends on the features you need. If its a simple social network, like Twitter (without the app platform) you could get something done for around $500. But don't expect anything outstanding for that price.
  • Profile picture of the author the6thplayer
    thanks ,.... i am already making connections with like minded people and discussing the idea with only the trusted ones..... they seem to like it, but I want someone to tell me the rough expense on the whole project....
  • Profile picture of the author freshman1234
    If you are a good programmer and know all languages then maybe under 500$ other wise more than 1000$..
    I was also searching for this kind of info and found it very expensive as it needs lots of tools and other things..
  • Profile picture of the author peterparker018
    Cost depends on features of the site.
  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    Originally Posted by the6thplayer View Post

    A killer idea poped up in my mind and it is about a new social network....
    Have you a twin brother?
  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    The best would be hiring a professional one from a freelancing site and I hope this will save money on building the total network.
  • Profile picture of the author the6thplayer
    i guess there are not much people who can give me a good estimate!!!
  • Profile picture of the author Hamza
    If you are serious about your idea you can easily find yourself spending $30k+ in start up costs ...
  • Profile picture of the author the6thplayer
    i have $100k set aside for this project... but it looks like i'll need more
  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
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  • Profile picture of the author the6thplayer
    thankyou but not interested ;D
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    phpFox is a pretty nice and complete out of the box solution. They've been around a long time. I used them - the most expensive option ($300) and was happy with the results. It has a lot of features.

    I bought a template from Teamwurkz Technologies Inc to use with it and it was garbage, so I don't recommend them for templates for it (and they don't refund even though they say 30 day refund on their front page).
  • Profile picture of the author Josh MacDonald
    This thread along with the OPs questions are ridiculous. You are asking us to quote you on something we have no clue of the features. For something like this, you need to consult a professional programmer.
    You've just lost a lot of respect from me by yelling at and under estimating fellow Warriors.

    Originally Posted by the6thplayer View Post

    i guess there are not much people who can give me a good estimate!!!
  • Profile picture of the author myrealnetwork
    Well, it doesn't need lot of money. Some providers provide all in one solutions that include: social network software, templates, hosting, and support. You can customize your social networking site yourself using the control panel or CMS. If you need further or deeper customization, then you can pay some fees (couple hundreds) for their developers to do it. It's a lot cheaper than hiring your own programmer.
  • Profile picture of the author KenFighter
    I can get u friend of mine if u will... He build a site looks like facebook... Very recommended person...
  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    why not tell you exactly what I am trying to do and then finding that my idea has been implemented with me still trying to figure out how much does it cost to build one
    Ideas are a dime a dozen. Whatever your idea is, it's not new or unique.
  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    *shakes head....
  • Profile picture of the author NoBSGuy
    Not as much as many think.
    You can find written php scripts for as much as 500 bucks or less.
    You could even search for already established social sites on Flippa, all bells and whistles included. Some of them are offered at very cheap prices compared to their total value.

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