How much does it cost to build a social network?

by the6thplayer 35 replies
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?
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  • 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 Wiggles1984
      Originally Posted by shuvo View Post

      The best would be hiring a professional one from a freelancing site and I hope this will save money on building the total network.
      I agree with this, a freelancer may be able to save you a lot of money. Just be sure you can fully trust who you are working with. Another money saving tip, would be to ask for a discount if you are willing to display advertising in their favor.

      The price to start one up does depend highly on the features. I would be kind of worried about starting a social networking site now-a-days. To me Facebook will be one of the main ones who survive. I loved hearin how much MySpace originally sold for, but now look at their recent sale again which was way lower.

      Maybe you have a unique idea, and I wouldn't blame you for only speaking with people you can trust. I once openly spoke about a MySpace site, but for adults... and now A****Space is here. I don't think someone took my idea, but you never know... so be careful with what you share.

      Off-topic of developing a site. I once asked a major online retailer for custom car parts why they just couldn't retro fit a kit on the bumper, by cutting the original bumper and molding the new kitted one on it. Sad to say... a few weeks later there was a dozen of body kits available for my car, where before there was only barely a handful.
  • 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 Ron Douglas
      Originally Posted by the6thplayer View Post

      i guess there are not much people who can give me a good estimate!!!
      It's impossible to give you an estimate from the limited details you've provided.

      You say you want to build another facebook. Do you realize how many coding man hours went into building that site? They have a huge team funded by millions in venture capital money and stock equity.

      Maybe you should ask a coder and give them specific details of what you want.
    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by the6thplayer View Post

      i guess there are not much people who can give me a good estimate!!!
      Seriously, how do you expect anyone to give you any kind of useful estimate? No one has a clue what your idea is, what features it would require, or how well-developed your idea is. Estimates are based on known facts and detailed specs, not vague descriptions and psychic intuition.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
      Originally Posted by the6thplayer View Post

      i guess there are not much people who can give me a good estimate!!!
      lol - a person would be a fool to give an estimate without specs.

      The first thing you do, is you hire a consultant to discuss your idea to make sure it is possible and then to help you spec it out, professionally. So you have something people can bid on. Once you know that your idea will work, and how it will work, then you start taking bids on development.

      You know why some of these programmers that you hire run off on you? It's because you went in with a vague plan, and then started developing your plan while the thing was being built. And the developer then has to suffer through your many changes, often at his cost, because you hadn't thought this thing through in the first place.

      You service people know what I am talking about.

      A complete social network from scratch? I wouldn't even look at it for under $30K. And $5k to just spec it out for you.... :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Hamza
    If you are serious about your idea you can easily find yourself spending $30k+ in start up costs ...

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