Social Networks, in the web world today, is really taking off. Though relatively a new aspect, it’s been the most happening place today. There are a big number of organizations, businesses, firms and communities that make use of social networking to communicate better with others, promote them, and their businesses as well as to get engaged with their audience. In this article, you will get to know about Drupal CMS to set up & manage a social networking website. This article tells you the way of managing users, roles and their permissions, about Gravatars and the way of enabling them, how users can track the activity of each other, how to extend user profiles, about settings and rules for users, how to give authenticated users a more relevant home page
Drupal, similar to other websites, does let users upload & get associated with their user account, either a photograph or an avatar to represent them, but it too comes with a few shortcomings that could be fixed using Gravatar. Gravatar is a social avatar service whereby users can upload their avatar that is later accessible through other sites that ask the avatar utilizing email address of the users. This comes handy for users as they now don’t need to upload their avatars to website, and minimizes the amount of data stored on the website, as well as the amount of data being shifted to and from our website. As not all users don’t want to make use of a 3rd-party service for their avatars (chiefly, users that haven’t signed up to Gravatar, as yet) if they want we can allow them to upload their own avatars, using the Upload module.
You can also find a large number of other social networking sites that are more generalized and do not vie with ours; accordingly we would like to enable our users to promote their profiles for other social networks, as well.
The Follow module can be installed and downloaded. It enables users to make their profiles public for other social networking sites on their profile on our site.
Once our users becomes familiar with each other more, they could be interested in each other’s topics and posts, as well as would like to find a particular user’s contribution to the website. The tracker module lets users keep track of one another’s contributions to the website. This core module only requires to be set up and enabled.
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