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Free Alternative to Ning.com
July 25th, 2010 | Posted by Pin

Ning is the leading online platform for the world’s organizers, activists and influencers to create their own social network

One of our customers had created a social project on Ning.com, which allows its members to interact with one another and share pictures and songs. Things were going well, until she discovered that their yearly subscription fee for a premium package containing the features that she currently uses, now costs USD400 a year! Describing this as ‘horrible,’ she came to us seeking for a more feasible alternative.

We reviewed her current website and looked up similar cases. Some have suggested that users migrate from Ning.com to WordPress MU. But, we’ve tried WordPress MU in the past, and found the multi blog to be far too complicated.

Then, we explored the possibility of migrating from Ning.com to WordPress, but we found that WordPress may not be such a good idea either since the two platforms are so different.

Finally, we discovered that a Facebook Page would be the best alternative. We did the checks, informed our customer of our findings and the customer checked back with us to find out if an FB Page could support Video and MP3 sharing. We told her that all this can be done with Youtube’s embedded code and a Facebook application called MP3

Her response? “Thanks again for all your help! I really am very happy with the service I’ve received from 1.com.my

You’re most welcome!

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3 Responses to “Free Alternative to Ning.com”

Pin said:
July 29th, 2010

This plugins may work. Try it out http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/import-from-ning/

Pin said:
August 13th, 2010

Alternatively, you can try Buddy Press. It is a plugin for WordPress and work to a certain degree like Ning.com.

Pin said:
August 18th, 2010

Wackwall provides escalation to Ning users http://blog.wackwall.com/2010/05/migrate-from-ning-to-wackwall.html

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