In the past few months, there have been some major announcements that have rocked the world of Social Networks. NING's announcement of phasing out free Social Networks have got many network admins worrying about what to do next. With the only way out being to pay to upgrade to NING's premium plans , admins have no other option than migrating to either a different system or a platform of their own.
Other SAAS options include KickApps , SocialGO which include a free solution besides their premium services. The other alternative that some might prefer would be to move to your own platform. If you are looking at going this route there are solutions like Elgg, BuddyPress , JomSocial available.
With JomSocial going GPL this month, it looks like a really promising alternative.
This blog will talk mainly about migrating from Ning to JomSocial & the options you have for the features that Ning has in this approach.
With JomSocial going GPL, we have been getting a large number of requests for converting CB & NING based Social Networks to JomSocial. So much so that we even released a few migration extensions for CB. These plugins make it easier to move some of the CB data to JomSocial.
We are now offering a migration service for people who want to move from NING or CB to JomSocial.
With JomSocial going GPL it's the best time to move ! Interested ? Send us an inquiry & we'll get back to you with an estimate.
A couple of weeks back, I wrote about a component that can convert posts from CB profilebook to JomSocial wall posts. At the same time we'd also developed another one to convert the images from the BC profile gallery plugin into JomSocial albums.
The tricky part here was the mammoth 5GB worth of photos that needed to be resized and refit to Jomsocial size & standard. I've implemented a batch size option so that only some photos are processed at every run.
The component created a single JomSocial album for each user and adds all their CB photos into that album.
As before, I'm attaching the script to this post so that people who're stuck at the same problem benefit from my script :). It's a simple single file component that you need to put in your administrator/components folder. Once done, simply run the component via the admin -
Lately we've been receiving a steady flow of requests from people wanting to convert their Community Builder based websites into JomSocial ones. I'm not the best person to comment if this is a good trend, but it definitely does seem logical given the variety of features JomSocial offers. Add to that the developer-friendliness of Jomsocial and suddenly you have everyone wanting a JomSocial community!
We'd recently had one such request where there was a largish Joomla 1.0 based community site that needed to move over to JomSocial.
You'd say - Hey, use the JomSocial migrator (From CMS Market) and you're done. Of course we used it, and all the tables covered by that component were migrated. Though, a big problem I see for that component is that it does not seem to have a staggered import mechanism, so It always gave a memory error or a maximum execution time error. To overcome that I'd to copy that obese half a GB table on to our local development server, raise the limits to ridiculous levels (Both the execution times were made 1500s and the memory limit was 512MB) and then use the Jomsocial migrator. It worked this time and I was able to import the User data, connections and UDDEIM messages! The hits table which is 150M is still giving problems though. Agree this was a crude trick, but was the fastest option considering how fast clients need their projects delivered these days :)
The client also had several extra features apart from the regular CB ones. There were around 90,000 entries (worth 20MB) made using the profilebook plugin. These needed to go as JomSocial wall posts. I did some scrounging around and did not find any good script that did that, so ultimately needed to write one.
I'm attaching the script to this post so that people who're stuck at the same problem benefit from my script :). It's a simple single file component that you need to put in your administrator/components folder. Once done, simply run the component via the admin -
Note that this does not support staggered import either so you might get a memory issue if you have a large table.
Download CB Profilebook to JS walls migrator
We also needed to migrate the profile gallery plugin into Jomsocial albums. Will post the same later.