Pligg is a Content Management System Software (Open Source) for Linux/Windows servers with PHP/mySQL support created by Pligg, LLC.
Pligg is a content management system that helps users create social networking sites. It has a great resemblance with Digg, where multiple users or authors can create content and vote on stories, news, articles, images, videos, and other content forms. Pligg is offered as a downloadable script to install on a web host (self hosted), with all the balls and whistles that Pligg is and can do. The content management system, and everything inside comes for free, except for some good-looking modules and widgets that can be purchased from the shop called pligg PRO.
Pligg’s foremost advantage is the offering of tons of beautiful themes. This can be virtually endless if you do not know what you want your site to look like, but there are several color combinations and styles to choose from. However, you still get the same overall appearance of a Digg-like website where there is a header on top, a sidebar, and a bigger area for the rest of the content. Other offerings include unlimited MySQL and mailboxes, immediate activation, daily backups, powerful servers, 24/7 monitoring, and tech support. Generally, it offers a regular cloud hosting service that promises security and a certain money-back guarantee.
Changes included in the latest version include security fixes that can remove disabled profiles from the Top Users List, some improved admin features, enhanced internal and external search engine optimization, support for HTML and PHP codes in writing content, anti-spam modules, and many others. Furthermore, due to its multiple users, the website’s contents can be modified and improved constantly. The public area can be accessed by everyone, while the member area can only be modified by authors with user profiles.
Pligg User Interface
The interface acts very much like a social networking site, making it very easy to learn and operate. Like a free encyclopedia, users can modify a published article should they note any discrepancies. And like a social network, users can interact with each other using their profiles and private messaging. Add-ons and themes can also contribute to the website, and there are several pro widgets that can be purchased from the shop. Generally, if you look at how Digg looks and operates, Pligg may be thought as a sibling.
Pligg is a CMS that has a huge user base and requires an easier learning curve. It is a combination of a social network and a free encyclopedia, where users can sign up for an account, create content, vote on content, and interact with other users. However, there are many issues surrounding the effectiveness of Pligg. Many say that it is a problematic CMS that does not allow much configuration on the part of the user.
Additionally, if you are not adept at programming, you might have some problems playing with the source code. When adding a new page, you need to create two files, one from an existing template. This can be a real drag if you have tried other CMS that offers faster ways of creating new pages. Scalability may also be an issue, since, according to some reviewers, the system is slow and requires too many queries. The support system is also offered through the forums, but answers to issues may be still elusive because the forums tend to be more replete with problems than solutions. Development is also a bit slow since the time the main programmer left.
By and all, if you like a social networking site that costs less and does the simple job of getting people together, Pligg should work for you. However, poor customer support, programming issues, and slow development might hold you back from giving it a try.