Visitor retention and interactivity is becoming even more important. For this reason you may want to add your own social network on to a WordPress blog. There are some very easy ways for you to do this ranging from easy to install plug-ins to more extensive social networking products that can actually allow you to create a network similar to Facebook and other popular social networking sites.
So let’s look at some easy to install social networking plug-in first.
PLUGIN 1 – Buddypress
This plug-in is very quick and easy to install. You can create a very basic social network and this plug-in will go as detailed and complicated as you would like. One of the best features of its design is the fact that you can
easily turn on and off specific features any time you like.
PLUGIN 2 – Mingle
This is another very easy social networking plug-in and works with a lot of WordPress themes. It allows you to set up profile pages, create lists of friends, have profile activities, social comments and e-mail notifications.
It does not have as many features as Buddypress, however, many users say it is much easier to set up.
PLUGIN 3 – Customize Your Community
This is really more of an administration plug-in. You can change the way your login page appears, the way your recover lost password pages look, how registration pages appear and things like that.
PLUGIN 4 – Community Blogs For BuddyPress With this powerful plug-in you can create groups or community blogs that have multiple authors on them right inside Buddypress. Administrators can give members registered user status to any blogs they wish or multiple
These are the powerful tools to optimize a wordpress blog and turn it into a social network, if you have other great tools, please drop it here on the comment section below.