Client: Undershaw Education
‘Help us to get a deeper connection with our Alumni’
Build us a stand-alone social network
Whilst all the school brand design was being implemented, topright added a closed alumni social network whilst building the school website. The network would enable ex-students and teachers to communicate with one another. They would be able to share thoughts, images, projects with one another, to learn and grow. The social network design would also enable users to create groups, do surveys and comment on each others posts.
This social media network design is part of the Undershaw school website. It Offers ex-students of the school a platform an opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts. The alumni becomes a digital community. Students and teachers can create profiles, share images, dialogue and create groups.
The whole social network site is secure and cannot be view until a member is logged in. There is no registration facility, members are invited. The system is built upon the Buddypress platform, a powerful community plugin for WordPress that takes a site beyond a blog. It includes all of the features you’ve come to expect from any online community, like user profiles, groups, activity streams, notifications, and more.
Social network design
Social networks are a monster of functionality. Everything that happens has knock-on effects across it’s platform. Members are essentially ‘subscribers’ and everything the post or comment on can appear in multiple places. Building a social network from scratch is a cost prohibitive task and no client could really ever fund something of such magnitude. Unless of course you are Mark Zuckerberg or a business that has attracted massive investment. Therefore it makes sense to build and adapt on something tried and tested so that you don’t re-invent the wheel at great cost to a client. That way they benefit from something rock solid and cost effective.