So you have an idea and you want to build a website.
After playing around, reading available documentation, asking for help on the Joomla forums and experimenting, you manage to create your site content and organize it in Joomla categories and articles. You have mastered the Joomla page concept with the creation of menus and have your site navigation just like you want it.
You have also placed some cool modules on your pages to add more spice to your content layouts.
So now you take two steps back and start thinking about the next steps.
All the great content is in place and basically anyone can see it, but ... you have no idea who is actually looking at what.
Well, you could use some analytics tools to get some information about your visitors, but you want more than some anonymous reports based on IP addresses.
You want to engadge your audience and interact with your website readers. You want to find out who they are, what they like and dislike about your site, what they would want to see next. You want to address your content reader community at a more personal level.
After some research on the Joomla forums and the Joomla Extensions Directory, you discover the Community Builder listing page and check out the great reviews.
All of a sudden you realize that all of this is still free!
You create your new website CB registration form filled with extra fields that will help you learn more about your readers. First and last name fields, a birthday field (video), gender selector (video), interest multiple choice field, country location text field are extremely easy to add. You can even mark individual fields as required. And of course you have email contact information for all your registered users. Your now named-users can login to your website and see all the information they gave during the registration process on their own CB user profile page. You can even ask for more information about your users on their profile pages and let them upload their photo (video) or even a CV file (video).
You can easily configure things so your users are activated only if they confirm their email address by clicking on a confirmation link (video) they get from your website.
Wow, you say - this is really cool!
You start thinking about your Joomla content and go back and update some of it so it is only available to logged in users. This gives people an incentive to register.
What other incentives could you give?
You go back to your CB Primer Book and discover the CB User list concept and start thinking. Why not make a nice list of already signed-up registered users and use it as a motivation incentive? So you create your first CB User list and make a new Joomla menu to it and make it public so your anonymous readers can see the list. But you are still keeping the CB User Profile pages private and only viewable to logged in users.
Your website is now starting to look and feel much more engadging and interesting to your users and your brain is already thinking of ways to make things even more appealing.
And the just released CB Connect 7.0 (stable) with its awesome list of 20 supported networks and features helps you bring them over to your own website by making it super easy for them to join. No hassle sign-up and no new password setup, is a great combination to attract new users to your website and save user data (with social network's user permissions) to your local user profiles.
The numbers speak for themselves - there is no other add-on for Joomla (or any other CMS as far as we know) that supports so many social networks.
This release should have been tagged stable, but our high-quality process mandates a release candidate phase.
CB Connect now supports 20 !!! social network providers letting their users join your website using their favorite social network credentials.
This is a win-win situation with huge benefits for everyone. Website owners open the door for millions of social networking users to join their CB Connect powered website and users can quickly get on board without the need to fill-out new forms remember new password.
Here is the full awesome list:
In addition to the many supported networks, CB Connect can be also configured to:
work in Single sign on mode letting users register and login with one click -- for quick and simple website joining
prefil the registration form with data taken automatically from the social network and letting the user fill in the rest -- saves time for sign-ups and lets users override data
override approval workflows (on a per social network provider basis) for new users and images brought in from social network (avatar or canvas) -- no need to waste time with trusted network data
link existing user accounts on your website with social network -- make it easy for your existing users to single click login
synchronize CB fields with social network available data during registration, login or linking -- grab existing data and display on user profiles on your website
first redirect and redirect users based on their social network during login -- give your social network friends special treatment
As you can see this very powerful add-on is designed to help you boost your website sign-ups by reaching out to millions of social networking website users.