From the last several months I am researching on find out the No 1 script or you can say the best open-source software for creating a website very similar like Digg. Well, to the best of my research, my knowledge, at present, it appears to me that perhaps Pligg CMS is the best software for developing a social bookmarking website of any nature. I think Pligg has its own monopoly over the social bookmarking market. I have seen hundreds of webmasters preferring Pligg dues to his simplicity. Pligg has a unique blend of flexibility which is neither simple nor rigid. Pligg is nothing but the most powerful content management system that anyone can download and use for free, yes absolutely free! It provides you a great social publishing platform for encouraging visitors to register on your website for sharing their articles, contents, stories or anything. It helps you to start your own publishing communities within hours. Moreover, you can get hundreds of beautiful template, extensions, components, plugins and etc for customizing your website to extreme possibilities. Pligg, if implement with a robust business model can potentially make millions of dollars for you. URL http://www.pligg.com/
The second most powerful social publishing script is PHPdug developed by kubelabs.com. It helps to create a website very similar like Digg or any other social bookmarking website and includes features like users rating, voting, polling, comment system and etc. Some of its exclusive features are: 1. You can easily customize your template with little HTML knowledge. 2. It includes strong spam filtering captcha security system. 3. The installation process is very simple and everything is done by the wizard system. 4. It potentially includes a very good Dig button. 5. The admin backend is fantastic. 6. It automatically creates thumbnails for youtube and google videos. 7. It automatically adds stories from RSS feeds URL : http://www.kubelabs.com/phpdug/
Well, the third most powerful script for creating social bookmarking websites is Markit (Mark -it). It is indeed a great script for introducing relevant contents within other websites of similar interest. Using Markit you can virtually start your own website in hours to help people to share what they find with others. It enables users to tag, save, and share their favorite websites and contents. You can use this software for developing intellectual websites related to Education, Professional, Health care, Tourism and etc. URL: http://www.markit.me/
The Hotaru CMS goes with the tag line “Open Source Plugin-Powered CMS Engine”. Well, Hotaru is an open-source software developed with PHP for helping webmasters to develop their own social publishing website within hours. It includes a number of powerful templates, themes, and plugins for customizing the default Hotaru CMS. Although you can use this CMS for developing a general website but mostly is used for developing potential social bookmarking platforms. It includes special treasures for webmasters like in-build class libraries, extensions, 3r party scripts like ezSQL, htmLawed, Inspekt, JSMin, and SimplePie. URL : hotarucms.org
Recently, I learned from Source forge about Loudle. It is a script, which helps to create a Digg like news submission website. But unfortunately, I think, the developers of this CMS are not anymore working on it. But, anyhow, you can still download and use it from Source forge URL : loudle.org Truworthit PHP bookmark script The name of this script sounds interesting. Doesn’t it? Well, I have very little knowledge on it and I really have no idea whether this script is trustworthy or not. Please apply your own wisdom on it. URL: http://www.demo.truworthit.com/bookmark/
Personally speaking, I am a great admirer of Visual Studio.net. These days I was quite bored learning that most of the scripts are developed with PHP. I was pondering upon, where are my .net brothers and sisters were gone? It is good to see Kigg, which is completely based on dot net. So here is what I call the golden fish for all the dot net developers across the world for literally having a good social publishing website. If you are one of them, may I recommend you to use this script because you can customize it to the deepest possibilities? URL: http://kigg.codeplex.com/
Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal are the three diamond caskets from which you can get the treasures of web 2.0 revolution. Well, my favorite is Joomla. Anyhow, if your favorite is Drupal, then you can absolutely use Drigg for adding the bookmarking features to your Drupal website. Drigg is developed by Tony Mobily. Hay Tony, how are you? Thanks, for developing such a wonderful module. URL: http://www.drigg.org
Dugg Plaza is not a script or anything, it is a wonderful template developed by templateplazza that included certain features of social publishing. Well, I don’t know whether they are updating it for latest versions of Joomla, but certainly you can use it on your own Joomla website with little customization. In coming days, I am looking forward to seeing a good Joomla Pligg integration plug-in as well as a better social bookmarking extension for Joomla.
To sum, up it could be concluded that right now due to phenomenal rise of open sources software’s; one can almost develop anything and the only limitation is nothing but the limitation of his own thinking. Anyhow, let me give my endnote that you can easily develop your own social bookmarking websites like Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, delicious, Mixx, Slashdot, Diigo and etc using the above-mentioned scripts. Learn research and experiment thoroughly before hosting your next social bookmarking website to avoid chaos.