5 Must-Have Tools to Start a Social Community Website in 2018

Creating and running a social community website is a lot easier than before. In the past, social website owners had to build different features from scratch.

Team CometChat • Apr 21, 2020

Creating and running a social community website is a lot easier than before. In the past, social website owners had to build different features from scratch. Today, you can purchase social media tools online to extend the functionalities of the website.

In this post, we have listed the five best online tools that you can use to start a social community website. Most of the tools listed here are affordable, making them ideal for both individual and corporate social community website owners


CometChat is an all in one chat solution for your Community Website. It easily integrates with over 90+ platforms with minimal effort. Once integrated, your users get access to a plethora of engaging communication and collaboration features.

Your users can use features like real-time text chat, voice & video calling and conference, real-time translation and more. Further, your users can collaborate using features like collaborative whiteboard, collaborative writeboard and file sharing.

You also get access to CometChats inbuilt Monetization and Administration tools that help you effectively monetize your website and manage CometChat.

You can learn more about CometChat and how it can increase user engagement on your website here.

User Pro

User Pro is amongst the most essential tools for your Social Community Website. The plugin helps you create customized, front-end user profiles, add unlimited custom fields, Twitter-like verified badges, custom header background and more.

User Pro further allows you to customize member directories, add follow/unfollow buttons, customize the UI with over 350+ supported fonts and icons, you can also create user badges to display user achievements and more.

The plugin is available in over 12 languages and allows secure registrations and social login options for your users, ensuring safety and easy accessibility.


Jetpack is a rather popular and powerful plugin that allows you to customize your homepage, blog posts, sidebars, and widgets all without coding.

The tool can also be used to schedule social media promotions and keep visitors interested with automatic links. Jetpack also gives you access to various security tools such as malware scanning, and spam filtering.

You can read more about Jetpack here.

Zoho Social

Whether you are creating a new social media website, or you have an existing site, Zoho Social will make it easier to extend the reach of the site.

With Zoho, you can research keywords and work with different team members. You can also create content right from the dashboards.

One of the best features of Zoho Social is the Facebook lead generation feature. You can use the plugin to work with internal team members to make the social media site a success. You can tag team members, discuss reports, and direct their efforts.

Click here to know more about Zoho Social.


Ning is one of the most popular social media plugins. The ad-supported plugin is free to use. You can also purchase an ad-free plugin by paying a monthly fee.

The online social media plugin adds unique features to the website. The plugin can add RSS feed, photo galleries, videos, discussion forums, and more.

The main advantage of Ning is the ease with which you can customize and extend the functionality of your social media website.

If you want to know more about this plugin, you can click Ning.


All these tools easily integrate into your Community Website and help you create an impeccable platform for your users to stay engaged and for your community to further grow.

Amongst all the plugins CometChat helps increase user engagement and promote user retention on your website. It also helps you effectively monetize your website and ensures that you stay above the competition and continue to grow.

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