What is SocialEngine platform?
SocialEngineZzz.com serves as a site for promotion and development of SocialEngine Plugins, mods and templates for a social networking application called SocialEngine. What makes SocialEngine a robustly-built social networking application constructed to support almost any concept is a wide range of customisable characteristics such as administrative functions best-suited for management of small-to-intermediate sized social networks, flexibly customisable applications and attributes, clearly-written code, ability to support numerous different languages and also to be open to further modification via easily-installable modules or plugins.
The core of the platform includes the basics such as the forums, private messaging and blogs. To broaden the functionality of the socialengine platform one could add to the core many different available Social Engine plugins.
What is a Social Engine Plugin?
A modular extension to a specific larger system is called a Plugin. However, they are also other terms associated with the essence of a plugin. They vary considerably depending on the system, a size of the plugin, the purpose of it and its structure. For example a "module" is a term often used among CMS developers to categorize a extension that commonly adds functionality for the end user, Drupal CMS uses this term. Joomla, another CMS uses the expression "extension", however they divide further into different categories "template" an extension that modifies the graphic design of a website, a "plugin" is usually something that modifies the system for the administrator and also a "module" that adds functionality to the end user (also sometimes shortened to "mods" or "mod"). Other names that have a similar meaning are "addin", "add-in", something that is added to the system "addon", "add-on" something that is attached to the website , "snap-in" or "snapin", associatied with a simple plugin that is extremely easy to install. A widget is another term for the same thing of similar meaning, but in the end they are all generally user friendly, simple to install small software computer program that extends the capabilities of a larger program. For example, for a socialengine platform there is a socialengine plugin called FotoFlexer that enables the system to allow management and editing of images in photo galleries and user profiles (that can be plugins themselves). In fact it is common for the addons, or plugins to be very closely interlinked, depending on one another to provide the intended functionality.
SocialEngine plugins or addons are also pieces of software that are added to the core of social engine platform to improve one or several aspects of the system. For example Members Carousel is a SocialEngine plugin that gives a new perspective on site members. Other addons such as Virtual Makover is one of SocialEngine mods that add a completely new feature. Virtual Makeover is a module designed to fulfil completely new functions, these add-ons usually come with installation, set up instructions and other documentation.
Since SocialEngine software is a phenomenon, the community of its contributors and users is growing constantly, it is also constantly improving the range of functionality of the software for the end user. Some plugins such as "Virtual makeover", "News Headlines" and others demonstrate the variety of SocialEngine modules and are able to be used as the main feature of Makeover and News stream websites. Other plugins are often implemented to give the website an edge over the competitors.