To create a social network you will use your WordPress website (so you do need to have a self-hosted WordPresswebsite up and running).
The Core WP Symposium Pro plugin gives you profile pages, activity, friends and unlimited forums. See below for more information. The Extensions plugin gives you tons of extra features and is downloaded as a separate plugin, click here to view all the features and download options (on the WPS Codex ).
Tutorial Videos and Blog
There is a growing collection of tutorial videos, available on the Getting Started Videos (on the WPS Codex), they are worth watching.
Also, keep an eye on the blog, useful and sometimes important articles are added. To receive new articles by email, just subscribe (scroll down the page, there is a sign-up form further down the right-hand side of this page), it is highly recommended you do so.
Install the Core plugin
The first thing to do is install (link to WPS Codex) and activate the Core WPS Pro plugin.
A video (at the bottom of this page) covers setting up your profile pages, and an initial forum.
Add Profile pages, Friends and Activity
On the dashboard menu, go to WPS Pro->Setup and click on “Add Profile Pages”.
Erm, that’s all there is to it!
Four new pages are created on your WordPress site for each of the profile pages (View, Edit, Friends, and Avatar). You may want to add your new pages to your WordPress menu.
You can have an unlimited number of forums, each set up the following (incredibly easy) way.
On the dashboard menu, go to WPS Pro->Setup and click on “Add Forum”.
Enter a name and description, and click on the “Publish” button.
And, er, that’s all there is to that too!
A new WordPress page is created on your site for your new Forum.
You probably want to add your new page to your WordPress site menu.
Simple, eh? So You Want More?!
How about letting your users select which friends to share the activity with?
Or groups perhaps? Maybe a directory of members? What about forum subscriptions?
How about YouTube, maps (and more!) automatically detected and shown on Activity, Forums, and Mail?
Yep, private mail! So much more can be added to your own social network!
Find out about all the extensions… (on the WPS Codex)