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A Network All Your Own

Author: JLB

Published On: June 30, 2008

Online social networks are all the rage these days. To be honest, I’m a little older than the average MySpace, Facebook or  Friendster member and spend more time thinking about keeping my girls safe on—or preferably off, for as long as possible—these social networks than actually browsing them. A few hundred million people are registered users on these top three networking sites. However, if you want to create your own custom social network, then Ning is the place for you.

Ning was developed to allow users to create customizable networks around their own specific interests. With few technical skills, users can control the design and features on their Ning. However, if a user is brave enough to request the code for their social network—or hire someone to create new features—the possibilities for Ning are pretty incredible.

At JLB we’ve worked on two Ning sites recently, creating social networks for local non-profit organizations. It is interesting to see “behind the scenes” of a site of this caliber while trying to decipher the code to tailor a Ning to a client’s specifications. We created unique designs for the social networks, added a PayPal feature and altered the group structure to allow flexibility for members.

It seems that more individuals and companies are becoming interested in Ning because of its customizable capabilities. In the last year, 25,000 new applications have been created for Ning and visitors to the site have increased ten-fold. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to create more social networks and learn more about Ning. I’m interested to see how Ning continues to stack next up to MySpace, Facebook and Friendster as social networking continues to grow and evolve on the internet.

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RED DOG WINE & SPIRITS – Nashville Web Design


“In the search of looking high and low for a Ecommerce website design firm, we came across JLB. They are now like a part of our family and strive to do all they can to take our sales and growth to a whole new level. We recommend JLB to everyone we come across looking for a solution to their website needs.”


Chad, BOWADX – Franklin TN Web Design

“JLB has been the driving force  that has launched our company into the media spotlight, gaining us publicity through a broad cross-section of business related media including new apps and interactive activity for our clients. We are moving forward with our second web design with JLB and will continue to make them part of our team.”


John, The Perch – Brentwood TN Web Design

“I started with JLB when they first opened fifteen years ago, when they redesigned a website for me.  They are my go-to company for anything to do with web sites. These guys are professional, talented, creative and an energetic team. I will always go to JLB first for my web design work. Thanks JLB.”


Phyllis, Carneros Winery – Nashville TN Web Design

We were having problems with our online brand and digital marketing. JLB was great. Worked through it with us, created an amazing presence and business is great. The staff at JLB is fantastic too. Friendly and always there for you.


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Sports and Entertainment – Nashville Web Design

We interviewed several web design firms, but found that JLB’s talented team was the most creative, innovative, and professional. Choosing JLB has been a great decision! We are fortunate to have JLB be a part of the BMC Metalwork’s future as we continue to enhance our business.


Jimmy, BMC – Franklin TN Web Design

“There were a number of website design companies in Nashville that would have done an adequate job for our company. The difference was that JLB wanted to be our partner and has been for 11 years. STAR Physical Therapy has been blessed to have them as a teammate.”


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