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SocialEngine PHP

You Host. You Get Source Code.
No-Limits Customization

SocialEngine PHP gives you a simple yet powerful unbranded network that you can customize in any way. You’ll have the freedom to maintain full control over all aspects of your site and content. No "powered-by," no ads (unless you want them for making money), no BS.

Build A Social Network Your Way

With multiple social frameworks to choose from, you can decide how your community members will connect, share and interact with each other. Control layout and page elements with visual, drag-and-drop content management features. Import new plugins or develop (and even sell) your own.

Get Custom Services & Support

Get pro installation when buying SocialEngine, or leverage a worldwide network of SocialEngine experts for custom development, integration of third-party plugins and themes. Use our support knowledgebase to find answers to many of your questions. Pay to open support tickets or establish monthly support for guaranteed access and response times.

SocialEngine PHP Demos

Kick the tires, launch the demos, and just consider the possibilities! Remember, like thousands of social websites and branded communities powered by SocialEngine, your ability to uniquely customize the look and functionality is virtually limitless.

What the Public Sees

Launch SocialEngine PHP's public demo to experience a demonstration of layout and functionality your viewers might see, depending on how you choose to design and customize.

What the Administrator Sees

Launch SocialEngine PHP's admin demo to see the administrative control panel, an area you'll use to configure, manage and track nearly every aspect of your social network.

People Who Love SocialEngine PHP

"The sheer flexibility of the code plus the ease with which you can start up your site really makes SocialEngine PHP great. You really can be running a unique community almost immediately. Then there is the choice of plugins and developers out there which allows you to craft a thought through environment which doesn't have to stand still. I love it!"
Edward Cooper
"Rebuilding the Ex Creators Community on SocialEngine PHP is undoubtedly the best decision I've made for the network. The SocialEngine PHP platform is solid and can stand on its own and the vast library of plugins available for the platform made it possible for me to add additional functionality easily and at affordable prices."
Troy D Bertrand

SocialEngine PHP Features List

Member Profiles

Your community members have a range of content, activity and personal information features that can be fully customized. Set profile types, layouts, member and moderator levels, privacy, profile questions, post options and more. Get more details.

Social Network Structure

You have multiple options for how people will join and interact in your community. Create networks based on profile commonality, email message templates, two-way and one-way follower scenarios, invitation options and more. Get more details.

Activity Feeds

Stream community member posts mixed with your notifications, member comments, shares and likes of all types. Enable members to attach links, photos, music and videos. Timestamp, filter, share and customize feed content as desired. Get more details.


Monetize your site through subscription and membership billing plans, offering paid-only access for certain levels or sections of the community. Make money by displaying ads where you want them, targeting by profile types, networks or member levels. Get more details.

Content Management

SocialEngine's easy to use CMS enables you to customize the layout, style and content through drag-and-drop layout functionality. Leverage public and private sections, SEO-friendly URLs, file and media management, multi-language support and more. Get more details.

Private Messaging

Enable private messaging between members, including thread-like discussions and message history with links and attachments. Do mass-messaging or limit messages to targeted recipients with community notifications and via email. Get more details.

Administrative Tools

Site-wide analytics provide growth statistics and data on page visits, user logins, IP address / hostname referral traffic and server resources monitoring. Leverage SocialEngine's plugin manager to install or disable third-party plugins. Get more details.

Browse and Search

Allow members (and optionally visitors) to browse through your entire member list, filtering by a range of member attributes. A default, site-wide search enables community members to easily discover new content and find specific posts. Get more details.

Security and Anti-spam

Keep your branded community secure and spam-free with optional CAPTCHA integration, email address verification, random password generation for new members, abuse reporting, IP banning, member blocking and profanity censoring. Get more details.

Top SocialEngine PHP frequently asked questions

General Questions

Is SE PHP Better Than SE CLOUD?

The answer depends on two considerations: How you intend to use the software, and what resources you have to support it. Since SocialEngine PHP was first developed five years prior to the Cloud product, it currently has a greater range of features, customization and third-party developer support (plugins and expert services you can separately purchase).

Like other software you can completely customize, greater freedom frequently comes with greater responsibility. This may include server/security administration, trouble-shooting related to third party hosting providers (shared or dedicated), plugin integrations, code updates, etc. If this sounds daunting in terms of your own technical skills or desire to work with others who have them, consider SocialEngine Cloud as your first option.

Will I own my site?

Yes. You own all of your content, member data, and any customizations you make to the SocialEngine PHP source code. It's yours!

Can I Try Before I Buy?

Yes! You can download the SocialEngine PHP free trial to try on your own server before buying a license.

What if I want to switch to SocialEngine Cloud?

You can add a new SocialEngine Cloud site or purchase a new SocialEngine PHP license at any time. However, note that migration features for transferring your site content and members from one site to another are currently unavailable.

Is the source code encrypted?

No, our source code is 100% unencrypted so you can make absolutely any changes you need. Additionally, the source code is very heavily commented with notes about what is happening throughout the code.

How easily can I customize SocialEngine PHP?

We've gone to great lengths to make SocialEngine PHP incredibly easy to work with and customize. The entire source code is unencrypted and very thoroughly commented with notes about what's happening throughout the PHP code. We also provide fully commented HTML templates for every single page of the social network, including global header/footer templates and an organized CSS stylesheet.

Do I have to pay extra to remove any mentions of SocialEngine PHP?

Absolutely not. Unlike other products, we do not display "SocialEngine PHP" on your social network in any place that is visible to the public. We would never let our product interfere with your brand.

Are future updates free?

Minor updates such as 4.1 to 4.2 are provided free of charge. These updates are small releases that contain bug fixes and small improvements. Major updates such as 4.x to 5.x can be purchased for a small fee and include a massive amount of new functionality and improvements. As an exception, version 4 was provided free of charge to all current clients.

What are the server requirements?

For complete server requirements, please click here.

Does the script come in any other languages?

SocialEngine PHP comes with English only by default. However, we include all of the language used on the system in a single language pack, which makes translation very simple.In addition, you can find third party language packs on our third party plugins page.

Can the script be translated into another language?

Yes, very easily! We include all of the languages used on the system in a single language pack, which makes translation very simple. For more information about how to translate SocialEngine PHP, refer to this documentation article.

How many users can SocialEngine PHP support?

We've worked hard to make SocialEngine PHP an optimized, lightweight platform. The performance of the platform however is primarily dependent on the capabilities of your server. As with any web-based application, you may need to upgrade your server if your social network attracts a large amount of traffic. It would also depend on the activities of your users; for example, if your users are uploading large amounts of media (photos, videos, etc.) you may need to upgrade the disk space on your server. On most shared-server plans, SocialEngine PHP should be able to support tens of thousands of users, while a single dedicated server can usually support upwards of one hundred thousand however we make no guarantee of performance due to the many variables involved.

Sales Questions

Is the purchase price a one-time fee or annual?

The purchase of SocialEngine PHP and all plugins are one-time fees and the license is valid indefinitely. We do not charge any annual fees.

How soon will I receive my download information after purchasing?

You will receive your license information very shortly after purchase, after a brief validation to prevent fraudulent orders.

Is my billing information kept private when I purchase?

Absolutely. In fact, we never see or store your billing information on our servers. Your information is processed via 2checkout's secure payment gateway.

I don't have a domain yet. Can I still purchase SocialEngine PHP?

Yes! You can purchase SocialEngine PHP now and update your registered domain name later.

What is your refund policy?

Because we provide a 30 day trial which is identical to the full version, we can only provide refunds for any SocialEngine products in the case that they cannot be properly installed on your server. This means that both you and the SocialEngine staff are unable to install SocialEngine PHP properly.

I want to purchase more than five licenses. Is there a discount?

Yes. We offer substantial discounts for purchases that include more than five licenses. Please contact us and let us know how many licenses you need.

Can I get a custom quote on bulk license purchasing?

Yes, we can provide substantial discounts for multiple license purchasing. Please contact us using the contact form with information on how many licenses you're interested in purchasing and whether you are purchasing on behalf of a web development firm. We will respond promptly with a price quote.

Let's make something great

Free 30-day trial with 7-day free customer support

SocialEngine Cloud

We Host, Support, and Update.
Instant Setup.

Launch a beautiful social website in minutes. If desired, easily integrate your community to your current website. Leverage a complete CMS for adding pages or rearranging customizable content widgets for deeper personalization.

Total Social Media Integration.

Your members can sign-in instantly with their existing social accounts. They can also publish their posts and comments back to their own social channels. You decide how to build a public or private social network.

Online Community Made Easy.

100% white label with no "powered by" or ads (unless you choose to use Google Adsense or other ad units to make money.) Maintain total control over your community's look and feel, easily adding your own logo, colors, layout, etc.

SocialEngine Cloud Demos

Leverage a range of mobile-responsive themes for SocialEngine Cloud. With continued API updates, and access to all CSS and HTML -- pick and customize a social networking site theme you like, or join many building their own unique layouts.

Board Theme

A traditional SocialEngine theme for social networks that focus on photo-sharing and curation of lists. Start your free trial to check out additional themes!

Admin Interface

Here is a read-only demo of the SocialEngine Cloud control panel. Have a look around and check out all the features and settings - we are improving it daily!

Customers Who Love SocialEngine Cloud

"SocialEngine Cloud is so easy to use. We didn’t need the video tutorials, and our site was practically up and running upon sign-up!"
Paula Bonnafant
"SocialEngine Cloud themes give us great options for different site formats. Thanks for considering mobile compatibility and helping us create something unique and beautiful."
Chris Anderson

SocialEngine Cloud Features List

Social Sign-in

Grow your community with the help of other social networks. Easily add and invite new members to your online community through auto-sign up to your site with Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin.

Custom Sharing

Your community comes with its own "share this" bookmarklet. Your members can drag this to their bookmarks bar, giving them an easy way to instantly share content with your community.

Diversified Commenting

You decide how discussions take place in your community. Choose from standard comments, threaded comments with @ picklist functionality, or add third-party commenting like Disqus.

Post Editing and Tagging

Easily add and edit posts as desired. Increase engagement by promoting and grabbing the attention of members in your community by tagging them within your posts.

Moderation and Approval

Your members can flag offensive or abusive posts, alerting you or any moderators you've assigned. You can also require that all new members or posts be approved.


Frequent reminders of your community are an important way to keep your members engaged. Configure and customize a range of automatic notification options.

Likes, Voting and Roles

Pick from several distinct, built-in social frameworks and decide how your members will interact. "Gamify" and influence post and message engagement from other members.

Powerful Servers

Your community is hosted on an enterprise-grade Amazon AWS backend that powers millions of monthly visitors. We've optimized it for consistent performance and speed.

Always Improving

Our Boulder-based engineering team is quickly adding new improvements and features based on customer feedback -- and opening more opportunities for third-party developers.

Frequently asked questions

General Questions

Will SE Cloud work with my current website?

Of course! If you already have a website, you can easily add your current design and layout to your SE-powered site. You can also easily set up your SE site with a custom domain name or subdomain.

Do I need my own hosting server?

Nope. We host your SE Cloud site on our own powerful Amazon cloud servers. We've carefully configured them to serve up your site with consistent performance. There's no need for you to setup your own server.

Do I own my site? Can I sell it in the future?

If you decide to sell your site, you can transfer access to your account to the buyer. Your community's content and layout belong to you.

I'm not exactly tech savvy, can I still use SE Cloud?

Absolutely. SE Cloud is really easy to setup - you just fill out a form, and we instantly create your community site. You don't need any technical skills to manage your site, and anyone with basic HTML/CSS experience can help you make changes to your site's style and layout.

Do you show ads on my site?

No way! SE Cloud is not an ad-supported service. We'll never put ads on your site, but you're welcome to install your own if you wish.

Sales Questions

Is my subscription quarterly or annual?

You may select either a quarterly or annual plan. Annual billing receives a 25% discount!

How long does it take to get started after purchase?

Once you signup you can get started immediately. Your community is only clicks away.

Does my subscription include all SE Cloud features and support?

Yes, we've kept it simple. All SE Cloud features are included with our single subscription package, and you'll receive full support for the length of your subscription.

Do I need to buy my own domain?

No, you do not need to buy your own domain. You may create subdomain we'll host for you on

Can I unsubscribe without any hassle?

Yes, you may unsubscribe at anytime from your account. We're happy to assist you if you have any questions.

I have a few ideas, can I create more than one community website?

Yes, you may. Contact us and we'll help you create additional subscriptions.

Why do you charge on a quarterly basis?

We charge on a quarterly basis because we want our customers to commit to at least 3 months of building their network. Building a social community takes time and effort, and we want to make sure you have adequate runway to see your efforts pay off.

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