Categories : All, Social Networks
The Social Networking Portal for Urban Groups is a fully comprehensive social networking portal for urbanites capable of connecting people through cities, metros and common interest places such as restaurants, theatres etc.
The site offers an exhaustive online community experience through a host of convenient features
such as customization of profile, access to instant messenger & mail, managing favorites and ranking & blocking of members.
The site promotes users to stay active in the community by providing them the ability to upload
pictures, write blogs and create blurbs.
The site will also be expected to offer search options and creation of groups, forums & events to encourage user participation.
|Operating System & Server Management||Red Hat Linux OS, Multi-Server Architecture with Staging & Production Environment through Version Controlling releases, Server Optimization, Security & SSL Implementation, Scheduler for Back-ups, Alert Monitoring System Integration, Server Performance Tuning at regular intervals, Software Firewall Configuration & Maintenance|
|Development Tools & Environments||PHP5+, Apache Web Server, AJAX, Java Script, HTML5, CSS3 etc.|
|Database||MYSQL Database Server, DB Clustering, DB Optimization, Master Slave Replication, Query Optimization, Scheduler for Backups|
|Quality Assurance Testers||2|
PHP and MySQL Server formed the basis of development as the site was a social networking portal with extensive features. User Profiles, Invitations, Forums, Blogs and other modules were developed in PHP such that they can be executed directly from the UI layer. These PHP files consisted of all the business logics used for respective modules like Save (Add/Update), Delete, Get Single Object, Get Multiple Objects for Listing and were designed to be capable ofhandling many more logics which were not related to the database. The Data Access layer contained the libraries responsible for accessing data from the database and built a generic query for insert, update, delete and select depending on the business class.
All business layer components were coded to use this library for data accessing process from database. Stored procedures were used only for complex retrieval of data from multiple tables and were entirely avoided with conditional syntax to ensure smooth performance of the website. The UI layer was kept free of any business logic with images, applications and data being called from their respective servers. Sub-domains were used for the different areas of the website to guarantee scalability.
The design was targeted to provide greater ease for users while dealing with user statistics and other user-related validations with greater accuracy in handling user status. The implementation and development of the site architecture was planned to assist the ‘Faster to Market’ transition of such concepts. Optimized query features offered greater freedom through comprehensive search & browse options. The entire framework was kept highly scalable in order to provide adaptability & ease while incorporating new features. Web usability guidelines were strictly followed during development and the interface was made easily navigable through judicious use of AJAX, CSS and HTML controls. The site was developed and fully functional within a span of 5 months .