I am a member of a group on Facebook and we are looking to setup outside FB now, and so I have been looking at social media platforms but am struggling to make up my mind.

I was hoping that you guys might have an opinion on what is the best platform available that will be easy enough to setup and at a good price. Also, the security of the application is of particular importance to my community.

I have reviewed several social media platforms so far and have now narrowed the selection down to 3:

  • Open Source Social Network
  • Wowonder
  • crea8SocialPro

However, I have an issue with all three being that they all need allow_url_fopen to be enabled, but I don't know why and have read that this can be a security issue.

I would appreciate anyone's opinions on these platforms and this particular setting or any alternative you can recommend.

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    It’s not on-topic to ask for opinions on software. You should describe what features you need, and additionally you may list which software you found (and you may note why they are probably no good match).
    – unor
    Mar 28, 2017 at 19:46
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    Apart from that, we do not recommend platforms here but software. We do not do A vs B either, as @unor already pointed out. From your question it's not exactly clear what you are after: Wanting to set up "your own Diaspora" on your own server running PHP, and looking for appropriate libraries or complete software packages? Then please go with unor's advice, edit your post and fill the gaps. Without clarification, your question will very likely be put on hold.
    – Izzy
    Mar 28, 2017 at 19:58
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    best, easy and good are all not measurable. Please gives us hard information. And if the security of the application is of particular importance to my community where are your specific security requirements? Also, there is no information about the features your platform should have. Please read this, make some good lists of requirements and edit your question.
    – user416
    Jul 27, 2017 at 14:04

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My name is Arsalan. I am the team leader of Open Source Social Network (OSSN). Let me try to answer your question allow_url_fopen allows developers to fetch files using complete URL, like file_get_contents('mywebsite.com/myfile.txt'). However we don't see any security issue regarding this. allow_url_fopen information is misinterpreted by many developers. We need this to be enabled to fetch files from internet directly.

The security issue comes when software is not secure, however OSSN is free from any security bugs till now. For OSSN , its safe to use allow_url_fopen

If you have any other question feel free to post it to our community website and we are happy to answer your questions.

  • This database code looks extremely unsafe. I suspect the reason your software is "free from any security bugs till now" is because nobody's looked.
    – Ryan M
    Aug 10, 2021 at 9:16

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