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Cost to Create a Social Networking Website like Facebook with Salutation

Social Networking Software Salutation by Themeforest

Creating your own Social networking website or social club website was difficult but not anymore.  You can easily create your Facebook Clone with BuddyPressBuddyPress is growing in popularity and functionality since it was first developed as a plugin for Wordpress to bring social networking features to Wordpress.    You don’t need to know any programming knowledge, just install Wordpress, install and activate the BuddyPress plugin, upload the theme, and activate it.  It’s also cost efficient and won’t leave a hole in your wallet.  Click here for more features of Salutation a BuddyPress Theme.  Cost to create your own Facebook Clone is below.

BuddyPress Themes Social Networking Salutation
BuddyPress Theme Social Networking Salutation
BuddyPress Theme Salutation Features:

  • Share status updates
  • Show extended profiles
  • Make friend connections
  • Share images
  • Send private messages
  • WordPress blogging
  • create membership groups
  • 6 different page layouts to display images. videos
  • 7 different page layouts for blog pages
  • Tons of shortcodes
  • Drag-and-drop “Layout Manager”
  • Custom layout designs for any page or post
  • Contact Form Builder
  • Set permissions to restrict access to theme options
  • Disable access to developer features
  • Option to hide developer panels
  • Create unlimited sidebars, add to customized layouts
  • Insert sidebars into any content area using shortcodes
  • Unlimited color choices
  • See more features here

Click here to demo Salutation


 Cost to Create your own Social Networking Website like Facebook

1.  $56 for Webhosting.  You need a domain name.  That’s why I recommend Fatcow.com.   With Fatcow.com you get a free domain name, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited emails, host unlimited domains. Currently Fatcow.com is 65% off which makes it only $35/year for webhosting.  This is an awesome deal.  Click here to purchase Fatcow webhosting.

2.  $0 WordPress & BuddyPress.  With Fatcow.com there is free one click installs for WordPress.  You can install WordPress in minutes.  After that you will search the plugins directory and install BuddyPress.  You can see more information at BuddyPress.org.

3.  $45 for BuddyPress Theme.  This is a one time fee to purchase Salutation Premium BuddyPress Theme.  There are no membership fees, no subscription fees and no hidden fees.  After you purchase the theme it totally belongs to you.

4.  -$150 in Advertising Credits.  Fatcow.com gives you free $150 advertising credits.  This includes $75 Google Adwords, $50 Facebook ads and $25 Yahoo/Bing Adcenter credits.  You can use these free credits to promote and market you website on the internet.

So overall the cost to startup your Social Networking website will be (Webhosting + WordPress/BuddyPress + BuddyPress Theme) = $101.  If you factor in the free advertising credits you get from Fatcow.com, (Startup cost + Advertising Credits) = -$49.  So you literally don’t pay anything to get your website started.  This is a great way to create your college/university club website, facebook clone, Google+ Clone, or social networking website.

Click here to demo Salutation

Click here to download Salutation BuddyPress Theme

Click here to purchase Fatcow Webhosting



  1. Max - The IT Pro

    Awesome info Elaine! How does FatCow’s quality of web hosting compared to HostGator’s? Are they reliable? Does BuddyPress keep up with the latest WordPress updates? How big a community could it theoretically handle – assuming hosting was scalable?

    Great site!

    1. Elaine

      I haven’t used HostGator before but know that Fatcow is pretty reliable. I haven’t had problems with them yet. BuddyPress is a plugin to WordPress platform so it keeps up to date and has a big user community. It can handle many users, you can check out buddy press.org for more information.
      Thanks for your comments and your visit,

  2. James

    Hi Elaine,
    I can’t tell if you are legitimate or being paid for your advice. I was reading your article and about to look deeper until I read your #1 recommendation, to use Fatcow as webhost. I have used them and it was a big MISTAKE. Perhaps you are new to web development and do not have any experience with hosting. The only cases when someone would recommend Fatcow is when they are getting paid because it is well know to have possibly the worst customer service (CS), many server problems, as well as accounting and billing scams. They are part of an umbrella group that has a long list of web hosting companies. If you call CS or click for help via chat from their site, the CS rep will ask you how you arrived or reached them, and try to find out which hosting service you are using. If you say “by clicking on your site,” they will keep asking until you identify the specific company. Why wouldn’t they know how you got to their help and chat and which web hosting service you are using? When I told the sales rep I would go to another host, he asked which and then laughed at my reply because it happened to be one of their group companies. He told me that I would get the exact same CS people when calling. In addition, support by email is worthless; they will send you a copied reply that does not solve your problem. No one in web development would ever recommend this group unless they are working for them or being paid. If you are legitimate, I hope you will at least take a moment to test the support contact as I have mentioned and also read
    Otherwise, you will be steering people in a terrible direction and advising them to do something that will be costly, frustrating and lots of problems. I now use an amazing web hosting service that is direct, straight-forward and solves problems will little effort. CS replies are specific to the issue and resolve them quickly. To prove that I’m not working for another company and simply putting down Fatcow, I will not even mention the name of the host I now use. If you are interested, contact me.

    1. Elaine

      Hi James,
      Thank you for your comments. I do have websites hosted with Fatcow but have not experienced any problems so far. I have other sites hosted with Dreamhost, Bluehost and Tigertech. If you are not satisfied with Fatcow, I strongly recommend Tigertech as their support is top notch. I will take your comments seriously about Fatcow and going forward will recommend Tigertech web hosting instead.
      Thanks again for your visit,

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