"You can try building a network on http://smallcommunities.mixxt.com/
It's free for small networks, although I don't know the whole range of features, etc.
You can also try spruz.com, they offer free sites.
Grou.ps has a…"
"I have to agree wholeheartedly that Oxwall is the best open source platform available. I host my site on site5.com servers and it runs perfectly. I recommend oxwall to everyone who wants to make a beautiful social network.
Live example here:…"
"I hate it, absolutely hate it. We have a ning 3.0 site at http://roleplaysocialv2.ning.com/, but we only use it as a hub site for our members to gather, when we need to work on our main site, which is built of of the Oxwall platform.
"We made our move from Ning to Oxwall and we couldn't be any more happy. We went from having nearly no members after the change to ning 3.0 to having almost 1000 within a month of our opening on oxwall at Roleplay Social.
Ning 3.0 has turned to…"
"That's perfectly fine. As I said before, to each their own. My members believe the site is amazing, and I'm sure your members believe the same of yours. I just personally do not like the design. I believe the images do not mesh well with…"
"So in that statement, you are practically stating that anyone who is trying to be somewhat earnest in expressing a bold opinion, be it criticism or not, is being rude? So therefor, are you not being rude yourself?"
"So we moved from ning to grou.ps and from grou.ps, back to wall.fm. I don't think we will be moving from wall.fm. I'm very pleased with it in every way. I love how easy it is to block certain content for the roles you can make for members…"
"A couple warnings about GROU.PS!
The platform itself is really amazing with it's features and ease of design, BUT!
It has major bugs which i've noticed more and more as more members join.
Has problems with speed, sometimes not loading at…"
"www.roleplaysocial.net is moving to www.roleplaysocial.me(which is a grou.ps site)
I feel that what ning has done to use is beyond redemption at this point. I've spent what seems like my life the last year and more working on my site. Designing…"