Replacement of Pligg Software, Pligg Converters, Software like Pligg

Yesterday I was trying to purchase a module from the pligg module store but seeing I’m banned from their community I had to look for some random stranger to buy it for me. I was offering an additional 5 usd to anyone that would buy and send me the module via e-mail. I’m banned because they are rude, inconsiderate and arrogant. The support is terrible/rude and for an open source project I have no respect for the team and it’s integrity. phpbb software is a good example of a supportive open source software community.

Next thing you know pligg signed up and posted a message stating anyone that helps me or buys the mod will be in violation of terms and services agreement by redistributing an item from the pligg pro shop. I thought this was pretty funny. It’s amazing how much these pligg people hate me and are jealous of blogengage becoming so successful without their help. For the record it’s not re distribution seeing someone will be buying it for me not buying and reselling it.

Let’s take a step back in time and explain how we got to this point of no return. When I first started working with the pligg software it was extremely basic and came with little or no functionality. (still does) They simply offered an out of the box piece of software and charged you an arm and a leg in order to buy any modules. So the core software was free but anything cool or interesting you needed to pay money for.

I was very much against this movement seeing I’m a huge fan of open source software. You will notice all my site are open source software. Pligg boasts that their offering is all open source and it is until you want to try and make a success of your spam filled pligg site. So needless to say I was more then open with my opinion continuously got into verbal confrontations with developers looking to make money from the open source project. Some would go as far as calling me the modern day Peter Pan in a software sense of course.

Eventually after many arguments and discussions I was banned and removed from their website. Please also take note I was a donor and had donated money to their cause seeing I really love open source software.

After my ban I was worried how I could successfully run blogengage seeing I had little or no experience with the software. Luckily for me I managed to make a lot of friends within their community. Perhaps even more friends then they had themselves and got much e-mail support.

While all this was happening pligg was having their own internal issues. Ash Digg the main developer of the site announced he was in fact removing himself from the project due to conflict of interest. Ashdigg has the same opinion as me and was not interested in profits but more less an open source community project. He then started to branch from pligg and created Social Web CMS. The project also developed a module that allowed pligg users to convert to their Social Web CMS platform.

I did upgrade to the latest release of Social Web CMS but eventually moved back to pligg as I enjoyed their platform a little more and also liked the direction pligg was going. Today I’m running the latest version of pligg and plan on staying with them for sometime.

The point of this article was to let people know how rude and inconsiderate their community is. If you’re looking at starting a Social Community or CMS I would suggest taking a look at any other platform then pligg. If you don’t believe me simply go into the forums and read. You will see the rudeness in the answers from support staff and more.

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Social Web CMS

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  1. Madhav Tripathi says:

    Brain, thanks for sharing this info, that is very bad news about Pligg,and about any open source, many sites are running on Pligg platform, and I can see how you experimenting with blogengage’s features and user experience and how bringing bloggers to blogengage that is not an easy job.
    .-= Madhav Tripathi´s last blog ..10 Websites For Buy, Try And Free Software Downloads =-.

  2. Velayudham says:

    I wonder how they could tell others not to help you. It is the wish of a person to help or leave.

    Also this doesn’t seem to be a good sign for the development of open source softwares. Something needs to be done.

    • bbrian017 says:

      I agree it doesn’t look like a good sign. But seeing I have no other choice I have to tip toe around them to make blogengage work. It’s very lame, frustrating as I feel like I’m continuous arguments with little children.

  3. Doug Dillard says:

    Wow Brian… what a pain your situation must be. I don’t plan on creating a social media site any time soon… but if anyone asks, I will definitely not be recommending Pligg.

    I understand that they can ban anyone they want to from their forums, as we can do the same with our blogs. It just doesn’t make senss that they don’t want your money though. Not smart business!
    .-= Doug Dillard´s last blog ..Win an Awesome Custom Banner Package =-.

    • bbrian017 says:

      I personally think if I was to start again I would had went with Social Web CMS the guys there a truly dedicated to open source! I woudl also recommend them for anyone considering launching a new social networking website.

  4. Asswass says:

    I don’t understand why they banned you Brian. They should have hired you or go into business with you. BlogEngage rocks.
    .-= Asswass´s last blog ..Hiburrito’s New Features: New Languages and Personal Polls =-.

    • bbrian017 says:

      It’s funny I got the module free from social web CMS seems their modules are compatible with pligg.

      Very interesting fact to know for any pligg website owner needing functionality for free.

      That’s the Developer that left pligg and started a separate project with the open source code.

      So normally the module is 19.99 but social web is a true open source and it’s free.

  5. Stefan says:

    I really love these types of websites and I think it’s a great method to get more traffic.

    Do you know a similar software for WordPress? I’ve tried Pligg but I don’t want my users to have to sign up two times for my website and therefore I would love to see a script that could combine this software and WordPress.
    .-= Stefan´s last blog ..How to Make the Most of Your Comments =-.

  6. John Sullivan says:

    The Pligg script is lame and the people on there are even lamer 🙂
    I tried reaching out to a few and now I’m out of there 🙂
    Dude I’m going for broke that script isn’t going to cut it 🙂
    .-= John Sullivan´s last blog ..Life is what you make it =-.

    • bbrian017 says:

      The people are lame that’s for sure! They make me out to be this really bad person and all I’m doing is promoting what they fake to be and that’s a true promoter of open source software. All they are trying to do is make money from other people!

  7. Michael says:

    So you got your module for free? I wonder how they feel now (they might be readng this you know) and must be kicking their own asses right now.
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..Fax Broadcasting Saves the Day =-.

    • bbrian017 says:

      Yeah they must be feeling like idiots. Everything you can buy from their store is normally free at social web cms I just didn’t know the modules were compatible still with 1.0.1

  8. catchpen says:

    Your story (among other BS just Google the subject) is the very reason I switched over to SWCMS and also started helping out in the forums there. Several modules there are compatible with Pligg, some you just need to add the ‘hook’ in your template. Thanks to Ash SWCMS 1.1 is a stable platform, been using it on 2 sites but just be aware that forum support is limited. Nick was the guy who actually wrote the submission approval module and it’s a life saver. He’s currently working on HotaruCMS and will be right up there with Pligg and SWCMS by early next year. Keep an eye on – open source of course!
    .-= catchpen´s last blog ..MRI Black Powder 3lb $40 (same price as 1.76lb) while supply lasts at =-.

    • bbrian017 says:

      Hi catchpen nice to see you stopping by. I love the work Ash has done I actually run his software at 2 sites as well. Nick has been a major help to me and our blogging community. He truly is a guru isn’t he!

  9. Hey Brian, if they have a problem, then you are certainly better off without them! It all boils down to one thing, you’ve made a success out of BE and now they are as jealous as hell 😉
    .-= Blazing Minds´s last blog ..EntreCard has even more changes for droppers! =-.

  10. Luis Lopez says:

    That’s a shame what they did but anyway, I really thinks is the competition because your network is growing really fast and they don’t want that, anyway, just keep working and doing great things.
    I was thinking on start a social network on Spanish too and pligg was really one of my options but not anymore. I’ll try some of those you recommended.
    .-= Luis Lopez´s last blog ..500 Custom Greeting Cards Giveaway From Digital Room =-.

    • bbrian017 says:

      Luis, I was really upset that they always tried to make money from their members and that’s where things started going bad. they really wanted to make money I was pushing for more open source free contributions and that lead to them hating me. Apparently they are about the money and money only.

  11. Nick Ramsay says:

    Since Catchpen has let the cat out of the bag regarding HotaruCMS, let me give you some background. I started my site, on Pligg in 2007, and moved it to Social Web CMS the following year. AshDigg was a tremendous help in teaching me how to make modules and I put out around 20 modules for the SWCMS platform.

    For the last few months, I’ve been working on a completely new CMS, one that is entirely dependent on plugins. HotaruCMS can be used for anything, but my focus is on building a suite of plugins that provide social bookmarking functionality.

    HotaruCMS is currently in alpha and in desperate need of testers, developers, and anyone with an interest in shaping its development.

    Brian spoke about open source communities and if I’m being completely honest, the actual process of developing HotaruCMS is more important to me than the end product. I’ve stressed numerous times in our fledgling forums that Hotaru is a project for amateurs, so if you want to learn a bit about open source and perhaps delve into the code, this is the community for you. I’m just a hobbyist myself and certainly not a “guru” as Brian says! 😀
    .-= Nick Ramsay´s last blog ..Hotaru CMS 0.5 Alpha Released =-.

    • bbrian017 says:

      no no Nick I’m the hobbyist and for the record you are the guru. I think you’re doing amazing work. I’m not about to move blogengage as of yet seeing i have little or no experience.

      Plus my current template would need editing and fixing. it’s all just too much work for now.

      How ever when the time comes to move it’s nice to know we have a reliable positive growing community over at to join.


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