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Boonex Dolphin Review

 
Boonex Dolphin Review
User rating
 
3.3 (3)

Product Info

Product Name: Dolpin Smart Community Builder
Vendor: Boonex
Code Ownership: 100% Open Source
Visit Website: www.Boonex.com
Pricing Plan: $39 - 90 days link-free license for 1 domain.
$99 - 400 days (1year + 1 month) link-free license for 1 domain.
$299 - lifetime link-free license for 1 domain.
$998 - Prime: lifetime link-free license, plus re-brandable Mobile Apps, plus professional installation.

Core Features

Profiles: Yes
Profile Customization: Yes
Member Potraits/Avatars: Yes
Friends: Yes
Different Relationship Types: No
Groups: Yes
Photo Sharing: Yes
Music/audio: Yes
Video: Yes
Forums/Messageboards: Yes
Blogging: Yes
Messaging: Yes
RSS Import/export: Yes
Search: Yes
Events/calendar: Yes
Chat: Yes
Polls: Yes
Affiliate Management Module: Yes
Subscription Membership: Yes

Boonex Dolphin has a multitude of functionalities.  From video chat to paypal supported affiliate management, It is ideal to use as a dating script, but could also be used for other purposes.    Boonex has been around for a while, and has recently released version 7 of their platform.

User reviews

Average user rating from: 3 user(s)

Overall rating: 
 
3.3
Ease of Installation:
 
3.3   (3)
Ease of Customization:
 
3.0   (3)
User Friendlyness:
 
3.7   (3)
Quality of Customer Service:
 
3.0   (3)
 
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Top Notch!

Overall rating: 
 
5.0
Ease of Installation:
 
5.0
Ease of Customization:
 
5.0
User Friendlyness:
 
5.0
Quality of Customer Service:
 
5.0
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Reviewed by SVETLANA
February 10, 2010
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful

I've been searching for a long time for this! Thank goodness I found it on Google.

Thanks.

JEAN

 

SCAM!!!

Overall rating: 
 
1.0
Ease of Installation:
 
1.0
Ease of Customization:
 
1.0
User Friendlyness:
 
1.0
Quality of Customer Service:
 
1.0
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Reviewed by Jane
January 05, 2010
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful

Why boonex is a scam?
Boonex problem nr1. No coding standard

Boonex is writen by several people using different technologies. Its main base (Dolphin) is writen in pure php with its own template engine and forum (Orca) uses xlst. That has large negative impact to integration of forum in site and site in forum. When coding, please use single technology and template system.

Whats even worser, different parts of dolphins code itself is writen by completely different people, and very in the hurry. So everyone has its own imagination how to interact with different parts of the code. It is very tricky to modify code that way to suit site needs.

Boonex problem nr2. Template engine and separation of code/design/database

This problem in dolphin/boonex needs a point on its own. Boonex uses custom template system ( that should be called layout system). The blocks of generated html code are pased to specific places in the template. That creates a big headache for programers as they need to search through code for the place where some box is generated. It might be generated in template, or in specific function in one of numerous includes. And so on. Even pligg has better templating than this.

It is very tricky to rip boonex templating apart, as whole coding is based on such poor programming practice. They would be better off using existing template system like smarty or similar one.

This leads to problem nr3

Boonex problem nr3. Crapy use of Database

We saw serveral other competing sites launched on boonex, but we did not care much. Why? Becouse when they reach 500-1000 daily visitors they will break apart. The reason for it is very bad programming and use of database.

For example, boonex uses profile builder which assigns fields to profiles. So the output of profile uses more than one table and is quite inefficient.

Also, there is a nice 20-30 query overhead on each page display to fetch all the configuration values from table. Silly, isn’t it ? They would be FAR better of using a file for configuring sofware or caching it in php file like it is done in most of the systems.

Another simple problem. When boonex wants to display a profile being online it additionally check database for its status. But that data was pulled from database already. So 20 useless queries again.

Resume

I would not suggest using boonex if you want to keep your programmers sane. We have have changed the code almost completely for now, and you will need to do that too. Boonex is a scam.

 

Great Product that has evolved over the years

Overall rating: 
 
3.8
Ease of Installation:
 
4.0
Ease of Customization:
 
3.0
User Friendlyness:
 
5.0
Quality of Customer Service:
 
3.0
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Reviewed by James Matthews
December 30, 2009
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful

I've been using dolphin for several years now, and have seen it evolve from a product full of bugs to a great social networking platform.

The great thing about dolphin is that you can easily try it for free - the community you'll create will have the dolphin logo on it, that's all.

The templates are easy to customize, you'll just need a little knowledge of php and css - but nothing to tough.

There is a very larger developer community on the boonex site called "Unity" - full of people experienced with dolphin helping each other, so that kindof compensates for the slow customer service.

Dolphin is ideal for a dating script, it really needs little or no customization if this is your goal.

 
 
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