Unlike a traditional Linkedin clone that just attempts to challenge the famous profile site head on, we’re actually trying to develop something that matches the needs of a certain group of existing users. We have to have someone modify the Joombri Freelance platform for Joomla in a way that resembles Linkedin’s methods. The user dashboard will have to be modified as well. Rather than being a mere clone, this should instead serve very specific user needs that are already known. Nevertheless it still needs to be attached to Joomla and follow the existing API system for that platform.
This kind of a Linkedin profile clone will ultimately need to be made with:
- Freelancer options for job postings
- Skills posting sections
- User group with profiles
- Profiles that resemble those posted on Linkedin
- Features that allow users to hide some content from other groups
- Ability to sort users by location
- Simplified sign-up form pages
- Log in options for both Linkedin and Facebook users
- Modified user dashboard
- Copied links
- Buttons from an existing site that it will attach to
- Statistics options for the administrator
- Separate log in for the site owner.
Over the years several different groups have attempted to clone Linkedin, and they failed because they basically tried to recreate the entire thing all over again and therefore suffered competition from the profile site itself. This project will avoid that by instead focusing primarily on existing users who need a particular type of site. Those users already have some form of profile, but it’s scattered across a number of databases or other types of resources. By uniting these under one banner with a similar interface to a system that we already know works its hoped that there will be a ready base to begin using the system at the time that it launches.
Naturally many people like to have as many options available to them as possible when it comes to the world of job-hunting, so this might attract a new user base as well. While this would have to wait until the initial testing is completed and existing users move over to it, this might provide at least some growth for the site. That would help when it came to attempting to provide funding and kept the site going after the original launch. Sometimes sites start to stagnate, so this should continue to help provide at least some attention to the site in the near future.