Well since finding out I could build me own site from scratch, things have gone really well so far on the new test site.
Was struggling as in to how to organise the site but now have come up with a way so that includes most of the interests of people on the site, have split it into realms.
The scarybird Realm - for scarybird project stuff, like the immortal ego, mobile combat, netropolis - the virtual world in planning and the agency
The Creative Realm - for writers, musicians, photographers, artists, animators/filmmakers and tattooists - to show off their works and collaborate on projects to be
The Virtual Realm - for social networking and gaming and looking at possible collaborations with members to develop new games for fun and educational purposes
The Lifestyle Realm - for this interested in personal development and stuff, also will be looking at the moodle package which is open source for teachers and students, as there are quite a few on the site who would like to provide courses for others. Which will probably involve travel clubs as well.
The Business Realm - as the site started off on a business networking site most of the members are small business owners, not to mention the social entrepreneurs and that so there is also a project module which I have yet to fuck about with for that, will be reinstalling that and giving access to budding entrepreneurs
Was a bit horrified when i found there wasnt an easy way of transferring all the old data over in an easy way, but managed to find a few import/export modules which i hope will work for some of it.
Only got the profiles to sort out and to arrange the content and decide on the access the different types of members will have, dependent on what they do. Also got to decide which content to ditch from the old site. Also got to tweak the theme of it but will leave that till last.
Also have a chat facility so hope to get a room for each area and split it accordingly.
So on the whole, its taken me around two weeks to create a social neworking site and the start of the community network that I have dreamed about for the past 5 years after not being able to find anywhere on the net that catered for a lot of things I wanted, still going to have it invite only but want to keep it free so will see how that goes, I thought there was only 400 members but after doing the export of the profiles there are 530 from all over the world from all different backgrounds, all of them I know personally, so that made me feel kind of good, as I am quite proud of all of them for who they are and not a fake account amongst them.
So next on me list is learn php coding and MySql database stuff for when things fuck up on a grand scale.
One thing I definitely know for sure after the past three years of getting no help from those who promised, is that I never will have to ask any one for help ever again. The old saying goes if you dont ask you dont get, what a load of shite that is, you dont get anyway, so why demean yourself by asking.
anyway all in all, Scarybirds are nearly Go