Urška Valenčič (2010) Razvoj poslovne spletne skupnosti z orodjem Drupal. EngD thesis.
This thesis studies closed virtual communities. The aim of the thesis is to present existing social networks and online community systems that enable collaboration within closed groups and finaly to implement a business-oriented community web page. The web community has to satisfy user requirements. User requirements analysis is performed and presented with user stories and use cases. Closed group within existing business social networks like LinkedIn and Xing, could be a simple solution in the beginning. But, with the growth of group's members and their needs, these systems do not offer enough flexibility, customization or extensibility for the group. In order to build a new web community, a study of existng CMS systems is conducted. The goal of the thesis is to develop a closed business web community using web content management system. I have chosen Drupal, because it is easily extensible, flexible and designed to be customized. Drupal has a strong online community of users and web developers, which provides a good support. The implementation of my solution includes the basic installation of Drupal 5 system, installation of needed add-on modules and the development of a new Drupal module. The result is an active business web community for entrepreneurs in Goteborg. The solution offers high level of extensibility and upgrade possibilities in the future. The current system can handle up to thousand members of the community. Although an upgrade to Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 is highly recommended in the future. New versions bring optimized code, increased security and greater scalability options.
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