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Ankush Dhiman

Ankush Dhiman

December 19 2010

Some questions for you !

1. I am not from a IT background however I have more than average knowledge of computers, internet etc. so will I be able to use Anahita to create a social networking site? > 2. Can I post various advertisements on my social networking website which I will create using Anahita ? > 3. Does Anahita includes any chat tool like the one we have in facebook and orkut ? > 4. Do you have any recommended web hosting companies which are compatible with Anahita or can is it compatible with all the standard web hosting companies ? > 5. What does package for $500 includes ? #anahita #social #development

Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 12 2011 Permalink
Hi ! Rastin and Arash ! I guess it will be more user friendly if the comment option is available after the last comment....for instance if there is a post with so many comments, we keep scrolling down and when we have to add a comment, we have to look for comment button for which we have to scroll up again ! Thanks !
Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 12 2011 Permalink
Also I have this question after installing Distro on the server, the only option to edit the website is to do it online or can we use FTP utility as well which may be installed on our system, I am just asking it for the information purpose as i like editing it online which can be done from any part of the world !
Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 16 2011 Permalink
You don't like my questions anymore :( just kidding, i know you are very busy these days...so I am waiting !
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
January 16 2011 Permalink
@Ankush of course you can use FTP if you needed to edit a file directly on the server.
Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 16 2011 Permalink
ok great ! ThankS Rastin !
Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 26 2011 Permalink
Hi Rastin & Arash ! I wanted to know if Distro is ready ?
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
January 26 2011 Permalink
Yes, read our blog :)
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
January 26 2011 Permalink
oh actually the blog is down, we are migrating it to the new server. Yes the download link that you see on the Anahita Social Engine page is actually for the distro.
Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 26 2011 Permalink
cool...I will read the blog...I have a question: We will install distro on the server and customize the template according to our needs like adding logo and other features etc., what happens when i install the next release of ditro (when available), will everything get back to default again and we have to customize again?
Also I would like to know what are the advantages of becoming a partner as compared to becoming a premium tribe member.
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
January 27 2011 Permalink
The update will only affect the core files which you are not supposed to modify to begin with. If you change the core code you won't be able to apply future updates.

Even when you get an open source software, you should always build your customization around it and use the API. That is exactly why having a flexible API so important or else you haven't picked the right solution for your project.

For the template I personally would build a new template and use the Shiraz template as an example. That way the updates won't overwrite your modified code in the shiraz template.

We will be using any method or tools that will make the upgrades easier, but We won't promise that your template will never break unless we completely stop working on the Anahita project. There is always a trade off when you use a technology that is constantly evolving, you need to keep up with it.

Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 27 2011 Permalink
hmmm...thats great information, I really appreciate your patience and I am grateful that I found you people.

Do you think I will have to hire a programmer or developer for it ? I think I can try to configure it own my own however is there a possibility that I may do something stupid which cannot be rectified later on...if the base is not good whole infrastructure may suffer because of that...I am good in using softwares, i can understand instructions however i have not tried programming part, i am trying to learn html on my own using youtube and google and i can understand whatever i am learning however that is what i think but I know there is a huge amount of knowledge which keeps on adding as technology changes...our goal is to create and launch this social networking website in April and on our own. I guess installing distro will give us a layoutlike this which we are using right now in Anahitapolis right ?

Also please tell me the advantages of becoming a partner as compared to becoming a premium tribe member.
Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 29 2011 Permalink
I am also waiting for the reply :)
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
January 29 2011 Permalink
@Ankush the only way for you to learn is to practice and experiment a lot and make a lot of mistakes. That is part of the process. If you have the resources you can always hire people to help you out, but you won't be the right fit to be the guardian of a social network if you don't acquire the technical knowledge.

and this is not something they teach at school. The only way for you to learn is to either get a job at a company like facebook or twitter, or join the projects that are happening on the web and become part of the process.

I can't be the one assessing your technical abilities. Only you can answer that. There have been several people on Anahitapolis who have amazed me with what they could accomplish and none of them were software developers.

If you or anybody else are looking for a software which allows you to configure everything the point-and-click way and in the same time scale up and grow. It doesn't exist. You cannot have it both ways.

Without programming knowledge it will be very difficult for you to accomplish anything significant on the web. Even Mark Zuckerberg and Matthew Mullenweg who founded facebook and wordpress still sit down and program today and learn from those who are more experienced.

So you need a strong heart and love for this sort of things. Knowledge ... you can always learn what you don't know.

"Also please tell me the advantages of becoming a partner as compared to becoming a premium tribe member."

We are no longer offering partner plans. Right now there is only one option available.
Ankush Dhiman
Ankush Dhiman
January 29 2011 Permalink
Thanks Rastin...i understand that i need to be totally into it...!!! Thanks again !

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