Dev Depot: Pinnect, Makes Social Pinboarding a Snap

Stephen Yagielowicz

There is no denying the continued popularity of Pinterest, the market defining social pinboard site that allows user uploads of photos and other media — a seemingly ideal application for adult websites, if it wasn’t for Pinterest’s pesky “no porn” policy. The simple solution to this problem, of course, is to create your own Pinterest style clone site.

Enter Pinnect (Uniprogy.com/pinterest-clone), a premium-level open source product starting at $200 that can power even the most advanced media-sharing site and whose publisher claims allows users to build their own Pinterest clone site in a matter of minutes without being a programming genius.

Although the base installation is feature rich, it is only a starting point, as Pinnect users have a wide selection of additional premium modules available for extending the basic functionality of the script.

The Pinnect site lists the system’s modest Unix-type or Windows server requirements, which include a minimum of PHP version 5.1.0 (5.3.x is recommended), MySQL greater than version 4.1, .htaccess and mod_rewrite modules enabled, a memory limit greater than 32M, plus a small range of PHP Extensions — with a downloadable script to automate the server testing process.

Built on the Yii framework, Pinnect extends automation to the site’s operation by using cron jobs.

“The ability to create cron jobs (scheduled tasks) is available on most hosts, including shared ones,” a Pinnect rep reveals. “This is not a mandatory requirement, but recommended. If there is no ability to run crons on your server, you will still be able to execute them manually from an admin panel.”

Although the base installation is feature rich, it is only a starting point, as Pinnect users have a wide selection of additional premium modules available for extending the basic functionality of the script — with in-demand features such as a Facebook Connect and Twitter Login tool.

“Almost the whole world is registered on Facebook or Twitter, so why require users to register on your site separately?” the Pinnect rep asks. “With Social Module your visitors can login to your site using their Facebook or Twitter account without registration.”

Avatars are automatically loaded from the user’s Facebook profile, and Facebook “Like” and Twitter “Tweet” buttons added to all posts on the site.

An Ads Module allows advertisement insertion into the site’s header and footer — as well as inline among the posts; while the Cloud Module allows users to save money while boosting speeds: leveraging the power of the Amazon S3 service and enabling load balancing by installing the script, database and all images on separate servers. Other modules enable Google Analytics, automated site backups and more.

A video module adds support for adding YouTube and Vimeo clips, with adult webmasters tossed a bone via Pinnect’s “Adult Pack.”

“We noticed that Pinnect is often used by our customers for adult websites,” notes a Pinnect rep. “We decided to help and released an adult pack for Pinnect that adds an ability to grab videos from most popular adult video sites.”

These sites include Cliphunter, Eporner, Fapdu, HardSexTube, Pornhub, Vidz, XNXX and YouPorn, providing a lot of opportunity for those seeking a solution for building the next generation of adult sites.

If you have an adult pinboard on your mind, Pinnect is a great place to start.

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