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The software that brings you Open Left, Swing State Project, Pam's House Blend, My Left Wing, Docudharma and the majority of the BlogPAC sponsored 50-State Blogs is proud to announce here on Daily Kos the first version of SoapBlox Lite.

What is SoapBlox Lite you ask?  Simple.  It's free online community software for you.

With SoapBlox Lite you'll get a blog with front page diaries, a "user diary" section and a "recommended diary" section just like Daily Kos.  

You'll get Ajax-based comments and comment ratings, nested comments, and a WYSIWYG editor for diaries and comments.  You'll have a fully functional tagging for post organization.  You'll have polls for your diaries and RSS feeds for you, your SoapBlox Lite, and every single user that joins.  

You'll get a 'your name' URL.

All of this is provided to you for FREE in exchange for a banner ad across the top of your SoapBlox Lite.

We're looking for some folks to help us beta test our software and set up process.  If you'd like to take the plunge, please visit the following site to sign up:

SoapBlox Lite Sign Up Form

Unlike the normal SoapBlox, SoapBlox Lite does not include an events calendar, quick hits, and some other more advanced functionality.  It includes the core functionality you need to have a successful online community with user diaries, nested comments, and comment ratings.

We're not exactly sure how many of these sites we be beta testing.  This is an experiment in a business model to see if there's demand out there for more online communities.  I'm thinking for sure we'll do 10.  Heck, we might go up to 30.  It all depends!

So if you've been itchin' to run your own online community, sign up right now to beta test SoapBlox Lite!

There's also a Google Group forming for those who sign up or just interested.  Check it out here:

Turn your blog into an community with SoapBlox!

Originally posted to pacified on Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 09:23 PM PST.



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