I have been looking to move my custom coded website to a social network platform. The current website gets about 35,000 unique visitors per month from organic traffic and has a page one google ranking for the term "surfing" in all 3 major search engines.
The two questions are as follows: - if I move over to the hosted social network platform, will I lose my rankings...even if I do the proper 301 redirects. - which social network platform would you recommend. I have reviewed the following, NING, Elgg and kickapps. Are there others or which of the ones above do you consider the best.
Do you really want to relinquish control to a hosted solution? I'd be concerned that even though you can 301 to the new site, you might not be able to 301 back out if you opt to self-host. Something to check, at least.
I don't know what your hosting cost is, but consider a VPS or cloud server. I've got a blog site that's a little busier than the site you describe that runs like a champ on a cloud server at well under $100/mo. (The cloud server cost just a little more than the VPS the site was on before, and offered a big boost in specs and actual site performance.)