Starting A Reddit & Hacker News Type Website In Minutes At

Reddit is a social news website where users can submit links or text content under various categories whereas others can read content, comment and can vote on submissions “up” or “down” to organize the posts and determine their position on site’s pages.

On the other hand Hacker News is another popular news submission website with same type of functionality but mainly focuses on computer science and entrepreneurship.

In this lesson you will learn how to start such type of website easily on your domain name. 

Pligg – Opensource Social News Publishing Platform


Pligg is an open source social publishing application. Initially released in 2005. It enables users (or just members) to submit and vote on news articles, similar to Reddit and Digg.

Main Pligg Features:

  • Groups: Allow users to share articles with other members who share a common interest in a topic.
  • Private Messaging: A social network site isn’t very social without the ability to communicate with each other.
  • Advanced Comment System: Not only can you comment on articles, but you can rate comments posted by other users.
  • User Profiles: Each user that signs up on a Pligg site gets their own profile page.
  • Module System: Add additional functionality to your Pligg site without having to alter the Pligg code.

Although installing and configuring Pligg takes some steps but provides you an easy one click installer that can install this app on your domain or sub-domain or sub-directory or wherever you like.

To start, you should have a domain name and a website hosting plan. Read our lesson on registering a free domain name with any website hosting plan at

Installing Pligg

First thing you need to do is login to you account, and launch your hosting cPanel. From the cPanel home screen, scroll down to ‘Software/Services’ section and click ‘Installatron’.

cPanel X

Select Application Browser tab:

Installatron Applications Browser

Scroll down to ‘Apps for Community Building’ section and click ‘Pligg’.

Apps For Community Building

Clicking ‘Pligg’ opens up it installation page showing you details and features of this groupware. Here you can take application demo, check other websites using the same application etc.

To start Pligg installation process, click ‘+install this application’ button and follow on-screen instructions:

Pligg Installer

It asks you to select a domain or subdomain or sub-directory to install Pligg. If you are already running a website on your main domain then you can either go for a subdomain or use a subdirectry or any addon domain for installation.

Scroll down to ‘Settings’ section and type in a username, password, admin email and then click ‘Install‘ button. It takes sometime and then shows you installation complete notification with links to your website’s home page admin area.

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