Hoop.la allows its users to easily and quickly create their own online community. Users are provided unlimited bandwidth and disk space. Content can be managed through built-in tools and Google Analytics. For users looking to launch an impressive website including a blog, photos and video clips, forums and chats, and perhaps even an iPhone version- Hoop.la may be the ticket.
Hoop.la was launched in November 2010 by the social content site Social Strata, Inc. Social Strata is a US-based organization with offices in both Seattle and Charleston. Aside from Hoop.la, Social Strata also offers Hoo.do (a personal journal community) along with other legacy products.
In the first year of its launch, Hoop.la became the community platform choice for powering thousands of sites including some notables like the Discovery Channel, HGTV and Warner Music.
Hoop.la stands out since it is an extremely customizable application which also provides users with a polished end product. Users are also provided unlimited bandwidth and space and they do not have to contend with annoying advertisements or banners on their sites. Hoop.la can even make their customers money through their premium membership feature which can offer visitors additional content for a fee. With options to create an iPhone application version and guaranteed SLA's for website up time- Hoop.la is a solid choice for both professional and personal content providers.
Hoop.la is the real deal. Their website is clean and hosts engaging videos or easy-to-find descriptions of their key points and offerings. Their overall look is modern and impressive and the content is easy to navigate. There were no issues found on any of the links and their site was fast and responsive. For customers, Hoop.la offers online support and can even offer an account manager in its Professional version.
Users are provided a 14-day free membership which can be activated without a credit card. Once selecting the sign up link located on their pricing page a user will be directed to the registration site. One will choose a community name and URL for their site. They will then need to setup their administration credentials such as their name and password. Once a user accepts the terms and conditions they are ready to begin using Hoop.la.
After the 14-day trial there are 3 membership plans available. All plans include access to: forums, blog, photos, custom domain, Google Analytics integration, content and member management tools, and premium memberships. Their Gold Membership costs $29/ month and accommodates up to 5 administrators, up to 6,000 members and 500,000 page views per month. The next upgrade is their Platinum Membership which costs $99/ month and it includes additional capabilities to video and file uploads and iPhone app support. Platinum Memberships accommodate an unlimited number of administrators, up to 25,000 members and 5 million monthly page views. Finally, Hoop.la offers a professional version of their product. Pricing for this varies and depends on the user's needs.
For creating online communities for personal or professional reasons, Hoop.la is a fantastic choice. Reasonably priced and easy to use, Hoop.la can help one design and build an online community that looks custom-built and a lot more expensive than it is. With the additional capabilities of mobile iPhone apps and premium memberships, this is an application highly recommended for anyone looking to develop an online presence.