I would like to know what sort of programs web designers/developers are using as a basis for community software (if there are any that are good) I'm looking into Dolphin and so far it seems to have more flaws than worth. Since I am a designer and not much of a developer I might be mistaken.
Can anyone reccommend a good starting off point for creating a niche community which will be scalable and ultimately probably grow very large (millions). The features needed are much like Myspace along with rating pics/people, polls, zip code search, groups etc.
I will be bringing in programmers, but for now I'd like a starting off point.