What Is Elastic Communities

Elastic Communities is a way to build your membership based community. Leave the technical mumbo-jumbo to us, so that you can focus on building and helping your members.

Community Features


Activity Feed

Aggregate all community activity into one feed. Allow members a quick and easy way to see everything going on in your community.


Comment, Like & Favorite

The power of a community is in how members engage other members. In our framework you can comment, like or favorite anything: resources, forums, blogs.


Resources, Forums & Blogs

All communities have specialized topics and terminology. Organize and categorize your community information into easy to find articles.


Notifications & Messaging

Stay on top of your community interactions with our notifications. Create private or group conversations with our Messaging system.


Newborn Photography

Newborn Photography


Photographers from around the world connect and engage in deep discussions about their photography. The site has online critiques and a database of searchable photos like no other.

Dale Carnegie Canada

Dale Carnegie Canada


The world famous Dale Carnegie Course® integrates into this online community and allows for conversation between class and coach.

The Infertility Project

The Infertility Project


Members from around the world support each other through knowledge and engagement.


Sam Blakeley

My name is Sam Blakeley. I've been a web developer and entrepreneur for over 20 years.

Five years ago I wanted to build an engaging online community. I approached a professional web development company and was quoted $50,000 for something very basic.

I then searched for a solution that we could install and customize. I found one for $10,000 but it was too complicated to make simple changes and very slow to use.

I decided to build my own online community framework. It gave me all the features I wanted, but it also gave me the flexibility and performance that other solutions could not offer.

Finally, I created the business Elastic Communities to share my experience and expertise with other companies looking to build engaging communities.

Why Use Elastic Communities

Save Time & Money

Building an online community is complicated and expensive. It involves lots of meetings, project managers, designers, developers, features, storyboards, building, testing and a whole lot of back and forth. It can take months, if not years to get your community started. Working with Elastic Communities, you can save time and money by getting your community working straight away!

Risk Free

As an entrepreneur we have lots of great ideas that don't always work. Imagine investing a year of your time and over $50,000 building a community to find out it doesn't work? Build your community with us without the risk of investing all of your time & money!


Our developers can build new features. Our experience has shown that customized features keeps members engaged in the community. At NewbornPhotography.com we built a categorized image database that now hosts over 10,000 images for members to search through.