Cobalt has already support for the usual suspects:
- CommunityBuilder (CB)
- JomSocial (JS)
- EasySocial (ES)
There is also a Gravatar option to have user-avatar thumbnails, if none of the bigger community scripts is installed. But this is an external service, that is just applicable to a certain group of advanced internet users.
The average user account might need a simple profile (joomla core plugin), but the core system lacks an profile image and upload! :(
Lite and promising alternative: Easy-Profile by JSN.
It is available for FREE and as a PRO version. The free one also offers Avatar-picture upload! The pro version adds SocialNetwork authentication and login and much more...
Unfortunately, Easy-Profile is not yet supported by Cobalt. I mean, there is no community-integration file in global config. First I thought there is an official workaround… because JSN provides a JomSocial-Bridge, which should make it work with Cobalt's existing JomSocial setting, but it simply does not help here. Cobalt throws an error message, if JomSocial component is not installed!
A.) Maybe suppress the error-message behavior for JomSocial. So, JSN-JomSocial-Bridge can do his work.
B.) Direct Support for JSN Easy-Profile with a new, cobalt community integration file.
- JED page
- Docs (see Developers)
PS: It seems JSN is going to make it a real community extension in the future... Recently, I saw an activity-stream screenshot on twitter ;-)