A Recap of Platform News for the Week Ending June 30, 2017

In this week’s roundup – BuddyPress 2.9.0 moves to beta 2. Ning continues to impress its users, announces the release of analytics for both versions of their platform. JomSocial gives another preview of what’s to come in v4.4 and SocialEngine offers thousands in prizes to name their newly unveiled mascot.

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BuddyPress 2.9.0 Beta 2

Published on June 24, 2017

Today sees BP 2.9 move to Beta 2 ( Beta 1 skipped for technical reasons ) testing phase and we would request all plugin authors, theme developers and other interested parties test out this release and feedback any issues found to our trac ticket home , or raise on the support forum.

Amongst other improvements and fixes to look out for are:

Fixing display of older activity comments.
Correction of message when removing friends that are not friends.
Group invites – omit sending to previously invited members.
Profile image upload fix for IE Edge breaksIOS fix.
Correct issue with hidden group & CSS specificity.
URL compatibility for LightSpeed.
Fix inability resizing of member avatar for cyrillic character filenames.
For a full list of commits see 2.9 tickets A full changelog will be available when we release the final version…

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Ning

Network not launched yet issue

Published on June 26, 2017

Due to the tech maintenance on one of our servers you may experience the following error when trying to access your network – “Network not launched yet”.

We do apologize for the temporary inconvenience and our tech team is working hard in order to fix it ASAP.

We appreciate your patience in this matter and we’ll notify everyone who emailed/called/texted us in Livechat about their network being down as soon as the issue is resolved.

We’ll update you about this bug here on creators as well.

Thank you for understanding!
The Ning team…

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New SocialEngine Community Forum Coming Soon!

Published on June 26, 2017

Hello!

We are super excited to announce that we’ve been working on something great for our clients and experts. After much feedback, we’ve decided to change our founder’s community to use SEPHP as it’s geared towards a forum and can allow us to offer more communication opportunities for everyone.

Our SECloud product is an awesome product for “Reddit” news aggregation niches, Twitter-esque networks, and many other types of communities. However, for our own needs, we need the features that SEPHP offers in the forum plugin, poll plugin and others. As such, our community will change. The current community will be kept as a read-only archive in order to preserve all of the wonderful content that everyone has contributed. We anticipate our new community to open near the end of June.

The new community forum will allow experts to post in an expert-only area so they can get coding help, provide expert feedback about things directly related to their needs, etc. It will have a member only section for posting bugs and feature requests – moving us away from Github where clients have mentioned a few times that they felt it was disconnected and it forced them to sign up for an external site. Some were not comfortable signing up and posting there. Moving it “in-house” seems best for everyone…

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Name the SocialEngine Mascot and Win!

Published on June 27, 2017

Hello!

We’re so excited to introduce the newest member of the SocialEngine family. We’ve just got one problem. Our mascot doesn’t have a name yet. That’s where you come in. We could use your help to name our brand new mascot. In appreciation of your help, whomever submits the best name will win items worth up to approximately $6,300 and five runners up will receive discounts worth up to approximately $1,700 each ! That’s a total of more than approximately $15,300 in value!

A bit of background info on our mascot:

Our mascot is a Saint Bernard pup.
Our mascot loves the spotlight!
Jazz and blues are favorite music genres. In fact, our mascot barks out a tune when a good song is heard.
At parties, our mascot has a howling good time!
Our mascot makes no bones about being a “people” pup and adores our staff, our clients and third party experts…

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Community Discussions Findings and Webinar

Published on June 28, 2017

Over the last few years, many of us have seen the need to evolve community governance. Up until now, we had to focus on other priorities, but now is the time to address our needs for community governance especially in light of recent community events.

Our project has matured greatly and participation has expanded from developers and site builders to also include more content editors, designers, and marketing managers who work not only as freelancers or at Drupal shops, but also for large digital agencies or system integrators. We want all community members to be included in these community discussions so the redefined community governance serves everyone. This is an exciting time to create an even healthier future for our ever-growing community…

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Responsively Mobile with SocialEngine

Published on June 29, 2017

Our recent SEPHP 4.9 launch saw the introduction of our fully responsive Insignia theme. This article will introduce you to concept of responsiveness and how you can go responsively mobile with SocialEngine.

First, what is a responsive theme and why should you care?

According to StatCounter, “The combined traffic from mobile and tablet devices tipped the balance at 51.2 percent, vs. 48.7 percent for desktop access” in a study last year. Many of these devices can have differing screen sizes. This can make it a challenge when visiting websites that aren’t “mobile ready.”

For example, if a user with a smartphone visits a site that doesn’t resize to fit his or her screen, they might not see important buttons, be able to sign up, log in, log out, or interact on the site. With that experience, they are far less likely to come back.

Here’s a view from a smartphone. In this view, we’ve used a standard theme and disabled the mobile plugin to show you what issues can be faced when a site is not mobile friendly…

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We have been working tirelessly to deliver a new and improved version of the inbox and turn it into the modern chat system. It was an overwhelming task that required a lot of code refactoring, improvements, and even solutions built from scratch as we couldn’t use the old technology upon inbox system was created.

In today’s update, i’d like to take the time and show you what have we’ve been working at for the past several weeks, so take a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the updates.

JOMSOCIAL INBOX WILL BE TURNED INTO CHAT-LIKE SYSTEM

group chat

Modern day conversations require modern utilities, and JomSocial 4.4 is going to provide just that. A sleek and elegant live chat system, fully incorporated into JomSocial’s minimalistic design to nicely blend into every template you can throw it at while being lightweight and resource thrifty to spare the server from unwanted stress.

Whatever the pick, you’re surely going to enjoy this upgrade.

OLD FUNCTIONALITIES IN A NEW WRAPPINGS

One on One conversations, Group Chats, posting images, files and links, seen statuses… are just the small things you already get used to in the inbox system. All of these features are carried over to the new chat….

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The Analytics Feature at your disposal!

Published on June 30, 2017

Good News – it`s time to announce the release of Analytics feature on Ning 2.0 and 3.0 platforms.

Many of you have been looking forward to this update ever since we first mentioned it. Today we would like to thank you for your patience—and proudly bring them to you as promised. Our newly released Analytics feature is the easy-to-use tool for building an effective network. This tool will significantly enrich your network creation kit, and will considerably expand your community management possibilities.

The Analytics option allows you to monitor your network’s activity in dynamics, and get more information about your network by tracking various events: new posts, comments, page visits, likes, registrations, etc. This feature provides up-to-date information about user activities on the site, letting you understand how to attract them again. Analytics also helps to evaluate the success of your programs on social networks. This option generates useful content reports that help you understand which content is most effective and popular with users. Network analytics functionality is available for both Ning 3.0 and 2.0 platforms…

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