A Recap of Platform News for the Week Ending July 14, 2017

In this week’s roundup – Ning gives overview of second quarter accomplishments for 2017. phpFox unveils and new core template for the upcoming release of v4.6.0 of the platform and BuddyPress v2.9.0 is almost ready for official release.

Quick glance of the new template for phpFox 4.6.0

This is probably one of the best updates you will look forward to in phpFox 4.6.0. A new core template, which will be called the ‘Material Template’. Your site will look more attractive and stunning with the new look.

Get yourself ready to preview some of the highlights of phpFox’s new template

Activity Feed

Your members will enjoy browsing on your site with the new look and feel and stay more on your feed. Aside from its looks, we enhanced some of the icons which are more attractive to the eyes of your members.

Member Profile

It is designed to change the cover photo by just clicking the camera icon at the upper left edge of the photo…

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Overview of Q2 2017

Published on July 11, 2017

As we are stepping into the third quarter, it is time we share the results of Q2, 2017 with all our friends online.

We have made every effort to deliver the product plan we’ve announced before – and we have accomplished a great deal of it. Many of the features that we listed as ‘soon to come’ are now released, and we have already gathered first feedback from those who managed to take them for a test drive.

You may have noticed that we have made some changes to the product plan down the line – and released a lot of unscheduled updates, while postponing other announced features. In some cases, releasing new functionality was blocked by the problems with the existing code. Some features were shifted in priority in response to your requests. We also dedicated some of our time to updating 2.0 functionality, to make 2.0 users happy.

Our Q2 updates:

Aligning Ning 3.0 and 2.0 functionality:

Paid Access is currently ready for beta testing. Many of you have requested Stripe integration, and this required extra work to be done.

Chats were released as promised. We have received a lot of feedback regarding this update, and we are now processing it.

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New Apps and Themes in June 2017

Published on July 13, 2017

3rd Party Apps and Themes Update

Hey, fellas! Last month, our 3rd party developers have added new apps and themes in our store. You can directly purchase and download these products in your AdminCP. These products are independently provided and supported by the 3rd party developers. So in case, you have questions, just feel free to let them know.

We summarized everything for you. Let’s take a look at the following list.

Transformer(theme) by Foxer


expandable side menu with some features of the user dashboard
configurable footer
clean and attractive landing page included

Stickybar by Scheinwelt-Media

INTRODUCTION: This app makes the main menu sticky when scrolling down. Your users are always able to switch to other pages and…

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EasyArticles Community Preview

Published on July 13, 2017

​After months of toiling and multitasking along with EasySocial 2.1, the team managed to put together our very first version of EasyArticles. Since the initial introduction of EasyArticles, we have been receiving positive feedback and inquiries, which were very encouraging for the team and we greatly appreciate it.

The idea behind EasyArticles is to simplify your day to day operations when dealing with articles on Joomla. Hit the brakes to read more about the highlights & functionalities of EasyArticles, the next generation article management for Joomla.

Minimalist Composer

EasyArticles Composer

With our combined years of experience dealing with designs and workflows specifically for authors, the team came up with an absolutely elegant and easy on the eyes tool for your authors. This minimalist approach is to get your authors focused on generating beautiful posts while leaving the hard work and effort to the software…

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JA Mood – Social Joomla Template from JoomlArt with full support for JomSocial is now available for FREE to Professional and SuperCharged plan users.


Standard plan got major boost in our last update when the feature limitations were removed and were brought to the same level of Professional package. Standard plan users were also extended complimentary JA Builder Pro access worth $50. It would not be fair to JomSocial Professional members and JoomlArt team to offer complimentary access of premium products worth more than the JomSocial Standard plan price itself.

We encourage our Standard Plan members to upgrade to Professional plan to take maximum benefit of the offerings. There are more releases lined up for Professional users. For instance, we have a brand new JomSocial theme coming soon for Professional plan…

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Hosting for Your Community!

Published on July 13, 2017

Hey, PeepSo, what hosting do you recommend?
Hi team! What’s the best hosting?
Hello, what hosting should I choose?
Not a week goes by that we don’t get asked this question. Until now we didn’t really have one specific answer. But we knew that it’s something that we should address sooner or later. It’s my great honor to announce that we’ve partnered up with WeFoster.co a fantastic hosting company with the true community spirit at heart. And I really mean that.
WeFoster team specializes in hosting WordPress-based Communities.
How It All started?
WeFoster started as a way for four friends to do what they love most – to build awesome community solutions powered by WordPress. Their shared bond was passion for social networks & membership communities and their ability to boost and promote non-profits, causes, academic communities, and businesses…

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BuddyPress 2.9.0 Release Candidate 1

Published on July 14, 2017

Today sees BP 2.9.0 move to The final testing phase Release Candidate 1.

This is the last chance to test out this release and report back any issues found before final release in approximately two weeks time.

Any issues found can be reported to our trac ticket home , or raised 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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ATTENTION! A test profile for SSL is required!!!

Published on July 14, 2017

We have great news for you – our tech team is about to implement a new SSL-certificate feature for all Ning 3.0 networks with a *.ning.com domain. It’s all set and ready for live release but we need to make sure that we’ve considered all possible requirements for proper massive implementation. That’s why we are looking for a test network who wants to be the first one to try out this feature.

Here’s what we’re looking for in a network in order to have a complete full HD test and to avoid all possible issues that may appear in a real time situation:
1) it should be a network on 3.0 platform
2) it should have a *.ning.com domain or a custom domain with SSL certrificate
3) it should be a network created couple of months ago, preferably with a high-load platform and/or custom code on it
4) the members` quantity is not that particular, however, if you have 100+ members – that would be a plus

The test won’t take long – a couple of hours only and it will be done at a nighttime between 12 pm – 5 am PST. We guarantee that your network won’t be messed up and our developers will monitor it until SSL works perfectly fine on your network…

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