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January Community Roundup

Hey everybody! Here’s a quick recap of what is happening in the SocialEngine Community in the month of January.

New Add-ons and Updates:

Ultimate Video – Stand-alone plugin without requiring default video plugin, Ultimate Video supports full features of Advanced Video and is able to stream videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo right on your site.

Kreative Theme – The layout is wonderfully optimized to adapt on any device, it will conform to your user’s screen, creating the most intuitive browsing experience.

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Advanced Rich Content Plugin – Manage your images you have uploaded using the Rich Content Editor, and delete the useless images from your site amongst other features!

Czech Language Pack – Translate your site into Czech with this language pack.

Slovak Language Pack – Translate your site into Slovak with this language pack.

Blossom Theme – Attractive customized menu with awesome effects for easy navigation.

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Advance Signup Group Selection – Use our plugin and let your users select multiple groups to join while they are in the signup process!

Full page preloader – Modern full page preloader animation with 30 unique design based on css3 and html 5. Included colors and backgrounds customization and Random feature, which will select from 30 design options. Check all design before purchasing by special link.

Community Owner Spotlight:

For this month we wanted to highlight some of our favorite SocialEngine Cloud sites that are using the Challenge Theme:

Ugeek.club – A unique online hub for geeks by geeks.

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Superyachters.com – Promoting and Supporting the SuperYacht industry with social media and social networking tools to entertain, inform and connect.

Ukfilmnetwork.com – A new UK Film social space to share, promote and connect.

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Network.socialater.com – Social network to connect and support technology people, startups and small business.

What Others are Saying:

Muy buena plataforma pero no tiene soporte en Español…espero que pronto este disponible

Posted by Ariel Ynoa Pita on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Excellent company, excellent service and excellent team. Special thanks to your service team for patience in dealing with clients!

Posted by Evalds Kokins on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own a socialengine website now going on 3 years I have never has any issues that I could not fix myself. Until…

Posted by Lock N Rock on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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SocialEngine PHP 4.8.10 is Released

SocialEngine PHP 4.8.10 is here

 

We’re glad to announce that SocialEngine PHP 4.8.10 is released. This update comes with total 15 fixes out of which 10 were reported by our awesome community. It comes with an upgraded and better version of flowplayer and also fixes an issue that happened because of some recent changes done by Facebook in their API.

While we’re working hard to deliver some great features in our next release, we felt that releasing an update with some relevant fixes would be good for your online communities to remain updated on technical and security fronts.

How to upgrade: You can download this latest version of SocialEngine PHP from the client area. We’ve also updated Blogs, Classifieds, Events, Groups, Forums and Videos plugins to 4.8.10.

Click here to read the full KB article on the detailed upgrade process.

Changes:

  • Fixed issue with email not getting populated during signup via Facebook. This issue was a result of some changes done by Facebook recently in their API.
  • Fixed issue with post sharing not working when Janrain integration is enabled.
  • Upgraded FlowPlayer to v3.2.18 fixing some vulnerabilities that existed in older version. Issue #56
  • Updated Blog Module to fix a potential vulnerability.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented HTML5 videos from playing when displayed using embed code.
  • Fixed issue with members’ search not working with select-box type profile fields.
  • Fixed security warnings appearing on SSL enabled websites when using VigLink. Fixes #32
  • Fixed issue with group invite notifications not being sent to members. Fixes #191
  • Fixed multiple log errors. Fixes #247, #220 and more
  • Added some missing translations. Fixes #255 and more
  • Fixed translation issue with text that suggests using full uploader when trying to upload video from activity feed. Fixes #53
  • Fixed typo in Search Page title. Fixes #251
  • Fixed scaffold issue with absolute URLs. Fixes #275
  • Fixed transaction error that appeared when using PHP’s PDO adapter.
  • Updated code to fetch description from og:description tag when adding a link from activity feed if description meta-tag has not been not set for that page.
  • Fixed search issue with member’s transaction details.
  • Added exif, which is required for correct rotation of photos uploaded via mobile devices, to the list of recommended PHP extensions.
  • Increased token expiry time to fix issue that prevented users from posting a blog if they were on the page for more than 5 minutes. Fixes #73

Changelog: You can also browse the complete changelog for more details about the changes and fixes implemented in SocialEngine PHP 4.8.10.

NOTE: Please make sure that you do a complete backup of both files and database before performing this upgrade. Please get it done by a developer if you’re not comfortable with the installation and backup process yourself. We do have an upgrade service available for $150 which you can purchase from our Client Store.

Your feedback is important to us. So, keep submitting feature requests or bug reports for SocialEngine PHP to our public bugs and suggestions tracker. Thanks again for your support!

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you!

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December Community Roundup

Welcome to 2016! We hope everyone’s Holiday season was as wonderful as ours. Here’s a quick recap of what is happening in the SocialEngine Communitiy.

New Add-ons and Updates:

REST API Plugin – This plugin provides robust, secure JSON REST API for SocialEngine. REST API opens up exciting world of possibilities for the SocialEngine platform, and so for your website too. It provides a standardized programmatic interface between your SocialEngine based website and outside applications, thus enabling all types of integrations with external applications and development environments.

Advanced Footer Plugin – The Advanced Footer plugin provides various designs and options to display in the footer of your website which will help you showcase the correct information based on the type of user on your website.

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Ultimate Photo Editor – This ultra powerful photo editor works for all modules including 3rd party modules! This contains many ready patterns and effects essentially giving you photoshop power on your social network. continue reading »

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Victory: SocialEngine Wins “Best Social Network Software” Award

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SocialEngine is proud to announce it won “Best Social Network Software” in the 2015 CMS Critic People’s Choice Awards.

 

First, we want to thank everyone who nominated SocialEngine for this award. Thanks to your help we placed in the top 3 in the category of “Best Social Network Software”.

Second, we want to thank everyone who voted. Getting nominated was an honor, winning the competition was amazing. We are humbled to get so much of support from the entire community.

As it turned out SocialEngine won by a huge margin and received the title of “Best Social Network Software” in the CMS Critic People’s Choice awards. You can go through the complete blog post published by the CMS Critic team here: http://www.cmscritic.com/announcing-the-2015-winner-for-best-social-network-software/

Thanks to the large number of web admins who are running their communities with our software. We have great stuff coming up for you!

With appreciation,

SocialEngine Team

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Vote for SocialEngine

Thanks for nominating SocialEngine in the CMS Critic’s Choice Awards! We are one of the three finalists in the “Best Social Network Software” category thanks to your nominations.

 

Now that we have made it to the finals, it’s time to get out and Vote to help us win this thing! You can vote up until January 1, 2016 by clicking the graphic below and filling out the form. (Note: When you fill out the form, make sure to vote for SocialEngine under “Best Social Network Software” category which with be the 9th category listed. You don’t even need to vote in any of the other categories if you don’t want to! Just select the box for SocialEngine and you’re good to go.)

 

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Thanks a lot everyone for nominating SocialEngine! Let’s win this together!

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November Community Roundup

Hey everyone! November is over so its time to take a look at what has been happening this month with the SocialEngine community!

New Add-ons and Updates:

Chellenge Theme – With the most modern board / grid style theme for SocialEngine Cloud crafted with a clean design and choice of smooth color pallete, your community members will enjoy exploring your site and will spend more time in your community. The more interaction you have in your site, the more content users will create in your community and more content leads to more interactions

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Advanced members & Verification plugin – The new Advanced Members plugin makes your site more attractive and increases user activity on your site. The most important part of every community is members, we made a big work and combined an easy and functional interface and rich functionality in it.

Cometchat addon for Touch-Mobile plugin – We are happy to present add-on for integration of CometChat with our Touch-Mobile plugin. Now you will have an opportunity to chat in a convenient user interface optimized for mobile devices.

Responsive Christmas Template – Responsive Christmas Template is available now with a full features of Responsive support, highlighted Latest Events, Recent Photos, Recent Blogs widgets to promote the season of year and to get attention to all members and even to Public.

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Wet Antispam for Social Engine – Wet Antispam operates invisibly in the background and protects your social network from spammy messages, forum posts, blogs, and activity comments. It will add an entry to the Social Engine error log whenever it detects an attempt to create spam content.

Community Owner Spotlight:

Playmusician.me – Help promote your band or your venue! Check out Playmusician.me for info on events near you!

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Racelanecentral.onsocialengine.com – Into fast cars? Check out this racing centered community to connect with others who are as passionate about racing as you are!

Mekolor.com – Create a Profile. Book a Ticket. Share with your Fiends. This is a site dedicated to promoting events surrounding International Friendship Day!

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Engine2.onsocialengine.com/ – A nutrition based site aimed at helping you eat better and feel great!

What Others are saying:

I had initially gone with another company, but after 1 week I demanded a refund because of poor customer service and…

Posted by Daniel Gordon on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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October Community Roundup

Hey everyone! October is over so its time to take a look at what has been happening this month with the SocialEngine community!

New Add-ons and Updates:

Advanced messages plugin – An update for Hire-Expert’s messaging plugin.

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Mac OS Menu – The plugin allows you to create a floating Apple Mac Style Menu on your website.
You can choose from two options: the vertical menu, that can be placed on the right or left side of your website (Vertical Navigation) or the menu in the form of a dynamic basket with a dropdown menu list (Stack Navigation). continue reading »

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September and October 2015 Keeping it Rolling Update

Whoops — I skipped a monthly update, but even though I took a hiatus in September we didn’t stop working or moving SocialEngine forward. 

Here’s what went down in September and October:

  • Made serious technical strides to keep up with high goals set for the rebrand
  • Created and continuing to post content on opportunities for crowdfunding / crowdfunded companies to leverage communities
  • Started internal process on responsive theme design for SocialEngine PHP
  • Released a ton of fixes as well as a couple of features for SocialEngine Cloud. Release notes are available on our Community site for September and October.
  • We’ve set up an area to showcase 3rd party demos over on our Examples page.
  • We worked with customer seeking enterprise customizations of SocialEngine PHP or SocialEngine Cloud
  • We’ve set up a new exclusive partnership with TMDHosting. Get SocialEngine PHP optimized hosting starting at $3.85/mo here.

On Deck for November:

  • First week: internal beta of our new website
  • Second week: expert submission beta 
  • Work on admin for the new site
  • Finish working on Intercom integration
  • Continue fixing SocialEngine Cloud issues
  • Launch will make this a singular focused month

With appreciation,

James Clark

CEO, SocialEngine

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Leverage Online Communities to Enhance Crowdfunding Q&A

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Try SocialEngine for six weeks free, visit http://get.socialengine.com/crowdfunding

Most popular crowd funding sites, including Kickstarter, Gofundme, indiegogo and Crowdrise offer a variety of tools to engage your audience.  These include the ability to describe your campaign with words, visuals, videos and, of course, rewards.   

 

A Community Platform Makes It Easier to Answer Common Questions

One of the big challenges when running a crowdfunding campaign is that often individuals may have specific questions about the use of funds, timing, rewards, etcetera.   In most cases you have to reply one-on-one to these people.  It can take a significant amount of time….when you need to devote your full attention to getting the word out, not answering questions.

An online community by SocialEngine can help. It’s easy to connect the dots and have all of your potential sponsors, donors or investors uploaded into your online community.   Then, all you have to do is post the questions and answers that you get from your audience to the entire community.  Of course you can always do one-on-one when appropriate; but you will save a lot of time with simultaneous communications.  

Next Steps – Leverage The Energy of Community

  • When your crowdfunding campaign is live you can use the ability of the online community to get the group to collectively promote your idea and share thoughts with each other
  • Let your community participate in the viral messaging that is so critical to the success of your campaign
  • One aspect of community is the ability of members of the crowd to interact with each other.  This is critical.  Interaction is what generates the ongoing enthusiasm and energy for action… in this case the action is providing financial assistance
  • Every member of your community will have a Facebook page and many of them will have Twitter, YouTube and other social accounts.  Take advantage of this network

Then, as you approach your funding deadline and goals, the community can kick into action to get you over the top!  Get the free crowdfunding E-book Kickstarting Community: Custom Social Networks for Crowdfunding at http://get.socialengine.com/crowdfunding

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Keeping Your Crowdfunding Audience Engaged and Happy

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So you’ve successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign – congratulations! But now what? How are you supposed to keep your fans engaged while you try to focus on actually completing your project, especially knowing that most crowdfunding projects don’t make their target shipping dates?

 

A custom social community can solve a lot of problems crowdfunding platforms create in post-campaign communication. Here’s how:

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To learn more about how a custom social network can keep your audience engaged and happy, check out our eBook entitled Kickstarting Community.

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