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SocialEngine PHP 4.8.8 Released

We’re happy to announce the release of SocialEngine PHP 4.8.8! This release includes important fixes, some of which came to notice after the last 4.8.7 release, and because of some specific server settings or 3rd party plugins. Here is the summary of those fixes:

  • Fixed issue where users were unable to like comments on certain activity feed posts. Fixes #7.
  • Fixed issue where new posts made without attachments were not appearing on user / content profiles. Fixes #1, #7 and #21.
  • Marked Multi-byte String (mbstring) extension as required to avoid any errors because of this being disabled.
  • Fixed issue with PHP language array file not being generated properly in certain cases.
  • Fixed error “Call to a member function toValue() on a non-object” coming on user profile page in a few cases. Fixes #2.
  • Fixed notice of E_DEPRECATED and theme issues coming on websites having PHP version lower than 5.3.0 after last release. Fixes #3.
  • Fixed E_DEPRECATED notices coming on websites running on latest version of PHP (>= 5.6.0). Fixes #17.
  • Fixed issue with the translation of content sharing feed’s text.
  • Fixed issue with sound manager swf that was not working when Cloudfront CDN is being used on website.
  • Fixed issue with duplicacy of photo caption in activity feed when status is updated with a photo.

You can download the new SocialEngine PHP 4.8.8 code from your client area. We’ve also updated Chat plugin to 4.8.8. Please make sure that you do a complete backup of both files and database before performing this upgrade. Please get a developer to help you 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.

Changelog: You can also browse the complete changelog file for more details about the fixes implemented in this release, and contact us if you have any questions.

Last, you can always submit any feature requests or bug reports for SocialEngine PHP to our public bugs and suggestions tracker. Thanks again for providing your continuous feedback & support!

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February Community Roundup

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

New Add-ons and Updates:

Job Posting - Job Posting provides features that you can find on professional employment website, plus some unique features that suitable for a Social Network. For company representatives, they can create company, post, and share jobs. For other members, they can apply for job, follow or favorite a company.

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February 2015 Keeping it Rolling Update

February 2015 was quite the month for SocialEngine. We are happy to see such a positive response to our activities.

We were working hard, but what was most tiring was cleaning the car off from the crazy snowfalls in Boulder.


The list is long, so let’s get to it:

Here’s the Skinny:

SocialEngine PHP

  • Released SocialEngine PHP 4.8.7 which is one of the biggest updates we’ve (new ownership) ever done
  • Brought in Shivani as a PHP Product Owner and Manager. She’s been busy consolidating SocialEngine PHP feedback, streamlining development and prioritizing defining features for 4.9.0 and 4.10.0
  • Feature identification and prioritization of product roadmap
  • Moved public bug tracking to github
  • Released the much needed and very big Facebook Custom App Setup knowledge base article

SocialEngine Cloud

  • Announced product roadmap
  • New code base for SocialEngine Cloud – Laravel 4
  • Fixes to LinkedIn and Facebook
  • More bug fixes and smaller improvements — check out our Release Notes
  • Increased # of members exported to 10,000
  • Launched new responsive themes
  • Enabled legacy themes
  • Hired a pro dev on toptal to work on specific features, first priority is post editing
  • Nailed down list of events to track in Intercom
  • Set up an integration with for an improved customer experience
  • Developed a wireframe/design for internationalization and phrasing (here’s a rough sneak peek, not final version). Soon you’ll be able to see these mocks inside the product roadmap.
  • Wrote and released three knowledge base articles for cloud: How to Add Category to Main Menu, How to Add a Favicon  and Enabling Legacy Themes

SocialEngine Website

  • Our creative team has been working overtime producing high quality assets and content for the new marketing site
  • Development of the marketing website continues to accelerate

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SocialEngine Cloud Code Base Updated, New Domain:

This exciting update arrives from the culmination of months of work to drive the SocialEngine Cloud product forward with a speed and stability not before possible, given the previous infrastructure and code base.

New Infrastructure for SocialEngine Cloud

Our vastly improved infrastructure allows SocialEngine Cloud to further scale without worry. In addition, a new and improved automated deployment system kills a wide range of prior limitations.

New Code Base for SocialEngine Cloud

We’re going live with our code base using the modern Larvel web app framework. We have separated our three properties (SocialEngine website, SocialEngine Cloud sites, customer database) into three distinct code bases, making it easier to develop, maintain and upgrade all three individually. A lot of legacy code has been removed and we’ve improved maintenance.

New Domains for SocialEngine Cloud Sites

Beginning today, all SocialEngine Cloud sites are moving to a new, dedicated domain: This is a security measure aimed at removing potential vectors for cross domain attacks targeting the main session as well as vectors for phishing attacks relying on the presence of the “” domain to build a false sense of trust in malicious websites.

If you’ve configured a custom domain for your site (“” instead of “”) then you are not affected by this change.

If your SocialEngine Cloud site was previously served from a domain, all traffic will be redirected to the new location indefinitely, so you won’t have to change any links.

From this point on, any website hosted under the domain may be assumed to be an official SocialEngine product or service.

Please contact support if you experience any issues due to these changes. We’ve taken measures to prevent any serious breakage but this is a major change and could have unexpected consequences. Do not hesitate to contact support for assistance.

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SocialEngine Announces Responsive Themes for Cloud


Hey everyone,

All of our SocialEngine Cloud themes are now Responsive — providing a great mobile and tablet experience. We’ve very happy to provide this functionality and see this as a benefit for all of our users.

Our hope is to share common theme elements with developers and this is the first step in that direction.

Also, per our  previous post about Enabling Legacy Themes, if you have customized your Cloud themes you have the ability to use Legacy Themes to keep all of your customizations in place.


The SocialEngine Team

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SocialEngine Cloud Roadmap Announcement

cloudroadmap announcement

We are pumped to announce our SocialEngine Cloud Roadmap and look forward to your ongoing engagement with us. Like most of you we are done waiting, so we are sharing a screenshot of the roadmap as our integration with the roadmap platform continues.

The platform is called which allows you to provide comments, input, vote and respond to polls. It’s pretty cool. Our hope is to have the full integration completed in the next two weeks, so you can access the roadmap from your admin panel.

The Roadmap is not a bug report or customer service platform. Please see our SocialEngine User Community to post questions or submit bugs.

It’s important to note this is also not a timeline of exactly when the next feature will be released. Rest assured, we are getting to items as fast as we can and now you can see our priorities.

This is a great way for all of us to share our insights, exchange ideas and define priorities.

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SocialEngine PHP 4.8.7 Released

We’re delighted to announce the release of SocialEngine PHP 4.8.7! This release has many significant bug fixes and features that add great value to your websites. Below is a quick summary of features and bug fixes included in this new version:


  • Speed enhancement achieved by not rendering CSS of disabled modules, and by resolving issues of translation performance (Converting language pack CSV files to a PHP array. This is a setting available in “Performance & Caching” section of Admin Panel.).
  • “Browse Members” page is now available for editing in Layout Editor. You can now add desired widgets to this page from your website’s administration.
  • Enabled synchronization of likes and comments, for content posted as attachments from activity feed updates (photos, videos, music), between the content’s activity feed and the main content. Thus, when a like or comment is made on content from its activity feed, then that will also appear on the main content profile. For more details about this, please have a look at the image given below.


  • Auto-addition of status update text as a photo’s caption, when the photo is attached to that status update. Thus, when a user posts a photo from their status box, then the status message gets auto-assigned as the photo’s caption and is visible on the photo view page.
  • Added TinyMCE Editor for editing “Message Body” of Mail Templates in Admin Panel.
  • Added South Sudan to the list of countries available to users for selection.
  • Added 2 currencies (Turkish Lira and Russian Ruble) to the existing list of fully supported currencies.
  • Added “iframe” to the list of default tags in the member level settings of Blog, Event, Group and Forum modules. Without the need for admins to add “iframe” to the “Allowed Tags” list, users can now easily add embeddable content like videos to the content from these modules. Fixes #2599

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Responsive and Legacy themes


We have some very exciting news. On February 12th we will be releasing brand new fully responsive themes for SocialEngine Cloud! We have been working very hard to bring responsive themes to you and we are very proud of the final product. We think you’re going to love them.

For everyone who currently has customized their SocialEngine Cloud theme, the customization will need to be re-written for the new responsive themes. If no action is taken after the responsive themes are put in place you may run into issues with your theme. Because of this we are providing the necessary steps to keep your legacy theme. If you would like to keep using legacy themes while you are re-writing for the responsive themes or for any other reason, please follow the steps laid out HERE.

Talk to you all soon!
SocialEngine Team


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January 2015 Keeping it Rolling Update

Hey all, January was a great month. We are really beginning to see the infrastructure we’ve been putting in place begin to crank. Getting “the house in order” has been a constant over the past year. It’s something we are proud of, and know it will benefit everyone tremendously.

Here’s what our team accomplished in January:

Product Roadmaps

Overall: Our intent has always been to give our users a voice in the development priorities process. To do this we’ve been working with and testing several platforms and finally landed on using Ramen.Is as our platform. We thought we were going to have this launched, but the integration is taking a bit longer than expected and we are pushing hard for ASAP. Rest assured it is going to happen. We have our communications plan in place and ready to go.

Cloud Roadmap: It’s ready to roll out. We’re excited to bring this to all of our Cloud customers to provide feedback and be involved in the discussion. As we wait for the integration we’ll post a screen capture. This will not meet the needs of getting feedback and interacting, but it will show what we have in place.

PHP Roadmap: We are progressing well here to0. Our job has been whittling down all the “ideas” for PHP so not make the Roadmap a laundry list where it’s hard to have a discussion about.  Our upcoming PHP release is critical to our roadmap as it clears the way to discuss priority features and development efforts. The reality is PHP is far more fluid than Cloud as many of the decisions we’ll make depend on community feedback.


  • Brought on a dedicated product owner for SE PHP
  • Focused on PHP v4.8.7 — which we think this is our biggest update yet


  • Updates have included: member picklist in comments, better notification control for semi-private communities, mass assignment of categories. As always the full list is available on our community here
  • Released Cloud knowledge base articles: Setting Up a Custom Domain, Creating Categories, How to Enable Profile Photos
  • Finalized our work on Responsive Themes, I think you’re going to like them. Even though we like responsive, we know people worked to make their current sites look good, we got you covered with Legacy Themes.
  • Temporary suspended reseller program – its coming back for those dedicated to reselling our products!

February may be the shortest month, but it will be packed with releases: 

  • PHP 4.8.7 release first week
  • Notice of action for anyone who wishes to remain on Legacy Themes for Cloud
  • Roadmap release 2nd week
  • Cloud Responsive Themes – Feb 12th
  • Additional Cloud updates
  • Beta of the new site out this month

As always many thanks for your dedication to SocialEngine.

With appreciation,


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Q&A with Ben’s Friends

It is with great pleasure were able to publish our Q&A with Ben Munoz, inspirational leader and founder of the non-profit Ben’s Friends. We asked Ben a few questions about Ben’s Friends and running patient support communities, and the success he has seen.


What was the impetus to start Ben’s Friends?

I suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2006 caused by an AVM. I made it through the stroke but still had to deal with recovery, brain surgery and two years of waiting for the AVM to heal. I wasn’t able to connect with other AVM survivors, so I started my own online community, One of my friends saw the success of this site and suggested creating more patient-based communities for other rare diseases. That’s how Ben’s Friends was started.

How does your team select what communities to launch?

We maintain a long list of patient communities to launch. Requests are made by friends, family and members of existing communities. Our moderator support team reviews the requests and selects a new community from the list based on demand and fit with our community management model.

Are the community managers employees of Ben’s Friends, volunteer run or combo of both?

The community managers are all volunteer run, but supported by a small part-time staff from Ben’s Friends.

What makes a good community manager for these communities?

99% of our community managers have the disease or have a loved one with the disease. The type of commitment and dedication that comes with personal experience can’t be bought or taught.

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