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Easily Import a PHPfox community to SocialEngine PHP



We are happy to announce the launch of a 3rd party PHPfox importer script for SocialEngine PHP.  Developers looking for a PHPfox alternative now have an easy-to-use tool that was throughly tested on large customized PHPfox sites. 


PHPfox Import Script is available for purchase at:

What gets imported?

The SocialEngineAddOns PHPfox importer tool will transfer:

  • Blogs
  • Photos
  • Events
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Forum
  • Polls
  • Pages & Groups
  • Marketplace Listings
  • Activity Feed
  • Privacy
  • Chat
  • Likes
  • Comments
  • Nested Comments
  • Attachments
  • Friends
  • Private Messaging
  • Announcements
  • Account Privacy
  • Custom Fields
  • SEO – Meta Keywords & Description
  • Custom Pages
  • Ad Campaigns
  • Poke
  • Banned Users
  • Facebook and Janrain Users
  • Admin Settings …. and many more

How do I do it?

First step: purchase a SocialEngine PHP license $299-$699.

Next: visit SocialEngineAddOns PHPfox import tool resource page to get started for only $29.

Why SocialEngine?

SocialEngine offers the best in stable, functional, and up-to-date social networking software. SocialEngine dedicates significant time and resources towards making improvements and upgrades. Also, SocialEngine is constantly improving our approach to customer experience, making it a top priority to ensure website admins receive quality support.

With this SocialEngineAddOns PHPfox import tool, your PHPfox community will transfer seamlessly and you can pick up right where you left off. 


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Comment Editing Live on SocialEngine Cloud

We’re happy to announce the Comment Editing feature is now live on SocialEngine Cloud.

Comment editing allows users to edit the comments and attachments placed as comments within SocialEngine Cloud.

The default for comment editing is never. Activate this new functionality on your site site today.

Two New Admin Features

Go to: Admin Control Panel->Settings->Comments

SE comment editing two new features

Allow Comment Editing

Lets members edit comments and add if attachments are enables the ability to delete them.

  • Choose one of the following options:
    • Never
    • Anytime
    • Up to 1 minute after commenting
    • up to 5 minutes after commenting
    • Up to 30 minutes after commenting
    • Up to 24 hours after commenting
    • Up to one week after commenting

Allow Attachments in Comments

Allows for links and attachments to be added to a comment.

  • Select one of three options:
    • Do not allow attachments in comments
    • Only allow link attachments
    • Allow links and uploaded files

Comment Appearance

Post Editing highlighted box

  • Edit and Delete functionality are visible to the content originator in the comment box
  • If a comment has been edited, the edit time will appear to all readers
  • A new attachment icon is now visible in the bottom right of the comment box to the comment originator

Editing Text

  • The comment originator will see the ability to edit or delete the comment.
  • When edit is selected the comment text box is highlighted and cursor becomes active to make any changes
  • Comment originator can change the comment , enter to save, or esc too cancel. I one cancels a pop up will alert you of unsaved changes
  • If the user leaves without saving a notification box will appear to warn you of unsaved changes

Link Inserts

If a link is inserted into the original comment the user is able to:

  • See a preview of the linked content
  • Select a thumbnail
  • Edit linked post title and description


Being able to add attachments to comments is available by clicking on the attachment icon in the bottom right of the comment box. With attachments:

  • GIFs can be added to comments through attachments
  • Attachments without a title or description will appear as full-size images once the page is refreshed
  • As the comment attachment originator you can delete the attachment and upload a new attachment to the comment. One cannot edit the title or description of the attachment

We hope you take these new features live, we know your members will love it.

The SocialEngine Team.

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July 2015 Keeping it Rolling Update

July was a month of major strides and setting us up for a really productive August.

Highlights from July

SocialEngine PHP

  • On the heels of our Ning Import script we have begun reaching out to Ning Experts for feedback and helping customers set up SocialEngine communities as a Ning alternative. If you’re interested in swathing from Ning, start here
  • PHPfox import script is being developed by a 3rd party with help from PHPfox experts
  • Lots of feedback, input and exchanges on our SocialEngine PHP 4.9 roadmap. Join the party in the bug tracker

SocialEngine Cloud

  • Comment editing is very close to being done
  • Small fixes to SocialEngine Cloud around media manager and members page, plus a big cleanup of the admin code

SocialEngine Proper

  • Finalizing release of beta/new website


Planned for August

SocialEngine Cloud

  • Launch comment editing
  • Integrate Intercom
  • Establish outreach to developers seeking a Reddit alternative

SocialEngine Brand

  • Stay the course and get our site launched
  • Work on Marketplace submission rules – our goal is to create a trusted ecosystem of plugins that are just as good as the core product

SocialEngine PHP

  • Continue community engagement with SocialEngine PHP 4.9 roadmap
  • Promote the PHPfox import script
  • Continue engagement with Ning Creator experts offering SocialEngine as a Ning alternative


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July Community Roundup

Hey everyone! July 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:

MailFeeds Plugin – Allow your users to respond to comments and posts directly from email!

Responsive Spectacular Theme – Spectacular is a visually rich theme for content focussed online communities. This sophisticated looking theme is versatile enough to be used for a variety of websites.

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Migrate your Ning 2.0 Community to SocialEngine PHP

Switch to SocialEngine from Ning 2.0

When you host your community with SocialEngine, you gain access to a powerful platform with awesome features and extensive customizability. You’ll be amazed at the amount of things you can accomplish with minimal effort and at a much lower cost. Want to see for yourself? Take advantage of our new and improved Ning to SocialEngine PHP Importer Tool!

What gets imported?

Our Ning Importer will transfer the following content to SocialEngine PHP:

  • Activities
  • Albums, photos and comments
  • Announcements
  • Blogs and comments
  • Core Content
  • Core Pages
  • Events (membership, comments)
  • Forum posts, signatures and topics
  • Groups (membership, comments, posts, topics)
  • Music
  • Users (comments, fields, migration)
  • Videos and comments

How do I do it?

There are several resources to help guide you through the process. Check out our Ning Importer article, or refer to this video tutorial created by Ex Creators the Ning experts who help SocialEngine work on the import script.

Contact us at and we can help connect you with SocialEngine experts with Ning migration experience.

Why Migrate to SocialEngine?

SocialEngine offers the best in stable, functional, and up-to-date social networking software. We dedicate significant time and resources toward making improvements and upgrades. Also, we’ve revamped our approach to the customer experience. We’re making it a top priority to ensure you receive quality support and your needs are addressed.

With this Ning import tool, your community will transfer seamlessly and you can pick up right where you left off. You will be quickly making lots of new and exciting improvements to your site. Your members will thank you, and you’ll wish you had done it sooner!

Purchase and download SocialEngine PHP Today.

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The Undeniable Proof of Groups & Custom Social Networks


People naturally come together in groups for a variety of reasons. With the explosion of social media sites, people around the world are finding more and more reasons to form groups around a particular interest.


It’s long been known that people form groups. Last year, Kurt Gray of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and David Rand of Yale University teamed up with some other colleagues to put this notion to the test. The study’s results? Yep, people like to form groups. What they found was:

• People form groups of “us” and “them”

• When people have a reason to cooperate and do so, they become closer

• When there is no reason to cooperate, people drift apart



The University of California San Diego also studied this idea of grouping. Those results are the same as the study at UNC and Yale. This report says, “The way people share information is changing the way we communicate with our target audiences.  Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are just the tip of social media iceberg; there are more applications out there and more to come, which means more ways for you to personally connect and engage with your constituents.”



That line, “more to come” should be a wakeup call to people and brands trying to find a way to connect to other people who share the same:

• Ideas. Want to discuss black holes? NASA has discussion groups for that.

• Wants & Needs. AirBNB is making a fortune connecting people who travel with people who are willing to rent out a room in their home for a night or two.

• Hobbies & Activities. Like to crochet? Then Ravelry has a place for you.



If you have an idea for a custom social network, we’re ready to listen. It doesn’t matter what your idea is or what your community is. There are other people out there, just like you, looking for a way to connect to like-minded people.

Send us a request at our Enterprise Request Form for us to help build your custom branded community.


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SocialEngine June 2015 Keeping it Rolling Update

We stepped up in June that’s for sure. I’d like to personally acknowledge the entire team’s hard work and efforts to drive this company into the future. We’re looking forward to strong second half of the year, one that will have a profound impact on the company.

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Here’s the June worked completed:


  • Released a new version (4.8.9) of SocialEngine PHP with a record number of fixes (complete change log) and we have Facebook and YouTube fully operational
  • As part of that release, but worthy of it’s own bullet point —  a best in business Ning 2.0 importer
  • Worked and continued polishing SocialEngine PHP 4.9 roadmap, a ton of exciting features are planned for both users and developers. Read about it in our blog post!


  • Successfully transitioned our internal email client to Mailchimp
  • Began branded communities content strategy
  • Worked on a new universal deployment system
  • As always, made a ton of progress on the new site


  • Cloud has gotten very stable – our systems record 0 issues
  • Worked and continued polishing comment editing and attachments (its coming soon!)
  • Switched to monthly billing for cloud

Our Plan for July


  • Release comment editing and comment attachments for cloud
  • Add to cloud



  • Content and email marketing will continue
  • New website beta launch

If you are interested in building a custom branded community on SocialEngine or seeking Enterprise services please drop us a line at Enterprise Request Form.

With appreciation,


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Introducing: the SE PHP 4.9.0 Roadmap!

Socialengine PHP 4.9 Roadmap is Here


We’re happy to announce that the roadmap for SocialEngine PHP v4.9.0 is now publicly available.  Here is what we intend to include in v4.9.0.

Activity Feed Improvements

You asked, we answered. We’re bringing lots of new changes and features to make the Activity Feed even better.

One big way we’re doing this is with the inclusion of iframely (#141). Iframely is a simple API that embeds content into your feed, making it easy to display content in an engaging way just by scraping a web link. SocialEngine will be hosting an iframely API for free (for valid SE licenses), but you will also have the option to go directly through iframely (or host it on your own server using the open source version).

Here’s another thing we’re doing: we’re adding the ability to upload multiple photos (#142). You’ll be able to select multiple photos in the Post Something section and upload them all at once, allowing you to share your favorite moments and photos more efficiently and effectively.

How many times have you posted a status, only to realize you made a typo and have to delete and post again? That frustration is a thing of the past, because we’re bringing you an edit button for your status posts (#143)! Now you can fix your typos and include that word you forgot by simply clicking on the Edit link under your status.

There are several more improvements coming, be sure to check them out and leave your feedback!

Brand New Responsive Theme

We want to create a new default responsive theme so that your users can easily browse content in an optimal viewing experience across multiple devices with varied screen sizes. This will be the default theme when you’ve installed a fresh copy of SocialEngine. It will be compatible with all core modules and will ensure an excellent browsing experience for everyone. Admins will also be able to customize the theme’s color to provide for individuality and creativity (#150).

Licensing and Marketplace

We think it’s important to protect the hard work of our third party experts, so we will be making improvements to the licensing system. This will ensure better protection and more security for your product. It will also encourage more developers get involved with the SocialEngine platform with the full confidence that their work is protected and valued (#151).

We’ll also be adding tight integration with the marketplace, so you can install your plugins with the push of a button (#152).

The Rest

SEO friendly content URLs with Slugs

If you’ve been craving SEO-friendly, meaningful URLs that contain relevant keywords instead of random numbers and nonsense, then your wait is over! We’re going to implement SEO such that the content in all modules will have URLs with slugs at the end. Like this: instead of (#149)

The No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA experience

Yes, that’s what Google calls its new reCAPTCHA. We’re going to provide you with this experience soon by upgrading to Google’s new reCAPTCHA v2.0 (#153).

There are many more improvements on the way, so please check them out and let us know what you think!

  • Ordering feeds based on popularity (#144)
  • Ajax-based status posting (#145)
  • New Activity Feed Items for likes on content (#146)
  • Improve the way description meta tag of Member profile Page is being set (#147)
  • Improve the order of meta title and description tags on all the pages (#148)
  • Sort Past Events in Reverse Chronological Order (#154)
  • Disable YouTube and Vimeo Upload Options (#155)
  • Make video thumbnail available for selection when a video profile page url is shared (#156)
  • Sort Plug­ins alphabetically (#157)
  • Animated GIF support (#165)
  • More organized Activity Feed Settings section (#158)
  • Ability to change position of Updates and search bar in mini menu (#159)
  • New widget: Column width modifier (#160)
  • New widget: Social Sharing buttons (#162)
  • Ability to set different titles of multiple HTML Blocks placed on a page (#161)
  • Better Social Login buttons on Login/signup page (#163)
  • Improvements in pagination (#164)

Please let us know your thoughts about these features. Feel free to post comments here and engage in the discussions for the features themselves. The more we know about your perspective on these features, the better we can prioritize our goals and methodologies.

Also, while we’d love to commit to every idea that we come across, they won’t all fit in 4.9. So if you have a feature in mind that’s not on this roadmap, don’t worry! There’s always 4.10 and beyond.

You can also contact us if you have any specific questions.

We look forward to delivering an even more substantial version of SocialEngine PHP. Thanks for your continued support.

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June Community Roundup

Hey everyone! June 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 Comments – Advanced Comments plugin is a great extension for Hire-Experts’ Wall plugin. This plugin allows adding the improved version of comments into your site feed. Advanced comments is a great way to increase activity on your site.

Advanced Photos & Albums – Advanced Photos & Albums Plugin is the best plugin with a list of amazing tools and options for viewing Albums and Photos in various different views – Grid view, Advanced Grid View, Slideshows, Masonry view. It is 100% responsive.

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Branded Communities and Customer Connections

Branded Communities and Customer Connections

People have so many ways to access information making it excruciatingly difficult for a brand to hold anyone’s attention.


Which means connecting with people where it matters most is the real balance in a brand’s effort to stay authentic, but remain in front and relevant to the those who matter.

Companies using branded communities have an opportunity to create a captive, enthusiastic audience for their product or service, but more importantly a useful reliable source of information for their fans. These communities build upon themselves, creating user-generated marketing and testimonials which increases brand loyalty and helps revenue grow rapidly.

Branded Communities Benefits:

  • Connect consumers to consumers
  • Develop a loyal consumer base

Many brands used Facebook to create their fan communities and had great success messaging and engaging with fans. Now, Facebook limits a brand’s reach to where only one to three precent of the followers ever see a post. Unfortunately many brands spent large sums of money and effort to build their followers only to get the rug pulled out from underneath them.

There have been few options for brands to own their own community because it’s extremely difficult and time-consuming.  However, SocialEngine has turned that problem on its head.  Today, creating a branded community is simple.

SocialEngine Offers:

  • An out-of-the-box branded community solution
  • Fully responsive themes make it easy for users to engage

With SocialEngine Cloud we have eliminated all coding and hosting headaches.

For brands seeking a highly customized community or unique features, SocialEngine’s Enterprise customers get direct access to SocialEngine developers for beautiful community pages to meet a brand’s needs.

Customizable Interface Reflects Your Brand and Builds Owned Community

  • Social platform uniquely suited to your style and message

Of course, brands require their own community sites to reflect the spirit and ethos of the product or service they are representing.  For example, a publishing company might include photos of fan art, discussion threads about characters and perhaps a spoiler section for fans to speculate.

There are also lots of opportunities to highlight new product ideas with the community, or provide a means to purchase exclusive content.

Overall, branded communities are a great way to connect and grow a user base.  SocialEngine’s easy to use platform help any company, no matter the size or resources, create a beautiful, powerful community.



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