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March 2015 Keeping it Rolling Update

We had a great March at SocialEngine — lots of pluses with the company including adding a new developer to the team. Internally it’s exciting to see a lot of processes and systems create higher efficiency in our daily work, planning and discussions.

There are moments in a growing organization where you feel the chaos of a thousand different needs and directions, but are able to find a focused approach where the pace picks up. We’ve always been big believers that a business can grow only as fast as its systems can handle it — doesn’t matter how many people you throw at it.

My personal thanks to the team here for building the foundation needed to develop quality code, establish a process for product roadmaps, quickly respond to customer needs and easily integrate new employees into the company. The pace continues to quicken.

Here’s what happened in March:

SocialEngine HQ

  • Marcus started on March 23rd, he has already contributed fixes to Cloud and will focus on improving the platform and customer service

SocialEngine PHP

  • Bug fix release of SocialEngine PHP 4.8.8. It was done to address bug reports from the community, as reported on the public bug tracker
  • Made progress on PHP roadmap, with good amount of features being assigned for 4.9 and 4.10

SocialEngine Cloud

  • Worked with ramen.is to improve the user experience and provide us with valuable feedback and feature suggestions
  • SocialEngine Cloud updates:
    • Added ability to edit settings on the mobile-responsive theme
    • Added extra information to member invite screen to give admins higher visibility into their member invite activities
    • Added better styling to member titles so they stand out above normal text
    • Made profile photos square on the members page
    • Bug fixes, see list in the notes
  • Released knowledge base articles:

Plans for April

SocialEngine PHP

  • Continue working on php roadmap to define features for 4.9 and 4.10
  • Begin speccing out priority features for 4.9

SocialEngine Cloud

  • Pending on Ramen.is, give our users ability to access SocialEngine Cloud roadmap
  • Post editing on SocialEngine Cloud – its coming in the next 2 weeks

SocialEngine Rebrand

  • Beta launch of new site

As always, we love your feedback and appreciate your enthusiasm for SocialEngine.

James

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March Community Roundup

Hey everyone! March has come 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:

SocialenginePress: Wordpress Product – The SocialEngine Press Plugin for WordPress makes it easy to quickly integrate WordPress eCommerce plugin with the SocialEngine. This plugin provides a business online easier and cheaper than it has ever been. This plugin turns your SocialEngine site into a full-featured online store.

SocialenginePress: Wordpress Blog - With the help of the SocialEngine Press Blogs Plugin, you share thousands of blogs on your social network automatically.

SocialenginePress: Single Sign On - If you are using WordPress to publish your blog, you can create a single sign-on connection with your WordPress.

Guests/Guests Newsletter – The Guest Plugin allows you to see guests, visited profiles, guests newsletters, Realtime popup notification with custom design from admin panel.

Uber Theme – The Uber Theme features a super clean design, a landing Page to create an awesome presentation, two types of Landing Pages, one for Private websites, and one that can be set as Homepage when your website is in Public/ Semi-Private mode and much more!

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Responsive Clean Wide Theme - Responsive Clean Wide Theme is made 100% Responsive with a fluid grid system which automatically adapts your SocialEngine website to any mobile devices including tablets, smartphones and desktops so that your website looks amazing on any device.

Business Directory - Business Directory provides business listing features for niche social network. Members can create a business or claim a business created by other members. Members are able to review and rate any business that they have experienced with. “Brochure” feature allows members to print all info about a business on paper.

Advanced Music Albums - Advanced Music Albums, Songs & Playlists Plugin is the best plugin as it offers your users the flexibility and creativity to create their own music albums, upload songs, rate music albums & songs, create playlists on your website in the way they want and much more!

Stickers & Emoticons plugin - Stickers & Emoticons is a great extension for Wall plugin. Stickers are illustrations or animations of characters that your members can post in comments. It is a great way to share feeling and add personality to comments.

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Community Owner Spotlight:

Sociofitclub.com - A Social fitness network all about helping you be better than you ever dreamed you could be!

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Shivamusic.tv – A social network centered around the sharing of Indian music and music videos!

ukfilmnetwork.com – This network seeks to connect all different parts of a film crew around the UK. Whether you are a director, actor, gaffer or PA, UK Film Network will help you make the right connections.

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talent123.onsocialengine.com – Show the world your secret, or not so secret talent over at Talent124!

Are you launching a new site? Would you like to be featured on our Community roundup? Send us an email at spotlight@socialengine.com and send us the URL for your site so we can check it out!

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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.

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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 Ramen.is 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: onsocialengine.com

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: onsocialengine.com. This is a security measure aimed at removing potential vectors for cross domain attacks targeting the main socialengine.com session as well as vectors for phishing attacks relying on the presence of the “socialengine.com” domain to build a false sense of trust in malicious websites.

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

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

From this point on, any website hosted under the socialengine.com 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

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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.

Cheers,

The SocialEngine Team

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SocialEngine Cloud Roadmap Announcement

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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 Ramen.is 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:

Features

  • 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.

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  • 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

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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