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SE4 Roadmap Update

There’s lots going on here at SE central, so we’d like to take a minute to share some exciting new features that we’re working on for the upcoming release of SocialEngine 4.1, as well as some other announcements:

1. Membership billing: This is one of the most frequently requested features so we’re glad to announce it will be offered as a free upgrade to all SE4 clients. Utilizing the existing “Member Levels” feature of your site, you’ll now have the ability to bill members and provide them with access to premium content and functionality. This adds a whole new method of monetizing your social network and monetizing is key to a website’s success. The billing is handled by 2checkout.com, an excellent payment processor which handles debit/credit payments from all parts of the world and even allows for Paypal payments.

2. Automatic package downloader: We’re working on making SE upgrades simpler. With SE 4.0, we started by adding a new package manager that simplifies installing mods and plugins. Now, we’ve added an optional automatic package installer that will let you pull packages and most upgrades directly from our servers, drastically simplifying the process. Of course, you can still optionally use the old method of installing packages yourself if you prefer.

In other news, we’re finishing up the SocialEngine 4.0.1 upgrade and should have it released in the next couple days. It includes a huge batch of bug fixes that we’ve been addressing in response to your feedback so keep an eye out for that. We know many of you are waiting on the SE3->SE4 upgrade script. We really appreciate your patience as we finish writing and testing it and hope to have it ready in about 2 weeks.

Lastly, we’re working on a full Ning importer that will make migration from Ning to SE a breeze. This will work with the “full export” that Ning is now providing its members. It’s currently in testing, so keep an eye out for that as well.

As you can see there’s lots going on so stay tuned, we’ll have many more announcements as SocialEngine 4 continues to grow.

31 Comments

  1. Glenn Norvic
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Cannot wait for 4.0.1 and 4.1!

  2. Xia & Pao
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Cool..thank for the work. :)

  3. Chris
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Awesome!!! Any eta on 4.1?

  4. Aaron
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Keep up the super work people.. V4 Rocks!!!

  5. David
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    EXCELLENT I am so happy you decided to release 4.0.1 separate from the migration script so we can get the update sooner. I am very pleased with V4 and you guys are doing a great job. Thanks

  6. Smith
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    1. Membership billing: Why not add paypal as option so we can choose either to use 2checkout or paypal for billing.

  7. Steve
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this! It is good to know what you are working on so we as network owners know how to plan. I'm especially excited about the Ning importer as I am looking to move an 18,000 member Ning network to SE.

  8. Peer
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    good news to have an integrated billing module!!

    Why did you choose 2checkout? Costs are 5.5% commission on each transaction plus a $0.45 USD charge per sale. Doesn't cost paypal, Google Checkout and Amazon FPS less?

    BR, Peer

  9. Paul
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    2 weeks ago you promise se3 to se4 now its 2 weeks again? why not work on what people actually need to get there communities running which is an updater, not new features

  10. Ermir
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Great news from SE team. And more to come.

  11. Martin
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I like the membership billing, but please make it to allow paypal only also instead of just 2checkout. I am not interested at this time to pay a $49 fee to 2checkout.

  12. Larry
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Thats great news I waiting for the upgrade so i can port my user over and go live with the new site.
    The membership billing will be a great addition to this already fantastic product.
    So i am eagerly awaiting the upgrades, be fast but always be sure

  13. J.B
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    when upgrade package for se3 will be available!! so i can upgrade to se4…!!

  14. Greg
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Sounds great! I really like the new structure!

    Please let us know how much of SE3 the upgrade script will manage. (Such as will it carry forward groups and all the discussions).

    Thanks!

  15. Fajar P Muhammad
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Cool….that's a fast workz you guyz did there…and i'm really proud of you guys,,,
    SE3->SE4 upgrade script is really what i'm waiting for….
    but guys is there any chance to have custom css for profile since my users really love the feature, and that is one feature make SE better than others … (please don't forget to have that in the upgrade version…..)

    We believe and we do trust you guys … i do trust you guys will always make SE on top among others…

    cheers…best regards from indoface.com

  16. paul
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi Guys

    Hope the new update improves the URL's needs to be better for the forums

  17. julia
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    This all sounds great, but I would like to see the SE3 > SE4 migration script done before anything else.

  18. Noam
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the positive feedback! In regards to the upgrade script, we know you guys are anxious to get started and we're working on getting the upgrade script finished as quickly as possible. We want to make sure it's well tested and works for everyone right off the bat so please bear with us just a while longer. We'll update you again shortly!

  19. Obama
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    We're waiting for 4.0.1 and 4.1. Hurry 😀

  20. Beckie
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I think the new release/upgrade is more important than SE3>SE4 – SE4 is great, but there are a few things that need fixing… and I agree a previous comment that PayPal should be added too…. of course thanks for all the hard work and effort, you're doing an amazing job.

  21. Luca
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Please also add the use of authorize.net. It provides transparency, and for us that have a major merchant account we dont fuss with Paypal.. But also another suggestion for everyone else is to use Google Checkout

  22. Halal
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I have to tell you guys have been very helpful since I started using SE4. You have fixed some bugs and added some more features on my website. You have said that all fixes and features will be included in the next release which is great! Keep up the work guys!!

  23. Paul
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    When will features like FAQ, newsletter mail out, option to ban email domains etc… Be added these are all in v3

  24. Nicholas
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Awesome news Noam.

    Although, I don't think much people will use the membership module because there are many free options available.

    I like the package downloader a lot because people like me who aren't very technical so to speak, a very useful feature. It's nice to have all the files within reach inside admin panel.

    As for the Ning importer, it made me chuckle a bit because I know Webligo will steal Nings customers with ease and with that said, show Nings who's king!

  25. Eldar
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Noam, it is great that you provide roadmap for SE4 so now we know what will be included in new updates. Carry on! :)

  26. Andre
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Why not PayPal as a option? Please, thing about it!

  27. Peter
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Across the board.. URL's need to be improved.. SEO should be most important for any site. Looking at the demo I see very little done here.. Imperative task. Otherwise looking good aside from needing a LOT more widgets.

  28. Rose
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Absolutely agree with @Julia @JB and @Paul M. we NEED to be able to upgrade SE3 to SE4 before thinking on new features please!
    Old clients…first, please! Thank you

  29. Paul
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Great news concerning the Membership Billing. Could you give us a heads up on how it will handle membership packages. For instance:

    Plan A1 – monthly recurring – Level A privileges.
    Plan A2 – quarterly recurring – Level A privileges
    Plan B1 – monthly recurring – Level B privileges.
    Plan B2 – quarterly recurring – Level B privileges

    Thanks for the great work.

  30. Noam
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    @Rose Absolutely, we're focusing on getting the upgrader out as soon as possible. We just released 4.0.1 which includes a huge batch of bug fixes. That's been our main priority, next will be the upgrader.

  31. kuddusali@kutta.com
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    Great news concerning the Membership Billing. Could you give us a heads up on how it will handle membership packages. For instance:

    Plan A1 – monthly recurring – Level A privileges.
    Plan A2 – quarterly recurring – Level A privileges
    Plan B1 – monthly recurring – Level B privileges.
    Plan B2 – quarterly recurring – Level B privileges

    Thanks for the great work.

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