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SocialEngine PHP 4.7 released – bug fixes & improvements

Good news everyone! We’ve released a significant update to SocialEngine PHP that includes an array of bug fixes and many other improvements. Here’s a partial list:

  • Upgraded TinyMCE from v3 to v4
  • Added support for HTML5 notifications for chat messages (all major browsers)
  • Fixed some broken translation phrases
  • Optimized image files and other static assets for faster loading
  • Fixed the quote button on the Group plugin
  • Fixed the number of entries allowed for in the Blog plugin member settings
  • Fixed a variety of bugs that were causing fatal errors for installations running on PHP 5.4+ in strict mode.
  • Fixed a problem with people not showing up in members’ buddy lists within the Chat plugin
  • Now lazy-loading some Javascript files to increase page load speed
  • Minified and consolidated Javascript files to increase page load speed
  • Improved compatibility for link previews in feed posts

SocialEngine clients can grab the new SE PHP 4.7 code from the client area. Remember to make a *complete* backup of your installation before performing an upgrade. If you’ve made significant custom changes to your source code, remember that they could pose problems during the upgrade process, so enlist a developer to help you if you’re not comfortable with the process yourself.

We have many more SE PHP improvements coming in the pipeline and will be returning to a regular (and more frequent) release schedule. I’ll follow up with another blog entry detailing the next round of improvements and new features to come to SE PHP.

Happy community building!


  1. skidpics
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink


  2. pableteac
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Thank’s i will upgrade now!!!

  3. gabry
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Thank you hope is true what you are saying about speed improve even if its hard to believe … is hard to believe because the slow loading of SE has become a big business for some company’s that are saying “buy improved hosting from us to have maximum speed from your SE script” …so is coming the next question : why to improve speed when when company’s are earning money from slow loading ?

  4. Peter
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Searches on custom profile fields have never worked for my site. Is this a known issue?

  5. Posted November 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t a known issue that we are aware of. Could you email me at and we will investigate.

  6. TechNerd
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Awesome work guys. Upgraded and everything works 100% so far.

  7. Dennis Bater
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    One thing I have found is when someone attempts to upload an image greater than 3000×3000 pixels in 72dpi they get an error message instead of a dialog box explaining that the image has to be smaller. I tried it and have confirmed that is you upload one just smaller than that size all is well, larger you get the error message. Any feedback on this?

  8. Jonathan
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    AMAZING job guys. Actually – I’m just kidding. This is the worst upgrade I’ve ever seen from you. Never before have I had a problem that actually killed the site. But with your tinymce upgrade – now NO COMMENT BOXES show up at all on the site. No one can create a new blog, no one can edit one. It’s amazing.

    Oh and forget about speed increases. The homepage which has consistently for months taken 6 seconds to load, now takes 8 seconds.

  9. skidpics
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    It has never definitely worked on multiple input fields..

  10. Jonathan
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s not true. Slowed my homepage loading time down by 2 seconds!

  11. Владимир Готфрид
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Retina assets please!

  12. Posted November 8, 2013 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    This is awesome upgrade guys. Well done.

  13. Nagendra
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    TinyMCE 4.0 features was not added fully and also you miss upload photos from computer and H Tags in blog and other places try to add them in features updates and if you have time try to follow SEO basics in your script…

  14. Thomas
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    well, seems that after the upgrade it´s not possible anymore to upload photos in forum and blogs…

  15. Thomas
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I thought the upgraded tinyMCE would solve a couple of problems. Seems the opposite is true. I wonder if for reporting the various problems I have to buy an extended support package 😉
    Guys seriously, you have a nice product in general and due to an outdated editor you hurt yourself…
    To insert links is missing, to upload images I need to buy MoxieManager for $79 ? 😉 or to install open source plupload? Why this additional work and money? :-(

  16. gabry
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Thank you for reply … i think some time we will like not to have updates about options but have updates about speeding improvement … most of SE websites are loosing users because of the bad loading speed !

  17. vinienco
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    what have you done to blogs ? it used to offer the option to source a pic from pc or url , now it says ‘source’ and thats it. pics arent sourcing via url.

  18. vinienco
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    my members are having issues uploading mp3s

  19. Roberto Daniele
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Photo upload (Blogs ) does not work! Fixxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  20. gabry
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Tested and you are right …the tinymce is dead in admin and also in website area …all the modules where it has to be so you can post things they are not working anymore is only the white space where you can write but no buttons …

  21. gabry
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Until this problem with tinymce will be fixed, for those that are happy with this upgrade and want to keep it , just replace the tinymce folder in /externals/ with an old tinymce from previous 4.x.x versions of SEphp…that solved the problem for me.

  22. Thomas
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    hi gabry, thanks for the hint. I asked my serverguys about this option. they dont recommend it. but at least they were able to add option to link words/phrases.
    You dont experience any probs with the old tinyMCE version and the new SE 4.7?

  23. Posted November 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Hey Roberto. I’m sorry to hear about that. Could you email us over at Thanks so much!

  24. Posted November 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I just went in and did some testing. I’m actually seeing everything source from the URL provided. Are you still unable to source images from URL? Please email over at for further assistance on this matter.

  25. vinienco
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    no, it fails via url and url only for sourcing pics for blogs is unacceptable, not to mention and archaic step backwards

  26. serkan ozkan
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    mine get faster but. home page and member home page speed is verrrrrrrrrrrrrry veryyyyyyyyyy bad.. the other pages get 10 times faster. wht should i do?

  27. Posted November 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink


    We have an article in our knowledge base on optimizing your site for speed at :

    If you’re still having trouble, please open a support ticket from your client dashboard to have a technician investigate.

  28. Posted November 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    We apologize for the inconvenience. We are currently working on this issue and will have it fixed as soon as possible.

  29. shaan
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    i have to say long wait for social engine since day 1 i always though that social engine will be the best script ever and now im very disappoint with upgrades they come up with even so thinks they say r not even close……. and also most of the plugins they create have lot bugs and plugins r not even worth to buy to actually do something with it cuz u can’t really do much. and don’t get me wrong i have search online many other scripts come out may not have what social engine has but as of today those scripts are more comparable to today’s generation. so my suggestion to social engine that you should fix all bugs and updates that needs and also plugins you already have little upgrade. like everyone ask for…………instedd of making new thinks for your self…..

    i hope everyone agree with me???

  30. Posted November 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to chat about any bugs you might be seeing. Could you email me over at and we’ll see if we can find a fix for what is going on. Thanks so much!

  31. Glenn Lloyd
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Hmm well my site is as it always dose after a few months goes dark for no reason at all, I’m like every time i get ready to say beta off! I have to say beta back on for a few months.. fix theses problems please SE is starting to look like a money pit

  32. Glenn Lloyd
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Also, for some reason my posts never get posted why is that?

  33. Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Have you had a chance to open a support ticket about this issue? I think this would be the best way to asses and resolve this issue.

  34. gabry
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    No i don’t have problems ,all is working fine !

  35. tcartr
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Please let us know when this is fixed, I have not upgraded because I am worried about this problem.

  36. khalid
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    I have upgraded my website and the sing-up is not working now.
    Please advise me what shoudl I do?
    kind regards

  37. Posted November 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry to hear about this. For this issue I think it would be best to open a support ticket from your client dashboard ( in order to have one of our technicians take a closer look

  38. Jonathan Rojas Garcia
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    Can I kindly ask that SE dedicates the next development cycle to sort out the home page and member page load times that seem to be affecting so many of us. I am sticking to this platform as I really like everything else about it but these performance issues are really starting to damage my community.

  39. skidpics
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Do you sometimes think upgrading breaks the current site, as a new install would work better? I have things that stop working here and there.. but yet the new core install works.

  40. AA
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Blog upgrade is missing files. Can’t upgrade and still buggy.

  41. Posted December 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    If there are customizations to the code it is possible that upgrading could cause a few issues. If you’re having trouble with the code please feel free to reach out to our support staff by opening a support ticket. We’d be happy to help!

  42. Posted December 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry about that. Could you do me a favor and email us at with this issue? I’ll look into the account and forward to our development staff immediately.

  43. AA
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I sent the email with details. Thanks Kyle!

  44. AA
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I agree. It’s terrible. Not to mention the frequent crashes and my website just passed 400 members. How will it handle it over 1000 members or more? Makes me worry really.

  45. Mark
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    prospects are still waiting for an official update :)

  46. Dan
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    It’s been a while I was active here, has SE PHP been declared dead already, or is there still some fighting in there?

  47. Posted January 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Hey Dan! We are far from dead! We are still developing and still working to provide the best possible product. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

  48. Triangulo Bermudas
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    SocialEngine 4.8 released and no changelog… or announcement.

  49. Posted March 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Just posted the announcement


  50. Posted July 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi am 69 years old i have had SE for 2 years and i get on OK with it. Your crashes r do to your server and not SE. And the more you put on a page the slower it loads.
    I do not like to hear SE run down when it is not needed.

  51. AA
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    David that comment was last year before they switched owners and SE became awesome. It really was crappy before. The new guys fixed it up and made it awesome. Same server, new SE, no crashes.

  52. Posted July 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Try the latest version, we’ve worked on improving image uploads.

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