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SocialEngine Priorities Update

Once again, I must thank everyone for their ongoing support and feedback.

Following is an update on our current priorities.

Public Bug Tracker and Feature Suggestions

We’ve made the decision to move ahead with Redmine as our public feature request and bug tracker. We are shooting to have this up no later than next week. We may replace Redmine with Jira to achieve a more seamless integration with our agile development process in the future.

Code Deployment Process

We’ll be implementing a better code deployment process to improve efficiency and testing. We are also considering how (future) approved 3rd party developers may have access to branches of code they can more effectively test prior to pushing out new releases (credit matthew). This should foster stronger communication between us and the global SE development community, in addition to improving the quality of code and visibility with respect to direction (that is also influenced by the development community).


With SocialEngine PHP, the leading focus will be about performance of the core product, with product enhancements sprinkled in. Many of you have given us ideas about performance improvements and we are grateful. Please do keep the ideas and recommendations coming. Once we get a better feel for our velocity, we’ll be able to share more about our priorities and timelines.

Again please feel free to email me or Jason (who collaborates with me on these posts) directly, with any comments, questions, concerns.

James Clark



  1. Ryan Olson
    Posted February 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks guys!!! Glad to hear from you both again. Let me be the first to say I would be HONORED to be a SocialEngine Integrator/developer the moment you offer a certification/registration for SE!

  2. Posted February 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Ryan.

  3. Posted February 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Permalink


  4. Meister G
    Posted February 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    There are some good social networking scripts in Codecanyon where you can get some inspiration from, I’m sure SE can do better. Keep it up :)

  5. es7
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    James, have you considered adding a categorization for 3rd party modules and better search? Currently there are ~400+ addons. It’s really hard to find required addons using current search

  6. Posted February 28, 2014 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Bobby, we will certainly make it unique.

  7. Posted February 28, 2014 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks Glenn.

  8. Posted February 28, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Yes – we are looking at creating a certification process for 3rd party apps. We don’t have timing on this yet, but will be moving to address the 3rd party marketplace.

  9. Billy The Kid
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Excuse me for being the thick one who doesn’t always understand all the jargon you guys speak (and boy do you new guys use a lot of buzzwords and marketing talk that goes way over my head), but when you talk about “certification process” for 3rd party developers, you we discussing a similar principle to Xbox, where there, any downloadable content or games, etc has to be submitted to Microsoft for heavy testing to make sure its safe, works as it should with the Xbox Live network and doesn’t cause a conflict? Is that the sort of thing you are talking about here? A way for developers to submit their add-ons and plug-ins and then get them certified as safe and completely able to plug into the SE engine?
    If that is so then big thumbs up to you guys for that idea, as I see that as a positive step forward for encouraging great developers to work on the system while also adding in safeguards for the consumer like myself.

    PS – Don’t worry about talking too intelligently, it wasn’t a criticism, I will just ask for a simpler explanation when I am confused! 😛

  10. Posted February 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank u n hope so…as mine is a film networking site still members find it very difficult and they just say its like fb n twitter…..please kindly work as simple new effective features

  11. Posted February 28, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    That is correct. Not to say we would follow the Xbox model to a T, but something along those lines.

  12. Nagendra
    Posted March 2, 2014 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Please try to make more SEO friendly also because Social Engine cannot fight with wordpress in seo, so please focus on SEO part also.

  13. Posted March 3, 2014 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Certification (and review) process for 3rd party apps sound really great! There are some apps from newcomer companies that have questionable quality (like using mysqli, raw unsecured SQL etc.) that introduce security issues or on other hand add a lot of extra libraries (ie. jQuery) that needs to be loaded on every page and slows the entire application down (this is main reason for people complaining about performance issues).

    Looking forward to the future.

  14. Posted March 3, 2014 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    The music player, in fact, the entire music section needs a revamp. We
    also need the option to embed add Soundcloud players into the wall. It
    would be great as Soundcloud and a few other networks offer embeds, and
    having that option goes a long way for members!

  15. Christopher Dodson
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Hoping this comment gets seen ,

    Been asking this since 4.05p1 and will continue to ask it till it pops up. When will we get support for animated gif’s in SE, you’ve been using an outdated image processor forever, there are already tutorials on switching over to imagshak but none on how to get it to bypass gif files when uploading, this is big for social networks as many easily allow it. SE is one of the first that I’ve seen that does not allow this and since the beginning has been shunned.

    Even last year you added animated gif support to the cloud version and when asked when it would come to php it was simply ignored. We need more moderators for comments here as 90% of the time I never see my comments show up and just get frustrated and go elsewhere, though time to time I come back in hopes that maybe something has changed.

  16. Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear from our dev community that this is a welcome and needed addition.

  17. Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Christopher – thanks for the insight. We will share this feedback with our dev team. In the near future we will have a public feature request up and running so these don’t get lost in blog comments.

  18. Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment.

  19. Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Yes, we will look to apply our skill set and knowledge of SEO into the products. SEO has been an area of expertise for Room 214 for years and we look forward to bringing this knowledge to SocialEngine.

  20. Posted March 4, 2014 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Yes we thinks so because surely as most of devs from time to time we are asked to adjust or customize code and plugins of others and it can be a real nightmare at times. Be it even simple overall security check (XSS, SQL injection,…), clean coding or load review, any of that would be welcomed in the review process of 3rd party apps. On end of the day it will promote quality and perception of SocialEngine as product (some people do not differentiate between core SE and 3rd party when they are evaluating it).

  21. sebas77
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    The thing that probably bother me most in SE is the notification system. I have 10 replies in my thread, I get 10 notifications. If I read the thread, the notification will stay there and I have to get rid of them one by one.

  22. thatmtnman
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    @James-we LOVE ‘velocity’ :) thanks for the updates!

  23. Ryan Olson
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Christopher – I do have to ask. Where is it you are not getting animated gif support? I know for the longest time people asked for it for Advertisements, and for me it works. The other thing to think about animated gif’s is the load time it adds. If you allow every user to have access to it you might find each of their profile pics shows up animated and then you are dealing with a slew of other issues. If you really want it, I can help you out if you send me an email to

  24. Posted March 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    James, I think Ryan’s would be an amazing SocialEngine Integrator/developer to add to your team as he has made my site 3 times as fast and has cleaned up tons of errors with the code and is very knowledgable. These are the type of people I think you need to finally make SE a product worth it’s weight of gold.

  25. Bigcitydreamz
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Hello Ryan is there away we can talk?

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