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August 2014 SocialEngine Keeping it Rolling Update

Short Recap of August 

  • Kyle took a trip to Tijuana for a friend’s “celebration” and we still have not heard what happened. Apparently Vegas has nothing on Tijuana in the secrecy department
  • James was a guest speaker at his alma mater addressing faculty members about what is expected of students entering today’s work force. To summarize it was about: need more grit, and get them to build something/anything
  • Alex proved he was worthy of anchoring the beer pong team during the SocialEngine FAC with Room 214 (photo below)
  • Mike began harvesting the fruits (actually veggies) of his labors from the homestead and selling fresh veggies to office pass-er-buyers
  • Jason trapped a rattlesnake and charmed it safely into a bag. Nah, just kidding — would be a good story though
  • Stepan was a last minute addition to the Fantasy Football Draft and was continuously thwarted by James selecting his next draft target in front of him
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SocialEngine FAC with Room 214

SocialEngine Cloud

Knowledge Base Work

  • Finished transfer of KB articles – now it’s time to spruce them up

Increased Support Staff

  • Added staff to help specifically with installs

Marketplace MVP

  • Finalized marketplace feature set and designs. Will be sharing those with our beta community
  • Continued to gather valuable feedback from our developer community, thanks a lot for participating

oDesk

  • Cleaned up presence on oDesk and approved over 300 developers to our oDesk group. Membership now tops over 1000 developers, with 11 current open jobs. oDesk is a great place to both find work and to ask 3rd party devs for work

Updating SE PHP Demo

  • Made a ton of progress creating updated demo content and a scalable platform for deploying SE PHP codebase to the cloud

Website Relaunch

  • Ongoing design and marketing efforts on the relaunch (Swag, final designs, marketing plans)

Plan for September

  • Final touches on the redesign, with possibility of the relaunch coming sooner than later.
  • Launch new SE PHP demo with new content and latest version
  • New SocialEngine Cloud demo with new content
  • Continued SocialEngine PHP and SocialEngine Cloud bugfix releases
  • Creating a better trial experience with marketing and drip campaign revolving around that. Possible offering of technical support to help get trial installed
  • Finalizing the product roadmaps for SocialEngine PHP and SocialEngine Cloud

Thanks for the continuous feedback. We love hearing from our community.

James

10 Comments

  1. Posted September 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the the great feedback! We are always trying to improve our product, and updating the design and features of SocialEngine PHP is something that we hope to be able to offer in the near future! Thanks again for the feedback.

  2. Posted September 6, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Of course an update would be great however, it has to allow us who have put in our blood, sweat, and tears into our current projects the ability to transition without loosing our modifications, plugins, etc. I do not and cannot start over again, again.

  3. Molecular
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I am still developing this platform. I believe that there is room for improvement. Thinking about a new SE PHP is a stretch while this one is not yet fully developed…Changes can be made; however, many of us spend a lot to upgrade plugins and so on plus losing contents. It costs a lot money every time we have to migrate to a new platform. When I migrated from the previous version to this, I lost many plugins, and contents. Developers did not upgrade them for the newer version. It is not cheap to maintain a site. For those of you that may already there. it could make sense…But we need to finish the job here. I have seen all the big boys out there…I believe the SE platform is user friendly and it is clean. Of course, it is great to suggest changes but not radical changes. My site is mainly about contents…I use some third party plugins and they do mot come with migration kit. And again, what needs to be done is giving us API. We are not even there yet. Let’s get that and see how much we can talk about a new platform. New is always better…Let’s improve this so that the loading time is faster and remove bugs…that is the best way…not starting from scratch…I believe the SE team is doing whatever to be sure the platform is stable; we need to work with them instead of demanding something when this one is good enough. Happy developing SE team for a better platform….

  4. Posted September 13, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Keep up the great communication gang.

  5. Posted September 13, 2014 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I agree. Spend a bit more time looking into php and make it even better.

  6. Posted September 15, 2014 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment, we really appreciate your warm feedback and willingness to work with us as we improve the product. We will keep this in mind as we move forward. The API is something that we are working on, and hope to be able to offer very soon. Also keep on mind that upgrading to a new version is always optional and you do not have to upgrade if you don’t want to. Thanks!

  7. Posted September 15, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the suggestion and feedback. We are always trying to improve our product by listening to our customers, this is something we will consider in the future. Thanks!

  8. Posted September 15, 2014 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment. We apologize for any issues that you have been having. We completely understand it can be frustrating trying to update from an older version, check out this article to try to help you with the process, http://support.socialengine.com/questions/134/SocialEngine-3-Migration-to-SocialEngine-4

    If you don’t want to this yourself, you can always reach out to the developers at socialengineaddons, we have worked with them in the past and they’re really great developers who could help make this process easier for you! If you have any further comments or questions, feel free to email us at support@socialengine.com and we would be happy to help!

  9. Posted September 16, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I did try to get socialengineaddon guys to help me with this but they are always busy with bigger projects these days. I have mixed feelings for their company now.

    A few plugins they developed were actually customization we had asked them to develop for our portal, but the founders were really new to the game in 2010 and we decided to go with someone else. The founders developed those customization as plugins and we eventually ended up using their plugins but when things break, even getting the bugs fixed becomes extremely difficult with them.

  10. Posted September 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for commenting! There is the option to browse members that has a search box on it. However, a member search page added in the layout editor is now on our list of features that we will consider making changes to in the near future. Thanks for your feedback!

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