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December 2014 Keeping it Rolling Update

December was a month of climbing to new heights. We are quickly moving toward a beta launch of our new website and code base infrastructure and setting us up for an aggressive 2015 for both our PHP and Cloud products. All the hard work put in over the past six months is coming to fruition.

2014 was spent getting our house in order to build and scale SocialEngine products to meet the demands of our customer and developer base. We have work to do, but are well positioned to move quickly with an updated code base and launch of our website and marketplace.

Picking Up Speed

Picking Up Speed

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Cloud

  • Major progress on making our cloud themes responsive and come from a single root (about 2/3s work done)
  • Addition of Cloud Themes and plugins on the current site
  • As always we post our release notes on SocialEngine Cloud updates on our SocialEngine Customer Community. Here’s December Release Notes.
  • Work on improving core codebase of Cloud
  • Posted article on Custom Domain Setup for Cloud
  • Discussions to bring gamificaiton to the cloud platform
  • Worked on User Onboarding progress bar

PHP

While putting together the PHP roadmap, it was clear to use we needed a product owner dedicated to moving PHP forward.  We made the decision to establish the first official Product Owner position for SocialEngine PHP. The product owner’s responsibility is to drive the product vision and roadmap, work with the development team and respond to customer input.

  • Established guidelines for a Product Owner for PHP

New Site

  • Ability to create and update your Expert pages in the new site

Focus for January:

PHP:

  • Bring on Product Owner
  • Establish product roadmap
  • Release a version update

Cloud:

  • Move over to newly developed code
  • Introduce responsive themes and eliminate mobile theme (let us know in the comments or support box if that’s not a good idea)
  • Launch user on-boarding process
  • Release Roadmap

New Site:

  • Beta launch of new site

As always, we appreciate everyone’s dedication to SocialEngine and we look forward to an exciting 2015.

Cheers,

James

11 Comments

  1. John
    Posted January 8, 2015 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I personally stuck to using some social network script from CodeCanyon because I heard and saw some people using nulled versions of this. There is yet to be an announcement made by you guys to try and stop them. If your price is so high, of course people will turn to nulled. Please do something about it and I will consider buying! This post in it self shows no big progress in the php.

  2. Posted January 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m not convinced that the introduction of a responsive theme for cloud to eliminate the mobile theme is a good idea. A couple of things needs to be done before you move forward. 1. provide a test site for existing cloud users to sample the new theme. 2. Need to ensure the current cloud site manager who have made custom changes to there site are not affected. i.e. This update should be optional. 3. We would be more happy if you concentrated your time on upgrading the api for cloud. This was launch about 2 years ago and still remains in beta and is only read only. This would bring so much potential to site and is presently holding us cloud users back. 4. ensure the core code change does not affect existing site in a ill manned way, those of us who have put in time and made custom modifications .

  3. Posted January 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Also hope that newly developed code does not amount to new bugs on cloud sites

  4. Posted January 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi John,

    We will be making a version upgrade to PHP this month.

    In terms of nulled versions, we are aware of this. There is an ongoing discussion within our community and directly with our developers about the best path forward.

    James

  5. Posted January 9, 2015 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I think a responsive theme for cloud and eliminating the separate mobile theme is a great idea. it’ll be much easier to maintain the theme and develop new themes.

    I have a suggestion, If you guys use Github for SocialEngine PHP you can add the 3rd party developers to the repository and we can make pull requests to apply fixes or improvements. it’s more efficient than the public bug tracker you launched earlier.

    We have great plans for 2015 and SE PHP as well and I hope we can deliver them as soon as possible. I’m looking forward to see your new site :)

  6. gohar
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    i am second that who ask for high price

    i think if you encrypt some file and offer un-encrypted file as additional service or product then i think it will decrease the price to 20-30%

    what to encrypt is up to you….but i think it should be core function or files or license file

    maybe you need to find a way from cloud to php migration? or they are written in separate code?

    thanks

  7. PiRi
    Posted January 15, 2015 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I hope that in the new release the commenting on pictures and liking is fixed. Like when users comment on a picture at the front page the comment does not show on the album or when you click on the pic, only on the front page. the same if you click on a picture the comment does not show on the front page. Also it would be great if the mobile version got some kind of update so it looks nicer like menus and such. now days its all about mobile. PHP version.

  8. Posted January 26, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Great feedback. We will provide the option to enable legacy themes to ensure custom work is not impacted.

  9. Posted January 26, 2015 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    yes – PHP and Cloud are written on separate code bases.

  10. Posted January 26, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the feature input. Always valuable to get feedback from our users. Much appreciated.

  11. Posted February 4, 2015 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for the patience. The v4.8.7 release took a few days longer, but it was a big release, probably the most significant one we’ve done.

    The release was significant to our organization as it was the first under our new product manager, and the first from our newly arranged dev process.

    Because this was such a large upgrade with new features and bug fixes, we wanted to make sure the focus was to get the upgrade out, documented, tested and communicated.

    It did divert resources for the product roadmap, but we’re organizing quickly around our product strategy and feel as if we have the space now to focus, discuss, deliberate the fine points of what we’ve already laid out.

    I hope this helps, and as always your feedback is much appreciated.

    James, CEO, SocialEngine

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