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March 2015 Keeping it Rolling Update

We had a great March at SocialEngine — lots of pluses with the company including adding a new developer to the team. Internally it’s exciting to see a lot of processes and systems create higher efficiency in our daily work, planning and discussions.

There are moments in a growing organization where you feel the chaos of a thousand different needs and directions, but are able to find a focused approach where the pace picks up. We’ve always been big believers that a business can grow only as fast as its systems can handle it — doesn’t matter how many people you throw at it.

My personal thanks to the team here for building the foundation needed to develop quality code, establish a process for product roadmaps, quickly respond to customer needs and easily integrate new employees into the company. The pace continues to quicken.

Here’s what happened in March:

SocialEngine HQ

  • Marcus started on March 23rd, he has already contributed fixes to Cloud and will focus on improving the platform and customer service

SocialEngine PHP

  • Bug fix release of SocialEngine PHP 4.8.8. It was done to address bug reports from the community, as reported on the public bug tracker
  • Made progress on PHP roadmap, with good amount of features being assigned for 4.9 and 4.10

SocialEngine Cloud

  • Worked with ramen.is to improve the user experience and provide us with valuable feedback and feature suggestions
  • SocialEngine Cloud updates:
    • Added ability to edit settings on the mobile-responsive theme
    • Added extra information to member invite screen to give admins higher visibility into their member invite activities
    • Added better styling to member titles so they stand out above normal text
    • Made profile photos square on the members page
    • Bug fixes, see list in the notes
  • Released knowledge base articles:

Plans for April

SocialEngine PHP

  • Continue working on php roadmap to define features for 4.9 and 4.10
  • Begin speccing out priority features for 4.9

SocialEngine Cloud

  • Pending on Ramen.is, give our users ability to access SocialEngine Cloud roadmap
  • Post editing on SocialEngine Cloud – its coming in the next 2 weeks

SocialEngine Rebrand

  • Beta launch of new site

As always, we love your feedback and appreciate your enthusiasm for SocialEngine.

James

8 Comments

  1. Venki
    Posted April 11, 2015 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    With search engines giving importance to mobile-friendly sites, think SocialEngine should look into providing at least one responsive theme for SocialEngine PHP.

  2. Kev Gahan
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    is the roadmap public? PHP roadmap, with good amount of features being assigned for 4.9 and 4.10

  3. Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I will double check and see if we can adapt our mobile themes to ensure that search engines treat socialengine php sites appropriately.

  4. Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Not yet, work will soon begin on making the roadmap public. We first need to organize internally on the direction for both updates.

  5. Posted April 20, 2015 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Hello Venki,

    I was able to verify that we do indeed pass Google Webmaster Tools check for “Mobile-Friendly” designator when you have our mobile plugin enabled, which comes as part of the Professional and Advanced packages. If you have our mobile plugin, you are fully covered on that front!

  6. Spirit SilverWind
    Posted April 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Blocking still isn’t fixed in newest update, This needs to be prioritized, because it is a big deal for those of us who have a community.

  7. Posted April 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    HI!

    As far as i was able to find, we aren’t aware of any issues we have with blocking. Could you please submit a detailed bug report on our issue tracker? https://github.com/SocialEngine/phpv4-issues

    Thanks, and sorry you’re experiencing this issue!

  8. Shivani
    Posted May 6, 2015 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Hi, We’re sorry for the delay in responding to your message. We understand what you’re trying to say and appreciate your feedback.
    We would like to tell you that we’ve already incorporated this to our roadmap and will be working on the overhaul of Blocking feature in one of our future upgrades. Thanks

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