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SocialEngine PHP 4.9.3 Release

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Hot off the presses, SocialEngine PHP 4.9.3! This minor release addresses some issues that were reported by clients in our Github along with a few issues our staff found during further testing. We’ve also included some minor improvements to current features.

Designers will be thrilled as we’ve added support so the main layout can be edited allowing much greater flexibility in themes. This will check if default.tpl exists and if it does, it will load the layout from there. Additionally, if a ‘head.tpl’ exists they can add additional data to the sites <head></head>.

Fixed Issues or Improvements Made:

  • Fixed – all remaining privacy issues for each SocialEngine official plugin.  
  • Fixed –  Zend_Form_Exception: Form elements auth_view and auth_comment have the same order. 
  • Fixed – banned IP not deleted from database when deleted in admin. 
  • Fixed – mail Templates: Post on Profile does not use updated [footer] template. 
  • Fixed – if no subscription plans exist, Admin can still allow users to select on registration.
  • Fixed – ad campaigns not working when no network is chosen.
  • Fixed – undefined variable and undefined index for photo albums.
  • Fixed – private profile shows photo and name.
  • Fixed – page title not changing for multi-language translations. 
  • Fixed – error for core plugins (albums, blog, polls, etc) when no privacy is selected for member levels.
  • Fixed – undefined property error stdClass::$user.
  • Fixed – remove “publish to Twitter” from private messages. 
  • Fixed – API error with 2Checkout if account not approved at 2Checkout and admin tries to disable it from payment gateway settings.
  • Fixed – added phrases for Blog Photos, Forum Photos, Classified Photos and Wall photos for translation; privacy and notification settings; IM Chat – toggle notifications. 
  • Fixed – UI issues for music manage page options and music upload icon; “next” icon; user profile icon in mini menu;  .
  • Fixed – ad rotation issue where ads with less views would show and not show others. Set to show ads in a random pattern.
  • Fixed – deleted user’s notifications remained in engine4_activity_notificationsettings database. 
  • Fixed – phrase truncation issue with language array file.
  • Fixed – in poll and music plugin, “Friends only” privacy issue if user has no friends.
  • Fixed – Top Referring Sites page shows all referring URLs, changed to show up to 100.
  • Fixed – Video plugin error when member is in a network and there are no videos on the site.
  • Fixed – issues setting memcache settings and connection refused error.
  • Fixed – photo attached in mail compose is cropped. 
  • Fixed – changed the Twitter api link in Admin Panel settings to update it with correct URL.
  • Fixed – Google font URL in theme was causing a 404 error, updated URL.
  • Fixed – subscription on signup not progressing for popup form.
  • Fixed – Admin Panel RSS feed for News & Updates changed to ajax load to ensure there is no load delay.
  • Fixed – announcement undefined variable tabIndex.
  • Fixed – memcache details could not be saved in admin and memcache refusal error.
  • Fixed – PHP notice: “fgetcsv(): escape must be a single character” for translation.
  • Improved – thousand and decimal separator improvement to allow for varied locales. 
  • Improved – privacy improvements for member browse page to hide profile pics from showing for private profiles and hide blocked members from showing to members that blocked them.
  • Improved – include page title in title tag in Admin Panel.
  • Improved – optimized album widget privacy performance. 
  • Improved – added setting to choose between icon or label for Insignia theme mini widget menu. This improves accessibility for clients with screen readers.
  • Improved – added emoticon (smiley) and code snippet buttons to TinyMce editor.

NOTE: Please make sure that you do a complete backup of both files and database before performing this upgrade. Please have the backup performed by your host or a developer if you’re not comfortable with performing it yourself. Always check with third party experts for compatibility with any products you use before upgrading.

Important: If you are on a version below 4.9.2, you will need to follow the steps in this blog before upgrading and apply the patch mentioned.

You can also browse the complete changelog for more details about the changes and fixes implemented in this version.

You can download your copy of version 4.9.3 from your client account. To upgrade, please view our upgrade documentation or, if you’d rather we take care of the hard stuff, you can order an upgrade and we’ll do it for you. Fresh installs should follow this installation tutorial or you can order an installation ticket and our team will get it installed in no time!

Thank you all for your help in posting any bugs you may have found! If you find any more issues, please let us know by filing a bug report in our Bug Tracker or by contacting us here. Lastly we’d like to encourage you to stay connected with the community.

With Great Respect,

The SocialEngine Team


  1. The Chaosrift
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Perfect timing. I just started my community last weekend.

  2. Joao Nunes
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I can not download Zend Framework Upgrade (4.X – 4.9.1), Please Take a look.
    I know I already have Zend 4.9.1 , but i get and error.
    We’re sorry, but you do not have permission to view this page.
    Thank you

  3. Posted July 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations SocialEngine on fixing bugs and providing more improvements to it. SE is already the best CMS out there, but such upgrades and new improvements makes it more better and robust. People can not only use it to make a Social Network, but also a Blogging Community (example:, a media website (example: and for a lot of other purposes.

    If you have any idea, then you can contact us to discuss about its implementation in SocialEngine. We would be glad to assist you.

    We also provide SE upgrade service for which you can contact our support team at: .

  4. Posted July 27, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your feedback. :)

  5. Posted July 27, 2017 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Zend framework is not needed. It is included in the core and has been since 4.9.0.

  6. Posted July 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    The recent SocialEngine upgrades have really been impressive. SocialEngine has emerged as a powerful software in the past few years for building up social communities. Upgrades addressing users issues/concerns has added to the robustness of this software.

    We have released a blog post announcing the compatibility of our plugins with SE PHP 4.9.3.
    All SocialEngineAddOns Plugins are compatible and will work fine with the latest SocialEngine version.
    Looking for a professional hand to upgrade your SocialEngine website? Opt for our SocialEngine Upgrade service and get going:
    Drop us a line at for any queries.

  7. Joao Nunes
    Posted July 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you.
    Joao Nunes

  8. Posted July 28, 2017 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    You’re welcome. :)

  9. Stephen
    Posted July 29, 2017 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I am very happy with with the Socialengine team, for been very prompt in fixing bugs like never before. I was so impressed with the new improvements and I do hope some of the Third party developers will be able to make good use of it to develop better themes for Socialengine. The Third parties like Socialengiensolutions and Socialengineaddons are very effective in terms of the their customer services. This really helps us as the Socialengine users and as a result will increase the number of people willing to switch over to Socialengine platform. Thanks to the Socialengine Team

  10. websites
    Posted July 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Maybe you can do something to protect spam as well.. our site is always heavily spammed with fake members posting bad links in all sections.

    We have over 1000 forum posts SPAM with no way to automatically remove them.

  11. Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    I have a SocialEngine site and have no spam on it. Please post at our community if you want tips regarding spam prevention.

  12. Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your feedback! Glad you like the new release. :)

  13. Marc Chinama
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    I do have to complain about spam. I use every tactic to fight spam and yet for some reason they appear as if the more we fight the more they adapt. There has to be a way to prevent spam and keep Google from blacklisting us.

  14. Posted August 2, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Hi, Thanks for your feedback. As I answered below, I use this for my own live site. An author site. A site like that would be a target of spam but I get virtually no spam on it at all. If you want tips for spam, as mentioned below, please post on our community and I’ll post the tips that I use. Thanks again.

  15. Brian Green
    Posted August 14, 2017 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Hey, I’m on SE 4.9.3 an I’m stilling getting a fatal error when I change to PHP 7. How can I fix this issue?

  16. Posted August 14, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Hi Brian,
    Please contact our support or please post at our community linked in the blog.
    Thank you!

  17. Brian Green
    Posted August 14, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Where is the community link?
    SocialEngine Community Software?

  18. Posted August 15, 2017 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    It is linked in the last sentence of the blog but here is the link,

  19. Brian Green
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink


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