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Holidays and Your SocialEngine Community


Holidays can be such a fun time! They can also be a great way to get your members involved in the site. In an effort to celebrate the holiday season all around the world, we want to offer some tips on how your community can join the fun!

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CMS Critic Victory!



We won again! For the past three years in a row we have asked our wonderful group of SocialEngine users to show their support and every time they have shown up in huge numbers. Thank you to everyone who believed in us enough to nominate us for this award and those who came out to vote us into the lead for the third year in a row!


We are beyond grateful to the community of developers and community creators that have formed around the SocialEngine platform. You guys are the best and we couldn’t have done it without you.

You can check out the full list of winners here.

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Spencer’s Adventures – Digging in to the Certified Marketplace


Howdy friends!

I’m back! I’ve been having so much fun with the team. James recently bought a new chair and the seat smells like my chew toy! Wow how great that he thought of me when he bought it. It’s much bigger than the other chew toys and makes a funny scrunching sound when I chew on it. The best thing is, if I sit on it and chew on the back, it spins! Weeee! Though I did knock a few things off his desk. Well, actually I cleared his entire desk off but he didn’t need all that stuff on there anyway right?

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Certified Marketplace Grand Opening!

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We are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Certified Marketplace!

Clients can choose between certified and non-certified products. Choosing a certified product allows clients to rest assured that the product has been tested to install on a fresh SocialEngine site while producing no errors. Reviews are greatly appreciated on all products in order to encourage experts to make more!

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Five Website Startup Tips with SocialEngine


Starting a website can be an exciting time. It can also cause some anxiety if this is a new adventure for you. The good news is, SocialEngine Cloud and SocialEngine PHP are easy to set up and get started. Here are some tips to help you on your way with your new website so you can achieve your goals whether using SocialEngine Cloud or SocialEngine PHP.

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Spencer’s Adventures – Team Adventures


Hello Everyone!

Hope summer has been great for you! It’s been great for me. I’ve been traveling some!

I went to visit Kyle in California! I didn’t know he would be away so I chilled with his cat who turned out to be a great surf instructor. Got a little fur and claw marks on his surfboard but I don’t think he’ll notice. Wondering where he was? Come to find out, he’s a musician! He went on the coolest tour!

“Recently I got the chance to head out on the road for a whole month! I was playing guitar for a band based out of Los Angeles and they asked me to hop in and come play some shows with them. We got to play all over the mid-west and the east coast.

During the days on the long drives I had a mobile hot-spot so I could keep up with the SocialEngine community and at night I got to play a rock show! There was a lot of sleeping on couches and driving long distances, but I loved it! I got to see new places I’d never been to before like Burlington, Vermont. What a beautiful place! I also got to spend time in cities that I know and love like Chicago and New York. I’m very glad to be home with my friends and family now, but I sure did have a blast when I was out there.” ~Kyle

Once I got back, I found James and he gave me some info while taking me for a walk. I guess it was more a run than a walk. In fact, we raced around a bit before getting ice cream.

“For the past four months, I’ve been biohacking toward reducing knee and back pain. As an avid trail runner, I can’t imagine life not getting on the trails, but the recurring knee pain was making that a reality.

I was listening to a Trail Runner Nation podcast and the discussion about shoes and barefoot running came in regards to pain management. After that, I listened to Freakanomics Podcast episode “These Shoes Are Killing Me!” and it was then that I decided to try going toward zero drop shoes.

Come to find out, there are two zero drop shoe companies in Boulder, Zero Shoes and Lems. I bought a Zero Shoe sandal and started slowly walking around in them. In just four months, I’m able to run a local trail in Boulder, called Mt. Sanitas, wearing just the Zero sandals. My knee pain is gone, my feet are reconnecting me to the ground and the world around me in ways I never expected.” ~James

Pretty neat right? Donna was brushing my fur and told me that her daughter is making a cool app that should be in the Apple store soon. As her daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, this app is geared towards those in the autism spectrum.

“ASD Journal is a guided journal app, geared toward helping people on the Autism spectrum (as well as others) work through and process things that would normally be difficult, whether it be emotions, significant events, sensory issues, triggers, or a combination of these.

The app guides the user through this process with a series of questions, followed by plenty of space in scrollable text boxes to write any thoughts that apply. This can be especially helpful before, during, or after a shutdown/meltdown, when communication and rational thought can often be inhibited and thoughts tend to be disorganized and frantic.” ~Donna

Another very cool update from some members of our team.  We’ll keep you updated on our team members from time to time. For now, this is your buddy Spencer signing off.

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Create a Twitter Clone Quickly with SocialEngine Cloud


Twitter has always been a staple of the social media scene. The platform created a genre of social networking that has seen steady growth since its inception. As the medium continues to grow you can grab a piece of the action by making your own Twitter clone with our SocialEngine Cloud.

SocialEngine Cloud is sometimes referred to as a Twitter script or Twitter software because it’s so easy to create your own site just like Twitter.

Why make a Twitter clone? There’s already Twitter.

True, Twitter does already exist and has a huge following. However, it’s a mix of topics and has a very strict character limit. If you create your own Twitter clone site, you could narrow the focus in order to discuss particular popular topics in a more in-depth manner. This could grow quickly depending on the topic you choose and the interest level in that topic.

SocialEngine Cloud doesn’t limit the characters like Twitter does for posting. This would have an obvious appeal for those that would like to express their thoughts in more than 140 characters.

Is it hard to do?

Not at all! It’s very simple to set up an SECloud site. It’s just a matter of setting up your account and payment details. The cloud instantly deploys once you enter the details.

Once you have your site, it’s already all set to post. For the theme, we suggest choosing the Stream or Clean theme as they present nicely for this type of site. You can set this with a simple click of a button.

Getting started can take less than an hour. It would be best if you add some personal touches to the site so it matches your site focus. Categories can easily be added or changed. Menus and pages are also easy to handle. Depending on how much you want to personalize, you could be ready within hours to a day or so.

Sounds great! How do I start?

Glad you asked. :) You can get started with a free trial for 14 days. This will seamlessly change to the paid version when the trial ends so you don’t have to worry about losing anything you’ve worked on. To get started, go here to sign up for your 14 day free trial and enter your details. Once you’ve chosen the subscription you want to start after the trial ends, you’ll enter your payment details and account details and Checkout. Your cloud will instantly be created and you will have a website just like that!

Here are some getting started videos to help you learn the ropes but SocialEngine Cloud was created to be simple to use. Your Twitter clone will be well on it’s way in no time at all!

Got questions or feedback? Please feel free to post at our community!

“The cloud has become the next-generation supercomputer, and the smartphone has provided the revolution to spur its use.” ~ Jerry Yang

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Announcing SocialEngine Atlas Premium Theme


Hello Everyone!

We are pleased to announce our first premium theme, Atlas! This responsive theme has a modern look and feel, unique features, and does away with the need for the mobile plugin. Spencer released a sneak peek with features and images so you’ll want to check there if you hadn’t already.

To recap some of the new features in Atlas, it contains:

  • Autocomplete search
  • Fully responsive design
  • Visitor page banners
  • Redesigned posts and comments
  • Profile header redesign with profile banner
  • Redesigned music player
  • All Browse sections redesigned for optimal viewing
  • Activity feed redesigned
  • Full width video in feed
  • Full width/height chat
  • Forum topics redesign for best viewing
  • Edit form redesigned

Here are some screenshots of the mobile view from an iPhone

Activity Feed:




Visitor Sign In:


Subscription Selection:


Want to see more? No problem! Check our demo :) . Want to own this great theme? Purchase in our marketplace after logging in to your dashboard. Atlas theme requires a minimum PHP version of 5.3.2.

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SocialEngine Beta Certified Marketplace Opens!


We are pleased to announce the opening of the Beta Certified Marketplace! This update to our current marketplace allows experts to submit their products for testing and receive a certified SocialEngine icon.

Clients will then be able to choose between certified and noncertified products. Choosing a certified product will allow clients to rest assured that the product has been tested to install on a fresh SocialEngine site while producing no errors. Clients will also have peace of mind knowing that SocialEngine has tested the product. Reviews are greatly appreciated on all products in order to encourage experts to make more!

Certified listings will show which versions are supported and a revision history for the plugin. All Certified plugins are also required to have support from the expert per their support terms. Only products that work in current SocialEngine releases (4.9 and up) can be certified. This should help clients to easily find products that work in new releases. We also require that a certified product be updated within 30 days of SocialEngine releases in order to help clients to upgrade their sites faster. Major version releases will require re-certification testing to ensure they still work.

The certified marketplace should allow experts to have better exposure for their certified listings as we’ve included these listings in the clients’ admin panel. This will make it easier for clients to find great new products to purchase as well. As tested products will be more appealing, we expect experts to see increased sales of these type of products.

We’ll include more promotional opportunities for certified products. This can include blog posts, community posts, social media posts, paid sponsor listings, better position in the marketplace for optimal viewing, and more. If you’re a SocialEngine Expert or want to be one, now’s the time to get on board with the certified marketplace!

Please note that all terms of service and submission guidelines have been updated. All experts and clients are encouraged to read the updated documents.

This is a beta launch and could have bugs and/or areas that might need improvement. We welcome all feedback on the feedback section of our community. Please note that, though this is a beta, it is fully functional and any sales will be actual purchases. With that in mind, please only purchase what you want.

Thank you all for your feedback that helped bring this certified marketplace to fruition. More improvements will be coming so stay tuned!

With Appreciation,

The SocialEngine Team

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Vote for SocialEngine for 2017 CMSCritic Awards


It’s time to vote! With your help, we’ve made it past the nominations into the voting stage. Thank you all so much for nominating us.

SocialEngine has won Best Social Network Software in 2013, 2015 and 2016 thanks to all of you! We would love to continue the winning streak. More importantly, we want to know that we’re providing the best in Social Network software for all of you. We can only do that with your help again. Your votes let us know we’re on the right track and spur us on to do more.

Please vote for us for Best Social Network Software:

Voting is open until November 1, 2017.

Thank you all for your continued support. You are what makes SocialEngine the best there is!

With Great Appreciation,
The SocialEngine Team

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