Congratulations to the community builders at Tumblr who announced on Monday that they’ll be selling their company to Yahoo! for $1.1 billion. For those of you who don’t know, Tumblr is a site that makes it easy for users to host multimedia and other content in short-form blogs. continue reading
Booya! Media has created a “white label” social app that’s easy to use, fast and cost effective. Most importantly, you’ll be able to keep your SocialEngine community active and engaged while they’re on the go.
Your community members aren’t behind their laptops 24/7, so your SocialEngine community needs to be easily accessible from everywhere your users are. Imagine how empowered and valued your users will feel once they’re able to seamlessly connect to your SE powered site from their phone.
Recently I talked with Jason Martell from Booya! Media about their “white label” solution, how easy it is to integrate with SE PHP and what SocialEngine users can expect from their impressive app.
If you’re considering whether to build a forum or social network, this article should be helpful to you. The mediums through which people interact with one another online is constantly changing. If you take a step back and think about all of the different ways you have communicated with the people in your life in the past week, it’s staggering.
Good news! We’ve done another SocialEngine PHP development sprint and finally released SE PHP 4.5 today.
Features & improvements
- New Modern theme
- Added link support to poll options
- Performance improvements (improved loading of comment likes in feed, optimized Zend locale data files)
- Missing attach link icon in composer on mobile
- Translation support for profile field privacy settings
- Several missing phrases added to default language pack
- Hiding the global header/footer using the layout editor now works correctly for mobile
- Fixed duplicate results in message search
- Fixed event privacy option “Group Members” not saving
- Fixed error in Chrome on video view page
- Forum widgets now respect forum privacy settings
- Fixed placeholder/overtext positioning in the composer on mobile
- Twitter OAuth now uses SSL
SocialEngine PHP 4.5 includes a new default them named “Modern”. We hope you guys think it’s nicer and more contemporary than the previous default theme, but let us know.
We know performance is an absolute priority for some of you so we’ve done our best to identify and improve on the bottlenecks we’ve found without creating any compatibility issues for third-party addons. Some of you should see page load speed improvements with SE PHP 4.5, depending on your server config, resource limits and usage levels. We’ll continue to focus on performance improvements with our next SE PHP release. Remember – if you’re having speed issues, please be sure that your site is in Production Mode (you can enable it from your admin panel homepage).
Let us know what you think about SE PHP 4.5. Happy community building!
If you’re looking to add even more value and engagement to your site, look no further than CometChat. In a very straightforward and unobtrusive way, users can chat with others within your Socialengine Cloud community plus those outside like on Facebook, Google Chat and other social networks for example. You’ll also get real time translation, file, document, screen sharing and other cool stuff your community members will love; increasing each user’s time spent on your site and growing your user base.
I got to talk with Anant from CometChat who was really excited about the new SocialEngine Cloud integration.
“We are excited to announce the launch of CometChat for SocialEngine Cloud. CometChat will enable you to instantly add hundreds of features to your site and keep users glued on for hours. CometChat will seamlessly integrate with your SocialEngine Cloud site meaning, your users will be automatically logged into CometChat when they login to your site. It only takes a minute to install and there is no programming knowledge required.”
Features include audio/video chat, chatrooms, screen sharing, whiteboard, games, announcements and more.
We rolled out a huge SocialEngine Cloud update today. Here are the highlights: continue reading
“What’s going on?”
An easy enough question to answer, yet more people are finding it increasingly difficult to take time out of their busy lives to connect with one another. Take SocialEngine user Kim Starks for example. Kim has always been interested in people and how they interact with one another. She was inspired to create an online community to better connect with the people closest in her life while also sharing the latest ‘buzzed’ about topics from around the web.
In this week’s Client Spotlight, I got to talk with Kim, creator of VoiceBee, about how she got her start with SocialEngine and what we can expect from her latest project.
Fresh from the code quarry! We’ve released the long overdue SE PHP 4.3 upgrade. If you’re a current SocialEngine customer, you can get your hands on it right now from the client area. If you’re not, you can grab a fresh copy here. If you are upgrading, BE SURE to make a complete backup of your site, and avoid upgrading your site while it’s live. It’s always best to copy it to a separate instance where you can deal with any upgrade issues that might arise before rolling it out publicly.
We’ve included a bunch of fixes and some new stuff in SE PHP 4.3 – here’s a consolidated list. You can also check the included changelog for complete details. continue reading
In this week’s Client Spotlight, we got to sit-down with someone who has been working tirelessly at giving back to the SocialEngine Cloud community.
We are excited to interview Robin Outrilla of AppFarma, another great SocialEngine Cloud community that’s primarily focused on applications in the healthcare space that help you stay fit and monitor your overall well-being.
Hi everyone. As I type, our engineering team is 100% focused on building the upcoming (and very overdue) SE PHP 4.3 update. Here is exactly what we are adding with this update:
- Various frontend improvements to the default theme
- Adding any missing pages from the admin’s Layout Editor back to the page selector
- Various improvements to private messaging, including a modal-based (popup) message composer, a check-all button in the inbox, and proper message searchability
- Profile field-specific privacy options, so your members can give each field on their profile a unique privacy setting
- Photo-uploading abilities for mobile browsers
We are also fixing these bugs:
- Comment posting is problematic in IE9
- Music files don’t play on all mobile devices
- “Number of playlists” setting in music plugin’s admin section isn’t being applied
- Sharing links from a SocialEngine-generated page on Facebook results in the page title appearing twice
- Display bugs in the admin’s site-wide statistics area
- Group discussions don’t always appear in group activity feeds
- Multi-language issues with the Events plugin
- Pagination breaks if more than 1 video widget is added on a single page
We’ve dropped everything else and the whole team is sprinting to get 4.3 ready by this Friday. There’s a small chance we’ll need to release on Monday, so our support team will be in full force to support anyone that has issues with the update. We know many of you have been waiting for 4.3 for a long time, and we’re sorry that it’s overdue.
Looking ahead to 4.4, we are also thinking about a possible SE PHP API (since it’s been requested quite a few times). For those of you hoping for an API, can you clarify: Do you want the API to be external-facing (e.g. a REST API), or an internal PHP API? Can you tell us what you’re looking to build on the API? This will really help us figure out how we can build the best API for everyone!