Content archive tool coming soon [Update: Now Live]

Update: This release is now live.

Since the launch of the Ning platform, Network Creators have asked us to create a way for them to download personal copies of the data on their Ning Networks, usually for back-up purposes.

Until now, providing that has been a difficult process. While you can download a basic list of your members, email addresses and profile information, there isn’t currently a way to download a backup of your content or a more comprehensive list of your members. For Network Creators who are leaving the platform, we’ve traditionally provided an archive file, but it’s a manual process that involves faxing a signed form to Ning and requires a Ning engineer to produce the file.

That’s all about to change. We’ll be releasing a tool — later this week, hopefully — that makes it easy to download an archive of your Ning Network’s members and content.

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Downloading the content and members for an entire Ning Network is not an easy process. To make it as easy as possible, we’ve built an application that you can download and run on your desktop.

The application is built using the Adobe Air platform, meaning that it should work just the same on Windows, Mac or Linux. You’ll need to install Adobe Air on your computer, but that’s a quick process. More than 100 million people have already installed Air.

When the Ning Network Archiver goes live, you’ll see a new “Archive Content” icon on your Manage page (in the “And More…” section). Clicking on the icon will take you to the new Archive Content Manage page, where we’ll provide an overview of the application, as well as installation instructions. Once you’ve installed the application, you simply need to enter your Network Creator credentials and network URL to kick off the download process.

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For more information, check out the FAQs in our Help Center.

About the Author:

Evan Goldin – who has written posts on Ning's Official Blog on Social Networking Sites.


  • http://www.emprendedordigital.com Francisco

    How about a Get url or fetch data options ? I assum those would be available in the API version?

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    We will have a public API, although it won’t include the ability to download content. We do have plans down the road for Pro customers which will allow for this kind of option. Hope this helps!

  • http://board3.ning.com Linda Stegeman

    Hi! This is great news having export functionality. We have a need to export our forum content into Excel or a .csv file in order to write a report from the data we collect on our network. Are you aware of any resources to import .JSON files into Excel or .csv?

  • http://www.firefighternation.com Dave Iannone

    For those of us with active sites, is there a way to do more than just the 10,000 most recent .. perhaps in layers of 10,000?

  • http://educatingkids.ning.com Michelle Sollicito

    I installed this, and whenever I run it it says “There is no network at educatingkids.ning.com (or at commerceserver.ning.com or at mariettamoms.ning.com or whichever other of my communities I try to run it for) so I cannot get it to work

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    You might want to share your question on the Creators Ning Network. We also have a Help Center that has a lot of informative articles about this. You can also submit a ticket in the Help Center if you are having specific problems and we’ll try to get you some one-on-one help. Hope this helps!

  • http://liligospodini.ning.com/ Lili

    What other platform is compatible with Ning? where we could upload blog I’ve saved? For example a WordPress blog is compatible with Blogspot.

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hello, Lili! You might want to share your question on the Creators Ning Network. We have a lot of helpful folks who can provide advice.

  • http://liligospodini.ning.com/ Lili

    Thanks Eric

  • http://pixiespalace.ning.com Pixieguts

    Hi, just a basic question: how exactly do you get to the first archiver page from your ‘manage content’ tab? I am completely unable to find it with the new ‘manage content’ layout. There’s nowhere else to get help for this than here. Thanks for assistance.

  • http://network.startupbusiness.it Marco

    I can’t see friendship data in the members json file. Is there an option for those?

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hi, Pixieguts. We actually have a number of places where you can get help. You can share your question on the Creators Ning Network (or find it already answered in most cases). We also have a Help Center that has a lot of informative articles about this. You can also submit a ticket in the Help Center if you are having specific problems and we’ll try to get you some one-on-one help.

  • Rosemary Slosek

    Where is the Manage tab? I have looked everywhere, including the FAQ.