Ning Design Studio & Instant Ad Boxes Are Live!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve gotten incredible feedback from 500+ Ning Creators on the Ning Design Studio. Today, we’re thrilled to make the Ning Design Studio available to everyone — you can enable it from the Ning Labs page.

Enabling the Ning Design Studio gives you access to these features:

  • Choose from 50+ hot new themes at launch
  • See a live preview of changes as you make them
  • Set a 2- or 3-column layout and choose navigation and sidebar locations
  • Tweak 80 dials and knobs for your site appearance
  • Re-publish any other theme you’ve used in the past
  • Access Developer Mode, where design gurus can access the Ning CSS and create their own themes

Here are just a few great ways Creators are already using the Ning Design Studio:

Everything about the Ning Design Studio is 100% opt-in. If your Ning Network already looks perfect, don’t worry — your current theme and customizations won’t be affected at all. (Also, congratulations!) In the coming days, we’ll make the Design Studio your default editor, but this still won’t change the appearance of your Ning Network, and you’ll be able to revert back to the old editor if you like.

Instant Ad Boxes

In addition to the Ning Design Studio, we’re introducing the Instant Ad Box feature.  Instant Ad Boxes are similar to Text Boxes but are designed to seamlessly integrate advertisements with your Ning Network. You can place Instant Ad Boxes above the header, above the canvas, or below the footer. This has been a long-requested feature, and we’re pumped to release it with the Ning Design Studio. Whether you enable a new theme or not, you’ll be able to use this feature.

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Nick Barr – who has written posts on Ning's Official Blog on Social Networking Sites.


  • Steve

    Great enhancements. Especially like the ‘ad boxes’. For a next iteration of the ad boxes, consider creating an adserving tool to upload ads and set impressions/rotations similar to AdJuggler. Earning revenue from Ning sites is essential and being able to easily set up advertisers with rotating ads or ads by impression would be a huge enhancement.

    Regarding the new designs, if we make changes, is there a way to go back to our default theme that we started with?

    Again, great work on these new features.

  • http://haitiansunitedforhaiti.org Agosthina

    Love it! Thank you guys for working so hard for all of us.

  • http://www.costaricaenduro.com Daniel

    Awesome additions. I really like the ad boxes. I love the fact that I can activate them, yet members won’t be able to see the space until I add some ads. It let’s me show potential clients where their ads will be without having all the blank space.

  • http://www.wurzelimperium.de/ Gamer

    Wow.. I really like the ad boxes! Thanks for your nice features :)

  • http://www.hrbase.nl Ronald

    Thanks for all the changes. A perfect spot for advertisers is also a rectangle size ad underneath blogpost and forumpost. We do this now with some java, but it would be great if NING would provide a Adbox there as well. See example at our site: http://www.hrbase.nl/profiles/blogs/een-leidinggevende-is-ook-maar

    We can also use this box for related newsitems.

    Ronald

  • Jason Stewart

    I want to start a social networking site using my own design templates. I want to know what is the best way to describe the process do my designers? What do I need to consider knowing that I will be creating my own tabs and templates and bringing it over to your site.

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hey, Jason! You might want to check out the documentation for our new Design Studio. I’d point your designers to that and our community around that if they have additional questions.