An improved grid view for Members pages

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Update 12/08, 2 p.m., Pacific: This release is now live, and Network Creators are discussing it on the Creators Ning Network.

We’re excited to announce some improvements in our upcoming release, slated for next week. Here’s what’s in it:

  • A new-and-improved display for Members & Friends pages
  • The ability to display a featured profile question on the Members & Friends pages
  • A Sitemap Generator for Network Creators

A new display for Members & Friends pages

Over at Ning Creators, we’ve had a great conversation with you all to find the best view for Members and Friends pages. Specifically, we’ve heard from you about the pros and cons of a grid layout and a list layout.

A grid display shows more members on the page. In contrast, the list view (which is what you see today) let you add a comment to a member’s My Page or give a gift, but it displays fewer members on the page. With this release, we’ve tried to capture the best of both worlds with a grid view that includes action links:


While we want Network Creators to have control over as many features as possible on their Ning Network, this is a case where we are not going to offer the option. This was a key part of the conversation over on Creators and the decision was to rollout the grid display came from these conversations.

Choose the profile information that appears on Members pages

As we looked closer at these Members and Friends pages, we also identified another opportunity for customizing your Ning Network. Today, the information that appears next to a member photo is pretty basic — you see the member’s gender, and their location. In some cases that might be fine, but we wanted to give Network Creators a way to showcase that one piece of profile information that’s most valuable to your Ning Network. For example, on a Ning Network for artists, that could be the medium in which they work, or on a Ning Network for firefighters, it could display their years on the job. To reflect that, you can now choose the profile question that will appear on Members and Friends pages by heading to “Profile Questions” on the Manage page and featuring a question.

A bonus feature: Sitemap Generator

With this release, we’re also generating a sitemap for your Ning Network that updates automatically. If you like, you can also customize your sitemap. To edit or customize your sitemap, click the Advanced Options link from your Manage page. For more info on this feature, check out our article here in the Ning Help Center.

And to join the conversation about any of these Ning Networks, be sure to sign up for Ning Creators!

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27 thoughts on “An improved grid view for Members pages

  1. Vander NG

    It is fantastic for the ability of showing the profile question…. just a bit more greedy, can we show more than 1? sorry if this is too demanding but 3 profile questions are good for my case and I do think the space is allowed to do that… btw, online status is something that should be remained… anyway, thank you so much for making the current thing happened! BIG THANKS!

  2. Laura Oppenheimer

    On the Creators Ning Network, Evan outlined exactly which questions can be featured. They are:

    * Gender
    * Location
    * One-line answers
    * Date
    * Multiple choice (when only one answer is allowed)

    Hopefully, URLs will be added soon.


  3. Andy Dennie

    OK, I think I’ve figured out why I can’t feature either of my existing profile questions. They’re both multiple choice questions, with multiple answers allowed.

  4. Mike O'Brien

    I LIKE it all!!

    I don’t want to clog up the display area under the member pics and this looks good, let’s see how it is generally accepted on the limitations. We still have the members profile area on their My Page to allow other information to show through.

    My network is for a high school and being able to display the class year under their pic is super!!

    Now, for the rest of my wish list ……….. 😉

  5. LiveforLondon

    This Looks Great… Can you please put the Green ‘Online Now’ on the list of members that are Online back?

    It’s diappeared and then i just about Noticed a tiny Green Dot next the the List… is that supposed to be the Online Indicator now?

    it’s hardly noticable, especially if an NC has a Light colour Network, please cn you rectify this Ning team? Being able to see who’s online ‘Clearly’ on the members List is a Must…

    It really is hardly noticeable… you do one thing for the better, then you take away another, please lets see who’s online clearly again.



  6. Carlos Tabora

    Why can’t we feature those questions that are “Website” or URL fields? My social network is made primarily of musicians and this would be a great promotional feature for people to be able to highlight their Website on the Member Directory.

  7. Jeff Rothe

    I run a network, and sure get tired of all the negative comments in the face of good things. Lots of things Ning does are good…but I would tend to agree with SD, it would seem that there are many many other things that Ning could be concentrating on, and less on continually swapping the members layout, or changing the feedback system from a creator network, to get satisfaction, to a creator network.

    I certainly appreciate the strategy to be quicker with your feature releases, because there for a time things went silent. But at the same time, it does seem like some features from old network, and I assume even on the new creator network fall on deaf ears even with strong support.

    I still think you need to add granular control to the RSS feeds in relation to the Activity Feed. Just boggles my mind why it has to be all or nothing.

    I also think we should be able to have real ‘gifts’, and not digital rewards solely. Make available a real overstock product that people can earn by participation.

    Stop swapping things back and forth.

  8. Oystein Thorsen

    I like the grid look, but why did Ning only allow us to feature one question on the grid page. I would like the ability feature several of my profile answers on the member and friend grid. THIS NEW GRID PROFILE FEATURE DOES NO GOOD IF I CAN ONLY FEATURE ONE PROFILE QUESTION.

  9. SD

    Can we make some meaningful changes as opposed to cosmetic ones. We need to be able to categorize members (user) into different buckets. Also, it would be helpful to provide css code for generating tables in notes and blank pages. We also need the ability to charge for membership as opposed to the blanket answer “send emails and accept payment.” Payment processing has to flow seamlessly withing the overall user experience. Also, what is this deal about having preset visibility settings for applications? It is annoying. Granting app developers want some free ad time on main page, however, it sacrifices user experience. We want the freedom to change visibility settings for applications (everyone, members only, etc.)

  10. Dave Iannone

    The only downside is not being able to show LOCATION –and– one other profile question. Would be nice to include both.

    For I also had to change my multiple choice question to only permit one answer, but honestly that was a good thing…


  11. Laura Oppenheimer

    Hi Andy,

    I just took a look at the Profile Questions section on my own Ning Network, and here are the answer types where I see the “feature” option:

    1. Location
    2. One Line Answer
    3. Multiple Choice

    If you have a question with a long answer, you won’t see the “feature” option. If you are seeing something different, please let us know in the Ning Help Center and we can take a look!


  12. Andy Dennie

    When I go to Manage->Profile Questions, my existing questions don’t have a “feature” option. That option only shows up under the bottom box used to create a new profile question. It’s not much help if I can only use it for new questions I add.

  13. Richard Bendit

    Very nice new changes but NING is NOT notifying that they also stop some features without make notes or notification to the network owners… => tag-feature in pages are gone,…

  14. Laura Oppenheimer

    Hi Madam President,

    You can feature a member directly from their profile page. So there’s one more click to get to the option to feature, instead of being able to do it directly from the Members page.


  15. Madam President

    And where is the link where I can “feature” and “stop featuring”? I feature new members and now I see I can no longer do that from the members page. I don’t like this “NEW” so called feature at all.

  16. Administrador Singles Huelva

    Well, I’d like to see the members IP.
    In our ning network exists some duplicates members and ficticius members that we needs to suspends.


  17. karis

    i like the site map part better i don’t like how you guys are going to change the grid i lie how it looks now it goes great with my site and now i have to use the ugly grids again

  18. Bryan Harley

    When are you going to introduce a user-groups feature? I want to be able to organize my users (administratively) into groups and designate the name of the group in their profiles as such.

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