Ning’s Tips and Tricks

Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

How to resize an image to make it a Gift (part 2)

As we discussed yesterday, uploading custom gifts is a fantastic way to make your Gift Store match your Ning Network’s purpose and context. Resizing an image you already have is one of the easiest ways to customize your Gift Store. Check out what GovLoop has done to make their Gift Store unique:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Start fundraising on your Ning Network

Earlier this week, we wrote about how you can use Ning Apps to add a store to your Ning Network. Ning Apps are also incredibly useful for driving donations and fundraising efforts. Hawks for Homeless is a Ning Networks that’s using a Ning App to help drive donations to the The Midnight Mission in Los Angeles:

Other Ning Networks like TuDiabetes and The Hoot Owl have launched similar fundraising efforts. Adding your own fundraising Ning App takes a few quick steps.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Control the privacy settings for your Ning Network

Some Network Creators want to share their social experience with the world, while others create Ning Networks just for close friends and family. To embrace these different preferences, flexible privacy settings are built in to every Ning Network.

As a Network Creator, you have many different options when it comes to the privacy of your Ning Network. To adjust the privacy settings, go to the Manage page and then click “Network Privacy”:

From this page, you can choose the ideal privacy settings:

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Manage your photos on a Ning Network

So let’s say that you’ve uploaded some photos to your Ning Network and you’re ready to add them to an album. As we noted on Tuesday, creating an album for your photos is now an easy part of the process. From the Add an Album page, you can add a title, description, location, and tags for your photos (click the image for a full screenshot):

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Upload photos to your Ning Network

Photos are one of the most popular features on your social network, and the flash uploader makes it easy to upload and organize your images. When you click “Add Photos” from the Photos tab, you’ll see a page like this:

From here, click the “Click to Add Photos” icon to select which images you’d like to upload from your computer. If you want to select multiple photos at a time, just hold down the “Control” or “Command” key on your keyboard and click the extra photos. You can add up to 100 photos at a time.

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Upload videos with easy embedding

Videos are one of the most popular features across social networks on Ning, and there are a few different ways you can add them to your social network. You can upload original videos using the recently updated flash uploaders. Videos uploaded this way can be branded for your social network with a watermark or logo and are a great way to promote your social network on other websites.

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