Ning’s Tips and Tricks

Ernie Hsiung
Ernie Hsiung

How Events and RSS work on 8Asians

I work with a lot of developers in my role as a developer evangelist. If you’ve ever been on the Ning Developer Network, you’ve probably seen my profile photo once or twice in the forum.

And, like a lot of other people who work at Ning — actually, like a lot of people everywhere — I have my own set of interests and passions outside of work. A couple of years ago I started 8Asians.com, a blog that focuses on Asian American and Asian American issues; we talk about everything from activist issues to pop culture and pretty much everything in between. As the blog focuses on the Asian community, creating a Ning Network was a natural solution to allow readers of the blog to interact with each other.

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Derrick Or
Derrick Or

Create your own virtual gift from scratch

So let’s say you’ve already resized a photo and turned it into an awesome virtual gift. Now you’re ready for a new challenge — to create your own virtual gift from scratch.

For this post, we’ll use Aviary Phoenix, a free web-based image editor. Another free application to check out is Sumo Paint. While we won’t cover tips and tricks to becoming an awesome illustrator here, Aviary has a nice set of tutorials that should help boost your skills.

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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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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

How to resize an image to make it a Gift (part 1)

Earlier this week, we released Ning Virtual Gifts to provide you and your members a new meaningful way to connect with each other. While each Ning Network’s Gift Store comes pre-loaded with gifts, that’s only the beginning of what you can offer to your members. If you want to add new gifts, you can go to the Manage Gifts page and select the “Add Ning Gifts” link to choose new, pre-made gifts to offer. Or, you can create your own unique custom gift.

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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

The 4-Second Rule matters more than ever

In July, we introduced the 4-Second Rule as an important secret to success on Ning Networks. According to the 4-Second Rule, if your Main Page is still struggling to load after 4 seconds, you’ve probably lost your chance to win over a new member.

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