It’s been a little over a week since we launched Leaderboards for your Ning Networks. Since then, we’ve been busy working on several new features to make your Network Leaderboards even more powerful. Many of these come straight out of the requests you made on the Ning Creators Network — Thanks for your feedback!
Early next week, we’ll be releasing three new tools you can use to help ensure that only legitimate members join your Ning Network. These opt-in features will help protect your Ning Network from spammers and bots, allow you to spend less time approving members and ensure that you have more time to engage your members. Soon, you’ll be able to utilize:
On Tuesday, September 2nd (or slightly thereafter depending on testing and QA), we’ll be releasing a new Tab Manager for your network.
The Tab Manager will enable you to modify the majority of your network’s navigation. You’ll be able to add top-level tabs, sub-tabs, and new pages to your social network from a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Today, I want to let you know about some changes we’ve made to our Terms of Service and supporting terms to reflect the launch of our new service. A number of these changes have been long requested by Network Creators who desire more control over their members’ online experience. These changes are designed to deliver more freedom and control to Network Creators and to enhance the experience of all users of the Ning platform.
Highlights of the major changes include:
With yesterday’s launch of the Ning Mini, Plus, and Pro plans, we rolled out a brand-new experience for Network Creators. You’ll notice it as soon as you sign in. We’ve replaced the old Manage page with a Dashboard, which offers a dynamic snapshot of your Ning Network.
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:
The most important action a member can take is signing up or signing in. If a member can’t do that, they won’t be able to do anything on your Ning Network.
It’s natural, then, that you should want to help anyone who has run into problems signing up or signing in. Now, you can do just that.
We’ve added a new contact form to the “Problems Signing In” page, as you see can below or here on Creators. Members who are having trouble signing up or signing in can use this form to contact your Ning Network’s administrators to let them know.
As promised, here’s the plan for a completely redesigned chat feature for your social network on Ning.
It’s taking us a bit longer to get it out the door because we’re rolling it out as a part of new photo, video and music flash players for your social network. All of these will come out in a release currently scheduled for February 26th and we’ll have more information on the new players shortly. But first, the new chat feature!
Update: This release is now live on your Ning Network.
Two new features we’re announcing today will help bring new members to your Ning Network, encourage them to stick around and make it easy to add content to both your Ning Network (and Twitter) from anywhere. Starting tomorrow, members will:
The Facebook integration we blogged about last week is now live on all Ning Networks. As part of this release, you’ll now see Facebook links next to the Twitter links on your content’s detail pages. In order to fully integrate with Facebook, though, you’ll need to set up the Facebook App. Luckily, it’s an easy two-step process, taking about 30 seconds from start to finish — and you can find instructions here.
Today, we’re rolling out a new Ning.com design with a new Ning Network discovery feature. Here’s the new Ning homepage:
This new design strives for a clean, simple and elegant design with pops of beautiful images to represent the diverse interests and passions across the Ning Platform. You’ll see these new visual changes across Ning, including the Creators, Developer, the Ning Help Center and here on the Ning Blog. Our new logo will also replace our old logo in the Ningbar you see at the top of your Ning Network. Here’s the new Ning About page: