We're happy to report that by the end of this week a new mobile experience will be rolled out to all Ning Networks. This upgrade is a complete re-write of the old Ning mobile experience. It's built-in, completely free, and offers a lot more options for driving activity.
The contrast between the old and new couldn't be more different. The old mobile interface was originally released around the same time Apple unveiled their App Store. We've been upgrading the mobile version regularly over time, but we knew it was high time for a thorough rebuild and redesign. We chose future-friendly HTML5 because it allows us to create a great-looking experience across numerous mobile devices. We were able to create something that's high quality and that provides a frictionless experience for users. And it's an excellent base for adding more to the mobile version down the road. Let's take a look at a few things the new Ning Mobile offers.
The old and new are radically different, but the look of the new probably won't throw you for a loop. It's designed in a familiar app-like way. It provides the same kind of swiping and tapping gestures most people are used to performing with their iOS and Android devices. It's optimized for smartphones so your members can access it easily with the devices they already use every day. You won't need any advanced design skills or a $100 Apple App Store developer's license to publish, either. The new mobile version will be consistent and running in the background all the time. Most important: It's very stable.
While the old version didn't provide many options for customization, the new Ning Mobile lets Ning Creators choose which features and pages they want to appear — in the order they prefer. There's also many more features available in the new mobile experience. You can add pages to display Latest Activity, Members, Blogs, Photos, Forum, a member's Profile Page, Groups, Events, an RSS feed, and even custom HTML pages. This greatly expands a Ning community's mobile presence and possibilities, and we're excited to watch as the entire Ning Platform adopts this new mobile version.
Most of the administrative settings will probably be pretty self-explanatory. A few details to keep in mind:
As always, we're big fans of our customers' opinions, so let us know what you think about the new mobile version. How have your members used the mobile version of Ning in the past? What can we do to help make their mobile experience even better going forward — and make your community even more vibrant and active?
Are you going to add more features later?
Undoubtedly! We've included as much as we could with this initial release. It includes a whole lot more than the old version ever did, but the new mobile interface will still not contain every detail of your Ning Network. The most-used features are included, but we may add more features over time. For example, adding chat or private messaging capabilities are requests we've heard from Network Creators.
Can I customize the design using advanced CSS?
One major goal of this project has been to make the viewing experience as standardized, compact and reliable as possible, so there aren't any CSS design alteration options at this point.
Can I change some of the wording of the interface?
Yes! Many new language strings for the mobile version have been added to the Language Editor, so chances are you can change the wording where you like.
Can I run ads on my mobile site?
We'll be rolling out an optional ad solution for Network Creators shortly that will include the ability to run Ning Ads on the desktop and mobile versions of your site.
Will tablet users see the same thing as smartphone users?
We've initially chosen to point tablet users to the desktop version. However, we'll be watching usage by tablets carefully, and we may change this in the future and provide an option for you to control this detail.
Can my members upload photos?
This depends on your phone or tablet computer. Many mobile browsers include the ability to upload photos, but the iPhone and iPad do not currently include this capability. However, Apple has indicated that the upcoming iOS 6 version of their software will include the ability for the mobile Safari browser to upload photos. Apple has said this upgrade will happen this fall.
Can I create my own Apple or Android app?
We've focused the Ning Mobile project on designing the mobile web interface, but if you do want a specially branded app, we heartily recommend our third-party partner, ShoutEm. They make beautiful apps for networks that require a higher level of branding or a specialized member experience.
I am delighted with the new version phone, with groups, because in my network there are several players who booked their radio and android systems works perfectly playback does not lock, if the signal is rather smooth. gracais for this great improvement.
so if you want what is estou chat, as users of vastante exijen mired that I can put the chat on the mobile version.
see you soon and thank you very good all you have done.
estoy encantado con la nueva versión movil, con los grupos, ya que en mi red hay varios que han alojado sus reproductores de radio y en los sistemas android funciona perfectamente la reproducción no se traba, si no que la señal es bastante fluida. gracais por esta gran mejora.
lo que si estou es que quiero lo del chat, ya que los usuarios de mired me exijen vastante que se pueda colocar el chat en la versión móvil.
hasta pronto y gracias muy bueno todo lo que han hecho.
Only if we could choose an icon to be kept by default in the cellphones Descktop , then this would become a web based application and not a native application. The difference is that although it works exactly like a native application should not be downloaded at a store like Android or Apple.
This would look something like this:
+1. That would be ideal.
I know this is something that is coming with iOs6. The ability for HTML5 apps to be bookmarked, but have a logo and appear as though they are a native app. Google it.
That shouldn't be too difficult to include in Mobile. That's very similar to how we add images in Design Studio.
I know this is something simple to Ning. After how far they have come to the mobile version, this is just a touch to end a work of art.
Alexander: I did suggest this type of "put this site on your mobile desktop" option based on some direct requests by NCs in the beta group, but we ultimately decided not to include that option. This is just my own opinion, but I am frustrated by websites that attempt to make me do that. Of course, your members could choose to do that on their own.
How about we make this setting an option (desktop icon as default or not) for admins? While some people may not want it for their own networks, I'm sure this will be popular among many NC's.
You can always delete the app icon from your phone if a user decides they no longer want it as an actual 'app'.
No plans for that, Sean, but I will pass along the sustained interest in that type of option.
No videos, Damion. Sorry, but I think we need an overhaul of video before adding that kind of detail, but if I hear otherwise, I will definitely let you know. I know this detail is probably the most important one for you.
This is great news! Hopefully this will fix the problem I'm having with the music player. It works fine, but it currently blocks the nav tabs.
where is chat ? please include chat room