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A Message from Our CEO

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every Network Creator for your continued support!  On behalf of the entire Ning Interactive team, I can tell you that we’re motivated and inspired by the communities you’ve created and are dedicated to helping you and your networks succeed. 

The past few years have been challenging, both to our employees and more so to you, our Network Creators, but I can confirm that’s all in the past now.  We’re committed to developing our people, strengthening our platform, and reopening the lines of communication while rebuilding our own community here on Creators.  We’re excited for the future and the opportunity to work with you, and we hope to exceed your expectations.

Since taking ownership of Ning Interactive Inc. on October 1, 2016, we have focused on stabilizing our environment and fixing old, outstanding bugs.  We canceled the rate increase that was scheduled to go into effect October 1st of last year and increased our billing and technical support hours to be 24/7.  We’re investing capital in infrastructure and human resources, all to ensure the success of our customers, platform, and scalability.

As we start a new year, we’re shifting our focus to features, functionality, and customer transparency.  Below is a list of some (but by no means all) of our Ning 3.0, Q1 objectives for 2017:

  • Add Features: Events, Search, Chat, and Paid Access
  • Restart 2.0 to 3.0 migrations
  • Establish a new NC Council to participate in the creation of a new Product Roadmap
  • Successful implementation of at least two customer-driven features
  • Weekly status updates here on Creators

As CEO, I want to hear directly from you how we’re doing in the following areas:

  • Customer Support:  Are we doing better or worse? What aren’t we doing that you would like to see?
  • Transparency & Communication:  Are we communicating as much as you’d like?  What else would you like to hear from us?
  • Existing Features & Functionality:  Issues you’ve encountered using them, how they can be improved, etc.
  • Ning Network Design Tools:  What tools can be improved? What additional tools are needed?

If there is anything that we can do to improve our service to you, I will listen.  Send your feedback to CEOtalk@ning.com, and please be sure and include your network’s URL in your message.   I look forward to hearing from you!

Our developers also want to hear your perspective on which features and functionalities you find useful or would like to see in the future.  We'll monitor your feedback for future consideration, using it to fine tune improvements to existing features and new features added to the Product Roadmap.  In some cases, we may respond directly for further clarification.  Message DeveloperTalk@ning.com, including your network’s URL, to share your insights with the team. 

In closing, we have much work ahead of us, not the least of which includes earning back your trust. However, with a new team and renewed focus, coupled with your restored trust and partnership, we’re energized to make 2017 our best year yet!

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  • I'm working on a list, or thoughts to send on to you however I would like to stress that many of us have been paying for our own 'Chat' in 3.0 while we waiting for Ning to issue theirs.  It's been a lonnnng three years.   Please, please, please consider issuing this first and ease our pocketbooks. 

    • Hard to beleve its now three years since 3.0 and still no chat, no search, events , no archive/backuop etc. Crazy!  2.0 ningchat is lame outdated but at least don'thave to pay for it. Cometchat is too expensive!! especialy with ning being expensive to begin  with.

    • Could you share your list with us here Kos?

      We've been using CometChat for 2 years now and for us the chat is massively important - including chatrooms and saving conversations etc 

      So we're with you on chat - but not a basic *crap* chat something more sophisticated and user friendly then the old native Ning 2.0 chat :)

      • Mike The "wish list" I sent to Nings Developer?  Sure.  Although you'll see I'm not much into "bling".  At least I made my voice heard.

        1. Chat chat chat.  Those of us on 3.0 are currently paying a third-party provider for three years now with 3.0 unfinished and it's a nightmare!  Cannot emphasize enough how badly we need 'chat' added to 3.0.  I realize many sites will want a dynamic chat with video chat, embed photos, emoticons and files.  Hopefully Ning is listening
        2. Get the broadcast message working again.
        3. API released
        4. Paid access.  This is killer and we lost many a site due to it not being added to 3.0.  Let's get it added so we can grab some of those money makers back!
        5. Internal 'search'.  Embedding an outside search is horrible and it looks like crap.
        6. Facebook "share" button inside posts.  We have a "like" button which blows.  We really need to 'share' and get out articles out there for discussion on Facebook.
        7. Ability to display the photo titles overhead on the photo list page.  See rough idea at my site http://stockbuz.net/charts
        8. The Creator of http://bizzssite.ning.com/ (John Bizley) previously re-designed his photo page to allow the smaller photos to be displayed at the bottom OR along the side (which looks slick btw). 
        9. He also installed hidden arrows to navigate right/left.  This should be standard.  You can see below or visit my site http://stockbuz.net/charts/import-vulnerable
        10. Photo sideshow ability added to Site Builder.
        11. Sitemap
        12. "Scroll to top" button.
        13. Get rid of the "more" when it comes to categories being displayed.  It's ludicrous and no one ever checks beneath more.  Extend our (or drop below) to show the additional categories.  Must more professional.
        14. Add a little transition/transform to those photos when hovered.  Looks great!
        15. Enhance Activity Feed to reflect buttons to add a photo and post to Facebook/Twitter.
        16. Change the 'class' for the RSS output.   Currently it's tied to 'post titles' and looks ridiculously LARGE.  It needs it's own setting and needs to show selection in Design Studio.
        17. Import/Export.  Let's get some websites back that we lost!  They'll want to bring their data with them.
        18. Add a box in Site Builder where you can opt to 'hide' the header on that page being created.  Just check the box - done!
        19. Add a box in Site Builder to will allow a different background image to be uploaded to the page being created.
        20. Dropdown boxes to view posts by category or month
        21. "Next post" and "Prior post" buttons at the bottom of posts.
        22. Ability to "view full size" of all photos.  Maybe add a button?
        23. Events
        24. Emoticons
        25. Ability to display "lead images" as a Group on the home page representing the most recent posts.  We've fielded several requests for this design the last few years and I strongly suggest you consider adding this layout.
        26. Other sharing options as well as email and print buttons in posts.  I realize I'm not explaining this properly but here's a website we've lost member to as an example of the layout http://americac2c.onsocialengine.com/
        27. Lastly (I can dream) the ability to add a field below a post that reflects "You Might Be Interested In" with 3-5 posts from within the site based on similar tags.
      • Mike The "wish list" I sent to Nings Developer?  Sure.  Although you'll see I'm not much into "bling".  At least I made my voice heard.

        1. Chat chat chat.  Those of us on 3.0 are currently paying a third-party provider for three years now with 3.0 unfinished and it's a nightmare!  Cannot emphasize enough how badly we need 'chat' added to 3.0.  I realize many sites will want a dynamic chat with video chat, embed photos, emoticons and files.  Hopefully Ning is listening
        2. Get the broadcast message working again.
        3. API released
        4. Paid access.  This is killer and we lost many a site due to it not being added to 3.0.  Let's get it added so we can grab some of those money makers back!
        5. Internal 'search'.  Embedding an outside search is horrible and it looks like crap.
        6. Facebook "share" button inside posts.  We have a "like" button which blows.  We really need to 'share' and get out articles out there for discussion on Facebook.
        7. Ability to display the photo titles overhead on the photo list page.  See rough idea at my site http://stockbuz.net/charts
        8. The Creator of http://bizzssite.ning.com/ (John Bizley) previously re-designed his photo page to allow the smaller photos to be displayed at the bottom OR along the side (which looks slick btw). 
        9. He also installed hidden arrows to navigate right/left.  This should be standard.  You can see below or visit my site http://stockbuz.net/charts/import-vulnerable
        10. Photo sideshow ability added to Site Builder.
        11. Sitemap
        12. "Scroll to top" button.
        13. Get rid of the "more" when it comes to categories being displayed.  It's ludicrous and no one ever checks beneath more.  Extend our (or drop below) to show the additional categories.  Must more professional.
        14. Add a little transition/transform to those photos when hovered.  Looks great!
        15. Enhance Activity Feed to reflect buttons to add a photo and post to Facebook/Twitter.
        16. Change the 'class' for the RSS output.   Currently it's tied to 'post titles' and looks ridiculously LARGE.  It needs it's own setting and needs to show selection in Design Studio.
        17. Import/Export.  Let's get some websites back that we lost!  They'll want to bring their data with them.
        18. Add a box in Site Builder where you can opt to 'hide' the header on that page being created.  Just check the box - done!
        19. Add a box in Site Builder to will allow a different background image to be uploaded to the page being created.
        20. Dropdown boxes to view posts by category or month
        21. "Next post" and "Prior post" buttons at the bottom of posts.
        22. Ability to "view full size" of all photos.  Maybe add a button?
        23. Events
        24. Emoticons
        25. Ability to display "lead images" as a Group on the home page representing the most recent posts.  We've fielded several requests for this design the last few years and I strongly suggest you consider adding this layout.
        26. Other sharing options as well as email and print buttons in posts.  I realize I'm not explaining this properly but here's a website we've lost member to as an example of the layout http://americac2c.onsocialengine.com/
        27. Lastly (I can dream) the ability to add a field below a post that reflects "You Might Be Interested In" with 3-5 posts from within the site based on similar tags.
      • Mike you mean the 'wish list' I sent to Ning Developers?  Oh boy.  Well bear in mind I'm not big on 'bling' but sure, I'll share.  Here goes:

        1. Chat chat chat.  Those of us on 3.0 are currently paying a third-party provider for three years now with 3.0 unfinished and it's a nightmare!  Cannot emphasize enough how badly we need 'chat' added to 3.0  Note:  I realize many of you need the ability to video chat, upload photos and files.  Hopefully Ning will implement this. 
        2. Get the broadcast message working again.
        3. Release API
        4. Paid access.  This is killer and we lost many a site due to it not being added to 3.0.  Let's get it added so we can grab some of those money makers back!
        5. Internal 'search'.  Embedding an outside search is horrible and it looks like crap.
        6. Facebook "share" button inside posts.  We have a "like" button which blows.  We really need to 'share' and get out articles out there on Facebook.
        7. Ability to display the photo titles overhead on the photo list page.  See rough idea at my site http://stockbuz.net/charts
        8. The Creator of http://bizzssite.ning.com/ (John Bizley) previously re-designed his photo page to allow the smaller photos to be displayed at the bottom OR along the side (which looks slick btw).  He also installed hidden arrows to navigate right/left.  This should be standard.  You can visit my site http://stockbuz.net/charts/import-vulnerable or see below.


        9. Photo sideshow ability added to Site Builder.
        10. Sitemap
        11. "Scroll to top" button.  I have code if you need.
        12. Get rid of the "more" when it comes to categories being displayed.  It's ludicrous and no one ever checks beneath more. 
        13. Extend our (or drop below) to show the additional categories.  Must more professional.
        14. Add a little transition/transform to those photos (enlarge) when hovered.  Looks great!
        15. Enhance Activity Feed to reflect buttons to add a photo and post to Facebook/Twitter.
        16. Change the 'class' for the RSS output.   Currently it's tied to 'post titles' and looks ridiculously LARGE.  It needs it's own setting and needs to show selection in Design Studio.
        17. Import/Export.  Let's get some websites back that we lost!
        18. Add a box in Site Builder where you can opt to 'hide' the header on that page being created.  Just check the box - done!
        19. Add a box in Site Builder to will allow a different background image to be uploaded to the page being created.
        20. Dropdown boxes to view posts by category or month
        21. "Next post" and "Prior post" buttons at the bottom of posts.
        22. Ability to "view full size" of all photos.  Maybe add a button?
        23. Events
        24. Emoticons
        25. Ability to display "lead images" as a Group on the home page representing the most recent posts.  We've fielded several requests for this design the last few years and I strongly suggest you consider adding this layout. I realize I'm not explaining this properly but here's a website we've lost member to as an example of the layout http://americac2c.onsocialengine.com/
        26. Other sharing options as well as email and print buttons in posts.
        27. Lastly (I can dream) the ability to add a field below a post that reflects "You Might Be Interested In" with 3-5 posts from within the site based on similar tags.
      • I had CometChat for a year but recently cancelled it because it slowed down the site too much. I, on Ning 2, though, which seems to be slower than 3 in any case.
    • Yes! Please!

  • Great news Ning and looking forward to 2017.

    My site is dependent on private groups, so getting groups working well is important.

  • Long Live Ning!

    It's nice to see that progress will be made in 2017. I know many NCs will be happy to have features provided for their networks by Ning, for free, that they have had to hire me and others to implement.

    You mentioned Features that NCs may want. Aside from my always popular Smileys, the biggest projects I have worked on include

    • Customized Searches, where the NC decides what to search on, and how the results are presented.
    • Easy to use sliders.
    • Infinite Scroll on List pages.
    • List of WHO Liked an item.
    • Notifications of Reply or Like of an item, via pop-up, accessible list from icon in the Ning bar, and email.
    • IM that works on phones and can be used to privately send photos.
    • Rewards/points/site currency to reward interaction on sites.

    I will be happy to see Ning implement these things as part of the platform.  I'll be here to customize whatever Ning creates, and supplement them with custom features.  Jen and I have both been here for many many years and we'll be here in the future!

    Best wishes to the Ning Team and all the NCs.  I believe that 2017 will be a great year for all of us!

    TJ

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