Since launching Ning 3.0, we've been heads down killing bugs and sneaking out minor yet important improvements. We now have a big update that will give you even more power and flexibility on your networks. The options we released today give you the ability to customize feature instances and run ads (or any HTML) on every page in your network's header and footer.
Adding content to Feature Instances
Head to the Site & Pages page in your network's Dashboard. Click on a Feature Instance page (Photos, Blog, Members, Forum or Social Channel) and you'll notice the 'Add Content' button is now present.
You can now add existing content to a feature instance, just like you are able to do on Custom Pages.
New layout options for Feature Instance pages
To increase flexibility with this new functionality, we've also added a couple of column layouts to the Feature Instance pages. In addition to a single column, you can now choose a 2-column or 3-column layout.
What's that? You want to change the width of the right hand column? Don't worry—we thought of that, too. If you choose one of the 2-column layouts, the sidebar size drop-down will appear:
Below Header and Above Footer HTML Boxes
For each of these boxes, you can click the "default below header/above footer HTML" link, which will present you with a lightbox where you can enter code that will run on every page that has the box checked. This option is designed for those of you who want to run leaderboard ads on all of the pages of your network without having to re-enter it on each page. It's also useful if you want to get the word out about a contest and have a sweet banner that needs to be seen on every page. Either way, you're covered.
If you don't want what you've entered in the default below header or above footer box to display on certain pages, simply uncheck the checkbox on those pages.
Finally, we snuck in fixes for some of the bugs on our Known Issues page:
- Network Like doesn't "stick" for photos
- Photos don't rotate in the correct direction
- Birthdays display one day earlier than actual birthday
- Unfeaturing photos doesn't remove "Featured Photos" category
We'll continue to smash bugs and release updates to Ning 3.0, so stay tuned!