As always, you can find the most recent updates in the Announcements from Ning Category, but here's a roundup of some of the recent releases, an insight into some of the backend work, and a hint at what's to come.
Ning 3.0 Updates
So far this year, we've released the ability to sort content by latest activity, module-specific visibility settings, and comment walls for pages and groups. These updates have been worked on concurrently with the larger Design Studio Update that will be released soon. Comment walls have been one of the most requested tweaks, so we're especially happy to bring this functionality to Network Creators.
There have also been some more technical, backend releases that have helped reduce the amount of loading errors on Ning 3.0 Networks, fixed some bugs related to HTML characters and duplicate content, and other minor tweaks.
Monica updated you on migration status a few weeks ago. Since then, we've been reaching out to more Network Creators during the beta migration stage and getting the whole advocacy team up to speed on how to migrate networks so that all hands can be on deck. This is another area we've been making some significant backend headway on, working to find ways to streamline the process. Monica will have more information in a migration-specific update later this week.
What's Up Next?
The Design Studio Updates are nearing completion and we'll be giving some beta testers a first look at the new functionality this week, with an anticipated release next week (pending any major changes that the beta testers identify as needed). When the updates are released, you'll get the full details, but to give you an idea of how big a release this will be, here are some of the highlights:
- 10 new themes with more on the way
- Updated organization of panels and new controls so you can fine-tune your network's look.
- Tab Containers - a new type of content module that will allow you to add elements as tabs within a page.
… and we're saving a couple of big changes that we think you'll like for the release announcement
UPDATE 2/18/14: Thanks to feedback from the beta testers, we're retooling some aspects of the Design Studio Updates and now are looking at an anticipated release the week of February 24th.
Further Down The Road
As the engineering team wraps up work on the Design Studio Updates, we'll be looking at what major feature to tackle next. We look at a variety of factors when determining the priority of features including available resources, how many networks the feature will impact, what infrastructure must be in place for the feature, and what the anticipated complexity of the feature will be. We can't say too much more about what the next focus feature will be as the discussions are currently in progress, but we'll let you know as soon as we can.
Thanks again for all the feedback and input you've provided along the way. As always, you can give feedback here on Creators or through this form. You can also see the Known Issues we're working on and the Feature Requests that we're considering in addition to the Product Roadmap.