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. You can also catch up on the previous progress update here.
Ning 3.0 Updates
Since mid-February, the Engineering team has been pumping out updates:
Much-requested RSS Modules are now available so you can bring in external (or internal) content like news listings, blogs, etc, to any page.
One of the biggest changes was the release of the Design Studio V2, with new themes, new functionality, and finer controls. More recently, the Design Studio has seen some minor updates and bug fixes. We also rolled out Profile Page Layouts and Tab Containers that allow you to layer multiple features in one tabbed area and have more control over the appearance of Profile Pages.
At the time of the last update, we were still in beta with migration tools. A lot has happened in the last six weeks and after we opened up migration requests to Sandbox Group Members, we were able to open it to the general public as the official start of Phase One. We're also working on new Help Center Articles to help guide NCs through the migration process, including What to expect when you're migrating, Setting up your Ning 3.0 Network Post-Migration, and a quick reference list of Ning 2.0 equivalents in Ning 3.0. All our advocates have been on deck, migrating networks and working closely with the engineering team to perform content checks and make sure everything looks good. I've even grabbed some migration tickets and performed a few myself to make sure I know the process inside and out.
Our Migration Guides have received more than 120 migration requests. Thanks to input from Network Creators and investigation by our Support & Advocacy Migration Guides, our engineering team has identified and resolved almost 100 bugs or improvements related to migration and are continually tweaking the process to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible.
We've been seeing some great transitions so far and are in the process of compiling some of the stories to share with you.
What's Up Next?
Following feedback related to the way migration handles large amounts of pages on a Ning 2.0 Network, we're developing a new feature called Articles that should solve some of the headaches surrounding this.
Activity feed updates, including the much requested "more" function are also in development at the moment and the team recently started work on forum-level email notifications which will allow members to opt into receiving even more updates from your network.
We're also finalizing the plan for migrating Creators to Ning 3.0 and are looking for some great Network Creator contributions for our relaunched NC Blogs feature. Look for more information and submission guidelines later this week.
Further Down The Road
There have been a couple of recent discussions around the topics of what features you and your members feel should take priority over others. While we've already been tracking a lot of this feedback, we'd love to be able to take some really specific, targeted information from the members of Creators back to higher management. We've created a quick survey requesting the two main features that you need in order to make Ning 3.0 work better for you and for your members. You can fill out the survey here. We'll be collecting responses for about a week and then compiling a report to help determine what features receive a bump in prioritization.