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Overview of Q3 and Ning Q4 2017 plan.

Better late than never - here is the product plan Q3 overview and Plans for Q4.
As you might have noticed, all the promised features have been released. We did our best to keep the deadlines and fit your expectations.
So here are Q3 updates:

1. Paid Access is finally live. It is even more than just old Paid Access, it is a great e-commerce platform with Stripe and PayPal integration. For now it is only available for beta-group, so if you forgot to ask for beta access, don’t miss your chance till Nov 3d.
2. Audio feature is live. Now you can easily create playlists, audio lessons, add audio tracks, podcasts, and any mp3 files. The feature has got a completely new design, which we think looks awesome.
3. Polls. Completely new feature for Ning, only available for Ning 3.0. Using Polls all Ning NCs can easily get up to date feedback from Network members.
4. The Design Studio got a few new templates, a bunch of new fonts and backgrounds to make it more user-friendly and provide flexibility of options you have in order to make your network modern and unique even without coding skills.
5. SSL certification had been implemented for all ning domain names.

Keeping in mind that we are living in the era of mobile devices all new features have been developed in a way so they would look great on mobile devices.

You could not miss how the Creators network changed, which is completely Kyryl’s merit, as is the new guide for Facebook integration.

And now as for the next steps, we are going to make:

1. Member ranking system
2. E-commerce platform wider development (donations, network membership, groups)
3. MailChimp Integration
4. SSL for custom domains, completely automated process.
5. Push notifications

Besides, there are lots of other improvements on the way, more related to back end, like the rework of the activity feed architecture and migration script (these are just the biggest ones so we simply can't help but highlight them).

As always we are happy to receive feedback from you, so feel free to drop us a line.

Sincerely yours,
Ning Team.

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        • Hi there!

          Yes, sorry how could I have forgotten the Archiver.

          According to the comment from the management, the Archiver tool could be possibly created next year but it's not the top priority at the moment.

          Best wishes,

          Ning Team. 

          • Thanks for letting us know, Kyryl, it is good that the Archiver tool is in the sights of the management, it will be a big relief to people to know their work is their own.

            Any word on the old chat being made available for those who cannot get along with the new one?

            And I notice today that the Latest Activity seems to be posting all the things it had stopped posting. That's good! :)

            • Anam what trouble are you experiencing with new Chat?  Ours has been operating well for a few months now.  Maybe it's time to give it another try (?)

              • Hi Kos, people can't get the idea of how to see who is online and even if they find the list it is random people some with green light beside their name even weeks after they were last on. Read messages show up again and again as unread. I find it almost unusable and that is me who is invested in trying to make it work. Others just can't be bothered trying to figure it out and I can't blame them, so effectively we do without chat. It's a pity
                • Hi Anam and Kos,

                  I have tried to reproduce the issue with read and unread messages you have described, but when I have used several test users it wasn't reproduced on my test network, so I guess there should be some specific conditions to make it happen. Have you noticed how much time usually it takes for the message to become unread one? Is it happening in the Main room or in private chats as well? As far as I have understood all the profiles are affected but please correct me if that's not right. 

                  Please provide me with this info so I could create the report to the tech team and we could see what is going wrong. Of course, I'll check the test messages tomorrow as well, as probably the issue could be reproduced with time but any help would be appreciated.

                  Best regards,

                  Ning Team.

                  • When I first come into the room, the old post from last night is still shown in the lower window - but it was already posted above.  Other glitches shown below

                    • Hi Kos,

                      I have tried to reproduce this issue on my PC but no luck with that. Could you please share the screenshot on this issue and please open the console in dev tools so I could see if there are any issues with the script.

                      Looking forward to hearing from you.

                      Best regards,

                      Ning Team.

                    • Thanks, I have updated the suggestion with your notes :-)

                      When I would hear something about this I'll let you know.

                      Best wishes,

                      Ning Team.

                    • To be honest, I think it depends on the SIZE of the network and how heavily they use Chat.  I think a "week" is most likely best because any heavy discussions should be documented as a post within the network.  You really don't want Chat weighted down (imo)

                    • No, not really although I will say, when I initially open chat, the chat screen is blank and I have to refresh the browser for chat to fully open and see posts made.  I've found that strange but never reported it.  It does it Firefox and Chrome.   Like I said, a tiny 'glitch'

                      The rest of the day we're up and chatting with no problems.

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