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    Add new photo and others (privacy and comments options)


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      Donna I've added the bug issue for the blog with no privacy settings selected.
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      Donna I'm checking on the image you have embedded as I thought it was fixed in our 4.9.3 but that might be something else. I will update this thread once I see further.
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      Donna Please explain the issue in more detail for us, noting the improvements we mentioned for user privacy that are coming in 4.9.3. If this is that issue, it is already being worked on. If it is something else, please describe further.

      Please when explaining, if you can explain with some written text that would be great so we can read the issue and then check photos. As the photos are breaking our security lock, we will need to remove them soon as Google and other browsers are getting very strict now. If you could, please load photos to a secure site.

      Thank you!
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    Edit My Profile
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      PoeticJustice Hi [231316,Donna]

      You mentioned internet privacy laws etc.

      I personally hide all these shown above, as it looks so messy on signup.

      I also dont show the profile fields on the personal profiles.

      But if your terms and conditions state that this data has to be public etc so admin can see, surely thats ok?
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      Donna This looks like it would be a customization. Due to various internet privacy laws, you would want to be careful what you disable and this doesn't look like something we would add as a script feature.
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    cPanel .ftp backup using JetBackup by JetApps
    Wanted to share an excellent experience with a great product. 

    Brief background: Host has been backing up site automatically for over a year, and there was always 1 weekly and 4-5 recent dailys.  Somewhere along the way, this changed due to less available space on my VPS (although I always made sure there was 40-50% available which originally was enough).  Anyway, due to a recent issue, I required a restore and found out they were only keeping the most recent day (plus weekly).  Manual backup have not been working in the past 2 weeks due to a cPanel issue.  Sooooo... I finally addressed something I started to but never completed.

    Solution.  JetBackup to the rescue.  I purchased a Windows-based app a while ago to backup directly from .ftp to .ftp, but it was simply too slow.  JetBackup (a 'whopping' $4/mo) is incredible.  They installed it to cPanel/WHM for me (at no charge) and I may no backup whatever I wish - manually or on schedule - and it's quick (just as quick as my cPanel manual backups used to be from .ftp to .ftp).  So, no I can schedule my own offsite backups however I wish (some daily, some weekly, some (like databases) several times a day. 

    The pre-sale questions and early questions after installation were responded to and answered in between several minutes to 30 minutes.  So, support is excellent.  Flexibility is awesome.  Speed/performance is fast.  Easy to setup/configure and monitor what's going on.  Oh - and @ $4/mo it's a no-brainer (my Windows-based backup cost around $300 plus updates plus support). 

    So, in case anyone's looking for their own cPanel backup solution, JetBackup should be on your list to checkout. 

    What recommendations do you have for your VPS/Dedicated Server configuration (not asking about clusters - that's an entirely different ballgame)?

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      Donna Nice tip! One more tip from me is to make sure your site is offline when backing up or it can cause corrupt backups. Best thing to do is schedule when the site is less active, set it to maintenance and then do the backup.

      I use cazaratech hosting who has automated offsite backup free with their plans. VPS is only $5 per month and cloud is I think $19. Self-contained vps and cloud so you aren't sharing anything with other sites. I don't use cpanel as it takes too many resources and I prefer to keep those for my sites.
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    Errors during sign up (Fresh installation)
    Hi! I downloaded and installed yesterday (fresh install) the latest version of SE 4.9.2p1

    The issue I have is that I cannot get a user to sign up because I get errors like show in the photo.

    It starts by going to sign up url (partyreports.com/signup)
    I fill my information in
    I click next and get an error like Not valid email, passwords do not match, I haven't accepted the terms and conditions.. and shows me again the form to fill my info in

    I fill everything in again..

    Then I get the error with the stack trace as shown in the attached image.

    Can anyone help or suggest anything?

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      Donna Are you sure your server meets the requirements? We aren't seeing this issue on other sites, that I know of, so you might want to send a ticket in to support.
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    Real social networks and where we going wrong
    I was thinking in to create this post some months ago, but every time that I start to write it something happens and I need to stop. Lets see if I can complete this mission today :)

    In first place what I will explain below may not be appliable to your social network, each niche has its own rules, so if you think that there is something interesting about your public please share in the comments.

    I am managing a community for 3 years and I learned much with my users and in a discussion I started to talk about what we may improve and the main answer was be more Facebook or Twitter. In the same moment I said "What?!?". 

    This was not the first time that users asked me to make the website more like Facebook or Twitter, but was the first where my members started to agree among them that the website should be more like Facebook or Twitter. I asked them to be more specific, but no one was able to give a good answer. Here i decided to analyse what make others social network be popular even when people are not using them.

    I started to analyse different social networks and I found some interesting points. I will not share everyone here because if I do this topic may become huge, but the main point is the simplicity.

    Did you noticed that Facebook, Twitter or any other bigger networks doesnt have a section to album, video or music except if this type of content is the central element of the community? Did noticed that most social networks has a really simple layouts with few navigation options?

    Social network softwares (like SE) are made to be useful to most different website users, but I learned that this doesnt mean that we need to "display" all features. My users really share images, but there is no necessity of the album section, my users also share videos, but rarely need to go to the video section. So here is the point, sometimes the high number of sections and features give confuses users rather than showing that the site has many options.

    So think that is really essencial for your network, sometimes just hide a section that is not used will give to your network a new fresh air that is was needing.
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      PoeticJustice I may do not different when I start out.

      Before I start, branding is literally key to me as I have helped brand clothing labels etc in the past.

      So the name and logo has to be on point. And if I can't obtain ALL the social media handles or .com

      Then I'll scrap the name completely.
      Keeping name below 15 characters is something I aim for to secure a twitter handle.

      Also when building a social network to me I want to build a brand, not a social network.

      I don't want to be referred to as "that social network for cat lovers" "that social network for cake maker" "that social network for type writer collectors"

      I want to be a name.
      So I try to market the social network as an addition to a service.

      And when deciding on features, I work from a white board.... and I roll the features out on stages.

      I would be silly to buy 20 plugins because they sound cool then upload to site, and be like enjoy all these features.... that would be mad of me to do.

      So would plan to release features in stages, so the community is like "dammmm these guys mean it, constantly working and giving us new features" "omg all these new features what could be next" hashtag excited hashtag bossstatus

      Work out your target audience and just hit them, use all big social networks for hashtags and Engadge with the people you want on your site.

      Insterestingly I read the other day

      AirBnB = No Real Estate
      Uber = Has No Cars
      Facebook = Creates no content
      Amazon = Has no stores
      Bitcoin = no currency and no physical coins
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      gs Great post and comments by Sieg, Mikel and Donna.

      Yes, I learned this lesson decades ago (but still have to hammer it into my head) when demoing software for clients (which is what converted me from sales into consulting - finding out what's needed first).

      Different content for different niches. Sometimes the answer hurts ('you mean all this time and money I spent isn't what you want??? - oh you're right - I never asked you what you wanted in the first place did I'). But sometimes in an effort to 'cover the bases' we simply add too much that no one (or too few Users) uses (at least not in the way we think).

      Always good to regroup and think/plan our sites better as to what we're trying to accomplish. Are we trying to show what's possible with software or are we trying to honour our Users' interests and grow our community by focusing on something we (and they) are genuinely interested in (and if so, what tools/apps/processes best address these needs).

      This is why I appreciate many of Kyles posts here at SE too - they often bring me back on point when I stray off the beaten path.

      Thanks for posting :)
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      Mikel Coreclark Hello.
      Mikel here. owner of www.majuuna.com
      Please if I may ad something to this discussion. Just 2 real points:
      Like you I did some research of my own a long time ago. I checked facebook and mentally took it apart to see how it works.
      1: Absolutely right, keep your network simple. don't overload it with apps / modules.
      2: Yes facebook is huge with a few members :o) but what I found was that although facebook is simple yet its strength is not the subject matter. The only thing keeping facebook alive is the members. I know that many people leave facebook all the time but many times visit (just like myself) time and again. The reason is although I have left facebook all my friends are still addicted to and use facebook because their friends are on facebook.
      So the hardest job for any new social network is to convince people that you have a community worth joining by attracting members as individuals. What I have just realised is I have to attract groups of people. Groups of friends or people with common interests. The best way to achieve this is to create mini groups, blogs, events, movies reviews, forums and other groups on your network such as photography, sports, cooking, auto. I am soon going to be launching a fresh marketing campaign to attract new members.
      My target to start with will be the obvious, food, drink, cinemas, activities. Targeting these social locations could be a great start.
      I am not going to create flyers, I'm going to get printed napkins, serviettes, as most places serve food and drink it could be a way in as these are placed on tables or on bars and everyone uses them.

      Well enough said.
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    How can I add a Widget in between of an activity feed like in facebook?
    Hi all,
    I was looking to add some widgets to add after some particular no of feed like after 5 feeds or 10 feeds in between of an activity feed process?
    As in Facebook you might have seen that after 5 feed there is an suggestion for friends come or some ads or other things.
    So I just wanted to know is this possible to do in SocialEngine or have any of you guys have done this earlier?
    If yes than can you help me to achieve this or no than can you suggest how I can get this done?

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      SocialEngineSolutions [246165,Rajesh Kumar Rathor] : Yes, we have this solutions in our "Advanced News & Activity Feeds Plugin: https://www.socialenginesolutions.com/social-engine/advanced-news-activity-feeds-plugin/" where you can show the Ads (created using SocialEngine Ads) and friends suggestions just like Facebook (using People You May Know plugin: https://www.socialenginesolutions.com/social-engine/people-you-may-know-plugin/).
      You can view the demo here: http://demo.socialenginesolutions.com/ .
      Test account details: test1@sesolutions.com / 123456
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      Donna You would need to code something for this or have it made. Most likely as a module and use hooks so you don't fiddle with editing source in the feed. I'm not sure if there's a plugin for this already. Did you check the marketplace?
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      Ankit Bhardwaj How to close a post?
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    About Me on members profile page
    Does anyone know how i would let members add HTML to about me, So members can add autoplaying youtube videos etc in About Me,

    As younet has now done away with Advanced Layout Editor there not updating anymore it’s a real shame as my members loved it so now members have no HTML.

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      francesco pillininini If anyone comes up with this plugin i would buy it! :)
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      PoeticJustice Sorry to hijack this a bit, as this is an important point that you have touched on.

      I have very strong opinions on profile signup and data etc.

      I may raise this also as feature request on git hub. But as I love @SocialEngineSolutions Im also going to give them the idea of a plugin.... because I would buy it.

      Start off, the profile fields default widget is not great.
      It shows all the data entered on signup, unless admin chooses to hide it, to which affects the actual users profile when viewing own profile, because they loads of warnings saying (only you and admin can see this)

      Admin viewing all profiles sees the horrible warnings of (only you and admin can see this)

      And in browse members this same message is displayed, if you decided to show that data on browse members,

      which affects the tables.

      So a plugin called Advance Profile Fields Widget would be awesome, when adding the widget it shows all the prole questions, and you simply tick what want shown on that profile type page.

      If only Name and about me is ticked then thats all you see.

      That would be the best plugin ever, because I hate that there isnt a widget purely for about me tied to the about me specific profile question.

      @SocialEngineSolutions If you make this, I will buy it.
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      PoeticJustice [271,francesco pillininini] I must say that [176288,SocialEngineSolutions] are the best if you have a query, then message them guys
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    HTML editor
    I was creating a custom menu for my website when I noticed that it suddenly stopped updating. I've played with the characters and began to realize that it appears as though it has a character limit. Has anyone else encountered this issue?
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      Donna One of our lead developers checked and said the code has no restrictions for this. He said the database itself can have a limit but he doubts you are putting that much in it.

      He said it would be helpful for you to post the code you are trying to add as it could have html errors or something.
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      Brandon Buchanan From my understanding there is a difference between characters and lines of code. If this block has a character limit it will hinder the number of lines you can add.
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      Brandon Buchanan Does the HTML block in the layout editor have a character limit?
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    Twitter logo - need feedback please
    Hello friends, after i have enabled twitter service on my website , when i go to compose new message page the twitter icon appears on the bottom to publish my message also on twitter ... i think this is an error first of all because why should i publish on twitter a private message ?
    Please give me some feedback if this is happening also for you ...thank you !

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      Gabry If already posted this i will like to ask ... is any way to disable the ADD Link, photo etc. ? I know i can hide them by css code, but maybe someone has another idea. Thank you !
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      Donna This appears to be a bug. Have you already submitted it to our Github issue tracker?
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