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We are committing to one particular goal - reaching one million real members registered at UNA.io. In this blog, we will be sharing everything we do to reach that goal; all the wins, fails, tricks, and ideas. Everything. Real data.
Why a million members?
The total count of real members is quite simply... see more the most straightforward and universally relatable metric; however, it's not the best indicator of the site success, admittedly. For most sites, a better indicator would be the number of active users. For some, it would be the online users count. Even more specifically, you could measure impact, content volume, or indeed, revenue.
Well, first and foremost, we want this blog to serve as a source of inspiration and factual experimental data that other community builders can apply in their own initiatives. Focusing on revenue or any specialised performance indicator could be too far removed from the goals of many communities. While UNA.io is a software platform site with a unique market proposition, we hope to share findings that will work for anyone building a community site.
Setting the goal at a million is a milestone. We hope to reach it, surpass it, and set a new one. It also often seems to be a magic number, where any healthy community site finds sustained traction from viral expansion. A million members means that you've more or less figured out how to scale your software, hardware, support, and site administration. And unless you are building a Facebook clone, it also shows that you're likely one of the dominant players in your niche.
Are you building a web community?
Over the last 17 years, we have launched a number of community sites, some enjoying long-term success, some doing well for a short time, and most flopping quickly. If only we had read a blog like this 17 years ago!
Whatever kind of website you're creating - customer community, niche social network, interest-based club, online dating, social initiative, entertainment hub - this information is very likely to be useful.
We are using UNA - our own open-source platform - as the site software engine. You can use it too, but you don't have to. The information we are sharing is largely platform-agnostic. Using UNA would simply make it easier to reproduce any positive findings.
Starting from now
UNA.io was "soft-launched" a few months ago. We didn't promote it in any way since the main product was still in the active, pre-release, development stage. We have had a few registrations, and a little bit of organic traffic has been trickling in, but for the most part, UNA.io is making a fresh start.
As from the 1st of April, we have 110 registered members.

It does not seem like much, but it means that over a hundred real people have given us their precious time and have created an account on UNA.io. That is already a great start. About 2-3 new registrations come daily.
As for the traffic, we have reached about 10 daily active users, with 100 weekly, 200 fortnightly, and just over 300 monthly users. 

In future posts we will dive deeper into other metrics, like pageviews, sessions, visits, bounce rate and such. For now, active users seems to be the most relevant indicator to track. 
Next up, bringing more people in.
For most A/B tests and experiments with conversions, we need a broader scope of reference. Simply put, we need a bigger number to work with. Therefore, next week we will be concentrating on early efforts to bring more people in, building up the initial flow of registrations.
Do not miss the next post.
Missing the next post may mean missing the opportunity to learn how to promote your community in its early stages.
Simply create a free UNA.io account, and we will keep you updated about the new posts. Registration is free, and you do not have to create a public profile. The fun part is that by registering, you will help us to move one step closer to that '1,000,000' goal. Join and let us make history together!
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The App adds a new interesting feature on your site. It will allow your users to create video contets. Contest author may not take part in the competition, but if he wants he can became a one of the competitors. A contest may have 2, 3 or 4 competitors. The max number of competitors for the contest is... see more selected by its author during the creation. A contest automatically starts when necessary number of competitors was collected. When contest was started the other site members may vote and/or comment for contest's videos. During the contest creation the author should select its duration (in days). The duration starts to decrease immediately after the contest collected necessary number of competitors (started). When duration ends the contest will be automatically finished and competitors collect their scores. Main features:
Create a video contest.
Use categories to organize contests better.
Specify location (if it's needed).
Attach image which can help to describe a contest better and also make it more attractive.
Each contest has its own page with user friendly layout.
Share a contest's page in social networks.
Use Privacy settings to control an access to a contest view page and contest participation.
Vote for some video and comment it on afterwords.
Comment on a contest itself. User may do it without giving his vote to some video.
Author and all competitors will be notified when contest was started/finished.
Browsing capabilities:
Recent Contests block on home page.
Recent Contests page.
Popular Contests page.
Using categories.
Using search by keyword.
In Trident's Timeline.
etc.

Manage contests tool, which allows to easily manage your own contests in one place.
Administrator can limit a number of possible competitors (videos) per contest.
#extensions, #contets, #competitions, #videos, #opinions, #AQBSoft
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The fourth (and likely the final) beta of UNA 9 is, to put it mildly, extraordinary. Whole new modules, new features, core improvements and big-fixes in this update could easily justify a whole new version release. There is a lot! It is downloadable, upgradable and available now.
UNA v.9.0.0-B4 (beta... see more 4)
Significant changes:

Polls module
Files module
Stripe Connect module
Social Engine migration module
"Mark as featured" functionality
New "Protean" Template style mixes
Email notification for friend request
Default storage engine selection
Views engine improvements: views count and list of viewers
Events: reminders
Events: timeline post and browsing unit layout update
Events: new categories (old content is assigned to "Other" category)
Events/Groups: invite participants after creation
Albums/Posts: more paginate parameters
Timeline: new (additional) layout representation
Timeline: ability to post directly to site timeline
Timeline: embed.ly integration for posted links
Timeline: RSS feed
Timeline: "share" functionality
Notifications: "repost" notification
Forums: search improvements
Protean: updated system mix styling
Posts: new view for snippets and cards layout
Payments: allow to manage currencies and other improvements
Payments: Trial Mode for Stripe
Accounts manager: ability to reset passwords, edit email and subscription preferences.
OAuth2: editing Name & URI for key&secret
Studio: link to homepage was added to all Studio pages
Bugfixes

 
IMPORTANT
To make all new functions to work properly, add the following line to inc/header.inc.php: 

define('BX_SYSTEM_JAVA', '/path/to/java'); ///< path to java binary

before the following line:

define('BX_SYSTEM_FFMPEG', '/path/to/plugins/ffmpeg/ffmpeg.exe'); ///< path to ffmpeg binary

Replace /path/to/java to the real path to java binary.

 
Downloads
Please refer to UNA 9.0.0-B4 Release Note in GitHub for download link and more details.
 
All those new apps... what are they?
Most notably, we have Polls, Files and Stripe Connect apps in UNA now. 
Polls app allows your community members to post interactive surveys, polls, questions, with multiple-choice answer options. Reply/vote counts are represented as a bar chart, with options for anonymous or open voting. 
Files app is a file-sharing module, with support for various file formats and integrated "viewer". Site members can upload and share files, preview documents prior to download and choose visibility options. 
Stripe Connect adds additional layer to UNA Stripe payment system integration, allowing for automated distribution of funds to sellers in community Marketplace, powered by the UNA Market app. Visit https://stripe.com/connect for more info on Stripe Connect.
 
 
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Process Marketplace payments via Stripe Connect. Stripe handles multi-user payments, identity verification, tax reporting, and more. 
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Create surveys, polls, voting - collect feedback from community and let your members ask their own questions. 
Polls 9.0.0 Features
- UNA categories
- UNA visibility control
- UNA location setting
- UNA comments
- Multiple answer options
- Picture attachments 
- Anonymous voting
- "Hide results... see more until voted"
- Animated results chart
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Files managing module.
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This module allows to login or join the site using vk.com account credentials
#kolimarfey #vk #vkontakte #вконтакте #oauth
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The App adds a new interesting feature on your site. It will allow your users to create photo contets. Contest author may not take part in the competition, but if he wants he can became a one of the competitors. A contest may have 2, 3 or 4 competitors. The max number of competitors for the contest is... see more selected by its author during the creation. A contest automatically starts when necessary number of competitors was collected. When contest was started the other site members may vote and/or comment for contest's photos. During the contest creation the author should select its duration (in days). The duration starts to decrease immediately after the contest collected necessary number of competitors (started). When duration ends the contest will be automatically finished and competitors collect their scores.
Main features:
Create a photo contest.
Use categories to organize contests better.
Specify location (if it's needed).
Attach image which can help to describe a contest better and also make it more attractive.
Each contest has its own page with user friendly layout.
Share a contest's page in social networks.
Use Privacy settings to control an access to a contest view page and contest participation.
Vote for some photo and comment it on afterwords.
Comment on a contest itself. User may do it without giving his vote to some photo.
Author and all competitors will be notified when contest was started/finished.
Browsing capabilities:
Recent Contests block on home page.
Recent Contests page.
Popular Contests page.
Using categories.
Using search by keyword.
In Trident's Timeline.
etc.

Manage contests tool, which allows to easily manage your own contests in one place.
Administrator can limit a number of possible competitors (photos) per contest.
#extensions, #contets, #competitions, #photos, #opinions, #AQBSoft
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Do you want to EARN MONEY using your UNA script? If "YES" - this App is exactly for you. It allows you as site owner to provide (sell) advertising service to members of your site. Look: You are the owner of a good and well known site. You have been working too hard and now your members love your site.... see more They come to you to communicate each other, send messages, upload and share their videos and so on. Now your site has a lot of traffic and some of your members want to put their advertisement on your site. What do they do? They purchase advertisement and it will be shown on the page they choose (home page, profile pages, member accounts, etc. ). Your plan is fulfilled. You start to EARN MONEY. :)User end features list:
Two types of banners could be created:
text based
image based

See Screenshots №1 and №2.
Start your advertizing campaign at a definite date (possibly in future).
Possibility to select a pricing plan which is more comfortable for an advertiser. Available pricing plans are:
"pay per day" - user purchases a number of days when the banner will be displayed.
"pay per impression" - user purchases a number of banner impressions.
"pay per click" - user purchases a number of banner clicks.

Flexible discount system for "pay per day" pricing plan.
Select a page on which the block based banner will be displayed.
Place banner on all pages at once (in top and/or bottom banner holders which are placed in page header and footer accordingly). See Screenshot №3.
View statistic information (impressions, clicks, etc) for each of your banners. See Screenshot №2.
Update banner during the advertizing campaign.
Admin end features list:
Settings management with possibility to enable/disable "pay per day", "pay per impression" and "pay per click" pricing plans.
Free Mode - when it's enabled users may create banners for free. It's useful during a start up to let site members know about new feature.
Customizable banner types. See Screenshot №4.
Block management for banners which are displayed in page blocks.
Manage banner holder blocks using standard UNA's Page Builder in Studio.
Set separate prices for pricing plans ("pay per day", "pay per impression" and "pay per click"), for diffrenet pages, etc. See Screenshot №5.
Easily enable/disable banner's area on each page.
Possibility to use standard UNA's Permissions.
Translatable interface (using standard UNA's Studio Polyglot).
Dynamic banners rotator for areas with a number of active banners at the same time.
Manage banners tool, which allows to easily manage users' banners in one place.
#extensions, #money, #banner, #ads, #profit, #advertisement, #AQBSoft
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It is now possible to migrate from SocialEngine platform to UNA and keep all the data and media. In most cases, the move would require preparation of matching fields and installed apps in UNA instance, as well as consideration of any changes that may have been done to the stock SocialEngine installation. 
Our... see more assisted SocialEngine to UNA migration service includes preparation, test run and post-migration audit. If you feel confident about doing it yourself, feel free to download UNA package with the migration tool from the UNA GitHub repository.
 
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Community SupportCore AppsPremium Apps+ Direct Technical Support+ Cloud Hosting

* 1 site, 1 sandbox* Must display UNA banner* May be featured on una.io
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Community SupportCore Apps+ Premium Apps

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Community SupportCore AppsPremium Apps+ Direct Technical Support+ Cloud Hosting

* 1 site, 1 sandbox* Must display UNA banner* May be featured on una.io
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Manual review and assistance with migration from SocialEngine script to UNA platform. Just let us know and we will check your site before transfer in order to find all possible data for transfer and provide you with details and timeframe. 
To perform migration UNA script must be installed on the same... see more server with SocialEngine, or SocialEngine script must be transferred to the server where UNA site is located.
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The third beta is here, bringing improvements, new features and a number if important fixes. We are nearing the full release, with next update likely to be an RC. 
Download links and source code is here - https://github.com/unaio/una/releases/tag/9.0.0-B3. Beta3 is upgradable, so if you're using b2,... see more definitely update to b3. 
What's new:

New license - MIT
New modules icons
Favourites engine
Shopping cart improvements
Subscriptions/billing management
Security improvements
PHP7 compatibility fixes
Page cover improvements (cover area height & cropper)
Custom email header & footer
New date field for storing dates earlier than 1970
Conversation module improvements (add/remove participants, permission to edit main post)
Forum notifications remake
Invitation module improvements (show messages when invitation link is already used)
Some email templates were changed
Bugfixes

IMPORTANT: Some rewrite rules were changed, for Apache it should be updated automatically, for Nginx change the following line:

rewrite "^/path-to-una/storage/([a-zA-Z0-9]+)/([a-zA-Z0-9\.]+)" /path-to-una/storage.php?o=... see more __item_content_more__&f= last;

to:
rewrite "^/path-to-una/s/([a-zA-Z0-9_]+)/([a-zA-Z0-9\.]+)" /path-to-una/storage.php?o=... see more __item_content_more__&f= last;

THANK YOU!
 
 
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Join the site using another UNA site account credentials.
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As I track through this journey, I know that personal energy (enthusiasm, passion, commitment, optimism) have a big influence on success. So I want to offer an insight in how I’m managing my energies, relative to my project.
I think it starts with asking myself, “What am I really trying to do here?”
If... see more I get as close as I can to the essence of what I’m trying to do with this life, what do I have?
Most days, it’s a doughnut.
If I am honest with myself, the deeper I dig down through my motivations, the more I find that the centre is empty.
I want to write poetry, because I want to give beautiful things to the world, because I want to better the human story, because one day we will all be annihilated by a collapsing sun. Oops, I mean…
I want to bring people together, because I believe in the power of community, because the human that is supported is a human that is open to love, and because one day entropy will reduce everything to mush.
Ah. Crap.
If the end is written, and if the end is the same no matter what happens along the way, does it matter what route we take to mush-town?
Bertrand Russel, one of the great lights of 20th Century philosophy said that every system of thought must make peace with this idea at some point. In a flourish that would make any poet blush:
“That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the débris of a universe in ruins—all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.”
Similarly King Solomon, under the pen-name Ecclesiastes, said,
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;    I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor,    and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done    and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;    nothing was gained under the sun.
In the end Solomon’s great wisdom suggests that, “a person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own labour.” Effectively, “have fun and try your best.”
When one of the great sages of spiritual scripture and one of the great minds of rational thought agree on something, who am I to disagree?
So everything is meaningless. Great. Fabulous.
So how do I marry the creative inspiration that keeps pushing at my soul with the truth that everything created will be destroyed?
Giving up and sitting on the couch and eating doughnuts is one solution, but not a satisfying one.
So, using this blog as a forum to process my thoughts, this is how I’m dealing with it. What do you think?
First, I want to accept reality as it is, even celebrate it. Rather than “raise my lament against destruction”[1], I want to hold the thought that “impermanence is what makes creativity possible.”[2]
That is, if everything that had ever been made was still around today, it’d be awfully crowded. There would be nowhere for a poet to sit in the sun and contemplate the leaves of a liquid amber tree.
The canvas of the cosmos has a self-cleansing mechanism built into it by design. This in turn suggests to me that God is more like an artist than an architect, and maybe existence exists only as a creative flourish.
I like this idea.
And if that is true, then there is space for this creative being of me. There is a role and a meaning that can be given to my life. It starts with taking my place in the audience – as someone witnessing and celebrating the spectacle. Let me then be a connoisseur of life. A gourmand.
But it also extends into the possibility of living as a co-creator with God. Even to be a stage-hand shuffling lights around back stage is an honour, to feel an ownership over, a sense of creative pride in, the great unfolding tapestry of life.
So let me devote my talents to this – to live in service to creation, and in service to creativity.
As Alan Watts said, life is not a ‘journey’ from point A to point B. Rather, we should “play” our lives the way one plays a musical instrument.
The interesting thing about the application of this meaning to your life is that then it gives you a guiding principle, bright as the north star – beauty. Creativity (at least as we understand it) is guided by the shifting aesthetics of beauty. We like making beautiful things.
And so in everything I do, let me nurture beauty. Let me create the conditions for beauty to flourish – in my work, in my joy, in my relationships and in my community.
And so as I take these first steps towards building this project and building this community, let me set this as a foundational guiding principle:
Let this project stand in service to creation, to creativity and to beauty.
And you know, let’s see what flows from there.
 
What do you think?
Will these guiding principles keep me from floundering on the rocks?
Where’s your starting point?
 
[1] Yevgeny Yevtushenko, ‘People’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtec3ZwLcTA
[2] I can’t recall or find the source of this quote. I think it was one of the Thai Buddhist masters… Help?
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