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UNA 6 RC5 and RC6 released with Photos, @-mentions, Quote of the Day and more.

UNA 6 RC5 and RC6 released with Photos, @-mentions, Quote of the Day and more.

The new updates - RC5 and the RC6 follow-up - have been released last week, brining a number of fixes, general improvements and two new modules - Photos and Term of the Day.  Perhaps the biggest system improvement is the support of @mentions. Now, in various text fields across UNA modules you can mention users by typing the "@" sign and choosing the user from the dropdown list. in the output it will link to the user automatically. Like so - Andrew Boon Mentions can be tricky to get right, as they really depend on the site approach to profiles naming, relationship between users and notification settings. So, we invite you to try @mentions and share your feedback and ideas on how we can impr
Setting the pace for 2018.

Setting the pace for 2018.

UNA platform and the team had a fantastic year in 2017. We opened UNA for public access; released 5 core updates; reached over 1400 accounts at UNA.IO; hired 3 new team members; released new apps like JOT Messenger, Videos, Google Tag Manager, "Decorous" template, ElasticSearch module, "Dolphin Connect" module, Shopify integration module and Snipcart integration module.  Moreover, we have been engaged to help with a number of truly exciting projects that use UNA to build communities, professional networks and educational hubs. Some of these ideas are absolutely mind-blowing and we are really happy to see how UNA gradually becomes a platform of choice for those "clever" startups that are bui
UNA 9rc4 released! Notifications, Videos, Google Tags, and more.

UNA 9rc4 released! Notifications, Videos, Google Tags, and more.

This update had to be HUGE. We didn't really want to bring new enhancements until the #9final, but some of the improvements required by clients sites dictated the need for a whole sack of Christmas goodies. Full list of changes and download links is here.  Sites with activated automatic updates should be already running this latest version. This version is upgradable and is currently the most stable UNA package available. New modules Videos module - https://una.io/page/view-product?id=101 Google Tag Manager module - https://una.io/page/view-product?id=102 System Enhancements Push notifications - 1010 Option to create profile automatically from account info - 986 Ability to res
Simpler WordPress won't save the Open Web

Simpler WordPress won't save the Open Web

UNA team is passionate about Open Web, building an open-source platform that enables leaders to create intentional online networks operating independently from the large social networks or SaaS providers. WordPress, similarly, is an open-source platform, enabling individual publishers. Even though WordPress is a CMS focused on Content, while UNA is a CMS focused on Communities, we do have plenty of crossover use-cases. It is possible to put together a community site using Wordpress, and it is possible to create a blog using UNA. WordPress is incredibly popular, powering roughly about 30% of all websites currently online. Luckily, Matt Mullenweg - the CEO of Automattic (company behind WordP
The importance of News Letter

The importance of News Letter

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  • · Baloo
By following the activity of my site on Analytics, I realize that I have always progressed, but that for two years, activity on the site is a little down, + - 4% per year.Of course many factors such as climate, for example, can affect the results, especially in Belgium.But I still wondered about the causes. It is true that for two years, I no longer send news letter, whereas before I did it once a month.So, I started again this weekend and see the result on the chart below, it is immediate.So I make this little ticket to say not to neglect it, it's a job worth it.Perhaps you have had your experiences with this, so do not hesitate to share your opinion on this.Hour, ideal day? for my part, th
UNA.IO reaches 1000 registered accounts!

UNA.IO reaches 1000 registered accounts!

The first and arguably the most important milestone of 1000 real accounts is now reached!  Our goal is 1 million, and this is only the first step, and the smallest one, too. Next target is 10,000. We are so excited about reaching the first thousand, because that when things are just being established, features fine-tuned and first real-life usage patterns become apparent.    Now, check out the content distribution... We have a healthy 3:1 ratio of People and Organisations, with most of the activity happening in the Discussions section. The Messenger is also active, but we are not pilling the posting stats from it yet (coming soon).  A lot of content here is posted while testing UNA
Goodbye, Facebook and your useless results. [UPDATED]

Goodbye, Facebook and your useless results. [UPDATED]

Over the last couple of years, we've been testing Facebook Ads and AdWords to see which one works better for bringing in new traffic to UNA.IO. Here is what we've learned.   With Facebook, you get incredible "results" that don't matter. The Facebook test spanned about a year and a half, with now just over a million users "reached" and overall spending of over $4,500 (USD). Each campaign and ad had a different combination of settings - target audience, format, language style and goal (clicks, engagements, likes, etc.). We also made sure to try different landing pages, such as the UNA Facebook Page, articles at UNA.IO, articles at Boonex.com related to UNA and even articles at Andrewboon.c
UNA 9rc2+9rc3 released. The second (and now third) release candidate.

UNA 9rc2+9rc3 released. The second (and now third) release candidate.

Yesterday we published the second release candidate for UNA v9. Sites with activated automatic updates should be already running this latest version. This version is upgradable and is currently the most stable UNA package available. While RC updates usually focus on bug-fixes only (we've squashed over a 100 this time around), we still decided to add some layout enhancements and performance improvements.  UNA 9rc2 Enhancements Speed optimisation - 834 Ability to change default profile unit cover - 854 Separate page for friend request link from email - 786 Users picker with avatar - 780 Number of items per page settings for keyword and site searches - 820 Flex-box layout for Persons
Discussions vs Conversations vs Chat vs Messenger - Differences, Pros & Cons

Discussions vs Conversations vs Chat vs Messenger - Differences, Pros & Cons

We are often asked which communication app for UNA is right for a certain idea and what is the difference. It may seem like the distinction between them is very subtle, but making the right choice may, in fact, determine the long-term success of communication within your network. Apart from the four specific UNA apps discussed here, you'd find thousands of alternatives, yet most would fall in one of these categories - Discussions, Conversations, Chat and Messenger.  Each of them may often do the job for another, just like you can use a tip-truck to buy groceries or an "SUV" to carry construction rubble, but they could be that much more efficient if you use the right tool for the right job. 

Chat+ Video Conference Browsers Compatibility

Administration> Video Conference: Enabled - True (noted: still beta) Domain - meet.jit.si   Works: Brave (macOS, Windows) Chrome (macOS, Windows) Firefox (Windows) Opera (macOS, Windows)   No Works: Brave (iOS) Chrome (iOS) Edge (Windows) Firefox (iOS, macOS - problem with login, they don't seem to connect between Chat+ and Jitsi Meet) Safari (iOS, macOS) - WebRTC support in Safari 11 coming September for both iOS and macOS. Will test on first day of release!   All browsers are latest. If you have Android, please check: Brave, Chrome, and Firefox. And I will add to the list above. Brave, in order for chat to work... you need to click on orange lion in the upper right for site shield, chan
Three core traits that make a community great.

Three core traits that make a community great.

The following three "tricks" took me 17 years to discover, but it will only take you 5 minutes to learn. Your understanding of what makes a community tick will be better forever. These fundamental principles apply to building a thriving community, regardless of what technology or medium you choose. I know because we failed in every one of them many times over. And from failure, you learn.    Focus on Just One Thing A community is a group of people united by a common trait, need, interest or preference. Importantly, it includes notions of belonging and exclusivity. A strong community requires unity. Unity is formed when the common purpose is distinct, undiluted and constantly reinforced.

Persons

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  • · vavilon
Can anybody explain me, please, what's the point in Persons? Why do anybody needs this? How to get rid off? It's very confusing - to make profile (with name) after you have made profile (with name) on Join page. How, in what verbs do wee (site developers) need to explain that to our client-members, who's only wish - to get clear, simple, and nice way to Join and Log-in. Ok, nice it is already. What about the rest?  Thanx in advance for answer. Boonex :)
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UNA 6 RC5 and RC6 released with Photos, @-mentions, Quote of the Day and more.

UNA 6 RC5 and RC6 released with Photos, @-mentions, Quote of the Day and more.

The new updates - RC5 and the RC6 follow-up - have been released last week, brining a number of fixes, general improvements and two new modules - Photos and Term of the Day.  Perhaps the biggest system improvement is the support of @mentions. Now, in various text fields across UNA modules you can mention users by typing the "@" sign and choosing the user from the dropdown list. in the output it will link to the user automatically. Like so - Andrew Boon Mentions can be tricky to get right, as they really depend on the site approach to profiles naming, relationship between users and notification settings. So, we invite you to try @mentions and share your feedback and ideas on how we can impr
Setting the pace for 2018.

Setting the pace for 2018.

UNA platform and the team had a fantastic year in 2017. We opened UNA for public access; released 5 core updates; reached over 1400 accounts at UNA.IO; hired 3 new team members; released new apps like JOT Messenger, Videos, Google Tag Manager, "Decorous" template, ElasticSearch module, "Dolphin Connect" module, Shopify integration module and Snipcart integration module.  Moreover, we have been engaged to help with a number of truly exciting projects that use UNA to build communities, professional networks and educational hubs. Some of these ideas are absolutely mind-blowing and we are really happy to see how UNA gradually becomes a platform of choice for those "clever" startups that are bui
UNA 9rc4 released! Notifications, Videos, Google Tags, and more.

UNA 9rc4 released! Notifications, Videos, Google Tags, and more.

This update had to be HUGE. We didn't really want to bring new enhancements until the #9final, but some of the improvements required by clients sites dictated the need for a whole sack of Christmas goodies. Full list of changes and download links is here.  Sites with activated automatic updates should be already running this latest version. This version is upgradable and is currently the most stable UNA package available. New modules Videos module - https://una.io/page/view-product?id=101 Google Tag Manager module - https://una.io/page/view-product?id=102 System Enhancements Push notifications - 1010 Option to create profile automatically from account info - 986 Ability to res
Simpler WordPress won't save the Open Web

Simpler WordPress won't save the Open Web

UNA team is passionate about Open Web, building an open-source platform that enables leaders to create intentional online networks operating independently from the large social networks or SaaS providers. WordPress, similarly, is an open-source platform, enabling individual publishers. Even though WordPress is a CMS focused on Content, while UNA is a CMS focused on Communities, we do have plenty of crossover use-cases. It is possible to put together a community site using Wordpress, and it is possible to create a blog using UNA. WordPress is incredibly popular, powering roughly about 30% of all websites currently online. Luckily, Matt Mullenweg - the CEO of Automattic (company behind WordP
UNA.IO reaches 1000 registered accounts!

UNA.IO reaches 1000 registered accounts!

The first and arguably the most important milestone of 1000 real accounts is now reached!  Our goal is 1 million, and this is only the first step, and the smallest one, too. Next target is 10,000. We are so excited about reaching the first thousand, because that when things are just being established, features fine-tuned and first real-life usage patterns become apparent.    Now, check out the content distribution... We have a healthy 3:1 ratio of People and Organisations, with most of the activity happening in the Discussions section. The Messenger is also active, but we are not pilling the posting stats from it yet (coming soon).  A lot of content here is posted while testing UNA
Goodbye, Facebook and your useless results. [UPDATED]

Goodbye, Facebook and your useless results. [UPDATED]

Over the last couple of years, we've been testing Facebook Ads and AdWords to see which one works better for bringing in new traffic to UNA.IO. Here is what we've learned.   With Facebook, you get incredible "results" that don't matter. The Facebook test spanned about a year and a half, with now just over a million users "reached" and overall spending of over $4,500 (USD). Each campaign and ad had a different combination of settings - target audience, format, language style and goal (clicks, engagements, likes, etc.). We also made sure to try different landing pages, such as the UNA Facebook Page, articles at UNA.IO, articles at Boonex.com related to UNA and even articles at Andrewboon.c
UNA 9rc2+9rc3 released. The second (and now third) release candidate.

UNA 9rc2+9rc3 released. The second (and now third) release candidate.

Yesterday we published the second release candidate for UNA v9. Sites with activated automatic updates should be already running this latest version. This version is upgradable and is currently the most stable UNA package available. While RC updates usually focus on bug-fixes only (we've squashed over a 100 this time around), we still decided to add some layout enhancements and performance improvements.  UNA 9rc2 Enhancements Speed optimisation - 834 Ability to change default profile unit cover - 854 Separate page for friend request link from email - 786 Users picker with avatar - 780 Number of items per page settings for keyword and site searches - 820 Flex-box layout for Persons
Discussions vs Conversations vs Chat vs Messenger - Differences, Pros & Cons

Discussions vs Conversations vs Chat vs Messenger - Differences, Pros & Cons

We are often asked which communication app for UNA is right for a certain idea and what is the difference. It may seem like the distinction between them is very subtle, but making the right choice may, in fact, determine the long-term success of communication within your network. Apart from the four specific UNA apps discussed here, you'd find thousands of alternatives, yet most would fall in one of these categories - Discussions, Conversations, Chat and Messenger.  Each of them may often do the job for another, just like you can use a tip-truck to buy groceries or an "SUV" to carry construction rubble, but they could be that much more efficient if you use the right tool for the right job. 
Three core traits that make a community great.

Three core traits that make a community great.

The following three "tricks" took me 17 years to discover, but it will only take you 5 minutes to learn. Your understanding of what makes a community tick will be better forever. These fundamental principles apply to building a thriving community, regardless of what technology or medium you choose. I know because we failed in every one of them many times over. And from failure, you learn.    Focus on Just One Thing A community is a group of people united by a common trait, need, interest or preference. Importantly, it includes notions of belonging and exclusivity. A strong community requires unity. Unity is formed when the common purpose is distinct, undiluted and constantly reinforced.
Arise, oh the Documentation!

Arise, oh the Documentation!

UNA Documentation comes in a few different forms, for different purposes. We are still at the early (still BETA) days, and a lot of functionality is changing, so the documentation is rather raw as well. Still, there are a few really helpful articles available and more is on the way. Most of the UNA-platform docs are at the UNA Github Repo. Anything specific to UNA.io services, however, is at the UNA.io Articles section (powered by Articles UNA App from AQB Soft).  Here is the current index for the UNA platform docs (some are still "in progress"): Overview Introduction Glossary Principles System Apps Core Apps Premium Apps Template Apps Language Apps Integration Apps Tailored A
UNA Team Manifesto

UNA Team Manifesto

Our mission is Unity We enable cooperation, connectedness, communication and harmony. Our values are T.H.I.N.K True Our products are real, words are sincere, and intentions are genuine. We are open, candid and brave. Helpful Our actions are useful, practical and supportive. Our products help to solve problems and remove pains. Inspiring We promote ambition, passion and commitment. We lead to success and inspire constant progress. Necessary We cultivate pure, simple solutions, focusing on what is essential in every decision, word and product. Kind We are considerate, generous, friendly and caring. We support goodwill and compassion.   What it means and how it works This manif
Operation "1 million real members" begins now, and you get to know all about it.

Operation "1 million real members" begins now, and you get to know all about it.

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 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 sou