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Community and the New Blog

Community and the New Blog

I’m a massive fan of blog sites. I have been since forever. Having written and developed a bunch of them and actively engaged with many hundreds more, I’d like to think that I know a thing or two about what makes a blog tick. So what makes a Blog tick? COMMUNITY makes a blog tick. Always has, always will. What’s a writer without an audience? A common group with shared interests and ideals? As a writer, or group of writers looking to cultivate connection, community is everything If you examine most popular Blog sites these day, the best part is the comments, the feedback from the community and the interactions between those community members. It is often a vibrant, unchecked space, where
Drafting UNA Acceptable Use Policy - who can use it and who can not.

Drafting UNA Acceptable Use Policy - who can use it and who can not.

UNA platform matures and we get more people interested in launching their own UNA-powered custom community sites. In the last few months, particularly, UNA Team is in a situation that we need to narrow the scope of potential clients and also lay out guidelines for what kind of projects we are eager to work with and what kind of projects we would rather not touch.  It is important to understand that UNA is primarily a public-service product, making positive impact a top priority. Revenue generation is important, but not critical for UNA platform success, so we are fortunate to be able to say "no" to projects that don't align with our mission.    Prohibited Usage Websites using UNA platfor
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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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
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