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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.

· Andrew B
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
UNA 9 BETA 4 Released. Nearly feature-final!

UNA 9 BETA 4 Released. Nearly feature-final!

· Andrew B
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 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: n
Migrate SocialEngine Communities to UNA

Migrate SocialEngine Communities to UNA

· Andrew B
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 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.  
UNA 9.0.0-B3 is here!

UNA 9.0.0-B3 is here!

· Andrew B
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, 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/remov
Where to start when life's meaning is a doughnut

Where to start when life's meaning is a doughnut

· Thomas Keily
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 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
My UNA Epic

My UNA Epic

· Thomas Keily
So one of the first tasks is to describe in the broadest, most heroic terms what my website is going to be about. This is ‘The Epic’. The Epic helps any one on the UNA.IO team who is new to your project get a quick handle on what it is all about. And it’s been surprisingly hard. As Einstein said, if you can’t explain something simply, then you probably don’t get it. It’s my project and I probably don’t get it. Writing the Epic has made me realise how many vague notions I have floating around this project. It’s like I have bunch of jigsaw pieces laid out on the carpet in front of me. The pieces come from three separate jigsaw pictures, but I’m just trying to complete one. And I’m still not su
Arise, oh the Documentation!

Arise, oh the Documentation!

· Andrew B
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
Who is Thomas Keily?

Who is Thomas Keily?

· Thomas Keily
My career as an economist ended the day I woke up shitting blood. I had been working at the Reserve Bank of Australia for six years. I had graduated at the top of my class at university, so I think its fair to say that through those six years I was a pretty solid disappointment to the Bank. I just couldn’t muster much enthusiasm for the work, and I modulated between occasional good work and falling asleep in meetings. As my last performance review said, “Tom is capable of good work, and writes very well, but if he’s serious about a promotion he should consider wearing shoes.” Not that these were easy days for me. Work felt like a dysfunctional relationship, and I spent my non-work hours tryi
UNA v9b2 released.

UNA v9b2 released.

· Andrew B
The second Beta of the upcoming v9 release is available for download. We are now getting very close to a feature-final package release and a wide public rollout.  This update is easily the most important step up we have ever taken. It brings new features, new name, connects everything to the UNA.io and finally introduces the new licensing policy. It's BIG big! License UNA is now distributed under MIT license. No limits, no catch. Download and use it as you will. Our pricing plans and business model, in general, is all about support.  UNA Apps Market The UNA acronym stands for United Networking Applications. All plugins, modules, integration, templates and languages are treated as "Una A
UNA Team Manifesto

UNA Team Manifesto

· Andrew B
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
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UNA 9 BETA 4 Released. Nearly feature-final!

UNA 9 BETA 4 Released. Nearly feature-final!

· Andrew B
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 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: n