Andrew Boon

UNA Team
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8 days ago UNA team pushed the 11 final release, ran updates and published the new package to GitHub. It was almost exactly 7 month between UNA 10 Acrux and UNA 11 Altair, which is a decent improvement over the previous 9 months cycle. Nonetheless, this is a huge update with systems improvements, design refresh, UX/UI enhancements and a few new modules. The new "Wiki" system alone is an epic foray into the world of collaborative editing and structured content organisation - our first big step towards Learning Management.

Altair is coming out at the time when the world has to "socially distance" and learn how to be creative, productive and social through the medium of their computers and phones. Now is the time for building new collaboration sites, community networks and educational portals. Even once the COVID19 threat is behind us, the world will be so much more versed in using online tools. Already we hear about significant spikes in traffic to existing UNA sites. UNA 11 is incredibly capable - in fact it may well be the worlds most versatile community platform now. And so much more is planned for UNA 12. 

What's new UNA 11 Altair (compared to UNA 10 Acrux)

Wiki

Collaborative pages and content publishing with versioning, markdown editing and support for UNA Macros (embeddable content and browsing blocks). For example, you can create things like:

  • HELP section with URLs like domain/help/xyz with user tips, FAQs, tutorials, etc. 
  • DOCS section for a product documentation with collaboration tools.
  • LIBRARY for educational projects pulling together links, texts, attachments, etc.
  • NOTEBOOKS for personal free form note taking. 

Credits

On-site currency, which can be bought or sold, can be used as payment method in Market or for paid levels. Credits help to reduce payment friction and facilitate micropayments without exuberant gateway transaction fees.

Badges

Visual identifiers assigned by Admins. Can be used to give “verified” status or as “insignia“ that isn’t tied to membership levels. Badges are displayed in many modules and most system cards that show usernames. 

Audit

Admin-side actions tracker for reviewing what actions each member has performed. Audit is helpful as a customer support feature as well as issue investigation and quality-control tool.


System enhancements:

  • PHP 7.4 compatibility #2553
  • Add alert for Email template parsing #2679
  • Macros - special constructions to insert dynamic content into regular text #2462
  • Search in pages blocks #2579
  • Possibility to switch to any user profile and back #2517
  • Automatic "More" menu #2556
  • URLs rewrite engine #2498
  • Tree browsing by Labels #2460
  • Multi-categories with user categories #2314
  • Reactions improvements #2480 #2239
  • Push notifications improvements #2452
  • Admin/moderator can now see when particular member level expires #2446
  • Ability to hide extended options in visibility/privacy fields #2434
  • Password field showable switcher #2150
  • Notification for author when post is published in case of delayed video transcoding #2148
  • Comments: "in reply to" link is now more informative #2393
  • Comments: search by account's email in manage comments grids #2428
  • Comments: ability to edit images in comment edit form #2472
  • Comments: cover for comment page #2469
  • Profile based modules: add new privacy field "Who can contact me" #2252
  • Profile based modules: "Active Profiles" block w/o scrollers #2416
  • Group based modules: make member to follow the group automatically upon joining #1649
  • Ability to mark the field "Location" as mandatory #2477
  • Setting for "Remember Me" time interval #2476
  • Show then scroll down to partially hide cover #2568
  • New default layout for homepage #2492
  • "og:image" meta-tag was added in profile based modules and on homepage #2402
  • Bot profile for some system features #2424
  • It now allowed to leave empty System Title fields in Pages, Menus and Forms builders #2522
  • "Who can post to my profile" profile privacy is now for "Friends" by default #2539
  • Comments: display standard message when comments aren't allowed #2523
  • Default covers are in SVG format now #2521
  • "Add to homepage widget" for mobiles was removed and replaced with standard dialog for iOS devices #2506
  • More descriptive error message when ACL action is limited by time #2397
  • New formula for top/popular content block in different modules #2410
  • Internal enhancements #2589 #2564 #2560 #2526 #2519 #2514 #2513 #2494 #2457 #2432 #2427 #2421 #2414 #2369 #2296

Modules enhancements:

  • Timeline: cards design update #2430
  • Timeline: optimisations for Feeds and Sharing logic #2401 #2262 #2261 #2260
  • Timeline: new layout for attachments #2257
  • Timeline: drag&drop uploader #1710
  • Notifications: optimizations #2599 #2552 #2495 #2392
  • Notifications: notifications menu was moved to toolbar by default #2550
  • Timeline: post form loading improvement #2592
  • Timeline: blocks and tabs reorganization #2591
  • Posts: attached polls improvements #2322
  • Forums: partaken tab #2136
  • Inviter: track who invited whom #2381
  • Events: calendar block in group based modules #2380
  • Groups: invite functionality improvement #2379
  • Payments: Chargebee integration was updated #2573
  • Payments: Use definite dates in orders, subscriptions, licenses, etc info #2548
  • Market: new design for download page #2530
  • Polls: allow voting by guests #2377
  • Accounts: allow admins to mark account as confirmed #2499
  • Shopify: updated integration #2436
  • Froala: new settings for different set of buttons in toolbar for mobile view #2505
  • Froala: update to the latest version #2540
  • Albums: "crop uploader" is disabled by default #2490
  • Photos: posting photos with empty titles now has empty title instead of assigning file name as title #2329
  • Photos: EXIF info block #2280
  • Russian: translation improvements #2341
  • Developer: ability to change menu with empty set #2422
  • Developer: ability to specify "Check For" and "Error message" for all fields in Forms Builder #2326
  • Lucid: improvements #2403
  • Credits: Allow to auto activate 'Credits' payment provider for site members. #2657


IMPORTANT UPDATE NOTES

  • Due to bug in update system, during system update, sometimes you could be asked to update modules first - should this happen in this case you need to initiate the update again.
  • Due to the same bug, during modules updates, sometimes modules updates don't show in the Studio - in this case please reload the "updates" page until updates are shown.
  • If you are using Payments and Polls modules, please apply Payments and Polls updates first for smooth update procedure.
  • .htaccess file is overwritten in this update, so if you have any custom changes in it, you need to re-apply them after the update.
  • If you are using Nginx web-server add the following rewrite rule:
if (!-e $request_filename ) {
rewrite ^/your-path-to-una/(.+)$ /your-path-to-una/r.php?_q=$1 last;
break;
}

just after:

rewrite "^/your-path-to-una/s/([a-zA-Z0-9_]+)/([a-zA-Z0-9\.]+)"  /your-path-to-una/storage.php?o=$1&f=$2   last;

making sure to replace your-path-to-una with your own path to UNA folder.


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Regardless of anyone’s personal opinion about significance of the COVID-19 threat, the word is clearly stressed. More and more people are either self-isolating or are forced to stay at home and reduce physical social interaction. Businesses are suffering, stock markets collapsing and there is no end in sight. Or, perhaps, ”the end“ is not so much about the pandemic itself, but rather about accepting this virus as one of many illnesses our bodies are meant to deal with - yet another thing to be conscious of and that’s it. Perhaps, once we simply make friends with the idea that we have yet another reason to wash hands and eat healthy food, the whole hysteria would subside and we’d be able to move on, business as usual. 

Anyhow, in the meantime, while the fear of anti-utopian collapse of human socially is gripping is firmly, we must look at what it may likely mean for UNA platform development, business operatioms and most importantly - what it would mean for UNA webmasters running niche community sites. 

UNA DevOps

UNA is a private, bootstrapped company. We have no VC backing or corporate sponsors, so we have to make ends meet every month, in part by way of selling licenses and in part by providing custom implementation services. Naturally, if our clients become overly stressed financially we may have to wind down to some extent too. On the other hand, we are gradually coming to the point where the platform matures and with v11 we should have even better offering all around. We have a number of active ongoing projects, there new ones lining up and the interest is stronger than ever.

Furthermore, after UNA Altair (v11) final release we plan to switch to follow-up updates mode for a while to make the platform faster, more stable, more consistent - focusing on minor evolutionary improvements rather than huge new modules. This will gives us some breathing room to work on custom implementations more as well, and thus stay consistently profitable. 

In short, we will not back down.

UNA Communities

Networks running on UNA is another story. On one hand site operators may be in difficult financial position due to the shocked economy, but on the other hand we have a few positives:

  • Humans are still social beings who want to communicate, interact, discuss ideas, argue, share, watch and read. We may well see increased amount of time spent online, particularly using interest-based social networks. 
  • Many business would have to re-arrange their processes in favor of remote work, which would increase the demand for business/professional networking platforms and would generally make the “online” communication more normalized in the long-term. This will again increase the amount of time people spend using niche community sites. 
  • While global trade and travel systems are disrupted people will have to look towards more local options for entertainment, consumption and socializing. This opens an opportunity for specialized networks to develop their customer bases - organizing small-scale events, offering products and services with local delivery, engaging neighborhood communities, connecting people with local businesses, etc. 

Nobody really knowns what may happen in a few months or a few years. All we must do is apply our head, heart and hands to live each day the best way we can. As community leaders and idea people - it is up to us to lead the world from darkness to light.

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I ordered a license and try to install the core app unfortunately, I am getting the following error. Please note that I have the latest version of the script. I have Version: 10.1.0 Installed.

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Something special is happening. In the next couple of days the UNA.IO site might look a bit messy here and there - but it is only a sign of a very important transformation with extra attention to detail. We want to make the UX elements look perfect - fine-tuning the template elements until they are PERFECT.

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Infinite scroll enabled here for UNA.IO Feed. Testing performance and UX. The idea is that it will load more items predictively as you scroll down, but will still stop at some high count (50 or a 100 posts) to allow access to the footer. 

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UNA 11 Altair is going through the final testing before we start packaging the first Beta (hopefully the only Beta before release). Altair a great mix of system improvements, bug fixes, UI/UX enhancements, new features and powerful new modules. Can't wait to start using these 👇 

Credits Badges Audit Wiki

 

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It's merely a number - yet another year, just like any other year before it. Yet, somehow the roundness and neatness of the "2020" add to the perceived significance of what we must make of this "new" year. We are not even a week in yet, but globally 2020 is already worthy of history books. Zooming in to what we do as part of the UNA community, the year 2020 is will have to become a landmark moment too - the year of opportunity. 

Honeymoon is Over

UNA is a relatively new platform. The core system functionality took a while to develop, while the front-end modules and features have only had a couple of years to evolve and grow so far. In a way, this early period allowed us some freedom - we could iterate fast, add a lot with each update and sometimes get away with less-than-polished releases. After all, it was just the beginning. 

Now, however, we have a robust set of modules, active community and around 1,000 live sites running on UNA. The development has to shift priority from sheer feature-development pace to focused evolution in speed, security, reliability and user experience improvements. 

The honeymoon is over. Now is the time to strengthen the foundation and build on with full presence and responsibility. 

The World is Changing

Any change brings about great potential. The social media industry is changing faster than ever now. We see new large players emerging, the exodus from Facebook is real, and most importantly - more and more community-leaders realise that they don't have to give up control in the process of achieving their dreams. That is the wave we must ride. It's not even a matter of choice. It's a responsibility. 

UNA Mission

We build a tool that unites people. Our mission, ultimately, is to unite people by empowering community leaders. Here is why it is so important to us.

Every human person is a unique mix of interests, personal qualities, life circumstances, achievements and social connections. Just like our differences can distance us, our similarities can help us connect, unity and amplify shared impact. Moreover, most people are inherently good, kind and well-meaning. If we recognise that there is always something we have in common, something we can collaborate on, share and enjoy together, notwithstanding any disagreements, the world can quickly change to better. 

Internet is an excellent tool - a tool of unparalleled potential for social change and individual transformation. Unfortunately, most of the modern social media sharing and communication is concentrated into a handful of generic silos. Like super-markets, these giants took control and set their own generic rules of engagement for the majority of netizens. They substituted diversity with individual echo-chambers, which reflect and reinforce one's existing sentiments.

The raison d'être for UNA is not just about building a great community platform. It is about helping to unite people in diverse ways - build unique communities that drive subject-specific causes. 

2020 Goals

In 2020 we will further zoom in on this mission and will adjust our strategy accordingly. We plan to make initial deployment more accessible; offer trials and "pay-for-updates-only" modules pricing; build more for educational space and encourage original content publishing. 

As for the state of the platform itself, we'd like to change gears and prioritise revisions over new features. 2020 will be a year faster, more stable, more streamlined and user-friendly UNA. 

Stay connected.

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The Messenger is an increasingly important module in UNA, and we want to make it really fast, seamless and capable. The next update will feature updated UI, new text editor, new file uploaders, new emoji library and some other features and fixes which we will announce next week. Here's a quick preview of what we've got so far:

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This tweet may become the single most important announcement for our industry in the last 10 years, or ever.

If we can finally have a decentralised protocol for social media, the world of niche social networks is going to flourish and the world will be a better place. Twitter team deserves big round of applause even just for sharing this intention.

I am reaching out to them to try and participate however we can. Here is a good sign...

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