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One of my suggestions -----Can make more users like to use UNA

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Please add demo content to the UNA platform!

Demo content importing is not necessary to run UNA, but for faster site development and familiarization with UNA the boonex should recommend user to import demo content because it shows user all pages layouts, shortcodes and other post types which the user received with UNA.

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One of the biggest challenges for us in 2018 was dealing with early-stage configuration woes. UNA is a universal framework, which often makes it difficult for webmasters to put together an operational website. The resolution for 2019 is to make it easy to deploy a turnkey UNA-powered site.

To achieve that, we are creating a number of industry-specific solutions, designed for social networks, business networks, learning, personal blogging, dating, local communities, etc. Each solution will be available for exact cloning during site launch at UNA-cloud. The idea is to provide it as a starting point for any webmaster to immediately have a conventional setup and to be able to customise from that point.

The very first solution is modelled a generic social network, like Facebook and VK. The combination of apps, settings, template and language keys is fine-tuned and ready to use. A few sample profiles, content items and contexts pre-created to give a good feel of how everything works. This solution will be called Dolphin and will evolve as a target setup for migrations from Dolphin 7.

The release is planned for mid-January. For now, a few screens...




Have a Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it's going to be a good one. 😉 

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Maybe sending out a quick "newsletter" after the Christmas day isn't such a great idea. :) There was one link and sure enough, I stuffed it up. 🙈

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What an amazing year it has been! We released the UNA 9 Final and reached 3,000 members mark here at UNA.IO. The community is energised, development is active and we are growing faster and faster...



Reaching 1 Million members is still a long-shot proposition, of course, but we are clearly on the right track. Can't wait to see what's going to happen in 2019. 😃 

2018 Reflections

Not everything is smooth and mellow. As a bootstrapped company we have to always maintain profitability and it often means that we must prioritise work with paying clients (especially X-level service plans) over everything else. If we were a VC-backed/funded we would surely be able to progress development at a much faster pace. On the other hand exprnal funding often comes with "strings attached", which may call for rather unwelcome compromises. So, it's an open question for us still, at least until we become comfortably profitable without custom projects or unless we get financial backing from someone fully aligned with our values and principles. 

Anyhow, we continue development and work on a number of custom projects; Dolphin 7 is finally getting an update; native mobile apps development is re-activated and JOT is shaping up. 

The contribution from UNA.IO community members in 2018 has been mindblowing! We had elaborate test reports, feature suggestions, and most importantly - members helping each other, sharing how-to's, tips and instructions. This is the main force that motivates us day by day. Thank you so much! This brings me to the next point...

3000 Premium Members

Here at UNA.IO we have Standard and Premium memberships activated now. Standard members can not post links, create Posts, Polls, Groups, Products and initiate Conversations. Standard can only create Updates, Discussions and post Comments. 

Premium members can create all types of content and share links. Once can become a Premium member by buying a $12/year subscription or simply by being an active and diligent member (we manually upgrade such profiles for free). The main purpose of these levels is to suppress SPAM and reduce noise from "test" posts. In the future, we plan to add more perks for being a Premium member, including early feature previews, periodic specials, Market discounts and new actions across the site. 

Now, in the spirit of Chrismas, Solstice, Hanukkah, New Year, and whatever else rocks your boat, we have just upgraded all current UNA.IO members to a lifetime free Premium membership level. 🎉🎊🎈🎁🍾

So, as a Premium member, you can do more here now. We'll weed out spammers pronto if they show up, but hopefully, everyone would just use the new privileges for the mutual benefit. 

2019...

... is yet to come, so I'll post about the plans in a few days. We typically don't stop working during holidays (ok, maybe we slow down for a day or two around NYE), so keep your feedback coming!

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... we will spend some time fine-tuning the look and feel, adjusting features and imrpovibf interactions. Expect some changes happening right here at UNA.IO as we are experimenting in an effort to improve the UX. 

Also, Dolphin 7 is getting an update. 

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The new article from NYT exposes how Facebook is truly evil. Hopefully this will now free up those 2 billion people to use niche community sites. 


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Lately I feel irritated by neverending complexities, costs and maintainance overhead that comes from 3rd party software integrations, including SaaS and downloadable components. 

Say, first it feels really cool to use something like Ingercom to immediately access onboarding tools, help desk, etc. After days and days of integrations, reintegrations, user confusion on what’s part of site and what’s not, heavy JS libraries that slow down the site, poor compliance policies and tracking concerns, etc it feels like it would have been easier to just develop a new UNA module and have our own thing. 

Same feelings about many other tools that we use, like ReCapthcha (support overhead for explaining everyone how to configure it), Froala and TinyMCe (design integration issues and odd UX concepts), Calendly (pricy for what it does), GTM and GAnalytics (complicated integration, sampling, non-compliance with GDPR), even thinking of getting rid of Gsuite/Gmail, Teamwork and Slack. Eventually we will have own modules for email, CRM, helpdesk, traffic analytics, onboarding, auto-messages, paywall, captcha, wysiwyg editor and whatever else is required. Our support team will be happier for sure, since now majority of problems comes from putting all the integration pieces together. 

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UNA v10 planning is like...

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I've just changed the default UNA.IO settings for notifications. New members should be getting fewer of them now, especially when they are about minor things like the "likes" and comments made by people you follow. 

☝️ Note, that the existing members need to change their own settings here - https://una.io/page/notifications-settings.

Hello Andrew, I have a conflicting issue with my website and I need your help resolving it. The front end does not load properly. More like a template breakdown or something. 

I've been trying to figure it out but can't find a way around it. Check out there websites.

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Yesterday Alex T⚜️briefly announced the final release of the UNA 9. Indeed, after more than 3 years since of active development and testing; over 3 MILLION code additions in over 4000 commits; 1300 closed issues and 17 😮 pre-release versions, we finally have the stable UNA 9. 

Compared to UNA 8, this version brings hundreds of enhancements, including new modules, system improvements, new integrations, new templates, new objects, new features, etc. etc. Since we decided to make all RCs upgradable the UNA 9 has been tested quite actively by the UNA.IO community and used in production mode for all our clients working with UNA & Boonex team under X-level service plans. It is now considered a stable release, recommended for all sites powered by UNA. 


UNA Community

The v8 was released on 24th of November 2015. At the time, we haven't even launched UNA.IO site and were offering selected Boonex clients to try UNA. Later we launched UNA.IO provide community support and also use UNA ourselves, first hand, making sure that we eat our own cooking. Here's how the community grown during that period:

More importantly, we now have a core group of really dedicated community members, who committed to the platform and help us daily - asking and answering questions; trying new releases and sharing feedback; creating and uploading new apps to UNA Market; giving us hard time and praising us - all of that keeps the team rolling. 

Now, look at the numbers of discussions posted over the same time:

As you may see, we're actually entering the stage of active growth, which should further accelerate after this release. It's a very exciting, but also very challenging time. Increased popularity comes with added support overhead and information inputs. We will have to find ways to automate processes, improve documentation, streamline on-boarding and above all - make UNA even better.  


Start Guide & Demo Video

Over the last few months we committed to improvement of the UNA Documentation and development of the UNA Start Guide and the demo video, describing general aspects of UNA framework:

We highly recommend watching the video and reviewing the Start Guide even if you are familiar with the system. So many times we hear the phrase - "I didn't know I could do that" 😏.


What's Next

Why, UNA 10 of course! Yes, now that we have the 9 released, we are out of the feature-development lockout and can get back to making new awesome toys. Note, that the plan for v10 is to make it a (much) smaller update, adding some features and focusing primarily on streamlining UX (User-eXperience) of all pages. While UNA 9 gives a massive array of features, we should now make everything look and work sleek and clear. We estimate from 3 to 6 months for the 10. 

Along with the new features and modules planned for v10, we plan to finally introduce first working version of JOT as well as native mobile apps (iOS and Android) based on ReactNative for UNA. 

Naturally, service updates like 9.1, 9.2 may be released as required in the meantime, addressing any urgent fixes or security issues. 

Another consideration for us is the commitment to the old Dolphin 7.x updates for Boonex. An update is long overdue and the Boonex community has been suffering without an update for quite a while now. Even though Dolphin will eventually be fully transitioned to UNA-based solution, we still plan to maintain and update the 7.x until we can provide a seamless migration path. So, this will take some time, but we have ideas on how to make both platforms benefit from each other's development. 


Let's give them names!

Look, UNA 8 was pretty much just a "first look" version, while UNA 9 is what you could refer to as the "base". Now, UNA 10 will be about making everything "neat". Then, UNA 11 will be "fast". Then, perhaps "safe", "cool", you name it...

Actually, I mean it - you name it. What do you think would be a good set of names for UNA updates to distinguish between releases? Names of animals from same genus, some fictional characters from books or movies, or perhaps mythical heroes? What do you think would fit?

... or jump to: 2018, 2017, 2016