Andrew Boon

Since the year 2000 our team is working with social networking software, online communities, online dating, communication apps and everything around.

Personally, I am very passionate about social software and the potential for the positive impact it may bring. I love talking to idea-people and helping to launch meaningful online community projects. I am here at UNA.io all the time, so feel free to start a conversation, or talk to me in the messenger. If you prefer the old-fashioned e-mail route - it's ab@una.io for myself and support@una.io for the team.
Timeline
Question: How do I change names of categories in Polls, Posts, Albums, Articles, etc.? 
 

Editing data items in UNA forms.
UNA platform and UNA Apps feature various forms, which have fields pre-populated with data items. For example, Polls app has "Categories" field, with default options like... see more "Pets", "Health & Beauty", etc. Lists like these are called "Data Lists". 
 
Some data lists are meant to be changed when you are setting up your community. You can easily do so via Forms app in Studio.
 

 



Go to your site Studio and login to your Operator account.


Open the "Forms" app.


Go to "Data Lists" page in Forms.


Find the list you want to edit or rearrange.


Click the list and edit items.


Save and reload the page with the form to see the result. 


 
Here is a quick video showing the same steps...

 
 
  • 39
  • 1
  • 19
  • 2
Various #tutorials, mostly #video, all for UNA. 
  • 30
  • 1
Question: I am trying to change the text which is appearing on the cover can you let me know how to do this please? 
 
"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
 

 
Changing texts in UNA user interface.
UNA is multilingual. Therefore,... see more all interface texts are using so called "language keys", which in turn use installed UNA Language Apps. So, for example, if you have English and Russian apps installed, your site can present the interface in any of these languages. 
Changing the texts assigned to each key is done via Polyglot app in Studio.

All the keys can be directly edited via Polyglot, and the translations will be stored in the the database. 
 


Go to your site Studio and login to your Operator account.


Open the "Polyglot" app.


Go to "Keys" page in Polyglot (/studio/polyglot.php?page=keys).


Search for the text you want to edit to locate the right key.


Click "Edit" button and change the texts for any of the installed languages.


Save and reload the page with the text to see the result. 


 
Here is a quick video showing the same steps...
 
  • 60
  • 4
  • 1
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... see more 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 source of inspiration and factual experimental data that other community builders can apply in their own initiatives. Focusing on revenue or any specialised performance indicator could be too far removed from the goals of many communities. While UNA.io is a software platform site with a unique market proposition, we hope to share findings that will work for anyone building a community site.
Setting the goal at a million is a milestone. We hope to reach it, surpass it, and set a new one. It also often seems to be a magic number, where any healthy community site finds sustained traction from viral expansion. A million members means that you've more or less figured out how to scale your software, hardware, support, and site administration. And unless you are building a Facebook clone, it also shows that you're likely one of the dominant players in your niche.
Are you building a web community?
Over the last 17 years, we have launched a number of community sites, some enjoying long-term success, some doing well for a short time, and most flopping quickly. If only we had read a blog like this 17 years ago!
Whatever kind of website you're creating - customer community, niche social network, interest-based club, online dating, social initiative, entertainment hub - this information is very likely to be useful.
We are using UNA - our own open-source platform - as the site software engine. You can use it too, but you don't have to. The information we are sharing is largely platform-agnostic. Using UNA would simply make it easier to reproduce any positive findings.
Starting from now
UNA.io was "soft-launched" a few months ago. We didn't promote it in any way since the main product was still in the active, pre-release, development stage. We have had a few registrations, and a little bit of organic traffic has been trickling in, but for the most part, UNA.io is making a fresh start.
As from the 1st of April, we have 110 registered members.

It does not seem like much, but it means that over a hundred real people have given us their precious time and have created an account on UNA.io. That is already a great start. About 2-3 new registrations come daily.
As for the traffic, we have reached about 10 daily active users, with 100 weekly, 200 fortnightly, and just over 300 monthly users. 

In future posts we will dive deeper into other metrics, like pageviews, sessions, visits, bounce rate and such. For now, active users seems to be the most relevant indicator to track. 
Next up, bringing more people in.
For most A/B tests and experiments with conversions, we need a broader scope of reference. Simply put, we need a bigger number to work with. Therefore, next week we will be concentrating on early efforts to bring more people in, building up the initial flow of registrations.
Do not miss the next post.
Missing the next post may mean missing the opportunity to learn how to promote your community in its early stages.
Simply create a free UNA.io account, and we will keep you updated about the new posts. Registration is free, and you do not have to create a public profile. The fun part is that by registering, you will help us to move one step closer to that '1,000,000' goal. Join and let us make history together!
  • 748
  • 3
  • 8
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... see more 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: new categories (old content is assigned to "Other" category)
Events/Groups: invite participants after creation
Albums/Posts: more paginate parameters
Timeline: new (additional) layout representation
Timeline: ability to post directly to site timeline
Timeline: embed.ly integration for posted links
Timeline: RSS feed
Timeline: "share" functionality
Notifications: "repost" notification
Forums: search improvements
Protean: updated system mix styling
Posts: new view for snippets and cards layout
Payments: allow to manage currencies and other improvements
Payments: Trial Mode for Stripe
Accounts manager: ability to reset passwords, edit email and subscription preferences.
OAuth2: editing Name & URI for key&secret
Studio: link to homepage was added to all Studio pages
Bugfixes

 
IMPORTANT
To make all new functions to work properly, add the following line to inc/header.inc.php: 

define('BX_SYSTEM_JAVA', '/path/to/java'); ///< path to java binary

before the following line:

define('BX_SYSTEM_FFMPEG', '/path/to/plugins/ffmpeg/ffmpeg.exe'); ///< path to ffmpeg binary

Replace /path/to/java to the real path to java binary.

 
Downloads
Please refer to UNA 9.0.0-B4 Release Note in GitHub for download link and more details.
 
All those new apps... what are they?
Most notably, we have Polls, Files and Stripe Connect apps in UNA now. 
Polls app allows your community members to post interactive surveys, polls, questions, with multiple-choice answer options. Reply/vote counts are represented as a bar chart, with options for anonymous or open voting. 
Files app is a file-sharing module, with support for various file formats and integrated "viewer". Site members can upload and share files, preview documents prior to download and choose visibility options. 
Stripe Connect adds additional layer to UNA Stripe payment system integration, allowing for automated distribution of funds to sellers in community Marketplace, powered by the UNA Market app. Visit https://stripe.com/connect for more info on Stripe Connect.
 
 
  • 458
  • 3
  • 5
Merry Christmas, Andrew! Sending good wishes to you and your family today and all days
  • 65
  • 1
The new Timeline layout for UNA is coming. It can be used instead of masonry-style layout of the Outline.
  • 65
  • 1
  • 1
Reposted Andrew Boon's post.
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... see more 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.
 
  • 40
  • 1
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... see more 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.
 
  • 600
  • 3
  • 5
... or jump to: 2016
My Discussions
Empty
Outline
Question: How do I change names of categories in Polls, Posts, Albums, Articles, etc.? 
 

Editing data items in UNA forms.
UNA platform and UNA Apps feature various forms, which have fields pre-populated with data items. For example, Polls app has "Categories" field, with default options like... see more "Pets", "Health & Beauty", etc. Lists like these are called "Data Lists". 
 
Some data lists are meant to be changed when you are setting up your community. You can easily do so via Forms app in Studio.
 

 



Go to your site Studio and login to your Operator account.


Open the "Forms" app.


Go to "Data Lists" page in Forms.


Find the list you want to edit or rearrange.


Click the list and edit items.


Save and reload the page with the form to see the result. 


 
Here is a quick video showing the same steps...

 
 
  • 39
  • 1
  • 19
  • 2
Various #tutorials, mostly #video, all for UNA. 
  • 30
  • 1
Question: I am trying to change the text which is appearing on the cover can you let me know how to do this please? 
 
"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
 

 
Changing texts in UNA user interface.
UNA is multilingual. Therefore,... see more all interface texts are using so called "language keys", which in turn use installed UNA Language Apps. So, for example, if you have English and Russian apps installed, your site can present the interface in any of these languages. 
Changing the texts assigned to each key is done via Polyglot app in Studio.

All the keys can be directly edited via Polyglot, and the translations will be stored in the the database. 
 


Go to your site Studio and login to your Operator account.


Open the "Polyglot" app.


Go to "Keys" page in Polyglot (/studio/polyglot.php?page=keys).


Search for the text you want to edit to locate the right key.


Click "Edit" button and change the texts for any of the installed languages.


Save and reload the page with the text to see the result. 


 
Here is a quick video showing the same steps...
 
  • 60
  • 4
  • 1
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... see more 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 source of inspiration and factual experimental data that other community builders can apply in their own initiatives. Focusing on revenue or any specialised performance indicator could be too far removed from the goals of many communities. While UNA.io is a software platform site with a unique market proposition, we hope to share findings that will work for anyone building a community site.
Setting the goal at a million is a milestone. We hope to reach it, surpass it, and set a new one. It also often seems to be a magic number, where any healthy community site finds sustained traction from viral expansion. A million members means that you've more or less figured out how to scale your software, hardware, support, and site administration. And unless you are building a Facebook clone, it also shows that you're likely one of the dominant players in your niche.
Are you building a web community?
Over the last 17 years, we have launched a number of community sites, some enjoying long-term success, some doing well for a short time, and most flopping quickly. If only we had read a blog like this 17 years ago!
Whatever kind of website you're creating - customer community, niche social network, interest-based club, online dating, social initiative, entertainment hub - this information is very likely to be useful.
We are using UNA - our own open-source platform - as the site software engine. You can use it too, but you don't have to. The information we are sharing is largely platform-agnostic. Using UNA would simply make it easier to reproduce any positive findings.
Starting from now
UNA.io was "soft-launched" a few months ago. We didn't promote it in any way since the main product was still in the active, pre-release, development stage. We have had a few registrations, and a little bit of organic traffic has been trickling in, but for the most part, UNA.io is making a fresh start.
As from the 1st of April, we have 110 registered members.

It does not seem like much, but it means that over a hundred real people have given us their precious time and have created an account on UNA.io. That is already a great start. About 2-3 new registrations come daily.
As for the traffic, we have reached about 10 daily active users, with 100 weekly, 200 fortnightly, and just over 300 monthly users. 

In future posts we will dive deeper into other metrics, like pageviews, sessions, visits, bounce rate and such. For now, active users seems to be the most relevant indicator to track. 
Next up, bringing more people in.
For most A/B tests and experiments with conversions, we need a broader scope of reference. Simply put, we need a bigger number to work with. Therefore, next week we will be concentrating on early efforts to bring more people in, building up the initial flow of registrations.
Do not miss the next post.
Missing the next post may mean missing the opportunity to learn how to promote your community in its early stages.
Simply create a free UNA.io account, and we will keep you updated about the new posts. Registration is free, and you do not have to create a public profile. The fun part is that by registering, you will help us to move one step closer to that '1,000,000' goal. Join and let us make history together!
  • 748
  • 3
  • 8
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... see more 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: new categories (old content is assigned to "Other" category)
Events/Groups: invite participants after creation
Albums/Posts: more paginate parameters
Timeline: new (additional) layout representation
Timeline: ability to post directly to site timeline
Timeline: embed.ly integration for posted links
Timeline: RSS feed
Timeline: "share" functionality
Notifications: "repost" notification
Forums: search improvements
Protean: updated system mix styling
Posts: new view for snippets and cards layout
Payments: allow to manage currencies and other improvements
Payments: Trial Mode for Stripe
Accounts manager: ability to reset passwords, edit email and subscription preferences.
OAuth2: editing Name & URI for key&secret
Studio: link to homepage was added to all Studio pages
Bugfixes

 
IMPORTANT
To make all new functions to work properly, add the following line to inc/header.inc.php: 

define('BX_SYSTEM_JAVA', '/path/to/java'); ///< path to java binary

before the following line:

define('BX_SYSTEM_FFMPEG', '/path/to/plugins/ffmpeg/ffmpeg.exe'); ///< path to ffmpeg binary

Replace /path/to/java to the real path to java binary.

 
Downloads
Please refer to UNA 9.0.0-B4 Release Note in GitHub for download link and more details.
 
All those new apps... what are they?
Most notably, we have Polls, Files and Stripe Connect apps in UNA now. 
Polls app allows your community members to post interactive surveys, polls, questions, with multiple-choice answer options. Reply/vote counts are represented as a bar chart, with options for anonymous or open voting. 
Files app is a file-sharing module, with support for various file formats and integrated "viewer". Site members can upload and share files, preview documents prior to download and choose visibility options. 
Stripe Connect adds additional layer to UNA Stripe payment system integration, allowing for automated distribution of funds to sellers in community Marketplace, powered by the UNA Market app. Visit https://stripe.com/connect for more info on Stripe Connect.
 
 
  • 458
  • 3
  • 5
Merry Christmas, Andrew! Sending good wishes to you and your family today and all days
  • 65
  • 1
The new Timeline layout for UNA is coming. It can be used instead of masonry-style layout of the Outline.
  • 65
  • 1
  • 1
Reposted Andrew Boon's post.
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... see more 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.
 
  • 40
  • 1
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... see more 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.
 
  • 600
  • 3
  • 5
... or jump to: 2016
Info
Full Name:
Andrew Boon
Membership

Administrator

My Posts
My Albums

Tutorials

· Andrew Boon
Various #tutorials, mostly #video, all for UNA. 
Changing UNA texts in PolyglotEditing data items in Forms (i.e. changing categories)

Random Musings

· Andrew Boon
Sharing everything we do, plan and think. In a not-too-formal way. 
Saying Hi and showing our faces.
My Products
Empty
My Polls

Which method of communication is most popular on your site?

· 0 comments · Andrew Boon
My Files
Empty