I second the sentiment of the previous posters on this topic. I do have a concern with the trend by UNA for the LMS and MassMailer focus. I wonder if this is driven by corporate customers asking for these two features.
On the other hand, there are a LOT of improvements to be made to UNA to make it very competitive with the big SNs. Speed, Ease of Use, UEX, Instant messenger, photo handling, images in posts, previous and next on all content related apps, groups features (files, albums, discussions, events etc.. like dolphin) I could go on but it the new year..
Anyhow, best of luck with the LMS and MassMailer but don't forget the other suggestions that I have made and see many others make over past months.
There are many good ideas and suggestions in your post. You are most welcome to post them one by one as issues to our GitHub repo and we'll assess to schedule the approved ones for development.
In regards to some of the comparisons with WP... As you can see in most cases the way WP handles modifications is through plugins. This is possible in the same manner is UNA - one can write a module which would add a block to multiple pages, or an SEO module, or even a UI for direct editing for pages. WP has the advantage of being very well funded and widely popular - so there are quite simply a lot of modules available for it. This, however, may be a problem as well - core site features that heavily reply on 3rd party modules make the platform susceptible to dependency issues and make it difficult for webmasters to access support. If, say, one day for some reason half of the site pages return a "strange" error - who is supposed to help the webmaster? There may be 10 different uncoordinated companies that produced modules those pages depend on. Same can happen with UNA, but at least we try to produce most of the core modules in-house, so that if you have to deactivate 3rd-party modules the site is still functional.
That is not to say that I don't support WP. On the contrary - I believe that Automatic is doing a great job and I have big respect for Matt and his team. I have communicated years ago and my impression was that he really has the best intentions and solid vision.
The way I see the difference is that WP is more like Unix - it's a stable, solid core, but if you want to put together a sophisticated OS, you'd have to be prepared to deal with lots of tricky components. UNA is being built to be more like MacOS - a more "vertical" system with a number of usable apps available out-of-the-box, and a more controlled apps market.
Also, in terms of the platform structure - UNA is more like Drupal and less like WP. More of a framework than a CMS.
In Drupal, all content is presented as "nodes" where some nodes can reference other nodes as parents. The went quite hardcore on this in Drupal 8 and everything is node now. Only "comments" are notes nodes - they're attached to nodes.
UNA is similar - we have "pages", which can be presented in different "views" - and you control all those views in the Studio. Plus, since UNA is a community-management-system, we have "objects" that attach to pages - comments (like in Drupal), reactions, attachments, votes, etc.
Such structure in both Drupal and in UNA allows for the creation of new content types. This is why we can create new types of modules relatively quickly - blogs, discussions, albums, etc.
Another big benefit in UNA is the "context" modules - containers for content if you will. These are profiles, groups, events, spaces, etc. You can make something similar in Drupal by creating module with parent-type nodes, but it would be a lot of work - you'd be building a CMS basically. So, in UNA we do this legwork and create most of the basic content and context modules to start you off.
This is the difference between WP, Drupal and UNA in a nutshell. I love all three (not equally though 😁).
Still unable to upgrade to 9.01 or 10. I have tried everything suggested and nothing works. system log doesn't show anything on this. I had no response - from UNA staff. Any suggestions? I would like to be able to manually install 10 and then update the database and restore photos. I assume I can do this, but a bit of input by UNA staff would help.
After many years of hard work and a lot of money spent and I'm still struggling to get my site going. I know there's many good people in here that know how tough it is to build and maintain a successful website. For that reason I would...
LeonidS Hello, I'd like to add a login button on the splash page to the left side of the Join button below.. Can someone help me with the correct code to add this. I have this below that works fine for just the join button but want to...
Hello,I`m having an issue with upgrading from 12.0.1 to 12.1, im currently on a cloud host. It gives me the following error below and am hoping someone could help.Also I am having an issue with installing nexus as it is saying it`s not...
I got a contact form message from someone trying to join today but says that he got a spam alert and could not join. First time I have run into this. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do about this? i do have the AntiSpam app...
ErrorDatabase query errorHey guys. For years I've been a fan of Dolphin 7 because I was able to achieve so much with it. The profile match maker and form builder was a huge reason for me to keep it going. But, as it's reached end of...
Does someone have a link to the most definitive guide or how-to for making my una site into an app?I read that you can use nexus to connect, and there is some source code... But for someone who is a developer but never an app developer,...
Hey guys. I have a site that I have setup as a hobby. This is my first site and never got to work with anyone with a sucsessful site. I have $1000's into it and years of work but I can not get people in there. I have been doing this by...
Few suggestions. The Google ads do not help while viewing on mobile. Also depending on how many users you have it simply isn't a good way to raise revenue until you have thousands of users. The homepage has alot of different interesting stuff on it BUT that means less people would have an incentive to look at people's profiles. The more connected people are the more interaction via notifications and chat msgs. You have an extremely great niche site that has the potential to get thousands of users. I would advertise your site in bike magazines, put flyers in shops, and during big bike events have a booth and get people signed up.
Suggestions (Ideas) module - Patch 1.0.4 is released - some layout adjustments made, breadcrumb added to comments/staff comments pages, fixed issue with uninstallation leaving fragments in the database.
That worked very well. I used it for both the login and join buttons. You can see on the homepage cover it worked great.
But I'm having a problem with the splash page. I added the same code as I did on the cover but I can't seen to get the spacing between the two buttons and they won't center on the page. Might you have any suggestions?
This is the code that I used on the splash page.
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/page/login" class="bx-form-input-submit bx-btn bx-btn-primary "><strong>Log in Here</strong></a><a href="/page/create-account" class="bx-form-input-submit bx-btn bx-btn-primary "><strong>JOIN NOW !</strong></a>
i'm having a problem centering my navigation menu. I added the below to custom styles in my Lucid theme and it did seem to help with Chrome browser but not Edge or Fire fox. any suggestions? Would the fix be a little different to center the menu than what I have here?
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.
I have to totally agree with you. Demo data is absolutely imperative to get a new user on board. If I had hundreds of hours to play with this, then eventually I would figure it out, but unfortunately, I don't. The sample data, as in any other software platform made in the past twenty years have, provides the end-user a quick and self-explanatory way of knowing how everything works. I was wanting to have at least three different sites set up running UNA, but my hopes and dreams are dematerializing about as fast as our liberties here in the United States.
I feel myself falling into the same hole I fell into while trying to put a Dolphin based site online, years ago. The standard off-the-shelf platform will get you started, but inevitably you will need a bit of customization and coding that leaves a person at the mercy of someone else to do the work. Unfortunately, my primary area of expertise is oil well logging instrumentation. I can do some basic things, but the level of skill required to do something seemingly simple, like adding the category name and parent space to the meta info, is not within my reach. Back in my Dolphin days, every time I needed a littel custom work done, finding someone to do it was virtually impossible. I'm wondering what I have to do to avoid falling into the same hole.
Any suggestions? I urgently need, at the very least, the category name and the Parent Space name (if it exists) on the existing space card. I've spent the better part of three days looking at the code, and see no built in way of putting that info on the card, I can put the author's name on the card, the Space ID, and the time stamp, but not the info that would really help, So here I am again,dead in the water, unable to get a key element of a website working the way I need it to work.
What would really help, is if the una code included more template keys to compliment the existing ones such as __id__ __author__ __ts__ or __title_attr__
If template keys for spaces, such as __category__ or __parent__ or __description__ existed, my problem would be solved, as the customization would be a simple template file edit. I expect that having a key for a custom field is a different story, but you really should consider making more template keys available, In other words, if it's a standard field on the entry form, a template key would be useful.
For now, a __category__ and a __parent__ key that I could use in Spaces template files would be a life saver.