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Adding Language options for Members

I was looking a way to let the members of my network choose their preferred language. I searched the forums but there was nothing like this on Ning. So I decided to do my way. It wasn't easy, but here how it was:


1 - First, you DON'T need the source code of your network :-)

2 - Then you need one or two free hours to do the work.

3 - Now, create a new profile Question to your network (Manage -> Profile Questions). I… Continue

Added by Ronaldo Richieri on April 15, 2008 at 12:30pm — 30 Comments

Merging Ning Updates Onto Your Bespoke/Modified Network

Hi! I just went through this somewhat delicate procedure. I thought I'd share my strategy...

Added by Hari Karam Singh on March 15, 2008 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Green Community Needs Developer and Designer


We are in need of someone who knows NING to assist us with creating a B2B green building community. Graphic Designers are welcomed too. We have an amazing opportunity to make a difference through interactive education by spreading best practice for sustainable development to real estate industry.

Added by Jeff Grossberg on March 9, 2008 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

Watch for miniNing

OpenSocial is a great way to write persistent applications that port between containers easily.

I'm writing a javascript library that will help other developers and network creators create 'superbadges' for their networks.

Imagine a mySpace page with not just a ning badge, but an interactive, constantly-updated visual representation of that user's activity on a certain ning community.

Anyone with Orkut sandbox access who is curious to see where I am currently, please… Continue

Added by Christopher O'Donnell on March 9, 2008 at 2:52pm — No Comments

I need design assistance

I have developed a basic ning site on employee engagement. I want to add a couple of pages. I have even seen some directions on how to do this but I am fearful that I will mess it up or it will consume copious quantities of my time.

Does anyone in this network offer re-design work. If you do I would love to talk with you about what it would take to create a separate chat page and a page for members blogs, etc.

Thank you,

David Zinger

Added by David Zinger on March 6, 2008 at 7:58am — No Comments

Chat for Ning

I would like to introduce Chat4ning. Chat4ning is a simple chat modul

embed in a "page" tab. You can test it at (after registration)

Chat4ning is in realy alpha stage. Actualy it dont work with IE and Safari. Just Firefox for now. I hope fix that in few days.

If you have any comment, please leave it… Continue

Added by strangeblackhole on March 5, 2008 at 3:18pm — 1 Comment

Discovery Tour of NING API for membership organizations

I am trying to find out if someone has already tried to mix the public web site with the ning network API and how that might work.

Overr course of the next few weeks I will write more about that. Parallel to that effort I also explore CRM sites and their APIs to do the same thing. Highrise seems to fit the bill quite nicely for that - on the surface, I have not done any coding for proof of concept yet.

Added by Birgit Pauli-Haack on February 28, 2008 at 8:41am — No Comments

Finding my way

Customizing my Network is important to me and for my future members. Finding my way to the place where I can add pages to the network lead me to the Ning Developer Network.

Sigh... More to learn...

I'm just so thankful Ning is based in Php instead of JavaServerPages....

You'll notice I'm not much of a blogger.

Added by Amanda on January 31, 2008 at 4:31am — No Comments

Created my first OpenSocial Gadget

Wow, that was easy!

Yeah, OK it's just some Javascript with a
opensocial.registerOnloadHandler hook to execute it.

Added by lispmeister on January 24, 2008 at 10:52am — No Comments

Social network for kids -- issues with ads

Yikes! Setting up the social network site was fairly easy. I saw the ad that said

You Have 2 Secret Crushes

2 People Want to Chat with You. Try Our Chat Rooms for Free Now!

and thought of course I will be able to block that ad. No luck so far. I understand and believe in the use of ads to support a site but think that filtering a specific ad should be possible. I can do that in my AdWords account on Google for another site that I operate and… Continue

Added by WebMaster on January 15, 2008 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

How to add band pages?

Is there anyway to add pages for bands and artists? I would really like to get this going so please let me know

Added by Chris on January 14, 2008 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Award points to members for their activities in the network they joined.

I am looking for a solution that will enable the functionality of awarding points to members for their efforts in participating in the network. Activities like upload photo, video, provide comment, review and so on. All activities will have different level of points given. In the backend engine, we are then able to contain their points rewarded to them. Members will able to monitor on the number of points rewarded to them. In the long run, I will like to then enable the members to do some kind… Continue

Added by Felix Sim on January 10, 2008 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Ad Free for K-12

Is it possible to get an ad free ning for free for my social network?

Added by Nellie Deutsch on December 29, 2007 at 5:34am — 2 Comments

Lets find out, how customizeable Ning is (for B2B customer forum)

One of the things I notived is the "Welcome" message, if I join a Ning based network. It tells the user to invite friends. I would like to get rid of it. Options I see are changing the translation, or to hack the code. So what do you think, which one is the better option?


Added by Bernd Eckenfels on December 15, 2007 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Handy unit test for translations

Just a quick note to translators: there is a unit test that you can use to check what strings remain to be translated. Make a copy of /test/pt_BR_TestTemp.php for your language and run it. This will list strings that are missing and strings that are no longer needed.

Added by Jonathan Aquino on June 26, 2007 at 12:39pm — 1 Comment

Adding private questions to your Network sign up page

The instructions here are out of date and private questions have been added into the social network code.


If you've got additional profile information you'd like to collect from your members that you don't want to be made public, you can make some simple mods to your social network to have the information emailed to you when new members sign up.

To carry out these changes, you'll need to have the full code for… Continue

Added by Phil McCluskey on April 23, 2007 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Reading code aloud

When reading a programming book, it can be tempting to skim the code examples. But they likely have some nuggets that are worth learning. The problem is that we don't like to read code written by other people - or at least it doesn't come naturally to us. What we need is a technique for rapid understanding of new code.

I propose reading the code aloud. Now, to make sure we don't get distracted by syntactic details, we can probably come up with some rules for what to omit.… Continue

Added by Jonathan Aquino on March 13, 2007 at 1:29am — No Comments

Rocky and App Core Scaling

So, we recently made a major release of the Ning Core. The Core, as we call it, is the platform stuff which provides all the services used by the playground (the PHP stuff). It is mostly written in Java and is (in my opinion) a fairly interesting distributed system.

The most recent change is mostly in how we handle data for a given application. In the past we have optimized heavily for supporting tons of fairly low load applications (the "Bullwinkle" system). With the "Rocky" core we… Continue

Added by Brian McCallister on February 1, 2007 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Adding Stats Tracking Code to Your Site

The instructions here are now out of date; analytics and other tracking code can be added via the tracking code link in the manage page.

Ning sites include a handy snapshot of visitor and referral links that you can access through the Manage button; sometimes though you want something that will provide a bit more detail. Adding tracking code for Google Analytics or another stats package is… Continue

Added by Phil McCluskey on January 16, 2007 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Better Names for Martin Fowler’s “Refactoring Smells”

Martin Fowler's Refactoring (1999) is a landmark book for software engineering. It is a catalog of techniques for cleaning up code. Unfortunately, this remarkable book is tarnished by some frivolous names chosen for its list of "refactoring smells" (anti-patterns). Unlike the memorable pattern names from… Continue

Added by Jonathan Aquino on January 13, 2007 at 2:20am — No Comments

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