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Ning Apps on Network Main Pages (UPDATE: Now Live!)

UPDATE: This functionality is now live across all Ning Networks. Please read below for information on how to add the 'home' view to your app. For information on the Network Creator experience, please consult this post.

Hello!

As I mentioned last month, we're in the process of enhancing the developer experience on Ning.

To kick things off, we'll soon be enabling the ability for Ning Apps to appear on the main page of a network. To take advantage of this new ability, you'll need to specify a 'home' view in your gadget's XML. For example:

<Content type="html" view="home">
<![CDATA[
<p>Hello, Home view!</p>
]]>
</Content>

NOTES:

1) We're tentatively targeting the morning of June 14th (Pacific) to enable this feature.

2) This new view is optional to implement, but will definitely increase your app's visibility on Ning networks.

3) IMPORTANT ITEM #1: If you were an early Ning Apps beta participant and your app's XML file contains a reference to the discontinued ning.main view, please be sure to remove the reference if you don't yet want your app to appear on the main page of Ning networks.

4) IMPORTANT ITEM #2: Please note that any <Content> tags that do not specify a view will be displayed on the main page of the Ning Network. If this doesn't make sense for your app, please update your XML file so that it only uses the desired views. For a list of our 3 supported views, please see the attached XML example.

5) The main page view will be displayed in the center column of the network.

6) The maximum width for the view is 492px. Anything smaller will be centered within the column. We currently don't have a limit on height, but will probably restrict this in the future to prevent abuse.

7) The owner of the main page view is the Network Creator.

TO DO BEFORE JUNE 14th:

If your app isn't affected by IMPORTANT ITEM #1 or IMPORTANT ITEM #2 above (most developers will not be affected), you're all set. You can implement the new main page view whenever you'd like (after June 14th).

If your app IS affected by IMPORTANT ITEM #1 or IMPORTANT ITEM #2 above, please take a quick moment to edit your XML file per the instructions above. This tweak should be completed by the morning of June 14th (Pacific).

TO DO AFTER JUNE 14th:

If you'd like to implement the new view once it's enabled in mid-June, you can add a test XML URL to a demo network by using the following "Add by URL" feature (replacing "TEST" with your network's subdomain):


If everything looks good, you can update your main XML file to enable the new view for your app in the directory.

Thanks!
Kyle Ford
Director of Partner Design & Development, Ning

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Comment by dxp on June 9, 2010 at 2:04am
Hi

We are Ning beta participants. I updated the xml to have home view instead of ning.main, do we have to resubmit the application? I have another question, We have a demo network where I added the application and I don't see still the application on Main Page. Do we see the application on Main Page from mid June or for demo networks we see the application now as well.

Any Comments would help us.

Thanks in advance.
Comment by Ken Carroll on June 7, 2010 at 1:32pm
Hi Kyle.

Have you had any responses from developers who are going to implement this? Would be nice to know which NING apps we are going to be able to do this with?

Ken
Comment by Brian Fløe on June 6, 2010 at 4:49pm
App, Gadget, XML? huh?
Comment by Dr. F. on June 5, 2010 at 10:41am
With all due respect, I am not a techie and I have not idea what you are talking about, Mr. Ford. I don't know if this is something I need or don't need. I still have no idea how to pay for my website when it goes to monthly pay in July. I wish you all would "speak" in very simplified terms to those of us who are not tech oriented, but need to keep our sites up. Isn't there someone we can talk to...as in a real person...who can walk us through these issues? After all, if I have to now pay to keep my website up, I want personal customer service, ability to back up my site, an open platform~as opposed to the closed one you have been allowing us, and other things. Elsewise, why should I stay with Ning when there are other site hosts I can use for less money...and even some free hosts out there. I would appreciate your contacting me directly: cougarexpert@aol.com Thanks.
Comment by jun on June 5, 2010 at 2:54am
Dear Mr Kyle Ford sir:

I dont need changes in our APPS as of now... my concern is the easiest way to pay in advance our obligations before July when Nign will stop giving Free Services.. i presently in Philippines and contemplating to pay in Philppine Peso so please send me the procedure and the amount in our currency
Comment by นายญาณวุฒิ บัวทอง ผู้อำนวยการ on June 5, 2010 at 12:14am
I Live in Thailand .
Comment by Lutonya M. Lang on June 4, 2010 at 11:44pm
Where do I find the file to check this
I want to do so much on the media site we have but I am lost lost lost

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