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New RSS feeds and improvments

Yesterday we released a bunch of new RSS feeds and improvments so you can stay updated with the latest on your Ning Network. These new features include:

  • Featured feeds for all content
  • Membership feeds
  • Event feed improvements
Check out the Junaid's post on Creators for the details: Expanded RSS Feeds

Added by Devin on September 3, 2010 at 2:54pm — 2 Comments

Developer Roadmap Update (OpenSocial REST APIs Now Available)

We're excited to announce that we've made major progress on the Developer Roadmap we outlined in May.

Here's what's new for OpenSocial developers...

1) OpenSocial REST and RPC APIs are now available! To help you learn more, we invite you to visit our revamped and updated OpenSocial documentation section.

2) Ning Pro… Continue

Added by Kyle Ford on August 3, 2010 at 6:01pm — 4 Comments

Ning API Beta Access for Ning Pro Network Creators

Hey, developers! Do you know a Ning Pro Network Creator interested in developing a mobile, desktop or content importing application for their network? We're currently conducting a small private beta for our upcoming new Ning APIs, and are accepting access requests from Ning Pro subscribers that are ready to work with a developer to dive in and start developing custom applications and…

Added by Kyle Ford on July 28, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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.


As I mentioned last month, we're in the process of…

Added by Kyle Ford on June 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — 17 Comments

Ning Developer Roadmap

Now that we're 100% focused on enhancing the features and services we offer to paying Network Creators, I wanted to take a moment to give a sneak peek at our product roadmap for external developers.

We've heard a great deal of feedback since introducing Ning Apps last fall, and we're hoping to address many of the developer suggestions/pain points that have been…

Added by Kyle Ford on May 4, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Ning Developer Challenge Winners announced!

We're excited to announce the results of the Ning Developer Challenge!

The Ning Developer Challenge is a worldwide OpenSocial development competition that launched at Campus Party 2010 in São Paulo, Brazil. Carlos de Oliveira Caminha, Germán Gail and Mick Thompson will each receive a US $3,000 award for having the top Ning Apps in the Public Management, Environment and Entrepreneurship categories, respectively.

The competition began on January 25th with…

Added by Ernie H. on April 14, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Introducing The Ning Certified Partner Directory

Hey all!

I'm excited to announce the launch of the Ning Certified Partner Directory, our first official listing of recommended 3rd-party designers, developers and consultants:


Added by Kyle Ford on April 13, 2010 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Introducing Marketplace 2.0 with Monetization Options

We have launched a new version of Marketplace App with the most requested features…


Added by vinay on March 17, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Selected Ning Apps now available through an Apache 2.0 License

Hi everyone!

For everyone who isn't a Ning App developer, this won't make much sense to you, but for everyone else, read on:

As a way to reach out to the developer community -- as well as show examples of best practices of OpenSocial based applications that are used internally within Ning -- we have made our Twitter Tracker and Top Friends Ning Apps available via github, through an Apache 2.0 License. This means that developers looking to develop Ning Apps for the first time… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on February 9, 2010 at 2:37pm — 1 Comment

OpenSocial Documentation v1.0.9 released, now available as HTML

Hi Everyone!

A new iteration of the Ning Apps documentation has been uploaded, with the following items:

  • Added"DESCRIPTION") and"TAGLINE") as a way to get a Ning Network's description and tagline
  • Added Twitter Tracker and Top Friends to the Ning github repository

In addition, as a way to try to make Ning Apps more accessible to developers, the documentation for Ning Apps - already… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on February 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Better Email Notifications – Increase User Engagement with Automated Email Newsletters

(For Public Networks Only)

One of the most proven ways to re-engage your network’s members is to send them periodic emails highlighting recent activity on your site. Now you can add your own automated email newsletter to your Ning site with the free application from NutshellMail.

The NutshellMail application, named a… Continue

Added by Mark on February 3, 2010 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

jQuery Meetups, Sponsored by Ning

jQuery - the lightweight cross-browser JavaScript library that is used on many websites, including Ning - has always been a reason for developers to meet each other in person, ask for development help or just as a way to network with other engineers. The jQuery Project now has an official page where developers can meet face-to-face to talk about the library at the jQuery Meetups page at… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on January 26, 2010 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Introducing the Ning Developer Challenge!

The Ning Developer Challenge is kicking off today at Campus Party 2010 in São Paulo, Brazil!

This month-long OpenSocial development competition focuses on applications devoted to Public Management, Environment and Entrepreneurship. Each winner in the Public Management, Environment and Entrepeneurship categories will receive a $3,000 (US dollars) cash award.

Read more about the challenge, or visit the official Developer… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on January 25, 2010 at 11:50am — No Comments

An Interview with Apps.IO’s Benjamin Cavanaugh

From making it simple to post a classified ad, to providing a way to visually map members, the Ning Apps created by Apps.IO are adding new and interesting functionality to the Ning Networks they are installed on. Their newest Ning App, Listings, was a finalist in the Best Original Ning App category in the recently held Ning Appathon competition. Apps.IO President Benjamin Cavanaugh chatted with us about the… Continue

Added by laura on December 14, 2009 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Ning Creators is Live: General Discussion is now read-only

Today, we are launching Ning Creators, a new public Network Creator Network designed to help you get the most out of your Ning Network. While the Ning Developer Network will continue to be the place for developers to ask questions about the OpenSocial APIs, Javascript and CSS that power your Ning Network, Ning Creators offers articles, blog posts, screencasts, updates on new releases and a staffed forum. Questions and discussions about… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on November 9, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ning Apps Documentation v1.0.7 Released!

A new iteration of the Ning Apps documentation has been uploaded, with the following items:

  • Added screenshots of Tab Manager integration, Profile View "My Apps" screens.
  • There is no longer a need to create a separate development sandbox - just create a Ning Network. All references to developer sandboxes have been removed.
  • Added additional notes on Ning App caching.
  • Added notes on how to remove a Ning App.

To download a PDF of the… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on October 22, 2009 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Public Ning Apps Permalinks Now Available

Hi everyone!

We're excited to let you know that we've rolled out a public-facing version of the Ning Apps directory, complete with permalinks that can be used to promote Ning Apps directly to prospective Network Creators. It's available here:

Here's how to grab a permalink:

1) Click on the logo of a Ning App… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on October 21, 2009 at 5:28pm — 1 Comment

Want to develop a Ning App? Here are some suggestions!

Since launching Ning Apps last month, we've received a lot of great feedback from our Network Creators about additional apps they'd love to see on their Ning networks. We thought we'd post a short suggestion list to help inspire you, our awesome developers.

Reviews - Enable members of a Ning Network to share reviews of restaurants, local businesses and services, electronics, movies, music and more. Or create an app that lets the Network Creator create their own custom reviews… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on October 7, 2009 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Introducing Ning Apps for your Ning Network!

As our Senior Vice President of Business Operations Jason Rosenthal has announced, we have made Ning Apps available for all social networks on Ning. You can read more information about Ning Apps on the Ning Blog, or find some documentation how to build your own Ning Apps here at the Ning Developer Network.

You can… Continue

Added by Ernie H. on September 10, 2009 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

What happens after you submit an App?

We here at Ning thought it would be useful to let you know a bit about the policy and usability processes we have in place to review your Apps. These processes are in place to ensure you are putting your best foot forward to in providing a quality product for all of our 1.4 million Ning Networks and 30 million members.

What happens after you submit your App? You may find the following article useful:…


Added by Ernie H. on September 7, 2009 at 11:59am — No Comments

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