Well, the new Ning is here (July 20, 2010). At first glance, you don't get the feel that there are many new features. But actually, there are quite a few new features that will prove to be critical for the long haul. I think of this first implementation as the new base foundation for the Ning platform.
As I've stated in other discussions, I don't care for the new dashboard.
New Features: (Applies to Premium and Pro Plans):
Increased Text Boxes on home page (25, currently 3)
Increased RSS Feeds on home page (25, currently 1)
Increased characters in Advanced CSS (up to 100,000 characters of CSS, current limit is 15,000)
Limited Content and Member Statistics (I believe this will much improve over time and platform upgrades)
Ning ID is gone. You can finally brand your Ning Network as your own!
Increase of menu tabs from 14 up to 50.
Please let me know if I left any new features off the list.
I haven't had time to dive in yet. Thanks for outlining the new features that currently exist. :)
I do have a huge question though: Where is the best place to post glitches I'm encountering or just basic questions I have with the new platform?
For example, the first problem I'm having has to do with the custom domain. It seems I can select the custom domain with or without the "www" subdomain, but the one not selected goes to an "oops" page.
Both with and without the "www" for the custom domain should work, and I can't figure out what's going on with the new dashboard, and am not sure where to ask, as surely many are gathered. I'm a member at Creators, but things feel very fragmented as far as getting help there, too.
That's good. Jenn, we should start a thread for "New Ning things you didn't thing you had". They don't seem to be listing every detail of the change in one place. I just saw the post to turn of "Powered by Ning" in the footer. That's a good one.
I am liking the new Ning. I haven't had any issues and discover new little changes everyday that make things easier. Can't wait for the upcoming features like text boxes in the footer and header. I don't have a problem being "powered by Ning" (LOL) but I am still new to css, networks and everything so I don't really do anything that complicated with my network yet. We will see when I add the code for my new layout. Hoping that some of the expertise here rubs off on me. Keeping my fingers crossed and keeping the faith in Ning!
I've run into two questions/issues with the new Nings.
1. They say there will be test sites - I'm the manager of three different sites, but they were created by other people (these other people pay the bills). So does that mean I won't have access to a test site?
2. Before I could go to ning.com, sign in and see all the ning networks I belonged to. That doesn't happen any more - it only shows those that I've created (which will disappear soon). I belong to lots of ning networks and can't remember what they all are - is that info gone forever?