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Feel free to discuss. I have little to say, so disappointed in this company, on so many levels.
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Happy to help. Maybe for free, it would work for you. I'm sure it would take some getting used to, but that will be true of any change.
I went and checked it out...saving the website to look at later.
It looked like you can have unlimited number of members even with the free one. But I definitely need to make sure it is private from the start.
AS I said, we are paid up through next July so I have time to investigate and even test sites.
Thanks again for your continued help/input!
Hi Amy (Oasis of Faith),
I'll keep you posted.
Let me share this:
I only spent about 20 minutes in it, just for you. And, seems pretty straightforward, and quite simple. Bottom line: A great place to connect, add blogs, forums, groups, and all that stuff.
FREE VERSION: At first glance, seems there are a lot of things you can't do, but a ton you can do.
I notice you cannot moderate membership in free version, but could be because I set up the Private Intranet version. And for the latter, you always invite members.
I invited myself with another email. I should have guessed this, but no deal breaker. You have to join Zoho, to join the Network.
I added 2 comments to the welcome blog, and the 2nd one is giving me an error. Although the comment was actually accepted. It could be because I'm signed into 2 accounts. Although shouldn't, since I'm in 2 different browsers. Zoho has a huge Support Community, and been around a long time. You've probably heard of them. So, thinking just a quirk.
And since they partner with Google, should be able to signin to Zoho with a Google account.
Hi Jen - I am Amy, creator of the Oasis of Faith ning site which is a private network that I have been maintaining since the days when Ning was free. This is our local church Sunday School class network where we communicate with one another and have a 24 7 prayer request group. We do not get new members unless they are new to our church and class. Once we had to start paying a membership fee, the class always took up donations to keep our site open. Now that they are charging 588.00, we are deciding if we can manage that. I am very sad. I am NOT a tech person, but have become comfortable with the ning format. So just in case our members decide to close our ning site, I am trying to research other social networks. ugh I really feel at a loss. So, I am looking at all your suggestions. I would like your input on the easiest ones to create, for someone like me, who just has no experience or knowledge of how to create except with the Ning format. Any suggestions would be helpful. Also, what is your cost to do that for a site that you would create for them? sigh We have paid the annual fee for our site so fortunately I have til July of next year to figure out what I am going to do. Thank you for any input you can give me. I will keep following you here to see when you post new information about other social networks.
Jen, yes, please keep me posted. I have less than two weeks to decide where I'm going. If I'm even going anywhere LOL ...
Not sure I want that title these days, hehehehe. =)
Thanks, Jen! You're still the Queen of Ningland. :)
Always nice to hear from you. Sorry, it's under these circumstances. I do not blame you!
I've tried them all, and spent quality time in approx. 7 alternatives. For now, my vote goes to Boonex DolphinPro if you want to have full control over your code. I have a lot of confidence in their software. You can access all of the backend code, you own it 100%. They also offer a nice option of hosting it for you, handling maintenance and updates for you. Then, if you ever wanted to host it yourself, no problem. Another nice thing about them hosting it, no big licensing fee upfront, just the monthly subscription.
The backend is a bit antiquated in looks, but full of power. They've been around a long time. I won't lie, there is a learning curve, and it is more complicated than Ning. But, that will always be the case if you have access to all code. DolphinPro is absolutely loaded with features, and the ability to customize is endless.
NOTE: Currently I am evaluating another system that is hosted, like Ning. It may be the best Ning replacement. I'll keep you posted.
Best to you as always,
BeEp! ToOt! HoNk! As always, the Ningalings are on their greedy move again. Have to say that this time, I'm (((actually))) leaving, Jen. Even if I could afford the upgraded prices, I refuse to invest anymore into a company that continues to Ninglesteer it's clients into ditches, mines, and pits and leaves them deserted on NingaLand without water and food. I have three social networks. Is there a list of other social networks we can choose from? :/
DOH, says the blond, on the abbreviation, lol. I was tired, is that a good excuse? ;-)
I saw the Ruby on Rails, love that. Love the Facebook-like tagging and sharing.
You're right on Ning 2.0 and 3.0. Except, my experience: I use 3.0 sites continuously, haven't experienced any outages - - maybe one time?
I'll send a pm on something else.
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