Tuesday, 11 April 2017

AN INNOVATIVE IDEA FOR PRO BLOGGERS...SOCIAL ENGINE

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Many legends of blogging who started from scratch, have one thing in common that's being innovative.While Some were busy to enroll site in search engine or using social media like FB, Twitter for marketing, the great ones who off course think differently, went on to spend in their online business and it paid them big time with result-100%. Its like Creating your own Facebook!  
See, Like real world, virtual world is also suffering from huge shortage of specialized professionals. So to fulfill this gap, they created special platforms for talented peoples with special niche to connect right person with each other, where without any attraction or distraction they can focus on their goal, share their ideas, connect with rookies to pros of your niche & possibly take a biggest leap of their career with a small collaboration. 
Social engine Social engine is one of the great tools used  by these legends. 
Social Engine though, is one platform that has been around for a number of years (since 2006, actually). It was also voted in as the Best Social Network Software of 2015.





It comes in two flavours; SocialEngine Cloud and Social engine PHP.
As for Social Engine Cloud, it’s a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution that lets you launch a community from Social Engine’s servers.Social Engine PHP on the other hand, is a downloadable and self-hosted version of the platform which I’ll be focusing on throughout this post. Let’s get started ! Let’s get started !

GETTING STARTED


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You can download a free trial of Social engine which lasts for 30 days, or you can try it out via their online demo.
In either case, what you’ll find is a functional admin panel that lacks decoration.

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It serves up recent Social Engine news, site stats, and some quick links to help you find vital areas of the dashboard. It does it’s job, but it’s not as beautiful as the Social Engine Cloud dashboard – which I find odd.
The rest of the dashboard is equally bare in terms of design, but it is quick and easy to navigate.


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  CORE FEATURES


Social Engine really is feature rich – there’s no denying that. Here’a an overview:
  • Mobile Web App
  • Chat and IM
  • Private messaging
  • Social feeds
  • Photo galliers
  • Groups and sub-groups
  • Events
  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • Polls

You can also use drag-and-drop software to visually arrange content, customize widgets, create whole new pages, and position banner advertisements.
This is all after you piece together your social network using themes, addons, and social frameworks. Here’s a breakdown of those features, and more.


PLUGINS & THEMES


SocialEngine boasts a plethora of addons in the form of plugins at themes, many of which are third-party contributions.
The quality of the addons vary, and although themes have started to look a lot more modern, I wouldn’t put them on par with the average WordPress theme – if I were to use them as a benchmark.

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All Social engine addons can be found via the Social Engine marketplace.

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Your community’s content is yours to own. Unlike most hosted services, Social engine PHP never prevents you from moving your community or serving your own advertisements.
SocialEngine PHP gives you a simple, unbranded network that you can customize in any way. You’ll have the freedom to maintain fine-grained control over all aspects of your site and content.


SITE STATISTICS


Social engine offers a relatively stellar site stats solution, and I’m a fan of native analytics systems within content management systems, even if they aren’t that detailed.

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Social engine ’s analytics system is fairly well detailed, though. They offer site-wide stats, referral stats, as well as stats within your community. That includes metrics on things like:
  • Private messages
  • Friendships
  • Comments
  • Abuse reports
  • Sign ins

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MULTIPLE SOCIAL FRAMEWORK


SocialEngine lets you choose from two-way friendships (like Facebook), one-way followers (like Twitter), verified/unverified friendships, and more.
This lets you build a community around common frameworks that your members will be familiar with.
You can also add sub-networks to segment members by factors such as age, workplace, location, gender, or anything else you deem necessary.

MODERATION & MEMBERSHIP 


Create multiple levels of membership in your community to give some members access to special content or extra privileges. You can also assign moderators to help you maintain your community and remove unwanted content for you.


WHITE LABEL


Thanks to Social engine have been generous by not including their branding on licensed versions of their product. That means you can go ahead and white label it – so it looks like the software is your own invention.
This goes a long way in convincing potential community members of your website’s authenticity and prestige.


PRICING


Unlike SocialEngine Cloud – which requires you to pay a monthly fee – SocialEngine PHP is available at for a one-time fee.
There are three deals currently on offer, as seen in the image below.

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Starting from $299, you can’t say that SocialEngine is pricing anybody out, but it’s not exactly cheap either. You could say it’s pretty well priced, actually.
However, it must be said that, despite being well priced, the $299 version doesn’t give you access to SocialEngine’s best features.
As for the higher plans, they afford you extras like mobile apps, instant messaging for members, forums, blogs, polls, marketplaces, and so forth. Those deals come in at $499 and $699. Which is kind of price.

EXCELLENT SUPPORT SYSTEM


With every purchase of SocialEngine PHP, you get 30 days worth of ticket-based support. Which isn’t a lot.
Further help can be found via the global SocialEngine community, as well as through detailed documentation. But to be quite honest, for a product that costs at least $299, I expect ongoing support from the SocialEngine team that lasts longer than 30 days.
You can get extended ticket-support access, but that comes at an extra cost.
SE deserves 5-stars for everything, but it's the 3rd-Party Plugins that give it the 5-star for Features & Functionality. I spent over a year searching, researching, demoing, etc. many many CMS / Community Mgmt/Engagement apps. Although there were a few that were basically tied (for various reasons), it is the wealth of 3rd-Party Plugins that makes SE stand above the rest.
Almost anything you can imagine can be done through existing Plugins (and if not, modifications can easily be made by some excellent devs). There were many Plugins that I have found useful by devs such as SocialEngineExperts, SocialEngineSolutions, Radcodes, Webhive, Hire-Experts, what really sold me on providing the bulk of the functionality I required was SocialEngineAddons.

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RECOMMENDATIONS

Read through the Plugins/Addons offered for whatever CMS you're looking at to meet your needs. Keep in mind that what you need today will most likely change, and when it does, you want to be sure you have the right foundation and availability of software and support to enhance what you started with (rather than replace it, which is always a nightmare). The wealth of Plugins that are available for SE should meet even the most demanding of needs (again, NO system offers everything, so some customization may be required to tweak it). Make sure you read reviews and if you can, try out the software AS THOROUGLY as you can to be sure it does what it says, and more importantly, how you expect it to. SE + Plugins isn't cheap (is that what you want is cheap???) but it is a great value when you see what is available to enhance it. Other CMS may look like the right fit, but it's what's available beyond the 'starter' software that matters. SE is a great foundation to build your dream upon, especially with such great devs as I mentioned above, such as SocialEngine Addons which is also the primary source for support.