PeepSo 1.3.0 Is Out!

In version 1.3.0, we focused on tweaking some of the features. These tweaks are important for future versions.

Groundwork Laid For One-Click Updates For All Plugins

We’ve started the process of preparing PeepSo for one-click updates. Instead of uninstalling then re-installing all the plugins, for future versions you’ll be able to just click the update link next to each plugin. Very simple.

This function will start working in the next version of PeepSo. This should be the last time you update manually. Please remember that this is still work in progress. It will look somewhat like this:

One click updates and upgrades for PeepSo and its plugins.

PeepSo’s Router Re-Written

Now that PeepSo has been out for a while, we have had reports of a few URLs and third party plugins not working well with PeepSo.

To improve the compatibility and stability of the plugins, we wrote the router. That should avoid issues with popular plugins like WPML which change the URL of the page by making additions like:
‘?lang=french’
This improvement is strictly under the hood. The only change you’ll see is the construction of the URLs. That’s usually just the addition of a question mark.

This is how the profile link appears in PeepSo 1.2.1:
http://sampledomain.com/profile/eric

And this is how the link appears in PeepSo 1.3.0:
http://sampledomain.com/profile/?eric

Three-State Friends Buttons

We also changed the behavior, look and feel of the action buttons on user profiles. Adding friends is now a three-state button with no modal confirmations needed. It’s all ajaxified too.

3-state friends buttons on user listings

Those action buttons have also been added to all user listings. You can see them on members pages, user profiles, and your friend list. The design is consistent to give users a feeling of confidence and to avoid confusion.

Styling Tweaks and More Changes To Profile Pages

We made a few minor changes to the profile pages:

  • Blocking users has been moved to a ‘cog’ icon.
  • Users can be banned from the front end by clicking the cog icon.
  • To save space, we replaced the “Send Message” button with an envelope icon.
  • We improved the look and feel of the modal window for sending messages.
  • Square avatars
  • Removed gray shadow stripe and added shadow for letters
Profile view after styling tweaks.

Profile view after styling tweaks.

We’ve made sure that PeepSo styling is consistent. That’s why we went with square and sharp edges over rounded corners and round avatars. If you feel like all square is not your thing, feel free to check out our documentation on how to override PeepSo CSS.

Bug Fixes

In addition to those design and functionality tweaks, we also fixed a number of bugs. You can see the full changelog here.

What, No Chat Plugin?

The chat plugin is almost ready. It just needs a few design tweaks and some testing. It will be released next. Watch out for it!

Upgrade PeepSo Now

To update to Version 1.3.0 you’ll have to un-install and re-install all the plugins. Last time! Here’s the documentation on how to do it.

No PeepSo?

The free core version is fantastic on its own. If you want to unlock the true potential of social networking for WordPress, get the other plugins today. You can buy them by clicking the link below.

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If you’d like to see what’s coming up next, check out our roadmap here.

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Those little figures at the top of the screen and the beeps people receive whenever someone comments, likes or shares their posts are the Internet’s most powerful drug.

The number one activity that motivates engagement

Those little figures at the top of the screen and the beeps people receive whenever someone comments, likes or shares their posts are the Internet’s most powerful drug.

Those little figures at the top of the screen and the beeps people receive whenever someone comments, likes or shares their posts are the Internet’s most powerful drug.

Every successful business has a secret ingredient.

For Coca Cola it’s “7X,” the mystery vegetable extracts that make people believe they’re drinking more than sugar.

For Apple, it’s Jony Ive’s design genius.

And for communities, it’s…

… notifications.

Those little figures at the top of the screen and the beeps people receive whenever someone comments, likes or shares their posts are the Internet’s most powerful drug.

Every time someone interacts with your content, it’s like receiving a round of applause. It’s a smile from a friend you haven’t seen for months, a thumbs-up from someone who thinks you’ve done something cool.

It’s encouragement to keep posting and keep interacting.

When even a simple “like” can trigger a notification, small interactions can have powerful effects on the life of your community. Keep your notifications turned on and you’ll keep people coming back.

That’s all for now! Next time, a tricky topic: policing your community.

Visit our PeepSo community if you’d like to ask us questions about creating communities, or about using PeepSo:

https://www.peepso.com/community/

The easiest way to spread word of mouth is by tagging pictures

Why tagging is more than a feature

The easiest way to spread word of mouth is by tagging pictures

The easiest way to spread word of mouth is by tagging pictures

Chris Meyer is a wedding photographer in St. Paul, Minnesota. About 85 percent of his business comes through word of mouth and through social media networking. Four years after turning professional, he’d picked up more than $100,000 worth of photography work through Facebook marketing.

Only a tiny portion of that work came through paid advertising. In total, he’d spent less than $1,000 on social media ads over those four years.

Most of his new business came through uploading the images he shot at weddings and tagging the people in the pictures.

The most powerful way to build a community is through word of mouth.

The easiest way to spread word of mouth is by tagging pictures.

When your members tag their friends, they drag them into the conversation. They force them to engage and they spread notifications across the network.

Tagging is a powerful tool for members. It’s a powerful tool for businesses. And it’s a powerful tool for community builders.

Encourage your members to upload pictures and tag their friends, and you’ll give your growth rate a powerful boost.

That’s all for now! The next post will be about the number one thing that builds engagement.

 

Community Growing

From seeds to saplings – growing your community

Community GrowingThe first members of your community should be people you know.

The second members of your community should be people they know.

That’s easy, isn’t it?

It’s also the way that a community should grow.

Sure, advertising can play a role and mentions in magazines and websites related to your community will help too, but the best way to grow a community from seed to sapling is through word of mouth.

That won’t just get you more people. It also gets you people who want to take part. They arriving knowing people in the community and they want to communicate with them. They don’t just look and leave.

They stay and talk. And then they tell their friends.

Once your community is starting to grow and show signs of life, encourage your members to spread the word. Suggest they link to their community posts on their blogs. Tell them to talk about it with the people they know. Ask them to recommend people with something to contribute. It’s a lot cheaper and a lot more effective than advertising.

That’s all for now! In the next post, we’ll discuss tagging.

 

An online hub is interactive; it brings all the different elements of your online activity under one roof

Websites vs Online Hubs: Your Whole Business Under One Digital Roof

An online hub is interactive; it brings all the different elements of your online activity under one roof

An online hub is interactive; it brings all the different elements of your online activity under one roof

The term “online hub” is often used interchangeably with “website”, but they represent two different forms of online communication and activity. A website is, primarily, a one-way conversation: you might have a contact form or a comments section, but for the most part, a website acts as an online brochure. An online hub is interactive; it brings all the different elements of your online activity under one roof, it encourages community and conversation.

WordPress is fantastic at enabling people to create their very own online hubs, with very little technical knowledge required. Rather than taking people to Google Hangouts on Air or another third-party site for a webinar, plugins like WPWebinar allow you to host it on your own website landing page. There’s a wide range of CRM plugins available, allowing you to edit forms and manage contacts through your WordPress site (if you’re already using Woocommerce, the “WooCommerce Customer Relationship Management” plugin is well worth a look). You can use plugins like Sendpress to manage your newsletter. If you run a podcast, you can use your WordPress blog as the foundation for the podcast’s RSS feed.

And, of course, you can use the PeepSo plugin to create your own private social network, rather than having people come back and forth from a Facebook group.

There’s multiple benefits to this. Driving people to your own website improves your search engine rankings (the more visits you get, the higher you’ll rank). It gives you full control over and ownership of the information you share, and in turn, the information people share with you. Plus, while people are on your website doing other things, they’re likely to have a look around and see what else you have to offer; eg, if you’re hosting a webinar on your own website, you can put some links on the page for people to click and view while they’re waiting for it to start. You’ll also slash your advertising spend: it costs you nothing to run an advert or promote an event on your own social network (keeping your money in your own wallet, rather than Facebook’s). Plus, you can never underestimate the power of connection and conversation when it comes to conversions. If people are interacting with you and your business rather than just reading about it, that’s going to build trust and that trust is going to translate to sales.

To learn more about how PeepSo can help you go from a simple website to a thriving online hub, check out our features here – we’re adding more all the time.

What makes a community thrive?

What makes a community thrive?

What makes a community thrive?

What makes a community thrive?

All thriving communities have one thing in common.

Motivation.

Their members are motivated to post content and engage with other members. They don’t feel that community participation is a chore. It’s a pleasure. It’s fun. As soon as they post, they’re checking their notifications to see who’s replied.

And as soon as they see something they like, they share it and check back to see who engages with it.

A thriving community builds its own rewards.

Your job is to kickstart that process and tell people which content people most want to see. Do that right and you should find that taking part in the community is enjoyable and addictive.

That’s all for now! In the next post, we’ll move into community growth.

 

Why Choose WordPress?

When it comes to choosing a content management system for your website, WordPress is a cut above the rest; many people have waxed lyrical about its design capabilities and ease of use. Here’s a collection of snippets from our favorite love letters to WordPress, in case you’re trying to get someone to convert and need a little extra evidence (you’ll probably also want to mention how easy it is to use WordPress to create your own, private social network).

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A WordPress business website can be as big as you want it to be, from a simple blog page to large website with a number of complex features including ecommerce. The website can grow and adapt as your business evolves. – Cool Candy Media

Aggregator support is built-in with a number of standard RSS configurations already done for you, as well as Atom. Following standards makes your WordPress site easier to manage, increases its longevity for future Internet technology adoption, and helps give your site the widest audience possible. – WordPress Codex

WordPress is written using standard compliance high quality code and produces semantic mark up which makes your site very attractive to search engines. By design WordPress is very SEO friendly, and you can make it even more SEO friendly by using WordPress SEO plugin.WP Beginner

The main feature that drew me to WordPress – and keeps me using it – is the ease of use for end users. Most of my clients are non-technical and need an easy way to manage their sites. With WordPress, I can create very complex, feature rich websites that are easy to manage.Bill Erickson.

I chose WordPress a decade ago, for its license, its flexibility, and its community. Ten years later, I am happy to say that these reasons are still in place, and still behind my fondness for the software. You can use WordPress to do just about anything, which speaks to its capabilities and its license. And it is developed, translated, documented, supported, and hosted by one of the kindest, most amazing software communities I have ever encountered.Mark Jaquith

WordPress is over ten years old. During the past decade WordPress has been refined, tested, and enhanced. In the process it has evolved into a world-class web publishing system. – WP Apprentice

We believe that WordPress is a long term solution because of the freedom it offers organizations. Since you don’t have to know programming to create and update your website, it frees you from dependency on employees, volunteers or board members that you may have had to rely on before to update your website. The ease of use also frees up a lot of your time that would otherwise be spent in training. Most importantly, being an open ecosystem,with all the plugins, themes, and developers available, WordPress  frees you from being locked into an antiquated or unsuitable website.MemberFindMe

There’s a million reasons to love WordPress, from its responsive design to its ease of use; and as PeepSo grows and develops, we keep finding reasons to love it even more.

The first job of a community manager is to keep people talking

The first job of a community manager

The first job of a community manager is to keep people talking

The first job of a community manager is to keep people talking

I’m going to keep this simple.

The first job of a community manager is to keep people talking.

Sure, you’ll have to deal with complaints. You’ll have to answer questions. You’ll need to filter out the false profiles and the posts that breach the guidelines.

But that’s not your job.

Your main job is to make sure that your members post content and other members respond to that content.

And if your members aren’t posting content, your second job will be to find new members who will.

That’s all for now! In the next post, I’ll talk about what makes a community thrive.

You don’t need too many of those VIP seeds to get your community up and running. Twenty can be enough, even a dozen. They just have to be chosen well.

Your First Community Members – Where to find your VIP seeds

You don’t need too many of those VIP seeds to get your community up and running. Twenty can be enough, even a dozen. They just have to be chosen well.

You don’t need too many of those VIP seeds to get your community up and running. Twenty can be enough, even a dozen. They just have to be chosen well.

Communities that thrive over the long term don’t start with a flash. They begin as a small gathering and grow into a fun party. The right way to start isn’t with a mass email and a broad appeal. It’s with exclusive invitations to a select few who you know will talk and communicate—and eventually attract a bunch of friends.

You don’t need too many of those VIP seeds to get your community up and running. Twenty can be enough, even a dozen. They just have to be chosen well.

The first place to look for them is among people you know. It’s likely that you’re already part of a community so tell your friends and the people you’ve met at conferences what you’re doing and invite them to participate.

It’s possible that those contacts alone will be enough to seed your community.

If you need to look further, hit bloggers. Avoid the top bloggers in your field. They already have a community. Try to bring in the mid-rankers, people who have a way to climb and will want to work with you to reach more people.

You can also contact commenters on those blogs. You know they have opinions so invite them to share those opinions in your community where they’ll be seen and discussed instead of hiding them away in a comment section.

Amazon book reviewers can share their knowledge with your members, and if you still need more people, contact the biggest contributors to targeted Facebook pages.

It shouldn’t take you long to sign up your first twenty members and because they’ll be knowledgeable and opinionated, they’ll be real contributors who build conversations and attract more people.

That’s all for now! In the next post, I’ll be talking about a community manager’s first job.

 

The five different types of online community

The five different types of online communityI’m really looking forward to helping your community to grow and thrive.

Let’s talk about the five different kinds of communities that come together online.

Action communities campaign for social change. Their unity comes from a shared value. The challenge for the community leader is to maintain interest even when that change is slow to come. Small victories help, coupled with advice to help community members spread awareness in their own lives.

Local communities focus on a small area. They provide a way for neighbors to exchange news and information. While these communities often have local leaders, they also have plenty of grassroots support and no shortage of interaction. Keep an eye out for marketing that can spoil the experience and control it by restricting ads to one day a week or by sloughing commercial messages into a separate part of the community.

Professional communities let people doing similar work share advice and experience. Make sure that your content and the information available in the community is welcoming to new members but also advanced enough to interest experienced professionals.

Communities based on circumstance gather together people who share a particular situation, such as motherhood or drug addiction. Members of these communities are often looking for information. Be prepared to do plenty of curation, motivate experienced members to contribute and publish lots of your own content.

And interest communities are focused on a particular passion, hobby or brand. These can be the most fun so you’ll need to make the sure the content is entertaining and invites engagement. Videos are particularly effective. Publish your own and encourage others to upload theirs.

Know which kind of community you’re building. Understand what members of that community are looking for. Be the example that other members will follow. That’s all for now! In the next message, I’ll be talking about those first VIP seeds.

 

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