Layouts 4 Ning and more!
Hiya Guys and Gals!
In the past month we have been faced with the news of Ning making a MAJOR change to the platform we are currently on. NING 3.0: THE RE-IMAGINING OF OUR PRODUCT. This affects ALL Ning sites our members are currently on. Not only will it effect Network Creators, but it will effect members in a way that will effect this site as well, like dominoes. We are at a crossroads where our future is concerned. We want to know; Should we stay or should we go?
On one hand, this could be very bad for us. For starters, we could loose members. For me personally, I stand to put in many more hours developing code for this new site. For members, they may be loosing a big part of their personal profile pages according to this article. It seems we will still be allowed a "Cover" image, but no word yet on if a background image will also be allowed. They are standing firm on removing CSS at this point. When members loose functionality of their profiles, Network Creators get nervous that their members will leave for other sites like facebook, which is the direction Ning is heading. So this is why I come to you, will you stay or will you go?
On another hand we have a great opportunity for growth. One of the new TOS for all Ning | Glam Social sites is that their logo be displayed in the footer. Believe it or not, this helps us. Members discover that they can search Google, bing, Yahoo etc. for their "Cover" images and we will be there. I am a designer and creating images is what I love to do, so I will be happy to create more tutorials to assist you in creating "Cover" images. Another possibility for our creators is to market their talents in assisting Network Creators with the design of their new 3.0 network. There will be many who will be looking for help in the coming months. I haven't started on the coding yet, but you can bet I will if the demand is there. Does this sound good to you? Will you stay or will you go?
If a few of you would like to take the new platform for a spin, I have a test site HERE that you can sign up for. I can only have a few members so please only sign up if you are willing to test the site and offer feedback.
Your time and opinion is appreciated!