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  • New Apps and Themes in May 2018

    New Apps and Themes in May 2018

    Time is running so fast, isn't it? We have done many improvements and updates recently to consistently provide you the best social script. A GDPR compliant version of phpFox 4.6.1 build 4 has been released. We also updated our Privacy Policy. The question is, aside from these amazing news, what are the newly added apps and themes in the phpFox Store? Let's all discover the new 3rd party add-ons for the month of May 2018. 1.Advanced Feed (Wall) by FoxExpert DESCRIPTION It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Feed in a social network, we can say that the Feed is a social network. And very important that you feed has enough options like tag, check-in, smiles, stickers, custom backgrounds. Our solution is our Wall app, which improved core feed with many new functions and design features. Great privacy options with hiding users or exact feeds, pin, save, follow options. Works great in events, groups, profiles, and pages. Learn More → 2. Video Status by Foxer DESCRIPTION Video Status app will allow users of your network to post short videos by recording them using web camera of their device. Learn More → 3. Photo Password by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION With this app users can set passwords for their photos. Other users can see the photos if they know the password. Learn More → 4. Featured Members by cespiritual DESCRIPTION This app will add to your network a block to show all your featured members. It filters members by gender, and you can enable a setting to show only members with the avatar. It also shows a tag with the last activity date. Learn More → 5. Comments Block by cespiritual DESCRIPTION This app will add to your network a block to show all the comments posted. It filters comments by All, Most Liked, Random, Friends and My Comments, allowing you to customize it to different colors. Learn More → 6. Reaction [V4] by YouNetCo DESCRIPTION Reaction app provides the ability to react to posts with special and attractive emotions. The app quickly and accurately helps you to show acknowledgment or express how you feel about posts.  In other words, Reaction app provides a more nuanced way for users to interact with posts than just a Like. Learn More → 7. Status with Background [V4] by YouNetCo DESCRIPTION The Status with Background app lets users select a background image that appears behind their text status in place of the normally-white background. All actions on feed will also support for status background: Users may tag their friends, check-in, add hashtags, etc. Learn More → 8. Advanced Notification by FoxExpert DESCRIPTION Now you will be aware of all the events, which take place on your site using the New Advanced Notifications Plugin. The plugin displays a pop-up prompt of the actions which refers to you and you just need to click and consider them. Also, your members may always enable/disable in Profile Privacy what kind of notifications will be available for them. And finally, the installation process of this app is very easy and it doesn't require any additional configurations. Learn More → 9. FB Clone Template [V4] by YouNetCo DESCRIPTION With Facebook Clone template, we offer a completed Facebook look-alike appearance to your site, so users can feel like it's home when they can access to any features and contents on your site just like they always do it on Facebook. Learn More → As you can see, many add-ons have been added to the store last May 2018. We are proud to say that our 3rd party experts are doing a great job by continuously developing new apps and discovering new features for your phpFox sites. Give these apps a try by contacting the 3rd party vendors directly. Feel free to ask them if you have any questions about the features. And if you happen to purchase any of these products, feel free to contact them for support. If you have questions with core features, drop us a support ticket anytime in your client area.
  • GDPR compliance with phpFox 4.6.1 build 4 Release

    GDPR compliance with phpFox 4.6.1 build 4 Release

    phpFox Is Ready For GDPR Compliance What is GDPR? GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation is EU’s new privacy law which came to effect recently on 25th May 2018 to replace 1995 Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC). It aims to give control back to any individual in EU over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international businesses. Even if you are not in EU, but you have any business activity with clients located in Europe, then GDPR is also applicable for you. We introduced several features and functionalities in phpFox 4.6.0 build 3 to ensure GDPR is properly applied to our platform. The main focus is to give users control over their data. Individual Rights of GDPR Applies on phpFox The Right to be Informed phpFox allows you to setup and define the content as well as the URL for Terms of Service & Privacy Policy of your site. This is to inform your users about user data stored on phpFox site. In addition, phpFox Script also stores info of the session. It includes the login history with info on the browser, device, IP address, action, and timestamp. This applies on top of all data that a user entered manually to the phpFox site. Please check the following screenshots for your guidance. Select Edit on a certain page to start working on the content of these pages.   You can also choose to enable the option for a user to agree to the 'Terms & Privacy Confirmation'. in the registration process. From Admin CP > Settings > Registration Settings, enable Term & Privacy Confirmation setting. A user will need to check the box to confirm that they agree to your Terms of Service & Privacy Policy when creating an account. Furthermore, the user can also refer to the Term of Service & Privacy Policy at any time by clicking the link in the footer section on your site. The right of access/right to rectification phpFox allows users to access, view, and edit their personal information upon login. You can access this section for viewing and updating by selecting on profile > Account Settings. This personal information which a site collects varies from site to site. They can define custom fields to collect additional data. However, as a default requirement, phpFox saves user information such as the Full name, Email, Password, Language, Timezone, and Currency. The right to erasure/right to be forgotten In phpFox 4.6.1 build 3, any user can choose to cancel their account. It can be easily accessed by selecting Cancel Account in Account Settings section. A user can use the option to delete all their data by canceling an account. It includes a personal information in the user's profile, posts, comments, photos, music, video, tags… The user might need to fill out the form to provide some information before processing on to account deletion. The right to data portability The meaning of Right to data portability is that users are able to export and receive all of their personal data in a machine-readable format. Therefore, a user can now generate a customizable export of data with this new build 3 functionality. You can access this feature by selecting Download a Copy of your Data in Account Settings section. Users can choose which data they wish to export from the next page A zip file will be downloaded which include all data entities you select to export before in JSON format. And, phpFox 4.6.1 Build 4 is available now! We are pleased to inform you about the very quick release 4.6.1 build 4 for maintenance. Some important security improvements and bug fixes are included in this version. Please refer to this article for more details. You can report in our GitHub tracker if you found any bugs with this release. Moreover, you can submit a ticket in your client area to receive support from our team.   Summary We hope that with these releases, it will be easier for you to meet your compliance needs and obligations. Please feel free to contact us either from your Client Area or email at hello@phpfox.com if you have any questions.
  • phpFox has updated Privacy Policy

    phpFox has updated Privacy Policy

    We have updated Privacy Policy for better explanation about our privacy practices and reflecting changes required by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This clarifies more information about how we collect, use, and share personal information you may provide to us. Important updates are as follows: Better Transparency: The new policy will provide more detailed information about what information we collect and how we use them. We also provide a way for you to get a full access to your personal information that we save. More Control: We also clarify how you can control or delete your information. In short, just simply contact our support to ask for updating or removing.   We encourage you to review the updated policy here. The change will be affected immediately after it is published. Please be noted that by using our services, you will be accepting this updated privacy policy.   In the coming week, we will also publish an article about how phpFox platform can help with GDPR compliance. A minor phpFox version has released with some tools to help your users better control their personal data.   At phpFox we are doing our best in supporting the sustainable growth of Social Networking worldwide, thus, besides everyday platform enhancement, we also seriously taking any social concern into actions. For further information, please contact us from your client area or hello@phpfox.com  
  • phpFox 4.6.1 Build 3 Release

    phpFox 4.6.1 Build 3 Release

    We are pleased to announce the version 4.6.1 Build 3 is here now. In this minor release, on top of some bug fixes, we also focused on adding essential features to help phpFox site with GDPR Compliance which will be officially applied from May 25th, 2018. What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. Now, here are some highlighted items in this release: [Improvement] Able to export user data [Bug Fix]  Relationship Status does not show on the User profile. [Bug Fix] Relationship Statuses do not update unless clearing cache in AdminCP [Bug Fix] When going to AdminCP, blank page sometimes displays with Error "Could not resolve host: store.phpfox.com" [Bug Fix] Show unfriendly error about mail function on Front-end when SMTP is configured wrong [Bug Fix] AdminCP - Mail Settings - Show "Array" phrase [Bug Fix] When a guest browses another user profile, an unnecessary option to delete the event is enabled And some other minor issues are also fixed in this release. Please refer to this article for details.   Notice To support the ability to export user data, the Material template and Single Device Login app also require being updated along with Core version 4.6.1b3. The new versions of these products are now available on phpFox Store. If you are using the Material template and Single Device Login app, please don't forget to upgrade them to their latest version as well right after upgrading the phpFox Core. Installation Info Download Upgrade Instructions Installation Instructions Change Log See the complete changed file list here.   If you found any bugs with this release, please report in our GitHub tracker. You can also submit a ticket in your client area to receive support from our team.
  • Magnificent May – Magnificent Deal

    Magnificent May – Magnificent Deal

    Month of May, and we want to make it a Magnificent Month for you with this magnificent deal May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility. May is also the birth month of hawthorn flower, and color of the month is emerald. At phpFox, we work our best to support the sustainable growth of Social Networking. Thus, let's make this month blossom and expansive. You now can get the Magnificent Deal as 15% off storewide offer from May 14-31, 2018. You can enjoy this discount by purchasing any of the phpFox Licenses or phpFox Quick-Start and Launch Service and is not applicable when purchasing any 3rd party products from the phpFox store. Get this Magnificent deal with promo code: MAGMAY2018  phpFox has become the popular and powerful platform that helps thousands of Social Networks growth around the world. We are enhancing our platform base on insights understanding of each and every network, members. We then maintain the growth with our "best support" manner operation with you. Get your Social Network built now with us  You can check out our blog for tips, guides,  View other offers  Earn money as our Affiliate partner  Subscribe to our newsletter or contact: hello@phpfox.com  
  • Niche Idea – the first step to create Niche Social Network

    Niche Idea – the first step to create Niche Social Network

    When you are aware of the benefits of Niche Social Network, it is also time you face those questions: How to create your own social network? Where do I start to build a website like Facebook? How to successfully create Social Network from scratch and monetize it?... Don’t worry or feel loss, isn’t everyone so? Let's step-by-step figure that out by going through our how-to series: How To Create Niche Social Network Why Niche Social Network? Niche networks are, by definition, groups of people who are intensely interested in a certain topic. People will be able to discuss the topic at hand without countless clutter and posts on other subjects getting in the way (e.g Facebook, Twitter…) Linkedin, the world largest Niche Social Network started by the idea of business-oriented community. It helps users create profile as resume like, invite and connect each other instead of friending, sharing and discuss expertise topics, experiences Nowadays, users tend to use more Niche Social since the concern of privacy, communication, knowledge, and interests. On the other hand, owning a Niche Social Network means you own that niche market. Community management will be much more effective and efficient with lower cost and efforts [caption id="attachment_5488" align="aligncenter" width="671"] How to create your Niche Social Network?[/caption] Let’s start from the very first step of creating your own Social Network: Niche Idea Steve Jobs 1996 famous quote: "Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy; great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." I mentioned that so even when you don’t have your breakthrough idea yet but still you can plan to have one base on the compiling others ideas, nurture, adding value and make it your own With Niche concept, you don’t have to target large community. It could be your own interests and meet others in term of hobbies, expertise or situations. You can start your niche idea by identifying niche community, this can base on 2 important factors: (1) psychological factor, (2) demographic data Gather all the information, data you have on the targeted community including what do prospect members sharing about common interests? What are their preferences? Like and dislikes? Incentives? Where are they?... Let’s say you have your own customers that use your products or services, this is the easiest way to approach since you know their wants, needs and how to cater them. Or you are one of the fans in specific activities, professional group member and you understand who are also like you, where are they and what brings them together, it’s great to define that community and lead it. Engaging your niche community: Since you identify your community and its preferences in your idea, great start! Now let fine tune it by deciding how you would approach them. There would be 2 common practice approaches - Narrow group approach: Focus on small but value prospect group of members in your community first. Apply the best understandings to add value, benefits and set a clear path to investing on how to promote and encourage this group expansion Even Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg started with a group of students from Ivy League Schools, using their reputations and relationships to develop a much bigger networking later on With this strategy, you can narrow down investment and effort from the beginning stage. Focus on functions, marketing and values adding on the platform you would build - Large-scale approach: normally this is borderless demographic approach, focus on general interests and recruit as much as members from the beginning Instead of just Social Network for Tax consultants, you can start with Consultants Social Network where any consultant can join and showcase their works from legal, accounting, healthcare to psychology...This will help you more opportunity to approach larger targeted members base Each approach has its own pros and cons and you can choose one, mix them or selectively use in phases as well. This has to be carefully planned as it fulfills your original idea and shaping how your Social Network Site functions. Conclusion: When niche social network and its benefits are clearly adding value to your vision and business, you can start building your own Social Network easily. First of all, it starts with a Niche Idea, where you identify your niche community base on psychological factors, demographic data...Then plan out how you can engage to that community by which strategy. You may now asking what to do next base on your idea, please check out our post for the second article on how to oversee functional Social Network. You can subscribe to our newsletter mailing list or our social channels   Bottomline: Going through this brainstorm you can definitely have your idea about your Social Network - the strong start to build, maintain and monetize your own community. Don’t worry about how strong or weak of your idea or how to make it happen, you can contact us at hello@phpfox.com - number one Social Network Platform! Our experts and partners are happy to assist you from the day one toward your successful community
  • New Apps and Themes in April 2018

    New Apps and Themes in April 2018

    As your site grows, expanding its features is one way to make sure your members to stay connected. That is why our phpFox Experts are continuously creating and providing top of the line 3rd party add-ons. Whether it's an app, new theme, or a different language, all you need to do is to know what your site needs and pick from more than 300 add-ons available in the phpFox store. In the meantime, let's all discover the latest apps and themes that have been added to the store for the month of April. 1.Quiz Winner by Suresh Choudhary DESCRIPTION Quiz Winner app offers an admin for select multiple winners of any quiz and winners will be shown in front of the particular quiz. Learn More → 2. Marketplace Verification by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION This app was developed for a site that needs marketplace verification for users without changing the user group. Learn More → 3. DivFoxer Landing Page by Suresh Choudhary DESCRIPTION DivFoxer Template - Landing Page [V4] is an add-on to DivFoxer Template [V4]. Installing this app together with DivFoxer Template [V4] will add a beautiful Landing Page with its rich features and functionalities. Learn More → 4. Web Push Notification [V4] by YouNetCo DESCRIPTION Web Push Notifications allow users to receive messages instantly from your website even when users are away from it. Using the power of Google Firebase, this app can help you increase engagement of your network by notifying them about their interactions, friend requests and more on their desktop. You can also create your own message and send it to targeted receivers or scheduled to achieve max engagement. Learn More → 5. Group Relation by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION With this app, users can send requests to add each other to relationship groups. They have a page to manage, accept and decline relationships. The relation groups will show up in two different blocks of the user's profile. Learn More → 6. New Members Block by cespiritual DESCRIPTION This app will add to your network a block to show new members. It filters members by gender, and you can enable a setting to show only members with an avatar. It also shows a tag with the join date. Learn More → You can also check the Community Roundup last month in case you missed it. Can't find what you're looking for? Ask the 3rd party Experts to customize one for you. If you want to develop 3rd party plugins for phpFox and interested to become one of our 3rd party developers, please check out our Developer Program page.  
  • phpFox 4.6.1 Build 2 Release

    phpFox 4.6.1 Build 2 Release

    We are back to announce the quick release of phpFox 4.6.1 build 2. Together with the release of phpFox 4.6.1, we have added some significant improvements in scalability of this version but it seems the installation didn't work well in some particular cases. That is the reason for this maintenance release. Aside from the reported issues we received, we have fixed some bugs focusing on the critical ones. In this build, we have fixed Problem installing the site if using CloudFare Blank site if the site is using a clone theme of Material 4.6.0  Lost language phrases after upgrading And some other minor issues are also fixed in this release. For any clients who did try upgrading to version 4.6.1 and are having one of 3 issues above, you won't be able to use the package 4.6.1b2 to fix the problem. Instead, please refer to this page for the complete solution in installing/upgrading your site. Or feel free to contact us in Client Area. We are more than glad to help you Installation Info Download Upgrade Instructions Installation Instructions Change Log See the complete changed file list here.   If you found any bugs with this release, please report in our GitHub tracker. You can also submit a ticket in your client area to receive support from our team.
  • New Apps and Themes in March 2018

    New Apps and Themes in March 2018

    One of the reasons why phpFox is the best social network solution is because of its extended plugins. These extended plugins include apps, themes, and language packs which are an absolutely great addition to your social network sites. As of today, we have 300+ plugins available in the phpFox store. But for now, let us give you a quick update on the new apps and themes in March 2018. 1. Advanced Comment [v4] by YouNetCo DESCRIPTION Advanced Comment app expands several additional features to Core Comment of phpFox and helps your social network own the most modern tools for users to express themselves. The app provides several ways for users to portray their opinions and ideas through images, stickers, and emojis. Various improvements are also implemented to comment section such as picture preview on links, hide/unhide comments, preview on the embedded link... And certainly, all these components & settings are easily customized. Learn More → 2. Add Links Button by FoxExpert DESCRIPTION The main thing in each social network based on Phpfox it is user's content and it is really important to force your users to add or Share content. Sometimes users registered and cannot find add buttons, but our Add links Button app solver this problem and adds Button into header near notification buttons, so your users never miss add links for any of your apps. Learn More → 3. Neo Material [Theme] by Scheinwelt-Media DESCRIPTION A clean dark material based theme with a fixed header. FEATURES fixed header when scrolling Modern dark color design Learn More → It is always great to ask the 3rd Party Experts about the overall functionalities about these products. All of the plugins listed in the sore have its own 3rd party developers. These developers provide support for their own set of plugins. If in any case, you won't be able to contact them, just drop us a ticket in your client area and we are happy to help.   Helpful Links phpFox Store - https://store.phpfox.com/ Apps - https://store.phpfox.com/apps Themes - https://store.phpfox.com/themes Packages - https://store.phpfox.com/bulk Language Packs - https://store.phpfox.com/language The Experts - https://store.phpfox.com/techie/browse   If you want to develop 3rd party plugins for phpFox and interested to become one of our 3rd party developers, please check out our Developer Program page.
  • phpFox 4.6.1 Official Release

    phpFox 4.6.1 Official Release

    Coolest Social Network CMS ever! That is one of the highlights of this latest stable version release. With its newly designed AdminCP, phpFox officially announces the release of phpFox 4.6.1. (more…)
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