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  • phpFox Developers Tip – How to extend the install routine of your apps?

    If you're developing an app that requires database tables or needs to perform a task before a client can use the app, you can as of phpFox version 4.0.5, access our CoreAppInstaller class. By utilizing this class, you can extend the install routine of your apps.To learn more, Check out the article
  • Push WordPress to phpFox Forum with the WordPress Discussions app

    Wordpress comes packed with tons of great features to use for your blog and we use it for our official blog to pass along announcements to our clients.With Wordpress Discussions app, we wanted an app that integrates to our Community and has it connected to our Forum, as this is the most active section within our community.Based on the settings you provide, this App will create a new thread whenever you create a new post in WP. It does not actually add the content, we skipped this to make sure search engines would not pick up on duplicate content and instead provided info and a link that this is where we can discuss this specific announcement. We then disable comments on WP and link to the specific thread so our clients can discuss it there.If you add your RSS feed, we include a block on your members' dashboard with the latest blogs from the previous 7 days.Get the Wordpress Discussions app
  • Developers Tip: Working with AJAX in phpFox Neutron

    For developers coming over from PHPfox Nebula we handled AJAX in phpFox Neutron requests and responses a little different. We have simplified things with phpFox Neutron with how an AJAX request reaches a controller via routes.To learn more, check out the docs
  • Bring your Community to Life with the Twemoji App for phpFox Neutron

    Twemoji is an awesome open source project by Twitter. We at PHPfox developed a small app for Neutron to bring these fun emojis into your communities.Get the PHPfox Twemoji app
  • Add an SMS Captcha to your phpFox Community

    Today we are excited to announce the release of SMS Captcha functionality. From now on, you can add SMS Captcha to your phpFox Community by configuring the newly released app which can be installed from phpFox Admin CP. Some screenshots of the app can be found as follows:[gallery type="slideshow" size="large" link="none" ids="452,451,450,449"] Check out the App   Note: From phpFox v4.3, we decided to unify many verification apps into a built-in 2-factor authentication app. You can now use this built-in app to enable the SMS verification for your online social community.
  • phpFox v4 Tip: Enable Ad Placements and Monetize

    Continuing with phpFox v4 tips, we now introduce a new guide to Enable Ad Placements in your social network community and Monetize with this awesome feature. Follow the following screenshots to get an idea how to do that. Visit our docs to learn more
  • Installing v3 Modular Apps in phpFox v4

    As you may know, we have just allowed installing v3 Modular Apps in phpFox v4. You are now confident to upgrade your social network community to the latest phpFox v4 with lots of improvements. Visit our docs to learn more
  • How to Enable or Disable Modules in phpFox

    When starting a brand new Social Network you want to be unique in order to stand out and to get people to notice your community. In order to make your niche Social Network unique, you need to change a few settings in phpFox to work the way you want it to work. A lot of people want things easy-going, free and instant; more than often that is not the case. Starting a brand new website requires time, effort and determination. It is like starting most brands from scratch, it requires work and constant promotion in order for it to get people's attention. The greatest benefit with phpFox is that it has SO many features. So many in fact it can be overwhelming to your new members. If you want to make your niche Social Network unique and super-easy to use, you should limit the features they can access in the beginning. Then you can gradually enable more features to make things a little exciting for your members, that way they will feel like they have grown with your community along the way. It is also great to limit features in the beginning so that it doesn't hog your server resources. For an example, if you don't need the Video Module, you should definitely disable it, as video streaming is one of the most resource hogging feature on PHPfox. Another resource eater is the Instant Messenger. To enable or disable Modules in phpFox, you need to go to your AdminCP, then Extensions >> Modules >> Manage Modules. From there you click on the Green Button (means active) if you want to disable it. The Green Button will then turn into a Red Button, meaning inactive.
  • Make Money with phpFox Social Network

    Most people have specific goals when they start an online social network. These goals are usually to connect with fellow hobbyist, create a niche community and/or to make money online.If you're focusing on managing your very own Social Network, and you're doing it part- or full-time; then you'll most likely need to generate income from it.We have a few clients that are running phpFox websites that are very successful. In fact so successful that they're earning thousands of dollars per hour! Note that each social website is unique and that it requires continuous self-promotion in order to get members. Promotion of your social website is extremely vital at pre-launch, launch and shortly after a launch. You would need to promote your website enough to get a good amount of active members/clients/following in order to generate an income on your social network. How to promote your social website prior to launch will not be covered in this article. This article will cover how to make money on an already launched phpFox v3 social network with active members. For most of the below suggestions you will need to have enabled your payment gateway for your phpFox website. The below features are included in the Ultimate Package of phpFox v3.Here are some suggestions that has generated income for some social networks online:- Ads - Sponsored Newsletter - Membership Subscription - Social Marketplace - Events & Meetups - DonationDo note that most of the time managing the several suggestions above requires a bit of luck, strategic planning and hard work - specially in the beginning of a social website creation. AdsIt's no secret that Facebook is the most popular social network online, and one that most of our clients refer to when they want to start a community. As of June 2014 Facebook housed 1.3 billion active users[1], ranking the 2nd most visited website globally. Most of Facebook's revenue come from advertising to their members. The revenue of Facebook continuous to grow steadily each year and the revenue for 2013 was $7.87 billion[2].Facebook (and similar leading Social Networks online) are inspirations to our goal in making money off our Social Networks. The more active users a community have - the more you, as the site owner, can earn. By default there is a highly advanced Ad Manager included in phpFox. There are several solutions to advertising to your users in your community. - Create Ads on phpFox You can add ads from advertising companies such as Google AdSense. You can also add campaign from affiliate networks, earning a commission from whatever your members purchase from the affiliated websites. By creating a page via the phpFox CMS feature, in the AdminCP, you welcome companies who aren't registered with you to advertise on your website. By putting up a nice "Advertise with us" page you expand the opportunity of business and local companies reaching out to you and paying you to advertise for your members.When you create ads by uploading an advertising image or you could copy & paste HTML code from the advertising companies you are registered with (eg. Google AdSense). Within the same feature you can create a start date and an end date (or you could leave the ad looping). You can also limit the total views and clicks on the ad, as well as allow the ad to have unlimited views and clicks. A live placement pre-view can be viewed as to where you would like your ads to be placed. Another great feature in the phpFox Ad Campaign Manager is that you can target your audience based on their usergroup, location, gender and age. - Allow Your Members & Registered Companies to create ads This feature functions similar to the ordinary admin campaign setup, the main difference is that you allow your registered member, or registered company on your website, to create the Ad Campaign within their account. Giving you the power of automatisation, which in turn leads to less administrative work for you! Less work in small things can give you the opportunity to focus on great things! Sponsored NewsletterWith sponsored newsletter you can either contact companies & local businesses and ask them if they want to sponsor your newsletter to x amount of your members - that is: x amount of their potential buyers/clients. You can either add an appealing image of their product/services and/or add a text at the top or bottom mentioning your sponsor. A lot of bigger blogs have their blog entries sponsored by companies - a similar setup can be used with newsletter. An example is to beginning your newsletter with a paragraph saying:"This newsletter was brought to you by Company X. They provide excellent Y services/products. They're the leading brand within their market. Make sure to stop by their website [link] for more information."The benefit of companies advertising or sponsoring newsletter is that they get a closer attention from their potential target. It is also a more intimate way to reach their target. This due to that most people who are subscribed to newsletter from websites actually read through most of the newsletter. If you compare ordinary site ads with sponsored newsletter - the impression is more focus with a newsletter as the receiver is focused on the mail, while the site browser is more focus on the website content rather than the site ad. Unless, of course, the site ad is remarkably tantalising that is demands attention. Membership SubscriptionphpFox comes with an advanced User Group Module giving you, as the site admin, the power to create different membership that has access to various features. The User Group Module is connected to a Subscription Module, which in return allows for Paid/Premium Membership Packages.There are Different Ways to Setup a phpFox Membership Site. You can create a free membership with limited access to your Social Network, while you create a Premium Membership which will give your members free (or more) access to your community. You can also disable ads for paid memberships, while freemium accounts would see the ads. Another alternative is to allow paid members to upload items to specific module. An example is a Music Social Website where you allow your premium members to upload music to your website. As the User Group Module is functionally vast there are tons of options a Site Admin can do to create a membership based community.You would need to enable the phpFox Subscription Module in order to offer freemium/premium memberships. When you've create your different user group (a.k.a membership levels) then you can offer a Membership Comparison Page to show your members the differences between each membership packages. Social MarketplaceOpening up a Marketplace within a Social Network has its perks, especially if you primarily started your website as a Social Network. Opening up a Marketplace (a.k.a Classified or E-Commerce) gives you, as the Community Admin, the confidence of your members to trust your Marketplace enough to buy something from it directly. This is because you already have an audience who trust you. The promotional pre-launch part of a webshop has already been done with an active community.You can allow your members to create Classified Listing within your Marketplace and manage the payment between the seller and themselves. You can also allow your members to pay to the seller via the community by enabling the buy now button in the phpFox Marketplace.Another great feature you can monetize with is to enable sponsored ads in your social marketplace. Giving your members who paid to be feature a closer step to their audience. Events & MeetupsWith the User Group Module you can disable Event Creation for regular members and only allow it for members who paid a subscription fee, either one-time or recurring fee.Creating a local Social Network gives you the advantage to make a focused and locally based promotion of your website. Telling friends & family, telling co-workers and former classmates about your community. Another pro is that you can ask local businesses to sponsor an event you're community throws. DonationAdd a simple Donate Button to your website for your members to pay with PayPal. You'll make it easy for anyone who wants to spontaneously be generous. Although, not the biggest income giver, it's a small addition to your community's wallet! A small addition is better than none. little by little, a little becomes A LOT - Tanzanian Proverb There could be a few more monetization solution than mentioned in the article, but we're hoping that the suggestions will help you to make money with your social network.Use phpFox to create your online community.Mobile Friendly Earn money on your social network Integrate your brand. No "Powered by" You own your website and it's content  Get Started   1. Company Info | Facebook Newsroom 2. Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results.
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