Network of landscapers – migration to Ning 3.0

It seems as though not a day passes without someone getting in touch about migrating their Ning network to the latest iteration of Ning’s platform: Ning 3.0.

Some are not ready to make the jump for various reasons: cost; lack of features etc, but some are ploughing ahead in the realisation that their Ning 2 site looks dated and simply doesn’t meet their needs as businesses, publishers or whatever. One such client was this landscape gardening community.

The site’s owner has for a while had premium membership options, so the first challenge was retaining those elements within the new framework of Ning 3.0. In the end, not only did we retain them but improved on them, such are Ning 3.0’s elegant visual options and content flexibility.

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The new site utilises a full-width grid, includes a slider plugin to automatically pick up latest blog posts on the homepage, showcases the stunning landscaping work of its members via the photo module (tweaked to display full res), and has strong calls to action to join discussions, add blogs, and become a premium member.

As a migration project, it wasn’t the smoothest. Ning still have some things to iron out before they roll out automated migration tools, but I’m not going to slam them here because I appreciate they have a tough job, probably a larger one than they imagined they might when they rolled Ning 3.0 out almost two years ago.

Anyway, check out the latest addition to my portfolio here.

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Richard Pettet

I'm a professional website designer who specialises in Social Network and community website build and design work. Expert with Ning and BuddyPress.
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