To UNA or not to UNA....

Used to build a fair few sites with Dolphin back in the day, moved to WP based platforms as Dolphin just seemed to get left behind when it came to the way it 'looks'... it just didnt keep up with other trends design wise compared to the many amazing templates available for platforms such as WP etc...

 

However, I am now looking at a couple of community / network based projects after this years covid mayhem, and the go to WP setups I would use dont offer the setup I know I used to get with the old Dolphin feature wise without a good deal of playing around with multiple plugins and adjustments.

 

BUT - do I want to build a future project on a platform (Dolphin) that has been left to gather virtual dust???

 

Or go UNA ....

 

Setup a playsite with UNA to check it out, first impressions....

 

WHY NO VIDEO OR PHOTO MODULES IN CORE??????

These are standard - basic basic basic core function modules for any community or social site... out of all the modules to move to paid section these two should not be there!!! - this is a biggie, especially for anyone looking to set up their first UNA site, being told its 'free' then having next to zero media content allowed unless you pay £150 a year for 2 basic modules. Strike 1....

 

PAGE BUILDER and other layout bits... what can I say, other than wtf? No offence but Ive built tons of sites and just cannot see how the new way of doing things is a step forwards. Maybe it offers a lot more technical options, but anyone looking to get there head round it who maybe isnt a coder, its just visually off putting. Stike 2?....

 

Ive not got further into it yet... but when there are so many other platforms available, its easy to jump to another if one keeps hitting those 'strike' points... it should be easy, should be simple, clean...

 

Feeling a bit dissapointed so far, even to the point of just setting up using the old Dolphin platform, use some of the 100 modules I spent out on... but for how long? How long will a community site last thats built on something that has been left to age?

 

Anyone else out there from the old Dolphin days move to Una and made it work???

 

Need some good news to wrap up this year!....

Quote · 22 Dec 2020

Realise that UNA is old code.  The studio was coded 14 years ago.  At the time it looked slicked but of course things have moved on.  I actually think the administration panel in Dolphin is much better than Studio.  Boonex was looking for a cash cow; all of the time spent on UNA should have been spent on Dolphin improving it.  UNA is slow as well, once a member logs in; the sql queries and php calls really slow down page load.  Then there is stupidity such as links in headers of blocks that just take you to the page you are on.  I will send you an email.

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Quote · 22 Dec 2020

In my personal opinion dolphin is way better I think it would of been better to have improved Dolphin as a premium member said, In my personal opinion it was in a class of its own .... UNA in my opinion it's such a let down Plus I feel cheated as I have a permanent license for dolphin and now the Dolphin market has gone to waste and no one is updating there modules. This I feel is a total letdown to customers who have paid for a license in a trusted brand and now it's been pushed aside and it's customers. Bring back Dolphin before it's completely dead.

 

Powering more than 300,000 web communities, online dating sites and niche social networks, DolphinPro is the world most popular social networking software platform. By far....... so why change it to UNA?

Quote · 24 Dec 2020

 Hi geek_girl!

Have you any examples to prove this part?

Realise that UNA is old code.  The studio was coded 14 years ago.  At the time it looked slicked but of course things have moved on.

 Just interesting to look on any investigations :-)

Quote · 24 Dec 2020

Here is my Opinion if it counts? I prefer Dolphin over UNA by a long shot. Having now produced sites from both platforms. UNA is taking forever to do tasks when it comes to repairs to code, content and just overall community support. It seems there more apt to adding to instead of of fixing what needs fixing already. UNA seems a little plastic on both admin side and face value. 

 

When it comes to content coding from module builders, it is a long and sometimes tedious production. I have had a UNA site now for over 8 months now, that is just now getting content geared towards a social platform. (Only because one coder Modzzz has come to UNA). Then there is the useless and unneeded modules such as "spaces". try explaining that to users and how to use it at all. 

 

Personally I am not impressed really. I to believe Boonex should have just spent the time on a new rollout of Dolphin. Dolphin still has so much to give in a platform. There was no reason to drop it like a bad potato. The cost and efforts people have invested in there Dolphin platforms is such a disappointment to now lose support soon, and modules that were so well written, and have not been updated at all by some coders. On UNA side, it is very desolate when it comes to seeing any new content or old names for coding.

 

I am actually going to build a Dolphin site again. I'll keep my UNA site as well, because I've spent much $$$.

Quote · 26 Dec 2020

 

 Hi geek_girl!

Have you any examples to prove this part?

Realise that UNA is old code.  The studio was coded 14 years ago.  At the time it looked slicked but of course things have moved on.

 Just interesting to look on any investigations :-)

 They were building upon the UNA platform back in 2009

Quote · 26 Dec 2020

 

Realise that UNA is old code.  The studio was coded 14 years ago.  At the time it looked slicked but of course things have moved on.  I actually think the administration panel in Dolphin is much better than Studio.  Boonex was looking for a cash cow; all of the time spent on UNA should have been spent on Dolphin improving it.  UNA is slow as well, once a member logs in; the sql queries and php calls really slow down page load.  Then there is stupidity such as links in headers of blocks that just take you to the page you are on.  I will send you an email.

 I do agree and back the whole statement made here. I have found that page loads are deathly slow. Because of this sometimes SQL error will show across screen loads sometimes.

Quote · 26 Dec 2020

 

They were building upon the UNA platform back in 2009

 Sorry, but any examples? I see in Dolphin administration/index.php page the PHP code with HTML connections and don't see smth similar in UNA studio/launcher.php. So it's interesting to get more details about this claims :-)

Quote · 27 Dec 2020

 

 Hi geek_girl!

Have you any examples to prove this part?

Realise that UNA is old code.  The studio was coded 14 years ago.  At the time it looked slicked but of course things have moved on.

 Just interesting to look on any investigations :-)

All you need to do is to just search here on the Boonex forums and you can find it all.  UNA was started as Dolphin 8/Trident; then it was abandoned by Boonex for awhile.  Development on Dolphin continued with Dolphin 7 lineage.  Then Boonex got the idea to call Trident Dolphin Pro.  Then finally UNA was chosen.  The whole mess is in the forum.

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Quote · 28 Dec 2020

 

 

They were building upon the UNA platform back in 2009

 Sorry, but any examples? I see in Dolphin administration/index.php page the PHP code with HTML connections and don't see smth similar in UNA studio/launcher.php. So it's interesting to get more details about this claims :-)

I answered, you can search the forum here and find all the history of the UNA platform.  You can also search the Boonex blog section as well.  I think there is a blog post on the una studio back when it was first coded.

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Quote · 28 Dec 2020

 

I answered, you can search the forum here and find all the history of the UNA platform.

Sorry, you didn't. I know the evolution of Dolphin->Trident->Una projects and I see that the UNA code uses some ways of Dolphin but doesn't contain any obsolete realizations like mixed PHP and HTML code or PHP 4.x legacy like the predecessor + introduced features from the PHP 7.x. So I'm still interested in what do you mean under the old code in UNA?

Quote · 28 Dec 2020

An Una site is more mobile friendly than Dolphin will ever be.  80% of social network users, access the sites with a smart phone.  That's a huge factor.

 

If you have a Dolphin license you're not using, you can transfer it to una and get all the power apps.

 

Dolphin is a relic of days gone by. It will soon be ditched by Boonex... then what?

My opinions expressed on this site, in no way represent those of Boonex or Boonex employees.
Quote · 6d ago

Then of course there is that little thing about Boonex forcing people to go from a stable release to a beta release with bugs that could end up destroying a person's site if they need to get an app/module (Boonex can't seem to make up their mind if they are apps or modules).

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Quote · 6d ago

 

Then of course there is that little thing about Boonex forcing people to go from a stable release to a beta release with bugs that could end up destroying a person's site if they need to get an app/module (Boonex can't seem to make up their mind if they are apps or modules).

 Yes it's a bit annoying, but since when has any Boonex product been free of annoyances?

My opinions expressed on this site, in no way represent those of Boonex or Boonex employees.
Quote · 5d ago
 
 
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