Get Loyalty Reward for Licenses and Subscriptions

Andrew Boon posted 4 days ago in Boonex News. 24 comments.

You may have noticed that your Boonex Account dashboard now has a fancy new "Loyalty Reward" progress bar that shows percentage or, if you're lucky, says "Congrats!". That is the new system which we added in order to say "Thank You!" for the money you pay us. :) The reward is always a free Permanent License. Once you reach 100%, you can

Your logo matters. Get it right!

Andrew Boon posted 10th of April 2016 in Social Software. 31 comments.

Your site logo is the first thing that people see; it's the look of your community site, and it is supposed to reflect what you do. And still, all too often we see Dolphin sites with either poorly integrated or poorly designed logos. I am not even talking about the choice of style or meaning. I am talking about image quality,

Project LEAP and the new versioning scheme.

Andrew Boon posted 23rd of March 2016 in Dolphin.pro News. 28 comments.

DolphinPro is currently at version 7.3. It may seem like not that far from 7, but, in reality, our "second-digit" updates always include hundreds of improvements. Some people find this versioning confusing, and don't think much about upgrading from, say, 7.1 to 7.3. This is about to change. Starting from the next major release, we will be numbering them according to

Love or Angry? Facebook Reactions are here. What about Dolphin Reactions?

Andrew Boon posted 8th of March 2016 in Social Software. 16 comments.

The recently introduced Facebook Reactions are here to stay. It's a good thing. Quite simply they let users express they emotj-ions in a more granular, contextual way.  The idea of categorised "likes" had been offered a few times for Dolphin, but has never been mainstream enough to justify development for thousands of Dolphin-based sites. Now, however, it will quickly become a

Boonex Site Update

Andrew Boon posted 8th of March 2016 in Boonex News. 1 comment.

This week we came up with a relatively small site update, mostly catering for the introduction of the new Chat+. Some details have been added to the Features page and the Pricing page has been re-designed. Notably, the price of Premium+ subscriptions went up from $89 to $99 per month, but all existing subscribers will keep paying the old price.   Another small

DolphinPro 7.3 (Scooter) Released

Andrew Boon posted 4th of March 2016 in Dolphin.pro News. 14 comments.

The new DolphinPro is officially released. Once again we've adopted a real dolphin and used its name as a codename for the new version - Scooter.   Scooter is one of the best releases we have ever made. Here is why...

DolphinPro 7.3 Release Candidate

Andrew Boon posted 1st of March 2016 in Dolphin.pro News. 4 comments.

Today we hoped to release the final version, but thanks to contributions from "toxalot", community feedback and somewhat "last-moment" improvements in Chat+ integration we decided to take a conservative approach and release an RC first. 

DolphinPro 7.3 Beta 2

Andrew Boon posted 11th of February 2016 in Dolphin.pro News. 17 comments.

Thanks to increased contributions and testing feedback from the community members we've been able to further improve the upcoming 7.3 package, and today we announce the Beta 2.  It is possible to upgrade from Beta 1 to Beta 2. We will also support upgrade from Beta 2 onwards.   

Say "Hello!" to DolphinPro 7.3 Beta in the new Chat!

Andrew Boon posted 27th of January 2016 in Dolphin.pro News. 29 comments.

DolphinPro 7.3 Beta is available for download. We are about a month ahead of the planned schedule. In the last few months we managed to re-arrange our support and development, so that we can now deliver better technical support and version updates in-line with the development roadmap. Yeah!   What's New in DolphinPro 7.3  DolphinPro 7.3 is the first version that leverages "social

Making a case for subscriptions-based Market.

Andrew Boon posted 24th of January 2016 in Boonex News. 156 comments.

Boonex added subscriptions for licenses and license+hosting plans a few months ago. Already subscriptions make up more than half of our business and growing. Our own impression so far is quite simple - subscriptions are better for us and for clients. First, initial spent is never too high, and people that are "just trying" can either just for a free

Resolutions For The Year Of The Fire Monkey

Andrew Boon posted 30th of December 2015 in Boonex News. 17 comments.

The 2015 was turbulent, but very productive. We released DolphinPro 7.2, introduced subscriptions with hosting, significantly improved customer support, finally "birthed" the first full Trident package, updated Boonex, moved repos to GitHub, launched Dolphin Connect, became PayPal Partners and progressed with DolphinPro 7.3 development enough to feel confident about delivering it on time (1st of March 2016 or earlier). Great, challenging,

Introducing Dolphin Connect - OAuth2 SSO for your own network of sites!

Andrew Boon posted 14th of December 2015 in Dolphin.pro News. 14 comments.

Sometimes one social network is not enough. Say, you already have a site for yoga teachers of Canada and plan to open another one for Australia. Then, maybe UK, SA, Russia, China and US. You can launch new sites quickly with DolphinPro, sure, but now you can also create something like "Yoga Teachers Connect" - a centralised sign-on server that

Back on track!

Andrew Boon posted 7th of December 2015 in Our Journey. 12 comments.

Just a little over a month has passed since our house was destroyed in a fire. A magical month! Our friends and community supported us with such vigour and warmth that Boons family never had a reason to complain. We've been given all the basic things, toys for the baby son, violin for the bigger boy and a lovely soups

Last night fire destroyed our home (aka Boonex HQ).

Andrew Boon posted 2nd of November 2015 in Our Journey. 59 comments.

Last night my wife and I woke up to a strange cracking sound coming from the kitchen, like a clumsy intruder shuffling things at 4am. Just about 20 minutes later nothing was left of our house, the home-office, computers, violins, guitars, books or anything at all. We got out with kids a minute before it would be too late. Thank

Boonex.com goes 100% HTTPS. Ready to install SSL to Dolphin sites for Subscribers.

Andrew Boon posted 21st of October 2015 in Boonex News. 7 comments.

We have just finished setting up SSL encryption and authentication for Boonex.com site-wide. This means that all your sensitive data transmitted via Boonex.com is protected and will only be seen by those who you mean to show it to. Since a lot of web-masters share site access details, use internal messages, make payments and fill-in potentially private information in their

Dolphin.Pro 7.2.1 Released With Over 50 Improvements

Andrew Boon posted 19th of October 2015 in Dolphin.pro News. 20 comments.

This is a "service" version update  with 42 fixes and 11 enhancements. Since 7.2 has introduced so many significant changes a service update is coming out hot on its heels to address any issues that may have been missed in 7.2.

Dolphin 7.2.1 Beta

AlexT posted 15th of October 2015 in Dolphin.pro News. 6 comments.

This update has some critical bugs fixed as well as nice enhancements. We recommend to test it carefully, so unnoticed bugs can be fixed before the final release. IMPORTANT: this version is not suitable for production sites and there will be no upgrade packs for it.

Meet The Boonex Team

Andrew Boon posted 7th of October 2015 in Our Journey. 10 comments.

Boonex is a community. We have thousands of really active members that build software, help in forums, share ideas and run various businesses connected to Boonex. So, generally it is best to see Boonex as big collective. There is also what we call a "core team". A bunch of guys that breathe Dolphin, day-in and day-out. Every one of us

You don't need to know PHP to use DolphinPro, but if you do want to know it, here's a good way to start.

Andrew Boon posted 7th of October 2015 in Social Software. 0 comments.

DolphinPro is a PHP platform, for the most part. It's incredible how PHP, initially created as a small "hobby' language evolved into a de-facto #1 standard for web-development. It now powers estimated 40% of all websites in the world, including Facebook. So, it would be safe to say that people browse PHP-driven pages most of the time.    So, if you are

Boonex is a PayPal Partner! Now what?

Andrew Boon posted 7th of October 2015 in Boonex News. 9 comments.

We are officially a PayPal Partner now (for PayPal North America Partnership program). What it means for DolphinPro users is that we will now have better and more tools to improve PayPal products in Dolphin, track any issues and fine-tune Dolphin to make PayPal work seamlessly.    In further updates we plan to focus more on e-commerce and payment aspects of DolphinPro.

Support Service Improvements Report

Andrew Boon posted 7th of October 2015 in Boonex News. 0 comments.

Just a few weeks ago we launched the Mission: Diligent Support, with the goal to improve our communication with customers, offer options for dedicated support and improve overall experience for non-technical users.    Since that post we have made some changes in direction - got rid of Zopim chat and Groove CRM, but switched to Intercom system to do both. We've also

How to get the first 1000 real members to join your social network. On a shoestring budget.

Andrew Boon posted 25th of September 2015 in Social Software. 32 comments.

Zero.   That’s how many members your “community” site has right after you've completed installation, initial setup, branding and customisation. Not much of a community, eh!  

Introducing Leased License, Subscriptions and Hosting!

Andrew Boon posted 23rd of September 2015 in Boonex News. 0 comments.

Dolphin.Pro is awesome! It’s getting better and better. And still, very often people have troubles with installation, setup, settings, hosting, etc. Some need dedicated support. Some just need a good hosting to start with. Some want to try running a licensed site for while without paying a full license fee.   Dolphin.Pro is very powerful. Its power unfolds more and more when

Dolphin upgrade patch from 7.1.6 to 7.2.0

AlexT posted 21st of September 2015 in Dolphin.pro News. 16 comments.

Here is upgrade patch from 7.1.6 to 7.2.0.    If you have custom templates and/or modules then it's better to ask authors about compatibility with 7.2.0 version before upgrading.