Grouply Emerges as Successor Among Free Ning Alternatives

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Simple, automated migration tool and unmatched features make Grouply the no-cost platform of choice for Network Creators as Ning transitions to paid model and imposes use fees

Grouply's Ning Migration Tool

“Ever since Ning announced that they would start charging networks a fee to use the service, we have been working with hundreds of Ning Network Creators to enhance Grouply to meet their requirements,” said Mark Robins, co-founder and CEO of Grouply.

Grouply - the company that helps you create, manage, promote and monetize a social group - has completed a new set of enhancements designed to delight Ning refugees seeking a free alternative as Ning moves to a paid-only offering. Grouply has added support for new community features including advanced photo, video, and file sharing; group chat; discussion categories; subgroups; and blogs. In addition, Grouply has enhanced the Ning-to-Grouply migration tool to enable network creators to import all the content corresponding to these new features.

Ning’s new pricing goes into effect on July 20, and Ning Network Creators have until August 20 to select a paid plan or move someplace else. Thousands of Ning Networks have already successfully migrated to Grouply. Website Magazine recently named Grouply “the winner” among Ning alternatives.

For more information on the Ning-to-Grouply migration tool, see Grouply Welcomes Ning Networks!

“Ever since Ning announced that they would start charging networks a fee to use the service, we have been working with hundreds of Ning Network Creators to enhance Grouply to meet their requirements,” said Mark Robins, co-founder and CEO of Grouply. “We are committed to our free offering and to providing a superior experience to every network that moves to Grouply from Ning.”

“I love Grouply!” said Adrianne Stone, a high school teacher in Houston, Texas who uses Grouply for her AP Biology class. “I was able to move my network from Ning to Grouply in just a few minutes. My group looks great on Grouply, and I have access to even more features than before.”

Error-free migration in minutes, not days!
Grouply is the only Ning alternative with an automatic migration tool that imports a Ning Network directly from the Ning website. Other alternatives require Network Creators to complete the process manually. First, they must export a huge, cumbersome file from Ning, and then they must import it into the new system via a complex, error-prone process that can take days and is often unsuccessful.

Grouply announced a Ning-to-Grouply migration tool the day after Ning revealed it was going premium-only in April, and Grouply released the first version of the tool just two weeks later. Grouply has continually enhanced the tool in response to user feedback. The Ning-to-Grouply migration tool now provides fast, error-free migration of all member profiles and network content, including discussion forums, subgroups, photos, photo albums, and blogs. With just a few button clicks, your Ning network is completely moved and beautifully recreated on Grouply. The entire process completes error-free in just a few minutes.

Grouply upgrades the Ning Network
In the first launch of “social groups,” Grouply provided a customizable community website; event management; discussion forums; classified ads; and an app store with dozens of useful applications. In response to feedback from network creators migrating from Ning, Grouply has enhanced its offering to include advanced photo-, video-, and file-sharing; group chat; discussion categories; subgroups; and blogs. Grouply now offers the most comprehensive set of community features available, including many benefits not found on Ning and other alternatives:

  • Comprehensive email interface. All content can be both posted and received via email, providing a convenient way to participate.
  • Group analytics. Gain useful insights into membership activities through charts and graphs that show the most active members, the most popular topics, and member participation over time.
  • Advanced website privacy. Make some pages public, some viewable by visitors, and others for members only.
  • Cross-group admin dashboard. Review and approve members and messages for all groups, in one location.

Schools, classrooms, and PTAs can use Grouply ad-free
Grouply provides a bundle of premium services for free to qualifying education groups such as schools, classrooms, and parent-teacher associations. Grouply for Education includes no advertising; unlimited custom pages; support for events, subgroups and Facebook integration; and access to Grouply Analytics and all premium Grouply applications. For more information and to request Grouply for Education for your group, please visit the Grouply for Education information page.

About Grouply
Grouply is pioneering the “social group” — a new type of online community that combines the best features of social networks and traditional discussion forums. Social groups offer the social interactivity, media sharing, and modern design of social networking sites like Facebook; and the rich discussions, popular email interface, and people-discovery opportunities found in discussion forums like Yahoo! Groups. With Grouply, you can create a new social group about anything you like or join a social group and connect with others who share your interests and passions. Existing Google and Yahoo! Groups get an “extreme makeover” on Grouply; each gets a modern, professional, fully customizable website that automatically interoperates with Google and Yahoo! Groups. Grouply was founded in 2006 and is funded by O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, SoftTech VC, and other prominent angel investors, including Reid Hoffman. http://www.grouply.com @grouply

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