Ning for Businesses

Ning for Businesses

Social Networking, Community

3.3/5 (9 reviews)

Ning for Businesses Overview

Ning for Businesses is a social website platform which provides users with the tools to create and control their own social network. With a drag and drop network editor and design studio, users can build and customize their own website and add their own content. Ning for Businesses also features blogs, forums, customizable member profiles, events, and more.

Pricing

Starting from
$25/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

S
M
L

Markets

Europe, United States

Supported Languages

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Ning for Businesses Reviews

Overall rating
3.3/5
56% positive reviews
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Ning for me was a great adventure in learning a new platform.

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 5/11/2018
Review Source: Capterra

I got my feet wet with online marketing with Ning as my first and still most loved content management system. I learned a great deal.

Pros

I used Ning for three different attempts at building a social network that was self-sustaining over a period of several years.

What attracted me to it was of course, having my own niche social network where like-minded individuals can come to support each other in their online or offline pursuits.

The Ning community and web site is a niche social site in itself and that is a built-in peer support group right out of the box. I learned a lot of coding and site tweaking techniques and tips from these people that will benefit me for years to come.

With my Ning sites, from a designer point of view, I was able to easily re-design, re-brand, update color schemes, and add new and interesting components with relative ease.

One of the most enticing features, as a social network, is that when you go from the Ning site to your own Ning site to your friends Ning site, you keep the same friends from one to the other and add more as you join other sites. This is a feature I really enjoy.

I believe that if Ning continues to upgrade and improve its service, it will continue to be a high contender in the niche social network platform community of service providers.

Cons

In the beginning of my Ning journey which was approximately nine years ago, I noticed that there was a great deal of concern by Ning users about some of the developer features and the lack of a member payment feature.

For instance, the Facebook sign in feature didn't work right for years. That was a development issue.

I believe that most of the earlier development bugs were worked out through a series of upgrades to the platform and now they also have a paid member feature that can be added.

The pricing has gotten too high, in my opinion. I believe that they need to offer a lower price for the new sites until they've built up their membership. The very fact that this is a niche network platform that takes time to obtain members to sustain the site makes their packages over priced for small businesses. It's a fine price for corporate companies, but very limiting for the new entrepreneur.

Other than that, I don't have much to report on the downside of Ning. I look forward to creating and running my next Ning network with the knowledge I've gained from my decade long journey with this platform.

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Most reliable online Community Builder site

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 5/7/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Great platform for very small staffed community sites!

Pros

We build a Ning site for our Non-Profit community. it grew to 3000 members within 2 year! Since I was the only webmaster, I needed a platform that saves me all the technical work and let me just administrate it, and Ning was the choice!

Cons

Customer support was not as fast, but they did respond by next day. The rss feed modules would not update at times and I had to empty the cache for the site a few time. But no big deal.

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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

Solid solution for creating a company-wide social network

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 4/25/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Wonderful way to connect company-wide with the message boards and chat functionality.

Cons

It would be nice if the maximum file size limit was increased, as we often have to store files on a separate server and link to them on Ning.

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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

Ning seems to be alive again. Support is cool

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 9/4/2017
Review Source: Capterra

I suggested Ning software for building alumni community of my college.

Pros

I saw their new design - it`s cool. It`s a good sign that the company is moving ahead. And I wouldn`t risk to change a tested since 2013 Ning to a new product. Especially now, when Ning adds new features.

Cons

It has been quiet for a long long time. Previous management didn't put any efforts to contact with creators. Let's see what will happen after their big changes.

Response from Ning

Elena, thank you! We are aspiring for more and making big changes within to make your user experience better. You are welcomed to share your thoughts with our customer support.

Always yours, Ning :)

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Helped me to create my community, good design studio, ease of use

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 8/31/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Very easy to use, great support working 24/7

Pros

Design studio, extensive guides and support, forum feature. There are the top. Also I loved that in the future I can create events and send email broadcasts.

Cons

Trial period is only 2 weeks - which is quite short for me, as I needed time to attract members and see how to communicate with them

Response from Ning

Thank you for being sincere! We do care and read your reviews, it's our motivation to become better and give more. You know that we are open for discussion, so you can write to our Customer Support as well. Will be excited to chat with you:)
Always yours, Ning.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Ning for Businesses Pricing

Starting from
$25/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Basic: $25/month
Performance: $49/month
Ultimate: $99/month

Ning for Businesses Features

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Third Party Integration

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Content Management
  • Custom Forms
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Product Catalog
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Social Media Integration
  • eCommerce Integration
  • eCommerce Management

Additional information for Ning for Businesses

Key features of Ning for Businesses

  • Activity feed
  • Blogs
  • Community management
  • Content moderation
  • Content sharing
  • Custom CSS and JavaScript
  • Custom HTML pages
  • Customizable member profiles
  • Design management
  • Discussion board
  • Document management
  • Drag & drop builder
  • Email broadcast facility
  • Email management
  • Facebook, discus or native comments
  • File management
  • Group management
  • Ideation/crowdsourcing
  • Member categories
  • Member directory
  • Member sign-in via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Membership management
  • Mobile app
  • Online forum
  • Photo management
  • Real time updates
  • SEO optimized
  • Social media management
  • Social network marketing
  • Template management
  • Third party integration
  • User profiles
  • Video management

Benefits

  • Monitor social performance with in-built analytics.
  • Choose one of our design templates
  • Communicate to followers through blogs and forums.
  • Create and customize a site using the simple drag and drop builder.
  • Integrate with YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Member sign-in via Facebook, Twitter, LinedIn and Google.
  • Monetizate your network

  • Ning for Businesses FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Ning for Businesses.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Ning for Businesses offer?

    Ning for Businesses offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $25/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Basic: $25/month
    Performance: $49/month
    Ultimate: $99/month

    Q. What are the main features of Ning for Businesses?

    Ning for Businesses offers the following features:

    • Activity feed
    • Blogs
    • Community management
    • Content moderation
    • Content sharing
    • Custom CSS and JavaScript
    • Custom HTML pages
    • Customizable member profiles
    • Design management
    • Discussion board
    • Document management
    • Drag & drop builder
    • Email broadcast facility
    • Email management
    • Facebook, discus or native comments
    • File management
    • Group management
    • Ideation/crowdsourcing
    • Member categories
    • Member directory
    • Member sign-in via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
    • Membership management
    • Mobile app
    • Online forum
    • Photo management
    • Real time updates
    • SEO optimized
    • Social media management
    • Social network marketing
    • Template management
    • Third party integration
    • User profiles
    • Video management

    Q. Who are the typical users of Ning for Businesses?

    Ning for Businesses has the following typical customers:

    Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Ning for Businesses support?

    Ning for Businesses supports the following languages:

    English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Ning for Businesses offer?

    Ning for Businesses has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Ning for Businesses support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices Ning for Businesses supports

    Q. What other apps does Ning for Businesses integrate with?

    We do not have any information about what integrations Ning for Businesses has

    Q. What level of support does Ning for Businesses offer?

    Ning for Businesses offers the following support options:

    Forum, Online Support, Phone Support