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Instagram plugin – API settings

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Instagram plugin for SocialEngine4 allows to show member photos from Instagram on profile page. Following information will guide how to get API keys to setup it.
This plugin requires your Instagram ID and Access Token. Login to your Instagram account and authorize it with Instagram API to have open access to user data. Click API at website footer or follow the link

Instagram Developer Documentation


1) Click Manage Clients in the upper right corner and sign up to developer account.


Developer Signup


2) After successful sign up click Register a New Client button and fill indicated fields.

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3) After the registration you will get full Client Info.

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4) Go to Plugins -> Instagram and fill required field with Client ID and Client Secret.


Control Panel


Save all data you have entered on the page and go to Member Profile page to check the plugin in work.

Please make sure to switch your Instagram app from Sandbox to Live mode before going live.

1. Edit app and make sure all details were set

2. Go to permissions tab and click ‘Start a submission’

3. Fill out all details and submit the app for review.

Our team hopes this article was helpful for you. If you have any questions about Instagram plugin contact us we will gladly help you.

VK Login plugin – API settings

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

VK Login plugin allows community members to signup and login easily using their VK(vkontakte) accounts.

With this plugin you will have most popular East European social network covered.

You need to create VP app and get API key and API Secret to setup this plugin.

1. Follow this link to create new VK application


2. Click ‘Create an Application’ and you will see a following form


Add unique title for your application, choose category “Website”, add website address and domain.

3. You will get sms with a confirmation code. Enter it on vk to approve your app.

4. Go to Settings page of your app to get required Application ID and Secure Key


5. Copy Application ID and Secure Key and paste them into VK Login plugin admin settings (Settings -> VK Login). Make sure there is a checkbox checked near “Enable VK plugin”

LinkedIn SignIn plugin – API settings

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

LinkedIn SignIn plugin allows community members to signup and login easily using their LinkedIn accounts.

With this plugin you will have most popular social media platforms covered, since twitter and facebook signin are present in SocialEngine by default.

You need to get LinkedIn API key and API Secret to setup this plugin.

1. Follow this link to create new LinkedIn application

2. Click on ‘Create Application’ button

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3. Fill up all required fields on the second page and press ‘Submit’ button (see example below)


4. Select the following checkboxes on third page: ‘r_basicprofile’, ‘r_emailaddress’, provide ‘Authorized Redirect URLs’ and press ‘Update’ button (see example below)

5. Copy ‘Client ID’ and ‘Client Secret’

6. Open admin panel of your community. Enable ‘LinkedIn SignIn plugin’ checkbox, paste ‘Client ID’ and ‘Client Secret’, and press ‘Save Changes’ button

How to use Media Projects (Movie reviews)

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Movie reviews

Common interests like cinema can be a serious community-building factor. If you plan to allow users to post movie reviews consider our Media Projects plugin.

Upload  HD movies with streaming, trailers or import them from YouTube and Vimeo easily. Special editor makes possible to add actors’ photos, movie stills and upload soundtracks per one time saving your time. Content blocks are fully moveable, change content positions and use preview button to choose the best. Plugin can be renamed as Movie trailers or Movie reviews.  Use member levels options, for example to open comments only for critics . Rated movies can be displayed with the help of Most popular projects widget (based on views) or Best media (based on likes).

Project live demo

How-To: Custom menu

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Custom menu gives ability to customize and improve menus in SocialEngine PHP. This article will help you to get more from Custom menu. We will explain how to set plugin correctly and provide step by step instruction.

Plugin Installation

After the installation let’s go through all settings.

Go to Admin panel -> Layout -> Menu editor


Menu editor page

Menu editor

On this page you can add new items and set drop-down menu instead of standard SocialEngine menu. Drag&drop items under the main menu element to create drop-down menu.


Menu items

Each menu element is fully customizable. Item editor allows to add Label, Description and Icon. Every item could be enabled or disabled.  Also it can be hidden for selected user levels.

Edit item


Special Menu item

Special item

Add special item

Special menu items (User Avatar, User Avatar with profile link, Updates, Search, Horizontal divider) allows to set additional elements for main or mini menu. For example, you can add avatar element to mini menu. See a screenshot below.


 Custom Menu widget. Sticky panel


Navigation is one of the most important components of a website.  Users must scroll back to the top of the website to access the navigation menu. That’s why sticky menu makes websites quicker to navigate. Menu becomes accessible from anywhere on the website without having to scroll. Custom menu plugin gives ability to make main and mini menu sticky. Select “Yes” option under “Make widget sticky?”.

We hope this information was helpful and you will find Custom Menu useful. We plan to update  plugin with new features. What would you like to see in next module release?

How to use Media Projects (Concerts, Events and Festivals reviews)

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Concerts, Events and Festivals reviews

What is the most important thing for a good review of concert or festival? – Don’t limit fans and newsmakers. We believe our Media plugin will be the best choice for that.

It’s easy to combine all media material (audio, photo and video files including youtube and vimeo) using special editor and publish everything. Any visitors can easily share posts on popular social networks, member can vote the review and leave comments. Some members might even want to add their own versions event reviews.

Everything described above can be done using Media Projects plugin.

Project live demo

How to use Media Projects (Photo Contests)

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Photo Contests

This post will show one more example how Media Projects can be used. We already showed how it can be used for Travel reviews in previous post.

Plugin stores images in original sizes and create small image copies automatically. User will be able to add the best shots in different formats with description. Voting can be organized using likes system. There are two types of likes – “like” images inside projects or “like” a project.

All text copy in the plugin can be renamed using standard language editor (for example, it’s easy to rename Media to Contests). Admin can set projects adding for admin level using Media Project settings. Here is an example of Photo Contest.


Photo Contest

Project live demo

How to use Media Projects (Travel and Trips reviews)

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Media Projects – the most versatile plugin for SocialEngine PHP. We propose a big variety of features that can be used differently. Our team starts series of blog posts “How Media Projects can be used”

Travel and Trips reviews

Media projects will be useful for hotel reviews, photos and trips. Users can add photos from own trips with description. Videos can be uploaded via media uploader or imported from Vimeo and Youtube. Travel advice, information and inspiration – all in one can be placed in SocialEngine community using Media Projects. Reviews allow different types of data to be used: photos, text, videos and even document attachments. Your community members won’t be limited in ways of idea expression.


Trip review (example #1)

Example #1

Project Live demo


Trip review (example #2)

Example #2

Project Live Demo

How-to: Grand Opening plugin settings

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Grand Opening plugin redirects all visitors to a special page thus making impossible for them to access the community inner pages. Grand Opening page is available in Layout editor and can be easily customized with the help of widgets.

In this article we will explain all settings and show how to use this plugin.

Let’s start from the installation


After the installation let’s go through all settings.
Go to Admin panel main menu ->Plugins->Grand Opening

Global Settings
GO Global settings
1) “Enable Grand Opening” option allows you to control plugin easily. If you don’t need plugin to be activated just click “No” and save changes.

2) “Fields for notifications” allows you to collect members emails to send notification letters. This can be useful if you pl

an to gather emails to send first invites. It can be set to get names and emails or emails only.

3)  “Countdown” is a digital timer that count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds left till community will open.

4) “Countdown till” option gives possibility to set date and time when community will be launched.


Layout Editor
Grand Opening page is available in Layout editor. You can customize it using widgets.
Go to Admin panel main menu ->Layout->Layout editor->Grand Opening
Layout editor


How to access the website when Grand Opening is enabled?

If you need to test the website while Grand Opening is enabled go to and login to the admin panel. Website visitors will not be able to login to the website, but see Grand Opening page instead.



How-To: Media plugin settings

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012


This article describes how to get the most from Media plugin for SocialEngine 4. It can be used in different cases, as it allows members to upload files of multiple formats and unite them in projects.

Here is a video how to install it


After the installation let’s go through all settings.

Go to Admin panel main menu ->Plugins->Media Plugin

Global Settings
Global Settings


1)“Entries per page” field allows you to set a number of media projects will be shown per page. These projects are shown on page “Browse All” (

2) FFmpeg is a free server tool used to convert videos uploaded by community members. All video files are converted to special format supported by web video player. If you don’t have ffmpeg path – contact server support team. Plugin will work without ffmpeg path, but users won’t be able to upload videos, only import it from youtube and vimeo.
You can find more information about ffmpeg here

3) FLVTool2 is used to create mp4 version of videos for iOS devices: iPhones, iPads and iPods. These devices don’t support flash – Media plugin can create additional version of a video in format they support. Note, two versions of a single video will require 2 times more space of HD on your server.

4)FFmpeg can’t process video files with complex audio tracks (ex. 5.1 audio). This can be a serious issue if you want community members to upload videos in mp4 and mkv formats. We strongly recommend to setup FAAD in this case.

5) If you have already set up ffmpeg, flvtool2 paths for video conversion, Convert video for iPad option will allow you to display videos on mobile devices. Ipad and other iOS devices don’t support Flash, that’s why videos are played with the help of browser facilities (html5).

6) Convert video for HD option will allow videos to be encoded with H.264 codec. H.264 is the scalable video coding system available, delivering excellent video quality across the entire bandwidth – including HD. HD Video has a resolution higher than that of a Standard-Definition Video (SD Video: 720 pixels × 480 lines with 16:9 aspect ratio, 720 pixels × 480 lines with 4:3 aspect ratio or 640 pixels × 480 lines with 4:3 ratio). HD has two frame sizes – the smaller 1280×720 and the larger 1920×1080.
Image size

7),8) “Image Size” and “PDF Size” options allow to enter max size of images and pdf files on view project page.
Video size

9) “Video Size” option allows to select size of videos on view project page. You can choose video  proportions between its width and its height.
Thumbnail size

Thumbnails size preview

10) “Thumbnails size” option allows to enter size of thumbs(reduced images) on browse projects page.


Replace url

11) You might have noticed ‘whmedia’ in urls. We use it to make sure there won’t be any conflicts with other plugins for SocailEngine 4. But you can easily change it to something more user friendly (examples: media, portfolio, etc).
Sliding images

12) If your community has a lot of photos or images in Media plugin projects, sliding with keyboard arrows will make browsing through photos more user-friendly.


Save all data you have entered on current web page and proceed to Media page to check plugin in work.

Our team hopes this article was helpful for you. If you have any questions about Media plugin contact us we will gladly help you.