With major renovations to both the NI Community design and underlying technology, 2016 was the biggest year of change for the NI Community in a very long time. Let's look back at these changes and what you can expect in 2017!
Earlier this year, we announced the start of our community renovations. Over the summer, we updated the site with a new responsive design in preparation for the phase we launched today -- the merging of the NI User Group Community with the NI Discussion Forums.
The next phase of our ongoing community renovations is quickly approaching! In November, we'll be performing the migration of the NI User Group Community onto the platform currently used to host the NI Discussion Forums. See the timeline here for more details.
This is a major change that will affect all users and we want to ensure everyone is prepared. Below we have provided some quick updates regarding changes to features and functionality within the NI Community.
With the move to responsive design and larger avatars now visible on the site, we have updated the default avatar collection to a higher resolution set. The legacy collection will no longer be available, but your avatar will not be changed if you already selected from the legacy collection.
Over the summer, we announced that our ongoing community renovations would be approached in stages. We rolled out a new site design in July and have been working on processing and addressing the user feedback that we received. Now, we're ready to announce the new timeline for the next phase -- the migration of the NI User Group Community onto the platform that currently hosts the NI Discussion Forums!
We had previously announced that the community would be unavailable due to maintenance this weekend in order to complete the upcoming renovations. However, the timeline has now changed, and we will be approaching the renovations in stages.
Starting on Friday, August 5th, user groups, blogs, and documents will be migrated from the NI User Group Community to the platform that currently hosts the NI Discussion Forums. The NI User Group Community will go offline and be unavailable starting on that Friday, August 5th.
Update: The migration of content from the NI User Group Community has been postponed to a date that is still to be determined.
We had previously announced that inactive user groups and blogs would be archived. However, we've had an overwhelming amount of feedback regarding our plan to archive user groups. At this time, we have decided to migrate all user groups over accordingly and will perform a thorough audit at a later date. No further action is needed at this time.
On Monday, August 8th, the NI Discussion Forums will be temporarily unavailable at some points throughout the day. At the end of that Monday, August 8th, the platform hosting the NI Discussion Forums will additionally host the user groups, blogs and documents previously held on the NI User Group Community, and the unified NI Community experience we have been striving for will be complete!
Update: This stage will not be completed until the migration begins.
Edited: August 1, 2016 - We have delayed the migration until a later date. We want the best experience possible for our users, and will use this time to work through any outstanding issues. Updates will be made to this post when more information becomes available.
When all of these stages are complete, we will have a single, unified NI Community!
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
As a part of the upcoming renovations in the community, the NI Community will experience intermittent outages on July 25. This maintenance window is necessary to complete the unveiling the updated community with its new look! More information on these efforts can be found in the announcement here. Please also be aware there will be be maintenance being done on ni.com during this same timeframe.
UPDATE: We've had overwhelming amount of feedback regarding our plan to archive user groups. At this time, we have decided to migrate all user groups over accordingly and will perform a thorough audit at a later date. No further action is needed at this time.
As you may know, the NI Community is currently undergoing some major renovations. We're creating a single, unified NI Community, as well as updating the look. During these renovations, we will be migrating the content and experiences -- documents, user groups, and blogs -- from the NI User Group Community onto the platform currently used to host the NI Discussion Forums.
As a part of this effort, we have performed an audit on the 1,600 user groups and 200 blogs found in the NI User Group Community. We reviewed all user groups and blogs that had no activity for more than 6 months, only had 1 or 2 members, or had no content at all. We then verified which of these groups and blogs are now inactive. We want our renovated community to provide the best experience to our users and therefore, archiving inactive groups and blogs is necessary to ensure our freshest and most used content is easily found.
One of our goals with the upcoming renovations to the community is to provide a consistent experience for our users across all of ni.com. As such, we have been working on overhauling the design of the NI Community. The targeted date for these changes is Monday, July 25th.
The new design is uniform with the changes that came to the rest of ni.com earlier this year. The community pages are easier to scan, read, and navigate, and information is easier to find with the new community navigation available on the page. We've also ensured the community is optimized to work much better across screens of all sizes. This is known as "responsive design" and allows for a single version of the community to be available for browsing via desktop, tablets, or mobile phones.