GDPR Compliance

If you do business in the EU, you have probably already heard about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It goes into effect on May 25, 2018, and if you have any customers in the EU, you must comply, or face hefty fines. While we are adding support for GDPR to AE in 2.8, most of the work you’ll need to do to make sure your netFORUM-powered WordPress site is compliant will involve changes to netFORUM, WordPress, and some other WordPress plugins you might be using. Here are some resources that can help you with that:

As always, you can contact us if you need some help with implementation.

Association Engine 2.5

We are wrapping up development on Association Engine 2.5, and plan to have it ready for customers with a current license by May 15.

The new version has several new features, a few fixes, and numerous improvements to existing features. It is compatible with both PHP 7 and baseline netFORUM 2017.1. We will provide a list of all of our additions, fixes, and changes in the release notes next week.

If you choose to upgrade to the latest version after it’s released, we very highly recommend doing so on a development site, with a test netFORUM database, so you can check all of your configurations and customizations.

IFAI Cart Tour

Treat your users to a convenient and beautiful online experience. You products will POP in an Association Engine online store. Payment information stays secure via Association Engine’s Level 2 PCI compliant Vantiv PayPage or (coming soon!) the Sage payment gateway.

The AE cart provides a familiar and flexible buying experience:

  • offers easy in-cart editing – remove cart items from the checkout screen
  • provides discount & coupon code options
  • accepts credit cards & eChecks
  • connects with Vantiv and Sage payment gateways
  • calculates shipping costs
  • provides separate billing and shipping address options

Please contact us to learn how AE can help your organization.

DIY Member-Only Content

DIY Member-Only Content

An Association Engine for netFORUM’s shortcode and your fine content is all that is needed to
provide ‘their-eyes-only’ text, images, and even entire blocks of on-screen functionality to your valuable members.

Case Study

Association Engine client, Industrial Fabrics Association International, needed to post renewal reminder to members on the membership description page.

IFAI uses site banner messaging – blue background boxes to display positive messages, red background boxes for errors. Users click the banner to remove the message from the screen, to increase odds that the message will be understood and acted upon. Banner message = fantastic renew reminder.

To implement the member-only message, an IFAI colleague bookended the styled message between shortcodes.


*To renew your membership, please log-in.


Member Only Content

Its Your Turn – DIY

As with all DIY projects, assemble materials before building. Required items are:

  • A WordPress page or post
  • Opening [associationengine_member_only] and closing [/associationengine_member_only] shortcodes
  • Just for members content

Step by Step Build Instructions

Now you are ready to build. Some people – harrumph – feel step one is optional.

  • Put on your favorite development jam
  • Log to the WP Dashboard
  • Navigate & open up a page or post
  • Type or paste in content – text, images, links, audio, video. Feel free to fancy it up with html or css. Any standard web content type can be members-only.
  • Bookend that content with [associationengine_member_only] & [/associationengine_member_only]
  • Save and view the page or post. Login as a member, logout.

If you couldn’t see your member only content without being logged in as a member – Bravo! Brilliant! Job well done!

If you can see the member only content and are not logged in as a member, check to make sure your ‘code block’ looks something like this:

[associationengine_member_only] Only this text content will be seen by my members. Substitute your content in here. [/associationengine_member_only]