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Community Builder 2.0 Released

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0 is here
and it's free to download.
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CB 2.0 is a major release and has hundreds of new features that cannot be listed in this release announcement but are summarized in the following benefits/features summary brief:

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  • Create awesome looking user profiles with 23 built-in field types and new layout options and positions including the new Canvas layout.
  • Mobile ready with a totally new and fully responsive look everywhere.
  • Engage your community with the built-in profile Blogging, Articles, Forums and Private Messaging integrations.
  • Dazzle them with new built-in image libraries for your profile or canvas images or add your own library images.
  • Showcase your community members with new grid styled user lists and powerful searching tools so they can find each other and interact.
  • Let your users join your party by signing up with the new tabbed or stepped based registration process.
  • Create your own special look and feel and functionality with hundreds of built-in options to help you.

gallery2 300And all of this is built on the state of the art powerful XML MVC AhaWow engine technology that will help the development team roll-out even more fantastic new features.

We have also followed the Joomla example and now provide online free help pages for all our Community Builder administration pages. All you need to do is click on the Help button from any CB 2.0 backend page. We will be moving all our documentation to an online format and we are also in the process of updating our website also.

What about the add-ons, you ask ?

Yes, Community Builder 2.0 ia totally free but there is so much more you can do with our Advanced and Professional add-ons. We have been working to get all our add-ons CB 2.0 ready and have manage to complete this task with some exceptions. As we did not want to delay our announced release date we will be working as quickly as possible to fill in the gaps. Your are welcome to follow our add-ons compatibility releases progress and give your feedback.

One noteworthy fact that we are really proud about is that our free Community Builder 2.0 has been bundled with eleven (11) previously commercial add-ons!

What about the CB Packager page ?

userlist 300We are working to get our CB Packager page updated to work with CB 2.0 dependencies. In the meantime we have created 2 mega packages in the Advanced and Download areas that each contain all CB 1.9.1 compatible add-ons just in case you need the latest CB 1.9.1 compatible add-ons in one bundle. The CB 1.9.1 compatble Advanced download bundle and the CB 1.9.1 Professional download bundle containing the latest CB 1.9.1 add-ons and the CB 1.9.1 compatible Quickstart PRO package is also available.

Did I hear someone mention Continuous Integration ?

Yup, starting now we will be providing daily (or nightly) continuous integration releases of CB 2.0 to start with and of all our other add-ons as they get their FC status releases. This way paid members will not have to wait for minor bug fixes as they will be able to grab the latest CI release with latest fixes. Of course you need to do your own testing to make sure everything is ok as such CI releases are not following the normal release procedure.

Language Plugins ?

Our Community Builder Transifex project has been updated with latest CB 2.0 language resources and our translation teams are working to get their language translations completed. We will be introducing a new language plugin area that will automatically create daily builds from individual transifex projects. So if you are interested in helping out this is your chance.

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What is this Powered by Footer ?

CB 1.9.1 and earlier releases have the Community menu on user profiles with copyright information. Its removal is authorized to all paid members. We are switching to a different concept. So as of CB 2.0 the Community Menu is gone and in its place there is a new Powered by Community Builder footer link on frontend CB pages. Paid members are once again authorized to turn this off by downloading and installing/publishing the new CB Footer plugin (Advanced download area)

We have also introduced a less expensive method for people that just want to remove the footer. You can purchase a CB Footer removal subscription to download and the CB Footer plugin for all your CB 2.X websites for the introductory price of 10 euro. Considering other similar practices this contribution is in-our-opinion very reasonable. But to make it even more attractive as a CB Footer removal subscriber you will automatically receive a 10 euro coupon for your next Joomlapolis membership, CBSubs, or Templates purchase. Learn more by reading the Community Builder Footer Removal article.

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Joomla 3.3.6 and 2.5.27 Security Releases and Shellshock

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Joomla 3.3.6 and Joomla 2.5.27 have been released.

Both packages are high priority security releases. So, all Joomla 3.X websites should upgrade to Joomla 3.3.6 and all Joomla 2.5 series to Joomla 2.5.27.

According to the Joomla technical requirements, the Joomla 3.3.6 release will only work on PHP versions 5.3.10 or better. Here is a quick summary that will help you decide:

If your website is using

  • a Joomla 2.5.X version, you should update to Joomla 2.5.27 and plan to update to Joomla 3.X as soon as possible since support for Joomla 2.5 stops end of this year.
  • a Joomla 3.3.X version, you should update to Joomla 3.3.6.
  • a Joomla 3.2.X version (because 3.2.X still supports PHP 5.3.1 through 5.3.9), you should update to Joomla 3.2.7.

As usual backup before upgrading your Joomla websites and verify that all third party extensions (including your template) are compatible.

And yes, CB 1.9.1 and CB 2.0 RC3 (needs at least PHP 5.3.3 and MYSQL 5.1) both work great on these new Joomla releases !

In case you upgraded to 2.5.26/3.2.6/3.3.5

If you had previously upgraded to one of the "short-lived" 2.5.26/3.2.6/3.3.5 releases in which an upgrader bug slipped in, you will notice that the one-click upgrade method will not work to upgrade to 2.5.27/3.2.7/3.3.6. Instead, you would need to use one of the alternative upgrade methods B or C.

Shellshock is a real threat

Disclosed on September 24th, 2014, Shellshock, also known as Bashdoor, is a family of security bugs affecting the widely used Unix Bash shell. Simply put, this bug allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on hosting environments using unpatched Bash shells.

Security wise, this ia as bad as it gets and the potential harm that can be inflicted is enormous. Everyone needs to take action now to either patch their hosts as needed or make sure that their hosting environments are secure.

So, if you are in charge of maintaining a host that has a Unix Bash shell, you need to patch it now. Also make sure that you upgrade all your computers and network and any other embedded equipment that might contain bash. Also old ones, since that security bug is present and got unnoticed since 22 years.

Even though you might not be aware that you are using a Bash shell, your webserver environment might be using it to execute your Joomla PHP.

If you have a website that is being hosted somewhere, you need to contact the host helpdesk and confirm that your environment is secure against this bug.

 

   

Community Builder 2.0 stable on October 9th

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We have big news!

Next Generation Community Builder 2.0 will be released on October 9th, 2014.

And not only that, but all our add-on packages will also have new, CB 2.0-compatible, major releases same day !

Since the Community Builder 2.0 RC3 release we have been working full speed to prepare everything needed for this great stable release.

As the community is focusing on test case scenarions providing valuable test coverage feedback, the CB Team is concentrating on a number of important parallel tasks that will have a huge impact on the way we do things in the future.

So, ongoing call to action for all our paid-up members:

  1. Grab latest Community Builder 2.0 RC3 nightly release
  2. Test according to provided test case scenarios
  3. Post back feedback on our Community Builder 2.0 RC3 thread

The tasks we have been working on along with their progress status are:

  • Help pages for CB 2.0.

    Just like Joomla, each CB 2.0 page now has a Help button that will open a help page window for quick online assistance. As of today we have 11 (out of 22) help pages ready and should have the remaining ready very soon. This is our first step to migrating our documentation from pdf format to online HTML deployment.

  • New CB 2.0 compatible add-on releases.

    As planned, we are working on getting our major plugins CB 2.0 ready. Beat is focusing on CBSubs and Kyle is pusing forward with everything else. We have already prepared 12 CB 2.0 compatible releases and are pushing forward as quickly as possible.
    The following releases are ready for CB 2.0:

    1. CB Query Field 4.0
    2. CB Core Fields Ajax 2.0
    3. CB Google Translate 3.0
    4. CB Gravatar Field 2.0
    5. CB Invites 4.0
    6. CB Progress Field 3.0
    7. CB Reconfirm Email 4.0
    8. CB Template Changer 3.0
    9. CB Content bot 3.0
    10. CB Author bot 2.0
    11. CB Search bot 2.0
    12. CB Content module 2.0

  • Localization improvements.

    In CB 2.0 we have dropped the legacy DEFINE structure language concept in favor of two PHP array files. A language.php for frontend translations and an admin_language.php for backend strings. We have already updated our CB Transifex project with these new resource files and our translation teams have been working to get their translations ready.
    As our advanced and professional add-ons are becoming CB 2.0 compatible, we have been creating individual Transifex projects for each one of them and are calling upon our international community to move forward with translations.

    >>> You can visit our language pages and join a translation team. <<<

  • Automation improvements.

    A strategic decision and goal is to provide continuous integration releases for all our projects. Intention is to quicly push bug fixes and minor improvements using a nightly build process. No more waiting for next release or having to apply patches. The same is true for our transifex translation projects and we intend to automatically push nightly CB language plugins generated from our transifex projects. 

As you can see there are many exciting concepts currently in progress targeting an overall user experience improvement for the entire CB community.

Discuss this on our forums.

   

Joomla 3.3.4 and 2.5.25 Security Releases

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Joomla 3.3.4 and Joomla 2.5.25 have been released.

Both packages are security releases. So, all Joomla 3.X websites should upgrade to Joomla 3.3.4 and all Joomla 2.5 series to Joomla 2.5.25.

A quick reminder in case you missed it: According to the Joomla technical requirements, the Joomla 3.3.4 release will only work on PHP versions 5.3.10 or better. Here is a quick summary that will help you decide:

If your website is using

  • a Joomla 2.5.X version, you should update to Joomla 2.5.25 and plan to update to Joomla 3.X as soon as possible since support for Joomla 2.5 stops end of this year.
  • a Joomla 3.3.X version, you should update to Joomla 3.3.4.
  • a Joomla 3.2.X version (because 3.2.X still supports PHP 5.3.1 through 5.3.9), you should update to Joomla 3.2.5.

As usual backup before upgrading your Joomla websites and verify that all third party extensions (including your template) are compatible.

And yes, CB 1.9.1 and CB 2.0 RC3 (needs at least PHP 5.3.3 and MYSQL 5.1) both work great on these new Joomla releases !

 

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