THE Social Community Solution for Joomla!
Community Builder 2.0.15 is here and has 9 new features and 15 bug fixes.
The key features include:
- Profile editing tab ordering now its own ordering parameter
- Internal URL support for direct tab focus for viewing or editing
- Forgot login and sign-up links can now be rendered as buttons in CB Login module
The full list of features and bug fixes is available in our discussion thread below.
Community Builder continues to be one of the most well maintained projects in the Joomla universe. We continuously release free nightly builds when we fix bugs of add new features. This way our huge community is able to test these changes and give quick feedback. This helps the project produce robust bug free code for the millions of Joomla websites using Community Builder.
All of this is made possible with the financial support provided by paid members. Paid Membership offers great benefits with many powerful add-ons and fantastic forum driven same/next business day responses. A big Thank You to all our paid members and to all contributors of CB!
CB 2.0+ websites can be upgraded to latest CB 2.0.15 using the built-in Joomla upgrader or with a simple install over (precautionary backup always recommended) as all previous settings are kept.
Almost one day after a Joomla 3.6.1 security release, the Joomla project released Joomla 3.6.2 as a quick follow-up bug fix release.
The combined releases address nearly 150 bug fixes and some medium/low priority security issues.
Important: Before upgrading to Joomla 3.6.2 make sure that you first upgrade all your components, including core "Joomla! Update Component Update" component. To do so:
- go to menu: Extensions / Manage / Upgrade
- Click "Find updates" button
- Select your extensions to upgrade, but at least "Joomla! Update Component Update" (its latest version at press time is 3.6.1)
- Click "Upgrade" button
Once you have upgraded the extensions, you can safely upgrade Joomla to 3.6.2.
In the seldom case where the last stage of the Joomla upgrade (database upgrade) would fail, no worries, go to menu: Etensions/ Manage / Database, then click the Fix button.
In the very seldom case where you are missing extension installation methods tabs, go to menu Extensions / Manage / Discover then click "Discover" button, select the installer plugins and click the "Install" button.
We have been testing Joomla 3.6.2 with our latest Community Builder 2.0.14 and everything works great!
As always, we recomend to upgrade your websites on a cloned environment and test everything before you take a full backup and apply Joomla upgrade on your productions sites.
A great resource you can follow is the Joomla 3.6.2 FAQ article that contains all the latest findings / issues identified by the Joomla project concerning this new release.
CB Package Builder with frontend management
This is by far the best download manager for Joomla!
We have developed and used CB Package Builder internally since 3 years for your packages downloads here on Joomlapolis. We are now using it for all your downloads, including all PDF files, showing latest version numbers in Joomla content and showing releases history. As it has become an awesome general-purpose downloads manager, we are now releasing it in its latest version 5.1.
CB Package builder has many features that you can discover in its product page.
Version 5.1 has many awesome new features that let you create and manage your membership downloads.
Here is a list of key features that you can actually experience - first hand - on Joomlapols and our demo site:
- Chose from 12 package types to fine-tune your user's download experience (Package, Library, Component, Plugin, Module. Language, Template, CB Plugin, Query, Script, Override, Custom).
- Use optional package sub-types to categorize packages when presented to users (e.g., see Free sub-types on our download page).
- Configure package version extraction directly from package filename with previous versions download support (e.g. filefolder/cb200-Primer_*.pdf - the * area will be used to extract version - see our Community Builder download version dropdown selection for example).
- Create presets comprized of multiple package that your users can download and install on their Joomla site as a single Joomla extension install (try this out on our demo site where you can login as an administrator)
- Let your authorized users maintain or add new packages from frontend (without need for administrative area login privileges - experience this also on our demo site and see relevant screenshots included further down).
- Drag and drop file uploading and frontend version deletion (experience this on demo site and check out screenshot below)
These are just some of the features avaiable in our latest CB Package Builder which comes with its own Joomla module, Joomla plugin and CB Paid Subscription integration plugin (to require active subscription for package download).
Here are some additional screenshots illustrating some of the previously mentioned features that - once again - you can experience first hand on our demo site and discuss this exciting new release on our forums!
Joomla 3.6 is here and works fine with Community Builder !
-> See our Joomla 3.6.0 FAQ for more info and known issues <-
After 2 release candidate rounds - that the CB Team has been testing against our latest Community Builder 2.0.14 - the Joomla project has released its version 3.6 stable package.
This new Joomla release has lots of bug fixes and quite a few - 400 !!! - improvements that make everyone's day to day Joomla usage easier.
Here are siome of the highlighted features:
- Joomla update can now do a reinstall for you reverting back to default code.
- Usability improvements that help you find things easier and get things done quicker with dropdown task execution.
- New Sub form field function for developers to take advantage of. Developers should read this as nested forms and enhanced repeatable fields.
- On the fly category creation will make content editors very happy as they could just create a new item and a new category in the same process.
- Menu type ACL gives even more control to fine-tune permissions on backend menus.
- New option to show all items from all menus gives you a quick overview of what is displayed where on your website. It has never been easier to spot duplicated links, missing menu items or just get an overview of every menu on your site.
The Joomla team has made a great Joomla 3.6 microsite highlighting all the main features and even more items can be seen in the Joomla 3 FAQ as well as a more technical list on the project's GitHub repository. So, there are many features for you to explore and remember that Community Builder 2.0.14 works fine with this new Joomla release!
Visit our demo site and see our products in action!
So, visit our demo site, select the Community Builder menu feature item or the Add-ons menu item you are interested in. You can also use the direct login buttons to explore both frontend functionality and administrative area configurations.
The demo site is periodically reset to its initial state, so don't hesitate to experiment with settings and additional functionality of our installed products.
This website was designed for you and we are excited about it !
Whether you are visiting Joomlapolis for the first time or you are a frequent community member, you will see and experience many improvements designed to help you get the most bang for your time and your money.
Designed from scratch, our new Joomlapolis website is powered by the latest and greatest Joomla and Community Builder add-ons. The new environment will help you easily find the product you are looking for and quickly understand what its benefits are and how you can get it. If you are already a customer, information about latest releases and new downloads available are at your fingertips. Special blog feeds from the experts, documentation areas and support discussions are here to keep you connected to the largest Joomla community in the world.
The website is rocking with Joomla 3.5.1, Community Builder 2.0.14, CB Paid Subscriptions 4.1, Kunena 5.0, uddeIM 3.9, CB Privacy 4.0.3, CB AntiSpam 2.0.0, CB Gallery 1.0.6, CB Auto Actions 6.3.5, CB Conditionals 4.0.7 and many more of our great add-ons !
We are especially excited to announce the brand new CB Package Builder 5.0.0 - a revolutionary download manager solution for Joomla that also has built-in integration for our CB Paid Subscriptions product. Our Joomlapolis Downloads section is powered by CB Package Builder (yes, we do eat our own dog food) - so go ahead and check it out !
The new Download History tab you will see on your new user profile page is another CB Package Builder feature that shows you exactly what you downloaded from Joomlapolis and when.
We have also provisioned a News Blog area for CB Core Team members to better communicate with the huge Community Builder community. And we will be using it often -- so stay tuned and subscribe to the RSS feeds.
Another new concept we have designed for you and we will be activating is: the new releases feed (located under the News menu). Here we will push a brief no nonsence message everytime a new release (or new nightly build) is available for any of our many products.
CBSubs GPL 4.1 with Timed content, Taxes inclusive price display, and plan substitutions usable anywhere
CBSubs GPL Paid Subscriptions Membership 4.1 released with 9 new features and 7 bug fixes.
Up to date paid members can download from here
The punchline for this release is -- "Content Control Everywhere".
The new features give you fantastic granular control to display any plan description or pricing data in any Joomla content area (articles or modules) and even lets you specify when specific content is to appear (or disappear) for your paid subscribers. Well that's the punchline, but there are many more features and CBSubs default and rounded templates are now fully responsive -- so everything looks great on tablets and smartphones!
The major new features included in this release are:
-- Decide when your paid subscribers see the content you want them to see --
(2606) - Timed Release content support using new [cbsubs:if since] tags
Lets you filter any Joomla content based on time criteria against subscription baseline.
[cbsubs:if plan="1" status="A" since>="1 week" and plan="1" status="A" since<="2 week"]
This only shows up between 1st and 2nd week of your subscription
-- Optionally include tax costs in your plan price displays --
(3732) Tax inclusive plan price display options
Display plan price that includes default tax calculation.
This is off by default, but you can enable it on a plan by plan basis
default tax rate setting to be used (based on default customer location).
- -- Personalize your marketing by embedding plan or subscription data in your content --
(5953) Display plan or subscription content in Joomla content
Show plan or subscription specific data in your Joomla or
CB content areas (articles, modules, fields).
Upgrade to our plan [cbsubs:plans plan="1" output="name" /]
for just [cbsubs:plans plan="1" output="price" /] now!
- -- Even more tools to help you target active and even expired subscribers --
(5954) Condition Joomla content depending on subscriptions
You can now embed [cbsubs:if plan] substitutions in your Joomla content to show content based on subscription.
[cbsubs:if plan="1" status="X"]Your subscription has expired,
please renew today at our discounted price[/cbsubs:if]
- -- Make things easier and faster for people to pay you --
(5934) New URL to take potential purchaser directly to basket
This new feature gives you a different URL that bypasses the plan selection process
taking purchaser directly to basket ready for checkout.
- -- Sales process is now awesome looking on any tablet or smartphone device --
(4987) Updated default and rounded template markup to Bootstrap 3
The default and Rounded templates have been updated to support Bootstrap 3,
so frontend CBSubs displays are now fully responsive and look great
on all viewing devices (tablets and smartphones).
- -- More controls for you to keep your subscribers motivated to follow your customer lifecycle --
(5912) New subscription plan time sensitive settings to disallow reactivation of expired or cancelled subscription
You can now configure a plan to not allow reactivation once it has expired
or has been cancelled.
Setting also lets you configure the "disallowing" based on duration since expiration
or the duration before expiration.
(continued from part 2)
You are really happy with the results so far.
Your site is up, users are joining and searching your user list pages and making friends with each other. You are able to send off personalized email messages using the CB Mass Mailing functionality located in the CB User management page.
But you realize that you need to help people express themselves and make noise on your website.
Back to the CB Primer Book you go and find Chapter 8 Working with Plugins and start reading. Aha, CB Blogs looks very promising. What if you setup and allow your users to blog straight from their user profile page? And how about storing the blogs as Joomla articles so your can use the Joomla content management functionality to show off the blogs outside the profile pages also. Wow, there is even another great video tutorial that illustrates this - CB Blogs Plugin Joomla Mode.
You quickly get this new functionality working on your website and once again you create a new Joomla tutorial article explaing how your users can create their own blogs. Of course you once again use the CB Mass Mailing functionality to let your existing users know about this new functionality you added.