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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 !

   

Next Generation Community Builder 2.0 RC3 Released

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0 RC3 release is here and 2.0 stable is just around the corner !

All Community Builder 2.0 RC2 identified issues have been fixed and all planned features implemented!

We are now in deep feature freeze mode and we will only be addressing reported bugs. This way we will reach a Community Builder 2.0 stable release very soon.

Once again, this RC3 build is available for download by all paid supporters (Advanced, Professional and Developer members) from the Advanced download area.

Totally and completely mobile ready

One of the ongoing tasks of the Next Generation Community Builder is to make everything perform as best as possible on all viewing devices. We have been testing frontend and administrative pages on mobile phones and tablets and the results are impressive.

A mobile device is not recommended of course for heavy configuration tasks, but if needed - with CB 2.0 - you can do any administrative task using your hand-held smartphone. User management, workflow approvals, profile banning, user blocking and even CB Mass Mailer tasks are now completely mobile ready!

New RC3 features

This latest RC release has the following major new features implemented:

  • Easy access to administrative tasks with new dashboard page
  • Awesome mobile and tablet usability experience with improved responsiveness on all administration pages
  • Quick tab, field and list cloning with new Save as New and Save as Copy buttons
  • Easy mass changes to users are now a piece of cake with the new Batch tools on CB User Management page
  • Cool and clean looking Yes / No radio buttons with new styling for Yes/No toggles on administration pages
  • Quick access to administrative tasks with new submenus in Joomla navigation Community Builder menu
  • Non-intrusive Powered by footer that replaces the Community About CB menu

Roadmap to CB 2.0 stable

CB 2.0 RC3 is the last planned release candidate build. Our goal is to only address reported issues and release CB 2.0 stable.

During this testing period we will be working on preparing new CB plugin releases for our existing add-ons (CBSubs, CB Activity, CB Auto Actions, CB Connect, etc.) and releasing them when CB 2.0 stable is released.

So, our tentative plan is:

  1. Release CB 2.0 RC3 to paid-up members (done).
  2. Gather feeback from testing community and fix bugs and of course continue our own internal testing.
  3. Work to get all our existing add-ons fully CB 2.0 compatible
  4. Release CB 2.0 stable 1-4 weeks (depending on testing feedback and reported issues) after our RC3 release.

How can I help ?

CB 2.0 RC3 is available to all paid members for downloading and testing (not recommened for live website usage yet). We need a full spectrum of testing, including new website first time CB installations and upgrades from CB 1.9.1 sites. We have prepared some test case scenario outlines and posted them in our discussion thread below. The more testing feedback we get the quicker we release CB 2.0 stable.

Discuss this article and post your testing feedback.

   

Next Generation Community Builder 2.0 RC2 Released

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Community Builder 2.0 RC2 is here with all identified CB 2.0 RC compatibility issues fixed and with new column sorting on all administration pages!

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CB 2.0 RC2 has awesome features and benefits and is another major step towards the stable 2.0 release. Once again, this RC2 build is available for download by all paid supporters (Advanced, Professional and Developer members) from the Advanced download area.

Check our is CB 2.0 RC for you section to review how to use CB 2.0 RC2 on your existing or new Community Building projects.

We need your help and feedback to test this new release and quickly reach a stable 2.0 release. We will continue keeping you informed by updating our CB 2.0 RC2 Issues and Progress reporting thread.

Discuss this release and give feedback !

   

Next Generation Community Builder 2.0 RC Released

 

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As announced, the next generation Community Builder 2.0 RC is here and available for download by all paid up supporters from the Advanced Download area.

CB 2.0 RC has an awesome new look, new styles for profile images, new user list grid layout, new canvas fields, new gallery images, 22 built-in field types, powerful batch processing and advanced searching administrative tools. Everything is now nicely wrapped into a single installable Joomla package that provides extensive flexibility for you to support your specific community / members website.

CB 2.0 RC has over 135 new features, 80+ bug fixes, newly designed and responsive page layouts, new graphics library, new jquery library, fontawesome and icon support, new configuration parameters and the powerful XML MVC AhaWow engine technology under its hood.

Is CB 2.0 RC right for you?

The following statements will help you decide if CB 2.0 RC is right for you.

CB 2.0 RC:

  • is a major features release primarily meant for testing purposes and early adaptors
  • is compatible with Joomla 2.5.24 / Joomla 3.3.3 or better
  • is not a stable release and this is not recommended for live production sites
  • is not compatible with Joomla 1.5 or Joomla 1.0
  • is not fully compatible with CB 1.9.1 plugins

CB 2.0 has been addressing backwards compatibility with CB 1.9.1 released plugins, but we have identified some CB 2.0 plugin compatibility issues that will need new plugin releases to resolve.

Our recommendation is that you can use CB 2.0 RC:

  • on your new (under development) websites
  • to test and evaluate its functionality
  • on your clonned Joomla 2.5.24 / Joomla 3.3.3 CB 1.9.1 websites (see CB 2.0 plugin compatibility issues) to test and evaluate

Next Steps

The roadmap towards a CB 2.0 stable release is:

  1. Gather testing coverage and problem reports from memberhip community (please test and post feedback on this article discussion thread - see link at end of article)
  2. Address all identified issues and post weekly progress reports
  3. Release new RC builds if needed and back to step 1
  4. Release CB 2.0 stable when number of unresolved major RC reported issues is zero

In parallel we are working on our new online documentation areas for CB 2.0, but in the meantime all CB parameters have their own embedded tooltip assistant messages and we are always available to help on the forums.

Discuss this article on our forums.

 

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