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  • Community Builder 2.1.1 released !

    Community Builder can be freely downloaded by all registered members


    We are proud to release Community Builder 2.1.1 with 8 new (minor) features and 21 bug fixes!

    Just one month after our feature rich Community Builder 2.1 release, we are proud to release Community Builder 2.1.1 which is primarily a compatibility, maintenance and security-hardenings release. We are also celebrating our 1234th merge request since CB 2.0. !

    The detailed list of new features and bug fixes is included in our discussion thread. The main features worth mentioning are:

    1. Language override user interface improvements lets you search for language strings and easily create your own override strings.
    2. Updated fontawesome library to 4.7.0 to give you even more icons that you can easily take advantage of on your websites.
    3. Improved PHP 7.1 compatibility - this way you can take advantage of the latest PHP framework.

    CB 2.1.1 further strengthens the legendary security of Community Builder. Third party libraries have been updated (Guzzle, PHPMailer) and additional security-checks have been added. Also the update channel, version checks and the newsfeed now all use https!

    Please see our Security statement on Community Builder 2.1.1 regarding third-party libraries PHPMailer and Guzzle for super-technical details: In short, CB and our CB Add-ons are not vulnerable with default or any reasonably possible settings.

    Of course Community Builder 2.1.1 is fully compatible with Joomla 3.6.5 and can be easily installed over any CB 2.0+ environment for a quick upgrade.

    All Joomlapolis add-ons are CB 2.1.1 compatible and you can see them in action on our updated demo site.


  • Security statement on Community Builder 2.1.1 regarding third-party libraries PHPMailer and Guzzle

    First of all, Community Builder and our CB Add-ons are not vulnerable to following third-party libraries vulnerabilities, in default or in any reasonable configuration. Additionally, third-party CB add-ons using correctly the CB API should also not be vulnerable through these third-party libraries vulnerabilities.

    The CB team is following security news and Beat is part of the Joomla Security Strike Team (JSST). Thus we are usually aware very early of new vulnerabilities potentially affecting Community Builder or our add-ons. For all vulnerabilities of third-party libraries below, we have usually been aware within hours of the issues, and could each time assess with highest priority that those vulnerabilities could not be exploited through Community Builder or any of our Add-ons.

    The CB Team implements using defensive programming techniques. This means that we often have multiple levels of protections and user-inputed data filterings, handling default cases, and always escaping at the right place, so that security reviews are easy. Also, no code change is made in core CB without peer-review inside the team. As a matter of fact, with CB 2.1.1, we are celebrating the 1234th merge-requests since CB 2.0! Each of those merge requests has been peer-reviewed and security-audited before being added to CB.

    Community Builder 2.1.1 includes the newest PHPMailer 5.2.22 third party emailing library and a security-improved version of Guzzle HTTP/HTTPS requests third-party library.

    As both libraries have experienced security vulnerabilities and fixes lately, CB team is issuing the following security statement on those issues and their non-exploitability in Community Builder.

    Read more ...  
  • GroupJive 3.1 released with great SEO friendly URL support

    CB GroupJive 3.1  is now available for all paid members


    CB GroupJive 3.1 is here with 11 new features, 16 bug fixes and looking cleaner than ever with SEO friendly URLs!

    This new release has many styling improvements and more internal system URL hooks that take advantage of the new Community Builder 2.1 router technology to produce cleaner, friendlier URLs.

    You can now create URLs like:

    • /{menu-alias}/001-{category-name}/001-{group-name}
      example: universities/001-new-jersey/001-rutgers

    • /{menu-alias}/001-{group-name} (if no category exists)
      example: universities/001-rutgers

    You can see the full changelog in the discussion thread and also see it in action on our updated demo site.

  • Community Builder 2.1 with 82 new features is here!


    Community Builder can be freely downloaded by all registered members


    We are proud to release Community Builder 2.1 with 82 new features and 44 bug fixes!

    We have been pushing, and blogging about, these new features and bug fixes out to our 565920 strong and growing community in the form of nightly builds over the past months.

    This way our new development is continuously tested by thousands of users and we can all be confident that CB 2.1 is a rock solid system ready for prime time.

    With so many new features, this article could not possibly begin to give this release the coverage it deserves. You can read the full changelog in the discussion thread and we will blogging more about CB 2.1, but in the meantime we have compiled a Magnificent Seven list of some really great features in CB 2.1:

    1. New Canvas layout gives user profiles and lists a cleaner more stylish look that is easier to adjust with CSS overrides.
      Kyle has already given us a great preview on this new look and how to make it work for you.
    2. Image browser side resizing and cropping make all your image fields look the best they can and fit nicely in your site layouts.
      Another awesome preview on this feature also in Kyle's blog.
    3. Improved and friendlier URLs for better SEO rankings - no more ugly and cryptic link names.
      More about this new feature that needs Joomla 3.6 in Kyle's SEO Everything blog.
    4. Language Override user interface with built-in string finder makes localization a breeze.
      Learn more about Language Overrides and Language Key Finder
    5. Substitution ELSE and ELSEIF feature gives you even more power to personalize your field outputs.
      Here are some great use cases on this new functionality.
    6. CSS Override user interface makes styling changes easy and simple.
      Similar to language override concept that applies to templates.
    7. Select options field improvements lets you group options and make things cleaner for your users.
      Some great examples about this new functionality.

    Of course Community Builder 2.1 if fully compatible with Joomla 3.6.5 and can be easily installed over any CB 2.0+ environment for a quick upgrade.

    All Joomlapolis CB 2.0 compatible add-ons are also CB 2.1 compatible and you can see them in action on our updated demo site.

    These are just 7 of the 82 new features that you can take advantage of on your existing or new community website.

    See all 82 new features in our discussion thread and make your own Magnificient Seven list!


  • Joomla 3.6.5 Security Release - Update Now!



    Joomla 3.6.5 has been released to address three security vulnerabilities, some security hardenings and three bug fixes.

    It is highly recommended that all Joomla sites upgrade to Joomla 3.6.5 especially if you have not previously upgraded to Joomla 3.6.4.

    • Once again, sites with Community Builder 2.0+ are protected from the high level vulnerabilities fixed in Joomla 3.6.4 and 3.6.5.
    • For sites below Joomla 3.6.4 and that don't have CB 2.0+ and can't be upgraded immediately, you should immediately turn Joomla user registration off, if it is on (CB user registration is not affected).

    Community Builder 2.0.15 works great with this Joomla release.

    Read the Joomla release announcement.


  • More about Joomla 3.6.4 Security Release and CB 2.0 Protection Cloak


    Joomla has just published a Revised Assessment of 3.6.4 Security Release just a couple of days after the urgent Joomla 3.6.4 Critical Security Release that addresses 2 critical security vulnerabilities.

    Basically the Joomla Security Strike Team has confirmed the original implications where malicious hackers could exploit the vulnerabilities to create their own administrator account but the team also confirmed that "under certain circumstances" the attackers could alter existing user accounts ( -- yes, even admin accounts).

    The CB Team has also taken a closer look at Community Builder 2.0 installations on Joomla 3 environments and discovered that such sites are actually protected against these nasty Joomla vulnerabilities. By default, all CB 2.0+ installations automatically enable the CB system plugin that redirects Joomla registration and login requests to the equivalent CB requests that are not affected by these Joomla vulnerabilities.

    So, simply put: all CB 2.0 / Joomla 3.x sites are protected from these Joomla vulnerabilities.

    Please note that our recommendation is still to upgrade all Joomla sites to Joomla 3.6.4 as soon as possible, and additionally rename the Joomla htaccess.txt file (and configure it to your base folder if needed) for added protection.

  • Joomla 3.6.4 Critical Security Release - Update Now!


    Joomla 3.6.4 has just been released and it fixes two critical security vulnerabilities and a two-factor authentication bug.

    This is a very important release and all Joomla 3.4.4 to 3.6.3 sites need to be quickly updated to this new release.

    You can read the full Joomla 3.6.4 announcement for more details, but to make things super clear here is a list of recommended actions depending on your installed version:

    • All sites with Joomla 3.4.4 through Joomla 3.6.3 must update to Joomla 3.6.4 now - this is extremely important as the found vulnerabilities let hackers create accounts on your website and then to promote them to administrator (but not super-administrator ones)
    • All sites with Joomla 3.x less than 3.4.4 should upgrade as soon as possible to Joomla 3.6.4. These sites are not affected by the two critical vulnerabilities, but there are many other know issues that have already been fixed
    • All Joomla 2.5.x sites (1.0-2.5 are not affected by these 2 vulnerabilities, but they are by other known ones) should plan to upgrade to Joomla 3.6.4. If not possible soon, they should at least by now have updated to the unofficially security-maintained Joomla "2.5.999" version which includes fixes only for high-level security issues (download zip button at top right) and follow that project on github, while planing to plan an upgrade to latest Joomla.

    And, as always, make a full backup of your website before you attempt any upgrade.

    Community Builder 2.0.15 and all our latest CB add-ons versions are running fine on Joomla 3.6.4 according to our tests.

    Beat, member of both CB Team and of the Joomla Security Strike Team (JSST), insists on the urgency and the importance of this Joomla 3.6.4 upgrade: Stop doing what you are doing and Upgrade Now. If you can't, then take an off-site archive-backup of your site Now. Only the latest versions of Joomla and of all your extensions and add-ons, which are the only ones maintained are considered safe at all times.

    Keep your Joomlapolis membership active and your sites up to date at all times!

    Some hosters who care for Joomla Security have already implemented WAF modsecurity rules to protect their customers. Joomlapolis Web Hosting Services have also done so, even before the 3.6.4 release!

  • CB Gallery 2.0 released and full of power


    CB Gallery is here and extremely powerfull !

    Kyle has been blogging about it, designng and coding it, and now CB Gallery 2.0 nicknamed "Galleries Galleries Everywhere" is ready for download by all paid members.

    This is a complete rewrite with many great new features that will make your community website users very happy and excited with the possibilities.
    You can experience the new CB Gallery on our demo site and see the many administrative and user facing options.

    Here is a list of the main features in CB Gallery 2.0:

    • Users can upload multiple files at the same time and then provide titles and descriptions (yup, just like facebook does)
    • All media types are supported (photo, audio, video) as well as file uploads (you can provide filename extension list)
    • Users can create unlimited albums to better organize their uploads
    • Media files can be uploaded or linked (configration parameter)
    • Item quotas can be set for each media type globally or individually (for specific users)
    • Moderator approvals can be enabled for all media types
    • Gallery playbacks are now using modal popup
    • New CB Gallery module lets you display gallery albums, media types, gallery items from specific users (new asset concept) or from all users
    • Item downloading can be turned off in gallery and in module
    • New CB Gallery bot lets you put any gallery album or item directly in your Joomla content (articles and modules) and even lets your users create new gallery albums or upload new media directly from article!
    • Captcha integration for extra security when uploading new items (requires latest CB AntiSpam plugin)
    • Gallery activity recorded for activity stream (CB Activity and CB Auto Actions required)
    • Create direct Joomla menu links to specific albums or items
    • New administrative area lets you quickly see who has uploaded what and all created albums (see this on our demo site)

    There are many more built-in features that you can explore on our demo site !

Latest Downloads

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