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15
Dec
2014

Joomla 2.5.28 Released and what it means to you

Written by Nick A.

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The Joomla project has released Joomla 2.5.28 that has been tagged as the last release in the Joomla 2.5 series.

Officially, as of December 31, 2014, the Joomla 2.5 series will no longer be supported. This means that there are no new releases planned for Joomla 2.5, as the Joomla project is putting all its efforts in its Joomla 3.3 and upcoming 3.4 series.

We have tested Community Builder 2.0.4 and it works just fine with this new Joomla release.

There are no security related fixes in the Joomla 2.5.28 release, so there is no real rush to upgrade. However as this is the last of the Joomla 2.5 series you should start planning to upgrade your Joomla 2.5 websites to the even more secure, feature rich and mobile ready Joomla 3.3.6 environment. From January 1st Joomla 3.X will be the only security maintained release.

As developers of the most popular Joomla Social Networking extension, we are always here to help out our community. In addition to the Planning for Mini-Migration - Joomla 2.5 to 3.x Joomla resource,we have compiled a detailed how to upgrade guide that includes a video tutorial of the entire process of upgrading a Joomla 2.5.28 site with Community Builder 2.0 installed to Joomla 3.3.

Join the discussion.

 

 
09
Dec
2014

Community Builder 2.0.4 Released

Written by Nick A.

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0.4 is here
and it's free to download.
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Community Builder 2.0.4 is here and fixes 17 minor issues (detailed list in discussion thread) identified since the 2.0.3 release. CB 2.0.4 also introduces a minor new feature:

  • ability to set a 100% width for Terms and Conditions fields displaying in modal window mode

If you have not already seen our videos - Community Builder 2.0 Tutorials playlist, this is a great time to do so (and subscribe to channel so you don't miss future releases). There are 37!!! short and sweet hands-on videos to help you harness the power of the next generation community builder.

Upgrading from a CB 2.0+ environment is a simple install over process.

If you are upgrading from CB 1.9.1, you should take a look at video #30: CB 2.0 Tutorials - 30 - Upgrading from CB 1.9.1 to CB 2.0 - Expectations and first steps  and also keep in mind the following:

  • Unlike CB 1.9.1, CB 2.0+ is now a single installable Joomla package that automatically installs component, modules and plugins
  • Make sure your PHP upload_max_filesize parameter is set to at least 4M - see our Checking your PHP Settings tutorial for more info about this
  • Check our Add-ons Compatibility Status page before you start and have latest CB 2.0 add-ons handy so you can upgrade them after your CB 2.0.4 installation
  • Make sure that you have a full backup available before you upgrade
  • If possible test your upgrade process on a cloned environment before attempting to upgrade your live site

Enjoy this free CB 2.0.4 update and discuss this on our forums.

   
01
Dec
2014

Controlling Privacy with CB Privacy 4.0

Written by Nick A.

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See the huge benefits of CB Privacy in action in
our short and sweet CB Privacy tutorials
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CB Privacy 4.0 gives you full control to deploy your privacy strategy on your website for your user profiles and user lists.

Fully compatible with the Next Generation Community Builder 2.0, CB Privacy 4.0 is a powerful tool to manage the privacy of user profile content.

Here are 4 huge benefits that CB Privacy gives you:

  • Let your members decide who sees their profile data (specific fields or tabs, or even entire profile)
  • Setup private content field or tabs for users on their profiles by specifying "private" as the default privacy setting for this content
  • Empower your users to delete or disable their accounts and data from your website
  • Keep track, monitor and administer all your user privacy settings from backend administration page.

 Here is a short list of configurable features:

  • Turn on privacy for viewing or editing a field or tab basis
  • Enable privacy for entire profile view
  • Configure initial default privacy settings for each case
  • Let moderators control privacy settings from frontend
  • Force privacy control for specific field or tab to default value (instead of allowing user to select privacy level)
  • Configure settings to allow users to disable and/or delete themselves

This awesome add-on is demonstrated and explained in our short and sweet CB Privacy tutorials and is available to Advanced, Professional and Developer members.

   
20
Nov
2014

Community Builder 2.0.3 Released

Written by Nick A.

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0.3 is here
and it's free to download.
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Community Builder 2.0.3 is a maintenance release that fixes 18 identified issues (see discussion thread for detailed list) found since the Community Builder 2.0.2 release and introduces 2 new features:

  • template css overrides allowing you to easily make changes to the default CB template
  • Joomla menu page class support for CB menu items for individual page styling

We will be adding new video tutorials to our Community Builder 2.0 Tutorials playlist about these new features and how to use them (subscribe to channel so you don't miss them).

Repeating once again our upgrading from a CB 1.9.1 environment process for your consideration:

  • Unlike CB 1.9.1, CB 2.0+ is now a single installable Joomla package that automatically installs component, modules and plugins
  • Make sure your PHP upload_max_filesize parameter is set to at least 4M - see our Checking your PHP Settings tutorial for more info about this
  • Check our Add-ons Compatibility Status page before you start and have latest CB 2.0 add-ons handy so you can upgrade them after your CB 2.0.3 installation
  • Make sure that you have a full backup available before you upgrade
  • If possible test your upgrade process on a cloned environment before attempting to upgrade your live site

Enjoy this free CB 2.0.3 update and discuss this on our forums.

   
17
Nov
2014

21 Video Tutorials for Community Builder 2.0

Written by Nick A.

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Getting up to speed with the powerful next generation Community Builder 2.0 is now super easy and fun.

Since the 2.0 release, we have been publishing a new short video tutorial every day on our Joomlapolis Video Channel.

Today we published tutorial # 21 and we intend to keep publishing as often as possible (so make sure to subscribe to our channel) to help our community harness the incredible power and flexibility that Community Builder 2.0 provides.

Keep in mind that all Community Builder 2.0 administrative pages now have a Help button that leads to a handy online help page and also make sure you take advantage of our new Community Builder Getting Started articles.

Our current CB 2.0 Tutorials playlist has the following tutorials:

  1. Short tutorial covering first steps to install CB 2.0 on a Joomla 3.x website
  2. Short tutorial covering basic CB User Profile page updates in frontend and also adding menu links to the Joomla User menu
  3. Backend and frontend registration processes and approval workflows
  4. Creating our first user list and making our Joomla menu for user lists publishing
  5. Grid user list with profile image and canvas image variations
  6. Getting started with list searching
  7. Creating our first CB Field - Gender radio button field
  8. Getting started with Field Layouts and CB Substitutions
  9. Configuration options for uploaded profile images - how to get perfect squares and have circle images
  10. User List wrap-up - extra settings and Joomla menu to single list
  11. Terms and Conditions field and how to configure it
  12. A first look into Community Builder Tabs
  13. The CB Articles plugin and how it works
  14. The Joomla CB Author bot plugin and how to link author of article back to author's CB profile page
  15. First look at CB Blogs and Internal storage mode
  16. CB Blogs and Joomla storage mode
  17. Exploring the Date field type
  18. File and Video fields
  19. Single select dropdown and multi-select checkbox fields and user list searching
  20. The new 6-in-1 CB Online module
  21. uddeIM Private Messaging integration

Discuss this article on our forums.

   

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