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06
Aug
2014

Next Generation Community Builder 2.0 RC Released

Written by Nick A.

 

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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.

 
01
Aug
2014

Community Builder 2.0 RC date announcement

Written by Nick A.

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Yesterday we resolved the last showstopper (reimplementing the advanced users search using the new AhaWow engine) that was blocking us from reaching Community Builder 2.0 RC status.

We have a small number of minor tracker items that we are working on at the moment and we are now announcing that CB 2.0 RC will be released on Thursday August 7th.

In order to get as much quality feedback and testing as possible we are extending this round of RC testing to all paid members (Advanced, Professional and Developer) and CB 2.0 RC will be available for download from the Advanced Download area.

Community Builder 2.0 is a major features release that addresses over 135 new features and over 80 bug fixes. Seven (7) currently paid add-ons have been included in the core CB 2.0 product that will be a free download once it becomes stable. And as always, it will be a GPL release that gives you the freedom to use on all your websites without any limitations.

CB 2.0 RC is of course not yet a stable release But as our development cycles include continous code reviews and testing, it should be ok for early adaptors (new websites). Please note that CB 2.0 RC is compatible with Joomla 2.5 and 3.x series. Support for Joomla 1.5 has been discontinued as pre-announced.

Without the ongoing support of our paid members, our translation teams and our forum posters we would not be able to make this happen. So a huge THANK YOU is in order for all our supporters!

Discuss this article on our forums.

   
30
Jul
2014

Joomla 3.3.3 and 2.5.24 Released

Written by Nick A.

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Joomla 3.3.3 and Joomla 2.5.24 have been released.

Joomla 3.3.3 is a maintenance release for the Joomla 3 series. If you are currently running a Joomla! 3.x release on a server with PHP 5.3.10 or later, we encourage you to update to Joomla! 3.3.3 by either the one-click update or by one of the available update packages.

If you are still running Joomla 3.x websites on PHP versions older than PHP 5.3.10 (which by the way is 2+ years old), you should update to at least PHP 5.3.10 and Joomla 3.3.3. If you cannot update to a PHP 5.3.10 (or better) enviornment now, then make sure that your Joomla 3 series sites are running Joomla 3.2.4. As Joomla 3.2.x is security maintained until October 2014, you should plan to upgrade your PHP environment within the next 3 nonths.

Joomla 2.5.24 is a maintenance release for the 2.5 series. Upgrade packages to Joomla 2.5.24 are available for Joomla 2.5 series installations. Joomla 3.3.3 is considered as a mature release and Joomla 2.5.x end of life is planned at end of 2014, it is time to start planning your upgrade.

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 beta 5 both work great on these new Joomla releases !

   
22
Jul
2014

Community Builder 2.0 Batch Processing Features

Written by Nick A.

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One of the many new features of Community Builder 2.0 is the batch processing functionality present in the CB Tab, Field, Plugin and User List management pages.

This functionality lets CB admins easily perform mass changes to multiple selected CB elements.

Some sample usages follow to help you understand the functionality and the power. With this new functionality you can set the:

  • Field type, Required property, Tab placement, Profile property, Registration presence, Edit property (also new in CB 2.0) or Searchable property of multiple selected fields
  • Display type, Access viewing level or Position placement of multiple selected tabs
  • Default status or Access View level of multiple selected user lists
  • Access View level of multiple selected CB Plugins

In the screenshot above we are showing how to use the enhanced Search Tools feature to filter all text type fields and the Batch Tools feature to move 2 text fields to a different tab. But we could have also selected a new field type in the -Select type- drop down parameter to convert these 2 fields from text type to text area. Yup, CB 2.0 now supports field type conversions.

Another great administrative feature included in CB 2.0 is the copy feature that lets administrators copy CB fields, tabs and user lists from the relevant CB management pages.

Discuss this article on our forums.

   
08
Jul
2014

Community Builder 2.0 beta 5 released !

Written by Nick A.

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Community Builder 2.0 beta 5 is now available for download by all Professional and Developer members.

As we are approaching RC (release candidate) status we are again opening up our testing user-base in an effort to get as much testing feedback as possible so we can quickly reach a stable release.

The last progress report was communicated a little over one week ago and we already have much more great news and awesome features to share.

As we are in parallel testing and improving usability and tooltip documentation we are literally astonished by the scope of the new features that have been included.

In our last reports we have been highlighting the new profile look with the canvas background and the new menu positions.

Since then we have added four new styles to our user profile avatar image field:

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  1. Rounded
  2. Rounded Bordered
  3. Circle
  4. Circle Bordered

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So a simple drop-down parameter lets you specify that your user profile avatars should be circle framed or rounded corner framed !

Also, as we are now taking advantage of our new image processing library, exact dimension image resizing while maintaing aspect ratio (with cropping if needed) is a built-in new feature.

And since we believe in doing things right, these cool features are available for all image fields you create in your user profiles.

So to be clear all your CB image fields can now be configured to:

  • have their own gallery selection library
  • allow or disallow user uploads
  • impose upload size limits and dimensions
  • require moderation (through CB Workflows)
  • have their own styling (Rounded, Rounded Bordered, Circle, Circle Bordered)
  • be rendered differently on different CB pages (different layout for user lists, edit modes, etc)

And these features are just the tip of the iceberg!

At this point we believe that this is the last beta in our CB 2.0 roadmap and the next release will be CB 2.0 RC.

But we need your support and testing and feedback to make this happen!

So if your are not a Professional member please consider becoming one and download CB 2.0 beta 5 and test it on your non production sites and give us your feedback so we can make it better.

Let's make it happen!

Discuss this article on our forums

   

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