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16
Mar
2015

CB Primer Book designed to help you learn

Written by Nick A.

CB 2.0 Primer Book

The new Community Builder 2.0 Primer Book is here and now free for everyone to download.

This new resource is designed to be both educational and fun to follow. Rather than creating a reference guide or user manual that replicates built-in help screens and tooltip messages, the CB Primer takes a different approach.

It motivates you and gives you examples that trigger your imagination and spark your internal learning process.

This fun to read book is an excellent companion to the 50+ video tutorials on our Joomlapolis Youtube channel.

What’s in this book?

This book introduces some of the main features of Community Builder, the social networking platform for Joomla.

The layout of this book is somewhat unconventional as it follows a quick-start approach showing you things you can do out-of-the-box with little or no extra configuration and then gradually introduces extra configuration possibilities as they are needed. Sometimes the images included to help explain one topic also introduce elements and features that will make the reader think and understand future possibilities. This approach hopefully makes reading more enjoyable and easier to follow.

  • Expectations, installation and first steps ( Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 )
  • Working with fields and a closer look at image fields ( Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 )
  • Creating user lists and searching for users ( Chapter 5 )
  • Working with tabs, display types and profile positions ( Chapter 6 )
  • Exploring operations with user management ( Chapter 7 )
  • Plugin concepts and built-in apps ( Chapter 8 )
  • Configuring and exploring user connections ( Chapter 9 )
  • Language translation concepts ( Chapter 10 )
  • More configurations and implication tips ( Chapter 11 )
  • Conclusions and more resources ( Chapter 12 and Appendix A )

Download your copy and let the fun learning begin!

Discuss the new CB Primer Book on our forums.

 
10
Mar
2015

CBSubs GPL 4.0 RC2 released

Written by Nick A.

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CBSubs GPL 4.0 RC2 (fully CB 2.0+ compatible) is here
active subscribers can download from the CBSubs GPL download area

CBSubs GPL 4.0 RC2 addresses 34 identified issues (detailed list in discussion thread) and also has 5 new features since the RC1 release:

  • Geographic IP support to identify buyer's country and use it as invoice default (also stored in order basked for EU-VAT compliance)
  • Promotion names no longer need to be unique
  • Different bonus times now supported for reactivation of calendar based subscriptions
  • Improved denied usage messages for expired promotions
  • Depreciated DOCman integration (no longer needed since it now supports Joomla ACl groups)

The RC2 release is the last RC release planed before CBSubs 4.0 stable and requires CB 2.0.7 (or better). It can be installed over your existing 4.0 RC1 (or 3.0) installation (all settings and data will be preserved).

Discuss this on our fourms.

   
04
Mar
2015

Celebrating 10 Years of Community Building

Written by Nick A.

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Community Builder is celebrating its 10th birthday!

We are very proud of providing for 10 years what is now the best open source social networking solution for Joomla!

A big THANK YOU goes to each and every one of our:

  • 528000 (and growing fast) Joomlapolitans
  • millions of Community Builder website owners
  • 40 language teams and their members on Transifex and
  • paid supporters!

Without your help we would have never reached this awesome milestone!

To celebrate this fantastic birthday for the entire month of March we have some great free gifts for everyone and also awesome discounts for our paid membership. Just click on our celebration banner to learn more!

Please join us by #10yearsCB #joomla tweeting or social network sharing your personal wishes for Community Builder's 10th birthday!

You can also drop your birthday wishes on our discussion forum.

   
26
Feb
2015

Do more with Joomla 3.4 and Community Builder 2.0.7

Written by Nick A.

Joomla 3.4 released

Joomla 3.4 and Community Builder 2.0.7 are ready to help you
do more with your websites.

The Joomla 3.4 release introduces the following key new features:

  • easier front end editing for your modules
  • a lighter distribution with the decoupling of weblinks
  • composer integration to help developers be more productive
  • improved spam protection with Google new reCaptcha (already supported in CB AntiSpam)
  • security improvements by implementing UploadShield code which can detect most malicious uploads by examining their filenames and file contents.

Joomla 3.4 is a minor version that preserves compatibility and should in most cases be a simple and easy upgrade.

To upgrade from Joomla 2.5/3.3 to Joomla 3.4 you can use the built-in Joomla update functionality but first make sure that all your installed extensions and templates are compatible. If you are updating form Joomla 2.5 then our Migrating from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3 tutorial is a great resource for your upgrade project. Updating from Joomla 3.3 to 3.4 is simple and easy - just like upgrading from any Joomla 3.3.x release to 3.3.x+1. As always, start the process by taking a - just-in-case - full backup

Community Builder 2.0.7 addresses 6 minor identified bugs (see discusson on forum for details), of which one fixes the installation of CB as an upgrade on the new Joomla 3.4 release, which introduced an additional check on the package.

To upgrade to CB 2.0.7 all you need to do is use the Joomla Extensions Update functionality or simply download the CB 2.0.7 package and install. You can do this before or after your Joomla 3.4 upgrade.

Discuss this article on our forums.

   
24
Feb
2015

New CB Gallery supports photos, files, videos and music

Written by Nick A.

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Paid members can download CB Gallery 1.0.2 from the Advanced Download area

The new CB Gallery add-on for CB 2.0.6+ is here and it supports photos, files, videos and music media items.

Your users will just love the new look and feel as they will be able to organize all their multimedia content on the 4 new user profile tabs (Photos, Files, Videos, Music). Each tab can have unlimited albums and users can easily organize their content giving them distinctive titles and descriptions. Plus everything works great on all viewing devices (desktop, tablets and mobile phones).

Here is a list of key features available:

  • Everything is mobile ready
  • 4 tabs (Photos, FIles, Videos, Music)
  • each tab can have unlimited albums (folders)
  • each album can have unlimited items
  • folders and items are editable with gear icon popup menu
  • folder names and item names are searchable
  • photos are clickable to reveal full size image in popup lightbox
  • file upload sizes can be configured for all items and allowed extension types can be configured for file items
  • limits can be imposed on number of folders and number of media items
  • moderation and captcha can be enabled for folder creation and media items
  • item linking can be enabled separately for each media type (only Youtube linking currently supported for video items)
  • backend folder and item management support lets your administrators add new folders or upload new media for users or edit existing items

 

Video Folder

Here is a sample screenshot of what your users can expect from a video folder album.

video-gallery

 

File Folder

A file folder album lets your users upload their files and share them with other users.

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Music Folders

Your users will be able to create unlimited music albums on their profile pages.

music-folders

 

This new CB Gallery add-on replaces the previous CB Profile Gallery plugin and gives your users so much more.

When you install CB Gallery for the first time on your CB 2.0.6+ website it will automatically detect and migrate all CB Profile Gallery items that finds. This way your user uploads will remain intact in this new super-clean environment.

Discuss CB Gallery on our forums.

   

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