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27
May
2015

Community Builder 2.0.9 and 3 more releases

Written by Nick A.

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0.9 is here
and it's free to download.
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Community Builder 2.0.9 is here and fixes 15 issues (detailed list in discussion thread) also has 3 feature improvements that:

  • improve performance
  • provide better stability with updated imagine library
  • upgrade select2 library to version 4 needed for CB Activity 3.0 RC2

Upgrading to Community Builder 2.0.9 can be done using the Joomla Extensions Update functionality or by simply downloading the CB 2.0.9 package and installing over your existing CB 2.0+ environment. If you are upgrading from CB 1.9.1, you should first 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, our Getting started articles and of course the CB Primer Book.

With the release of CB 2.0.9, we have also released:

  • CB Activity 3.0 RC2
  • CB Auto Actions 6.2.3 with new activity action
  • CB Connect 7.0 b2

Our CB 2.0 Compatibility chart has been updated to reflect these new releases.

Discuss the Community Builder 2.0.9 release on our forums.

 
04
May
2015

CB Activity 3.0 RC1 Released

Written by Nick A.

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The new CB Activty 3.0 RC1 (stable for live sites) is available for download
by all Professional members.

Let your users go wild and post their feeling-rich status messages and comments using the pixel-perfect fully responsive redesigned interface. This will certainly add an extra wow to your website!

The main features of CB Activity 3.0 RC1 include:

  • "What's on your mind?" posting
  • Commenting everywhere
  • Inline #hashtag support
  • Inline emotions support (e.g., :smile:)
  • Inline @username and @name type mentions
  • Activity URLs automatically converted to clickable links
  • 10 built-in Actions (Feeling, Watching, Reading, ...) and you can add your own!
  • 62 built-in Emotions (smile, laughing, blush, ...) and you can add your own!
  • Configurable limits everywhere (number of chars per post, comment, ...)

Every profile gets it's own Activity tab, but you can also create Joomla menu items to your activity streams and there is also a Joomla module you can use.

It is dead simple to install and publish and works great out of the box.

You can of course make configuration changes to satisfy your specific use case.

Take a quick look at our CB Activity tutorials to get the hang of things.

CB Activity 3.0 RC1 is given it's release candidate status mainly because we have a number of extra features planned and did not want to push everything out in a big bang fashion.

The roadmap is as follows:

  • CB Activity 3.0.0 RC2 with new attachments, location and people tagging features
    and any identified bug fixes found in RC1
  • CB Activity 3.0.0 RC3 with activity hiding for specific types and from specific users
    and bug fixes
  • CB Activity 3.0.0 stable with any RC3 needed bug fixes
  • New releases of other add-ons to take advantage of the new activity API

So in other words, this is a quality release that can be installed on your live sites. It's just not as feature rich as we have planned and thus it is given the RC label.

Discuss this on our forums.

   
29
Apr
2015

Community Builder 2.0.8 Released

Written by Nick A.

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0.8 is here
and it's free to download.
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Community Builder 2.0.8 is here and fixes 19 issues (detailed list in discussion thread) also has 2 audio/video field feature improvements that:

  • make playback process now work much better (following that of CB Gallery) and
  • lets you style the fields with percent width/height support

Upgrading to Community Builder 2.0.8 can be done using the Joomla Extensions Update functionality or by simply downloading the CB 2.0.8 package and installing over your existing CB 2.0+ environment. If you are upgrading from CB 1.9.1, you should first 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, our Getting started articles and of course the CB Primer Book.

With the release of CB 2.0.8, we are now focusing on:

Discuss the Community Builder 2.0.8 release on our forums.

   
21
Apr
2015

CB Activity 3.0 Preview

Written by Nick A.

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The new CB Activty 3.0 is just around the corner with awesome totally responsive fantastic looking features!

We are completely thrilled by the upcoming CB Activity 3.0. It is totally re-designed with pixel-perfect polishings and it includes best of bread activity streaming features. This brings a delightful User Experience (UX) to members and even surpasses features present on popular social networks!

In 3 words, it's the activity streaming Of Your Dreams. At least it's the one of our dreams.

Here are some of the main features in the soon to be released CB Activity 3.0 RC1:

  • "What's on your mind?" posting
  • Commenting everywhere
  • Inline #hashtag support
  • Inline emotions support (e.g., :smile:)
  • Inline @username and @name type mentions
  • Activity URLs automatically converted to clickable links
  • 10 built-in Actions (Feeling, Watching, Reading, ...) and you can add your own!
  • 62 built-in Emotions (smile, laughing, blush, ...) and you can add your own!
  • Configurable limits everywhere (number of chars per post, comment, ...)

Every profile gets it's own Activity tab, but you can also create Joomla menu items to your activity streams!

And of course everything is responsive and lightning fast!

CB Activity 3.0 will be available for Professional and Developer members. A first Release Candidate (RC) is scheduled to take place soon after CB 2.0.8 is released (prerequisite for CB Activity 3.0).

In the meantime you can take a quick look at our CB Activity preview tutorial and join the discussion below.

Discuss this on our forums.

   
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.

   

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