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15

Jomsocial 4.5.4 major release for 17 more video channels support, new features, improvements and bug fixes

Hi Guys,
In the previous
preview blog post for Jomsocial 4.5.4, we shared the list of the new video providers and more improvements. Today, we are happy to announce that JomSocial 4.5.4 is now available for download. This is a major release with 17 new video providers support, message and chat improvements, user data delete option for GDPR and bug fixes.

17 more video providers support :

Add Video on a community site play an important role to share information and memories. In the recent time we got requests to add more video provider support for Popular videos channels. As we promised in the preview blog post we have implemented 17 New video providers support that include facebook videos, SoundCloud, Flicker video etc.

Before, we supported 6 video channels:

Youtube Vimeo DailyMotionVimeolive leak Metacafe

JomSocial 4.5.4 now supports 17 more video channels:n

Facebook VideosFlickr VideosSoundCloudCollege HumorDotsub.comFunny Or DieGloria.tvGodtube.comKu6.com (China)MySpace VideosRutube (Russia)Sapo Videos (Portugal)Twitchvbox7 (Russia)VeohVidea (Hungary)Youku (China)

Check Jomsocial demo site here to see how the video feature work.

How to add video?

To add a video in Jomsocial you only need to copy the URL of the video and paste it in the Video post.

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JUN
08

Jomsocial 4.5.4 Preview - 17 more video channels support and improvements

Hi Guys,

JomSocial team is happy to announce preview of JomSocial 4.5.4 with 17 more popular video channels support. Currently JomSocial supports YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, liveleak and Metacafe, we got lots of requests for more video channels. The new version will also come with improvements and bug fixes.

List of 17 video channels support :

Here are the list of Video providers that will be supported in the upcoming version of Jomsocial

Facebook VideosYouku (China)Flickr VideosSoundCloudCollege HumorGloria.tvGodtube.comKu6.com (China)MySpace Videosdotsub.comFunny Or DieRutube (Russia)Sapo Videos (Portugal)Twitchvbox7 (Russia)VeohVidea (Hungary)

Improvements:

Control chat notifications:

As you are using JomSocial Chat for sending messages, pictures and file attachments to community members/friends. In any case, you forget to check the message? No need to worry, since we added the unread chat notification in the previous version of Jomsocial.

In Jomsocial 4.5.4 version you will have a new option to control the new/unread chat notification. Now you will have full control over the chat notification.

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MAY
31

JFBConnect v8: Social Networking Leveled Up

In April, Facebook started making many changes to their platform to improve privacy for their users. Those initial changes, and the reasons behind them, were detailed in our previous blog post, "Facebook is Changing Quickly. JFBConnect is Ready". We will be releasing an updated version of JFBConnect with an incredible amount of updates on Monday, June 4th. We are highly recommending all users upgrade to the latest release to ensure social networking continues functioning on your site.

Due to the amount of changes, we wanted to give a heads up to any administrators on what to be aware of before installation. We want the upgrade process to go as smooth as possible.

Read on for all the details and important information on upgrading.

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MAY
25

JomSocial 4.5.3 released for Signup consent form checkbox

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MAY
03

Jomsocial 4.5.2 released for improvements and bug fixes

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APR
10

Facebook Is Changing Quickly. JFBConnect is Ready.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Cambridge Analytica and the unauthorized use of user data coming from the Facebook Platform. In response to this, Facebook is rapidly making multiple changes to their platform. JFBConnect integrates with many different social networks, but Facebook is the most used of them all. Because of that, we want to make sure all of our users are aware of the changes we know of, the actions we'll be taking, and how to make sure Facebook integration continues working as expected on your site.

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MAR
22

Jomsocial 4.5.1 stable released with performance improvement, chatbar and bug fixes

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MAR
20

Must Read: New Unified System is officially live

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MAR
20

Must Read: New Unified System is officially live

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FEB
09

JomSocial major release for performance improvement and 17+ bug fixes

Hi Guys,
JomSocial is very happy to announce release of JomSocial Version 4.5.1 Beta 2 - important release with performance improvement and 17+ bug fixes plus some other improvements.We would like to thank you for the positive feedback and bug reports in the 4.5.1 beta 1. In this release, we have addressed the performance issue also and expect more improvements in the upcoming releases.Performance Improvement - From real case study We evaluated fresh installed Jomsocial and also on multiple user site's with 5K+ conversations to understand the issue and plan fixes : Problems and Solutions:Problem: JomSocial ajax init chat loads all conversations at a time. If a user has too many conversions ( like ~ 4k), it causes slow loading and freezing browser. Solution: limit num of conversations at first load ( for now is 15) Problem:JomSocial chat is using ajax long polling that keeps connecting server for scanning new chats on the system. This will help make chat faster. However, some shared hostings limit the number of connections with the server, so website gonna be slow if too many users are online. Solution: Remove ajax long polling, and use simple ajax. Here is the comparison of the performance before and after on user site with 4757 conversationsRelease Changelog Details: Improvements Performance improvement for live chat when more users have chat messages, site loads slowly Group activity not showing for a user Alphabetical sorting in advance search for the Russian language 2. Bug fixes Infinity scroll search hashtag is not working Can't upload on android device JS 4.4.2: New chat message auto-complete does not work on mobile view Sending message with " straight profile cause to appear escaped " in chat JS 4.5.1 hardcoded text Got undefined error after uploading a photo on stream Missing ajax-loader.gif file Group announcement issue error on the JS Member Map + how to hide super user members on the Map. Error filling string COM_COMMUNITY_STREAM_LIKES_SINGULAR Privacy setting for video post doesn't work anymore Group Invite Friends: Selected, Email Sent, but not marked as Invited Infinity scroll is not working after post a status on stream Create Discussion: Upload image window is not responsive for mobile view Filter is working incorrectly after post new status Got PHP notice when open profile page with login Article comments on mobile: Can`t see SEND button Only Friends can Comment on Videos setting doesn't work properly How To Download And Upgrade? Go to
your account and download JomSocial 4.5. Unzip downloaded package, and find beta installer. Make sure you are running minimum JomSocial 4.4 or JomSocial 4.5 version Create the backup of your website Create the shadow copy of the site Use the beta installer to manually upgrade shadow copy of your website to JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 2 from Joomla Extension Manager

NOTE 1: JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 2 is not a stable version and as such will not be officially supported by us. You are welcome to post eventual bugs and suggestions for improvements, but if you install this version on production site, you are bound to fix all issues yourself.

NOTE 2: After you upgrade to JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 2, the Joomla update notification may pop up saying that there is a newer version of JomSocial (4.5) because the version numbers are not the same. Just ignore it.

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FEB
09

JomSocial major release for performance improvement and 17+ bug fixes

Hi Guys,
JomSocial is very happy to announce release of JomSocial Version 4.5.1 Beta 2 - important release with performance improvement and 17+ bug fixes plus some other improvements.

We would like to thank you for the positive feedback and bug reports in the 4.5.1 beta 1. In this release, we have addressed the performance issue also and expect more improvements in the upcoming releases.

Performance Improvement - From real case study

We evaluated fresh installed Jomsocial and also on multiple user site's with 5K+ conversations to understand the issue and plan fixes :

Problems and Solutions:

Problem: JomSocial ajax init chat loads all conversations at a time. If a user has too many conversions ( like ~ 4k), it causes slow loading and freezing browser.

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FEB
02

Joomla 4 tutorials : How to add Google Analytics Tracking Code

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FEB
02

Premium JomSocial template: Socialize 2.1.5 updated for bug fixes

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JAN
18

Joomla 4 tutorials: Orthogonal Component Structure Revolution

If you’re a passionate Joomla! user reading every possible news about upcoming Joomla! 4, there are high chances you seen something called “Orthogonal Component Structure” but not many have ever tried to explain what that strange term really means for the users and developers. In this blog post, we will touch that topic and try to reveal some secrets behind it. What Is Orthogonal Component Structure ? Mathematics are often cluttered with expressive terms with no meaning outside it’s constraints, often causing a sudden loss of interest in the subject matter. You will easily find the definition of orthogonality on the web, but it still won’t give any clue how it relates to Joomla! development. Orthogonal Component Structure in Joomla! sense means that there are two types of components, vertical and horizontal - hence the name orthogonal. Vertical Components Or in other words, core components such are Content, Users, Contacts, Weblinks… which all are developed separately forming what we know as Joomla! CMS. Horizontal Components Think of horizontal components like extended features for vertical component, adding on top of it. These are components like Tagging, Versioning or Custom Fields which can’t work per se, and must rely on other vertical component. Reasoning Behind It It’s simple. Orthogonal Component Structure allows any component to use new capabilities designed to be used across extensions. Even third-party developers will be able to take advantage of it. Horizontal Components Galore There are numerous examples where you can extend core, or vertical component with horizontal one, and many users have been doing that one way or another. Typical example would be Fields that can be used to enrich your articles and users with new set of custom fields. Joomla! 4 should bring a new “Workflow” component which will allow to completely change how you publish articles. You can read more about it here

Know more about Joomla 4

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JAN
18

Joomla 4 tutorials: Orthogonal Component Structure Revolution

If you’re a passionate Joomla! user reading every possible news about upcoming Joomla! 4, there are high chances you seen something called “Orthogonal Component Structure” but not many have ever tried to explain what that strange term really means for the users and developers. In this blog post, we will touch that topic and try to reveal some secrets behind it.

What Is Orthogonal Component Structure ?

Mathematics are often cluttered with expressive terms with no meaning outside it’s constraints, often causing a sudden loss of interest in the subject matter. You will easily find the definition of orthogonality on the web, but it still won’t give any clue how it relates to Joomla! development.

Orthogonal Component Structure in Joomla! sense means that there are two types of components, vertical and horizontal - hence the name orthogonal.

Vertical Components

Or in other words, core components such are Content, Users, Contacts, Weblinks… which all are developed separately forming what we know as Joomla! CMS.

Horizontal Components

Think of horizontal components like extended features for vertical component, adding on top of it. These are components like Tagging, Versioning or Custom Fields which can’t work per se, and must rely on other vertical component.

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JAN
05

Joomla 4 and Bootstrap 4: Perfect integration

Joomla 4 is a big hit for Joomla community, the major release version will have many new features, high coding quality, cleanup codebase, using new technologies, minimum PHP 7 requirement and especially, it integrates Bootstrap 4 - the most popular framework to build responsive, mobile-first web projects.

What is Bootstrap

Bootstrap is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS. Quickly prototype your ideas or build your entire app with our Sass variables and mixins, responsive grid system, extensive prebuilt components, and powerful plugins built on jQuery.

History: Bootstrap 2 was integrated in Joomla 3.

Joomla 3.x released in 2015 with Bootstrap 2 integration in Joomla core and can be used all over, not only just on templates but also in back-end and front-end of extensions.

The integration got very good feedback from Joomla community, it also helped developer to build Joomla template and extensions easier and faster.

Up-to-date with Bootstrap: Joomla 4 integrates Bootstrap 4

Joomla 4 and Bootstrap 4 are latest version with huge major updates & improvements, up-to-date with new technologies, adding more new features in comparison with their previous versions.

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DEC
27

JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1 With Chat Bar Plugin Has Arrived

Ever since JomSocial 4.4 came out with modern chat-like inbox, we wanted to build on top of it and provide more functionality. That wishes aren’t always equal to reality, reflects with JomSocial 4.5 release which had to be made as database structure didn’t support everything we wanted from the chat bar. We get back to the drawing board and did it properly this time. JomSocial 4.5 was released, awaiting the Chat Bar. It Is Here In 4.5.1 Version 4.5.1 has been in development for quite a long time. We knew this release will be big so our team took the time to do it right. And results are great. Not only Chat Bar have been implemented, but also, some other new tweaks and even new features await in this beta release, inevitably finding the way to stable release coming shortly after. Some of the highlight features in 4.5.1 are: Chat Bar plugin which will show on every page of your website, FREE for all subscribers Option to add custom username badges (Pro and Supercharged only) Improved Chat settings Create group conversation out of single chat (Option in Chat Bar plugin only. Option in component coming with next release) How To Download And Upgrade? Go to your account and download JomSocial 4.5. Unzip downloaded package, and find beta installer. Make sure you are running minimum JomSocial 4.4 or JomSocial 4.5 version Create the backup of your website Create the shadow copy of the site Use the beta installer to manually upgrade shadow copy of your website to JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1 from Joomla Extension Manager

NOTE 1: JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1 is not a stable version and as such will not be officially supported by us. You are welcome to post eventual bugs and suggestions for improvements, but if you install this version on production site, you are bound to fix all issues yourself.

NOTE 2: After you upgrade to JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1, the Joomla update notification may pop up saying that there is a newer version of JomSocial (4.5) because the version numbers are not the same. Just ignore it.

How To Set It Up?

Chat Bar plugin is disabled by default to prevent interference with your current website operation and flow.

After manually updating to JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1, you must enable System - Jomsocial Chat Bar plugin and set two simple options.

Chatbar position - will determine at what position the chat bar will be shown Remember Last State - will try to remember the state of open chat bar windows when page is refreshed or user navigates away from the page. For example, if you had open chat bar conversation with someone and then went to another page without closing the conversation, new page will load with that conversation window open. Plugin will respect all other chat settings from component - For instance, if you disabled uploading files in the chat, the chat bar plugin will not show that option.

More Goodies

You asked for it, so here it goes. Starting with JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1 you will be able to add custom images as a display name tags when user is a member of certain Joomla User Group.

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DEC
27

JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1 With Chat Bar Plugin Has Arrived

Ever since JomSocial 4.4 came out with modern chat-like inbox, we wanted to build on top of it and provide more functionality. That wishes aren’t always equal to reality, reflects with JomSocial 4.5 release which had to be made as database structure didn’t support everything we wanted from the chat bar. We get back to the drawing board and did it properly this time. JomSocial 4.5 was released, awaiting the Chat Bar.

It Is Here In 4.5.1

Version 4.5.1 has been in development for quite a long time. We knew this release will be big so our team took the time to do it right. And results are great. Not only Chat Bar have been implemented, but also, some other new tweaks and even new features await in this beta release, inevitably finding the way to stable release coming shortly after.

Some of the highlight features in 4.5.1 are:

Chat Bar plugin which will show on every page of your website, FREE for all subscribersOption to add custom username badges (Pro and Supercharged only)Improved Chat settingsCreate group conversation out of single chat (Option in Chat Bar plugin only. Option in component coming with next release)

How To Download And Upgrade?

Go to your account and download JomSocial 4.5.Unzip downloaded package, and find beta installer.Make sure you are running minimum JomSocial 4.4 or JomSocial 4.5 versionCreate the backup of your websiteCreate the shadow copy of the siteUse the beta installer to manually upgrade shadow copy of your website to JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1 from Joomla Extension Manager

NOTE 1: JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1 is not a stable version and as such will not be officially supported by us. You are welcome to post eventual bugs and suggestions for improvements, but if you install this version on production site, you are bound to fix all issues yourself.

NOTE 2: After you upgrade to JomSocial 4.5.1 Beta 1, the Joomla update notification may pop up saying that there is a newer version of JomSocial (4.5) because the version numbers are not the same. Just ignore it.

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DEC
22

Joomla 4 tutorials - How to install Joomla 4 on localhost

For Joomla fans, Joomla 4 release is great news, even it is alpha version only. Joomla 4 comes with lots of new features, huge updates at core. To test the new Joomla version, please do installation of Joomla 4 alpha 2 on localhost following the Joomla 4 installation tutorial.

You can install 4 on local host using the standalone server environment: JAMP, JOOMLAS2GO! (J2G) or XAMPP. Joomla 4 requires minimum PHP version - PHP 7.

Joomla 4 installation guide - step by step with screenshots

1. Download Joomla! 4 alpha 2

To download Joomla! 4 alpha 2, access this LINK. Download the Full Package then unpack the compressed file to a folder on your local disk.

If you have only one database and it is already in use, you can install Joomla! in it – just make sure to have a distinctive prefix for your tables to avoid over-writing any existing database table. Do not use this same database for more then two/three websites for security reasons.

2. Run the Joomla! installation wizard

Enter the URL for your site in your browser (example: http://localhost/joomla-cms-4.0.0-alpha2/). The installation screen will (should) come up. From that point on, follow the install wizard.

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DEC
15

JomSocial Is Ready For Joomla 4 And PHP 7

Joomla! 4 Alpha 2 is available for testing but it comes with the hidden catch. You need to have PHP 7 running on the web server in order to install it.

PHP 7 is the minimum system requirement for Joomla! 4 website every server will have to comply with sooner rather than later.

Is My Hosting Ready?

At the moment of writing, every hosting provider should have been ready for transition. PHP 7 isn’t a new thing. It has been around for over two years. If you’re not sure what is the PHP version your site is running at, fret not. Go to Joomla! Backend of your website and navigate to System -> System Information then click on PHP Information tab. There you can see what is the PHP version your site is running at:

If first number is anything other than 7, then your server is not ready for Joomla! 4.
In that case, contact your hosting provider immediately.

What About JomSocial?

In almost decade long history, we tried to keep up with latest Joomla! standards and web technologies as soon as they were becoming available. That said, JomSocial offered immediate support for PHP 7 back in February 2016 (PHP 7 was released in December 2015.) and ever since then all subsequent releases of JomSocial were supporting PHP 7.

What Are The Benefits?

I don’t claim to know every single advantage of PHP 7 but i can definitely vouch for page loading times, memory usage and overall speed improvements. We tested JomSocial 4.5 with Joomla 4.0 Alpha 2 on PHP 7 against the same setup on variants of Joomla 3.8 and PHP 5. The results were nothing short than impressive.

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