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20

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FEB
09

JomSocial major release for performance improvement and 17+ bug fixes

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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

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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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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.

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DEC
08

JomSocial On Joomla 4. What to expect?

JomSocial On Joomla 4. What to expect?After Project Icarus which quickly turned into organised chaos, and Joomla X, we finally got the Joomla 4 Alpha 1 version for testing.We already wrote in Joomlart blog post what can you expect from the Joomla 4 and if you haven’t read it by now, we strongly encourage you to do so. In this entry, we will focus on JomSocial’s goals and planned changes to make the transition to Joomla 4 as smooth as possible. First ImpressionNeedless to say, it was expected. Current JomSocial version (4.5) is not installing on Joomla 4.So we immediately dedicated developers to work exclusively on Joomla 4 compatibility.First AdjustmentsThe immediate priority was successfull installation on Joomla 4 and after few tweaks, JomSocial was installing, but that was just a first step on a long road ahead.Navigation Must ChangeIt is more than obvious how JomSocial’s backend navigation doesn’t really fit into new Atum backend template of Joomla 4. So it must change, and the plan is to have it integrated into Joomla 4 sidebar navigation.Core Changes & Compatibility LayersJomSocial’s core base have been built for Joomla 1.5 and upgraded to Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 along the road. However, Joomla 4 will inevitably remove all deprecated code which means support for outdated dependencies will be removed effectively rendering most current extensions unusable on Joomla 4. Therefore, JomSocial Core need to change as well to support new Joomla 4 standards. For website builders, this practically means that JomSocial compatible with Joomla 4 won’t be compatible with Joomla 3.8 and lower.Luckily, Joomla 3.9 will be released simultaneously with Joomla 4 and it will bring the compatibility layer that will allow extensions made for Joomla 4 to work on Joomla 3.9. So if you don’t want to upgrade to Joomla 4, but want to use latest version of JomSocial, then you will have to upgrade to Joomla 3.9.Addons & Third-Party IntegrationsOne of the under-the-hood changes of Joomla 4 will be unification of all plugins making them run through a single dispatcher instead of five. This change is affecting JomSocial API and we are working on solution that will work across entire platform without interfering with third-party integrations.ThemesJoomla 4 comes with Bootsrap 4, but it doesn’t really affect JomSocial’s theme framework built in-house for specific purpose of using it within one single component. All themes that we currently have will make JomSocial fit into your Joomla 4 template the same way as they used to in Joomla 3. UpgradeThe upgrade will not depend solely on JomSocial’s ability to be upgraded with a single click. While that goes without saying, as a website builder, you will need to ensure your Joomla is properly upgraded to version 4, and all extensions that you might be using and integrating with JomSocial also have a version compatible with Joomla 4. Whats Next?After JomSocial is fully compatible with Joomla 4, we will start contacting the integration developers urging them to upgrade as well. After Joomla 4 hits the beta and RC (release candidate) status, we will start publishing beta’s of JomSocial compatible versions for users to try on their sites and see what needs to be fixed, improved or changed. Know more about Joomla 4:
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DEC
08

JomSocial On Joomla 4. What to expect?

JomSocial On Joomla 4. What to expect?

After Project Icarus which quickly turned into organised chaos, and Joomla X, we finally got the Joomla 4 Alpha 1 version for testing.

We already wrote in Joomlart blog post what can you expect from the Joomla 4 and if you haven’t read it by now, we strongly encourage you to do so.

In this entry, we will focus on JomSocial’s goals and planned changes to make the transition to Joomla 4 as smooth as possible.

First Impression

Needless to say, it was expected. Current JomSocial version (4.5) is not installing on Joomla 4.

So we immediately dedicated developers to work exclusively on Joomla 4 compatibility.

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NOV
03

Poll: Which Gavick JomSocial Template you like the most? Vote & Win Pro memberships at Gavick & JomSocial.

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OCT
30

JomSocial 4.5.0 With Several New Features And Database Upgrade Is Now Available

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We are pleased to announce immediate availability of JomSocial 4.5 series introducing the brand new system for guest users to manually request invitation when website is set in “invite only” mode and database preparation for upcoming chatbar feature. For the full list of changes, refer to our changelog.

Request Invitation

JomSocial administrators had an option to set a website in “invite only” mode and today we introduce the option for visitors of the website to request invitation manually. This functionality is completely optional and it’s disabled by default so it won’t interfere with your site flow. If you want to enable this option you can find it in “JomSocial Dashboard -> Configuration -> Registration”

Once user request an invitation, it will show up in “Monitor -> Pending Invitations” section where you can easily review their application and accept or reject it.

If accepted, an email with invitation to the site will be generated through regular mail queue and sent out on next Cron run for user to register on the site.

More new features and improvements

Abandon the conversation in chat

Leaving the conversation you’re not interested in is now possible

Add Users to a JomSocial group when profile type is selected during registration

Adding users to a specific JomSocial group once they choose the profile type has never been easier

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SEP
22

JomSocial Omniglot Project: Translations for everyone

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SEP
20

JomSocial 4.4.4 With One Click Update And Improved Translations Is Now Available

JomSocial 4.4.4 brings over 300 new language strings. We investigated many hard-coded language, changing them to proper language constants. Some texts ware updated so they may become more understandable describing features. That means more and more text could be localized. If you have a multilingual or non-English website, please, update your languages as soon as you can.Omniglot Translation ProjectUpdated language files on your language immediately after the release, for everyone - sounds great doesn’t it?Our Omniglot Translation Project will start soon so stay tuned to learn how to participate if you are willing to help and get rewarded in the proces.One-Click InstallAs for other notable changes, possibility to update JomSocial with one click install can now be used.
We described the procedure in
JomSocial 4.4.3 announcement, all you have to do is to enter the license number and one-click install will work like a magic.
One click install requires minimum JomSocial 4.4.3

Joomla! 3.8

Joomla! 3.8 has just been released and i’m sure your question would be is JomSocial 4.4.4 compatible with this version of Joomla?

Yes, of course it is. We always make JomSocial compatible with latest Joomla! version almost within a first day of new Joomla release.

For future reference, please bookmark this page so you always have updated information on compatible versions.

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Use the promo code JomS30 during the checkout to get 30% OFF on new purchases for Professional and Supercharged packages.

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SEP
15

Milestone Update: JomSocial Translations Restart And New Release Coming Next Week

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