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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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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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SEP
15

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

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SEP
06

JomSocial 4.4.3 With Support For Automatic Joomla Updates Is Now Available

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AUG
30

JomSocial 4.4.2 And Two New Themes, JS Shadow And JS Kikiriki Have Been Released

We were excited to see such a positive feedback reaction to JomSocial 4.4 so we decided to follow it up with great bug fix release and two new themes.

For a complete list of changes introduced in JomSocial 4.4.2, please check the changelog.

JS Shadow Theme

JS Shadow Theme focus on visual appeal adding unique touch of shade contrast to every part of JomSocial.

JS Kikiriki Theme

JS Kikiriki Theme focus is on content, making it really easy to discover while being presented in a familiar fashion.

How To Install Theme

JomSocial Themes must be unzipped and placed at the proper location.
We have prepared a simple tutorial for our previous themes at the documentation page while we work on the solution to automate this process.

We are currently looking into best possible ways to install themes automatically. Till then, please follow the instructions for "Flat" theme.

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AUG
25

First Look At The Kikiriki: New JomSocial Theme

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AUG
23

Sneak Peek: New JomSocial Theme - JS Shadow

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AUG
17

JomSocial 4.4 With Live Chat, Access Control List, Migrators and Hundred Other Improvements Has Been Released

After endless nights of code crunching development, days of manual and automated testing, three Development Preview, one Release Candidate and way too many coffee, we are finally ready to present to you the latest and greatest version of JomSocial we ever published.

This release is packed with over hundred improvements in a code base, over two thousand commits (code changes) have been added to the repository and several new features have been built and implemented from scratch.

Live Chat

We can’t be more excited about this one. JomSocial has been originally created back in 2008. Which in internet terms is a stone age. Although the private messaging did the purpose it was built for, now in 2017 could simply not cut it

So, we replaced it. With a completely new feature. We took everything good from the old system and implemented into new one.

Backend configuration has moved to it’s separate page with all the controls you used to and then we added more on top of it.

Default settings for the new messages check have been set to 30 seconds.
If you host your site on a shared hosting, lowering this value could potentially have negative impact on your server. If you host on VPS or better server, try to experiment with lower values.

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AUG
04

Weekend Update: New JomSocial Theme Preview. Name It And Get Free JomSocial Professional!

Flat theme has been recently released free for all JomSocial Professional members and our team was hard on work to create more.

With this new Theme we are aiming to create the perfect blend with JA Mood Template, also released free of any charge for Professional Plan owners but the setup will not require JA Mood Template as the new Theme will work seamlessly with all JomSocial features and support Theme Designer so you can easily change it to fit your unique needs with any other Joomla! template.

Screenshots

Since Theme is still in the development we can’t offer better preview than screenshots but image speaks thousand words so let’s get straight to it:

Release Date

We don’t have a firm release date for the Theme yet but our goal is to release it along the JomSocial 4.4 release very soon.

Give It A Name And Win JomSocial Professional

As you probably noticed, we didn’t mention a name of the Theme. That’s because we came up with so much great ideas for the name that we simply couldn’t pick just one.

That’s why, we give you a chance to name the Theme and win new JomSocial Professional license. Just post your name suggestion in the comments below and we will announce the winner when Theme is ready to be handed to all Professional Plan owners, again, free of any charge.

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JUL
25

How Ad Agency can help extend & monetize JomSocial Joomla site with advertising and Google Adsense

JomSocial lets you create social community networking site for Joomla! and it comes with some very tight integrations with multiple extensions to extend the possibilities of things that can be done. Engaging community members to take up learning courses using GURU Joomla LMS extension or letting your community members to run ads to promote their events, announcements or commercial ads using powerful advertisement management component Ad Agency.

Today, I would like to show you how your JomSocial community users can be empowered to run advertisements to promote their events, announcements or commercial ads using powerful advertisement management component Ad Agency.

Ad Placements

Ad Agency can turn your site into revenue powerhouse by allowing registered users to become “advertisers” and create various different ads. Place and track your promotional announcements across:

JomSocial streams or tabsEntire Joomla! WebsiteMultiple sites including non-Joomla! sitesAffiliate Ads like Google Adsense

Multiple Ad types:

Banner Ad for graphic or affiliate codesPopup Ad that shows on top of the loaded contentTextual AdFloating Ad, similar to Popup Ad, floats on top of the site contentTransitional Ad takes up entire page focus and requires to be closed before site can be used.

Once advertiser creates the ad, it will be placed in the corresponding zone or the placement that you can charge for.

Set Your Own Pricing Packages

In Ad Agency, you can set different prices for different types of ads

Target Specific Audience

Targeting the specific audience on the site is very important. Ads created in the Ad Agency extension support geolocated ads which can be configured even at the city or zip code levels (US and Canada only).

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JUL
21

Weekend Update: Developer Preview 3 With JomSocial’s Chat Feature Shaping Up And You Can Try It Today!

As you might already know from our previous entries here and in this blog post too, the entire JomSocial team is focusing on finalizing Chat feature that has been with us from the start in the form of Inbox, but it always stayed like that, never getting the update attention it deserves.

That’s why we are taking bold effort to make this update worthwhile and deliver the most robust and stable chat system that you can’t find anywhere else.

Where Can I See It?

You can actually download and install development preview 3 version on your own site although we don’t advise you to do that. Instead create the shadow copy backup or install the test site on localhost and play there. Simply download the latest version of JomSocial, and once unzipped, the development preview installer will be there. 

If you decide to install this version on a live site despite our warning not to, you are on your own. No support is given for development previews.

What else needs to be done?

Beside the fact that it must look absolutely beautiful on all screens, we are also doing numerous tests in performance, stability and scalability, optimizing the code behind the Chat system to be lightweight but robust and extensible. With this in mind, once JomSocial 4.4 is released, third-party developers will be able to hook on the JomSocial chat, implement in in their own extension, or even build a emoji or stickers plugins for the chat system itself.

In the nutshell, this is the list of things to be done with before beta release

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JUL
17

JomSocial 4.3.5 Bug Fix Release Together With Brand New Flat Theme Are Now Available For Download

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JUL
13

Premium JomSocial Template - JA Mood Free For Professional Plan Members And JomSocial Flat Theme Preview

JA Mood - Social Joomla Template from JoomlArt with full support for JomSocial is now available for FREE to Professional and SuperCharged plan users.

Why Exclude Standard Plan Members?

Standard plan got major boost in our last update when the feature limitations were removed and were brought to the same level of Professional package. Standard plan users were also extended complimentary JA Builder Pro access worth $50. It would not be fair to JomSocial Professional members and JoomlArt team to offer complimentary access of premium products worth more than the JomSocial Standard plan price itself.

We encourage our Standard Plan members to upgrade to Professional plan to take maximum benefit of the offerings. There are more releases lined up for Professional users. For instance, we have a brand new JomSocial theme coming soon for Professional plan.

JA Mood Preview

JA Mood is the newest Joomla template from JoomlArt specifically designed for Music, Community and Social websites. It fully supports JomSocial with customized styles accros the component and it's built with robust T3 Framework with intuitive admin panel.

Some of the features supported in JA Mood are:

Core features of the Community and Joomla template:

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JUL
03

Celebrate 4th Of July With JomSocial; Store-wide Discounts For New Purchases Of JomSocial Professional, JomSocial Supercharged And Socialize Template.

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JUN
30

Weekend Update: JomSocial 4.4 Development Preview 2 With Chat System Enabled Has Dropped And It’s Awesome.

We have been working tirelessly to deliver a new and improved version of the inbox and turn it into the modern chat system. It was an overwhelming task that required a lot of code refactoring, improvements, and even solutions built from scratch as we couldn’t use the old technology upon inbox system was created.In today’s update, i’d like to take the time and show you what have we’ve been working at for the past several weeks, so take a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the updates.JomSocial Inbox Will Be Turned Into Chat-like SystemModern day conversations require modern utilities, and JomSocial 4.4 is going to provide just that. A sleek and elegant live chat system, fully incorporated into JomSocial’s minimalistic design to nicely blend into every template you can throw it at while being lightweight and resource thrifty to spare the server from unwanted stress.Whatever the pick, you’re surely going to enjoy this upgrade.Old Functionalities In A New WrappingsOne on One conversations, Group Chats, posting images, files and links, seen statuses… are just the small things you already get used to in the inbox system. All of these features are carried over to the new chat….And Then Added SomeThe new chat is happening in real time, and also supports API’s where third-party could implement their own stickers, GIFS, emoticons and so on.In the first stage, we do not have plans to implement these add-ons as we want to focus on finishing the chat first. Once we have stable system in place we will most likely refresh the chat and consider making these additions as well as creating the system-wide plugin which will show the chat on every page of your Joomla-based website.Development Preview 2For all JomSocial customers, we are providing a Development Preview of the new JomSocial 4.4 version which you can find in your download package.Simply download JomSocial again from your account and unzip the package on hard drive. You will find the com_community_4.4_dev_preview_2.zip installer which you can use in Joomla Extension manager to install.

This version is NOT suitable for production sites and we strongly advise you to make a backup or shadow-copy of your website and then install JomSocial 4.4 Development Preview there.

Do not try to install this version on a live site as there will be huge notice banner on every page and support will not be provided.

Design Is Not Final And Some Options Are Disabled

Being a development preview, JomSocial 4.4 that you can download is not a finished product. That being said, we still have to improve the layout of the chat window, iron some bugs that we are already aware of and some options like posting links and turning them into Embedly cards or fetched content are disabled.

While we left the access to Messaging Backend Configuration available, frontend will not respect most options yet.

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