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08

JomSocial 4.7.1 major release: Introducing Page Feature

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Page is a major feature for community social websites. It is developed with the purpose of helping a user to build a place for people to get connected with their business. For new business or startup, the page will be helpful to build community and convert the followers to customers.

And now, the Page feature is available in JomSocial major update - JomSocial 4.7.1. This new version also includes 8 major improvements and bug fixes.

1. Introducing Page feature

User can create their own pages and set it as public, closed page or public but not to show on the list page menu. There are lots of other settings for pages:

Allow page members to create photo albumnsAllow page members to add videosAllow page members to share filesAllow page members to create polls

Activities types supported for Pages:

Status: add status to the pagePhotos upload: Allows members to upload videos on the pageVideos upload: Allow members to upload video or link online videos on pageFile share: Upload files on page wall streamPoll: Create poll on pagesRating and Review : Allow members to rate and write a review about the page.

Quick guidelines to manage page in JomSocial :

Before creating the pages on frontend, you must check the backend configuration for pages. We Added following new options for pages :

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04

LinkedIn API v2 - Required Update By May 1st

Late last year, LinkedIn announced a new version of their API. Starting May 1st, all integration features with LinkedIn must use the new API. JFBConnect v8.1 was just released and is fully compatible with the required changes. If you use LinkedIn integration on your site with JFBConnect, please upgrade before May 1st to ensure there are no authentication issues on your site. There are quite a few things to be aware of with the new API version as well, so please read everything if you incorporate LinkedIn authentication on your site.

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MAR
10

Google+ Shutdown In Progress: Be Prepared

JFBConnect has supported Google authentication on Joomla for more than 6 years. It's one of the most popular networks we support, and so we wanted to update you with changes that have come to the Google+ social network. In March of 2018, Google+ experienced a security breach. Shortly after, they announced that Google+ would be shutting down. The front-end of Google+, where you visit with a web browser, will be turned off in April. The API, used for authentication and pulling in profile information, was formally shut down on March 8th.

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FEB
21

JomSocial 4.7.0: introducing Followers feature and 20+ improvements, bug fixes

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JomSocial 4.7.0 with an amazing new feature: Follow, improved filter in the postbox, 8 improvements and 19 bug fixes. This release also comes with new updates for all JomSocial themes for latest features and style support.

Please check the release details below:

1. New feature: Follow

The new feature: Follow allows you to follow/unfollow a user’s stream with one click. In each profile page, you can see a new button: Follow.

Once you follow the user, you can view his stream activities on your wall.

How to Follow/unfollow a user?

You can follow a user by

Hit the Follow button in the user profile pageWhen hover user’s avatar, you can see the Follow button, hit the button to follow the user.

Note: when you add a user as a friend, you will auto follow him, if you want to keep him as a friend but not follow, you can just hit the Unfollow button on his profile page.

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26

JomSocial 4.6.2 released for new features : Reactions, OpenStreetMap integration, improvement and bug fixes

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We are happy to announce the release of Jomsocial 4.6.2 version for new features: Reactions, OpenStreetMap integration and improved postbox view, Poll Module with 10 improvements and 16 bug fixes. This release also comes with new updates of 4 JomSocial themes for the latest features and style support. Please check the release details below:Reactions : JomSocial has cool features to share emotions in the status updates. Now it will also get support for reactions on the stream items. You are not only limited to click like button. Expression your emotion by giving reactions to community posts.Open Map Integration Google map now charge based on the volume you use, the charges are based on the usage. JomSocial now supports OpenStreetMap integration. That allows new and old users to switch between the map.If you have an old community site and using Google map integration, Now you can also move to OpenStreetMap without losing the current location data. Once you switch to Open street map, only Map view will be changed.Please note: you can using LOCATION_FIELD in Google map to use the same field with OpenStreetMap. If a location does not exist in the open street map view, User needs to re-edit his location as Google map is more advanced and have many custom locations added by users.Poll ModulePoll introduced in recent releases of Jomsocial and widely liked by community members, we received requests to make a module for the poll that allows sharing the single or multiple polls using the selected option in the module. This release comes with the Poll module, you can now show a poll anywhere on your Joomla site.To Create a Poll module on the Jomsocial, make sure you are using Jomsocial 4.6.2 and you can see the JS Poll module in Joomla module manager.Improved Post Box :In the last release, we introduced Colorful background status to share the status on the community. In this release, the post box has been improved and add emoji option in Colorful box. You can also switch between normal and colourful status box without losing the content.AWS Remote Storage :Jomsocial support Amazon S3 storage option, that allows you to store your video, image and file on AWS. The latest version 4.6.2 updated with AWS Signature 4 support, You can place your AWS bucket in any region for remote storage.More Improvements Disable social share option does not disable wall stream share button Add new filter to show older groups Add Emoji button in colorful background status activity about creating new group and date-time is not <small> [poll] Should show poll ended when it is ended Image quality of background image in postbox Share button language improvent Hard to see emoji icon on status backgroud [BG] Improvement for status background Bug Fixes [reaction] A guest still can reaction a photo album [reaction] Like link displays not nice on photo album page [RTL] Reaction, like should be moved to right side Cant typing on status background [RTL] Add more spacing between icon and username on photo popup Cant show old polls on user view Not able to translate Mark all as read in mobile [Got error on event detail page when not insert Google Map API key [OSM] Got error in console when enable open street map [OSM] Missing border on chrome browser [emoji] Cant show post button on background status [BG] Left/Right arrow should be hidden Still comment a post on group even I have not joined group yet [colorful] Limit character doesn't work on colorful statu [BG] Got error on background status when using ctrl + A then typing Got js error with google map in membar info page How to Download and Upgrade Check the system requirements
Here Create a full Backup your website Make sure you are running minimum JomSocial 4.4 or JomSocial 4.5 version If you use JomSocial 4.3 or lower - Make the tier upgrade as explained in this doc & update Jomsocial with > 4.3 > 4.4 > 4.5.x > 4.6.x Download JomSocial 4.6 from new unified download system here Install the package 4.6.2 zip installer file

We also released JomSocial themes updates to support latest Jomsocial style. Kindly download and install latest version of JomSocial themes to get best community experience.

Note: If your site is using a very older version of Jomsocial kindly Create a shadow copy of the site & Upgrade Jomsocial. For any error in updates, Report the Issues on support forum Here

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11

Joomla 4 Tutorials: How to use Content versioning

Joomla content version is an important feature of Joomla that helps to save different article versions. Many times when you writing an article in Joomla and accidentally deleted or changed the content/code, once you save the article the older content is no longer available, It becomes most frustrating part for a writer. In this blog post, we discussed how to use content versioning in Joomla 4 Note: This tutorial also works on Joomla 3.xEnable and use content versioning :To enable or disable content version in Joomla, you must have access to Joomla admin and Article options. Open Content > Articles > Options > Editing layouts > Enable content versioning. You can also define how many no. of the version you want to save.Now you can see the content version feature is successfully enabled and you will see a new version button in the article. You just need to save the article the first time to get the first version of it.Each new version of the article you can also add a Note what data you wrote in that session, Its really cool features for a writer who used to write longer articles.Article versions :When you saved an article multiple time and would like to see the previous version, Click on the Version Tab that displays all the saved version of that article with no. of options: Restore Preview Compare Keep Forever Delete Restore:This option allow you to restore the article to a previously saved version If accidentally you saved the article and lost the previous changes you can use this options.Preview : This option used to display the complete article properties from saved versions including publishing dates etc.Compare Article versions:This is one the most important feature inside content versioning allows you to make a comparison with all details of articles. You can select the article version you would like to compare and click on the Compare tab.Keep forever: Keep forever or Keep on/off is also very important feature in content versioning. This option will lock the select article from automatically deletion. You can select the article and click on the Keep On/Off tab to allow/disallow the article version from deletion.Delete : This option allows to delete selected article version, If there are unnecessary version saved, you can select those articles and deleted them.More Joomla 4 reviews and tutorials:
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28

Joomla 4 tutorials : How to use and configure Joomla editors

A Text Editor plays an important role for every CMS, Joomla 4 has inbuilt editors TinyMCE, CodeMirror.In this blog post, we discuss the default editor of Joomla 4 (alpha 3) and how to configure them for different users in Joomla. Note: This tutorial also works on Joomla 3Default Editors in Joomla 4 : Joomla 4 comes with 3 types of editors in it, that allows you to edit content in Joomla articles, modules, tags, and contact items. If any extension installed on your site and has the feature to adopt Joomla editors, it also works on them. There are 3 types : TinyMCE Editor CodeMirror Editor None TinyMCE Editor :This editor is default editor of Joomla when you install a fresh Joomla on your site the editor is set as default. It has many features that allow you to customize the text and help you to beautify it.CodeMirror: It's another editor that does not have any special buttons. But it has the ability to show the html content syntax. You can use this editor if you are writing an html code.Editor None : Basically, there is no Editor when you set the Editor to None. It will show all the text in plain text format.Change Editor for Different Joomla usersJoomla has special features that allow setting a different editor for every Joomla users. To Change a default editor for a user, Login to Joomla Admin > User Manager > edit a user profile > Basic Settings > Editor > Change the default editor for that user. A User who has admin access can also change his editor by Editing his own user profile.Configure Joomla editors : To configure the default Joomla editors Navigate to Extensions -> Plugins -> Editor This will display the list of the plugin present on your site. Each plugin refers to individual editor settings.TinyMCE Editor Settings : This Editor has a variety of options to configure the options. There are three sets of editors available on the plugin settings that you can configure for different user groups and also set the editor default size etc. CodeMirror Editor Settings : CodeMirror editor has not many options as it is used as HTML editor, the plugin options cover most the of useful things needed in an HTML editor.More Joomla 4 reviews and tutorials:
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NOV
08

JomSocial 4.6.1 released for colorful status, improved sharing feature and bug fixes

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OCT
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JomSocial 4.6.0 released for new feature, improvements and bug fixes

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In previous JomSocial release - JomSocial 4.5.9, we introduced major new feature: Poll that allows users to create a poll for the community. Today, we are releasing the updates for JomSocial 4.6.0 with Poll support for Groups and events, improvements and 18 bug fixes. Please check the release details below Poll feature now supports Group and Events.How to enable Poll for Group? To enable the Poll feature for group, openGroups > Group Settings > Enable Group Polls > set Enable Group Polls to YESHow to enable Poll for Events? To Enable the Poll feature for Events, open Events > Events Settings > Enable Group Polls > and set the Enable Events Polls field to YESHow did the Poll feature work with old events and groups?If your site has groups and events that created in the older version and you want to add Poll option, just Edit the event and group and you can enable the Poll for the events, group. In the last release we explain how you can Add new Poll on the frontpage. The same method is used for groups and events. Kindly check the previous release details
here for more information.

Improvements

Remove post status facebook optionloads facebook login button resources even when user is "logged in",Improve Poll translationVideo Privacy issue on sharing videoAdd Private event option for frontpage postbox

Bug fixes

Poll notification show wrong message Video Privacy issue on video page category filterGot notice error on event detail page[Backend] Got empty bar on sub pages[Poll] Super user can not vote on event or group page if he has not joined group or event yetStill show create poll button when user left event[Poll] Can not show poll on event activities streamCant show facebook login buttonGot error message after logout[Poll] Missing message alert when user create new poll on group or event page[Poll] Got message error when disable Poll creation[poll] Correct message popup[Poll] Got notice error when view super user's polls

How to Download and Upgrade

Check the system requirements HereCreate a full Backup your websiteMake sure you are running minimum JomSocial 4.4 or JomSocial 4.5 versionIf you use JomSocial 4.3 or lower - Make the tier upgrade as explained in this doc & update Jomsocial with > 4.3 > 4.4 > 4.5.xDownload JomSocial 4.6 from new unified download system here Install the package 4.6.zip installer file
Note: If your site is using a very older version of Jomsocial kindly Create a shadow copy of the site & Upgrade Jomsocial. For any error in updates, Report the Issues on support forum Here

What`s Next?

We are working on colorful background status updates that will give a completely new look to status updates. This feature will give full control to admin to select which background image will show on frontend, It also allows to upload own background images.

Let us know in the comment section below what you think about this release.

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OCT
17

Joomla 4 Tutorial: How to Change session handler in Joomla 4

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25

JomSocial 4.5.9 released for new feature: Poll, improvements and bug fixes

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JomSocial 4.5.9 is ready for download. The new version is released for a new major new feature : Poll. Users now can create poll for community to vote. Each poll has title and options, user can configure multiple choices, expiry date and which permission (who can view and vote). This release update also has improvements and 10 bug fixes. Please check the release details below:New feature: Poll How to Enable ? To Enable the Poll feature on the frontpage, enable the poll option from Jomsocial configuration panel. Open Poll > Poll Settings to enable them.Jomsocial gives full control over the poll using Joomla ACL. You can allow/disallow Joomla user group to not create, edit or delete a poll. To make changes in access level, open JomSocial > Configurations > Access Control and configure. Add a Poll on front-endOnce the poll option is enabled in back-end, user can post a poll, each poll has following fields : Poll Title : title of the poll Poll options : add poll options. Category: assign the poll to a category Expiry date : end date of poll Allow multiple choices: tick the option to let user select multiple options in the poll. If not, user can select 1 option only. Add New Poll from Poll Menu Poll Menu A new menu type for Poll allows user to search and sort the polls based on the category and sorting options. New feature: Last VisitNow you can show user last visit information on his profile, in Jomsocial 4.5.9 there is dedicated option to enable last profile visit. To enable this option open Jomsocial > Theme Designer > Layout > Show last visit. Improvements: Joomla user options for password strength Invitations left label without support multi language websites. Bug Fixes:Event are not showing in JS Calendar moduleMessage box search not workingJS Toolbar module not showing message previewJS Photos module does not respect privacyMissing icons on jomsocial toolbar after create an event on activities streamRealign done button when view on iphoneCan't share status, photo, video on event page after event is created[poll] Not show progress bar of poll on JS themes such as column, flat, column.Missing icons after delete a group or an eventVideo Tab not showing active.How To Download And Upgrade? Check the system requirements
Here Create a full Backup your website Make sure you are running minimum JomSocial 4.4 or JomSocial 4.5 version Download JomSocial 4.5.9 from new unified download system here Install the package 4.5.9.zip installer file Documentation page for Poll here

NOTE : JomSocial 4.5.9 is major update for new feature, please follow the update steps as mentioned in this post. You are welcome to post eventual bugs and suggestions for improvements.

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14

JomSocial New Feature preview: Poll

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AUG
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Jomsocial 4.5.8 Updated for Improvements and bug fixes

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JUL
27

JomSocial 4.5.7 released for File upload feature, Improvements and bug fixes

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We are happy to announce a new release for Joomla community extension: Jomsocial 4.5.7 with the major feature of file sharing everywhere in wall streams. The file sharing feature supports frontpage, groups and events status updates. The new version also includes improvements and 10+ bug fixes. Please check the release details below:New Feature: Upload file anywhere feature Why ?File upload is an important feature for a community site, it allows a community to share files with other users. The feature allows you to upload multiple files in most popular formats: zip,txt,pdf,doc,docx,ppt,xls etc in Frontpage, Groups wall, Events wall.How it works on the frontend? We design the feature in such way of ease of usage. To upload files, navigate to the status update > Click "Files" > select one or multiple files to upload then upload the files.Once it uploads it will appear on the wall stream.How to control files sharing?Admin has full rights to allow or disallow the file sharing. We implemented the settings separately for: frontpage status update, groups and events. File sharing for the front pageTo enable the file share option on the front page wall steam, go to: Components > Jomsocial > configuration > site find the option: Frontpage file sharing and enable it. Other settings include: maximum upload size limits, allowed file extensions types and number of files per post.File sharing for Events settings This option allows you to control the file share setting for all the events. It includes the configuration to enable/disable the file share option with max upload size limit, allowed file extension and no. of limits to upload files. Note: For the published events, if you want to enable the file share option, please edit the event from frontend and enable the file share option.File sharing for Groups The settings include a configuration to enable/disable the file sharing, set max upload size limit, add allowed file extension and number of files to upload. In Groups discussions, we already have the file share option present for an older version of Jomsocial.Joomla user group ACL : Joomla access level helps to restrict the user access based on the user group, Jomsocial fully support the Joomla ACL and for this new feature we add new ACL rule for file sharing that restrict user group to add files.Improvements : [emoji] Add emoji to post box [comment] Can't send image without typing any comment when editing Emoji style improvement for RTL Add new message notificaion for creating a new message at inbox language translation Improvement Bug Fixes : Comment Should realign emoji icon when edit on iPhone Mark all read button not marking a message as reading Message box change the characters in chat Write xp words becomes an emoji Can’t show emotion on a description of the image when viewing on modal view Got error when view group page in backend Got notice error on import event page Got problem with editing image description Photo share box displays issue on iPhone view Need style emoji on postbox for RTL Can’t save post of a photo without description How to Download and Upgrade Check the system requirements
Here Create a full Backup your website Make sure you are running minimum JomSocial 4.4 or JomSocial 4.5 version Download JomSocial 4.5.7 from new unified download system here Install the package 4.5.7.zip installer file
Note: If your site is using a very older version of Jomsocial kindly Create a shadow copy of the site & Upgrade Jomsocial. For any error in updates, Report the Issues on support forum Here

Theme updates :

We also updated Jomsocial theme: JS Shadow, JS Flat, JS Columns and JS Kikiriki themed updated with a new style for file share feature in Jomsocial. You can download the latest themes from here

What`s Next?

We are working on a new feature: Drag and drop uploads, that allows you to drag the photos, videos and files on the upload box

This option will allow you to upload the files using drag and drop. For more information please check our roadmap: https://www.jomsocial.com/features/road-map

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JUL
17

Facebook App Review Explained

Facebook has had an App Review process for a few years. While it's been a little tedious to explain why you want specific permissions, it has also generally been smooth sailing. Submit a request, get approval within a few days (or even hours). Done.

That all changed with the Facebook privacy issues earlier this year. Now, they dig deeper and, because of a large queue of submissions, take much, much longer. JFBConnect has been updated to help with the approval process and to improve your chances of getting approved the first time. 

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JUL
13

JomSocial 4.5.6 released for new feature, Improvements and bug fixes

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JUL
06

Socialize Joomla template released and Jomsocial 4.5.6 Preview for new Emoji

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29

JomSocial 4.5.5 released for New feature, Improvements and Bug fixes

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JUN
27

How to submit and manage JomSocial add-ons

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22

JomSocial Themes updated for improvements and bug fixes

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