Another Glimpse of EasySocial 2.0

  Mark EasySocial

Another Glimpse of EasySocial 2.0

I have shared a preview of EasySocial 2.0 progress about a month ago and we are closing in right now. I would say, it's almost 95% done now and we are left with some other minor improvements and major testing internally for it's final stages before the Alpha release :)

 

 

 

Better Joomla Administration

b2ap3_thumbnail_img-es2-infoggraphic.jpg With our new infographics module, you can now view recent updates from our blog and also get a glimpse of your community statistics.

Apart from that, EasySocial 2.0 will also work with Joomla Updater out of the box. This allows you to get notified just like the rest of the core extensions in Joomla. You could also download the launcher directly from the Joomla Updater panel.

 

New Application Store

b2ap3_thumbnail_img-es2-appstore.pngMy priority in EasySocial 2.0 is to allow site administrators to easily and quickly update their apps on the back end without checking the version number all the time because let's face it, we have too many custom fields and apps; managing these apps is a nightmare.

In fact, I can't even count the number of custom fields we have built, there are just too many! With the new Application Store, you could now update your installed apps or download new apps from our site directly.

 

Mobile Web App

b2ap3_thumbnail_img-es2-mobile.pngThe new mobile web app would transform your site with the look and feel of a native app right from the browser. I understand that this is not a native mobile app per se but it's definitely a fresh start for us in terms of mobile user experience. This would be one of our first baby step (As others say, one baby step at a time)

As this is an EasySocial application, it would be entirely up to you if you want to have it installed or not, as some would still want the Joomla template to be visible.

 

 

Refreshed Achievement Badges

b2ap3_thumbnail_img-es2-badges.pngOur designers felt that the achievement badges used is pretty ancient and it needs to be refreshed. In EasySocial 2.0, we have refreshed these badges to ensure that your community looks more up to date with the design standard these days.

 

 

Less Is More; Merging Theme Settings

Theme settings are cool, but it creates a ton of confusion especially when you do not know where are the settings located at. We have scrapped this altogether and most of these settings is now moved to the Settings page. This creates a single location where you could find all these settings. Not only have we merged the settings, we have also scrapped out a ton of least used settings altogether.

 

Reviews App for Group and Pages

b2ap3_thumbnail_img-es2-pagegroupreview.png We thought about this and rather than adding this into the core, as some users might not even want this, we have create 2 new reviews app which works on Groups and Pages.

With these new apps, users may post reviews on groups and pages on the site. In each review, they will also be able to set a rating along with their reviews too.

 

 

Twitter Autoposting App

Mashups are good and with this app, posting a status update on your story line would immediately post the status update into your own Twitter account. The app also displays a nice little embedded widget from Twitter on the person's profile.

 

Browser Notifications App

When your user opens multiple tabs on the browser to browse your site, read their e-mails, browse forums, read articles, which eventually lead to the need of a way to notify the user that some activity has happened on your site and this app solves the problem by sending notifications via the browser. The next roadmap for this app would be true "Push notifications" :)

 

Cleaner & Simplified SEF URLs

Oh, and before I forget we have also simplified and restructured the SEF URLs on EasySocial 2.0 :) The new URL looks much more simplified and simple!

 

There are more additions to EasySocial 2.0 that I would love to share but if I keep going on, this blog will never be published and I wouldn't have time to work on EasySocial 2.0 :)

Also I would love to know what do you guys think and suggestions or feedbacks are always welcome under the comment form below.


  • Philippe

    about 3 weeks ago

    Thank you Mark !
    Stackideas is as much exciting than Apple :)

  • Sylvie

    In reply to: Philippe about 3 weeks ago

    Thanks Philippe :)

  • Paul Murray

    about 3 weeks ago

    Hi SIers

    Thanks for the update… I am not a developer as such so maybe some one could help me understand this? “Mobile Web App” thing. I am aware that is is a buzz word and notice that a lot of people look at my site on a phone :p

    In my innocence I thought that a Native App was an application written specifically for a phone/tablet e.g. Apple/Android. And that this Native App pulled an existing website and wrapped it up inside its self (Native App) so that every thing looks great and behaves well on a phone/tablet etc…

    I can only guess that what Mark is talking about above. Is some thing that simulates how a website behaves, works and looks in a native app on a phone. But you use it in a browser on your phone??? So we are talking about a form and feel factor? So far so good?

    best

    Paul

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Paul Murray
  • Mark

    In reply to: Paul Murray about 3 weeks ago

    It's not a native app Paul, instead it's an "EasySocial App" which enhances the "community" browsing experience for your mobile browsers.

    Try to load up your mobile device and browse https://facebook.com or https://twitter.com . They have a complete different UI for mobile browsers.

    Why we did it as an app instead is simply because there is no way for us to control or manage the Joomla template that you use and using just the template's responsive mode just doesn't justify the "social network" experience that you are trying to build.

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Mark
  • Paul Murray

    In reply to: Mark about 3 weeks ago

    Hi Mark

    Thanks for your time as always.
    I have been reading up on this and the penny is beginning to drop :D
    When I put facebook.com into my phone browser I am redirected to m.facebook.com.
    So I suppose FB knows my device and sends me to a none native app. Right?

    If my site is built with different ES components eg Easy Social, Easy Blog, Easy Discuss...
    There would need to be separate non native apps for the whole site to work seamlessly?

    thanks in advance

    Paul

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Paul Murray
  • Mark

    In reply to: Paul Murray about 3 weeks ago

    They don't actually redirect you to a native app, you get redirected to their mobile version but for the web of course. However, I do believe that their "web" version is not truly a web version but it uses some libraries from Safari / Webkit itself. That gives their web app a better edge as it deals directly with the browser. Try typing http://m.facebook.com in your Firefox browser. It'll behave differently than a normal browser.

    The mobile web app will currently only work with EasySocial until we find a way to integrate them all but here's the benefit of Joomla, when you move out of the "extension" view, you can get back to your site's template.

    Again, this is only targeted to mobile devices because most websites are extremely complicated and not to mention your Joomla template might render different modules / views etc.

  • Philippe

    In reply to: Mark about 3 weeks ago

    ]The mobile web app will currently only work with EasySocial

    EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss will not benefit ?

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Philippe
  • Paul Murray

    In reply to: Mark about 3 weeks ago

    Mark, thanks for your detailed reply.
    It sounds like a very important step.
    Looking forward to more of the same :D

  • Mark

    In reply to: Mark about 3 weeks ago

    The first step is to make this web app work nicely with most Joomla templates :) It's an experiment as we have never done or tried this before.

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Mark
  • Sabih

    about 3 weeks ago

    The next roadmap for this app would be true "Push notifications" :)


    \o/

    The new mobile web app would transform your site with the look and feel of a native app right from the browser.


    \o/

    I am hyped and everything is looking outstanding.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Sabih about 3 weeks ago

    Me too! Hoping to see an alpha really soon!

  • James

    about 3 weeks ago

    Appreciate the update everyone. On the joomla admin side I have a large network and tend to have a few "editors" so to speak who are not full admins here looking after various things in the backend. One editor may need to manage events and access all users attending events whereas another editor is just responsible for videos. I have been helping joomlart test out JA Admin theme here and trying to get things down to a more granular level. It would be nice in the future if backend access could be more granular and people managing the network have access to what they need and not access to every single setting as right now I could not let editors poke around in the backend due to the volume of settings and damage that could be done here!!!

  • Paul Murray

    In reply to: James about 3 weeks ago

    @ James as I say “I am not a developer as such so”
    Could Akeeba Admin Tools not help you do this?

  • James

    In reply to: Paul Murray about 3 weeks ago

    @Paul Murray I am looking at Akeeba here now: https://www.akeebabackup.com/products/admin-tools.html to be honest never heard of it before. I do not see anyway with this tool off hand that one can create tailored views for backend users here. maybe i am looking at this wrong right?

  • Mark

    In reply to: James about 3 weeks ago

    Mmm, I am not entirely sure if I understand your problems that you are facing but we already have the back end ACL where you could configure which user groups are allowed to access which section. It's accessible via Global Configuration > EasySocial and it's already available since version 1.0 of EasySocial.

    Is this not something that you are looking for?

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Mark
  • Guest - Mathew

    about 3 weeks ago

    Hi Mark another great features of easysocial :o Please also post sneak peek blog post on ECHO joomla template
    Best wishes

  • Sylvie

    In reply to: Guest - Mathew about 3 weeks ago

    Thanks Mathew, it will be out real soon. So stay tuned. ;)

  • Josh Lewis

    about 3 weeks ago

    For almost everything mentioned for ES 2.0 I am extremely pleased! :D:D:D (happy to hear about SEF URL's, that got me excited)

    Two concerns so far:

    1. The new dashboard looks simpler, but might be a little overwhelming with the amount of blue used. This is coming from someone who loves blue. ;) ES 1.4 dashboard has a more simplistic styling to it that feels pretty amazing in terms of usage of modern styling based on how it does not attempt to call too much attention. As for the left bar icons, they will be missed but aren't super important to finding the links, hence why I'm okay with this.

    2. "Not only have we merged the settings, we have also scrapped out a ton of least used settings altogether" - Mark

    I'm very pleased to hear the theme settings are merged out to reduce the number of settings, this is a very smart decision. I will admit that I'm a little nervous about what settings overall may have been removed. For example being able to decide the image source directory setting is a "minor setting", but enables us to have better URLs for images and is well liked by the community. I should reserve the benefit of the doubt that it is probably settings that few people cared about. Cutting clutter in the right places is a good thing which is why in theory this is a good. :)

  • Mark

    In reply to: Josh Lewis about 3 weeks ago


    1. The new dashboard looks simpler, but might be a little overwhelming with the amount of blue used. This is coming from someone who loves blue. ;) ES 1.4 dashboard has a more simplistic styling to it that feels pretty amazing in terms of usage of modern styling based on how it does not attempt to call too much attention. As for the left bar icons, they will be missed but aren't super important to finding the links, hence why I'm okay with this.

    The screenshot that you see is not the dashboard, it's a module that is placed in your Joomla Admin Cpanel :)


    . "Not only have we merged the settings, we have also scrapped out a ton of least used settings altogether" - Mark

    I'm very pleased to hear the theme settings are merged out to reduce the number of settings, this is a very smart decision. I will admit that I'm a little nervous about what settings overall may have been removed. For example being able to decide the image source directory setting is a "minor setting", but enables us to have better URLs for images and is well liked by the community. I should reserve the benefit of the doubt that it is probably settings that few people cared about. Cutting clutter in the right places is a good thing which is why in theory this is a good.

    These "administrative" settings are still there because we believe these are still options that needs to be configured as some would want to store them in a different location :)

    Settings like "X items per page" for friends, pages, groups etc should not be there in the first place as it just complicates things.

  • Dirk Meij

    about 3 weeks ago

    I SO WANT TO RENEW MY SUBSCRIPTION WHEN 2.0 IS THERE.

    Sorry for my capslock but I really really reaaaaaly need it. There is not one day that I am waking up without EasySocial 2.0 in my mind. Even my shrink told me to let it go this obsession. Almost printed a Tshirt with I <3 ES2.0

    Seriously guys. Amazing work!

  • Mark

    In reply to: Dirk Meij about 3 weeks ago

    Thank you :) And you should renew / purchase a bundle to show your support :p

  • Andy

    about 3 weeks ago

    Looking Good! Reviews for Events too though? Only mentions Groups and Pages above. My event based community would love to review the events they've attended.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Andy about 3 weeks ago

    Never thought that Events would need reviews. Perhaps we'll see what we can do to expand this in the future :)

  • Andy

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Thanks Mark... Yes people are always wanting to review events. When you get back from an event, people always keen to know "How was it?!" - When people browsing events, they'll be interesting in seeing feedback and reviews from others (in cases where past events are similar to future events which is the case with my site).

  • Philippe

    about 3 weeks ago

    Stackideas have made great progress to integrate EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss with EasySocial, especially with Groups. Thank you for that.

    I consider increasingly EasySocial as the mother software.
    And EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss like children applications, which allow the creation of specific contents, just like the publication of photos and videos.

    With EasySocial 2.0, the integration of EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss will it be more transparent ?

    Because actually there is a confusion for users and also for SEO (though progress will be made on this point).
    For example when a user writes a blog item, or he asks a question from an EasySocial Group, he then redirected to EasyBlog or EasyDiscuss.
    He left EasySocial and the Group in which he was.
    The url is initially : http://demo.stackideas.com/easysocial/groups/item/3-simon-cat
    and then : http://demo.stackideas.com/easydiscuss/xxxxxxxx
    Instead : http://demo.stackideas.com/easysocial/groups/item/3-simon-cat/discuss/xxxxxxxx

    PS : In EasySocial menu, I'd love to see Blog and Discuss alongside Photos, Videos, Polls, etc.

    What do you think ?
    Thank you.
    Philippe

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Philippe
  • Mark

    In reply to: Philippe about 3 weeks ago

    Unfortuantely the "url" isn't something we can do about. This is the way Joomla works and these are "identifiers" that you are accessing a different extension.

    Having said that, you can still get a better URL provided and assuming that you want "EasySocial" to be the mother (I don't know why mother is used, instead of father :p) All you have to do, is to create a menu item and set EasySocial as your "homepage" menu item. You then get URLs like,

    demo.stackideas.com <-- mother?
    demo.stackideas.com/blog <-- brother?
    demo.stackideas.com/forums <-- sister ?

    Yes, once we have a solid alpha, we will start looking at re-uniting the family again =)))

    Comment last edited on about 3 weeks ago by Mark
  • Philippe

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Mother or father, yes the important thing is indeed a united family ;)
    Stackideas is a solid roof.

    In attachment I made a quick simulation of what I imagine for a perfect integration of EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss in EasySocial Group.

    http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/439423easysocialeasyblog.jpg
    http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/762181easysocialeasydiscuss.jpg
    http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/439423easysocialeasyblog.jpg
    http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/762181easysocialeasydiscuss.jpg

    Comment last edited on about 2 weeks ago by Philippe
  • Mark

    In reply to: Philippe about 2 weeks ago

    Your screen shot is exactly what we have in mind and this is why to embed that "little" widget that you shown in your screen shot anywhere on your Joomla site requires only about 1 line of code in EasySocial 2.0 :)

    So could you imagine how easy it is for us to add this into EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss :)

  • Philippe

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Wouah !! This is really great news :o
    It's very nice that we can talk so freely with you. Thank you Mark.

    Comment last edited on about 2 weeks ago by Philippe
  • Mark

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    No problem Philippe :)

    P/S: I hate this maximum nested reply thread and I think we'll need to refactor Komento soon!

  • Philippe

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Perhaps you can request this feature from your voice page :p

  • Nice features!! Although easysocial has good options, it doesnt have an esencial feature that is very useful for administrators. It is the possibility to pin an item on the stream as an announcement (the item appears as priority on the top of the stream), not just using broadcast popup or broadcast notification that doesnt work well many times.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Eduardo Alejandro Padrón Gómez about 2 weeks ago

    The ability to pin a stream item has been there since EasySocial 1.4, http://take.ms/tMEtc

    Are you referring to a different type of pins?

  • Eduardo Alejandro Padrón Gómez

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Yes Mark, you can Pin a stream item, but you can not keep the pinned item in the top of the stream as an announcement for all members. If members write more stream items, the pinned item disappears on the rest of the stream items. Members can just see items that they have pinned on their "pinned items" section.

    Maybe I am wrong, but I couldnt find the option to keep a pinned item o the top of the stream in order all members can see it.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Eduardo Alejandro Padrón Gómez about 2 weeks ago

    Hm, yeah you are right. I just tested this and it seems to get pushed down, it's most likely a bug and will get someone to fix this on the 1.4.x and 2.x. It should stay on the top otherwise the definition of "pinning" an item doesn't make any sense at all.

  • Eduardo Alejandro Padrón Gómez

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Thanks Mark! This a great new!

  • Mark

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Yep, it is indeed a bug and it will be fixed on the next 1.4 release :)

  • Ty Fairclough

    about 2 weeks ago

    A "mobile app" sounds pretty awful.

    Surely the web app should be responsive and mobile first. Maintaining more than one theme is bad for everyone.

    A native app is something different entirely. Joomla hasn't really got a solution out there for that.

  • Mark

    about 2 weeks ago

    It is not a theme, it's not meant to be a theme and it will never be a theme :)

    The sole purpose is to serve a dedicated social network platform through your browser without all the disturbance from the rest of your site. Example, modules, template headers, nasty padding on the template.

    But of course this will only be available to users who wants it and it can be downloaded and installed separately. If you don't like the idea of it, don't install it :)

    The responsive layout on EasySocial 2.0 would still kick ass without this app =))

  • Guest - Piranha

    about 2 weeks ago

    Will updating to 2.0 be seamless as far as over-rides, customizations, etc to websites using the 1.x ES?

  • Mark

    In reply to: Guest - Piranha about 2 weeks ago

    2.0 will be a seamless upgrade in terms of database structure and the process to upgrade from 1.x to 2.x.

    If you have modified the theme files, you would need to update them again with the new html structure. In case you haven't read my other post at http://stackideas.com/blog/progress-of-easysocial-2-0 yet, 2.x uses a brand new structure, much leaner and less conflicts :)

  • Randall McCallum

    about 2 weeks ago

    Looking good. Extremely excited for the alpha to become available to start testing and providing feedback.

  • Sylvie

    In reply to: Randall McCallum about 2 weeks ago

    Thanks Randall, we are looking forward to it as well ;)

  • Walter Downes

    about 2 weeks ago

    We are developing a community in 3 languages and are experiencing a lot of difficulties because it does not exist any possibility to implement language filters. A great pity for such a very nice software. It seems it is oriented to the USA market where the world start and finish at the same place.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Walter Downes about 2 weeks ago

    Hello Walter,

    What issues do you have with "multi lingual" setup? As far as I am aware of, we have quite a number of clients running on a multi lingual setup but the stream of course cannot be separated because it defeats the purpose of the stream.

  • Mel

    about 2 weeks ago

    WOW - this is exactly what I needed/was looking for - I am very excited!

    When will it be released? Is there a version we can test? As always, an exceptional product from stackideas with exceptional support to go with it.

    Well done and thank you :)

  • Mark

    In reply to: Mel about 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Mel :) The alpha version is not available yet but it would be soon :)

  • Jan Kovač

    about 2 weeks ago

    It´s look very good. Do you prepare any statistics for groups and pages? I mean any solution for Business Intelligence and marketing outputs.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Jan Kovač about 2 weeks ago

    Hm, we don't really have these statistics yet but it's definitely a good idea to look into in the next release :)

  • Philippe

    In reply to: Jan Kovač about 2 weeks ago

    Yes it would be a very useful feature.

  • Walter Downes

    about 2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark
    Thanks for your answer. The problem is that it makes little sense to have a multilinguale page (Special in a community) and to be confronted all the time with a salat of languages that the user does not understand and do not want to see.
    Personally I can not understand how such a great piece of software like EssaySocial can not manage a real multilanguage solution.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Walter Downes about 2 weeks ago

    I personally think what you are really up for is a "multi site" solution to build different sites with different languages. Even reputable social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn does not segment their users by languages.

    It's insane to do that because the whole idea of a social network is to allow users to communicate between one another :) Don't you think by segmenting your users, you are breaking the law of a social network altogether?

  • Walter Downes

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Is not so that simple. We have a dedicated community with 3 different type of users based on several different categories and this in 3 languages. It is very important for us that the user has the possibility to filter any stream in the language he wants to see in a particular case. For us a multi site is not a solution for our project. I do not think we are breaking the law of a social network allthogether, we are in Europe where many different languages are spoken and if you want to reach a vast auditorium you need to have some flexibilty. As far as I have seen there are plenty of other people who has being claiming for such a feature for quite some time by now.

  • Josh Lewis

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Wikipedia is an interesting example of this. Another solution is to have the dashboard menu item have the ability to filter by profile types. Mod_easysocial_users has this filter. If this filter was added, profile types could determine certain aspects of the community. So for example if you had a social network dedicated to CMS's, you could have a profile type called "Joomla" where you would only see Joomla related posts in the stream. In that scenario you would of course need to link to the proper menu items with that filter.

    Allowing the dashboard to filter by profile type would open a lot of possibilities. :) (I'm only suggesting this as a menu item option, multiple dashboard menu items would be needed to make multi-communities)

  • Jan Kovač

    In reply to: Josh Lewis about 2 weeks ago

    Hi, I am afraid that it does not solve the whole problem with a complete localization. E.g.: Complete localization is for website name in country domain like hunte.de,dog.uk,pes.cz..., languages in these websites, and particular content. The aim is to make the site function independently. Separation users, groups...the entire contents. But retained the option to switch page with your profile to another location and participate content in this switched location (adding groups, pages, kommenting, new friendship...). After switch to self country from that user made, this connection that in other localized site user created still remain and will be searched under their profile in default domain made. Yes it would be good to be able to modify the ACLs for members. So it will apply this approach to other localized sites conditioned prepaid membership.

  • Walter Downes

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Hello Mark

    We are doing some modifications in order to solve the multilingual problem we have
    We found a problem in the data indexing plugin for the smart search.
    Namely: the language of the entries is determined from the settings of the site,
    but in a multilingual Site as the one we are targeting it would required that the language settings would be from the author
    We have done this
    Current:
    $langParams = JComponentHelper::getParams('com_languages');
    $item->language = $langParams->get( 'site', 'en-GB');
    FIX:
    $item->language = $user->get Language();
    Do you think it would be OK ?

    Regards and thanks

  • Mark

    In reply to: Walter Downes about 2 weeks ago

    Hello Walter,

    I would love to help you here but it's just going to cause everyone else to post support related questions here which is not ideal at all :) Please feel free to post your questions on the forums

    Cheers buddy :)

  • Jan Kovač

    In reply to: Walter Downes about 2 weeks ago

    Hi, we strive for same thing. Like as language switcher for country switching. After the user has switched to other country site he will be listing in content from that particular country site, but basic profile info has same form his registration made site. This only logical solution for one and only localised multi site community.

  • Walter Downes

    In reply to: Jan Kovač about 2 weeks ago

    Same as us. We have being claiming for such a thing for a long time and I know quite some people who had decline to use easy social due to this language handicap. But it seems they do not get the point very clearly.

  • Josh Lewis

    In reply to: Walter Downes about 2 weeks ago

    This can be addressed if profile types gets a filter for the dashboard (via a menu item option to select which profile type). Then the idea is not limited to just language, but any concept you would like. Stackideas often strives at getting the greatest good for the greatest number of people which is why I'm proposing a small universal addition. Language is extremely important, I do take this aspect very seriously. You are certainly correct about Euro countries and others abroad preferring to read content in their native language when the opportunity presents itself. In addition to this, some folks want more localized (national) news.

  • Eileen O'Donnell

    about 2 weeks ago

    It would be great ;) to be able to offer our users the ability to host paid (events, groups). Admnistrators could either give this facility per Joomla ACL group or charge a flat-commission (%). The folks at ReadyBytes last word on this in June:

    As of now we have added this feature in our road-map and we need to have a discussion with EasySocial team as well regarding this.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Eileen O'Donnell about 2 weeks ago

    The last I recall, there wasn't any questions from them regarding this. I will try to get in touch with them to check out the updates on this :)

  • Eileen O'Donnell

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    That'd be great, it's been several months since my last contact I'll also inquire in the forum as it's been on their road-map. BTW the message I quoted above was from Dinesh Sharma of ReadyBytes.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Eileen O'Donnell about 2 weeks ago

    Great! Thanks for initiating this Eileen :)

  • Jan Kovač

    about 2 weeks ago

    On the http://stackideas.com/roadmap/easysocial?milestone=2.0 page is everything completed. So maybe tomorrow :)

    Comment last edited on about 2 weeks ago by Jan Kovač
  • Mark

    In reply to: Jan Kovač about 2 weeks ago

    What you see on our roadmap is merely just "feature requests" that were accepted from our customers :p We have a HUGE internal list of features but it's going to be soon! I can vouch for it =))))

  • Azya

    about 2 weeks ago

    Will the JA Intranet template work with EasySocial 2.0?

    I'm still in preliminary phases and undecided as to whether it makes sense to use this template (I paid for a 3 month subscription to test it out). If 2.0 will make it easier to style so I have a cleaner, more consistent look and layout similar to JA Intranet, then I'd prefer not to use a JA's template. I see that I would always be waiting for them to update the template as you update EasySocial and the other extensions. I'm finding other complications with JA Intranet as well - given I want to use a Yootheme template on the main site which seems to be conflicting.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Azya about 2 weeks ago

    We will contact most of our partners and app developers regarding the release of EasySocial 2.0. They would be able to get the access to them soon so that they can ensure that their apps / template / plugins would work with EasySocial 2.0 out of the box :)

  • Azya

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Good to know thanks. I think I've worked through the issues I was having using both templates on the same site so I'd like to continue using JA Intranet if possible.

  • Eileen O'Donnell

    about 2 weeks ago

    On Aug 12th I asked

    Any committment to use 2.0 Beta (when available) to build compatible JA Intranet template to be ready for EasySocial 2.0 when it’s released?


    They replied:
    Saguaros MODERATOR
    August 15, 2016 at 2:00 am #960018
    Hi

    The 2.0 stable version is still not released yet, JA Intranet will be updated with that new version of Easysocial when it come out.




    REPLYQUOTEMORE THANKS

    peiyouliao JATC
    August 15, 2016 at 8:26 am #960130
    We agreed, following the development

  • Mark

    In reply to: Eileen O'Donnell about 2 weeks ago

    Just for your information, we will be sending out an EasySocial 2.0 pre-alpha release version to our partners so that they can play around with it soon. It's only for our partners because we believe they can handle errors if they have to.

  • Azya

    In reply to: Eileen O'Donnell about 2 weeks ago

    @Eileen, Good to know... Thanks.

  • ssnobben

    about 2 weeks ago

    Hi guys! sorry just cut away 50% of my post here bcs of Akismet detected spam in comment

  • Mark

    In reply to: ssnobben about 2 weeks ago

    Some words in your comment has been flagged as spam by Akismet and this is probably why. Akismet does stop over 80% of spams though

  • ssnobben

    about 2 weeks ago

    Yes good but not perfect..anyhow sent you email and will see if you take up some if these ideas..thks

  • Mark

    In reply to: ssnobben about 2 weeks ago

    Thanks, will read through your e-mail :)

  • Philippe

    about 2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark
    With EasySocial 2.0, can we tag a Group or a Page in a Photo ?

    Thank you

  • Mark

    In reply to: Philippe about 2 weeks ago

    Unfortunately not at this point of time

  • Philippe

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Ok. I understand that you must keep the new features for the next versions.

  • Philippe

    about 2 weeks ago

    Last question. For Reviews, are we able to add criteria, such as Pro and Cons for example ?
    Thank you again Mark.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Philippe about 2 weeks ago

    The reviews app doesn't do that right now. It only allows you to rate the page and a textarea. If you need something more complex, you could always contact us for custom works if needed :)

  • Philippe

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Ok. Someone else is interested ?

  • Mark

    In reply to: Philippe about 2 weeks ago

    Here is something that I realize about software development timeline. 99% of the time, you feel that this feature is suitable for everyone but believe me, 99% of the time it is only suitable for your website.

    Other users might not be interested this functionality and if we spend weeks working on something that only solves 1% of our customers problem, then it would be as good as not solving any problems at all.

    Therefore, we have taken the stance where we will not feature punch the product just because of that 1%. If you need something specific and unique to your site, feel free to get in touch with us for a quote :)

    Comment last edited on about 2 weeks ago by Mark
  • Jan Kovač

    about 2 weeks ago

    How hard would it be to add this as an option for the profile, group, event, page covers? Responsive YouTube video background

    for better idea you can rewrite lines 8 - 11 in JS window by this :

    {'videoId': 'fpViZkhpPHk', 'startSeconds': 0, 'endSeconds': 218, 'suggestedQuality': 'hd1080'},
    {'videoId': 'aX6vVKvdqkI', 'startSeconds': 0, 'endSeconds': 169, 'suggestedQuality': 'hd1080'},
    {'videoId': 'PAtBiSFvSRw', 'startSeconds': 0, 'endSeconds': 120, 'suggestedQuality': 'hd1080'},
    {'videoId': 'wiO352j9aug', 'startSeconds': 0, 'endSeconds': 259, 'suggestedQuality': 'hd1080'},

    Comment last edited on about 2 weeks ago by Jan Kovač
  • Mark

    In reply to: Jan Kovač about 2 weeks ago

    The entire mobile experience in EasySocial 2.0 has been revamped and restructured and you should play around with it when it's out before thinking about tweaking anything :p

  • Dennis Lloyd

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    Mark, how close are you to releasing an alpha for us? there are several issues that are still causing problems and complaints for my users, I'm hoping the newest version will address those and my users can be happy again.

    Thanks !

  • Randall McCallum

    about 2 weeks ago

    THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS
    Perhaps we might see the EasySocial 2.0 pre-alpha release version this week so we can play around with it and help debug it?

  • Guest - Supporter

    about 2 weeks ago

    Hey Mark,
    Why not add a new module listing hashtags (recent, trending, asc. / des., etc. ):)

    I really like the "trending" sort option, maybe you can add it to other module setting options ?

  • Mark

    In reply to: Guest - Supporter about 2 weeks ago

    If there are demands of it from our customers, why not :)

  • Rafał Szymański

    In reply to: Mark about 2 weeks ago

    bump ;) That is a great idea and something I was looking for ;)

  • Guest - ssnobben

    about 2 weeks ago

    Support for editor Inline edting with Arkeditor

    https://arkextensions.com/products/ark-editor

  • Mark

    In reply to: Guest - ssnobben about 2 weeks ago

    Hm, to be honest I don't see how this is applicable to EasySocial, inline editing is mostly used on articles

  • Bright Ibeawuchi

    about 1 week ago

    Hey there Mark. In a easysocial 2.0 community where all the discussions are originated in groups, would there be any benefit to having ED installed? The only way i would need a discussion outside of a group is if it were presented in the ES stream.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Bright Ibeawuchi about 1 week ago

    If you have EasyDiscuss installed, you could install the EasyDiscuss app that generates stream within EasySocial :) It's pretty much the same behavior as EasyBlog.

  • Bright Ibeawuchi

    In reply to: Mark 1 day ago

    Yes I am aware of that . Thanks! Stream items and discussion items generate a lot of confusion among my users. I am leaning towards eliminating ED all together and just going with the stream for all "discussions" much like LinkedIn or google communities. The only thing missing would be adding categories to the ES stream.

  • Guest - ssnobben

    about 1 week ago

    Example of Wordpress allows users to embed WordPress into posts and pages and that could be doable for Joomla as well.

    Popular WordPress plugin allows authenticated users to execute any PHP on page load
    The WordPress plugin Insert PHP allows users to embed WordPress into posts and pages. The code is annotated with [insert_php] in the rich text editor and the code is executed upon loading of the page with the PHP eval function.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Guest - ssnobben about 1 week ago

    All these are pretty cool stuffs but do you know how bad it is in terms of performance? Unless you set a minimum requirement of PHP 5.6, it's going to make your web hoster angry. Some simple stats can be found at https://progblog.net/2014/08/eval-evil/

    Is it worth adding such a feature for 1% of the users who wants to evaluate php scripts? I honestly don't think so. As a matter of fact, you don't even have an active license :)

    Comment last edited on about 1 week ago by Mark
  • Guest - ssnobben

    about 1 week ago

    That is Popular WordPress plugin allows authenticated users to execute any PHP on page load

  • Guest - Natasa

    about 1 week ago

    I seem not to find a LINK to a working demo of EasySocial 2.0. Am I missing it somehow? Please help.
    Those who will like to shift from WP etc, would like a good working "Notes"
    I seem not find easily how to post a new note in the current demo. For example, you install Note and do not find an "Add New Note" button as you find in other apps. Note needs some more love in version 2, and this is not a feature that is needed just by me. A successful Note like Photos - and watch your sales jump - beleive me!

  • Mark

    In reply to: Guest - Natasa about 1 week ago

    Notes are created from the dashboard and not the profile :) Profile is responsible to display information that should be seen by other users.

  • Guest - Natasa

    about 1 week ago

    Hi there, I know this is not a bug posting page. But since I find some very basics lacking I cannot proceed to purchase.
    For example - you click Blog link in side bar in profile, you find "New Post" button. With "Notes" you find nothing.
    When you post a long blog post, the short excerpt that is posted in Activity is not short but too long.
    More importantly, there is no 2 way commenting to blog posts BUT Notes has it.
    Thus a very confusing UX for majority of users who come from FB background or even WP sites.
    Pl. correct this on warfooting before a RC release of version 2. Thanks.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Guest - Natasa about 1 week ago

    Thanks for the input on this but it's not a bug :) There will be a completely brand new UI on EasySocial 2.0

  • Guest - Nicolas Hikashop Forum

    about 1 week ago

    Hi,

    On our end we added the support of EasySocial points in HikaShop a few months ago and several users are using it now.
    I don't know where the guys at Stackideas are with the integration they wanted to do with HikaShop. I would love to hear more about it.
    Did you make any progress so far @shiyi_stackideas ?
    We'll be happy to assist if you have questions regarding the integration with HikaShop.

  • Paul Murray

    In reply to: Guest - Nicolas Hikashop Forum about 1 week ago

    I for one have Hika shop up and running and am loving it.
    Am chomping at the bit for better integration :)

  • Ah, coincident timing. I just posted to HikaShop as I may move from another eCommerce vendor to HikaShop + HikaMarket. Would be good to know of any plans to allow HikaMarket owners to display products they sell on their profile, push activity update to the stream for newly created stores, upon an addition of a product to the store, or to the buyers stream when they purchase a product (with name of product and link to HikaMarket store). I have a small window to know what's up before needing to take advantage of renewal discount ;)

  • Sunny

    about 1 week ago

    Hi Mark,

    Hope we are getting near to alpha, there is one basic feature which is a big miss in easysocial, i'll try to explain.

    For ES Notifications you have polling which can be set in back end and it checks for new notification.

    But for stream items the user has to refresh the page to see new stream items. can you please give us an option where stream items can be polled at defined frequency and populate themselves in the activity stream.

    Because of lack of this feature, i had to let go of a big opportunity wherein a CEO of a large company was willing to take questions from our members and answer them on our site. (We had planned for using the group discussion, but realised it would not be practical as our members would not know of posted comment/answers unless they refresh the page)

    Easy discuss has a partial solution wherein a popup appears asking the user to refresh the page if new comment is posted

    rgds
    Sunny

  • Mark

    In reply to: Sunny about 1 week ago

    Not sure where you got the idea of refreshing the page but you never have to refresh the page to get updated stream. I would think that either:

    1. There is a conflict on your site
    or
    2. You did not configure it correctly.

    EasySocial will automatically poll for new stream items since version 1.0

  • Sunny

    about 1 week ago

    Hi Mark,

    Sorry to disturb your sunday!:(

    You mean that when i post a reply or comment, the stream of my friends page will auto show the item with detail in the stream?
    I think i'm missing some setting in the admin side. Will also check on your demo.

    regards

  • Mark

    In reply to: Sunny about 1 week ago

    Yes, there should be a button that says "New updates" which appears at the top of the stream unless you are using conventional pagination (1,2,3 etc)

  • Sunny

    In reply to: Mark about 1 week ago

    Yes the New Updates button appears.
    I was hoping for the post to appear instead of a user clicking "New updates from the feed"

    regards

  • Mark

    In reply to: Sunny about 6 days ago

    Well it could be ideal to auto populate new items but it's going to be bad UI because when the content is populated, and if you have already scrolled down, then your content would be pushed down.

  • Sunny

    In reply to: Mark about 5 days ago

    Makes sense
    I now understand!

  • Mel

    about 1 week ago

    Hi Mark,

    sorry to be so eager ...

    When is the new version going to be out (roughly) is it days, weeks or months away? Can't wait to see it :D

  • Mark

    about 1 week ago

    Right! I am super excited too, right! Can't wait to see all your social sites starts being super interactive again on the web and the mobile.

    The team is now running internal testings although it's being pushed out as alpha first, but we needed to make sure everything is in place and not cause any catastrophic upgrades. We're running over 100 different upgrades and we're still trying upgrades from different versions.

  • Paul

    about 1 week ago

    Mark, you mentioned upgrading now or to a bundle. How do you upgrade an existing product to a bundle? I've been waiting for 2.0 but also wanted to try out ED. I'm a previous licensee / beta tester of ED but you may recall problems I had with ED. I also emailed you about ED when you did the update and were asking for beta testers but you never responded. I didn't want to try it again without testing first to see if it would meet my requirements but maybe time to bundle and try it out while I wait for ES 2.0 since my ES subscription is now expired too. EB is still active. Since I have a custom theme for ES I would like to get that ASAP to ensure that I can update it and have it ready for when 2.0 is production ready.

  • Mark

    In reply to: Paul about 1 week ago

    Hello Paul,

    We don't have a direct upgrade path from a single product to a bundle but if you could contact us at https://crm.stackideas.com , we could try to see if we could pro-rate your existing license and give you a coupon code in exchange.

    By the way, we always respond to the tickets and forums and not too sure how did you contacted me previously. Was it on my personal e-mail?

  • Paul

    In reply to: Mark about 1 week ago

    Thanks Mark. I tried and was told that I couldn't be helped but would get a loyalty discount of 15% a year after I purchased the Pro Bundle. :p

  • Sylvie

    In reply to: Paul about 1 week ago

    Hello Paul,

    Would you mind checking my reply on our helpdesk please? Do let me know if you're still interested. :)

  • Guest - Curious

    about 1 week ago

    Hi,
    From the announcement of ED4 to the stable release of it took 4 months.
    From the announcement of EB5 to the stable release it took 5 months.
    Do we have to expect a similar timing for the availability of ES2?

    Because buying or renewing ES plan for the 2.0 version that will come 4-5 or 6 months later is not a good deal at all when ES plans are for 6 months :D

  • Josh Lewis

    In reply to: Guest - Curious about 1 week ago

    Usually it can take between 3-6 weeks depending on speed with ES beta phases. Being a tester is certainly worth while, you get to not only identify issues but in some cases figure out a better way of certain things being handled by ES. Of course thoughtfulness is important for the latter part. ;)

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