EasyArticles Community Preview

EasyArticles Community Preview

​After months of toiling and multitasking along with EasySocial 2.1, the team managed to put together our very first version of EasyArticles. Since the initial introduction of EasyArticles, we have been receiving positive feedback and inquiries, which were very encouraging for the team and we greatly appreciate it.

The idea behind EasyArticles is to simplify your day to day operations when dealing with articles on Joomla. Hit the brakes to read more about the highlights & functionalities of EasyArticles, the next generation article management for Joomla.


Minimalist Composer

EasyArticles Composer


With our combined years of experience dealing with designs and workflows specifically for authors, the team came up with an absolutely elegant and easy on the eyes tool for your authors. This minimalist approach is to get your authors focused on generating beautiful posts while leaving the hard work and effort to the software.


Post Templates

Post Templates


This is by far the most used functionality in EasyBlog and we have ported it into EasyArticles to simplify authors day to day authoring process. This is especially useful to those who works on multiple posts continuously. Not only does it save time, it also comes in handy when your site has wide a variety of posts.


Compatibility With 3rd Party Templates

Posts that are created from EasyArticles are stored as Joomla articles on the site. Because of that, you can be sure that it will work out of the box with most (if not all) 3rd party template providers without any compromise at all. Your posts would look exactly as designed by the template providers.  


Location Tagging

Location Tagging

Ever needed to add locations in your article? With EasyArticles, it's possible to tag multiple locations using the built-in Google Maps integration. Simply type in the name of the location that you want and pick the place to tag.


Content Importers

Feed Importer

Getting authors to write on your site is an ongoing process because the more writers you have, the larger your target audience would be. Because we know that it is not easy to get authors to your site, EasyArticles will also be having content importers where you can setup multiple RSS feeds to import content from.
 

Not only can this be done by the site admin, you could configure the ACL to allow your authors to set up these content importers as well. That way, your authors could easily import their publications from other sites.


Authoring Workflow

Pending Posts

One of the most common issue that users were facing using Joomla articles was the lack of proper authoring workflow. Moderating and supervising pending posts isn't as easy as it seems. With EasyArticles, we have a proper structured workflow running in place to ease the overall composing to publishing experience. Now moderating and managing articles would be as easy as A, B, C. 


Email & Push Notifications

Onesignal Integrations


One of the most crucial aspect that is missing in Joomla articles is the ability to allow users to subscribe to posts or the site. With the built in e-mail notifications functionality in EasyArticles, handling subscribers would be a breeze.

Not only does it handle e-mail notifications, it also integrates with OneSignal for push notifications. Your subscribers will never have to miss another important announcement or article creation ever again.



Author Oriented Dashboard

Stunning Dashboard


The dashboard in EasyArticles will be oriented towards your authors. With its integration with Google Analytics, allowing you to have a bird's eye view of the site's progress. The dashboard is also packed with front end management tools that are configurable in the ACL section.

Wouldn't it be nice if your authors are able to manage categories, tags and their content importers directly from the front end?


Media Management

Media Manager


The media manager in EasyArticles is also adopted from EasyBlog and we can't seem to find any particular reason not to include this amazing media manager into EasyArticlesWe implemented the core idea and mechanism to allow it to work natively in EasyArticles. Now we have a media manager that just works!


The media manager will segregate user's media items while still having the ability to have a shared area where authors could contribute theirs.


Auto Postings

Auto Posting With EasyArticles
With the automated posting in EasyArticles, posting to multiple social media accounts is now hassle free. You can now automatically post to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn whenever a post is published. 

 

Content Versioning

Editing Posts With Drafts
Content Versioning

Harnessing the power of Joomla content versioning, EasyArticles will also have content versioning but in a more simplified and user friendly manner. Comparing, previewing and managing revisions will be a breeze for your authors.



Community Preview 

While the team is going through some final touches for EasyArticles, I would like to invite everyone to try out EasyArticles first hand. Head on over to our community preview site to have a sneak peek.




Pre-Orders Starting Today

Like what you are seeing on the community preview? We are also taking pre-orders for EasyArticles with an introductory price made exclusively for you during the next 3 days. By purchasing the pre-order, you are not only getting the product at the discounted rate, your support & subscription renewals will also be locked at a discounted price.


Professional Edition

  • Support for 1 domain only
  • $79 $59 for 12-month support & download access
  • Subsequent renewal price locked at $49 / year 

Developer Edition

  • Support ​for up to 5 domains
  • $199 $179 for 12-month support & download access
  • Subsequent renewal price locked at $149 / year 


Note: For active bundle subscribers, EasyArticles will be available to you for FREE and it will appear in your account as soon as it is released.


We truly believe that EasyArticles will be a tool that brings about a change on how authors compose and publish articles, simplifying the overall process to work seamlessly in Joomla! Feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below and share with us your thoughts on EasyArticles.


P/S: For those of you who want to learn more about what is brewing in EasySocial 2.1, stay tuned to our blog. Mark is still working on his post. I am faster than him this time, LOL!

 

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Nice, I am eager to try this out. Also waiting for ES 2.1

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  1.    Jean

Thanks Jean

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Looking forward to trying it out, am about to let members post using EasyBlog but will hold off as this could be a better /simpler option while keeping EasyBlog for my own blog section, just need to identify the key difference between the two to avoid duplication.

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  1.    Richard

Hey Richard,

I personally would use EasyBlog as a blogging solution instead of relying on Joomla articles. However, if you need to rely on Joomla articles for other purposes, then EasyArticles would definitely fit in.

One example is the aviation websites. You can't be writing a blog post about the specifications of an airplane but if your Joomla template is very much based on aviation, then EasyArticles would be the best fit since it takes full advantage of Joomla articles

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  1.    Mark

Short Story v Book, Post it Notes, Quick Updates that are more visually appealing compared to a blog that has been researched and is more in depth, am i getting the idea?

Would EasyArticles be able to be used with it's features in (for example) the update area of a Community Event stream (and be a better option than the Blog item in that area)?

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  1.    Richard

Think of EasyArticles as a wrapper over Joomla articles. It doesn't have it's own database tables and does not interfere with the operation of Joomla articles. We are trying to simplify your day to day operation when you use the articles component in Joomla.

I suppose we could extend the Article app for EasySocial to have a similar form for EasyBlog.

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Hi Sylvie, Great idea, to vastly improve the capabilities of Joomla! Question: In what case would it make sense to have both EasyBlog AND EasyArticles?

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  1.    John Coonen

Hey John,

Joomla articles could be used as anything unlike EasyBlog where it's sole purpose is to be an blogging system (The name itself pretty much dictates it's purpose).

A very good example would be a recipe site. It really does not make sense to use EasyBlog for this since it's primary purpose is to be an blogging system and not for the author to be creating recipe's.

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Looks awesommmmmmme! i'll replace easyblog with easyarticles !

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  1.    HMED

EasyArticles does not "manipulate" the front end view of your articles so if you are looking for something really simple, I guess it would work

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  1.    Mark

We'll have the possibility to migrate from EB to EA ?

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  1.    HMED

We don't have a migrator to migrate them currently but we have been toying around the idea of Content importer. Anyhow, since EasyBlog has RSS feed, you could setup feed imports to import them from RSS feeds

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As a longtime user of JCE to edit Joomla files (at $28.50), what are the advantages to dropping JCE and spending $59 initially for Easy Articles? Will EA replace JCE?

Bob Sprague

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  1.    Bob Sprague

EasyArticles can be configured to use with any editors that works with Joomla and it also has it's own built-in editor

It isn't just an editor, it's the whole package including feed importers, media manager, subscriptions etc.

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  1.    Bob Sprague

Hi Bob, I believe that Stackidea products are more about the workflow/mechanics of sticking every thing together. Whether that be templates or versioning or integration with other Stackideas Products… Or in the case of Easy Blog having a review mechanism for posts from other people. My memory of JCE was that it was very good at lots of little bells and whistles. In short a formidable but none the less island unto itself editor. Not sure if that helps in any way?

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  1.    Paul Murray

Thanks, Paul. This does help.

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This is great. How soon will it be released?

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  1.    Will

An alpha release will be available soon

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Hi Mark,

Awesome! Another feature rich product for Joomla that no one has thought of! Kudos to you and your team!

I remember asking you why not port EasyBlog editor into a Joomla Editor Plugin when EB was still on Beta but here it is, not an editor but something like it And then again, I would say it again, EasyArticles is basically an Editor, why not turn it into a Joomla Editor plugin so it can be used by other Components and not just Articles. If not turn into, maybe another product...

Hi Mark,

Awesome! Another feature rich product for Joomla that no one has thought of! Kudos to you and your team!

I remember asking you why not port EasyBlog editor into a Joomla Editor Plugin when EB was still on Beta but here it is, not an editor but something like it And then again, I would say it again, EasyArticles is basically an Editor, why not turn it into a Joomla Editor plugin so it can be used by other Components and not just Articles. If not turn into, maybe another product with the same feature set but as a Joomla Editor plugin alternative just like JCE.

Thanks,

Jackson

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  1.    LAC Webadmin

It's definitely a good idea but it is very challenging to build a great editor without having more control over the page.

It is already extremely challenging when it comes to building great UI that works across all Joomla templates, I cannot imagine how painful it would be having to deal with 3rd party extensions as well as different template clubs.

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  1.    Mark

How about namespace Mark and come on! You guys are great with it, ES & EB worked great with any templates and besides you have a hug client base (I think) that are willing to beta test your products and give feedback. That in my point of view is priceless, why not take advantage? JCE did a good job, your team can do better IMO.

J

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  1.    LAC Webadmin

I certainly wished that it was as simple as just namespacing It's waaaay more than that. When we were hacking redactor to work on the default protostar template, it was a nightmare!

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  1.    Mark

Well, I'll wait you'll figure it out in the future and come around If JCE did it, StackIdeas can do it better!

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Really great !
A little question, is Komento compatible ?
Thanks !
Olivier

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  1.    Olivier FRASCONE

Yes of course Olivier

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Great looking extension, but wat about custom fields ?

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  1.    Ruud van Zuidam

It supports all core Joomla custom fields, http://take.ms/x99eo . Have not tried any 3rd party ones yet as custom fields is still relatively new to Joomla.

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  1.    Mark

It would be great to have Joomla custom fields intergration for othe SI products as well

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  1.    Paul Murray

Going to be very tricky because of privacy / permissions and the custom fields in Joomla articles are solely used for articles.

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  1.    Mark

Hi Mark, thanks for your reply. It is a pity but I understand. Paul.

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supports all core Joomla custom fields

Ok now I'm officially in love

Thanks great

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  1.    Ruud van Zuidam

Thanks but certainly there are other functionality in EasyArticles that would excite you

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  1.    Mark

Yes my customers will love the simplicity of the interface and the workflow, but custom fields makes it a real power tool, combine that with alternative layouts and overrides OMG al the possibilities.

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  1.    Mark

Not sure if this is a role EasyArticles could handle, but would be amazing if it had a component view for searching custom fields.This would enable us to search for specific content which would be a huge plus to our viewership in getting relevant content.

An example of this would be Ebay where users can search for a specific item, sort by price, and other fields to find what we need. This would open up a lot of possibilities.

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One of those extensions that will make Joomla! stay alive, and that should even be part of its core.
Eager to install it !!
My customers will love it. Finally, they will stop saying "my friend's WP blog is so easy to use..."
Well done StackIdeas!

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Yeh! I hate hearing that! Indeed, well done Stackideas!

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  1.    Juan José Ascanio Amigó

Thanks for the compliments Juan! Very much appreciated!

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What about inline php code and JavaScript ?

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  1.    René Balke

Since these are all Joomla articles, you could probably use the plugins that exists on Joomla

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I really need to create a copy of the article from the frontend. Can EasyArticles copy the article from the frontend?

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  1.    Norbert Vegh

EasyArticles works on the front end and not the back end. You can try it here, http://ea.stackideas.com/articles

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The reason we we build some client site with easyblog is the easy part and not the blog part. It would have been great to have an editor where you can build the articles like in easyblog. For us who develops webpages its easy to make a nice looking article, but for our clients its not always as easy with jce editor or standard joomla editor.

Will this be an better solution to solve this instead of using easyblog ?

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  1.    Andre

Hello Andre,

If your intention of using EasyBlog was never to be a blog, then I don't think you are using it correctly no matter what functionality is there in EasyBlog because the primary idea behind EasyBlog is geared towards blogging and authoring.

EasyArticles makes full use of what is already there in Joomla (i.e: articles and categories). If there is a super nice Joomla template that you want to use, you can be sure that the articles would look exactly as what you see on the template...

Hello Andre,

If your intention of using EasyBlog was never to be a blog, then I don't think you are using it correctly no matter what functionality is there in EasyBlog because the primary idea behind EasyBlog is geared towards blogging and authoring.

EasyArticles makes full use of what is already there in Joomla (i.e: articles and categories). If there is a super nice Joomla template that you want to use, you can be sure that the articles would look exactly as what you see on the template since saving a post in EasyArticles would save it into Joomla articles.

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Ah, this will be awesome for me! But I need it yesterday. Consistent, easy, & logical article layout construction for particular types of articles ("objects"). And I can enable others to create the articles, from the front-end, with all the workflow and other capabilites you're providing.

It would be great if the Administrator could provision rights per Joomla user group, whether a particular article can be created by a Joomla user for a particular Joomla Category. This would also...

Ah, this will be awesome for me! But I need it yesterday. Consistent, easy, & logical article layout construction for particular types of articles ("objects"). And I can enable others to create the articles, from the front-end, with all the workflow and other capabilites you're providing.

It would be great if the Administrator could provision rights per Joomla user group, whether a particular article can be created by a Joomla user for a particular Joomla Category. This would also determine which EasyArticle templates were visible and available to be selected by the user. So if I had "Airplane" specifications for airplane designers I could restrict those posting to the "Recipe" specifications for airplane food vendors.

I have the pro bundle, so I'd have the pro EasyArticles too?

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  1.    Eileen O'Donnell

Hm, this is where EasyBlog stands out actually because we have full control over the category and views. It is probably possible to push ACL on the category like what we did in EasyBlog but it's not going to be really "native" to Joomla articles.

With EasyArticles, we have minimized the workflow process to a point where even if you create the articles in Joomla, it would still be rendered as editable in EasyArticles without any fuss at all.

Yep, EasyArticles is included in bundles for...

Hm, this is where EasyBlog stands out actually because we have full control over the category and views. It is probably possible to push ACL on the category like what we did in EasyBlog but it's not going to be really "native" to Joomla articles.

With EasyArticles, we have minimized the workflow process to a point where even if you create the articles in Joomla, it would still be rendered as editable in EasyArticles without any fuss at all.

Yep, EasyArticles is included in bundles for free. As long as your bundle is active, you will get hold of it

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Mark, great value if the dashboard view can be customized for users as follows, please consider:

1) If my site is for airlines and the articles are really either designs or recipes for travel meals, I'd want to make the dashboard reflect that so users feel at home and understood So the airline designer would see "Airplane Designs" rather than "Articles" and the food vendor chef would see "Recipes" rather than "Articles". But this holds true too for some of the other langage on the...

Mark, great value if the dashboard view can be customized for users as follows, please consider:

1) If my site is for airlines and the articles are really either designs or recipes for travel meals, I'd want to make the dashboard reflect that so users feel at home and understood So the airline designer would see "Airplane Designs" rather than "Articles" and the food vendor chef would see "Recipes" rather than "Articles". But this holds true too for some of the other langage on the dashboard.

Those changes above simply refer to changing terms but this is on a per-article type (or category) request.

2) Make a simple way for the site Admin to add a "widget" for the dashboard. For example, for the Airplane Designers, I can put together a quick widget to show something useful to them. Could be to bring in Google stats from those article pages, could be to show Joomla based status, could be an rss new import. You already have many elements available from custom variables in ES etc.

3) Dashboard: also allow Administrators to add menu entries so I could bring in other major view about my own component or value-add to the site.

This is different than request #1 or #2 above in that rather than just add a widget to a view or changing a label, I'm talking about adding another view (could just be a link on the left that opens the Joomla article on the right).

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  1.    Eileen O'Donnell

Would be nice to bring over the "Team Blog" concept to EasyArticles in the way an EasyArticle user could allow others to become a member of his "Team" and then see those corresponding articles. For example, the author creating the "Airplane Design" specification may have a number of people supporting him and want to include those in developing that article OR he alone is developing but many others can view it. The author may want to keep the article from view of competitors or those who...

Would be nice to bring over the "Team Blog" concept to EasyArticles in the way an EasyArticle user could allow others to become a member of his "Team" and then see those corresponding articles. For example, the author creating the "Airplane Design" specification may have a number of people supporting him and want to include those in developing that article OR he alone is developing but many others can view it. The author may want to keep the article from view of competitors or those who haven't paid to view it.

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  1.    Eileen O'Donnell

Thanks for your input on this Eileen! These are some of the feature-set that is definitely worth considering

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I would like to replace my EasyBlog with EasyArticles. I never ended up using EB, so switching to EA will be worth a try.

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  1.    Brian Shea

Thanks for the input on this Brian You should try it out at http://ea.stackideas.com/articles

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  1.    Brian Shea

I think depending how you set up your site. I think you can use EB for open blogging public for the site and then use Joomal EA for internal/writers for controlled public publishing options and also for the Intranet publishing.

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Hello

Great job again from the team.

I'll move one of my site to EA from EB it'll be much more efficient. Thanks

I wonder if there is a migratory for that ?
Any plan in next future ?
Loic

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  1.    loic

Thanks loic! We don't have a migrator for EasyArticles yet but because it relies on Joomla articles, as long as there are articles in Joomla, EasyArticles would be able to pick them up

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  1.    Mark

Hello mark
Thanks for your answer.
I don't have article in joomla they are all in EB... to you mean there is a way to duplicate articles from EB to joomla ?

Don't have a migrator YET
Do you plan to realize one in next futur ??

If not I'll have to stay with EB that is not bad of course but the simplicity of EA regarding to my authoring needs seems to be an exiting idéal answer

Can't wait to use it instead of EB on one of my site.

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  1.    loic

We have not considered about the migrator just yet because this is still a relatively new idea but we are toying around the idea with the content importer.

We intend to have more import sources rather than just rss feeds.

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  1.    Mark

Sounds great
Again stackideas is the best in joomla world

Happy to support you by early adopting your components

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Good Morning at Stack Ideas,

It seems to that you again have developed "a must have Joomla extension". I only have one question do you see EasyArticles as a replacement for EasyBlog?

EasyBlog is very important for our GoGreen Portals.

...Finn

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  1.    Finn Hyttel

Thanks Finn! It depends on your usage because EasyBlog has a lot of other features that EasyArticles doesn't.

For an instance, with EasyBlog, you have it's own views to present the blog and we have greater control over how the blog post looks like as opposed to Joomla articles.

Because EasyBlog has it's own views and we get the control those views, we can pretty much have more control over the output. i.e: custom category permissions, authors section, team blogging, archiving and whole...

Thanks Finn! It depends on your usage because EasyBlog has a lot of other features that EasyArticles doesn't.

For an instance, with EasyBlog, you have it's own views to present the blog and we have greater control over how the blog post looks like as opposed to Joomla articles.

Because EasyBlog has it's own views and we get the control those views, we can pretty much have more control over the output. i.e: custom category permissions, authors section, team blogging, archiving and whole load of other features.

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Versioning and moderation in combination are the best! I have to say I am curious about the next big steps. I am dreaming of a EasyReviews with amazing custom fields, versioning and moderation.

But back to reality, it looks like another outstanding component and I can not wait to install it.

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  1.    Sabih

JReviews is already doing a great job with reviews

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  1.    Mark

Is the history/versioning in EasyArticles working for custom fields as well, because in Jooma itself it is not working.

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  1.    Sabih

Since EasyArticles relies mainly on Joomla articles without any hacking / modifications, if Joomla does not support it, then it would not be supported.

This is one of the drawbacks for relying on other extension me thinks. We could create our custom tables of course to store these audit trail but I do think Joomla will most likely be adding those as they progress (custom fields are still relatively new to Joomla)

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  1.    Mark

Understood! EB is a component for itself while EA is a powerful tool.

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  1.    Sabih

Yep, that is right Sabih and this is why we are emphasizing that EasyArticles is not a replacement of EasyBlog

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Hi Mark,

1. I still think the RSS feeds importer could do much more about filtering content import for different languages with tickbox for choosing each langage published with url import for publising in for example English, Spanish (French) etc so for example one article should only be shown and applied in a certain category(ies) and in different langauge(s).

This could apply also for EasyBlog where you can improve the RSS import with similar function.

2..Inline editing with...

Hi Mark,

1. I still think the RSS feeds importer could do much more about filtering content import for different languages with tickbox for choosing each langage published with url import for publising in for example English, Spanish (French) etc so for example one article should only be shown and applied in a certain category(ies) and in different langauge(s).

This could apply also for EasyBlog where you can improve the RSS import with similar function.

2..Inline editing with EasyArticles and also EasyBlog (choose 2 different options Simple inlined editing or more complex Composer mode)

Add a easier way for people to direct write/change/update article/blog on front end of your Joomla EB site. So people can edit directly in Inline editing mode..

see this examples: Inline Editing for Joomla

Make your Workflow a Breeze

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  1.    Stan Chomer

Thanks for your input on this Stan. I liked the idea of #1 and I think it's not difficult at all to setup different languages mapping for feed imports

As for inline editing, we definitely believe that inline editing is the way to go definitely but we'll probably need to do more research on this because there are just too many roadblocks when we tried to implement inline editing on EasyBlog 5.

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Great looking extension, but what about tags ?

Does it support tags as well bcs i f EB, ES, EA could use a unified standard tags solution you could build Drupal like customized tag hiearchies with nested filter options for menus and dimesional different Joomla content categorizations.

That would be powerful!!

Bcs many people in the whold Joomla community doesnt understand how to use poweful tags logic filter navigations and how powerful it could be for site structure with hierachial...

Great looking extension, but what about tags ?

Does it support tags as well bcs i f EB, ES, EA could use a unified standard tags solution you could build Drupal like customized tag hiearchies with nested filter options for menus and dimesional different Joomla content categorizations.

That would be powerful!!

Bcs many people in the whold Joomla community doesnt understand how to use poweful tags logic filter navigations and how powerful it could be for site structure with hierachial nested tag controlled navigations.

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  1.    Stan Chomer

Hello Stan,

Yep, the tags in EasyArticles are tied to the tags in Joomla since tags are part of Joomla articles I am not entirely sure if the tags are suitable for use outside of Joomla articles but definitely worth looking into to build a centralized tagging system.

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  1.    Mark

That would be fantastic and could be used visionary similar like Drupals taxonomy, vocabularies ie tagging system and set Joomla apart from Wordpress really with more powerful content sites constructions.

You need these systems if you have a lot of tags and want to use them for connecting independently different content types with structured navigation ie Joomla menu tag systems. They are in Joomla but nobody can use them completely to the fullest power they can be.

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  1.    Stan Chomer

If it would be feasible, definitely! We learnt that riding on an existing cms platform is definitely the way to go rather than re-inventing the wheel but there are times, there are plenty of constraints as it would be dependent on the platform.

One of the example that I could think of at the back of my head is in the event the Joomla team decides to scrap off tagging or smart search. It's going to be extremely tedious to migrate the data back and forth.

Another example is the installation...

If it would be feasible, definitely! We learnt that riding on an existing cms platform is definitely the way to go rather than re-inventing the wheel but there are times, there are plenty of constraints as it would be dependent on the platform.

One of the example that I could think of at the back of my head is in the event the Joomla team decides to scrap off tagging or smart search. It's going to be extremely tedious to migrate the data back and forth.

Another example is the installation steps. Many has requested us to just use the standard installation in Joomla where you upload it and it's done. This is definitely something that we want because it makes our life easier but it's not feasible because everything has to happen in a single request made to the server.

We have seen many template developer suffer from this and this resulted in them producing a full Joomla package but really, what is the purpose of the Installer then if everyone starts releasing full Joomla packages

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Will you be creating apps for EasySocial so that Pages, Events and Groups can create articles with EasyArticles?
Just like you do with apps for easyblog.

I would much prefer to use EasyArticles that easyblog on my site.

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  1.    adam george

Definitely worthwhile to consider this

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Direct menu item creation?

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  1.    david maurand

Direct menu item creation? Hm, not sure what do you mean here eh?

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  1.    Mark

He probably means an option to make a menu item in the same view were you are making the article,

regular labs has a extension for that https://www.regularlabs.com/extensions/addtomenu.

But the new workflow in joomla 3.7 were you first make a menu item and from that create an article and then have the option to choose or make a category from the article view is great.

Not sure if that also works in Easy-articles, so an answer on that can help, if not it would be a Feature-Request

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  1.    Ruud van Zuidam

Hm, but why would you want your author to be able to create menu's eh? If the author doesn't know what he's really doing, he might eventually mess up the site

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  1.    Mark

Not a menu but a menu item sorry I'f i'm unclear, since atricles without a menu item give a messy SEF Url with a number thats why. and the new router ..... J3.8 they say ...

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  1.    Ruud van Zuidam

Ah I see. To be honest, I am not sure if that feature would make sense too because the idea of a front end article management is to manage articles. The authors or the admins shouldn't be worrying about "menu items".

I think adding such a feature is not really addressing the real issue. Joomla needs a proper url management system instead of having a menu item for every single article. Why?

1. It adds a lot more load on the database because you are creating a ton of menu items. When Joomla...

Ah I see. To be honest, I am not sure if that feature would make sense too because the idea of a front end article management is to manage articles. The authors or the admins shouldn't be worrying about "menu items".

I think adding such a feature is not really addressing the real issue. Joomla needs a proper url management system instead of having a menu item for every single article. Why?

1. It adds a lot more load on the database because you are creating a ton of menu items. When Joomla performs those query to search for item id, it's going to add the extra overhead which is unnecessary.

2. You are going to have a nightmare after several years of article & menu generation. I have seen some sites having over 3,000 different menu items. Maneuvering it is extremely painful (despite having all the search and filtering).

Heck, I cannot imagine if the site is multi lingual, you need to multiply the menu items by the number of languages you have.

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  1.    Ruud van Zuidam

By default if your category has a menu item, new articles should look like: site/menu-item/id-name

With a tiny hack (replace /components/com_content/helpers/legacyrouter.php with the one here) it would be site/menu-item/name. Assuming your users are creating categories within one with a menu item it should look like site/category/sub/name. This can be further simplified if you make a category the home menu item.

Note that the ID-less hack is the only Joomla hack that I use. A slight pain...

By default if your category has a menu item, new articles should look like: site/menu-item/id-name

With a tiny hack (replace /components/com_content/helpers/legacyrouter.php with the one here) it would be site/menu-item/name. Assuming your users are creating categories within one with a menu item it should look like site/category/sub/name. This can be further simplified if you make a category the home menu item.

Note that the ID-less hack is the only Joomla hack that I use. A slight pain on upgrade but only takes a moment to swap out, always keep a copy of both the old and new.

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Awesome work Stackideas! I'm getting really excited about EasyArticles and look forward to using it. Really loving the gallery/media feature. A few more things to note:

1. Once you insert a gallery on an article there does not appear to be any way to edit it (delete only). Due to not knowing exactly how it will look before inserting the gallery users may change their mind about photo order or which photos to include in a given gallery in the article. Being able to edit them would be a big...

Awesome work Stackideas! I'm getting really excited about EasyArticles and look forward to using it. Really loving the gallery/media feature. A few more things to note:

1. Once you insert a gallery on an article there does not appear to be any way to edit it (delete only). Due to not knowing exactly how it will look before inserting the gallery users may change their mind about photo order or which photos to include in a given gallery in the article. Being able to edit them would be a big plus.

2. Would it be possible to disable content versioning for specific categories? Lets say Category A has all of it's articles editable by members (wiki) but Category B is composed of private posts that are only editable by the authors. It doesn't make sense to store a dozen versions for Category B due to no posed security risk to those private articles. Being able to choose which category has content versioning would save a lot of database space and in the long run speed up big sites that have over 10,000 articles.

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Thanks for your input Josh! The first release is more about getting the base architecture out and as soon as we pick up more traction, expect more goodies in EasyArticles

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Thanks Mark good comments, and Josh great thanks for the tip wil look into that

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  1.    Ruud van Zuidam

No problem Ruud

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By the way, for users with a bundle or those that have pre-ordered EasyArticles, you may try out the alpha release from https://stackideas.com/forums/easyarticles/beta-testing

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