It looks like EasyBlog 5.1.2 was one the fastest ever release in Stack Ideas history. I'm really honored to be sharing with you today that EasyBlog 5.1.2 stable is now available.
For the benefit of those who weren't familiar with EasyBlog, let me bring you through some of its key features which were mostly highlighted by Mark previously and you could read about it here.
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Support
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), a very accessible framework for creating fast-loading mobile pages. This open-source initiative is designed to enable publisher to easily improve the page speed at the same time the overall user experience while reading or browsing through their mobile devices.
EasyBlog 5.1 AMP support will not hinder publishers from the boundaries of SEO. We truly believe that AMP is the the next big thing for content publisher to share their work in particularly on mobile devices and consequently increasing and prioritizing your SERP ranking with minimal effort.
Simplified Media Manager
The new and simplified media manager is blazing fast speed, has much leaner UI, and not to mention that you could also opt for caption images, single or multiple images uploads, hassle-free image galleries uploads and many more.
Do you know that the mobile traffic owns nearly a quarter of web traffic share, surely you have already noticed this uprising trend. With that in mind, the new and improved mobile layout enables author to compose articles seamlessly on their handheld devices.
Needless to say that the media manager on mobile devices were also heavily twerked as well, therefore adding images to your post now would be a breeze.
All New Composer
EasyBlog 5.1 brand new composer would block out and minimize distractions, giving authors more freedom in their work area. The new composer not only comes with a wider viewport but also filled with power packed abilities such as quick duplicate, moveable blocks or deleting block items without needing to click on the toolbar to do so.
The composer's toolbar now also renders a dropdown which improves the overall user experience, straightforward action buttons, post cover captions, better control over post revisions and last but not least the ability to feature a post without needing to configure it from a different settings area.
This built-in smart reaction system will definitely boost up the fun element in comparison with the plain and boring comments. You might have already noticed that this is pretty similar to "Facebook Reactions" which is currently pretty established there. In fact, EasyBlog post reaction could an extension of "Likes" and with it's smart reactions ability to learn and suggest appropriate articles available on your site to the intended audience.
This nifty and cool feature enables you to embed different blocks such as Facebook post, PDF file viewer and modular block to be added within your post. The created content will be more enriched and broader scope of information could be easily shared across to your audience.
Brand New Layouts
We would like to introduce the all-new Magazine and Grid layout for EasyBlog 5.1. These new layouts will be provide readers to easily navigate through your blogs and looking aesthetically more appealing as well. On top of that, site administrators are able to determine which post (whether a specific category, latest post or single post) to appear on the respective layouts.
Beside having the UX reworked and improvised, the new dashboard for EasyBlog 5.1 is now easily accessible with the layout being standardized across the dashboard area.
This integration with OneSignal enables you to quickly send notifications to your subscribers directly to their web browser whenever a new article being published on your site. This is to ensure that your readers do not miss out on any important blogs, announcements, events or circular notices needed to be address through your blogs, that way information can be disseminate more effectively.
Enhanced Administration Area
As content creators, simplistic workflow is something which i personally would appreciate. EasyBlog 5.1, you will see tons of improvement done at the administration area with less cluttered and complicated settings. On top of that, you can now modify template files and email templates without accessing your FTP. The new email template works pretty similar to Komento email editor, also you could now add or view the email descriptions as well.
Site moderators can now limit the number of revisions history stored, this is one of the most frequently requested feature from our users. We believe redundancy is the ultimate downfall in anything, therefore the team managed to get it all sorted out, whether keeping or switching in between revisions back and forth works efficiently now.
Tiny Yet Mighty
Having said all those amazing updates, the team has also twerked and minified EasyBlog source code to be lean yet powerful. For instance, by default the jQuery will be inherited from Joomla and a hefty amount of optimization were added to ensure speedy performance without sacrificing any of its features. To add the icing on the top, EasyBlog 5.1.2 launcher is now only 214KB as compared to 1.1MB for EasyBlog 5.0.44 version. In other words, it is over 900KB reduced in size, what an achievement for the team!
Upgrading From EasyBlog 3.9 or 5.0?
We have created a documentation that you are able to follow to upgrade your installation of EasyBlog. Be sure to read the per-requisites first.
Thank you for your continuous support!
A big thank you to each and every of our amazing testers who contributed. To celebrate the release of EasyBlog 5.1.2, we decided to offer an additional 3 months subscription for free for every EasyBlog license renewal as well as a FREE Komento subscription for every EasyBlog purchases for the next 3 days.
*P/S: This require manual activation, kindly post a ticket at our Helpdesk along with your order reference so we can get your account updated accordingly.