Phew! After almost 4 months of revamping and restructuring EasyBlog, the team and I are extremely excited to announce the availability of EasyBlog 5.1 Beta.
To be honest, this release was probably one of the most challenging release for us because refactoring 6 years worth of codes and revamping the user experience in months were really taxing and stressful.
Good things come in small packages
For those who are not aware of the features that was posted earlier, you may find them here. Actually, I have missed out on 2 important points in my previous post but I honestly feel that these are worth mentioning. In EasyBlog 5.1, we have successfully reduced the launcher installer file size from 1.1MB to just under 250KB.
Apart from the launcher installer size being massively reduced, we have also shaved off almost 10MB from the full installer. Reducing the full installer size from 21MB to just under 10MB with EasyBlog 5.1 while maintaining the existing functionality with an extensive lineup of new features to top it off! How crazy is that?
Joomla 3.0 support
In order for us to be able to reduce the file size of EasyBlog, we had to make a choice to either drop support for Joomla 1.6 / 2.5 or continue supporting Joomla 1.6 / 2.5. Since Joomla 1.6 / 2.5 has already reached it's end of life in December 2014, we have decided to drop support for Joomla 1.6 / 2.5 from EasyBlog 5.1. In short, EasyBlog 5.1 will only be compatible from Joomla 3.x onwards.
Still a Beta release
As always, we strongly do not recommend that installing the Beta release on a live site. Instead, you should install it on a staging or development site first. Although we spent weeks testing it, there are just too many possibilities that couldn't be covered, especially conflicts with external extensions or plugins.
You may download the Beta release by clicking on the button below and do note that the download access are only for active EasyBlog subscribers.
Attention Bug Squad
We are doing something slightly different from any of our previous Beta testings. For this time round, all bug reports or feedback will be gathered on our dedicated forum section here. That way it will be much easier for our team to monitor every single issue posted or found in the Beta release. Happy testing!
Download EasyBlog 5.1 Beta Bug Reports