EasyBlog 5.2 Alpha Available Now

EasyBlog 5.2 Alpha Available Now

Today, the team and I are extremely proud to announce the availability of EasyBlog 5.2 Alpha. After exhausting ourselves for the past few months, the team managed to close nearly 350 tickets for EasyBlog 5.2. On average, that is like 100 tickets a month!

For those of you who missed out the updates posted by Sylvie on EasyBlog 5.2, you may find these posts below

EasyBlog 5.2 Progress Updates

2017 has been a great year for us and before we end this awesome year, I would like to share some progress updates on EasyBlog 5.2. The primary focus of EasyBlog has and will always be suited to site administrators for easier blogging workflow and authors for your site.Read on to learn more about the progress updates for EasyBlog 5.2
https://stackideas.com/blog/easyblog52-progress-updates

EasyBlog 5.2 Progress Updates Part 2

Today, we will sharing with you part two of EasyBlog 5.2 progress updates. So without further ado, let's go through a short recap on EasyBlog 5.2 highlights together.
https://stackideas.com/blog/easyblog52-progress-updates-part2

We did not stop there, as we were still not very satisfied with the features that are included in EasyBlog. These are some of the other refinements which we have added before pushing out the Alpha release.

Simplifying Themes

There were close to about 9 redundant themes in EasyBlog where it is mostly the change of colors. For instance, the Greenie and Pinky are actually using the same layout, but only having a different theme color. We decided to merge these redundant themes and unify them into a single theme with the ability to pick its colors.

  • Pinky and Greenie are merged into a new theme called Pastel, with the ability to change colors on the theme settings.
  • Elegant variants will now be simply called Elegant with the ability to change colors on the theme.
  • Zinc variants will be removed and it will now be called Zinc. Toolbar colors are configured in the layout settings.


The end result of merging these themes saves us about
800kb in the size of the full installer. 

Infinite Scrolling

With EasyBlog 5.2, pagination can now be configured to utilize a nifty scrolling script where it would automatically render the next page as you scroll past the first page. This neat feature allows admin to use auto scrolling to the next page seamlessly, saving users from unnecessary full page load.

Improved Image Navigation

Prior to EasyBlog 5.2, image navigation is only possible within a gallery or thumbnail block. With EasyBlog 5.2, as long as there is a photo popup available in the post, one can now navigate between images in the post​.

Improved Anti-spam

​We have also enhanced EasyBlog built-in anti-spam feature with word count settings, admin can now configure the minimum content length on EasyBlog 5.2's editor. 

Joomla 4 Updates

EasyBlog 5.2 will work out of the box with Joomla 4 Alpha. Most of its functionality will work with Joomla 4 apart from it's User Interface. We are still waiting for the final releases of Joomla 4 user interface and once the interface is finalized, we will then update the UI for Joomla 4.

Custom CSS Classes for Blocks

With EasyBlog 5.2, you may also insert custom css classes when you drop a block into the composer. This provide possibilities for you to design custom and unique styles for the blocks without hardcoding any css fixes on the block.

New Text Truncation Settings

One of the problems that most users are facing is the enforcing of global text truncation. Some users prefer to have different truncation settings depending on which menu they are currently on. With EasyBlog 5.2, we have also extended the truncation settings onto the menu level. This allows greater flexibility when it comes to having different menu's on the site.

EasyBlog 5.2 - An Important Update

EasyBlog 5.2 plays a very crucial role for us and for you as well. Not only would it be our flagship version that supports Joomla 4 out of the box, but the all new single click updater is also something that we have been experimenting with and this would then be rolled out across our extensions too, making updates as simple as clicking a button.

Attention Bug Squad 

We could not empathized more about this, it is not recommended to install Alpha release on a live site. Instead, you should install it on a staging or development site first. Even though we spent weeks testing it, there are just too many possibilities that could not be fully covered by us, especially conflicts with external extensions or plugins.

You may download the Alpha release by clicking on the button below and do note that the download access are only available for active EasyBlog subscribers.

All bug reports and feedback will be gathered on our dedicated forum section here. This will be much easier for our developers to monitor every single issue posted or found in this Alpha release. Happy testing everyone!

 

Comments (30)

  1. Paul Murray

Infinite Scrolling

With EasyBlog 5.2, pagination can now be configured to utilize a nifty scrolling script where it would automatically render the next page as you scroll past the first page. This neat feature allows admin to use auto scrolling to the next page seamlessly, saving users from unnecessary full page load.


Hi SI Team, can I apply this to existing Blog Post where I have Page breaks set up? Or is this something completely different? Thanks Paul.

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  1. Mark    Paul Murray

The infinite scroller is on the pagination of the post listings and not the page break :)

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  1. LAC Webadmin

Nice! Will test this later.

I wonder if I post a video blog and will use the video as the cover photo... hmmm.

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  1. Mark    LAC Webadmin

Hey Jackson,

We still can't process videos as cover media currently but it's something we'll look into next :)

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  1. Marko

what about the possibility to paste graphics/images from clip board?
I requested this feature a year ago or so...
Best regards, Marko

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  1. Mark    Marko

We have actually tried to allow clipboard pasting of media but because the way the composer blocks work, we have troubles trying to simulate the blocks. We'll see what we can do about this.

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  1. Wutthiphong

EasyBlog 5.2 can integrate with Amazon S3 or not? This function very helpful to save host storage & improve speed too.

Thank you.

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  1. Mark    Wutthiphong

Yes, we understand that and this is why Amazon S3 along with Dropbox integrations is coming in 5.3 :)

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  1. Syabab    Mark

Please add Google drive support for EB, ES, ED as well... :p

Or may be Internet Archive (https://archive.org) :p

Thank You Very Much! :D

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  1. Elaine Byrne

Great. I'm looking forward to the final release of this component to start a new blogging website. I've used your component before and it's good. This one seems awesome with infinite scrolling!

PS: Yes, I could purchase now but I wanna prolong the membership and I'm still a month away from deadline :)

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  1. Mark    Elaine Byrne

Ah I see, not a problem at all :)

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  1. n00bster

is it right that right now i can only favorite a post in the detail blog view menu?
did you plan here a more intuitive feature, like a button at the beginning or end from the blog itself - I fear the feature is overlooked now if it's hidden in the blog menu.

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  1. Ezrul Fazwan    n00bster

Thanks for the suggestion. We will revise this again throughout the alpha and beta phase later. :)

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  1. n00bster

Reading Time Indicator & Reading Progress Bar (i have found this and turned it on)
where do i find this in the frontend (i use wireframe), or under what constellation does this show up?

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  1. n00bster    n00bster

update: reading progress bar > when you have docker installed you do not see the bar, docker is overlaying the progress bar. maybe you can optimize this.

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  1. Ezrul Fazwan    n00bster

Hm you are right! We will definitely log this into the issue tracker. :)

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  1. Philippe

Nice improvement !

With EasyBlog 5.2, will we be able to set a default text size?

Thank you,
Philippe

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  1. n00bster    Philippe

that would be good (also the "choose a different font" function should be also possible to deactivate). in fact the blogger has the headings bloc and that should be enough as a point of view from site owners (admins).
that the blogger/users can't bypass the website standards (CD/CI).

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  1. Mark    Philippe

You can't set a default size for this currently.

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  1. Mark    Philippe

You should post them under the feature request area on the forums :)

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  1. Philippe    Mark

Ok thank you.
I was asking the questions because it had something to do with the new Custom CSS Classes for Blocks.

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  1. Mark    Philippe

No problem Philippe.

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  1. Philippe

Up

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  1. Druskus War

But in EasyBlog 5.2 or next release have a statistic module for backend?

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  1. Mark    Druskus War

Hey Druskus,

Hm, we don't have statistics module but what sort of statistics are you looking at?

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  1. alexps

There is an update? How is the work on the new version? :)

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  1. Mark    alexps

We will be pushing alpha 2 soon :)

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  1. alexps    Mark

Excellent!

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  1. František Bartoš

Any coupon please :( ?

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  1. Mark    František Bartoš

You may write to us at https://stackideas.com/contact :)

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