EasyBlog 5.2 Progress Updates

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

Joomla 4.0 Compatibility

By now, most of you are already aware of the awesome Joomla 4.0 release which was announced last month. The team has already begun working on the compatibility with Joomla 4.0 and EasyBlog 5.2 will contain compatibility fixes for Joomla 4.0.

We are also waiting for the final UI that is being implemented for the administration area of Joomla 4.0 before we start pushing out our new and improved administration layout.

Composer Refinements

Composer Refinements

We improvised several usability issues with the current composer behavior by simplifying the day to day operations in the built-in composer of EasyBlog, especially with the block menu. The block menu will no longer slide down from the top. Instead, it would be rendered on the right panel. Apart from these changes, we also refined several areas within the composing area for better user experience.

These refinements are not ground breaking changes as they aim to improve the overall workflow and user experience for your authors so they don't get overwhelmed with too many different screens.

New Dark Theme​

Brand New Dark Theme

We also worked on a brand new dark theme that would suit most dark coloring schemes in some Joomla templates. This initiative was started because we realized that there are more sites these days that uses a dark color scheme. The dark theme is also based on the wireframe theme and this would mean that template overriding would be a breeze.

Brand New Installation Screen

Installation Screen
Finalizing Installation Screen

We have also taken the opportunity to revamp and refresh the installation screens for EasyBlog. The standard installation process will be simplified and the steps had been reduced during the installation. This new layout will also be added into the rest of our extensions.

One-Click Updater

Ever since we released the new installation process, the upgrade process in between minor releases has been very time consuming and it introduces a lot of confusions. From EasyBlog 5.2 onwards, upgrading between minor releases will be a breeze with our single click updater. You no longer need to dive through the whole upgrade / install process any longer.

For those of you who prefer to perform the manual upgrade, it will still be possible by downloading the launcher or full package from your dashboard.

Unified Toolbar 

Improved Toolbar

For the longest time that I could remember, we have always been trying to unify the toolbar across all of our extensions and we are still unsatisfied with what we have currently. With the mega menu concept that we adapted from Echo, Vanilla and Office templates, we managed to inherit some of it's mega menu ideas.

The new toolbar will take up less space in the viewport, making the layout of your blogs as elegant as possible. Designing the toolbar is not an easy task as we also need to take into consideration the translations as well as RTL support.

Scheduled Auto Postings

One of the nifty tools that we added in EasyBlog 5.2 is the ability to schedule posts to be posted on your social media accounts. In addition to scheduled posts in EasyBlog, authors may now also determine the timing of auto postings for their posts.

Unicode URL Support​

When Joomla released Joomla 3.8, it also introduced Unicode SEF URLs, it only made sense for us to also standardize and reroute all our components to align with this update. With these changes, we have also added unicode url support in EasyBlog 5.2. As long as your site supports unicode urls in Joomla, it would work with EasyBlog too.

Captioning Post Covers

Post Cover Captions

In the previous release, we added the ability for authors to set a title for the post cover. With EasyBlog 5.2, the title will now be added as captions on the post cover in the post listing. This will engage and entice your readers or audience even before reading the full content of your post.

Favorite Posts

Favorite Post

Apart from the featured post already introduced EasyBlog 5, we would like to introduce favorite post where users can now add their favorite articles or blogs on their dashboard. Other than behaving similar to bookmarks, the favorite listing is also easily accessible from the user's dashboard.

Compose Better On Mobile 

We have also received numerous improvement feedback when composing on mobile devices, one of the obvious drawback was not being able to save draft works when the save draft button is nowhere to be found. After consulting with our designers, we managed to turn the tables around with EasyBlog 5.2 having an improved responsive composing experience with the newly added 'save draft' button on mobile view.

Optimized Performance

More importantly, you will see how blazing fast EasyBlog 5.2 loads on your Joomla site, this was made possible by minifying the javascript codes and reducing the number of sql execution by nearly half for every page.

​This is only the tip of the iceberg and more updates on EasyBlog 5.2 will be out soon, so stay tuned for the second part ;) 

 

Comments (36)

  1. Erich Brunken

I Need it back! Great!

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  1. Erich Brunken

GJ all :)

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  1. Mark    Erich Brunken

Thank you :)

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  1. joy

wow amazing! DARK MODE! It's really X-Mas! Would be cool to have this on also in Vanilla template.

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  1. Mark    joy

Thank you Joy :)

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  1. HMED

Awesome ! cant wait to get it.

Little suggestion that may help lot visitors to decide read or not articles as some times its time consuming,
please add an automatic counter in the head of posts that calculate total time the read can take,
for example the post contain 400 words and the average reading speed is 0.1 word/second, then we'll have a nice text showing : Time to read the entire post 5 minutes.

this will encourage people to read or save articles for laters !
i'd seen that on a blog...

Awesome ! cant wait to get it.

Little suggestion that may help lot visitors to decide read or not articles as some times its time consuming,
please add an automatic counter in the head of posts that calculate total time the read can take,
for example the post contain 400 words and the average reading speed is 0.1 word/second, then we'll have a nice text showing : Time to read the entire post 5 minutes.

this will encourage people to read or save articles for laters !
i'd seen that on a blog last weeks and i liked a lot the idea !

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  1. Mark    HMED

Hm, that's a good idea since we have already pre-calculated words but wondering how is this going to be calculated with non latin characters.

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  1. Philippe    HMED

Yes ! Excellent idea

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  1. n00bster

the Favorite Post feature sounds very nice for the member dashboards to show some loved blogs to others. I'm looking forward to it

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  1. Mark    n00bster

Thanks n00bster :)

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  1. Marcos

Please add animated Gif support for the post cover image.

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  1. joy    Marcos

+1

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  1. Mark    Marcos

That's a good idea but processing GIF is tricky as it would be a little on the heavy side since it needs to be resized for post covers.

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  1. 9p4m72smDi54wQb

Brand new dark theme AND unified toolbar :) You guys are awesome! Thank you so much!!

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  1. Mark    9p4m72smDi54wQb

Thank you :)

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  1. David

Looks great guys! Look forward to testing it out!

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  1. Mark    David

Thanks David!

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  1. Sean Carney

Scheduling automatic social media posting... Yay!

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  1. Mark    Sean Carney

Thanks Sean :)

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  1. IBS Software

Hi,

Add analytics dashboard also. How many user click, read etc. How many users opened the email.

Thanks
Arun

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  1. joy    IBS Software

this is a feature request. It's easier for them if you write it in the section which it belongs.

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  1. Mark    IBS Software

Yep, please do add them in our feature requests area :) It's easier for the developers to go through them.

Anyway, we will be rolling out new updates on the feature requests area on the forums soon too.

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  1. ssnobben

It would be nice to have some integrated advertising/montizing solution for target actions/leads/ads for integrated ES/EB and leverage that similar like Facebook doing disrupting real estate as an example..https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/could-facebook-disrupt-real-estate-portals-kylie-davis/ https://adfenix.com/en/social-booster

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  1. Philippe    ssnobben

Yes I'm agree with you

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  1. ssnobben

This is the basis for building this type of system https://youtu.be/pLEcoqkuu6A

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  1. Simon Logan

Thanks for the continued development guys!

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  1. Mark    Simon Logan

No problem Simon :)

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  1. Jean

Nice, cant wait to test it out.

PS: But at the moment i am more interested in knowing whats coming for PayPlans. Hopping for news very soon :p

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  1. Mark    Jean

There will be an official announcement of PayPlans 4 soon :)

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  1. Philippe

Very beautiful the new Installation Screen ! ?

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  1. Mark    Philippe

Thank you Philippe, do check out the next version of ConverseKit too which we will be disclosing on our blog soon as well.

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  1. Philippe    Mark

Whouah ! :) What is great with you is that we are entitled to new major updates very regularly.

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  1. Griffin

Fantastic. That dark template will go over well with all the VR and Cryptocurrency sites which all seem to be dark with magenta, purple and cyan!

The Unicode URL support is great too! Now all we need is FaLang support for easy alternate version of articles. Seems like Alex made great progress on this earlier in the year.

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  1. Mark    Griffin

Thanks Griffin :)

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  1. Elaine Byrne

Nice! When can we expect to hear about this new update? Eagerly awaiting to build a blog around this component soon.

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  1. Mark    Elaine Byrne

It will be announced on our blog when the time comes :) You could get your hands on EasyBlog now and when it is available, you would be eligible to access the latest version

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