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EasyBlog 5.2 Stable Released

EasyBlog 5.2 Stable Released

After countless sleepless nights, we are extremely excited to announce the stable release of EasyBlog 5.2. Just in case you are not aware of new features in store, here is a short recap of just some of highlights in EasyBlog 5.2, read on the learn more. 


GDPR Compliance


To start off, EasyBlog 5.2 is GDPR compliant. Just in case you do not already know this, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union, effectively May 25th, 2018.

​Kick starting GDPR compliance starting with EasyBlog 5.2 was one of the reasons behind the slight delay of this release. With that in mind, GDPR for EasySocial 2.2 will be announced soon as well​. 

Items below are covered under GDPR compliance in EasyBlog 5.2:

​Removal Download
Registered users
  • ​Blog posts
  • Comments
  • Tags and tags association
  • Subscriptions data
  • Email activities
  • User data
  • ​Blog posts
  • Comments
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Subscriptions
Guest​ users
  • Comments
  • Subscriptions data
  • Email activities
Profile data
Blog Comments
Blog Posts


Composer Refinements

Composer


The usability of blocks within the composer has improved tremendously, not only the usage of drag and drop is much easier, the new blocks menu will now be rendered on the right panel instead of a dropdown from the top. 


New Dark Theme  

Dark Theme


As this was highly requested previously, we managed to include the all new dark theme in EasyBlog 5.2. This theme is basically based on Wireframe theme, in other words template overriding would be a breeze with the new theme.

On top of that, we have also simplified the existing themes, for instance Pinky and Greenie are merged into a new theme called Pastel,  it has the ability to change colors in the theme settings. 


Infinite Scrolling


Pagination in EasyBlog 5.2 can now be configured to utilize scrolling script, where it could automatically render the next page's content as you scroll past the first page's content.


New Installation Screens

Installation: Initialization
Installation: Finalization


We have revamped and simplified the standard installation process for EasyBlog 5.2. We achieved this by simply reducing the steps altogether, and goodbye lengthy installation! 


One Click Updater 

​The new one click updater in EasyBlog 5.2 now makes upgrading in between every minor releases effortlessly, less time consuming and straightforward. 


Scheduled Auto-posting  

EasyBlog 5.2 now has the ability to determine the timing of auto-post to your social media platforms, on top determine the time of auto postings for their blog posts.

Unified Toolbar 

Unified Toolbar


When Joomla 3.8 introduces 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 5.2 out of the box. 


Unicode URL Support 


Unicode SEF url was first introduced in the Joomla 3.8 update, therefore it only make sense to standardized and re-route EasyBlog 5.2 and all of our components in line with this update. 


Favorite Post 

Favorite Post


To take the bookmark feature in EasyBlog a step further, users can now mark any favorite blog post as "Favorite" and that these favorite post will be shown on their dashboard. 


Post Cover Caption

Post Captions


What better way to capture the attention of readers or audience immediately in EasyBlog 5.2, even before going through the full content of the blog post. 


Reading Time Indicator 

Reading Time


This nifty feature allows user or reader to know the time needed to read through the entire blog content. 


Reading Progress Bar

Reading Progress Bar

​Similar to the reading time indicator, the reading progress bar is positioned on the top, it will come to a completion as you finish reading through the blog post. 


Multilingual Tags


This feature will be the saving grace for multilingual sites. Site admins could add specific language tags during the tag creations from the back-end, and that these language tags will only appear to users viewing the post in that specified language. 


Improved Anti-spam 

Anti-Spam


Apart being a great blogging tool for your authors, it is also equipped with even better anti-spam protection. Admin can now configure the minimum content length on EasyBlog 5.2 editor.


Google Analytics for AMP posts

Google Analytics


To monetize EasyBlog a step further, we have added in Google Analytics tracking support, which allows you to track user interaction on AMP pages in EasyBlog 5.2.


Optimized Performance 


By removing redundancy and minifying the existings codes, not only the page load is significantly faster but the composing experience and overall performance has been drastically improved.


Mobile Ready


Apart from EasyBlog 5.2 having an improved and better responsive composing experience on any mobile devices, but it also now has the ability to save drafts on mobile view, which is lifesaver for authors that are constantly on the go. 


Let's celebrate! 


Last but not least, we would like to take this time to appreciate every single testers and anyone who had contributed in all of our testings throughout EasyBlog 5.2 development. EasyBlog would not have evolved to what it is today. In case you wondering, yes, we will be sharing more about PayPlans 4.0 in the next blog post, so stay tuned and happy upgrade folks! :)

 

Comments (47)

  1. joy

great! Thank you :) I saw the Toolbarfunction. Is it open, are there Menus showen from easydiscuss, easyblog and easysocial. Can this also be incluced in easysocial? Seems a great function and could spare space.

 
  1. Mark    joy

Yep, if you have EasyDiscuss or EasySocial installed, the menu's would automatically be expanded along with the links from the rest of the extensions. We are running a trial of this feature in EasyBlog and will roll them out to the rest :)

 
  1. joy    Mark

thank god! That sounds so amazing. Maybe could i hide then the easyblog toolbar then :D So that i'm able to create a blog from the easysocial menu.

 
  1. Philippe

Thank you for this great update.
Impressive your tool for Download Their Information !
Your software is really professional and complete, they reach an incredible level.

PS. The link of the EasyBlog 5.2 AVAILABLE NOW banner is not the good one ;)

Philippe

 
  1. Mark    Philippe

Thank you Philippe! Yep, just fixed the banner link.

 
  1. Matt Smela

Awesome update! I can't wait to test it out.

 
  1. Mark    Matt Smela

Thanks Matt!

 
  1. Paul Murray

It all looks great
As a matter of interest where can I switch the Infinite Scrolling on?
Thanks
Paul

 
  1. Mark    Paul Murray

You can explicitly configure it under the menu settings or you can set this globally under the Views settings in EasyBlog :)

 
  1. HMED    Mark

I checked many time in this area, can you provide us with a screenshot please ?

 
  1. Mark    HMED

It is under Settings > Views > Frontpage Layout. Auto loading can be activated on the front page listing as well as the entry view.

P/S: If you need any help locating the settings, kindly please do use the helpdesk :)

  Comment was last edited about 8 months ago by Mark Mark
  1. Paul Murray

With respect to

Unicode SEF url was first introduced in the Joomla 3.8 update, therefore it only make sense to standardized and re-route EasyBlog 5.2 and all of our components in line with this update.


Does this mean that I can for eg remove the numbers from blog posts?
Eg the latest Blog on my site has the number 581 in it?

a) Is there a setting somewhere that I need to flip to remove these numbers?
b) Is there a way that I can switch them back on if for eg something goes wrong eg pages...

With respect to

Unicode SEF url was first introduced in the Joomla 3.8 update, therefore it only make sense to standardized and re-route EasyBlog 5.2 and all of our components in line with this update.


Does this mean that I can for eg remove the numbers from blog posts?
Eg the latest Blog on my site has the number 581 in it?

a) Is there a setting somewhere that I need to flip to remove these numbers?
b) Is there a way that I can switch them back on if for eg something goes wrong eg pages linked to pages with numbers in them?

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  Comment was last edited about 8 months ago by Paul Murray Paul Murray
  1. Mark    Paul Murray

Hey Paul,

You may find the settings here, http://take.ms/pxqHC . Also, your database needs to support the utf8mb4 character set as this is the only way to store unicodes in your database table without needing to convert the characters.

 
  1. Paul Murray    Mark

Hey Mark, seems to work for me and looks way nicer. One thing to be aware of is that I had used page breaks and built buttons to jump to page 02, 03 etc. No surprise that these broke. But now what with the continuous scroll function I deleted my page breaks and buttons and things look way better :-) All in all EB editor feels much more solid and it makes so much sense having the blocks that you can add appear on the right hand side. Nice.

 
  1. Mark    Paul Murray

Thanks for the input on this Paul!

 
  1. HMED

Hi guys,
realy awesome ! what great job are you doing.

i appreciate a lot what you are achiving for GDPR, amazing !

 
  1. Mark    HMED

Thank you HMED! It is really exhaustive to make it truly GDPR compliant and to make matters worst, GDPR rules are vague in certain areas and I hope there would be much clearer guidelines on "use cases of website". It makes life so much easier.

 
  1. Ivaylo Valkov

Great news. I expect the new user menu in other components. :)

 
  1. Mark    Ivaylo Valkov

Thank you Ivaylo :) Yep, certainly.

 
  1. HMED

Where i can configue the infinite scroll and reading time please ?

 
  1. Mark    HMED

You may find the settings here, http://take.ms/VXAkC

P/S: My wish is for the blog to not become a support center as we end up having to answer support on the blog, forums and social media :p

 
  1. HMED

The reading time is activated but i dont see it in articles pages !
its related to a specific theme ?

 
  1. Mohd Yasser    HMED

Hi there,

If you need any help, kindly please do use the helpdesk :) It is much easier to manage your issues.

 
  1. LAC Webadmin

Awesome update Mark! Does this new EB takes advantage of the new URL routing in Joomla? No more ID?

 
  1. Mark    LAC Webadmin

Thanks Jackson! Yep, provided that your MySQL server supports the utf8mb4 character set, http://take.ms/pxqHC

 
  1. Ivaylo Valkov

Now I read about EasySocial 2.2 and I was very happy. When more information is expected about it. :)

 
  1. Mark    Ivaylo Valkov

We'll announce most of these news on our blog :)

 
  1. Cristian

Great job with EB

GDPR for EasySocial 2.2 will be announced soon as well​.
and ED too :)

 
  1. Mark    Cristian

Yep, that is correct. This will be rolled out across our extensions :)

 
  1. Cristian    Mark

This is great... great job

 
  1. T.W. van Urk

Well done. Thank you!

 
  1. Mark    T.W. van Urk

Thank you!

 
  1. alexps

Last night updated everything works perfectly. Thank you for the work! We are waiting for new good news and updates!

 
  1. Mark    alexps

Thanks Alex!

 
  1. Paul Murray

As a matter of interest if a user asked me how they could delete their account or a blog post or what ever I would not have a clue where to point them! Where can a registered user/guest user do all of this GDPR compliancy stuff?
Thanks
Paul

 
  1. Mark    Paul Murray

If you already have EasySocial, they could just delete their account from EasySocial :) EasySocial is already somewhat GDPR compliant, just depends on how you configure your site when a user chooses to delete their account.

 
  1. Paul Murray    Mark

Hey Mark. Maybe a Blog Post explaining how to do so?

 
  1. Mark    Paul Murray

Yep, will do :)

 
  1. Paul Murray    Mark

Thanks in advance :-)

 
  1. Todd Harrison

Thank you guys for another fantastic update! Loving the new features and am very glad to have my choice in blogging component continually reaffirmed. :)

 
  1. Mark    Todd Harrison

Thank you Todd!

 
  1. Elaine Byrne

Hi,

Very excited to get this going finally after waiting for several months! Worth the wait :)

I have a concern regarding the infinite scrolling: I'm wandering if there's infinite scrolling on the pagination page so users can simply scroll through the next page rather than clicking page 2, page 3, etc?

Also, any discount coupon? :P

PS: Has the Profile URL been implemented? Like http://example.com/username

  Comment was last edited about 8 months ago by Elaine Byrne Elaine Byrne
  1. Mark    Elaine Byrne

Yes, with the latest EasyBlog 5.2, it has infinite page scroller where scrolling down would automatically render the subsequent page rather than having to manually click on the pagination links.

If you already have a license, you may reach out to us for a coupon code for renewals :)

 
  1. Paul Murray

Hi Elaine, I had pagination on a number of my blog posts and linked the pages with custom buttons. The scroll think broke my links so I removed the pages. Honestly I have broken the page feature so many times I decided just to ditch it as I felt it was more trouble than it was worth. Also feel that the scroll think is slicker. Just my 2 cents.

 
  1. Adam

Hello,
Unfortunately, I cannot instal it automatically or by hand it is not a matter also installing! What do I make now?

 
  1. Mark    Adam

Hey Adam,

Please do get in touch with our team at https://stackideas.com/forums and we'll assist you with the upgrade.

 
  1. Adam    Mark

Okay!

 
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