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EasyDiscuss 4 Stable Release

EasyDiscuss 4 Stable Release

After several months and over 1000 commits, we are really happy announce that we have release EasyDiscuss 4 today.

If you are with us for long enough, you might have realized that we are really behind schedule prior to this release, as the dev team had to refactor the entire code base in which was time consuming. :( We really appreciate the kind patience and support we have during each testing phase.

So without further ado, here's the list of cool features that you can expect from EasyDiscuss 4:

 

Discussion View or Forum View

b2ap3_thumbnail_newtheme.jpgThere's no limitation for your site. With the new EasyDiscuss 4, site moderator now have the option to choose between a simple discussion platform or an advanced support and ticketing system. 

 

Themes

b2ap3_thumbnail_themes.jpgEasyDiscuss 4 has now 7 awesome themes which includes Wireframe, Dark, Bubbles, Flatt, Pinter, Timeless and Zinc.

 

Improved Administration

b2ap3_thumbnail_newbackend.pngEquipped your forums with the all new EasyDiscuss 4 administration interface. The new improved back-end dashboard has all the tools you need to better administrate your site more effectively. 

Site moderators can now post discussions from the back-end without needing to do so from the front-end.  

 

Company Workflow

b2ap3_thumbnail_company-workflow.pngEasyDiscuss 4 has this neat feature whereby is ideal for any sites operating with multiple timezone and notify site users different the public holidays in which your country observes. 

 

More Autoposting Places

b2ap3_thumbnail_integrations.jpgEasyDiscuss 4 can increase your social presence with the all new must have integration such as Gist, LinkedIn, Slack, Wunderlist, Telegram bot.

Not to forget, JFBConnect integration enables you to use the login system of most of the popular social media such as Facebook, Twitter, linkedIn and many more. 

 

Moderation Tools

b2ap3_thumbnail_user-banning.jpgAs this feature was frequently request before, EasyDiscuss 4 can now have the ability to ban specific users permanently or for a short period of time. 

 

Conversations

b2ap3_thumbnail_conversations.pngEasyDiscuss 4 has an engaging and interactive conversation layout for site users.

 

Email Digest

b2ap3_thumbnail_email-digest.pngSite users are now able to receive emails for a specific range of time (daily, weekly, and monthly basis) instead of getting new notifications for every action performed on site. 

 

Prioritizing Tickets

b2ap3_thumbnail_priority-tickets.jpgWe truly believe this feature is essential for any advanced support and ticketing system there this feature is a must have in EasyDiscuss 4. This enable site users to mark their discussion or tickets as high priority when immediate attention is required. 

 

Cloud Integration: Amazon S3

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud-amazons3.pngEasyDiscuss 4 simplifies extensive file management by storing attachments of your site with the built-in cloud storage integration, Amazon S3. Now there's no need to worry of a full disk space anymore. 

 

Star Ratings and Improved Point System

b2ap3_thumbnail_star-ratings.jpgEasyDiscuss 4 can now rate their favorite posts with Star ratings which is similar to EasyBlog.

Not to mention, site moderators can also set different points for specific action performed on site with the new improved point systems. 

 

Anonymous Posting

b2ap3_thumbnail_post-anonymously.jpgWe respect users privacy therefore in EasyDiscuss 4, site users have the ability to post their discussion anonymously. Now your guest users can be assured that their identity are kept secret! 

 

Get a whopping 30% discount

To celebrate the release of EasyDiscuss 4, we are offering a big 30% discount across all EasyDiscuss plans. This coupon code is for a limited time offer and valid till 29 April 2016.

 

ED4STABLE

 

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Comments (64)

  • Steven Koontz

    about 7 months ago

    Congrats and thanks for the S3 support. I assume that to upgrade all we have to do is install the launcher?

  • Bright Ibeawuchi

    about 7 months ago

    Yep. Worked for me.

  • Steven Koontz

    about 7 months ago

    Thanks for the confirmation, Bright. Any issues so far? What environment are you on?

    I use Amazon EC2 server with PHP 5.6 + Nginx (no Apache)

    Comment last edited on about 7 months ago by Steven Koontz
  • Andrew Gous

    about 7 months ago

    Hi Steve... All good here! Did the upgrade and all seems to be running smoothly. As you know, we have the same environment as you... ;)

  • Bright Ibeawuchi

    about 7 months ago

    So far so good. No issues to report yet.

    Joomla 3.5, php 7, mariadb.. litespeed server

    Comment last edited on about 7 months ago by Bright Ibeawuchi
  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Thanks Bright :)

  • jan!

    about 7 months ago

    awesome guys ! the very awaited update !
    thanks guys, really impressed but the quality and serious work.

    Definitely my best joomla extensions provider!

  • jan!

    about 7 months ago

    Seems like the Bubbles theme is not add after upgrade, any way to add it ?

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Bubbles is only available for the Developer edition.

  • jan!

    about 7 months ago

    Thanks Mark, if i well understand we should upgrade to the dev edition (+120$) to get the Bubbles theme !? then its a very premium theme !!

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    The developer plan also includes 5 domains support and not just the bubbles theme :)

  • jan!

    about 7 months ago

    Yes of course :) but for us as we need only one website support we should pay 120$ to get this theme :p

  • Edward Stacey

    about 7 months ago

    "Bubbles is only available for the Developer edition"
    I would hope that is better explained somewhere than here in the forums - right now the 'advertisement' page says
    "EasyDiscuss 4 has now 7 awesome themes which includes Wireframe, Dark, Bubbles, Flatt, Pinter, Timeless and Zinc."

    "Bubbles" may just be the single layout someone would want before purchase - it could be 'confusing'.. especially with the "Money Back" promise.. And then there's another comment I have..

    "WHY" dangle a carrot to get people to purchase $120 more than they may need... I don't want '5' domains.. but I may want the template 'Bubbles'. Please consider offering 'Bubbles' as a single template at a 'reasonable' price.. and changing the 'advertisement to reflect 'exactly' what someone is buying"

    Thanks for the hard work.. Discuss looks great!..

  • Andrew Gous

    about 7 months ago

    I do agree with Edward's comment here... It is a little misleading. And everyone does not need 5 domain support... ;)

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Thanks for the input on this Edward, we'll consider this!

  • Zafer

    about 7 months ago

    It would be better if you could include 'Bubbles' in Pro plan.

  • pararrayos

    about 7 months ago

    Congratulations, buddies. EasyDiscuss is possibly the best Joomla Extensions ever :)

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Thank you :)

  • Benoit Gonneville Damme

    about 7 months ago

    Congrats to you all! New release are always exciting and that's a big one! Loving it! :D

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Thanks Benoit :)

  • Zafer

    about 7 months ago

    Congratulations! There are also mention feature, right? So we can invite ES users with @mention into a discussion, right?
    Do you plan to add a search functionality in conversations? Thanks.

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    You would be able to mention their names, yes :) Yes, we will enhance conversations in the future.

  • Juha Kalliola

    about 7 months ago

    Hi,

    just updated and the frontend works, but backend not :(

    Error: 1064 You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ')' at line 1 SQL=select count(1) from `#__discuss_thread` as a where a.`published` = '1' and a.`cluster_id` = '0' and a.`category_id` in ()

    Does anyone know what I should do as I am novice in MySQL...

    / Juha

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Hey Juha,

    Would you mind sending in a ticket to https://crm.stackideas.com regarding this please? So our team can have a better look at this. Thank you! :)

  • Guest - Gabriele

    about 7 months ago

    Still no tapatalk support? :(

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Hey Gabriele

    Unfortunately, EasyDiscuss 4 does not support Tapatalk currently. Could you send in your ideas here: http://stackideas.com/voices/easydiscuss please? And who knows it could be implemented for the next release? ;)

  • Andrew Gous

    about 7 months ago

    Great job SI team!!!! Again you guys have done an awesome job!!!! :)

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Thank you so much Andrew :)

  • Marco Hagen

    about 7 months ago

    GREAT NEWS!
    But - how to update?

  • Andrew Gous

    about 7 months ago

    Just go to your SI Dashboard and download the loader and install via Joomla installer. Pretty simple and hassle free... ;)

  • Marco Hagen

    about 7 months ago

    Just read this on the first post here, too and going to do so.
    Thanks! ;)

  • doodee

    about 7 months ago

    Congratulation !!!!
    Bravo. 2 thumbs up.
    Cannot wait 2 upgrade.

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Thank you so much Doodee :)

  • Rob

    about 7 months ago

    I love you guys - Stack Ideas rules the web! From superior components for Joomla to outstanding support. Looking forward to a long term relationship. Hope all is well. Cheers! :)

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Aww, thank you so much Rob! ;)

  • Eric Lowry

    about 7 months ago

    Looking forward to the upgrade. So far the products and support you provide have been excellent. Regarding the discounted subscription renewal offer, will this add a year to my current renewal date, or will this provide a year's subscription starting now?

  • Anthony

    about 7 months ago

    It should add to your current renewal date, otherwise there would be no point :)

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Hey Eric,

    Thanks Anthony! Yes, that's correct. It should add to your current subscription date. If it does not, kindly send in a ticket to https://crm.stackideas.com and we will get it fixed for you :)

  • Eric Lowry

    about 7 months ago

    Thanks, Sylvie, that's great! You're right, Anthony, but I ask because a former supplier didn't run their promotions that way. That's why they're a former supplier. Stack Ideas has been top notch all the way.

  • Anthony

    about 7 months ago

    As a long term EasyDiscuss subscriber, it's awesome to see some much needed attention on EasyDiscuss :) Thank you!

    Now that EasyDiscuss has been updated, what will you work on next?

    Comment last edited on about 7 months ago by Anthony
  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Thank you so much Anthony. I'm really glad that you're loving EasyDiscuss 4. Let's just say that something is brewing for EasySocial, so stay tuned! ;)

  • Kian

    about 7 months ago

    Hi, am really tempted to migrate Kunena over to EasyDiscuss... Looks like you've done a great job.

    One quick question - from the demo it doesn't seem like it's the case: Does ED allow non-registered (i.e. guest) users from posting new messages (or replying to threads) with a Captcha, etc?

    Thanks.

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Yep, it does allow that but we turned it off in the demo to prevent spammers from abusing our demo sites.

  • Kian

    about 7 months ago

    Thanks Mark, makes sense.

    So in your experience the in-built captcha protection is currently not sufficient out of the box to stop most spammers on the demo?

    Had a lot of problems in Kunena with spam but managed to stop most of them by customising the code a bit. Was wondering if there have been any live uses of the guest posting function.

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Most spammers these days are not bot written scripts. They actually have real human beings behind the computer :(

  • John Ch.

    about 7 months ago

    Great news! Great work! Congratulations guys.

    Is there a guide for how to upgrade the EasyDiscuss from version 3.2.x to version 4.0.3?

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Upgrading is pretty similar like how you install the extension. You can learn more about this from http://stackideas.com/docs/easydiscuss/administrators/upgrades/upgrading-easyDiscuss-3-x-to-easyDiscuss-4

  • Pakitao

    about 7 months ago

    Great news !
    But no integration with EasySocial Groups finally ? :(

  • jan!

    about 7 months ago

    Hey guys !! we are impressed here guys by your work, you are doing a GREAT GREAT job !

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Thank you Jan! :)

  • Pakitao

    about 7 months ago

    Ah génial !! ;)

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    You're most welcome Pakitao! :)

  • Akashlal

    about 7 months ago

    Was wondering, when the beta testers would get awarded?

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Hey Akashlal,

    I'm really sorry for the delay in this reply. We will award the testers by next week, top 3 of our testers will be notify through their emails ;)

  • Akashlal

    about 7 months ago

    Okay great :D

  • loic

    about 7 months ago

    Really great work
    All my best thanks to the team

    I wonder if i'll loose all my Google url if i migrate from kunena ?
    Is there a script from previous url to send users to the new one ???

  • Sylvie

    about 7 months ago

    Hey loic,

    "I wonder if i'll loose all my Google url if i migrate from kunena ?"
    It depends on the current url structure of Kunena. Usually EasyDiscuss can replicate back the same url structure in Kunena.

    "Is there a script from previous url to send users to the new one ???"
    Unfortunately, we do not have :(

  • Kian

    about 7 months ago

    This is also a big requirement for me unfortunately before migrating.

    Would you have any ideas for how this can be easily achieved? Maybe making a permanent placeholder router.php for com_kunena might be simple, which will use some basic logic to push the same category ids and itemids to Easydiscuss?

    The Kunena URL structure for posts is generally:
    index.php?option=com_kunena&view=topic&catid=9&id=1234

    Where id is the unique ID assigned to each single post, and catid is the parent category of the post. Does EasySocial work in a similar manner in its URL structure?

    When EasyDiscuss migrates from Kunena, does it use the same post 'id' number that Kunena uses, or does it use its own numbering scheme? (i.e., would com_kunena&id=1000 become com_easydiscuss&id=1000 or another number?)

    Many thanks!

  • Andrew Gous

    about 7 months ago

    Missing the EasyDiscuss 4 plugin for EasyBlog 5. Where can we get that?

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    Which plugin are you referring to Andrew?

  • Andrew Gous

    about 7 months ago

    @Mark,
    In EasyBlog -> Configuration -> Comments -> Integration
    See: http://joxi.ru/Y2L6eKeIno61Er

    Translation:
    "EasyDiscuss comments plugin not installed."

    Comment last edited on about 7 months ago by Andrew Gous
  • Esmond GH

    about 7 months ago

    EasyDiscuss was a perfect Joomla component to built a website like http://stackoverflow.com/ but its now changing into forum which i think forum is for developers who wants to provide support for their users. Don't forget that Kunena is a FREE forum component for Joomla.

  • Mark

    about 7 months ago

    I would say EasyDiscuss is a hybrid between a Q&A and a forum extension and you can configure to be a Q&A extension if you want to :)

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