EasySocial 2.0 Alpha Available Now!

EasySocial 2.0 Alpha Available Now!

I am extremely proud to announce to you the availability of EasySocial 2.0 Alpha :) There are just too many things that is running on my mind right now but I will post some of the recap of EasySocial 2.0 next. So enjoy! 


Redesigned Mobile Engine

We have tried to collaborate with EasySocial 1.4 on a mobile browser and to be honest, the experience was sub-par. We are now taking the whole mobile experience to a new level altogether. With the stock wireframe theme, the mobile experience in EasySocial 2.0 will amaze you. The toolbar and navigation was also redesigned to allow your users a less obstructive view of the site.

Apart from that, we are also experimenting with a new swipe engine that is only applicable on mobile browsers (It wouldn't load on desktop versions). You can try swiping the statistics underneath your profile, group, event or page. :)

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Pages

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I believe this feature doesn't require much explanation as everyone knows what a Facebook Page is but to those who are still lost, this was one of the most requested feature of EasySocial 2.0 where site users could start their own Business Pages, Fan Pages, Club Pages or anything that you could ever imagine.

 

 

Docker Plugin

I have personally seen many sites that tried adding a toolbar at the top of the page and to be quite frank, most of them doesn't look good at all and it certainly would turn users away. We will soon be releasing a new external plugin called "Docker" which will be published on the Apps Directory as soon as EasySocial gets into beta :)

Docker allow your users to navigate through the site, get notified of updates and also post updates on the fly without browsing through the page. It will redefine the way your community works. Docker is also intelligent enough whereby posting anything from the Docker will automatically inject these new items on any streams at all. Be it on a stream module or on your EasySocial dashboard.

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Toolbar 2.0

Our goal since many releases ago is to unify and standardize the look and feel with toolbar across all of our extensions. In order to achieve that, we always thought that the only way to add more items on the menu is to have more working space (width of your template) . In preparation to unify the toolbar for all of our extensions, we have redesigned our toolbar (Some of our EasyDiscuss users might notice this already) to allow the toolbar to be more flexible.

It doesn't integrate with the rest of our extensions on the alpha yet but in the coming releases, we plan to turn that functionality on (Requires update on all of our extension). 

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Conversations Done Right

About 2 years ago, when EasySocial 1.0 was first showcased to the public, I was pretty excited to present the conversations layout (Some of you may have remembered). The look and feel of the previous conversation is pretty similar to what an e-mail really looked like and we thought it was pretty darn cool. However, as web pages are slowly being over-engineered, people tend to hate looking at e-mails all the time and if you are building a social network; you definitely want something fun and not looking at the screen which looks like your mailbox.

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Cards Layout

Over the years, as we add more functionality into the extension, we also added a complexity layer on it where people tend to get confused over the wide range of information that was being displayed. We always thought that it was good but we were proven wrong and simplicity is crucial in social web these days. With the new cards layout that represents your clusters, the brand new card layout would allow us to innovate further in future versions.

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Photos Improvements

You may now upload gif images through EasySocial. This service rides on our brand new image resizing service over the cloud without you having to configure anything at all. As long as URL is available on your hosting's end point and you have an active subscription with us, we'll resize the images for you.

 

Performance Booster

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EasySocial 2.0 also received a huge performance booster and when you install the Alpha, you will soon realize that your site loads magically faster. Well, I can't guarantee that it will be magically faster for everyone (for sites that has hundreds and thousands of extensions) but in general, it would have a huge performance impact. What has been done:

  • Foundry has been replaced altogether. Foundry was rendering about 70 over different javascript libraries prior to 2.0 but it now only runs on about 15 smaller library files.
  • It now only loads 1 script file per page load. Prior to EasySocial 2.0, EasySocial 1.4 renders about 5 different javascript files every time the user visits your site.
  • Smaller footprint for javascript file. We managed to reduce about 400 kb of fats from the javascript library while adding more functionality
  • Larger libraries like masonry are only rendered when it needs to.
 

 

Management Improvements

We have also improved the overall management interface and most of the administration area are now based on states. In non technical terms, whenever you filter a result set, it stays filtered and you don't have to filter it again unless you reset it :) The overall UI has also been improved with functionalities like easy access to the Apps Directory, Template files editor, Email files editor and a ton of other useful management tools.

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Mobile Web App

As mentioned in my prior post, we will also be introducing a new mobile web app that redefines your entire social network on a mobile device. This is an external app and is not included in the extension so you don't have to use it if you don't want to :) It brings an extremely rich mobile experience for your users.

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Modules

We have a total of 30 modules till date and with this release we will be adding another 5 new modules in this release. All 35 modules have been redesigned, refactored and it will look amazingly beautiful with the new UI of the modules. The 5 new modules added are:

- Recent Pages (Listing of pages on the site)
- Pages Menu (To allow quick access when one views a particular page)
- Pages Categories (Listing of categories for pages)
- User Statistics Module (Users can view their limits and usage)
- User Goals Module (Nice little goal tracker to motivate your users to perform more actions on the site)

 

There are just so many features that I would love to list them here but I guess it's best for you to give this a try for yourself by downloading the alpha release.

 

Thank You Everyone!

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I would like to take this opportunity to Thank the team for building an amazing platform for Joomla! To some of you who are familiar with source control, the team has done close to 8,000 commits in the past couple of months to bring you EasySocial 2.0!

 

To those who doesn't know what source control is, try typing a different line of html codes on a different file and upload it through FTP for 8,000 times :)

 

Last but not least, I would also like to Thank all our customers for your support throughout these years and we wish to see you build greater and more interactive social networking sites in the coming months.

 

 

Oh, and before I forget, EasySocial 2.0 Alpha can be accessed at the Issues area by clicking on the button below :)

 

Let's Remove The Headphone Jack →

Happy Testing and Enjoy!

 

Comments (136)

  1. James

Thanks for the good news, will start testing it now.

 
  1. Mark    James

As always, Thanks James :)

 
  1. Randall McCallum

This is excellent news. The testing and feedback begins to make EASYSOCIAL 2 AWESOME.

CAN'T ACCESS ES 2 alpha
The Let's Remove the Headphone Jack button takes me to a renew subscription message. I have an active subscription until October 12th, so I can't get access to the alpha to test it out.

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  1. Robert

My subscription is still active and expired next month.. why can't I access the issue tracker to download the alpha?

 
  1. Randall McCallum    Robert

I have the same issue with not being able to access the alpha even though my subscription is active until October 12th.

 
  1. Mark

Hm, as long as your subscription is active, you will be able to access the downloads. Could you post a ticket at https://crm.stackideas.com with your login credentials so that I can check it out?

 
  1. Benoit Gonneville Damme

Biggest update yet!!! WOOOP! Can't wait to test it!

For me, a unified toolbar and Docker are the biggest annoncement. Please make sure that you let users add custom menu element to those menus. If you want people to use the Docker as their main menu, you need to let admin add element from other non-stackidea components ;-)

Thaaaaaaaaaaanks!!

 
  1. Mark

Hey guys,

Please try this out again, I have applied some fixes on the server and you should be able to access them now :)

 
  1. Robert

I got it, thanks Mark. Can hardly wait to test this BEAST!

 
  1. Mark    Robert

Thanks Robert :)

 
  1. Robert

Quick question, does the alpha include the Mobile app?

 
  1. Mark    Robert

Nope it doesn't. They are separate apps and will be released once the stable is out.

 
  1. Robert    Mark

Got it. Mobile web app looks great. I hope all your extensions will be compatible with this app including kunena :p

 
  1. Mark    Robert

It will. This is just the beginning of the progressive mobile web app :)

 
  1. Robert    Mark

Awesome!

 
  1. Randall McCallum

Thanks Mark,

I am installing the alpha now and will start providing feedback.

 
  1. Mark    Randall McCallum

Thank you Randall :) The more reports we get, the faster we get to push this beast out!

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  1. Martin

Looks really nice Mark!

Do you expect implementing new Toolbar 2.0 in smaller updates to all your extensions soon? - or do you plan to this only via bigger version updates of your extensions? Woud be great to have one unified toolbar for all your extensions as soon as possible!

Regards
Martin

 
  1. Mark    Martin

Yep, we will be updating the rest of the extensions once ES 2 becomes stable :)

 
  1. Sascha Wittig

Hey could you elaborate a little bit more on that image resizing servie. does it mean that every single image is send to some 3rd party for the bare reason of resizing ?
and are those images stored there and can I switch this of ?

Thanks,
Sascha

 
  1. Mark    Sascha Wittig

Resizing over the network is done for GIF images only. Yes, you can switch GIF functionality off.

 
  1. n00bster

big respect guys, ES2 looks fantastic.

 
  1. Mark    n00bster

Thank you :)

 
  1. Willie Frazier

So will the glitch on mobile be fixed with this update?

 
  1. Mark    Willie Frazier

Hm, not too sure what glitch are you talking about here but the entire user experience on a mobile has been redesigned ground up.

This includes methods of detection for mobile devices :)

 
  1. Willie Frazier    Mark

The sites would look distorted on mobile when they are loading. Has this been fixed?

 
  1. Mark    Willie Frazier

As mentioned in the blog post, the entire UI for mobile has been reworked for performance as well as usability issues :)

Also, prior to 2.0, all EasySocial versions already has responsive built into the template. If you had issues with the responsive layout, you could always post your support questions on our forums and we'll get it fixed :)

 
  1. Willie Frazier    Mark

Check out the site Stroff.com on mobile. Whenever the pages from the easysocial community are loading they are distorted. I had this same problem before leaving easysocial. Will this be fixed?

 
  1. Mark    Mark

I do not see any distortion on those pages of http://stroff.com on mobile devices but you could / should test it yourself at http://es2.stackideas.com . This site runs on the stock Joomla template with no modifications done on the template (except for the protostar menu which we removed because it was very ugly)

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  1. amit

is there rtl support?

 
  1. Mark    amit

RTL support is being updated right now as we speak as EasySocial 2.0 has a brand new layout altogether :)

 
  1. Bombshell

How do I download EasySocial2? I renewed my subscription early.

 
  1. Mark    Bombshell
 
  1. Randall McCallum

Bombshell, To download the alpha version

Look for this up above:

Oh, and before I forget, EasySocial 2.0 Alpha can be accessed at the Issues area by clicking on the button below :)

 
  1. Erik Renninger

up on a test site, made a back up of existing site and put up new on a the test site, implemented clean and now testing out good look and feel i like it so far, the groups layout is a great touch

 
  1. Mark    Erik Renninger

Great! You should also help us out by testing the upgrades from 1.x :)

 
  1. Per

Hello,
will the mobile app feature push notifications for new messages in a group you're a member of?

 
  1. Mark    Per

The push notifications are tied to the notifications system in EasySocial. We will blog about the notifications app soon when we release it later on :)

 
  1. Bombshell

Thank you for replying. I read that you shouldn't download it to an active website. I have an active community. I guess I'll have to wait. I don't want to encounter problems.

 
  1. Sylvie    Bombshell

Hello there,

Yes, it is not advisable to be installed on your live site as Alpha version may consist of bugs in which might be minor or major. :)

 
  1. Shane Thorpe

So we are being asked to test this for you but we have to pay for the privilige - don't agree with this even thoug we have used and got your products previously.

 
  1. Mark    Shane Thorpe

It's entirely up to you if you want to test it or not but we are testing them internally as well :)

 
  1. Shane Thorpe    Mark

Quite happy to assist but don't understand why we have to pay for the privilege Mark.

So how do we obtain a copy to test and report back for you?

 
  1. Mark    Shane Thorpe

The access to EasySocial 2.0 is restricted to users with a valid subscription :)

 
  1. Shane Thorpe    Mark

Then we will have to wait until it is released.

It just seems morally wrong to charge someone to test your product and assist you in a commercial process.

Have no objections to assisting any open source projects at all.

 
  1. Mark    Mark

We are not really requesting you to test. We are releasing this as a "nightly build" where subscribers could play around with it if they want to.

If you don't want to, you are not forced to and you have to wait for the stable release. Even so, you don't own any subscriptions at all so I am not too sure how you would gain access to it :)

 
  1. Sabih    Shane Thorpe

Leave this untouched and wait until the final release. Being able to take a sneak into alpha is a big win for a webmaster to be able to prepare a lot of stuff so an update will be easy once the final release will be published. Not sure about your expectations and honestly it sounds a lot like those are not reasonable...

 
  1. jbl

Hi mark :D hats off for easysocial 2.0
i read about progressive mobile web app for easysocial. i tried to google about PWA but not able to understands how it will used with easysocial

will it create the native .apk file or .ipa file for android or iphone so that user able to download app for easysocial SITE or user need browser to explore the site ?

 
  1. Mark    jbl

There is actually some confusions in that sentence itself but it's merely just a "concept" rather than a "technology". I believe the other definition of "progressive web app" is coming from https://developers.google.com/web/progressive-web-apps/

What I really meant is that it's just a UI that is meant for mobile browsers :)

 
  1. Sunny

Hi Mark,

Firstly our congratulations on the release of Alpha of ES2.0.

I noticed that ES 2 now has new Docker Plugin with quick post, just a quick query. Does the quick post now support #tags and @mentions??

Secondly do you have a demo of the Alpha ES2, so that we can have a peek in.

regards
Sunny

 
  1. Mark    Sunny

Both the quick post module as well as the quick post in the docker will work exactly the same as the story form including all rich medias as well as tagging, mentions and everything else :)

We don't have a demo yet currently but we will publish one soon.

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  1. Sunny    Mark

:):):)

 
  1. tom

ES 2.0 looks very promising and I’m really interested in getting a subscription, once it is stable. But I have a few questions first:

1. will the echo template become available with the stable release of ES 2.0? Maybe a few preview screenshots anytime soon?

2. after buying one of your templates, will future updates to this be free?

3. how about preorder bundles (pay now, get access access to beta for testing without an entitlement to customer service, subscription officially begins once...

ES 2.0 looks very promising and I’m really interested in getting a subscription, once it is stable. But I have a few questions first:

1. will the echo template become available with the stable release of ES 2.0? Maybe a few preview screenshots anytime soon?

2. after buying one of your templates, will future updates to this be free?

3. how about preorder bundles (pay now, get access access to beta for testing without an entitlement to customer service, subscription officially begins once the stable version is released)?

Thanks!

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  1. Mark

Hello tom,


1. will the echo template become available with the stable release of ES 2.0? Maybe a few preview screenshots anytime soon?

Nope, we are still working on the echo template :)


2. after buying one of your templates, will future updates to this be free?

Any items purchased from the Apps Store are one time only. We do not charge anything recurring.


3. how about preorder bundles (pay now, get access access to beta for testing without an entitlement to customer service,...

Hello tom,


1. will the echo template become available with the stable release of ES 2.0? Maybe a few preview screenshots anytime soon?

Nope, we are still working on the echo template :)


2. after buying one of your templates, will future updates to this be free?

Any items purchased from the Apps Store are one time only. We do not charge anything recurring.


3. how about preorder bundles (pay now, get access access to beta for testing without an entitlement to customer service, subscription officially begins once the stable version is released)?

We do not offer such packages currently. The moment you purchased the extension, the subscription would run out after the period of time.

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  1. ssnobben

Something to pick up from CB like maybe language overrides http://www.joomlapolis.com/blog/kyle/18701-language-overrides-have-arrived and dynamic update profile location fields with obligatory group selector & options for single and multi-select fieldtypes http://www.joomlapolis.com/blog/kyle/18702-select-options-extended

 
  1. Mark    ssnobben

I do not see a point in doing that language override because Joomla already has it.

 
  1. Sunny

Hi mark,

Now that Twitter and Facebook Registration and login are native to ES, would it mean that we can omit JFBC?

If yes, what will happen to users who have registered on our old site using JFBC, would they still be able to have one click login or do they have to re-register?

regards

 
  1. Mark    Sunny

JFBC still has it's pros as they support LinkedIn as well but it's up to you of course if you want to keep JFBC or use the built-in oauth providers.

If you decide to not use JFB any longer, then yes they will need to register on the site again as we don't have an "import" tool for JFBC right now.

 
  1. Sunny    Mark

:(:( Its a pity that we wouldn't be able to use native features if we want to port existing members to the new upgrade, import would have been nice. Looks like we have to keep the bloats of third party apps:(

Only difference to me between your native oAuth and JFB is Google+ login. (FB+Twitter+Google is 99.8% of the online user base)

regards

 
  1. Sunny

WOW, now an inbuilt overrides system with notes, Great going.

I have read this blog 5 times over by now:D:D

 
  1. Mark    Sunny

Yep, we spent a lot of time putting ourselves in your shoes. There's a lot of usability improvements especially on the administration area.

 
  1. Sam Famma

Loading times are amazing Damn! Wow! :):):):):):):):):):):):) With my existing components it wiped 6 second on first load Wow!!! and getting faster!

Finding quite a few minor bugs but nothing that can't be fix! The added template editor is a real bonus. The design has been streamlined making it easy for the user to grasp. Will keep working on it First impressions wow!

Great work Stacks

 
  1. Mark

Thanks Sam :) We are still trying to improve our performance internally right now while the tests are still running!

 
  1. Sam Famma

Understandable - looking forward to the stable version. Will it be able to install directly over 1.4x?
Also checkout polls in the toolbar small - DB issue

 
  1. Mark    Sam Famma

Yep, it can and should be upgraded over 1.4 easily :)

 
  1. Petar Elez

My ES subscription just expired but all the other ones are still active. Either way I am sadly disappointed that we have to have an active sub to test an ALPHA release.

 
  1. Mark    Petar Elez

I am not too sure where did you get the idea that you would get alpha / beta updates but it is stated on the pricing plans that you would gain access to 6 months of product updates and support.

 
  1. Petar Elez    Mark

I understand and agree with the approach in regards to the stable release.

It would make more sense to get as many people as possible to test the alpha so you can bring it to market faster and probably get subscribers who are waiting for the v2 release sooner.

Maybe that is a wrong perspective to have.

 
  1. Mark    Petar Elez

Yep, I absolutely agree but that would also lead up to more people abusing the downloads by uploading these alpha releases to warez sites and eventually flood the market with product with bugs and would be even more problematic.

Thanks for understanding Petar :)

 
  1. Petar Elez    Mark

Makes sense. Thanks for the input.

 
  1. Sabih    Mark

According to the problem, I am just curious why it is even possible to download the full component while installing via API code seems way more secure to prevent the upload to warez sites.

 
  1. Mark    Mark

That's because in order for the API version to work, we need to publish it and publishing it would also mean that everyone would need to download using the same download mechanism from our dashboard :p

 
  1. pearce

have downloaded ES2, unfortunately after upgrading from ES 1.4, the site crashed. all went terribly bad when i tried to downgrade from ES2.0 to ES 1.4.12, neither the front end nor the backend could still work. I had to use FTP to delete the folders /components/com_easysocial and also /administrator/components/com_easysocial then reinstall ES 1.4.12. Now I have to wait for the stable version :(

 
  1. Mark    pearce

Hello Pearce,

This is why you shouldn't be installing it on a live site :) Anyhow, I am suspecting that there is a template override on your site which caused errors because the overriden files were from 1.x but since you did not post this on the issue tracker, we can't really check.

This is the only most possible reason that would conflict with the upgrades that we seen so far.

 
  1. JBL

that would also lead up to more people abusing the downloads by uploading these alpha releases to warez sites and eventually flood the market with product with bugs

HI mark i completely agree with you:)

But instead of provide the alpha copy to easysocial non-subscriber. stackideas can create the separate online demo for alpha ES like test-ES-alpha.stackideas.com so that non-subscriber
at-least report front end Bugs of ES 2.0 :)

More number of testers will make robust and quality ES...

that would also lead up to more people abusing the downloads by uploading these alpha releases to warez sites and eventually flood the market with product with bugs

HI mark i completely agree with you:)

But instead of provide the alpha copy to easysocial non-subscriber. stackideas can create the separate online demo for alpha ES like test-ES-alpha.stackideas.com so that non-subscriber
at-least report front end Bugs of ES 2.0 :)

More number of testers will make robust and quality ES SATBLE release in short time :)

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  1. Mark    JBL

That's a pretty good idea JBL :) Thank you.

 
  1. loic

Wow ! That impresive

Personaly very interested by the toolbar 2.0 and the Docker
When the site incluse forum + ES... i wonder the user will be a bit lost posting by "quick post" and not in the forum...
Do you plan to include something to avoid this ?
The ability to post a blog post is already included... what about posting a new forum discussion ??
Loic

 
  1. Mark    loic

Hello Loic,

Since the quick post in the docker and the quick post in the module renders the full story form and since EasyDiscuss app allows you to post new forum posts using the story form, it will work as what you wanted :)

 
  1. loic    Mark

Waou ! Super great !
Now just have to wait the improvement of the migrator from kunena to ED
Thanks stackideas team for again your great work

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  1. Mark    loic

This is how the docker would look like, http://take.ms/5ccJn :D

 
  1. kimmy

@mark
will Easysocial 2.0 works with php 7 stack with mariadb ?

 
  1. Mark    kimmy

Yes and as a matter of fact, EasySocial 1.4.x already works with PHP 7 stack along with MariaDB.

 
  1. Mel

Ahhhh ... been waiting for a news update (didn't arrive :( ) I only just spotted this - downloading now - excited!!!
Mel

 
  1. Mark    Mel

We actually sent a newsletter out. Did you not receive it? :o

 
  1. Mel    Mark

Hi Mark,

no I haven't received it. Just gone back to 20th and all I have are these Blog responses ... strange!

 
  1. Mark    Mel

Strange, perhaps you already unsubscribed from our newsletter?

 
  1. Mel    Mark

No, I wouldn't have done that - unless I have done in error. I better re-subscribe if that may be the case :)

 
  1. Mel

Hi,

love it! Where do we find the app to test - or is that not released yet?

Mel

 
  1. Mark    Mel

It is not released yet :)

 
  1. Mel

Im way too eager ... dare I ask when it may be?

 
  1. Mark    Mel

Probably when the stable is out :)

 
  1. Antonio

Hi, I would be interested to version 2 and I would like to try it before you buy it, especially to check the moving part. How do I get the demo?

Thank you and greetings

 
  1. Mark    Antonio

I am sorry but we do not have any trial plans available currently.

 
  1. Antonio    Mark

ok thanks Mark appearance.
There is a forecast of when it will be put online a demo?

Greetings :)
antoniot74@gmail.com

 
  1. Mark    Antonio

We are working on the demo and it will be available when a beta is out :) We are on alpha 2 right now.

 
  1. Tim

A friend sent me alpha installation file and I am amazed by this extension. I have been using jomsocial for many years, can you export the data?

 
  1. Mark    Tim

We have been getting lots of messages like this and most of the cases, in fact 99% of the time, your "friend" is probably from a ware* site. Anyhow, EasySocial does have a built in migrator for Jomsocial and you may migrate it using the built in migrator.

I sincerely hope that you would consider purchasing a subscription rather than using software's from your "friends" :)

Otherwise you won't have much "software's" from your "friends" in the future.

 
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