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EasySocial 2.2.1 Released

EasySocial 2.2.1 Released

Phew, what a hectic month! The team and I have been working tirelessly to get as much updates out there as we can and we are happy to announce the availability of EasySocial 2.2.1, this update emphasizes mainly on the rollout of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th, 2018.

GDPR Compliance 


EasySocial handles lots of personal data, which also mean site administrators that are hosting social sites for any European users will be held accountable for handling these personal data, therefore it is only obvious to go in accordance with EU's law to avoid any complications. Identical to what we have done for EasyBlog 5.2, users will have the freedom to download their account data in a zip archive from EasySocial 2.2 onwards.

Apart from downloading, EasySocial already allows users to delete their account from the site should they want to. Here are some of the data that can be removed and downloaded by users:

Data Removal Downloads
Profile
Posts
Comments
Reactions
Pages
Groups
Albums
Videos
Audio
Friends
Followers
Notes
Discussions
Tasks
Feeds
Announcements
​​Profile
Posts
Comments
Reactions
Pages
Groups
Albums
Videos
Audio
Friends
Followers
Notes
Discussions
Tasks
Feeds
Announcements

Brand New Toolbar

When we updated the toolbar in EasyBlog 5.2, many users are very happy with the changes that we have added into the toolbar. Therefore, we decided to keep the toolbar to look more uniform across all our extensions. For those who prefer the previous toolbar, fret not as the previous toolbar can still used by switching over to the Breeze theme.

New toolbar in EasySocial 2.2
New dropdown in EasySocial 2.2


Updated Recaptcha Field

We have also updated the recaptcha field in EasySocial to ensure that it is up to date and supports invisible recaptcha as well. With the invisible recaptcha field, users would no longer need to tick the checkbox any longer to verify that they are a human.

Invisible Recaptcha
Invisible recaptcha badge


Verified Profiles

You may now configure profile types on the site to set users as verified by default. When a user registers under the selected profile type, their account would be marked as verified by default.

Digest E-mails for Groups

With the introduction of EasySocial 2.2, we have also added e-mail digest for groups. Group members would be able to subscribe to a digest system in which they would be able to receive updates from the group on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Due to the time constraints for the GDPR timeline, we are unable to roll this out on Pages and Events but we are looking at this in the next release.

E-mail digest for groups in EasySocial 2.2


Cover Refinements

We have also updated the behavior of updating a cover; It is much more refined and now much easier than ever to change the cover photo

Cover photo updates
Cover photo actions


Numeric Custom Field

Along with the rest of the updates, we have also added a new ​Numeric​ custom field. The new field allows users to enter a numeric number and it is also integrated with the advanced search with pretty cool search criterias.
Numeric field input
Advanced search with numeric fields


Discussion Updates

It is now possible to sort items by Oldest first or Latest first for discussion replies. Apart from that, there is a new discussion widget that can be enabled and it will appear on the sidebar of your groups, pages and events.

New settings for discussion app
Recent discussions widget


Photos

In EasySocial 2.2.1, it will no longer generate the stock version of a photo. This would reduce the total disk size used on the site. Apart from that, we have also added a new ​My Photos​ module that would display photos created by the current logged in user.

Bug Fixes

This release also includes over 40+ different bug fixes that was collectively reported by customers since EasySocial 2.1.10. The team and I would like to extend our greatest appreciation for helping us hunt down these nasty bugs.

Apps & Template Updates

Apart from the release of EasySocial 2.2.1, we have also updated several apps and templates listed below:
    Package Version
    Mobile Template v2.2.1
    Tablet Template v2.2.1
    Mailchimp Field v2.1.1
    Facebook App v2.0.4
    Kunena App v5.1.1
    Docker Plugin v2.1.5
    URL Shortener v2.0.6
    Notes App v2.1.2
    Charm Template v1.0.3

    Upgrading to EasySocial 2.2.1

    ​Like any of our major update, it is recommended to download the full installer of EasySocial 2.2.1 and run the installation as you normally would. Should you require any assistance, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our support guys on our forums. Stay tuned, we will go on full throttle with PayPlans 4.0 development. 

     

    Comments (44)

    1. joy

    nice blog :) is the new dropdown from the toolbar also in "Charm" available?

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    1. Mark    joy

    Thanks! The dropdown in the extension is not the same as the dropdown in the Charm template :)

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    1. David

    great work guys!!

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    1. Mark    David

    Thank you David!

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    1. Paul Murray

    WOW

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    1. Mark    Paul Murray

    Thank you sir!

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    1. Ivaylo Valkov

    Thanks to the team for the wonderful work. Well done. :)

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    1. Mark    Ivaylo Valkov

    Thank you for the compliments Ivaylo, much appreciated!

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    1. Mel

    It looks absolutely amazing! Cannot wait to install it! Well done and congratulations for meeting your target deadlines - it was certainly no easy task!

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    1. Mark    Mel

    Thank you for understanding Mel! Yep, it really wasn't easy at all as juggling between several deadlines and trying to make everyone happy is not an easy process at all :(

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    1. Supporter

    I did not post anything since a week just to let you focus these GDPR updates. ;)
    There is little visual change but it feels like playing with a brand new toy...
    - You are writing about PayPlans (yes waiting for it...) but you do not mention EasyDiscuss, can you please inform us?
    - Will you introduce a design setting for the toolbar like in EB?
    - Please also bring asap the toolbar in ED ...

    BIG UP to the team! Good job ... and it is not over... ha-ha-ha :)

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    1. joy    Supporter

    +1 Payplans!

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    1. Cristian    Supporter

    +1 toolbar like in EB

    Therefore, we decided to keep the toolbar to look more uniform across all our extensions.

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    1. Mark    Cristian

    Thank you sir

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    1. Mark    Supporter

    Haha, thank you for being ever so understanding and yes, we appreciate it very much because juggling between support, deadlines and PayPlans 4 is really very difficult.

    Currently we only emphasize the toolbar settings for integrations with EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss. We'll consider adding more settings in the near future :)

    As for EasyDiscuss, yes it will get the same toolbar, we just need to apply the GDPR export of EasyDiscuss and Komento as well as creating an integration between all four...

    Haha, thank you for being ever so understanding and yes, we appreciate it very much because juggling between support, deadlines and PayPlans 4 is really very difficult.

    Currently we only emphasize the toolbar settings for integrations with EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss. We'll consider adding more settings in the near future :)

    As for EasyDiscuss, yes it will get the same toolbar, we just need to apply the GDPR export of EasyDiscuss and Komento as well as creating an integration between all four of these extensions. In other words, your users would just need to download their data from EasySocial

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    1. Cristian    Mark

    This is great news

    your users would just need to download their data from EasySocial

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    1. danimo

    great ;) thanks WOW this is real helpfull now ;)

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    1. Mark    danimo

    Thank you sir!

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    1. Marc Bills

    +2 PayPlans

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    1. Mel

    +3 payplans

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    1. shuklin

    Great work great team! =)

    p.s.
    Removed mollom custom field as it has been discontinued :( -I had high hopes for this field in the user profile

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    1. Mark    shuklin

    Thank you shuklin! We had to discontinue mollom as mollom is no longer in operation. Use recaptcha instead :)

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    1. Jo Sullins

    Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to this world beating component!

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    1. Mark    Jo Sullins

    Thank you Jo!

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    1. alexps

    Excellent, recently completed the update on its website! Please, pay attention to my proposals on new functions for ES

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    1. Mark    alexps

    Thank you, will do :)

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    1. Dietrich Murphy

    Nice!

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    1. Mark    Dietrich Murphy

    Thank you Dietrich.

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    1. Philippe

    What a surprise !
    I was waiting for EasySocial 2.2 for this summer.
    That explains why your blog was so quiet this month ;)

    Thanks for the Digest E-mails for Groups tool.

    However, will we have another major update in September (EasySocial 2.3) ?

    Thank you

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    1. Mark    Philippe

    Yep, there are a lot of other features which we couldn't add it into EasySocial 2.2 because of the new GDPR law (which was a last minute addition as we were waiting for Joomla to release their own privacy extension)

    Most of the features which we couldn't add in time had to be pushed back to EasySocial 2.3. Once we are done with PayPlans 4 and GDPR compliance with the rest of our extensions, yes EasySocial 2.3 would be released. I do not have the exact date as we are really waiting for the...

    Yep, there are a lot of other features which we couldn't add it into EasySocial 2.2 because of the new GDPR law (which was a last minute addition as we were waiting for Joomla to release their own privacy extension)

    Most of the features which we couldn't add in time had to be pushed back to EasySocial 2.3. Once we are done with PayPlans 4 and GDPR compliance with the rest of our extensions, yes EasySocial 2.3 would be released. I do not have the exact date as we are really waiting for the progress of Joomla too.

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    1. Philippe    Mark

    OK very good :)
    Yes it must have been stressful to be able to offer this update on time.
    Mission successful !

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    1. Mark    Philippe

    Thank you Philippe! Now, back to the drawing board and code editor as we have some unfinished business to work on!

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    1. Matthew Pate

    Seriously great work guys, this really demonstrates professionalism.

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    1. Mark    Matthew Pate

    Thank you Matthew!

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    1. Philippe

    For Photos, the stock version was indeed useless ;)
    However, it would be interesting if a small version is generated instead (as for EasyBlog).
    With a size smaller than thumbnail.

    This would be useful to limit the loading time of images on Mobile.
    Or to use them in modules (Recents Groups for example).

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    1. Mark    Philippe

    Thank you for your input on this Philippe, I believe introducing a smaller version would not be ideal as the reason that the stock version was removed was because people are complaining about the disk usage as well as the number of files generated whenever a photo is uploaded.

    Perhaps this could be made optional but feel free to post this under the feature requests area.

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    1. Marc Bills

    When will the other templates be updated?
    We use Office and we are picking up errors after upgrading to the latest easysocial version.

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    1. Mohd Yasser    Marc Bills

    Hi Marc,

    We're sorry for the inconvenience caused. Please submit a ticket on our support channel together with the relevant information on the issue. Our support team will assist you on the matter.

    Thanks.

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    1. Itamar Jobani

    I'm intrigued as to where those first images in this blog (https://stackideas.cachefly.net/images/easyblog_articles/745/b2ap3_large_GDPRTemplate-2.jpg etc) come from? I can't find anywhere in EasySocial to display them?

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    1. joy    Itamar Jobani

    when you download your data, it got a "index.html" just open this up and it shows all of your data :)

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    1. Itamar Jobani    joy

    Thanks, I found that out after talking to the support team as it turns out I can't open the zip files produced :-(

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    1. Mark    Itamar Jobani

    If you still require assistance on this, please do post this in the helpdesk and we will assist you with your request.

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    1. Itamar Jobani

    I can't figure out how users can "..sort items by Oldest first or Latest first for discussion replies" (under the item "Discussion Updates") ?

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    1. Mark    Itamar Jobani

    This is configurable within the app itself. If you require assistance with this, please do get in touch with our support team.

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