EasySocial 2.1 Progress Updates Part 2

EasySocial 2.1 Progress Updates Part 2

Hi guys, this is a continuation from where we left off previously with regards to EasySocial 2.1 progress updates. Just in case you have not read the first part, you can check them out here. As I didn't have the opportunity to present everything on the previous post, here are some of the other cool features that I thought are worth mentioning too.

Conditional Custom Fields

Conditional fields

With EasySocial 2.1, you can now chain custom fields to appear based on users input on specific fields. This is a tough nut to crack, but it is definitely worth spending most of our time on. It opens up tons of opportunity and would allow EasySocial to be even more extensible! 

We believe that with conditional custom fields, EasySocial 2.1 would take custom fields manipulation to a whole new level.


Twitch Videos Support 

Twitch video embed support

​​Video support was first introduced in EasySocial 1.4 and it has been a real hit since. There are actually a number of gaming sites out there that utilizes EasySocial. Because of this, we have decided to add Twitch videos embed support in EasySocial 2.1.

Yup, it works the same as how you would add a link or upload a video in EasySocial 1.4 previously. Apart from this new addition, there are other reputable video providers such as Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many more already being supported in EasySocial. This means that users now have a broader range of video source to choose from.


Verified Badge

Verified user

I was not able to fit this into my previous post but here you go :) Verified badge helps users to easily identify and filter public figures, celebrities, brands, official organizations and what not on your social site. In fact, users could request the verification badge from their site moderators' and await for their approval. 

When a user is verified, their display names would have the verified icon which makes it easier for other users to identify them throughout the site.



Sexy Text Based Avatars 

Name based avatars

We know that at times, a new site may not always contain active users but with the stock photos appearing everywhere, it makes the site looks dull. We initially had this with EasyDiscuss and we have now brought the same functionality into EasySocial 2.1

Greater Anti-Spam Tools

CleanTalk integration
One of the most common problems that both you and I face, spam registrations! Recaptcha, Mollom or any of those captcha security images just doesn't seem to solve these problems for us any longer, as spammers are getting intelligent over time. With CleanTalk, it now helps you to filter through these spammers.

Clean Talk isn't a free service but it's definitely worth it. It has it's own IP address tracking algorithm from their huge list of known spammers database and with their intelligent services, I am pretty sure your spam sign ups would be greatly reduced! On top of curbing spam registrations, the CleanTalk app for EasySocial 2.1 allows moderators to control post frequency for their site users.

As EasySocial 2.1 is extremely extensible and because not everyone needs it, this app will be offered through our apps store when it is ready for FREE!
 

Moderation Goodies

Front-end moderation dashboard
Pending approvals

It has always been our goal to move the operation of all our extensions on the front end as the products matured. At the same time, we have been getting many requests for front-end moderation of cluster items (pending groups, events and pages). 

With EasySocial 2.1, you no longer need to login to the back end to manage these clusters which were sent for moderation, as all these can be done directly from the front end. As an admin, not only can you do it from the front end, you can now assign these privileges to certain profile types on the site, in return to help you manage these pending items too! Double win!


ConverseKit Integrations

ConverseKit Integration

​To take conversations a step further, the team decided to have ConverseKit linked directly to EasySocial 2.1. That way, conversations would be simplified and hassle free. Furthermore, every conversation bubble will now be editable as well.


Smaller Yet Powerful

Just like every releases we have produced, we don't just release for the sake of releasing a newer version. We refactored the codes massively and with EasySocial 2.1, we have just ran a compile test internally and the package of EasySocial launcher was previously 1.1MB but it is now below 80kb! How crazy is that? The launcher in EasySocial 2.0 was almost 1.1MB. 


When will it be ready? 

We don't have an exact date yet, but stay tuned to our blogs for more updates as I may also be very keen in sharing the next part of the awesome features in EasySocial 2.1 :)


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Rate Us...

​Last but not least, we have a rating system in our support forums, this is for us to keep track on how healthy we are progressing. As it has been our ultimate priority to serve our users in the best way possible, and we would like to keep it that way. Whether improving in terms of our services and product development. Help us, to help you. :)

 

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Looking good. Hi Mark, This all looks great. Could you give a user case example for how Conditional Fields would work? How does this make Easy Social more extensible? thanks in advance Paul.

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  1.    Paul Murray

Thanks Paul! The concept is pretty simple, assuming that you want to ask a question to female only members, you can't.

With conditional fields, you can then ask more questions on their profile page when we know that they have chosen the appropriate field

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  1.    Mark

Ahhh I think I understand what you are getting at. Nice.

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Thank you Mark

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  1.    Philippe

No problem Philippe, hope you love the updates

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  1.    Mark

Yes a lot !
But I regret that the subcategories feature is not mentioned...

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  1.    Philippe

Perhaps there are some elements of surprise

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  1.    Mark

Oh great !! A thousand thank you Mark !!

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Hi Mark, another question did you get a chance to implement this here: https://stackideas.com/forums/more-options-for-ordering-es-custom-search-filters-e-g-alphabetically

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  1.    Paul Murray

Yes, it has been implemented on 2.1. There are a huge load of other features which we didn't include in the posts because the list is just too long

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  1.    Mark

Well that has made my day thanks Mark

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Hi there,

since there so many different people using EasySocial I wonder where they come from, and how they connect and share there experience. It would be great to know how others build there platforms. I am doing Ecavall an Equestrian network in Germany. Sometimes I spent 12 or even more hours daily building my site. Running on 4 monitors watching the same time YouTube Emily Changs Bloomberg tech channel witch is great. In between I train my horses and teach others how to train there...

Hi there,

since there so many different people using EasySocial I wonder where they come from, and how they connect and share there experience. It would be great to know how others build there platforms. I am doing Ecavall an Equestrian network in Germany. Sometimes I spent 12 or even more hours daily building my site. Running on 4 monitors watching the same time YouTube Emily Changs Bloomberg tech channel witch is great. In between I train my horses and teach others how to train there horses to.

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  1.    Peter Neumann

I agree with you Peter. We form a community ourselves.
It would be great if the Stackideas team would offer us a site (based on EasySocial of course) so that we could exchange between us...

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  1.    Philippe

Yes you are ride. Something to exchange experience, it would be a WIN WIN situation for everybody

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  1.    Peter Neumann

+1

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  1.    Peter Neumann

We're actually hoping that you guys would make use of the forums at https://stackideas.com/forums/chatzone

It's not a place for us to moderate (for support) and it's place where you guys could post about anything and everything under the sun.

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Sounds great. Some huge enhancements! Can't wait!

I got real excited when I saw "Verified Badge" because I thought it was going to be the 'Claimable Badge' concept where as well as 'earning' badges like now, certain badges could be available for users just to 'claim' instantly..

I appreciate not everything can be crammed in though - there's plenty of new brilliance on the way it seems!

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  1.    Andy

Slowly but surely Andy If you look at the history of EasySocial from version 1.0, we have done amazing stuffs and to be honest, when I was refactoring the codes, I couldn't believe that we actually wrote that much code with a lean team like ours. I believe EasySocial 2.1 is just another stepping stone for us.

By the way, you should post them on our feature requests section and if there are more users who +1 it, we'll definitely look into this.

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  1.    Mark

Thanks. Fully Understood. If anyone wants to +1 the idea, here's the link..

https://stackideas.com/forums/expanding-the-concept-of-claimable-badges-by-having-buyable-badges

I'll go update it slightly is it includes a link to where Claimable badges were on the roadmap many years ago and I don't think that link works now as it was the old Voices feedback area.

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Hi Mark, will the future apps icluded in the bundle are you offering today ?

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  1.    HMED

Hey,

The Mega Bundle app only includes the apps listed on https://stackideas.com/apps/item/3387-mega-bundle

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  1.    Mark

sadly i would it buy right now, but dont got money on my mastercard. Is it only today?

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  1.    joy

Yep, the mega bundle would only be available for today

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Thanks for the great work as always.

Any chance that EasySocial 2.1 will have Event Venues included?

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  1.    RIP Graphics

Thank you. Hm, we haven't seen much customers requested for this but if you think this is worth adding into the core, please feel free to post them under our feature requests area.

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  1.    Mark

+1 vor events venues, very usefull for communities meetings.

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  1.    RIP Graphics

+1 for Venues. I posted https://stackideas.com/forums/es-events-to-use-google-map-system-that-easyarticles-has a few days back... might not be as comprehensive a venue feature as you were thinking, but it would add great map functionality using something StackIdeas has already developed for its wonderful EasyArticles component.

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Awesome new features Mark! Quick question with Conditional Field Mark, does it hide show fields depending on a selection in another field?

I'm excited to get my hand on beta version.

Jackson

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  1.    LAC Webadmin

Yes, that is the behavior of conditional fields

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Great work, I am looking forward to be able to export my users to the csv file with their points total in a column also - really looking forward to that from a reporting point of view. Thanks guys as always

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  1.    James

Thanks and yep, it's already in 2.1

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Looks great Mark! Conditional fields are awesome. Is the rich post edit feature still going to be included? Also, while I'm bugging u, can you add the option to post emojis (cf moods) via a drop down in status updates?

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  1.    David

Yep, most media items can be edited (videos, links, photos, polls, etc) except for specific activity items like blog posts, events as it wouldn't make sense to edit the blog post from the activity stream

Hm, what do you mean by "cf moods"?

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  1.    Mark

It would be nice to have an edit link on the stream item that brings you to the edit page of that respective item. This way it would give users the convenience to quickly edit their events.

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  1.    Josh Lewis

That is indeed a very good suggestion!

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  1.    Mark

Thanks Mark, was just checking, as currently you can't edit rich posts (ie. posts with video and links etc) but I believe this will be fixed in ES 2.1.

Sorry, cf is my shorthand for compared with.. Seems that emojis are getting crazy popular and I love using them in my social feeds. Currently ES only allows posts with a "mood" and you can't use emojis within the post text itself. Hope this feature gets added asap!

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  1.    David

David, if you are referring to emojis from mobile devices, then they are already supported in the latest 2.0 release.

If it doesn't work for you, get in touch with our support

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Great also look how small design things a ala Facebook doing for make it easier to read/write etc https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/08/making-news-feed-an-easier-place-to-connect-and-navigate/

Cheers!

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  1.    Stan Chomer

Thanks for sharing Stan

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I'm curious what "ConverseKit linked directly to EasySocial 2.1" is? I'm guessing better integration?

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I love the new changes. The conditional fields are a brilliant idea and I love the verified badges as this is something we needed (but just didn't know in what form). Can I ask, will we ever be able to embed videos from easysocial elsewhere on our site or external sites - a bit like we can from youtube etc.?

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  1.    Mel

Thank you Mel and sorry for not replying any sooner. I wasn't feeling well today. I am supposed to only unleash this on the next blog post but since you asked, yes you are able to embed videos with 2.1 and on top of that you get other cool stuffs too like watermarking and logo on your video player.

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  1.    Mark

WOW!!! I didn't expect that! This is brilliant news (for my particular site). So excited - can't wait for the release! Also just noticed the text avatars - what a brilliant idea - does this mean if users do not complete the avatar upload it will add their initials as a text avatar?

I hope you are feeling better now?

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  1.    Mel

Yep, that is correct. If a user doesn't have an avatar, their initials would be used as their profile picture

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How long is the license for megabundle? Must be renewed yearly or plugims are paid once only? Will it renewal as a bundle or will we have to pay each ítem al one?

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  1.    Josep M Giribet

The apps are one time purchase only. You do not need to renew

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Nice, this is getting a feature monster. Additional idea for verifying badges. Users that got a verified badge can verify other users. If "x" verified users verify an unverified user, the user becomes verified as well.

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  1.    Sabih

Nice idea Sabih, could you post this in the feature requests section?

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Hey Mark, things are really looking good.

I wanted to touch base with you on a topic we have discussed several times. That is the possibility to have to replicate field groups where the group is for example "Job Information" and in that group, there are the fields: Company, Position/Title, Start Date, End Date. As you know most people have worked for multiple companies so it would be nice for the user to be able to click an "Add More" button so that those fields replicate and they can add...

Hey Mark, things are really looking good.

I wanted to touch base with you on a topic we have discussed several times. That is the possibility to have to replicate field groups where the group is for example "Job Information" and in that group, there are the fields: Company, Position/Title, Start Date, End Date. As you know most people have worked for multiple companies so it would be nice for the user to be able to click an "Add More" button so that those fields replicate and they can add multiple records.

The other part that is necessary would be the ability to search these results cleanly.

Thoughts?

James

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  1.    James

Thanks James! Yeah, I personally love the idea and I think our first approach in heading towards that direction is to simplify the way custom fields are being added / linked to a profile which is what we have done on 2.1

Moving forward, I think adding this would be much easier

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  1.    Mark

Looking forward to it.

For me personally, if this can be achieved and searching be refined to support it, that would eliminate the need for some other 3rd party applications I am currently having to use to achieve it.

Thanks,
James

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Are The Emojis Unicode fixed there? like :3 ?

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  1.    joy

Emojis from mobile devices are already supported in 2.0.x. If you are already on the latest version and the emoji's don't appear, get in touch with our support

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  1.    Mark

no i mean :3 is displayed here fine. But in Easysocial is it displayed as a kiss Emoji -which is wrong. Am i able to create an exception?

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  1.    joy

The stream in EasySocial supports emoji text, and if I recall correctly this was requested by customers. Perhaps you could post this in the feature requests section to see if others also want this disabled?

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Hi

about "Verified badge helps users to easily identify" is a good idea mabye connect different badges to different user groups and also if you could have som text to that badge language aware so the badge tells people what the Verfied badge is about by seeing it on the profile.

It would be good if you could upload your own icons/badges as well there then.

Would that be possible?

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  1.    Stan Chomer

Hm, the verified badge is not really a badge. It's more like a "status" that the user has been verified.

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Ok. I was thinking this like a manual process where you can add different validation badges for if a user is validated for that type of profile and/or should have an extra status that you give this user manually. Could be good for a site where you have similar profiles but the users have different "status" and you could also give this users this status manually.

So you have profiles where you get standard badges/status but you can also separately give certain users a special customized...

Ok. I was thinking this like a manual process where you can add different validation badges for if a user is validated for that type of profile and/or should have an extra status that you give this user manually. Could be good for a site where you have similar profiles but the users have different "status" and you could also give this users this status manually.

So you have profiles where you get standard badges/status but you can also separately give certain users a special customized status/badge.

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Hello Mark, can also be added videos from vk.com?

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  1.    Barry Boehme

Hm, doesn't vk.com videos already work?

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  1.    Mark

Unfortunately not

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  1.    Barry Boehme

Hm, yeah you are right. It looks like vk.com is not like the rest of the video providers.

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  1.    Barry Boehme

Fortunately, I love these kind of challenges and hence 2.1 will support vk.com videos

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  1.    Mark

Super thank you Mark I'm looking forward to the new version !!!!

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Any news of EasySocial 2.1 is Alpha?

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  1.    saovry

We'll keep you updated on the blog when there are updates

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  1.    Mark

I am also very keen. Any idea how long before its release? weeks/months etc.? Sorry, just get excited at the prospect of new release/new features!

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  1.    Mel

Very soon Mel

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In the past there was interest in removing Foundary to reduce the JS size of EasySocial. Is there still interest in this? We know that ES 2.1 has a reduction of JS size which we are all excited about.

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  1.    Josh Lewis

Yep definitely. If you look at my post earlier, you will soon be able to configure EasySocial to render jQuery from Joomla instead.

Moving forward, we are leaning towards a framework-less javascript library.

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  1.    Mark

The previous post is actually what inspired this comment. This is definitely an exciting addition that most non tech savvy folks don't think about but effect them in a big way. I'm guessing in ES 2.2 or in the 2x series is when we get to see this? I get that Rome wasn't built in a day which is why I don't expect it to happen in ES 2.1.

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Hi its possible to get the free template? i have purchase today easysocial ;(

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