Today, we are super thrilled to be announcing that EasySocial 3.0 Beta is finally available. Here's a short recap on some of the amazing features in store for this release.
Redesigned Story Form
EasySocial 3.0 story form
As one of the most important and anticipated feature, the story form is the starting point for any user interaction within EasySocial.
The brand new story form was built with a rich user experience in mind which goes hand-in-hand with its new design. On top of that, users will be able to choose their favorite post types on their story form as well.
Curated Stream Filters
EasySocial 3.0 stream filters
Next, activity stream is one of the key components in EasySocial. To take this a step further in EasySocial 3.0, users can now curate the activity stream to display whatever interest them the most. It's as simple as applying the different stream filters available.
EasySocial 3.0 custom backgrounds for status update
This color-filled custom background was well received since we rolled out Komento 3.1. Hence, we thought it might be a fun addition to port it over to EasySocial 3.0 as well. Not to mention, the site admin can also easily add new custom backgrounds from the backend.
Shared button for EasySocial 3.0
Another cool feature that we introduced in EasySocial 3.0 is Share Button, so how this button actually works? It allows you generate share links on EasySocial's stream and these embeddable buttons can be placed on any external sites. On top of that, users will also be rewarded with points whenever it's placed on the site. How cool is that? :)
EasySocial 3.0 introduces in-steam advertisement. This allows site owners practical way to monetize on their site in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem for their community. What's cool about this, advertisers can also easily create advertisements directly on their story form right off the bat.
EasySocial 3.0 emoji browser
Adding emojis have never been easier with the brand new emoji browser in EasySocial 3.0, users can simply type the character ":" and it would automatically suggest the available emoji on the site.
Create new emoji from the backend of EasySocial 3.0
In addition to the new emoji browser, site admins can also easily add their own images or custom unicode emojis (given that your database supports it) right from the backend.
Brand New Modules
With the redesigned story form, curated activity stream filters, and redesigned dashboard, we will also be introducing two new modules that will work hand in hand with the all new curated activity stream filters.
These modules can be placed anywhere on your social site, and it would then allow users to filter currently viewed activities based on these filters set. Not to mention, this allows you to have a more flexible workspace as well.
With EasySocial 3.0, site admins have the ability to assign users with moderator permissions. That way, frontend moderators will almost have the same permissions as any site administrators, only with the exception of accessing the administrator area.
Movable Location Marker
Google Maps draggable marker
What better way to mark locations instead of relying on suggested locations. Users can now easily drag the marker on Google Maps interactively throughout EasySocial 3.0.
Customize the profile header in EasySocial 3.0
EasySocial 3.0 emphasizes the new approach of simplicity. With this in mind, site admins can now tweak and customize the layout of the apps that appears on the profile header of a user, group, page and event. This customizable header layout can be configured at profile types or category section.
Switch to either page or personal account
EasySocial 3.0 now allows page administrators the ability to choose to post comments or status updates on the page as the page or themselves. This would assist page owners to easily switch in between themselves or the page when posting a comment or a status update.
Better Photo Management
Mass delete in album for EasySocial 3.0
Another improvement we applied into photo for EasySocial 3.0 is the ability to mass delete multiple photos in any photo albums.
Recent Audio Module
Recent audio module for EasySocial 3.0
In EasySocial 3.0, we have also added a new recent audio module which allows you to place a list of recently uploaded audio in a module on your site.
Horizontal Layout in Modules
EasySocial 3.0 horizontal layout in modules
The recent Events, Pages and Groups modules will also receive a brand new horizontal layout. If you're familiar with the latest posts module in EasyBlog, you will notice the similarity of this module.
With EasySocial 3.0, admin can now display and promote events, pages or groups in EasySocial 3.0 to appear horizontally anywhere across the site.
While EasySocial 2.0 was the new starting point for us in simplifying and centralizing our codes and design back then, this was enhanced even more in EasySocial 3.0. Other than the heavily refactored and optimized codes, greater modularity for the sidebar and not forgetting, an improved UX for mobile view (which will be shared on separate blog post) and so on.
All in all, do expect many good things in EasySocial 3.0.
Joomla 4 Compatibility
Not too long ago, Joomla released Joomla 3.9 stable that comes with a suite of privacy tools, it's only a matter of time before Joomla 4.0 stable is available. With that in mind, rest assured we have Joomla 4 covered for EasSocial 3.0 as well.
You know the drill, EasySocial 3.0 Beta is ONLY for testing purposes and should only be installed on your development site. We strongly DO NOT recommend installing EasySocial 3.0 Beta on your live site, therefore should anything go wrong with your live site, we will not be held accountable or responsible for it.
All bug reports and feedback will be gathered on our dedicated forum section found with the button below. This will be much easier for our developers and support guys to monitor every single issue posted or found in Beta release. Join forces with us as we're on the quest of eliminating as many bugs before the stable release. Happy testing folks! :)