Extension Updates! EasyBlog 5.3 Released! Tons of new exciting features and improvements... 🌐 ❤️ 🎉

Introducing EasyBlog 5.3

Introducing EasyBlog 5.3

While the team is still in the midst of prepping up EasySocial 3.1, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the features of the upcoming EasyBlog 5.3.

UIkit Theme

EasyBlog 5.3 with UIkit & YOOtheme Pro

In addition to the themes that you already have in EasyBlog, we have now added a new UIkit theme that will work out of the box with any template clubs utilizing UIkit template framework. Because the template is compatible with UIkit, it will also work out of the box with YOOtheme Pro page builder too!

All you have to do is select UIkit from the themes tab, the design and layout will then adapt perfectly. 


OpenStreetMap Location Services

OpenStreetMap settings


We have also added a brand new location service provider, OpenStreetMap that allows author to add location to their blog posts. Apart from OpenStreetMap being an ODbL (Open Database License) licensed that free-to-use, it's also an editable map that's contributed by the community. 


Amazon S3

Remote storage: Amazon S3


The media manager now supports Amazon S3 as a new storage location. This would allow site admins to upload their files in the new location but more importantly help to reduce media storage space for the site. 


Image Optimizer

Image optimizer for EasyBlog 5.3


We realized that optimizing image is as important as the quality of the image itself. After all, smaller image usually resulted in faster loading sites. We understand that hosting companies would never allow you to run image optimization as this would definitely lead into over-usage of computing power.


Therefore, we decided to introduce a new image optimization service at a much affordable price without sacrificing its performance. With the image optimization service in place, it would shave off unnecessary white spaces and comments while retaining the image quality.


​Basic Pro Developer
​3,000 images ​12,000 images ​60,000
​$5.99/month​$12.99/month​$49.99/month


Image Comparison Block

Image Comparison Block


EasyBlog 5.3 introduces 
image comparison block, where it allow authors to place 2 images side by side for their readers to observe and compare 2 images effortlessly.

WebP Image Support


As we are heading towards a more sophisticated generation and in constant need of rendering sites at the "speed of light". We also believe that EasyBlog should keep up with technologies that helps site owner to run a blazing fast site. With EasyBlog 5.3, we are happy to announce that WebP image is now supported, only with the exemption that your site runs on at least PHP 7.1.0.


Multiple Categories Restriction

Option to disable multiple categories in EasyBlog 5.3


With EasyBlog 5.3, site admin may now disabled multiple categories support in the settings conveniently. 


EasyBlog Toolbar Module

Place EasyBlog toolbar anywhere on the site


We have also added a new toolbar module which allows site admin to place the toolbar anywhere on their site should they wish to. 😊


Publish Confirmation

10 seconds timer before the blog is published


With EasyBlog 5.3, we also added a new feature to allow publishing confirmation. This would be extremely helpful for those with little butter fingers that could have accidentally clicked on the publish button unintentionally. 😑



Custom Ordering in Single Category Menu

Post ordering for single category layout


With EasyBlog 5.3, site admin may now configure posts ordering in their menu item for single category layout.


Auto Archiving

Schedule your blogs archiving with EasyBlog 5.3

You may now configure the system to archive blog posts automatically based on a certain time frame. All you have to do is setup your cronjob and it will automate the entire process.




Custom Fields Ordering

Rearrange your custom fields in EasyBlog 5.3


With EasyBlog 5.3, you may now re-order the custom fields from the backend. With the new ordering feature, this will help you to organize these custom fields that appears on the composer and published posts.


Favorite Posts Layout

Favorite post layout in menu item


​In EasyBlog 5.3, you may now also create menu item that links to the favorite posts layout so your users can easily access their favorite posts. 


Container Block

New container block on the built-in composer


With the new container block introduced in this release, you can now group up blocks together within the container block. This would then allow you to define a custom class to wrap the rest of your blocks.



Editor Based on Author


Along with EasyBlog 5.3, authors are no longer forced to use the default editor configured on the site. They can now pick their very own preferred editor from their profile settings.  


Sendy Block

Sendy block in EasyBlog 5.3


You can now include a subscribe to Sendy block on any of your blog posts. This would allow your readers to subscribe to your mailing list directly on the blog posts. 



Additional Latest Layout

Card layout for frontpage


With the latest layout in EasyBlog 5.3, we have also added a new layout. This allows you to switch between a card based design and the standard layout design.



Grid View for Single Category & Author

Grid view for categories and authors

​Apart from the card layout mentioned earlier, you can now enable grid view for single categories and authors too. 


That's all folks!


That is just some of all the updates in EasyBlog 5.3 that I have for you for the time being. There are quite a number of minor tweaks and changes in EasyBlog 5.3 that will blow your mind away. 😎 

Stay tuned for more awesome news coming your way! 


 

Comments (37)

perfect ?
a question to the upcoming image optimization service: is this hosted from stackideas?

is this service also downsizing images too?

Comment was last edited about 2 months ago by n00bster n00bster

This would be an optimization service provided by StackIdeas yes, and it's main purpose is to re-compress images so that it's size would be at it's most optimized version :)

It doesn't resize image dimensions though.

Will the existing images (previous posts) be optimized too (any option)?
Will there be some kind of check to not make unnecessary calls for already optimized images (optimized by SI)?

Existing images will not be affected as we don't want to mess with what is already there. As for images that are already optimized, we have an intelligent script running on our optimizer where it would be able to determine if it's already optimized. If it is already optimized, it will not deduct the limit :)

Wow Wow ...
Mark, the ETA is far too long away, hurry up ! !
;-) Can't wait...
Big thanks....

Thank you and good to know that you are loving this update. I am very happy to see that you are very pleased :)

Really like the "Card layout for frontpage" and "Grid View for Single Category & Author" its so important to create a great looking easy to use blogging & articles design for end users. Thks.

Thank you sir!

You guys should also offer local image optimization for those running on dedicated servers.

This was considered but we decided to push this off to future releases and consider the number of support requests we'll be receiving to set this up.

+1 local image optimization (and include please also a downsizing for images to on a max. set of dimensions)

Do you mean resizing image dimensions?

yes exactly...

i think your new image service should also be implemented in Easysocial and Easydiscuss too as a service (run on own server or over yours).
that would be a very cool side feature what would make sense for all your stackideas tools to minimize and optimize images on the fly what are presented with your components ;)

Yes, they will be rolled out across the rest of our extensions ;)

I have to write it once again... I'm so happy !
These features are AWESOME ... and there is still more to come... WOW !!
THANK YOU ! Time will pass very very slowly from now on... :-(

Fortunately, a beta release should be around the corner :) Our team has been working around the clock trying to push every bits possible.

Looks great ! When is the Eta or did I miss something?

We do not have the ETA for this release yet but as of right now, there are mostly internal testing tasks which we need to fulfill before pushing out a beta release :)

Hi Mark Awesome News :) Thanks For Hard Work You and Your Team put on SI Extensions. All of Extensions are simply Light Year ahead from Competitions. I am thinking to upgrade my plan to Club once stable ES 3.1 will releases. I have one question regarding
"Editor Based on Author" So it meant author can switch between OLD Easyblog WYSIWYG editor and New "Blocks Based" Editor ?

At last, i know you have so many other things to do. It is my humble request regarding EasyDiscuss Comments...

Hi Mark Awesome News :) Thanks For Hard Work You and Your Team put on SI Extensions. All of Extensions are simply Light Year ahead from Competitions. I am thinking to upgrade my plan to Club once stable ES 3.1 will releases. I have one question regarding
"Editor Based on Author" So it meant author can switch between OLD Easyblog WYSIWYG editor and New "Blocks Based" Editor ?

At last, i know you have so many other things to do. It is my humble request regarding EasyDiscuss Comments Functionality. Comments of EasyDiscuss have some feature missing those are present in other popular Forums software. However those are present in komento Extension of SI. Please Correct me if i am wrong because i never had Easydiscuss subscription all my points based on demo observations.

1. Absence of RICH CONTENT EDITOR for comment section
Right now user can only ADD Text for comments https://imgur.com/a/xFfPXer
No option for image and Video like Komento https://imgur.com/a/BPaZ976 and other options are also missing.


2. Absence of Hierarchical Comments like Komento( https://imgur.com/a/QXv0xiz ) or stackoverflow or like reddit for better visibility of discussion between the users. Quote system of ED Response cause so much repetitions of content on page that is very hard to Read and Follow the Whole discussion between the users.

3. Cleaner Comment UI. Right now Underneath Every Response There are unnecessary comment box and "There are no comments made yet." Text String ( https://imgur.com/a/NAK7lpA ) that make page unnecessary long for readers. It would be great if it is cleaner like Komento
( https://imgur.com/a/9O3c5nG )

I would Be highly thankful for above ED comment section Improvements. or Makes a Komento Compatible for EasyDiscuss comments or separate app for easydiscuss "reddit like comment". I am totally willing to pay few extra bucks on this app. Because these are must have feature for my projects and Maybe others users also looking for same functionality.
Hope You guys take a note on these and add those to new version of Easydiscuss
Thanks again for awesome extensions. Love from Canada :)

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Comment was last edited about 2 months ago by GILL GILL

"Editor Based on Author" So it meant author can switch between OLD Easyblog WYSIWYG editor and New "Blocks Based" Editor ?

Yes, that is correct :)

As for your suggestions for EasyDiscuss, I strongly encourage that you post them on the respective section as there is no way for us to track these from our blog's comments.

That's awesome!
I will update now!

Thanks Deng, EasyBlog 5.3 is not out yet, but it is around the corner :)

That looks very good! Can't wait!!

Thanks Gregor :)

Looks fabulous! Can't wait.

May I ask, will the video addon get a revamp sh we can include a cover image? at the moment they just display a black screen.

Well done to you all

Which video addon are you referring to Mel?

That's like Christmas when you're waiting for presents :-)

This is an awesome work. I'm very very very happy to see the "Multiple Categories Restriction". All the features are awesome. Can't wait for this release. :)

Thank you :)

Nice change log... But whats about my very old request for the possibility to inserting a picture into an article from clipborad?
Regrads, MArko

Features that we add into each release is dependent on several factors:

1. Before anything else, we need to make sure that the feature is do-able and doesn't take years to build.

2. Feature is going to make sense to use to majority of our customers.

3. Whether the request is just a very niche request used by one to two customers.


I am not sure where you have posted this feature but if you did post them into the appropriate section and it isn't added into the release, chances are that...

Features that we add into each release is dependent on several factors:

1. Before anything else, we need to make sure that the feature is do-able and doesn't take years to build.

2. Feature is going to make sense to use to majority of our customers.

3. Whether the request is just a very niche request used by one to two customers.


I am not sure where you have posted this feature but if you did post them into the appropriate section and it isn't added into the release, chances are that the feature did not meet our requirements above or we decide to push it to a later point of time.

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You are always on point SI team.
I just have two questions
1. Can you make it possible for subscription to count on front end. When reader subscribe to author's post or profile, it should count to track most interesting category to work on and also give a goose bumps to other authors to do more to get more subscribers.

2. Can there be a video/music module or menu that brings every videos/music posted on the website together categorically. Please I will appreciate swift response

Hey Taiwo,

Kindly please do post your feature requests on the appropriate section and not on the comments of the blog post. Chances are, that in a week or two, none of us are going to remember about this comment and there is no way for us to track them too.

If it is a good suggestion, it would be wasted as it wouldn't be seen by our team or other customers too.

Comment was last edited about 2 months ago by Mark Mark

Hi Guys,

looks very promissing.

Regarding Image Optimizer; On my server I am already running the module which compress pics to webp. Will this image optimizer have any additional advantage for my site then?

And same question regarding your 'WebP Image Support' topic?

As mentioned my pictures are allready in webp format, can I expect and (if what kind of) additional support regarding this?

Another issue is the hit tracker.

I know that EB was using joomlas built in hit tracker. But is it...

Hi Guys,

looks very promissing.

Regarding Image Optimizer; On my server I am already running the module which compress pics to webp. Will this image optimizer have any additional advantage for my site then?

And same question regarding your 'WebP Image Support' topic?

As mentioned my pictures are allready in webp format, can I expect and (if what kind of) additional support regarding this?

Another issue is the hit tracker.

I know that EB was using joomlas built in hit tracker. But is it possible to have an hit tracker for EB post which is not effected by the cache of joomla (For example like k2 component)

BR

Alp

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Image optimization is more about downsizing the file size when you upload an image that isn't optimized yet. Having webp by default pose an important issue because webp is not support on any Safari web browsers yet, https://caniuse.com/#feat=webp

EasyBlog 5.3 will support webp images just like jpeg or png files. But again, if you do intend to use webp, be prepared that there are some browsers that don't support it yet.

Not sure what do you mean by hit tracker that isn't affected by the...

Image optimization is more about downsizing the file size when you upload an image that isn't optimized yet. Having webp by default pose an important issue because webp is not support on any Safari web browsers yet, https://caniuse.com/#feat=webp

EasyBlog 5.3 will support webp images just like jpeg or png files. But again, if you do intend to use webp, be prepared that there are some browsers that don't support it yet.

Not sure what do you mean by hit tracker that isn't affected by the cache though. If you are having issues with the cache, please feel free to post this on our helpdesk :)

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Comment was last edited about 2 months ago by Mark Mark

Yess EasyBlog / Yootheme Pro !!!!!!!!
When will EasyBlog 5.3 be available?

Hello Elroy,

We do not have an exact date or time frame but a beta should be around the corner :)

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