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More on EasyBlog 2.1

More on EasyBlog 2.1

It's been a week since we posted some leaks on EasyBlog 2.1 and just thought that I should share more about the new features that we've added in it since we are getting near towards the beta release...

Refreshed blog management

The current back end has been revamped to ensure that you would get a clearer picture of all the rich features that comes with EasyBlog unlike the prior which looks a little congested. Oh yes, the refreshed back end works well with Mission Control from Rocket Themes now.

EasyBlog 2.1 back end

Category ACLs

The old privacy settings which you see when you create a new category would still work as-is but on top of the existing privacy we have also added another privacy option that allows you to configure the privacy to be based on the user groups.

Category Privacy Settings

Like illustrated above, you can now select the privacy for each of the category created on the site. It is per user group specific so that you could take full advantage of the user groups that are added in Joomla 1.6 and Joomla 1.7

New bloggers interface

The current layout of the bloggers isn't very social friendly so we took another step further by enhancing the bloggers page to have more social-ish elements.

blogger interface

Unifying login form

Only when you thought it was difficult to place a login form in EasyBlog, we've added a new quick login section that allows your users or bloggers to quickly login.

Unified login

If you missed out on our earlier blog post, we had some more leaks for you to check out there as well.

 

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so jack for the acl, in 2.1 we can restrict writing access per certain categories right ?

can we do like what we can in k2, create a menu item that links to blog posts from certain categories ?

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Hey Muhanad,

Yep, per category. You can already create menu items that links to certain category actually in the current version of EasyBlog 2.0.x

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Jack im not seeing that option, which menu item type allows me to do so ?

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there is no option to create a menu item to categories ( only one category )

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The quick login sounds good, i'm always looking for a good looking login tab for my main site, since it's a bit cluttered.

The new blogger interface seems nice. Question tough: Is it connected to other 3rd party plugins like JomSocial (CB for those who use that instead)? For example for that "visit author's profile" link.

Also, i'm sure i saw on the board, but i think an official announcement here would be better: K2 import, is it implemented in v2.1? (i really need that)

And i really...

The quick login sounds good, i'm always looking for a good looking login tab for my main site, since it's a bit cluttered.

The new blogger interface seems nice. Question tough: Is it connected to other 3rd party plugins like JomSocial (CB for those who use that instead)? For example for that "visit author's profile" link.

Also, i'm sure i saw on the board, but i think an official announcement here would be better: K2 import, is it implemented in v2.1? (i really need that)

And i really don't want to rush, i would rather wait 1 or 2 more months, but also want to ask: estimate beta release time (i know you said early this month, but perhaps you have a more precise date)?

Regardless of everything, really looking forward, i take off my hat for this wonderfull work.

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  1.    Pedro Antunes

Hey Pedro,

Actually if it's integrated with 3rd party plugins, the avatar will now link to the respective blogger's page.

K2 imports are still being constructed right now but I don't think we would be able to fill this in by 2.1 (Will try)

We are scheduling for a beta this week if possible (Still tweaking the layouts). If there are no other issues, it will be next Monday (fingers crossed )

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  1.    Jack

Hmm sad K2 import won't be able to reach us yet (i messed up and lost all my manual imports, evan the backup was messed >.anks Jack, wish you guys luck

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  1.    Pedro Antunes

Hey Pedro,

Ouch, that's bad. If you need any help at all with the imports or any other issues that you might face please do contact us

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  1.    Jack

Unless you know how i can import around 300 articles quickly, there's nothing to it :P

Thanks for the help, really appreciate it ^^ but i think i really gotta wait for the update, manually migrating again, now being nearly the double that i imported the other time, will be a pain, hehe ^^

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  1.    Jack

Hey Pedro,

Are those articles pretty much just basic articles? I am actually taking a look at K2 currently to see if we can build a migrator for it.

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Hey Muhanad,

Ah, unfortunately you can only link to specific category. Is there a need to link to multiple categories on a single page? Not sure if the current view can take that but perhaps we need to write a new view for it.

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  1.    muhanad

Hey Muhanad,

Ah, yes I see it now. I can try to push this into EasyBlog 2.1 or EasyBlog 3.

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  1.    Jack

Pleaseeeee do it in 2.1 so i dumb k2, its the only reason i use k2 in the site along with easyblog and i hate that we need to use two blog components/two styles/two comment systems/two profiles/ .. Jaccck please

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  1.    Jack

Hey Muhanad,

Will try to add this

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  1.    Jack

love you man

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  1.    Jack

jack, i was looking at the current ( link to categories option ) which filters posts from all categories, along with informations about the category itself, best writer.. etc ..

can the new menu item just pulls to blog posts from certain categories without all those information in other words, can we have it exactly how the "Frontpage Blog Layout" menu item works but with the option to chose which categories we pull blogs from..

sorry i know im asking for a lot .. Respect

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  1.    Jack

Hey Muhanad,

Got it! Will try this out.

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hi jack,

i'm not sure if i understand the new Category Access Managment..is it possible to set some Categories as Default and let users create subcategories wich are assigned to this Default Categories?

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  1.    René

Hey Rene,

The default categories behavior isn't something like that actually. The default category allows admin to set a default category for the user. Which also means that when the user writes a new blog post, the default category is selected for them.

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Hello again Jack!

Well yeah, they're pretty much the standart K2 articles, all with an image uploaded with the K2 interface and some articles with youtube videos embed with AllVideos plugin by JoomlaWorks (which is linked with K2).

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Weird, i was sure i replied >.
Hello Jack!

Yes, the articles are pretty much the basic K2 ones, all with an image uploaded from the K2 interface, and some with youtube embed with AllVideos plugin from JoomlaWorks, which is integrated with K2.

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hmm..and what about category creation by user? the user should be able to create categories but only as subcategrories wich are releated to the Default Category like:

Asia/Malaysia/Trip-to-Kuala-Lumpur

Asia

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hey jack..thanks for your explanation and my users are now able to create subcategorie under Default Categories??

asia/malaysia/trip-to-kuala-lumpur

trip to kuala lumpur is a user created category!
asia and malaysia are Default Categories!

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  1.    René

Hey Rene,

Sorry for the confusions but the default category doesn't work that way unfortunately You can only set 1 default category at a time which will actually pre fill the category when you write a new blog post.

You can achieve similar behavior like what you want but in a different setup. You can create the parent category which is Asia or Malaysia and then, assign privileges for Malaysia to certain users. Then the users can create the relevant categories in the Malaysia subcategory.

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Hey Rene,

Sorry for the confusions but the default category doesn't work that way unfortunately You can only set 1 default category at a time which will actually pre fill the category when you write a new blog post.

You can achieve similar behavior like what you want but in a different setup. You can create the parent category which is Asia or Malaysia and then, assign privileges for Malaysia to certain users. Then the users can create the relevant categories in the Malaysia subcategory.

However, they will also be allowed to create categories not only subcategories since they have ACL control over this.

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However, they will also be allowed to create categories not only subcategories since they have ACL control over this.


this is a little disapointing for me ..because my users should only able to create subcategories but not categories! Do you see a way to split the ACL Rule in Category and Subcategory Rules?

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Hey Rene,

Okay, I see perhaps there was some confusions on this earlier. I can try to implement this but perhaps in the future versions of EasyBlog as we are almost there now, just packing up the beta version.

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Hi,
I love easy blog but i'm having a problem:
Full Posts aren't viewable by not registered users. I set category options but it doesn't work! help me!!

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  1.    Gaetano Riccardelli

Hey Gaetano,

Can you please submit a ticket with us at http://helpdesk.stackideas.com or post your issues in our forums at http://stackideas.com/forum/ so that we can check it out for you?

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