Progress of EasySocial 2.0

Progress of EasySocial 2.0

There has been many questions and inquiries about EasySocial 2.0 and today I would like to spare some time to post some updates about it. Just in case some of you aren't aware of this, we are still in the midst of developing EasySocial 2.0 and EasySocial 2.0 will be one of our biggest updates for EasySocial.

 

Bringing Sexy Back

EasySocial now comes with a brand spanking new look! With all the modern web design these days which inspired us to have a clean and minimalist concept. When I mean brand new UI, I mean literally everything! We have redesigned almost 99% of the UI on EasySocial including every single stream objects.

We also have a style guide in place to ensure that the look and feel throughout EasySocial is standardized.

 

Pages Support

EasySocial 2.0 Pages One of the most anticipated feature of EasySocial 2.0, is the Pages functionality. This is pretty identical to a profile page, a Page would allow users to create their Business Pages, Club Pages or any other nodes within a Social Network.

Pages would also incorporate custom fields and access control similar to what you have already seen on Groups and Events.

 

 

Twitter Authentication

EasySocial 2.0 Login A single Sign On is a pretty useful tool and it helps with conversion rates. We noticed that with EasySocial, there are at least 50% more sign up rates with Facebook. We are now adding Twitter into the single sign on stack to increase sign up rates. I am looking forward to see your sites convert more sign ups with this pretty nifty tool!

 

 

Reduced Javascript Footprints

We have also reduced the number of HTTP requests made to render javascript (from 6 requests to only just 2) on the site and reduced the size of the scripts file. By doing this, your site would load less resources and your hosting provider would definitely love this update. Apart from this, images are now using css sprites to reduce the number of requests made on the site as well.

P/S: We are still fine tuning this and I am personally hoping that we could exclude jQuery from our source file and to rely jQuery from Joomla instead.

 

Massive Code Refactoring

One of the priority on this release is to ensure that the software can be easily maintained throughout the development cycle. By refactoring on our existing codes, it reduces bottlenecks and at the same time increased productivity as it is now more flexible and extensible. We anticipated EasySocial 2.0 to be almost 4x faster than EasySocial 1.4 :)

 

Brand New Conversations

EasySocial 2.0 Conversations Conversations in EasySocial 2.0 just got better. After improving the conversations on EasyDiscuss, it seems to gained some popularity. The new layout will definitely be more engaging and interactive among users on your Social Network site.

 

 

Advance Searching

EasySocial 2.0 Advanced Search We had Advanced Search for users prior to EasySocial 2.0 but we have now also added Advanced Search for Groups, Events and Pages in EasySocial. This would allow users on the site to quickly locate and search for their favorite groups, events and pages.

 

 

Moderation Workflow

Prior to EasySocial 2.0, moderation is the real a pain in the a**. Users who have already submitted their groups or events would not be able to find these items once the admin rejects their requests to publish these items. In EasySocial 2.0, users would be able to find all items that are rejected right from the respective pages so that they could fix their errors and request for submission again.

 

More Administration Enhancements

EasySocial 2.0 AppsWith EasySocial 2.0, we have also added the ability for site administrator's to be able to modify themes and email files from the back-end. Gone are the days where you have to manually upload files to ftp on your server to modify these files. Application management would be a breeze on EasySocial 2.0 as we will be enhancing the Apps Directory in the extension itself. This would allow you to update / purchase / install apps without having to manually access the Apps Directory :)

 

As always, these are just some of the major updates that I am outlining here but there are over 450 other improvements that is done on EasySocial 2.0 which I can't list them right now :)

 

 

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Any news with respect to a shop/payment gateway?

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We do plan to have extended integration with Hikashop soon

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  1.    Mark

Yay!

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Sounds Amazing. Thanks for the insights on the miracles ahead! 450+ more reasons to be very proud of StackIdeas.

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  1.    Andy

Thank you Andy

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Thanks for the update Mark.

Some comments:
- If its possible please include photos and videos to the Advanced Search page.
- There is no mention of the Membership System in the blog, has this been dropped from 2.0?

Otherwise everything seems to be coming together really well.

Are App Developers already being involved with development so that they can make their applications compatible with ES 2.0? Many of us have integration's from one to many other extensions and need to maintain...

Thanks for the update Mark.

Some comments:
- If its possible please include photos and videos to the Advanced Search page.
- There is no mention of the Membership System in the blog, has this been dropped from 2.0?

Otherwise everything seems to be coming together really well.

Are App Developers already being involved with development so that they can make their applications compatible with ES 2.0? Many of us have integration's from one to many other extensions and need to maintain those connections before making a major upgrade. If its possible to get the app developers a refactoring example this would help to expedite that process.

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  1.    James

Thanks James! Advanced search on photos and videos is pretty tricky since it doesn't have "custom fields" to begin with. Let's see what we can implement in the shortest time

As for the paid membership / subscription, we wanted more time and this will probably come in with 2.1. We did actually work almost 70% of it but it's the same scenario where we aren't confident enough to push this out. This is actually pretty risky if it breaks especially when it deals with "monies".

We will try to...

Thanks James! Advanced search on photos and videos is pretty tricky since it doesn't have "custom fields" to begin with. Let's see what we can implement in the shortest time

As for the paid membership / subscription, we wanted more time and this will probably come in with 2.1. We did actually work almost 70% of it but it's the same scenario where we aren't confident enough to push this out. This is actually pretty risky if it breaks especially when it deals with "monies".

We will try to get as many 3rd party template / extension / app makers to stick to EasySocial 2.0's standard before we push the stable release out.

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  1.    Mark

Mark, PLEASE can you implement optional 'Custom Fields' on Photos and Videos and bring them inline with the other ES elements? This will allow me and others who use ES as a Photo / Gallery centric social platform to really make sites work. I am more than happy to pay the additional development costs. Dave

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  1.    Dave Logic

Dave, I am not too sure how would this work considering that custom fields are associated with a node type (categories, profile type).

Albums doesn't belong to a node type unless we start implicating the albums with categories which to be honest, not something that I am keen for as albums should be kept as simple possible.

Videos however would / should be possible but if you are interested in funding this, get in touch with us at https://crm.stackideas.com .

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  1.    Mark

Hi Mark, thanks for the rapid response. I did sort of anticipate this response as I already know your view on Photo categories in both ES and from the Jomsocial days . I don't get it really as in my (humble) opinion there is no logic in having categories for Videos, Events, Groups (everything else) and not for Photo's / Albums - Videos and Photos are two different types of media - one type is static and the other moves ? I paid a developer to code this into Jomsocial many years ago and it...

Hi Mark, thanks for the rapid response. I did sort of anticipate this response as I already know your view on Photo categories in both ES and from the Jomsocial days . I don't get it really as in my (humble) opinion there is no logic in having categories for Videos, Events, Groups (everything else) and not for Photo's / Albums - Videos and Photos are two different types of media - one type is static and the other moves ? I paid a developer to code this into Jomsocial many years ago and it worked perfectly but of course broke on every new code release

Either way, if you ever change your stance on this as an 'optional' functionality then I am happy to fund (within reason ) . Unfortunately my main site is not video focussed.

ES 2.0 looks very nice BTW.

Regards,
Dave

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  1.    Mark

Please feel free to get in touch with us at https://crm.stackideas.com and we'll see if we can build something custom for you

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Hey Mark here are some suggestions:

1 - make quick ajax search in conversation where you can quick search for user name ( so you know if you sent that user a message before )

2 - Make sure each and every Easysocial page has <h1> tags ( good for seo )

3 - Better layout for users lists, some good filters on the left side based on the profile fields

4 - Still love to hear about those inteligent fields ( and ability to repeat the field )

5 - Ability to have different welcome email per...

Hey Mark here are some suggestions:

1 - make quick ajax search in conversation where you can quick search for user name ( so you know if you sent that user a message before )

2 - Make sure each and every Easysocial page has <h1> tags ( good for seo )

3 - Better layout for users lists, some good filters on the left side based on the profile fields

4 - Still love to hear about those inteligent fields ( and ability to repeat the field )

5 - Ability to have different welcome email per profile type ( like for teachers, students )

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  1.    Barbu Valentin


1 - make quick ajax search in conversation where you can quick search for user name ( so you know if you sent that user a message before )

Something we are considering right now.


2 - Make sure each and every Easysocial page has <h1> tags ( good for seo )

Not ideal. Template makers do add their own H1 tags and most sites would end up with double H1 tags which hurts even more.


3 - Better layout for users lists, some good filters on the left side based on the profile fields

We already...


1 - make quick ajax search in conversation where you can quick search for user name ( so you know if you sent that user a message before )

Something we are considering right now.


2 - Make sure each and every Easysocial page has <h1> tags ( good for seo )

Not ideal. Template makers do add their own H1 tags and most sites would end up with double H1 tags which hurts even more.


3 - Better layout for users lists, some good filters on the left side based on the profile fields

We already have this functionality in 1.4. You could create your own custom filters for user's listing using the advanced search.


4 - Still love to hear about those inteligent fields ( and ability to repeat the field )

We can't push this into version 2.0 yet but it will most likely come in 2.1 along with the revamp of the custom fields.


5 - Ability to have different welcome email per profile type ( like for teachers, students )

Pretty good idea, let's see if we have enough time for this

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  1.    Mark

Not ideal. Template makers do add their own H1 tags and most sites would end up with double H1 tags which hurts even more.


Allow me to not agree with that, I think Easysocial has to really on his own functions and not way template clubs to make easysocial overrides to fix the problem, more then that, is more easy to fix an issue on a template, rather then hacking easysocial core and lose fix with each update ( there are people who use own custom template and there's no extra <h1> )

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  1.    Barbu Valentin

Yes, you are right but most of the case, customers would actually request us to modify the h1 to h2 / h3 equivalent. It's probably right for you but not for the masses unfortunately.

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  1.    Barbu Valentin

Why not a conversation search? This way you could look up based on text as well (username and searching text). For example you could look up "Problem with Photos" which would bring up the conversation where this was mentioned followed by injecting a name anchor that would bring you to the id of that message. Facebook has a search, but is not as good as what I'm proposing. Being able to find conversations would help a lot!

As for h1 vs h2. Accidentally having 2 h1's is more ideal than...

Why not a conversation search? This way you could look up based on text as well (username and searching text). For example you could look up "Problem with Photos" which would bring up the conversation where this was mentioned followed by injecting a name anchor that would bring you to the id of that message. Facebook has a search, but is not as good as what I'm proposing. Being able to find conversations would help a lot!

As for h1 vs h2. Accidentally having 2 h1's is more ideal than having none.

With the advent of HTML5 the answer to this question has significantly changed in both SEO and technical regards. It's now not only possible to have multiple h1 level headings per webpage that will make sense to search engines


- Source

A very well known SEO buff at Google says that multiple h1 tags is not a negative rank factor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIn5qJKU8VM

Now that it's compliant with the W3C (as of 2014) it shouldn't be an issue. Another alternative would be to create a conditional such as:

if(h1==true){
echo h2;
}

else {
echo h1;
}

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  1.    Josh Lewis

We'll see what we can improvise on the search within conversations after we get 2.0 out Feature punching 2.0 right now is not something ideal right now

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OMG OMG OMG !!!
I WANT IT NOW ;-)
Thanks for the insight Mark!
Danny

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  1.    Danny Malouin

Thanks Danny I want it too but we need to make it solid before releasing a beta

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Thanks for update! Really waiting for that paid membership support. Still nice progress. Great team, great support, great extension! Well done!

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  1.    Kristian

Thanks Kristian

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Love it as is can hardly wait for the upgrade.

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  1.    William Hawthorne

Thank you William

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Great News! Looking forward to v2.0.

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  1.    Aaron P

Thank you Aaron

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+1 for needing subscriptions

The rest looks awesome, as always... but we have been holding the license and it expires in 2 months, We're using something else because there is no integrated payment solution and the ones we can buy external are not great.

The irony of the universe. You'll release something just as we subscription expire again, and we'll have to buy it again, just to see if it works for us. This is feeling eerily familiar. LOL

Makes me sad to see subscriptions were not...

+1 for needing subscriptions

The rest looks awesome, as always... but we have been holding the license and it expires in 2 months, We're using something else because there is no integrated payment solution and the ones we can buy external are not great.

The irony of the universe. You'll release something just as we subscription expire again, and we'll have to buy it again, just to see if it works for us. This is feeling eerily familiar. LOL

Makes me sad to see subscriptions were not as important as layout changes.

BP

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  1.    bridgette Patrov

Paid Subscription?

Mark has stated that there are over 450 other improvements that is done on EasySocial 2.0 which I can't list them right now, so before jumping to conclusions that certain features most wanted are not going to be included, let's wait for Mark to respond. I am sure he will roll out more innovative features not included in this post in the near future.

I look forward to further information and want to thank Mark and the rest of the StackIdeas Team for their dedication to...

Paid Subscription?

Mark has stated that there are over 450 other improvements that is done on EasySocial 2.0 which I can't list them right now, so before jumping to conclusions that certain features most wanted are not going to be included, let's wait for Mark to respond. I am sure he will roll out more innovative features not included in this post in the near future.

I look forward to further information and want to thank Mark and the rest of the StackIdeas Team for their dedication to bring us the best features in EasySocial 2 update. It look s exciting.

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  1.    Randall McCallum

He did state that it won't make it to version 2. I read it in his post.

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  1.    bridgette Patrov

Hello Bridgette,

Thanks for your input on this, very much appreciated. To be honest, we don't feel comfortable releasing the paid membership yet at this point of time. As stated in one of my comments above, it deals with "monies" and it's going to be messy if it wasn't done right. We will definitely try to push this on 2.1

As for the subscriptions, to be frank with you, the mindset needs to be changed Having a valid subscription is not only just about getting updates. It's about...

Hello Bridgette,

Thanks for your input on this, very much appreciated. To be honest, we don't feel comfortable releasing the paid membership yet at this point of time. As stated in one of my comments above, it deals with "monies" and it's going to be messy if it wasn't done right. We will definitely try to push this on 2.1

As for the subscriptions, to be frank with you, the mindset needs to be changed Having a valid subscription is not only just about getting updates. It's about supporting the project and keeping your software up to date. If everyone just waits for a new release before renewing, believe me, this project will not go anywhere.

Having said that, I know the price isn't leaning towards the cheap pricing point but we are coming up with new subscription bundles that would help you save money

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Awesome! Looks great. Will have to continue waiting though as I need it for a club membership website and w/o membeship widget I can't manage it. Wishing you success in making the membership widget.

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I heard talk of a real-time chat..is that in the works? I'm waiting to pull the trigger on a 3rd party app..

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  1.    Haki Saki

We are working on a conversation system which rides on top of what EasySocial has to offer. The new conversation would be real time and it complements the existing conversation in EasySocial.

This however, is a separate product and it will not be part of the core of EasySocial.

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  1.    Mark

Do you know when it's release will be? Soon? 6 months?

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  1.    Haki Saki

I don't have an ETA on this currently, Haki

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  1.    Mark

yay Komento update!! ?

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  1.    Ted

Lol, are you lost in translation or am I lost in translation? I thought it's about ES 2

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Mark , what about the profile and page verification , i mean the blue check mark ?? ⭕

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  1.    Muhammad Ghafoor

This is most likely coming in 2.1 but we need to first understand more about this. Would you mind pinging me on the forums and share with us about the functionality?

Perhaps this could be even in an App rather than the core. Other users who needs this, could download the app and it wouldn't affect the core package either.

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Great stuff as always!

Do you have a rough ETA at this time?

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  1.    Petar Elez

Thank you Petar! Unfortunately no ETA at this point of time but do follow our blog and social media more often We'll announce the beta release on these channels.

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@Mark, thanks for adding Pages! How does pages work with regards to Lockdown mode? Is it like Facebook where Pages are public by default?

Thanks,

Jackson

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  1.    LAC Webadmin

Hello Jackson,

Nope, lockdown would always supersede your privacy settings. When lock down is enabled, all contents would be hidden from the public

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  1.    Mark

Hi Mark,

Please reconsider how Pages work with lockdown enabled. I think making Pages available to the public while on lockdown mode (just like Facebook) would not create much work since it only validates one setting (I guess).

I've been waiting for this feature since v1.0 and our community can definitely take advantage of this instead of creating separate Article pages for each and has to update content as the community group create new events. With Pages they can organically update...

Hi Mark,

Please reconsider how Pages work with lockdown enabled. I think making Pages available to the public while on lockdown mode (just like Facebook) would not create much work since it only validates one setting (I guess).

I've been waiting for this feature since v1.0 and our community can definitely take advantage of this instead of creating separate Article pages for each and has to update content as the community group create new events. With Pages they can organically update their page without me getting involved.

I know you guys are busy in development, all I'm asking is to rethink on Pages ACL please if you and your team think it creates a lot of work then I guess I'll understand and hope for it in the future.

Thanks,

Jackson

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  1.    LAC Webadmin

I think there is a misunderstanding of how a lockdown work versus restricting what is being seen on the community.

Lockdown is ideal for intranets / closed communities where you only want to allow members to see items on the site. Public users has zero access to the site except for a registration page.

If you turn on lockdown while still wanting pages to be visible to the public is pretty contradicting in my opinion because you really want to lock down the contents of your site

Perhaps...

I think there is a misunderstanding of how a lockdown work versus restricting what is being seen on the community.

Lockdown is ideal for intranets / closed communities where you only want to allow members to see items on the site. Public users has zero access to the site except for a registration page.

If you turn on lockdown while still wanting pages to be visible to the public is pretty contradicting in my opinion because you really want to lock down the contents of your site

Perhaps rather than having lock down turned on, you should consider restricting the menu items on Joomla ?

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Pretty cool and nice work !!
What a good news to hear the pages comes !!

For advance search, a cool feature could be the ability to exclude (from backend) some categories for pages/groups/events like for private ones.
And also exclude profile type to be searched (from front end) and filtered on the stream. Idea is to have a profile type that can be more "private". In sites that have pro and clients profiles, clients can find pro and engage communication but not reverse (or not in a easy...

Pretty cool and nice work !!
What a good news to hear the pages comes !!

For advance search, a cool feature could be the ability to exclude (from backend) some categories for pages/groups/events like for private ones.
And also exclude profile type to be searched (from front end) and filtered on the stream. Idea is to have a profile type that can be more "private". In sites that have pro and clients profiles, clients can find pro and engage communication but not reverse (or not in a easy way).
XIUS and JSPT from readybytes are a good exemple on the idea.
They give a great flexibility on profiles and how they can be searched.

Just an other thought, could be pretty cool too that the feature "follow" could be ported for groups/pages.
This way a user can be member of it after validation and being featured in, and other users can only follow the group/page to see the update from it.


Best regards, and impatient to see all these new features to come with 2.0.
When is an approximation date for this released ?

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Oh men you re our leaders we love you. The best software and support team.

Just put a subscription system on! We have to feed the servers...

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  1.    Vaggelis

Exactly - we do love them and their products but it does need subs of some sort.

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  1.    Vaggelis

Thank you Vaggelis Read my previous comments about subscriptions

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FYI : I used RsMembership for subscriptions with our current EasySocial setup. Wasn't that complicated to setup.

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  1.    Danny Malouin

We looked into that. Problem is, it's not fully compatible with our servers and if we go with an outside vendor for something so core; every upgrade is a potential nightmare. Single vendor, core software - which for us, includes subscriptions/membership.

It's funny how many people have commented - seriously need to say, I really am not attacking Mark or anyone. I've bought their products multiple times now and have never been able to actually launch a site with them. I think it's ok to voice...

We looked into that. Problem is, it's not fully compatible with our servers and if we go with an outside vendor for something so core; every upgrade is a potential nightmare. Single vendor, core software - which for us, includes subscriptions/membership.

It's funny how many people have commented - seriously need to say, I really am not attacking Mark or anyone. I've bought their products multiple times now and have never been able to actually launch a site with them. I think it's ok to voice disappointment over what I thought was a pretty normal thing to expect from a software package like this.

I have faith that one day, it will all come together.

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  1.    bridgette Patrov

I get where you are coming from and totally understand you here. Paid subscriptions is something that we will not take lightly and it is definitely on the pipeline. Just that we don't feel it is good enough for 2.0 and we wouldn't want to roll this out just yet.

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Looks great...how does the upgrade path look? I just started developing with Easy Social and wondering if I should hold of or it will be a seamless upgrade with enhancements as needed?

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  1.    Erik Renninger

Hello Erik,

If you are customizing the theme files, I would suggest that you hold back and wait for 2.0. This will be a major upgrade and unfortunately it has to be in 2.0 or we will stuck with non standardized designs throughout EasySocial.

Since the birth of EasySocial, we have been riding on the same DOM structure for over 4 years and we believe that it's time to keep up with technology. Not really a fancy decision but we need to step out of the box

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Looking forward to it!

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  1.    John Coonen

Thanks John, as always

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I would really like to have ADMIN notifications in the front end like for new users or group creation requests...

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  1.    Raymon Kabbes

I've this idea for a really long time, yeah I totally agree. I would also have it be able to display pending items as well as user reports. An admin inbox would also be awesome so that all administrators can handle individual messages, create accountability, and make it a lot more likely for the normal user to get a good response. If we had both front end admin notifications and an admin inbox I would combine the display into a single module for the sake of simplicity. Kinda like the...

I've this idea for a really long time, yeah I totally agree. I would also have it be able to display pending items as well as user reports. An admin inbox would also be awesome so that all administrators can handle individual messages, create accountability, and make it a lot more likely for the normal user to get a good response. If we had both front end admin notifications and an admin inbox I would combine the display into a single module for the sake of simplicity. Kinda like the notifications module that shows messages, friend requests, and notifications.

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Hi Mark,

Thank you for the update.

Exciting - you and your team are taking EasySocial to the next level and we are at GoGreen Portals Group pleased to be on-board.

App developments and third party integrations are important for us and I am sure other people here at the Stack Ideas community will you in EasySocial 2.0 make it easier to develop Apps and integrations for EasySocial.

Looking forwards to get our hands on version 2.0

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  1.    Finn Hyttel

Thank you Finn and yes you are absolutely right. The app area needs a lot of rework and we are also tapping into plugins on Joomla. Most triggers that are available on EasySocial app would also be exposed to Joomla plugins as well.

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  1.    Mark

Hi Mark,
I welcome this new feature Mark awesome! I developed a user plugin before hooking on Joomla's after user update but the event is not exposed to EasySocial. I think your answer to me is I have to use ES event trigger for that instead. Anyways, if ES events are exposed to Joomla plugins as well then development would be easier

I'm excited!

Thanks,

Jackson

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  1.    LAC Webadmin

We strongly recommend users to hook into EasySocial's application event stream as it would be ideal and takes up less resources compared to the plugin hooks but it seems like it wouldn't do much harm apart from taking a little more resources (most of the time it would be during a CRUD operation, so I guess it would be fine) if they are exposed to the Joomla plugins too.

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I fear the subscription app may take too much focus away from the core product. Payplans is awesome and works well with ES currently, no doubt they'll update with ES2.0 accordingly.

Will the data still be accessible for custom app purposes (json)?

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  1.    Ted

Hello Ted,

Thanks for your input on this and this is one of the reasons that we pushed subscriptions into the next milestone. Right now, we need to get the core and fundamental right

Even with subscriptions on 2.1, Payplans would still work fine provided that they hook into the correct API.

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  1.    Mark

No matter the number of features that have been developed or how the software is delivered to the end-user, a comprehensive software monetizing strategy is paramount to a developing and maintaining a sustainable community.

Subscriptions must be the highest priority in ES 2.1, and it is suggested an iterative approach be taken in the development of 2.1 with a limit being placed on nice to have features but not cirtical features such as paid subscriptions.

Monetizing software solutions...

No matter the number of features that have been developed or how the software is delivered to the end-user, a comprehensive software monetizing strategy is paramount to a developing and maintaining a sustainable community.

Subscriptions must be the highest priority in ES 2.1, and it is suggested an iterative approach be taken in the development of 2.1 with a limit being placed on nice to have features but not cirtical features such as paid subscriptions.

Monetizing software solutions hinges on four key factors. - Stack Ideas has always shown it can 1) very effectively package, 2) control, 3) manage, and 4) track their extension offerings, and ES 2.0 is a substantial upgrade, but not all features wanted could be added. Mark has stated the reason for paid subscriptions being pushed to 2.1 and I trust his better judgment. By focusing on adding less features in each iterative version of 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 will result in more timely updates, and this will help administrators to deliver their social network to end-users and pay for it.

I would rather have 2.1 be totally focused on paid subscriptions than adding new features. Less is more.

I look forward to EasySocial 2.0 testing.

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  1.    Randall McCallum

I totally agree with Randal.
Get 2.0 rock solid and then focus on a shop in 2.1!
Thanks Mark for the transparency on where this is going

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  1.    Randall McCallum

I would rather have 2.1 be totally focused on paid subscriptions than adding new features. Less is more.


You rocked man! Totaly agree. Stackideas had give to us a such great software, our communities offer excellent UI services. It is time for some gas to the engine. Subscriptions will help us and the Project also.

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  1.    Randall McCallum

Well said Randall and I can assure you that your user's would love 2.0

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  1.    Ted

Thanks for the input on this guys, really appreciate all these constructive criticism. Something which most of us should be paying attention to.

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Does discussions support posting photos and multiple photos inline in the posts so we can use it for photography forums or other types of photo based discussions? It would seem you could keep track of the image URL after its uploaded and allow an insert feature that simple displays the photo via its URL.

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  1.    Mark Abraham

Hello Mark,

Hm, not entirely sure what do you mean here. Isn't it already possible to add multiple images on a discussion of a group / event ?

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Will there still be the same "look and feel" with all your other applications and will it still fit to your template "Elegant"?

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  1.    Horst Fuchs

Yes, especially with EasyDiscuss and EasyBlog Komento hasn't really undergone the full UI updates "yet". Yes, all 3 templates, Echo, Elegant and Wanderers should and will work fine with EasySocial 2.0

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  1.    Mark

Sounds great, thank you!

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  1.    Mark

Sorry, it's me again Where can I find the "Echo" template?

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  1.    Horst Fuchs

Hey Horst Fuchs,

Please do look forward to this on our upcoming blog posts or social media; as more updates on Echo template will be shared at a later time.

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As always guys great work and thank you for updating us on the progress with 2.0, it really does look great and some nice additions mentioned also like pages. My questions here are essentially around Events and hopefully I can share some thoughts here and get some feedback form yourselves and the community.

- Currently a person who owns an event (I will call them manager/owner/moderator/ of an event) can write announcements and see the guest list and a few other things like edit dates and...

As always guys great work and thank you for updating us on the progress with 2.0, it really does look great and some nice additions mentioned also like pages. My questions here are essentially around Events and hopefully I can share some thoughts here and get some feedback form yourselves and the community.

- Currently a person who owns an event (I will call them manager/owner/moderator/ of an event) can write announcements and see the guest list and a few other things like edit dates and times however they do not really get too much control over managing the full life cycle of an event and I was hoping for this to change maybe in some of the next releases. For example I run a business network and basically their is a third party moderator/manager/owner of specific events. I might have 4 or 5 events/conferences per month and each would have a different moderator and sometimes a moderator would be managing 2 events for example. What that moderator must have is the ability to 1.) invite the email mailing list they have in bulk as well as their easysocial friends which I know is there of course 2.) they must be able to see stats of the events like how many people saw it a bit like the great stats you now get with Easyblog. 3.) the admin/moderator/manager of the event must be able to export all the attendees of an event to spreadsheet for naming purposes at the event and to make sure the people who registered are ticked off and accounted for (name, email, address, phone etc). I guess my point is it would be great if the manager of an event had a dashboard to manage their events fully, a bit like the dashboard for easyblog with the features outlined. I do understand not eveeryone would like their event owners to be able to export their guests name and email but to be honest anyone running a professional conference or large scale events must have this feature as its the single most important thing you would need at the time of the event. Right now I am manually supplying all this to moderators and its alot of work of course.

Great job on subscriptions in a possible V2.1, that will be powerful for sure, just hope Stripe is in there Also thinking of the club pages for club type networks would it be possible for pages to setup subscriptions of their own that they can manage for their club page through the network. Ultimately I think that is the key to a network offering that level of granularity as apposed to it being more a traditional cms environment.

Thanks for your time as always.

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Hi Mark,

I'm a future customer of EasySocial, and wondering if photos uploaded by user can be watermarked?

Thanks,

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  1.    Buraca Dorin

Hello Buraca,

Thank you and hope to get you on board with us soon Watermark support is not in our to-do list currently but if there is enough requests for it, we'll schedule it on 2.1.

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Thank you! Do you have an estimated time on when it will come out? Also Not sure if I'm doing enough theme customization, just want to have that clear.

I do the config work withing easy social and I may need to tweak some css here and there, would that be enough customization to hold off on or are you referring more to editing php and moving things around?

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  1.    Erik Renninger

I don't have any ETA yet at this point of time to be honest

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Hi Mark,

In my opinion There are 2 biggest problem about ES;

1- Speed (You said 2.0 will be 4x faster then 1.x, i cant wait
2- ES Sidebars or "Toggle Sidebar" for mobile devices.

People use internet mostly (%70-80) on mobile devices. Its really hard to find or figure out, especially for users, when they want to use "settings" by using Sidebar Toggle button, like profil, notification, privacy, group, event and the same thing for stream "filters" and other thing need to toggle sidebar....

Hi Mark,

In my opinion There are 2 biggest problem about ES;

1- Speed (You said 2.0 will be 4x faster then 1.x, i cant wait
2- ES Sidebars or "Toggle Sidebar" for mobile devices.

People use internet mostly (%70-80) on mobile devices. Its really hard to find or figure out, especially for users, when they want to use "settings" by using Sidebar Toggle button, like profil, notification, privacy, group, event and the same thing for stream "filters" and other thing need to toggle sidebar. I was wondering how other joomla extentions deal with this and i saw that your biggest competitor has found a great solution for this like dropdown menus, ajax buttons and icons on "content area", everything is on "Content" area, not on extra sidebar ( With joomla sidebars its getting more complicated) It doesnt matter how many filter items there are, it looks and works perfectly, its really easy to use. I strongly recommend this change on 2.0, then ES will be %100 easy to use (This is so important) both on destktop and mobile devices.

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  1.    gokhan

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  1.    gokhan

Thanks for the input on this. I don't think it is ideal to strip the sidebar altogether as this is a cleaner approach versus having tabs. Having said that, having a different approach on mobile is something that we are going to try

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This looks great. One request; it would be helpful to have an email digest option for notifications to avoid lots of emails being sent that might simply be ignored on account of them becoming overwhelming. EasyDiscuss has this facility now. It would be even better if the digest could be integrated when using multiple StackIdeas components i.e. EasySocial, EasyDiscuss and EasyBlog.

Looking forward to 2.0 and beyond!

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  1.    Andrew

Good idea Andrew and I will see if we could fit email digests on 2.1

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@gokhan Hi mate i agree with you. I have been waiting for easysocial 2.0 for 4 months to launch my community site
Hi @mark me also find mobile demo of easysocial a bit complicated for users especially toggle sidebar
last week while searching for easysocial themes i stumbled upon joomforest theme sirenatheme they use very innovative toolbar for mobile users. it would be great if easysocial 2.0 also include such kind of toolbar for ease of mobile users
here is demo of toolbar
http://www.sirenatheme.com/intro/img/cb/gifs/ft_toolbar.gif

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  1.    DP

Nice share and in fact, we have some similar idea and concept as well. I hope we can stuff this into 2.0 (We are working at very limited resource right now)

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I agree subscriptions is a must these days, we are keeping on paying for hosting, support and even stackideas without any monetization for ourselves.
Its high time that some money also comes into our pockets and not only in Marks pocket

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  1.    Sunny

Haha, there is no money in my pocket I do wish to grow your pocket too! If we release a half baked membership solution, I think your pocket wouldn't be full either

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  1.    Mark

I agree a fully baked solution would be better, we have waited for long for this, so a further wait for a few months does not hurt that much.
In this time i'll order myself a bigger safe, as my pockets are small

Secondly mark, its nice to know that Twitter authentication would be now native, can i put a small request? please also include google authentication, this will complete the authentication package.
As almost 90% of people have gmail accounts, and with Facebook, Twitter & Google we...

I agree a fully baked solution would be better, we have waited for long for this, so a further wait for a few months does not hurt that much.
In this time i'll order myself a bigger safe, as my pockets are small

Secondly mark, its nice to know that Twitter authentication would be now native, can i put a small request? please also include google authentication, this will complete the authentication package.
As almost 90% of people have gmail accounts, and with Facebook, Twitter & Google we can authenticate almost 99% of users.

regards

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  1.    Sunny

Thanks for understanding, Sunny

Twitter is just an experiment that we are trying with. The social sign on is just a part of EasySocial 2.0. There will be a separate app which would extend this functionality. If this idea and concept works, you'll see more social sign on being added in the near future.

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  1.    Sunny

...and not only Marks pocket


That was a joke, for sure. EasySocial has a very big value in compare with its price. I have tried so many components man.

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Looking good Mark and team!

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  1.    Chris Rault

Thanks champ! Hope to see you soon

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I love the photo card improvements to the events/group section this will provide a great opportunity for people to forge their own visual group identity. PS do you think 2.0 will land in 2016?

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  1.    Dane Custance

Thanks Dane Yes, definitely will be available in 2016.

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Looks amazing, guys. I second the relief at hearing it'll be faster - I love the current software but it can be a little slow!

Do you have an idea of the timing of the releases yet? Itching to get started with it

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  1.    Steve Arthurs

Thanks for the feedback! We don't have any ETA on this yet but do keep yourself updated with our blog and newsletters as we will announce them when a beta is available

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Hi Mark ES 2.0 Looks GREAT Happy to become the part of stackideas family once ES 2.0 will launch
I have already drawn your kind attention toward one shortcoming of ES feed filter hashtag autosuggestion function and i also created the voice for this feature got some upvotes but unfortunately my voice was removed from voice page

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When User posting update and type hashtag with some initial...

Hi Mark ES 2.0 Looks GREAT Happy to become the part of stackideas family once ES 2.0 will launch
I have already drawn your kind attention toward one shortcoming of ES feed filter hashtag autosuggestion function and i also created the voice for this feature got some upvotes but unfortunately my voice was removed from voice page

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When User posting update and type hashtag with some initial letters, autosuggestion is shown that is very useful
https://s31.postimg.org/9xl9yisa3/auto_suggestion_demo1.png

But when user try to create the "News feed" Filter and try to add some hashtags inside add "hashtag field" no autosuggestion is shown which is user unfriendly

https://s31.postimg.org/gnloe5gor/filter_autosuggestion.png

user need to remember the exact hashtags and some time he/she loss the opportunity to subscribe the trending hashtags

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It need only few lines of code to implement this feature on feed filter page. But it would be very helpful for me because my community project will be too much depend on this autosuggest hashtags filters. Please also try to add this feature in ES 2.0

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  1.    Rosy

Firstly, we value all feedback from our customers and what you have posted here makes perfect sense but the only problem is you don't own a subscription

I am not too sure how did you get the copy of EasySocial but this is where things gets messy. We need people who are actively supporting the project because without your support and all the warez that is going around, we won't be able to sustain to support the project. It's your call

I would suggest that you first get a subscription for...

Firstly, we value all feedback from our customers and what you have posted here makes perfect sense but the only problem is you don't own a subscription

I am not too sure how did you get the copy of EasySocial but this is where things gets messy. We need people who are actively supporting the project because without your support and all the warez that is going around, we won't be able to sustain to support the project. It's your call

I would suggest that you first get a subscription for yourself and utilize the voices area to submit your feature request.

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Hi mark if images are not loaded please use followings links

http://share.pho.to/AEla5

http://share.pho.to/AElaI

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  1.    Rosy

Saw your images above

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Hi mark Thanks for Reply
I don't have any copy of easysocial. To illustrate my point i used demo site of easysocial http://easysocial.stackideas.com/
Then took screenshots, I always purchase the products from developers directly to support their hard work Throughout my entire life i never used any warez site

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  1.    Rosy

That's good to hear Rosy Looking forward to have you on board!

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Looking great! Any news regarding this: http://stackideas.com/voices/easysocial/item/192

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  1.    Emil Appelkvist

Yep, this is one of the 450+ features that was added

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  1.    Mark

Very good

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Wonderfull job guys!

I lookve the new twitter authentication, can you PLEASE consider adding Linkedin too as many of social networks are professionals and most of members are from Linkedin ?

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  1.    HMED

Look at my previous post Jan

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