Some Updates On EasySocial 2.1

Some Updates On EasySocial 2.1

We have been working really hard for the past quarter juggling between EasyArticles and EasySocial 2.1. As promised from my comments earlier, I took some time off to prepare this blog post and share with you the progress update for EasySocial 2.1. This is just the first part as 2.1 will be a feature beast :)


Reactions

Activity Stream Reactions

When we first introduced reactions in EasyBlog 5.1, it was widely used on many sites. That in itself was a great success for us in terms of having people adopt reactions for their blogs. Seeing the potential of reacting to activities on a site, we decided to push this into EasySocial. With reactions, it also adds "human emotions" to your activity streams.



Editing Rich Media Stream

Rich Media Activity Stream

In EasySocial 2.0, it was only possible to edit text updates. It was doing fine but we start to realize the annoyance with the inability to edit rich media activity streams. Users will now have a better control of their rich media activity stream, and that includes the ability to edit them.

With the ability to edit rich media activity stream in EasySocial 2.1, users could just hover over on the pencil icon to edit and correct any typo or grammatical errors found in any of their posts. Just like the standard text updates, the edited stream will be logged with a timestamp.


LinkedIn Integrations

LinkedIn Integrations
In addition to the Twitter sign on in EasySocial 2.0 release, LinkedIn has finally joined the party. This will be pretty handy for job or corporate listing sites to connect, build networks and engage in a more professional manner. Along with this, we will also be introducing the new LinkedIn app that allows your users to auto post on LinkedIn just like Facebook and Twitter.

 

Audio

EasySocial Audio Support
This has to be one of the most anticipated feature since we pushed out video support in EasySocial 1.4. Audio support finally makes a grand entrance into EasySocial 2.1, and this takes EasySocial media support to the next level. Users can now upload new audio files like MP3 files. On top of just adding audio support, users are able to create their own playlists :)

Overall Improvements

Performance Improvements

​EasySocial 2.1 has been carefully calibrated, optimized and minified in terms of our coding, to ensure that it can be easily maintained throughout its development cycle. One of the very main reason we render our own jQuery library is simply because of the ecosystem of any Joomla sites. Most sites has plugins or modules that may render 3rd party jQuery modules which will conflict with EasySocial and the only way around this is to render our own jQuery library.


With EasySocial 2.1, it will be able to work out of the box with the built in stock jQuery library that is included in Joomla (provided that there isn't any conflict) and because of this, script files would render about 2x times faster than its predecessor, EasySocial 2.0.


Email Templates

We have also redesigned the overall e-mail templates as the previous one is pretty outdated. The new design of our email template resembles the updated e-mail template which could be seen across all of our Joomla extensions. 

Horizon Theme

We always emphasize in change and that is primarily because modern web designs are changing on a day to day basis. Adapting to new layouts is not an easy task and modifying our existing themes would certainly not be welcomed by everyone as some prefer not to have changes in their existing designs. Therefore with EasySocial 2.1, we will be introducing a new theme called Horizon.

Other than the change in color, it also has a different representation of the layout and how we would like to move forward in terms of building user friendly interfaces. It also uses an island-ish based design to ensure that the layout looks neat!
Profile Page
Activity Stream

That is all from me for now, I will be sharing more updates on the next part of the sneak peak of EasySocial 2.1 which includes our new intelligent fields.

Meanwhile, we have super exciting news brewing behind the scenes, which will be revealed on our next post from Sylvie.

 

Comments (88)

  1. Paul Murray

HI SI team

As always this looks great.
With respect to the “Horizon Theme”

It also uses an island-ish based design to ensure that the layout looks neat!

Does this mean that ES will look better on a Mobile also in connection with your ES Mobile Template?

 
  1. Mark    Paul Murray

The mobile template is already doing a great job as we have seen more and more sites adapting to it. I don't think we'll be changing much of the mobile layout on Horizon but there will probably be some slight tweaks in the mobile template

 
  1. Paul Murray    Mark

Mark, the Mobile template is my all time favourite SI Product. Really. And yes there is always room for improvement

 
  1. saovry

Thank for your new update about EasySocial 2.1. I really love your new features such as user can upload audio...
I hope it will be release next month....
do you have roadmap of EasySocial?

 
  1. Mark    saovry

We used to produce roadmaps but it's just too much work to maintain and update it. We would rather spend the time doing what we do best, produce awesome products

All the features that you seen so far, are mostly (if not all) suggested on the feature requests area. We just improvise on the ideas and suggestions

  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by Mark Mark
  1. joy    Mark

where is the feature request area?

 
  1. HMED

Awesome ! cant wait for the release

 
  1. HMED

And BIG +1 for Linkedin integration !!!!

 
  1. Philippe

And if EasyPay was your feature beast...
To add a payment gateway to all your extensions

 
  1. Jean    Philippe

I am also waiting for this much needed Feature...

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  1. Mark    Philippe

There will be more to come in our blog soon and you'll understand why

 
  1. LAC Webadmin    Philippe

+1 here especially with Events

  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by LAC Webadmin LAC Webadmin
  1. Tony Boutemeur

YEAHHHH !!! I can't wait I am excited like children are waiting presents from Santa Claus

It seems to be over what I expected. Congrats & Thank you

Great Job !!! As I always said you are the KING

 
  1. Bright Ibeawuchi

Looks good Mark. Anything new planned for groups?

 
  1. Mark    Bright Ibeawuchi

Yep, there are quite a number of them but can't list them all down on this post. We'll be splitting the progress in several posts

 
  1. David

island-ish based design
that is the first time I hear this. What do you mean by that?
Fingers crossed for next update.

 
  1. Mark    David

Just like this comments listing where each comment appears on it's own island

 
  1. Philippe

And sub-categories possibilities ?

 
  1. Mark    Philippe

If time permits, yes. Otherwise we might need to push this into 2.2

 
  1. Philippe    Mark

We are many to make this request for several years, you can not make us wait yet...

 
  1. Mark    Philippe

Agree, and there are many others who are also wanting many other things as well. We'll try our best to fit in as much as we can

 
  1. Philippe    Mark

I understand but being able to create subcategories is an essential, basic function to organize our Groups / Pages / Videos / Events.

In your old Voices area, you accepted the subcategory request for EasySocial 2.1
You can not make us false hopes...

 
  1. Nauseous

Great job Mark and your entire team, we appreciate your support and products. You can't go wrong buying products from Stackideas. Thanks guys.

 
  1. Mark    Nauseous

Thank you for your continuous support!

 
  1. Alexander Müller

Really good news. It would better if i can manually add my own Domains for joomla upgrade System.

If it would be an option .. this would be nice. It could cost something for example 1 euro extra per AND ONLY own Domains.

What do you think about this?
I have about 90 own domains/projects. On ca 50 there are stackideas software. Im little bit dissapointed about the new steategy, but i can it understand. A extra cost, i would accept. But to think im evil

 
  1. Mark    Alexander Müller

Thanks for your insights on this Alexander. Seems like a fair idea provided that it does not include support.

Our highest cost is our support and we spend loads of our revenue there because we care about our customers. The cost to support per customer is getting more expensive every day because of inflation

 
  1. adam george    Mark

Please look in to this as I am also in this position. I use many Stackideas extensions on lots of sites and would like to be able to upgrade.

 
  1. Mark    adam george

Thanks Adam, we are considering this.

 
  1. David    Mark

I have only one site but use a subdomain test site and it would be great if I could upgrade components on this site without having to pay for extra support as it's all for the same site. Please consider!

 
  1. Mark    David

Hm, you can actually use our services on as many subdomains as you want so long as these subdomains are subdomains of the main domain.

 
  1. James

Great work, I am looking forward to 2.1 and I hope when one goes to export users that the points the user has built are also exported in the CSV - that would be very very good for reporting purposes. Thanks

 
  1. Mark    James

Yes, this was already added yesterday when I was discussing to you about this in the support helpdesk

 
  1. James    Mark

Fantastic Mark much appreciated.

 
  1. Andy

VERY Exciting!

Horizon looks beautiful... and yes, I did notice that ACTIVITY STREAM and INFO are now nicely reached with a tab navigation top centre of all the action. THANK YOU!

Assuming that approach is consistent through events, pages, groups and all that... then AWESOME!

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  1. Mark    Andy

We're still playing around with the Horizon layout and trying to maximize as much screen estate that we can.

 
  1. Muhammad Ghafoor

What about the user verify check mark ???? when u gonna add this ??

  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by Mark Mark
  1. HMED    Muhammad Ghafoor

Would like to have this on ES, ED and EB!

 
  1. Mark    Muhammad Ghafoor

This blog post, isn't the only features that is being added to 2.1 There will be more to come

 
  1. Stan Chomer

Great news Mark!

I think also consider how people can use ( KISS userfriendliness) ie short learning curve to average Joe users to use ES/EB is crucial for ES/EB et al.

Like now Facebook get into Slack and others

One of the biggest challenges for Slack is exactly the biggest advantage for Workplace — Learning CurveThe learning curve for Slack is big for new users, especially non-techies/busy people....Workplace is able to acquire users at a near-zero learning curve


Info here: Dear...

Great news Mark!

I think also consider how people can use ( KISS userfriendliness) ie short learning curve to average Joe users to use ES/EB is crucial for ES/EB et al.

Like now Facebook get into Slack and others

One of the biggest challenges for Slack is exactly the biggest advantage for Workplace — Learning CurveThe learning curve for Slack is big for new users, especially non-techies/busy people....Workplace is able to acquire users at a near-zero learning curve


Info here: Dear Slack, Get over Microsoft. You have a bigger problem.

Would it be possible to have a for cross-team communication, company announcements, and shoutouts with Joomla/ES smart set up ACL ?....then ES/(EB) could also be powerful for cross-team communication platform..

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  1. LAC Webadmin

Kudos to you and your team Mark!

I love the Audio feature. I just wish you guys will allow back dating on items just like in photo albums. In our case, I can now consolidate our audio assets into ES from other component.

Keep it coming Mark!

Thanks,

Jackson

 
  1. Mark    LAC Webadmin

Thank you Jackson. Hm, what do you mean by "allow back dating on items" eh? You mean the ability to change the date? If I recall correctly, this was already possible, http://take.ms/4sAufd ?

 
  1. LAC Webadmin    Mark

Hi Mark, yes, it is, that was I am saying only in photos. What I am asking is to please apply the same feature in Video and in this new Audio.

  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by LAC Webadmin LAC Webadmin
  1. David Montoya

I've not yet looked at the react function; does it have flexibility to add and remove custom reactions, and is there any form of statistics logging via admin interface or API?

 
  1. Mark    David Montoya

It is not customizable yet at this point of time but we'll see what can be done in the future. At the very least, people can now react on their activity streams

There will be a new section to view the list of reactions that is similar to EasyBlog but haven't really thought about the reporting area yet thouhg.

 
  1. Yann Anderson

Hello folks,

Just a question regarding ES 2.1, I use a template (JA INTRANET) wich use html overides, and some css files that allow ES 2.0 to be "integrate" to this template... If I install ES 2.1, will I have some problems and/or uncompatibility issues ? You can take a look to http://www.yannanderson.com/net/friends and you can see the layout work fine, this is why I'm allways a little bit affraid to update some components when using a third-party-template :-)

Of cours, it's difficult for...

Hello folks,

Just a question regarding ES 2.1, I use a template (JA INTRANET) wich use html overides, and some css files that allow ES 2.0 to be "integrate" to this template... If I install ES 2.1, will I have some problems and/or uncompatibility issues ? You can take a look to http://www.yannanderson.com/net/friends and you can see the layout work fine, this is why I'm allways a little bit affraid to update some components when using a third-party-template :-)

Of cours, it's difficult for you to answer me because you can make some tests with all templates of the world ^^ but... an idea ?

Once again, I would like to tell to any users that I use ALL Stackideas products from several years and... I'm allways 10000000000% happy and in love with your products !!!!!

Love from Switzerland :-)

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  1. Mark    Yann Anderson

Thanks for the <3 Yann With minor releases, we do not intend to change the existing DOM structure. If these templates doesn't create much override, I believe it should be fine

 
  1. Richard

Looking very good, very positive, excellent new features, great work guys, thank you

 
  1. Mark    Richard

Thank you Richard.

 
  1. Sabih

I am a customer for almost 2 years now and I am amazed and impressed on how you keep your quality and service always on top. It is very enjoyable being a customer with such an outstanding reliable developer like you are! Please never change these things.

 
  1. Mark    Sabih

Thank you for the <3 Sabih

 
  1. Domko

Greate Job Mark and Team, Stackideas have the BEST Support und Service.

 
  1. Mark    Domko

Thank you Domko!

 
  1. Finn Hyttel

Hi Mark,

Great news and update from KL.

I like very much that you have LinkedIn features included in EasySocial 2.1.

Look forward to get the next update.

...Finn

 
  1. Mark    Finn Hyttel

Thank you Finn

 
  1. chris

Are the following things planned in the future? - Invite friends from facebook/twitter... Template changer in the profile settings, where the user can select a Joomla template... Is the social-share button now again public in the Stream... An additional filter for liked posts, like pinned and favored? So the user will only see his liked posts?

Or will some of it be a surprise in 2.1?

I am already looking forward to your wonderful product ES 2.1. And easypay will be a great new feature.

  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by chris chris
  1. Mark    chris

I believe there is InviteX which allows you to invite friends from Facebook and Twitter into EasySocial.

In regards to the liked / favored filters. I think it is a pretty good idea. I have not seen it on https://stackideas.com/forums/categories/easysocial/feature-requests-2 . Was this already posted in the feature requests section?

EasyPay is a nice name

 
  1. chris    Mark

EasyPay will make us all rich. And the employees of stackideas will all come with a Porsche to work.

This idea with "liked" I had only once thrown in the room, since it would be little work and quickly implementable. But I will add it to the list.

 
  1. LAC Webadmin    Mark

Mark it would be awesome if you guys develop EasyPay using omnipay

 
  1. Mark    LAC Webadmin

Thanks for sharing

 
  1. wolfgang kammerer

When will 2.1 download it?

 
  1. Mark    wolfgang kammerer

We do not have the ETA on this yet Wolfgang but we'll announce it when it is available

 
  1. Ken

It would be great if you added a photo editor like this one on CodeCanyon called Lollipop 2.0 - Image Editor (or use the code from this one) so our users could make cool edits to their photos when they upload them to ES.


https://codecanyon.net/item/lollipop-image-editor/12957420?

It would look something like this:

[img]https://www.dropbox.com/s/c50kvectn7pgfog/Screenshot-ES-LolliPop-v2.jpg?dl=0[/img]



Here's the link to easily integrate it in to ES or even EB.

https://s3.envato.com/fi...

It would be great if you added a photo editor like this one on CodeCanyon called Lollipop 2.0 - Image Editor (or use the code from this one) so our users could make cool edits to their photos when they upload them to ES.


https://codecanyon.net/item/lollipop-image-editor/12957420?

It would look something like this:

[img]https://www.dropbox.com/s/c50kvectn7pgfog/Screenshot-ES-LolliPop-v2.jpg?dl=0[/img]



Here's the link to easily integrate it in to ES or even EB.

https://s3.envato.com/files/229370398/integration.html


THANKS!

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  1. Mark    Ken

This seems like a pretty cool image editor. Thanks for sharing

 
  1. adam george

Really looking forward to this release. How about you guys add some extra bundles. Like Easysocial, Easyblog and Komento in one bundle. Not everyone wants all the extensions in your current bundle.

You could even do Easysocial and easyblog with some apps.

I for one would like more options for buying your bundles.

Cheers Adam

 
  1. Mark    adam george

Thanks for your input on this Adam, we will consider this.

 
  1. Uomiguel

Hi i want to buey a license but i need audio feature please let me know as soon as you know When it will be available this versión to buy it, i would like yo know if album categories will be available in the future, thanks

 
  1. Mark    Uomiguel

We'll announce on our blog post when it is ready

 
  1. Philippe

Being able to create subcategories is an essential, basic function to organize our Groups / Pages / Videos / Events.

In your old Voices area, you accepted the subcategory request for EasySocial 2.1
You can not make us false hopes...

 
  1. Mark    Philippe

We'll try to see if we can fit this but making it as accepted does not represent that we are going to add this. We accept the idea and will try to fit this in

 
  1. Philippe    Mark

Thank you

 
  1. Mark    Philippe

Thanks for understanding Philippe. Be rest assured that every code / feature that we added to 2.1 is being thought heavily for our users and it isn't something that we add because we want to.

Every feature that we added is weighed very extensively and also in order for us to be able to support it for a long term.

 
  1. Antonio Simmons

1. Will subcategories for groups be included in 2.1?
2. Will the ability to broadcast live videos be included in 2.1?

Sorry just read the last comment about subcategories....

  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by Antonio Simmons Antonio Simmons
  1. Mark    Antonio Simmons

Live videos requires many dependencies from your hosting environment and I believe if most of you are still on shared hosts, they will most likely disallow streaming of any such because it hogs up a lot of CPU.

We will see if there is a way to add a proper live streaming using 3rd party services

 
  1. Antonio Simmons    Mark

Thank you Mark... For those like myself that have a dedicated server I think it would be a great feature also keeping up with the times and marketplace...

 
  1. Mark    Antonio Simmons

No problem Antonio I can't promise anything right now as our hands are pretty full at this point of time.

 
  1. saovry    Mark

I am requirement lives video too.
Thank for your consideration.
Please make it happens for us. Some of us are using VPS and dedicate server already. I am using VPS with ram 8GB and good CPU.

 
  1. Mark    saovry

Thanks for the input on this

 
  1. Josh Lewis

I'm really looking forward to EasySocial 2.1 and EasyArticles! Three "small" things I'm hoping for are:

1. Smaller launcher. EasyBlog has a much lighter launcher, theoretically the same could happen for ES?

EasyBlog 5.1.2 launcher is now only 214KB as compared to 1.1MB for EasyBlog 5.0.44 version. In other words, it is over 900KB reduced in size


2. The roadmap for ES 2.1 had a dedicated menu item for photos so that we could have folks go straight to the photos instead of albums. Also this...

I'm really looking forward to EasySocial 2.1 and EasyArticles! Three "small" things I'm hoping for are:

1. Smaller launcher. EasyBlog has a much lighter launcher, theoretically the same could happen for ES?

EasyBlog 5.1.2 launcher is now only 214KB as compared to 1.1MB for EasyBlog 5.0.44 version. In other words, it is over 900KB reduced in size


2. The roadmap for ES 2.1 had a dedicated menu item for photos so that we could have folks go straight to the photos instead of albums. Also this would simplify the image page URL structure to site/photo/id-name. Eventually if expanded we could show featured photos, top rated, photos with #hashtags, ect with filters.

3. Hide the vote count for photos/items with less than 1 vote/reaction. No one wants to see their post being "non liked". A count makes sense when there are votes but doesn't give a good vibe when empty.

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  1. Mark    Josh Lewis


1. Smaller launcher. EasyBlog has a much lighter launcher, theoretically the same could happen for ES?

Yep, all our extensions will be refined with an even smaller launcher package. It's < 300kb . As for the full package, we plan to do the same with EasyBlog by removing the less files (each theme has it's own set of less files) which causes the full package to be so huge.


2. The roadmap for ES 2.1 had a dedicated menu item for photos so that we could have folks go straight to the photos...


1. Smaller launcher. EasyBlog has a much lighter launcher, theoretically the same could happen for ES?

Yep, all our extensions will be refined with an even smaller launcher package. It's < 300kb . As for the full package, we plan to do the same with EasyBlog by removing the less files (each theme has it's own set of less files) which causes the full package to be so huge.


2. The roadmap for ES 2.1 had a dedicated menu item for photos so that we could have folks go straight to the photos instead of albums. Also this would simplify the image page URL structure to site/photo/id-name. Eventually if expanded we could show featured photos, top rated, photos with #hashtags, ect with filters.

Hm, not too sure what do you mean here.



3. Hide the vote count for photos/items with less than 1 vote/reaction. No one wants to see their post being "non liked". A count makes sense when there are votes but doesn't give a good vibe when empty.

This seem like a pretty good idea and you should post them on our feature requests section at https://stackideas.com/forums/easysocial/feature-requests-2

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  1. Josh Lewis    Mark

2. The roadmap for ES 2.1 had a dedicated menu item for photos so that we could have folks go straight to the photos instead of albums. Also this would simplify the image page URL structure to site/photo/id-name. Eventually if expanded we could show featured photos, top rated, photos with #hashtags, ect with filters.


Hm, not too sure what do you mean here.


Back when there was a roadmap there was a mentioning of a menu item for photos (currently there is one for albums). This would make it...

2. The roadmap for ES 2.1 had a dedicated menu item for photos so that we could have folks go straight to the photos instead of albums. Also this would simplify the image page URL structure to site/photo/id-name. Eventually if expanded we could show featured photos, top rated, photos with #hashtags, ect with filters.


Hm, not too sure what do you mean here.


Back when there was a roadmap there was a mentioning of a menu item for photos (currently there is one for albums). This would make it so that we could show photos right away to our viewers, particularly useful for community sites where we want to show a lot of diverse photos. It's a step away from looking at a single user's set of photos. As outlined above there are other advantages as well to having a menu item for displaying photos.

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  1. Mark    Josh Lewis

Hm, sorry but I can't remember it out of my head right now but please feel free to share it on the forums and we'll discuss about this

 
  1. Barbu Valentin

@Mark any plans to finally introduce options to have different "Welcome email" for each profile type ?

Example if you have "Students" and "Teachers" profile types.

Would be nice to have 2 different welcome email, where can also explain for each of them what are their next steps.

Rgds

 
  1. Mark    Barbu Valentin

It's a pretty good idea and you should place them at https://stackideas.com/forums/easysocial/feature-requests-2

 
  1. saovry    Barbu Valentin

I love this ideas too because I have different profile types too.

 
  1. joy

how long for the next blog post? :c waiting, waiting and waiting.

 
  1. Mark    joy

Would be soon

 
  1. saovry

Any update about ES 2.1, how many percent now?

 
  1. Mark    saovry

We do not have the ETA on this just yet

 
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