A few weeks ago I told you about our progress testing JomSocial 3.0. A lot has happened since then:
- We finished the second round of internal testing — and found about 26 new bugs.
- We finished a round of ad hoc testing — and found another 20 new bugs.
And with hard work and big, heavy boots we squished all of those bugs.
A few weeks ago I sent an email explaining the JomSocial testing process and updating the status of JomSocial 3.0. We got some great responses from that newsletter and I wanted to give you another update.
First, you can be sure that I read ALL your comments, whether they’re placed on Facebook or written on our blog. I take them to heart. One of the first things I remember reading when I took over the JomSocial project was that some people felt that they "Paid to be QA testers" every time they upgraded. That’s when I realized our testing process wasn’t comprehensive enough to support an application this complex.
A quick hotfix to deal with broken translations on some servers has just been released. This version also has a fix for the bug with changing the profile avatar.
This is another non-security, 2.8.4 hotfix release.
If you do not experience issues with broken English (en-GB) translation and innability to change avatar from profile page, you are not required to update to this version.
Please visit "My Account" page to download it.
Recent Joomla! 2.5 update to build 10 and 11, rendered our installer obsolete causing every installation trough Joomla! Extension Manager to fail with the messages
· JomSocial 2.8.x require minimum Joomla! CMS 2.5.6
· Component Install: Custom install routine failure
· Error installing component
The 126.96.36.199 release which is now available for download in your account area will deal with this issue and will allow installation to push trough.
If you already had JomSocial 2.8.4 running on Joomla! 2.5.9 and lower, and then upgraded Joomla! to version 2.5.10 or 11, you don't have to update anything
This error was only happening at the installation of component through Joomla! Extension Manager
A lot of people have been wondering when we will release JomSocial 3.0 so I wanted to give you a quick update.
The development is done!
The development of JomSocial 3.0 is finished. We are no longer adding features or making changes. It’s done. Yay!
Stepping up our quality assurance process
As soon as I took over the JomSocial project, I realized that we had to make some significant changes in our quality and testing processes. The product had become so complex we really needed to make sure that all of the parts were working properly.
We are happy to announce that our JomSocial 2.8.4 bugfix release is now available . You may retrieve the latest version from your Account area: www.jomsocial.com/component/account/
What are some notable fixes and improvements in this version?
1. Fixed compatibility issue with JoomlaXI Profiletypes - Thanks JoomlaXI Team :)
2. Improved support for Joomla 3.0 which is planned to be officially made compatible in JomSocial 3.0.
3. Popup window consistency. Tidy up the cWindow
4. A more stable avatar changing/uploading/cropping functionality
5. Proper developer view for DEV version
6. Over 30 other bugfixes and code improvements
For a complete list of the change log, please click on the link bellow
To upgrade, you may uninstall the old and install the latest JomSocial 2.8.4
If you want to get your hands dirty with upgrade patches and the change log, kindly follow this link:
When I took over the JomSocial project a couple of months ago, I promised you a roadmap. It’s time to deliver!
Creating this roadmap wasn’t an easy task. We didn’t just slap a few features into a document. We considered:
- What you, our customer wants.
- What can technically be done, and in a reasonable amount of time.
- What we should not do because it might hurt performance.
- The correct timing of each feature.
I flew from California to Malaysia where JomSocial’s headquarters are located, to meet the team in person and get this done. We then went step-by-step through a process that would allow us to plan the way ahead.
We have just released JomSocial 2.8.3 to fix several minor bugs and features a few cool improvements for your JomSocial community. This release is part of our continuous effort to improve our communition with our users by having frequent minor releases as compared to accumulating fixes into a single large update.
Improved compatibility with sh404SEF and other SEF components
One hidden gem in JomSocial 2.8 is an added support for Facebook Open Graph protocol in JomSocial Photo album and gallery. In JomSocial 2.8, Facebook is now able to retrieve the correct thumbnail for the particular photo in a gallery mode, thanks to our inclusion of OG metadata. The downside was, we had to alter URL generation of photos to use ampersand instead of hashtag which confuses SEF components.
A couple of weeks ago I announced that JomSocial was now a part of iJoomla. The responses have been great! The congratulations from JomSocial’s users have really warmed my heart. I want you to know that I read all the comments and suggestions, and I’m having daily discussions with the team about the different ideas and issues everyone has reported.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support, and to give you a little update on what we’ve been working on.
We are happy to announce that JomSocial 2.8.2 has been released.
What are some notable fixes and improvements in this version?
- Performance improvements in Videos area to better handle tens of thousands of videos. (Yes, some of our users do have that many videos).
- Improved support for Joomla 3.0 which is planned to be officially made compatible in JomSocial 3.0.
- Facebook logic update in Hellome module and status imports.
- Fixes for multiple IE issues due to our recent exercise to trim down the size of our templates, which is by the way much much faster than JomSocial 2.6.
- A more stable avatar cropping feature.
- Good news for Metric users. You may now able to use Km instead of Miles in events, configurable in the backend.
- Compatibility update for IE users to fix html4 photo uploader.
- Numerous adjustments in activity stream.
To upgrade, you may uninstall and install the latest JomSocial 2.8.2.
For a complete list of the change log, language updates and upgrade patches, please view this link.
My name is Merav Knafo. I’m the founder of iJoomla.com and I’ve got some big news for you: JomSocial project is now a part of the iJoomla family.
I’ve been a big fan of JomSocial for years. Azrul and his team have done a great job with the development, and now that Azrul has decided to move on to a new adventure, I really wish him all the best! He deserves it.
Piracy, or warez is sure an easy way to get hold of digital software nowadays. I remember our bittersweet surprise soon after the release of JomSocial back in December 2008, somewhere around Christmas when we discovered that our baby, JomSocial 1.0.21 was already available on the net.
JomSocial Nulled 2.8.0
In a way, it did help people to get to know JomSocial and other extensions. Piracy allow users to digest the quality of the extensions before purchasing it, or for developers to get familiar with our structure (and boy have I said that our JomSocial templates are well commented for easy modifications?), or for other Joomla developers to integrate with JomSocial without having to subscribe or contact us directly. To a certain extent, piracy does work wonders.
With the imminent release of JomSocial 2.8, we are happy to announce the immediate availability of JomSocial 2.6.3.
This version will be the last of JomSocial 2.6 branch, resolving a number of minor updates in JomSocial core and a single important update for Facebook Connect. This update is to keep up with Facebook's latest breaking changes on 6th December as announced in Facebook Developer Blog. A new security restrictions for OAuth authorization prevented JomSocial from retrieving user status without updating to the latest specification. A patch for this FBC has already been released in our Forum but has now been superceeded with this release of JomSocial 2.6.3
To upgrade to the latest JomSocial 2.6.3 version, you have two choices. The simplest and most recommended option is to uninstall older version and install the latest package.
For more experienced users and for those who have customized JomSocial with your own set of modifications, you may be interested with our upgrade patches, available in our Bugfixes and Upgrade patches forum.
In case JomSocial 2.8 is released by the time you have finished reading this, you may download JomSocial 2.6.3 by using this URL:
Have a good year ahead!
The main JomSocial.com website went through a successful Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5 migration a couple of weeks ago. Some questions pertaining to our blog area were raised, in particular about the component that powers our Joomla blogging system.
Well, it might be a surprise to most of you to know that the Joomla blog component is actually a standard Joomla com_content component. Yes, you heard it right, com_content and its perfectly suitable to be a good Joomla blog extension.
Joomla! is a CMS, Content Management System and within its core is a powerful yet underutilized content publishing system. This is a component that exists since the days of Mambo CMS, gradually improved upon minor iterations with each subsequent releases of Joomla 1.0, 1.5 and the rest. Joomla is pretty much a good blog software in itself.
"What sorcery is this? It doesnt look like com_content at all. This is the com_content that I know."
With a bit of trickery, you can achieve the same layout as ours easily and turn your Joomla website into a Joomla blog community easily.
We are thrilled to announce that JomSocial 2.8 Beta 3 is now available for download for free. JomSocial 2.8 is set to continue our tradition of helping Joomla! community build amazing social site with incredible features. We received encouraging response and are eager to get a final build out soon.
Beta 2 build for the upcoming JomSocial 2.8 is now available for download. When we say "available", we really mean it. We have decided to open the beta build for everyone in the Joomla! community to play with. Every single Joomla! user will be able to login to our development forum and download the latest build
You may download your copy of JomSocial 2.8 Beta 2 here, http://www.jomsocial.com/forum/jomsocial-2-8-beta-2/1101-jomsocial-2-8-beta-two-is-ready
It has come to our attention that there is a XSS security issue with SWFUploader library used in JomSocial. In version 2.6, this library is no longer needed but are still being included along with the installer.
To protect your site against this vulnerability, simply delete this file, "/components/com_community/assets/uploader/swfupload.swf"
The upcoming Joomla World Conference, less than a week from now (16th Nov - 18th Nov) is perhaps one of the biggest global Joomla! event ever organized. I will be there on behalf of JomSocial Team and look forward to meet Joomla developers, users and enthusiasts from all over the world. If you happen to be there, we have prepared something sweet for you guys. :-)
The JomSocial Team would like to wish a very happy Halloween to our beloved customers! Do not let those lurking monsters scare you. ;)
I would like to share some notes on technical changes in the upcoming release of JomSocial. These changes won't be immediately apparent at first, but a lot of work were put into it. We believe that it is necessary, greatly enhance our code base and making our growth forward easier.