Platform Roundup – Week Ending 07/23/2016 in Review

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A Recap of Platform News for the Week Ending July 23, 2016

In this week’s roundup…

JomSocial “bug fix update” turns into major update. WordPress 4.6 Beta 4 is now available – v4.6 comes with bug fixes, improvements and goodies. Oxwall releases v1.8.4 beta. Drupal upgraded to v8.1.7 to address security concerns.

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Drupal 8.1.7 released Published on July 18, 2016

Drupal 8.1.7, a maintenance release which contains fixes for security vulnerabilities, is now available for download.

See the Drupal 8.1.7 release notes for further information.

Download Drupal 8.1.7
Upgrading your existing Drupal 8 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features nor non-security-related bug fixes in this release. For more information about the Drupal 8.1.x release series, consult the Drupal 8 overview.

Security information
We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list…[iconbox title_align=”left” title_color=”#” content_align=”left” content_color=”#” layout=”plain” bg=”#” border=”#” align=”left” icon_align_to=”box” size=”16″ icon_bg_color=”#” icon_bg_colorh=”#” icon_bd_color=”#” icon_bd_colorh=”#” square_radius=”0″ hover_animation=”border_increase” icon_animation_duration=”1″ icon_animation_delay=”0″ icon_animation_iteration=”0″ type=”vector” icon_color=”#” icon_color_hover=”#” icon=”momizat-icon-arrow-right”]Read More[/iconbox]

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Oxwall 1.8.4 beta Published on July 19, 2016

Oxwall 1.8.4 beta is out! This is a release with important backend improvements for SEO and update reliability. In particular:

SEO

A convenient way to set meta info for individual pages;
Open Graph tags support;
Canonical URL’s support;
Support for variables in meta info.
Sitemap

Automatic sitemap generation;
Individual plugin sitemap inclusion;
Configurable update period;
If the limits are exceeded, the platform divides the sitemap into several files…[iconbox title_align=”left” title_color=”#” content_align=”left” content_color=”#” layout=”plain” bg=”#” border=”#” align=”left” icon_align_to=”box” size=”16″ icon_bg_color=”#” icon_bg_colorh=”#” icon_bd_color=”#” icon_bd_colorh=”#” square_radius=”0″ hover_animation=”border_increase” icon_animation_duration=”1″ icon_animation_delay=”0″ icon_animation_iteration=”0″ type=”vector” icon_color=”#” icon_color_hover=”#” icon=”momizat-icon-arrow-right”]Read More[/iconbox]

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JomSocial 4.2.3 – A Massive New Release Published on July 20, 2016

We are excited to announce the immediate availability of JomSocial 4.2.3. We had planned this to be a bugfix but ended up with a completely new version. If you just want to see what’s changed and jump on board quickly, you can visit our changelog page.

But we strongly advise you to continue reading and learn about all the new amazing possibilities of JomSocial 4.2.3.

So, what’s new?
It is amazing what our developers have managed to squeeze into just three short weeks of development. (Give up sleep and mainline coffee, and you can achieve anything!) The short list includes:

Full compatibility with Joomla! 3.6.
New userpoint rules to prevent point abuse.
New API trigger “onAfterBanningUser()”.
Applications configured directly from a profile page.
Complete overhaul of report reviews in the backend.
New default content for empty stream and blocked users.
Stream item bumping.
Better loading of previous comments.

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WordPress 4.6 Beta 4 Published on July 20, 2016

WordPress 4.6 Beta 4 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.6, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, and Beta 3 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides. This is the final planned beta of WordPress 4.6, with a release candidate scheduled for next week.

Some of the fixes in Beta 4 include:

Media: alt attributes are now always added to images inserted from URLs (#36735).
Object subtype handling has been removed from register_meta(). Details about this change are explained in a post for developers.
Resource hints are now limited to enqueued assets (#37385).
A regression with query alterations introduced by the new WP_Term_Query has been fixed (#37378).
The Ajax searches for installed and new plugins have been enhanced to fix several accessibility issues and to improve compatibility with older browsers. (#37233, #37373)
The media player MediaElement.js has been updated to 2.22.0 to fix YouTube video embeds (#37363).
The Import screen was overhauled, improving accessibility and making it much easier to install and run an importer (#35191).
Emoji support has been updated to include all of the latest Unicode 9 emoji characters (#37361).
Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 60 changes during the last week…[iconbox title_align=”left” title_color=”#” content_align=”left” content_color=”#” layout=”plain” bg=”#” border=”#” align=”left” icon_align_to=”box” size=”16″ icon_bg_color=”#” icon_bg_colorh=”#” icon_bd_color=”#” icon_bd_colorh=”#” square_radius=”0″ hover_animation=”border_increase” icon_animation_duration=”1″ icon_animation_delay=”0″ icon_animation_iteration=”0″ type=”vector” icon_color=”#” icon_color_hover=”#” icon=”momizat-icon-arrow-right”]Read More[/iconbox]

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New downloads manager: CB Package Builder 5.1 with frontend management Published on July 20, 2016

This is by far the best download manager for Joomla!

We have developed and used CB Package Builder internally since 3 years for your packages downloads here on Joomlapolis. We are now using it for all your downloads, including all PDF files, showing latest version numbers in Joomla content and showing releases history. As it has become an awesome general-purpose downloads manager, we are now releasing it in its latest version 5.1.

CB Package builder has many features that you can discover in its product page.

Version 5.1 has many awesome new features that let you create and manage your membership downloads.

Here is a list of key features that you can actually experience – first hand – on Joomlapols and our demo site:

Chose from 12 package types to fine-tune your user’s download experience (Package, Library, Component, Plugin, Module. Language, Template, CB Plugin, Query, Script, Override, Custom).
Use optional package sub-types to categorize packages when presented to users (e.g., see Free sub-types on our download page).
Configure package version extraction directly from package filename with previous versions download support (e.g. filefolder/cb200-Primer_*.pdf – the * area will be used to extract version – see our Community Builder download version dropdown selection for example).
Create presets comprized of multiple package that your users can download and install on their Joomla site as a single Joomla extension install (try this out on our demo site where you can login as an administrator)
Let your authorized users maintain or add new packages from frontend (without need for administrative area login privileges – experience this also on our demo site and see relevant screenshots included further down).
Drag and drop file uploading and frontend version deletion (experience this on demo site and check out screenshot below)

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