A Recap of Platform News for the Week Ending August 4, 2017

In this week’s roundup – Ning implements SSL Certificate feature for users of 3.0 networks using .ning.com domains. SocialEngine and JomSocial gives us a sneak peak at their new standard themes. WordPress 4.8.1 and BuddyPress 2.9.0 – ‘La Lombarda’ are now available for download.

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Community Builder 2.1.3 with WEB Install Released!

Published on July 29, 2017

Community Builder 2.1.3 is here!

It is basically a maintenance release, but it does have 5 new features / improvements and 18 bug fixes.

Its main new feature is the install from WEB functionality that Kyle has blogged about.

CB 2.1.3 is a recommended upgrade for everyone. As always take a precautionary backup before upgrading.

Join the discussion below to view the CB 2.1.3 changelog…

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Spencer’s Adventures: Atlas Sneak Peek

Published on July 31, 2017

Hey! Over here!! Guess what I found? Oh boy you’ll never guess. :DI was sniffing around Ray’s office, it smells of bacon. I love bacon! I found a hidden stash of bacon in his desk so of course after munching on that, I had to look for more. Well, I found…


This new theme bundle is full of great features! Ready? Check this out!

Customizable Splash Page
You can edit the text that shows on this page to make it a fully customized experience. The background image is totally up to you! Best of all – it rotates between however many images you decide to load for it! WOW! Great stuff!!

Auto-complete Search
Yes, that’s right! Atlas includes an auto-complete feature for searching! Now how awesome is that?

User Drop down Menu
Now this is pretty cool. A drop down menu for the member’s profile, account and logout links.

Posting to the Feed
New look for posting a feed status. This sleek look will surely entice your members to post!

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BuddyPress 2.9.0 – ‘La Lombarda’

Published on July 31, 2017

BuddyPress is happy to announce the immediate availability of it’s latest release 2.9 ‘La Lombarda’ available for download or updatable from your WordPress install plugin directory.

This release features a range of improvements and updates for both core functionality and templates.

Amongst a range of improvements and enhancements:

BP legacy templates are updated for aria labels to bring a vastly improved level of accessibility to layouts.
In line with current practises anchor title attributes are replaced with an enhanced version usable for all devices, BP Tooltips now provides pop up title requirements on mouse hover or keyboard focus.
Provide the capability to edit the Group slug: now site admins may edit the group name and the permalink in the dashboard.
Prevent group invites being sent to users that have already received one.
Uploading of profile images in mobile devices improved as well as better handling of files with non ASCII characters.
Email links to private message threads now re-direct logged out users to the login screen, logged in users are directed to message thread.
New template tag bp_group_link()
Add an order_by parameter for activity queries…

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WordPress 4.8.1 Maintenance Release

Published on August 2, 2017

After over 13 million downloads of WordPress 4.8, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 4.8.1, a maintenance release.

This release contains 29 maintenance fixes and enhancements, chief among them are fixes to the rich Text widget and the introduction of the Custom HTML widget. For a full list of changes, consult the release notes, the tickets closed, and the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.8.1 or visit Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.8.1…

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Flat theme has been recently released free for all JomSocial Professional members and our team was hard on work to create more.

With this new Theme we are aiming to create the perfect blend with JA Mood Template, also released free of any charge for Professional Plan owners but the setup will not require JA Mood Template as the new Theme will work seamlessly with all JomSocial features and support Theme Designer so you can easily change it to fit your unique needs with any other Joomla! template.


Since Theme is still in the development we can’t offer better preview than screenshots but image speaks thousand words so let’s get straight to it:


We don’t have a firm release date for the Theme yet but our goal is to release it along the JomSocial 4.4 release very soon.


As you probably noticed, we didn’t mention a name of the Theme. That’s because we came up with so much great ideas for the name that we simply couldn’t pick just one…

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What’s new on Drupal.org? – July 2017

Published on August 3, 2017

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.

Drupal.org updates
Better Distribution packaging

Drupal.org Drush upgraded

Distributions are a cornerstone of Drupal, giving site-builders a head start by packaging together proven modules and themes from contrib to build a Drupal site to purpose. In July we spent some time improving the functionality for packaging distributions on Drupal.org, by updating Drupal.org’s packaging system to use Drush 8. This resolves several issues:

Distributions may now use features from version 8 of Drush.
Package manifest details are now properly displayed for all distributions.
Distributions no longer need to nest contrib projects.
We hope that these changes will help distribution maintainers…


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SSL certificate feature release

Published on August 4, 2017

Hi everyone!

Many of you have been waiting for us to launch the new SSL certificate feature – so here it is! The migration process will be performed in several stages. Currently the feature is available for 3.0 networks only.

The migration of the networks with *.ning.com domain name is automatic, and has already begun. Hopefully, by the end of the next week the process of mass implementation will be completed. The networks with custom domain names will soon follow.

As a second step later this year, we will focus on 2.0 networks. We are already working on transferring these networks to HTTPS protocol, and everyone willing to volunteer in the testing process is welcome to contact our Support team to sign up.

Here are a few things an SSL certificate will help you with:
– safeguard your website from hackers, phishing, eavesdropping, man-in-middle-attack, and sniffing attacks
– keep sensitive information that is sent across the Internet encrypted, so that only the target recipient can use it
– protect sensitive information, such as customer names, phone numbers, addresses, and credit card numbers
– receive ranking advantage in search engines placement, since Google has recently updated its algorithm and added HTTPS as a ranking signal…

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