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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
Published on August 4, 2017
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…