PeepSo 1.5.0 Is Out And Ready For You To Download

PeepSo 1.5.0 is a major release with lots of changes. Not all of the changes are visible but you will be able to see the design improvements, the addition of ‘Read More’ links to posts and comments, and the reorganization of PeepSo images, letting you customize your community to fit your needs.

Design Improvements

We removed the gray background from both the Light and the Dark themes. Now PeepSo blends so much better with the backgrounds of various themes. It looks perfect on solid backgrounds and on textured backgrounds based on images or patterns. You can see how beautifully it turned out in the screenshots below.

PeepSo using Dark Theme with Image background.
PeepSo using Dark Theme with Image background.

In addition to removing the background, we also added plenty of small tweaks and changes that help PeepSo to blend better into your site’s theme.

‘Read More’

Very long posts or comments can take up valuable space on the stream. Allowing members to write really long posts means that other users have to do plenty of tedious scrolling to reach the content they want to read.

Read More settings in PeepSo Configuration.
Read More settings in PeepSo Configuration.

That’s why we introduced the ‘Read More’ feature. Site admins can now set the amount of text to show on each post before a ‘Read More’ link shows the rest. You can also choose to display particularly long posts in their own view.

Long comments under posts can also be abbreviated with a ‘Read More’ link, but we didn’t create a single post view for comments.

How Read More works in PeepSo.

Navigation Changes

To improve the profile navigation, we shortened the submenu of ‘Profile’ and put the ‘Stream’ and ‘About Me’ sections in separate views. Now the navigation is clearer and simpler for the end user.

Navigation changes in Profiles.
Navigation changes in Profiles.

ChatSo Improvements

The biggest improvement in ChatSo is its integration with the PicSo plugin. From this version on, you and your users will be able to send images directly from chat.

Send images directly from ChatSo

The number of open chat windows also now adjusts to the size of your window so you can comfortably open more than four chats at the same time if you want.

ChatSo adapting to your screen.

And users can also decide whether the chat window is minimized or open when they receive a new message.

Setting for opening chat windows.
Setting for opening chat windows.

Changes Under-The-Hood

One of the biggest improvements still under way is the preparation of PeepSo for handling customizable profiles. The first phase is done: we have refactored the code so that it can easily handle the existing fields and values in a new DB structure. The next phase will focus on allowing admins to customize the existing default fields, and phase three will introduce new field types including single select, multiple select, text field/area.

Make The Community Yours

You can now customize avatars, profile covers and virtually any image in PeepSo. Overriding PeepSo CSS has always been easy. Now we’ve made the customization of PeepSo images just as simple.

Other Bug Fixes And Improvements

Whenever you edit the configuration you will receive a notification of a change to the site’s values. It’s an automatic reminder to save or discard your changes.

Upgrade PeepSo Now

Automatic updates let you move quickly to the latest version—and you can do it all in the backend of your site.

Remember to update plugins in this sequence: ChatSo first, then all the child plugins. Core PeepSo plugin should be updated last. Here’s documentation that explains how to upgrade. You can see the full changelog here.

No PeepSo?

The free PeepSo Core version is fantastic. But if you want to unlock the true potential of social networking for WordPress, install the other plugins today.

If you’d like to see what’s coming up next, check out our roadmap here.

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Brought to you by PeepSo Team Eric Tracz
I'm a Digital Nomad currently living in Manila, The Philippines. Co-Founder and CEO of First time WordCamp Speaker at WordCamp Kuala Lumpur 2017, WordCamp Singapore 2019 and hoping to speak more soon. I started my journey with open source nearly a decade ago as a simple support guy. Joomla! was my first encounter with the world of Open Source. After that period of my life got phased out I fell in love with WordPress and never left. I have been both lucky and at the same time I worked my ass off to get to where I am right now. Free time, if I have any, is usually spent with my wife and / or travel around South-East Asia. Even when I'm supposed to be on a little vacation, not a day goes by when I don't check up on PeepSo. So far visited or lived in: Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hungary, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China, Japan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Norway, Germany, Scotland, England and more... Whenever possible, I jump on my Ducati Monster and just ride.

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