New Release: PeepSo & Gecko 3.8.0.0

Introducing Events and Mobile App (Beta) through integrations with our third party partners.

Events

The WP Event Manager integration plugin is now out of Beta. We have added a new filter option in profiles: all my events, which includes all events created and RSVPd by the user. There’s also a new group of settings controlling how to sort the events in profiles and whether to hide certain filters (or even all of them).

Event listing in profiles is now able to display all events created and RSVPd in one list


Features related to managing Vendors and Venues might still have some kinks to iron out, so for now we have marked these as Beta still. Same goes for post to stream when RSVP “yes” feature – it might not behave as intended if the parent event is deleted.

The integration plugin is out of Beta, but certain features are still marked experimental

New widget positions

Gecko Theme 3.8.0.0 introduces two new widget positions: above content and below content. They are rendered in the main content container, between the sidebars, so any widgets located there will display nicely in line with the main content, and won’t be hidden on mobile.

The new “above content” widget position is perfect for widgets that are rather wide but not too tall

Mobile App (closed Beta)

PeepSo Integrations: Mobile App is a new upcoming plugin which allows a smooth integration with third party app wrappers. A wrapper is a solution which uses a webview to create an app. The currently supported solutions are MobiLoud and WPMobile.app.

Our own app uses MobiLoud as the wrapper

Plugin features

The primary role of the plugin is to hide/disable certain features in mobile app context for various reasons, usually to improve the layout, save space, speed things up and even improve App Store compliance. It works by detecting being in app context and using built-in hooks to control the interface.

Gecko related features

The same plugin allows you to control some Gecko features in app context. For example, we can disable all non-essential widget positions, to ensure the app loads much faster. Gecko theme also includes some extra app context specific widget positions: top and bottom (rendered above and under the content respectively) and sticky top which can be used to render a widget permanently “stuck to the top of the screen” (works great with PeepSo User Bar).

Performance

Experimental Fast Friends Queries available in Early Access have been completely rewritten. We are confident the new solution will provide the same amazing speed improvements as the previous one, but without the added cost of randomly skipping posts.

Experimental Fast Friends Queries get rid of the performance drop related to friends count.
The brand new logic is expected to work much better, without skipping some posts.

Other improvements

The Post Backgrounds feature is still in Beta due to some unforeseen issues with Android keyboards, but it is moving forward. In this release we added the ability to edit these posts.

The allow messages only from friends setting now works fine for the “new message” button as well.

Our work on TranslatePress compatibility continues – in this release we fixed some issues related to PeepSo PMP flow with TranslatePress enabled, and we are still working on the new notification engine behind the scenes.


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Brought to you by PeepSo Team Matt Jaworski
I am a professional nerd with **over a decade of experience** in the field of Open Source web development. Before [PeepSo](https://PeepSo.com) I was a contractor and have helped build successful businesses around the world, including USA, UK, Germany, Indonesia and Malaysia. A couple of years leading up to founding PeepSo, I was involved with JomSocial - a social networking extension for Joomla. Stepping up from the role of contractor to business owner, I became [PeepSo](https://PeepSo.com) founder and Chief Technology Officer. I strive to build beautiful, fast and functional software that **empowers the users to build their own digital tribes with full autonomy and freedom** often not available on the mainstream social networking media. As a **location independent** *digital nomad* I travel almost constantly, although over the past five years I have spent most of my time in Indonesia and Malaysia. I speak fluent English and Polish, decent German and Spanish and even some Indonesian.

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@peepso_user_20667(joshua nicholson)
So is there a plug in we should be downloading to get the new widget positions? Im a little confused
August 30, 2021 2:58 pm
@peepso_user_10(Matt Jaworski)
@peepso_user_20667(joshua nicholson) the new widget positions are a part of the Gecko theme. They will show up in the widget editor once you update.
@peepso_user_20080(Randy Murray)
In order to get the WP Story widget do you have to have the paid Version of WP Story?
September 1, 2021 10:14 pm
@peepso_user_22610(Noel Damien)
@peepso_user_10(Matt Jaworski) yes it's write, the versioning is actually not running so we have to wait ...
September 3, 2021 12:53 pm
@peepso_user_20667(joshua nicholson)
@peepso_user_20080(Randy Murray) yea I believe I do
September 4, 2021 10:36 pm

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