PeepSo 1.10.4 Release

New Release: PeepSo 1.10.4

The first release of July and so close to PeepSo’s third birthday, counting from the first stable 1.0.0 release. I feel like we should celebrate a little but about that later. There’s a number of Sponsored Features that were introduced in this version thanks to VIP PeepSo Member Dale. He’s one of the biggest supporters of PeepSo and has invested a lot. Hence, the heart VIP icon representing our .
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1.8.10 PeepSo Release

New Release: PeepSo 1.8.10

It’s my great pleasure to announce the immediate availability of PeepSo 1.8.10. The release was delayed for a couple of days which we communicated on our community. We found some issues and decided NOT to release until it’s fixed. Sorry for the delay but we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves, if we just decided to release something we clearly knew was broken. Everything finally fell into place and I’m happy to be able to make this release. Read more

1.8.9 PeepSo Release

New Release: PeepSo 1.8.9

It’s my great pleasure to announce the immediate availability of PeepSo 1.8.9. This day marks Groups plugins’ birthday. It started out small just with Open groups. Now we have Open, Closed, Secret, Moderators, Group settings, User Management and now adding Group Notifications. Let’s get to it, shall we? Read more

PeepSo 1.8.3 Is Out!

PeepSo 1.8.3 has just been released. With it a bunch of new features and improvements to existing plugins. Of course, this release was preceded by the release of PeepSo – Advanced Ads Integration Plugin that allows you to monetize your community in a totally new and unseen way in the WordPress world. Go check it out if you haven’t already it’s simply awesome! Read more

PeepSo – CM Routes Manager

The new Routes Manager PeepSo addon allows users to integrate the Routes Manager plugin with their PeepSo social network. The Routes Manager plugin lets users create a catalog of map routes with various points of interest. This addon creates the ability for community admins to add map routes to your PeepSo social network and enhance their social community.

The Routes Manager Plugin displays created map routes with Google Maps integration. These maps include points of interest and can include trails marked for various outdoor activities like running, hiking or biking. Maps can be categorized by location, route type or difficulty. Read more

PeepSo 1.7.4 Is Out!

First and foremost… Yaay! We are finally able to release PeepSo 1.7.4. Yes, it took a bit longer than we anticipated, but there were things we just couldn’t ignore. In the middle of the development process we started getting reports suggesting that the performance could be improved. We finished up the Group Categories, and got right onto it. Read more

PeepSo 1.7.0 Is Out!

PeepSo 1.7.0 is out and available to you right now. I’m sure you want to rush off and download it right away, but first do take a moment to read through what’s new in this version. I also wrote a post a couple of days ago describing the Development and QA process that the version underwent. It will tell you how we got here and reveal what goes into creating each new version of PeepSo. Do check it out.

So… What’s New?

Since it’s really a lot, I divided the announcement into 4 blogposts:

New Default Covers and Avatars

With the introduction of the GroupSo plugin, we decided to refresh the default covers and avatars for user profiles. They now match perfectly the fresh, new look of the avatar and Groups cover.

New default avatar and cover - Undefined

New default avatar and cover – Undefined

New default avatar and cover - Female

New default avatar and cover – Female

New default avatar and cover - Male

New default avatar and cover – Male

Improved, Unified, Better Navigation

We’ve unified PeepSo Core, making it better and clearer than ever. The toolbar navigation, the profile navigation, and the PeepSo Profile navigation all now have exactly the same layout. It’s completely smooth and makes for a much better user experience for your community. Take a look at the screenshot below.

New Unified Navigation

New Unified Navigation

Add Location to Albums

Now users can add location to albums using the familiar location picker overlay. If you’ve ever added a pin to a digital map (or a location to a post), the process will be entirely familiar… and very easy.

 

Successful Login Redirect To Any Page

After a successful login, users could either be sent to their Profile or to their Activity Stream. Both are good options but we wanted more. In fact, we wanted all of them. From version 1.7.0 you’ll be able to send users to any WordPress page you want after they’ve logged in. Alternatively you can set the config option to: no redirect, and keep them on their current page.

Successful Login Redirect to any page.

Successful Login Redirect to any page.

BuddyPress to PeepSo Migration Tool

With the addition of GroupSo to the plugins suite we’ve also made sure you can migrate your BuddyPress communities to PeepSo and keep the Groups you have.

Groups are finally available. At this point as GroupSo plugin only allows to create Public groups, all of the migrated groups will become public after migration. We’ll be adding Closed and Secret groups in the 1.7.1 and 1.7.2 versions of PeepSo and updating the migrator as we go.

It’s very important that you’re aware of the privacy of the migrated groups.

BuddyPress to PeepSo Migration Tool

BuddyPress to PeepSo Migration Tool

You can download the BuddyPress to PeepSo Migration Tool from here. Or go to the backend of your WordPress site > Plugins > Add New and search for PeepSo. It’ll be there amongst other results.

Bugfixes and Improvements

In this version we have added a bunch of improvements as well as a few bugfixes. For example all of the widgets with the exception of PeepSo Profile Widget have default titles now. The email footer is no longer hardcoded and you can edit it in the language file. We also reorganized settings for Email Digest and PMP Pro Integration plugins. For full changelog, please go here.

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.

Get PeepSo Today!

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

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GroupSo Plugin Out Now!

We spent a lot of time making sure that the GroupSo plugin was made in exactly the right way. It might not have every possible feature right out of the box but it will be coming out of the box perfectly formed… and into your hands as early as possible.

Groups Listing

It was really important that the groups listing was not only clean and clear but also beautifully simple and would blend into your site’s theme. It’s a big area that includes a number of important features.

Search and Sorting

Search works in real time to look for group names and descriptions. It also highlights the word or phrase found in either area and allows users to sort the results in three ways: Recently Added (the default option); Alphabetically; and by Member Count.

Less Is More

We didn’t want to clutter the groups listing with a massive amount of information, like a complete description, so we implemented a Less/More switch. Just click “More” to read the full description, and see the group’s owner and the creation date.

One Button, Three States

The button shown on Groups indicates your relationship with that group. It could indicate that you’re the group’s Owner, a Member (in which case it will offer the chance to “Leave”), or a non-member (in which case it will off the chance to “Join.”)

Instead of creating a dashboard-load of buttons to cover every scenario, we went with the rule of simplicity, and introduced one button to rule them all.

Group Rules

General

Group owners can’t leave a group. A group must have someone to administer and take responsibility for it. In version 1.7.1 or 1.7.2 owners may be able to add another owner to a group and transfer group ownership. Currently, however, owners can’t leave a group.

Privacy

All Groups are currently Public. In version 1.7.1, we’ll introduce Closed Groups and in version 1.7.2 Private/Secret groups. Because all Group posts will always follow group privacy. Hence, there will never be a privacy icon on the posts in groups.

Postbox without privacy - posts inherit privacy from groups

Postbox without privacy – posts inherit privacy from groups

Group Interaction Is For Members Only

Non-members can see group conversations and posts but they can’t like, comment or participate in them. To join the party, they’ll need to join the group first.

Stream Filtering

Until now, stream filtering has had just two options: Friends, which comes with the FriendSo plugin; and Community. GroupSo adds another stream, allowing you to filter content according to the current interests of you and your users.

Activity Stream Tabs

Activity Stream Tabs

These are the rules for showing Group posts on each of the three streams:

User Profiles

  • Show my Group posts on my profile.
  • Show all posts that a profile owner has written in public groups or in closed/secret groups of which I am a member.
  • Write a comment under posts in groups of which I am a member.
  • Be unable to post a comment under a post in a group of which I am not a member.

Activity Stream / Community Tab:

  • Show all posts in groups of which I am a member, both public groups and closed/secret groups.

Activity Stream / Friends Tab:

  • Show all of my friends’ group posts, including posts in groups of which I’m not a member but whose privacy settings allow them to be viewable.
  • Write a comment under posts in groups of which I am a member.
  • Be unable to post a comment under a post in a group of which I am not a member.

Activity Stream / Groups Tab:

  • Show all posts made in groups of which I am a member, including posts not made by friends.

Group View:

  • Write posts and comment in public groups of which I am a member.
  • Be unable to write posts or make a comment in a group of which I am not a member.

These stream rules have been broken down to all stream views to make sure that users see the content they’re supposed to and nothing that they shouldn’t.

Group View

To make sure the design in PeepSo is consistent we chose the familiar cover and avatar layout, stream and navigation under the cover.

  • Stream – All of the group posts.
  • About – Shows the group title, description and other information. This is also where group owners can change the group name and description.
  • Members – Shows the group members.
  • Photos – Shows group photos and photo albums.
  • Videos – Shows group videos.
Group view

Group view

Groups currently come with three default system albums. Future versions will add the possibility to create custom photo albums in groups.

Backend Configuration

The GroupSo plugin has its own set of configuration options in the backend. They are conveniently placed under their own ‘Groups’ tab in the config.

Group Listing

The backend of your WordPress site > PeepSo contains a new page: Groups shows a list of all groups in your community. You can administer those groups and publish or unpublish them. Unpublished groups will show on the frontend only to group owners and to site admins. Other group members will not have access nor see unpublished groups in any listings.

Backend group listing

Backend group listing

Group Settings

Group settings in this version are:

  • Enable group creation – Enabled: all site members can create groups. Disabled: only site admins can create groups.
  • Show Group Owner on Groups listing.
  • Show Group Creation date on Groups listing.
  • Enable post updates upon group avatar change. – Post updates on Activity Stream when user changes group avatar.
  • Enable post updates upon group cover change. – Post updates on Activity Stream when user changes group cover.

As we continue to develop Groups, we will add more settings for site admins in the backend and for group owners in the group view.

Get GroupSo!

GroupSo is available for only $40, including upgrades and support for a year.

If you already have an active license for our bundle, you’ll receive a $10 discount with this promo code:

groupso10

Get GroupSo Plugin!

The promo code expires at midnight PST on Wednesday, October 26th.

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.

Get PeepSo Today!

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

Read More About 1.7.0 Release:

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