PeepSo 1.7.1 Is Out!

PeepSo 1.7.1 is now out and ready for you to install! We mainly focused on the GroupSo plugin in this version, but we’ve also added a couple of new features and improvements to Core and to other plugins too.

Brand New Features

Groups

Group Invitations now let you invite other users to join your groups. Once you’re a member, you can click the Invite button, type in the name of the user you want to invite, and hit Send. That’s it!

Groups Invitation Modal, with User Search

Groups Invitation Modal, with User Search

The invited user will receive a notification. They can:

  • Accept the invitation and join the group.
  • Reject the invitation and miss the fun.
  • Reject and Block the invitation, miss the fun and never be invited to join the group again. (However, if they change their minds they can always join the group themselves.)
Accepting / Rejecting Group Invitation.

Accepting / Rejecting Group Invitation.

Altogether, the process generates three notifications:

  • The invited user receives a notification about the invitation.
  • When the invited user joins the group, the invitee receives a notification telling them that the invitation has been accepted
  • The group owner receives a notification that someone has joined a group.

No notifications are generated when an invitation is rejected or rejected and blocked.

Notification about accepting group invitation and that someone joined group. The latter is sent only to group owner.

Notification about accepting group invitation and that someone joined group. The latter is sent only to group owner.

Notification about group invitation.

Notification about group invitation.

Group Name Change Notification

Group owners are free to change the name of the group. After the change, all members receive a notification informing them of the new group’s name. The idea is to prevent members from discovering that they’re listed as a member of a group that don’t recall joining and of which they might not want to be known as a member.

Location, Location, Location

The LocSo location plugin has also received a major new feature. Now you can use the plugin to add a location field to users’ profiles.

Backend Location Field Settings

Backend Location Field Settings

So when you’re asking people to build their profiles, you can ask them where they live, where their secret hideout is located or where they stashed the loot. Or just the location of their favorite hiking trail.

Options are as limitless as locations.

The LocSo plugin will provide a single location field to a profile. However, if you have installed ProfileSo, you can add multiple location fields.

Location Field in User Profile

Location Field in User Profile

PeepSo Icon Pack

We’re finding that more and more third party developers are interested in creating extra add-ons and integrations between PeepSo and other plugins. (Like the recently released PeepSo – CMAnswers Integration plugin or the PeepSo – myCRED Integration Plugin. They’re both very cool.)

Third party developers can now use the PeepSo Icon Pack that’s included in PeepSo Core to find the icons they need for their menu items, or anything else. This is where you can find the PeepSo Icon Pack.

PeepSo Icon Pack

PeepSo Icon Pack

Small Changes, Big Improvements

We also made a few small changes to other parts of PeepSo. The adjustments aren’t big but the effects sure are.

Datepicker

We changed one small icon here but it makes a huge difference to usability. The datepicker we’re using now is a third party JavaScript library that’s popular across the Web. It’s awesome. However, we have received a few complaints from people who said they had to click dozens of times on the left arrow to find their birth year. It wasn’t clear that they could also click the name of the month. We’ve added an arrow and made it all a lot easier.

Groups

Groups now have their own page titles. (You see them in the browser tab). The titles show the group name and the user’s location inside the group. For example: “I love Unicorns – stream”.

PeepSo also now shows group posts in context. When users receive a notification of a group post, they can see the group header and know immediately where it was originally posted.

Photos

We’ve made some small but powerful styling and usability improvements to photos on PeepSo. As much as we loved the navigation using keyboard arrows in the photos modal, the feature got in the way when writing comments. So we combined the album creation modal with the adding photos feature. Instead of a button saying “Add more photos,” you’ll see a big “+” in the postbox.

Now when you’re writing comments and want to use the arrow keys to make a correction, you won’t move to the next or previous photo by mistake.

Bugfixes and Improvements

In this version we have added a couple of bugfixes as well. For example groups default settings on fresh installation, wrong open graph url or issues that were only happening with some 3rd party themes. 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.

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1.7 Development

Love Social Networking? You’ll Be Excited To See GroupSo!

A few days ago I caught up with Eric Tracz from PeepSo and we had a chat on Facebook Live about the latest plugin being worked on called GroupSo.

GroupSo will allow your site visitors to engage in their own area of the site in groups. With so many communities used for niche topics or markets, this will bring a new element to a website using PeepSo.

In the video, Eric takes us on a behind the scenes look at how the development is progressing and highlights some of the main features that have been created so far. While there is still a lot more to be done, take a look at this sneak peek and see what incredible progress PeepSo is making with Social Networking for WordPress.

The GroupSo plugin will further enhance the extensive plugins already on offer like, Videos, Photos, and Chat