Make your community truly yours! – Changing Default settings

So you want to start your own social network! That’s a fantastic idea! You’ve read all the blog posts and the book on Top Secrets for Creating an Online Community (haven’t read the book yet? You can get it for free by subscribing to our newsletter, look for it on the right). You’ve found your niche. You’ve installed PeepSo.

Now You’re Ready To Get Started

Begin by branding PeepSo to reflect your community. Change a few settings in PeepSo, and your community will scream ‘Star Wars Force Fighters’ or ‘Star Trek Vulcan Community’ or ‘Garden Owners United’ or whatever topic you and your users love.

Branding Settings

Email Settings

Three fields in the email notifications will tell members that they’re in a community for people like them:

  • Email sender
  • Admin email
  • Copyright text
Edit email settings.

Edit email settings.

The email sender is the name that will appear in the inbox. The admin email is the email address from which the notification will be sent.

Emails Content

You can also change the content in the email notification. PeepSo has seventeen different email notifications, including those from additional PeepSo plugins.

  • New User Email
  • New User Email (No Account Verification)
  • Registration
  • Recover Password
  • Password Changed
  • New User Registration
  • Account Approved
  • Activity Notice
  • Like Post
  • User Comment
  • Wall Post
  • Welcome Message
  • Like Profile
  • Friend Request Received
  • Friend Request Accepted
  • New Message
  • User Tagged
New message email content settings.

New message email content settings.

A community for Star Wars fans, for example, could sign its emails ‘May the Force be with you.’ A Star Trek fan community could opt for ‘Live long and prosper.’ A gardening community could use ‘Fertilize and grow’. Or not.

New message sample email notification.

New message sample email notification.

Landing Page

The landing page contains three options for text customization:

  • Callout Header
  • Callout Text
  • Button Text
Landing Page Settings.

Landing Page Settings.

The default options will suit most communities but you might want to customize the text to more closely reflect your community.

Landing Page

Landing Page

Community Type

If you have the FriendSo plugins installed you can create an ‘open’ community. Every member will be able to see every post set to ‘public’ as well as the privacy settings of site members.

You can also create a friends-driven community. The privacy settings of site members and all posts that are set to ‘public’ will only be seen by users who are friends.

Community type setting.

Community type setting.

A Bit Of styling

The Appearance tab in the PeepSo config also allows for a few styling choices. You can create avatars that are square or round, themes that are dark or light, and use many more options.

Appearance settings.

Appearance settings.

Conclusion

Those settings give you plenty of power and a great opportunity to change the way your community looks. It won’t take you long and will have a huge effect on your community’s branding.

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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.

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

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.

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. Here’s documentation on how to do it plus a quick video below.

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.

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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. You can buy them by clicking the link below.

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

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