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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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

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PeepSo – myCRED Integration Plugin

PeepSo is getting more attention from third party developers. With the release of PeepSo 1.7.0 we added a great 3rd party integration plugin to our store.

PeepSo – myCRED Integration Plugin

myCRED awards users points for actions performed on your website. The PeepSo – myCRED Integration Plugin adds a bunch of new hooks for PeepSo-related actions. The plugin was created by a third party developer but we’re supporting it so if you run into any issues, you can still open a support ticket with us.

The list of hooks includes the following actions:

myCRED Integration - Hooks

myCRED Integration – Hooks

  • New PeepSo Post
  • PeepSo Post Deletion
  • New PeepSo Message
  • PeepSo Message Deletion
  • New PeepSo Comment
  • Comment Deletion
  • Add New PeepSo Friend
  • PeepSo Friend Deletion
  • Add New PeepSo Stream Photo
  • Deleting PeepSo Stream Photo
  • Add New PeepSo Profile Cover
  • Deleting PeepSo Profile Cover
  • Add New PeepSo Profile Avatar
  • Deleting PeepSo Profile Avatar

Your users can gain or lose points for any of these actions. Their points can be displayed in their profiles under the cover.

myCRED Integration - Points under profile cover.

myCRED Integration – Points under profile cover.

What do those points do? That’s up to you. The myCRED plugin, which is required for this integration to work, has a range of addons that allow users to buy points and spend them on content and other purchases. You can read more about myCRED plugin and its addons here.

Get PeepSo – myCRED Integration Plugin!

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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.

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

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PeepSo Email Digest Plugin Is Out!

PeepSo Email Digest Brings members back to your site

The PeepSo Email Digest is the latest addition to our family of plugins for PeepSo Core. It’s intended to bring users back to the community and to build engagement through enticing content delivered by email. Because it only sends those emails to users who haven’t logged in during a period specified by the admin, it won’t bother active members; it will only show inactive members what they’ve been missing.

The plugin automatically sends those members a summary of the most engaging posts in the community, the posts with the most likes and largest number of comments. Admins can define the duration of the users’ inactivity and set the number of posts to include in the digest.

Here's how the email digest looks like with images activated

Here’s how the email digest looks like with images activated

The Email

An Email Digest with all settings enabled contains the following:

Most Liked Post

The post that has won the largest number of likes over a set period.

Most Commented Post

The post that has won the largest number of comments over a set period.

Other Popular Posts

Other popular posts made by the community.

All links in posts shown in the Email Digest email connect to that particular activity view.

How The Email Digest Ranks Posts

In PeepSo 1.6.0 we quietly introduced Activity Ranking. It takes four basic actions a user might do with a post and awards points on the following basis:

  • 1 comment = 100
  • 1 like = 50
  • 1 share = 20
  • 1 view = 1

So a post with 5 comments, 3 likes and 1 share would earn 670 ranking points. Points for views are only assigned when someone sees a post in a single activity view.

It took long discussion and plenty of trial and error to figure out the scoring method. We wanted first to reward engagement that prompts a user to contribute to a post’s conversation. We decided that ‘like’ was the next most important reaction, followed by sharing and views.

In the future, we plan to use the Activity Ranking for other calculations but for now, it’s only being used to generate the Email Digest.

Email Digest Includes Plugin Content

As you can see from the screenshot above, Email Digests can display the text of posts, usernames and avatars. It’s also capable of displaying the content of other PeepSo plugins.

  • PicSo – supplies a picture attached to a post.
  • VidSo – supplies a thumbnail of the video shared in a post.
  • MoodSo – supplies the name of the mood shared in a post.
  • LocSo – supplies the location shared in a post.
  • TagSo – supplies the name of the person tagged in a post.

Privacy

Privacy is always crucial to us. We’ve just spent the last two weeks testing the Digest in every possible way. We wanted to make sure that the plugin only considers those posts that have either a Public OR a Site Members privacy setting.

The plugin ignores the ranking of any posts with a privacy setting of either Friends Only or Only Me.

Configuration

Admins can choose a number of settings for the plugin. They’re all very clear and we’ve placed explanations under any that might need more explaining.

PeepSo Email Digest Configuration.

PeepSo Email Digest Configuration.

How often should the Email Digest emails be sent

Email Digests can be published on a daily or weekly basis. Because no one enjoys the sense of being spammed, we recommend setting the frequency to “Weekly.” Users who were inactive for a set number of days will receive a useful summary of what they missed over the previous week.

Execute Email Digest email creation via cron job

We’ve found that sometimes the default WP cron job just didn’t cut it. So we created a setting to allow admins to create a server-side cron job and set it to run at a frequency of their choice. Server cron jobs are much more reliable. They don’t depend on users visiting your site and they are always executed on time.

How many emails should be created in a batch

Depending on the number of users in your community—and the number of inactive users—you might need to create hundreds of emails. The batch setting prevents your server overloading. Emails are passed to the PeepSo Mailqueue which ensures they’re sent at the set time.

Use images in emails

Our research and experience has taught us that the more images you use in emails, the more likely your emails will be marked as spam. You can read more about spam triggers in MailChimp’s post here.

PeepSo Email Digest Email without images.

PeepSo Email Digest Email without images.

Easy Opt-Outs

In addition to the unsubscribe link included in the footer of every email, users can also opt out of the Email Digest in their Profile Preferences.

Limitations

Please check with your hosting provider to find the number of emails you can send from your site in a day. Most, if not all, shared hosts place a limit. Email Digests may add significantly to other emails, including registration confirmations and notifications, sent from your site.

Get PeepSo Email Digest Plugin

PeepSo Email Digest Plugin can be yours for just $30.

Get PeepSo Email Digest Plugin Today!

PeepSo Email Digest Plugin will work out of the box starting with PeepSo 1.6.0. It’s not compatible with earlier versions of PeepSo.

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 PeepSo 1.6.0

Comments? Questions?

Please leave them below.

PeepSo PMP Integration Plugin Is Out!

We’ve just released another great plugin! A very welcomed addition to our PeepSo family.

This plugin integrates the PaidMembershipsPro plugin into PeepSo’s registration and navigation, giving users a seamless registration experience. On registration, members are offered a list of membership plans. The plans are configurable via PMP plugin’s settings. Just as membership pages are.

 

Once members have chosen their plan, they can complete their registration and confirm their email address. They’re logged in.

Admin can also choose to display a link to the PMP membership page as a sub-menu of the profile menu on the PeepSo toolbar.

 

The plugin’s settings can be found in WordPress Admin > PeepSo > Config > Additional Options tab.

PeepSo - PMP Integration Configuration Options

PeepSo – PMP Integration Configuration Options

By creating membership levels with PMP, admins can also control user access to the community.

At WordPress > Pages, find the pages that contain PeepSo Shortcodes.

Set the desired access level on all pages containing PeepSo Shortcodes except for the ‘Activity’, ‘Registration’ and ‘Password Recovery’ pages.

You can also hide the activity stream from non-logged in users in PeepSo, keeping your community totally private.

The focus of the plugin is on seamless navigation and a smooth registration experience for users. Registration and membership selection is now one easy step.

Get PeepSo – PMP Integration Plugin

PeepSo – PMP Integration Plugin can be yours for [peepso_edd_price id=’43387′].

Get PeepSo – PMP Integration Plugin Today!

PeepSo – PMP Integration Plugin will work out of the box starting with PeepSo 1.6.0. It’s not compatible with earlier versions of PeepSo.

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 PeepSo 1.6.0

Comments? Questions?

Please leave them below.