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!

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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Happy Half-Birthday To PeepSo!

PeepSo is now six months old! (Yeah, we partied.)

It’s been a busy time. We’ve had 15 new releases, over 6,000 downloads, over 600 active installs and one brand new plugin (more coming soon). We’ve also received a ton of great feedback from our early adopters which has really helped us to make PeepSo even better! You can see our full changelog here, and our roadmap here.

3 Premium Plugins Are Now Totally Free!

To celebrate our first six months in business, we’re releasing three of our premium plugins on WordPress.org. You can download them free of charge and try out the features before you invest in PeepSo’s full bundle. That’s now just $99.

Which Premium Plugins Are Now Free?

  • MoodSo – Share sixteen different moods on the news stream with cool emoticons.
  • LocSo – Share locations with a map. The map is generated automatically, displayed on the stream and tracks the user’s location. It also works with the Messages plugin, allowing users to share their location on their messages.
  • TagSo – Tag friends and participants in a post to increase engagement.

How Do I Get These Free Plugins?

You can download the plugins from our website or install them through the WordPress backend. Go to the administrator area > Plugins > Add New and in the search box look for “PeepSo”.

PeepSo plugins in WordPress

PeepSo plugins in WordPress

What If I Already Paid For These Plugins?

If you’ve already paid for these plugins with Bundle #2, you are entitled to three additional months on your bundle subscription. Write to us and we’ll add the time to your license.

Migrate From BuddyPress Easily

PeepSo to Buddy Press Migration Tool

PeepSo to BuddyPress Migration Tool

If you’re using BuddyPress and want to use something better, we offer a free migrator plugin. Within a few minutes (depending on the size of your community), you can move all of your information from BuddyPress to PeepSo in an elegant and seamless way. Read more about the BuddyPress to PeepSo migrator here.

Join Our PeepSo Community

To see how PeepSo looks and works in a real environment, check out our own community. It’s already active with members asking questions, making suggestions and communicating—just like a community on your website can do. So go ahead, introduce yourself. We want to get to know you! Tell us who you are and what you need, and we’ll be happy to reply. We answer all posts.

Take The Leap To PeepSo!

PeepSo has been getting raving reviews. It’s a solid, well-written product with amazing and modern features that you and your members will love. Don’t get stuck in the past! Try PeepSo for 30 days free. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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Identifying a Good WordPress Plugin

Earlier in the week, we talked about how understanding plugins can be the key to success as a developer/designer; here’s some tips for deciding which plugins are worth yours and your clients’ time (before you consider how well they’ll integrate with the client’s chosen theme and business strategy/functions).

plugin directory

Check reviews – and remember that more doesn’t always mean better.

See what people have to say about the plugin, any tips, any complaints. At a glance, it might seem like plugins with only a handful of reviews are less successful – but that’s not always true. If the reviews all rave about the plugin and appear to be genuine, chances are you’re uncovering a lesser-known gem or something completely new.

Check when it was last updated

WordPress is always changing, and plugins need to change with it. Unfortunately for those creating plugins, it’s a very rare (non-existent!) scenario where you can create a plugin and then just never touch it again. Bugs will need to be patched, the plugin will need to be adjusted to work with updates to the WordPress core. The plugin’s page will tell you what version of WordPress it’s been tested with, and when it was last updated.

Check how good their customer service/support is

Find out where their support services “live” (some of them will house their support forums on their own website, others will stick with the “official” WordPress support forums), and see how responsive they are to questions. If you run into a problem or notice that something isn’t quite working, you want someone who’s going to help you out as soon as possible (for your sanity, and your client’s satisfaction).

Check the code

You may need some help with this if you aren’t a code wizard, but: if you go to the plugin directory, there’s a page for developers where you can have a look at the plugin’s source code. If you’re not able to identify some of the hallmarks of well-written software, it’s well worth getting someone else to check it out for you – particularly if it’s a paid plugin.

Have a play

Obviously this is something you’d only do for free plugins, but: you can always test out plugins on your own website before you recommend them to a client. Really get a handle on how they work, as a user. Some plugins (like PeepSo) will offer a demo on their own website, others will put up videos that show you exactly how it works (OptimisePress is a good example of this). Ask friends what plugins they’re using, and ask whether they’re willing to let you have a look and a play (as long as you erase your footprints later).

Plugins Could Be The Key to Boosting Your WordPress Client List

When people commission a WordPress site, they’re looking for something unique; something that is as visually appealing as it is functional. They want a website that will give them an edge over their competition. They want people to think their site is as “cool” as it is useful. As a WordPress developer, there’s a number of tools you need in your professional toolbox to create sites that are so visually appealing, functional and interesting that you don’t need to fish for clients (instead, they come to you).

The ability to write good child themes is important; this is what sets a website apart visually, lets you choose colours and fonts that really celebrate someone’s personality and underlying business philosophy. What’s perhaps even more important is taking the time to test out a range of different plugins, with a range of different functions so you can turn your clients’ dreams into reality, whatever they might be.

plugins

There’s a lot of plugins that do similar things, but not all plugins are created equal. For example: BuddyPress is the best known social networking WordPress plugin (for a while, it was the only option), but support can be lacking and it doesn’t mimic the social networking experience people are now accustomed to (ie, Facebook). There’s a wide variety of plugins and services for people wanting to run online courses, from OptimiseMember to Moodle; which one you choose will depend on their content, and how they want to deliver the course. On top of that, not all plugins work well together; other plugins are an unintentional match made in heaven. What will make you really stand out as a developer is being able to give reasoned, individualised advice that will help your clients choose a set of plugins that’s really going to fit their needs and make their website shine.

If you’d like to see what PeepSo can offer your clients, join our community to see how it works. Once you’ve got a handle on the practical, it’s up to you and your client to dream big about what’s possible.