You will find details about this new release here.
With this new version, we are releasing features that didn’t need to wait for version 7.0 to come out. Yes, v7 is coming soon. It’s just that it’s such a major thing (really !) that it has a lot of little bugs to iron out.
Now, this seemingly small 6.10.3 release is actually a major milestone in b2evolution’s shift from glorified blogs to full-featured Content Management System. In this release you can define Item Types with very refined custom fields. You can then create Items of the desired types. You can use the custom fields in various ways (either in your content or in your skin code) and you can even compare items of same or different types with each other (b2evolution will automatically produce detailed comparison tables like this one).
Once again, we are describing big concepts here and we should actually show some examples. We’re guilty of that again. We’d like to promise we’ll solve that once 7.0 is out, but history tells us we’ll likely be absorbed into v8 by then…
OK, I don’t know how, but we really need to sort that out!!
For a while, I’ve tried to come up with newsletter styles / grouped news posts. The problem is that it never felt quite right to issue one without waiting for another’s piece of news, and then another, etc.
So scratch that. I’m back to posting tidbits of news whenever they come up.
And here you have it: b2evo 6.10.1 (stable) has been released. Release notes here. You can download it or auto-upgrade it. We are using it on this site and a handful of others. It’s proven stable already.
The reason we released 6.10.x and not 7.0.x is the infamous GDPR. (Do you enjoy all the GDPR related emails you get these days?)
b2evo 6.10.1 goes a long way toward GDPR compliance. I’m not saying 100% here because this regulation is very deep and we won’t know for a while if we finally hit the bottom or not. One thing for sure, the FUD around it is even worse as with the previous cookie regulations. Anyways, if you find something that’s “not GDPR enough” in your opinion, please let us know and we’ll address it.
Ironically, the other big thing in 6.10 is mailing lists & automations. It’s loaded with super powerful features but we haven’t quite finished the doc yet. So I’ll get back to you on that later. For now, let’s just say it plays super nice with user preferences and easy unsubscribe and it is GDPR compatible ;) … but more on this later…
Ok, so we’re definitely late on delivering the news… but we have been delivering quite a few new releases!
First, in the 6.8.x branch: 6.8.8-stable, 6.8.9-stable, 6.8.10-stable and 6.8.11-stable. These were mostly stability improvements. We will probably not update the 6.8.x branch any more and, at this time, we encourage everyone to upgrade to the 6.9.x branch!
Then, in the 6.9.x branch: 6.9.1-beta, 6.9.2-beta and 6.9.3-stable. 6.9.3 is really the best option for almost everyone at this point. Read through all release notes to see the new features!! In a nutshell: more settings for customizing skins, new widgets, enhanced plugins (including video plugins), enhanced custom fields, better search feature, enhanced wordpress importer, extended REST API, many new back-office tools.
What comes next? 7.0 of course! Mind you, we have been working on it for over a year already! Expect an alpha release in the next couple of weeks.
And last but not least, we have released a new skin: Jared Skin… with more new skins to come in the next couple of weeks.
As you can see… we’ve been so busy with the new developments that we almost forgot to tell you about them! We’ll try to be a bit more chatty in the future ;)
Wait! March already? Where did December go?
Is it too late to wish you all a happy new year? Probably. Yes…
However, it’s not to later to deliver a Happy 2017!!
A lot of releases, right? Indeed. We have switched to releasing more often, and we try to deliver as many bug fixes as possible as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your bug reports, and as always thank you for including screenshots which make it easy for us to narrow down on the problem much quicker.
Now let’s not forget new features! 6.8.x was packed with new features and the recently released 6.9.0-beta adds another layer. 6.9.1 is also just around the corner with some more.
Here are a few of our favorite new features added in 6.8 and 6.9:
Next stop: 6.9.1! And that’s a loaded one! Stay tuned! ;)
Here’s a very quick update, just to let you know what’s coming up…
But first, we really recommend that everyone upgrades to version 6.7.6 which has been released a few weeks ago. Version 6.7.7 is also just around the corner. The included auto-upgrade makes it easy to apply any new upgrade.
Also, if you haven’t checked out the skins repository lately, have a look. We released several new skins; for example: the Ark Blog Skin. At this point, we recommend that everyone switches to a modern responsive skin. The selection is wide enough for everyone to find something that suits their needs. And if not, please post some screenshots of what you’d like in the comments here ;)
Then, in October you can expect a first release of b2evolution 6.8.0, which will be packed with lots of improvements and a few new features.
Finally, we are working in parallel on b2evolution 7.0, which will introduce some major new features. Stay tuned! ;)
Just a quick update: this site (b2evolution.net) is now running on b2evolution version 6.6.8-stable.
We will release this version 6.6.8 promptly. Update: now released!
We have also made a lot of progress on the development branch, which is the branch from which we drew version 6.7.0-alpha a couple of months ago… We have added so many things now that we’re not quite sure what the next release will be called, but it will be an “alpha” again ;)
2015 has been pretty intense for b2evolution! So many things have changed! If you haven’t been paying attention, or have been lagging in upgrading, now is a good time to check out what you missed…
Let’s recap what happened over the past 365 days:
Believe it or not, we were still releasing one of those old 5.x versions. 5.2.1-stable to be exact. We’ll spare you the screenshot – it looks so outdated you wouldn’t believe it was from 2015 :p
Although we were still on the old system (5.2.2), we started to advertise the possibility to use the Auto Upgrade Procedure in order to make upgrade/maintenance easier than ever. Yet, it seems it’s been a long time since we last had to do manual upgrades…
A major milestone: 6.0.0-alpha was released, and with this: a completely new look & feel for both the front-office & back-office of b2evolution.
Version 6.0.0 came with full Bootstrap Responsive Design, private/restricted-access Blogs (which we actually started calling Collections, since they are more than just blogs…) as well as an email capture widget for building mailing lists…Full story »
We had a pretty productive summer!
First, we released b2evolution 6.6 in July and followed up with a couple of maintenance releases to polish it all the way up to “super stable” ;)
The latest version is 6.6.3. Make sure you upgrade! Remember you can use the auto-upgrade feature which makes it a 5 minute operation.
Find the Latest Production Grade Release here »
We are working on new skins for b2evolution v6. They will all be responsive (RWD) and based on Bootstrap.
The first new design we released earlier this week is the Horizon Blog Skin. It shows you how the Bootstrap framework can be transformed into something completely different from its basic look.
We are checking all skins from the skins repository for compatibility with b2evolution v6. When possible we also make small fixes so you don’t have to wait for the original authors to make them.
The list of “version 6 validated” skins grows daily… Check out the skins repository »
You may have noticed that the b2evolution.net site is now powered by b2evolution v6.6 and that we have started upgrading sections (skins) to bootstrap skins, effectively making this site responsive as well.
One major improvement so far is the forums section.
A few sections like the homepage use more complex skins which we haven’t migrated yet, but it should be a matter of days now…
More skins for b2evo v6, a completely renewed website and a manual update…
Stay tuned! ;)