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March 2017 Update

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!!

Since we last wrote a news post we have had a bunch of releases: 6.7.8-stable, 6.7.9-stable, 6.7.I0-stable, 6.7.II-stable… and that was just for the 6.7.x branch.

Then came a whole new 6.8.x branch: 6.8.0-beta, 6.8.1-stable, 6.8.2-stable, 6.8.3-stable, 6.8.4-stable, 6.8.5-stable, 6.8.6-stable, 6.8.7-stable… and 6.8.8 is just around the corner!

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:

  • Ability to attach files to new posts in the front office (useful for forums) and in the back-office without saving post first
  • Ability to attach an image to each category and to use it as a fall-back for posts without an image in the Universal Item List Widget
  • Ability to attach an image to image and logo widgets instead of providing a relative filepath
  • Added [audio:...] short tag
  • Single post display is now controlled through widgets
  • Analytics aggregation can keep infinite history of visits in the DB. See Global Hits Summary
  • PhpBB3 Import
  • … and a lot of usability improvements.

Next stop: 6.9.1! And that’s a loaded one! Stay tuned! ;)

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

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Posted March 7, 2017 | 4:28 pm

September 2016 Update

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! ;)

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Posted September 29, 2016 | 6:12 pm

Quick Update

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 ;)

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Posted March 16, 2016 | 3:53 pm

b2evolution's Year in Review

b2evolution's Year in Review
b2evolution's Year in Review

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:

January 2015

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

February 2015

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…

March 2015

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.

b2evolution's Year in Review
New default home page

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 »

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Posted January 3, 2016 | 6:02 pm

State of the Evolution - September 2015

State of the Evolution - September 2015
The Horizon Skin

We had a pretty productive summer!

b2evo 6.6

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 »

New skins

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.

Skins repository

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 »

b2evolution.net update

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…

What’s next?

More skins for b2evo v6, a completely renewed website and a manual update…

Stay tuned! ;)

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Posted September 4, 2015 | 6:29 am

State of the Evolution - June 2015

Wow! June Already! What happened to April?

It was about time for an update! We’ve got great news!

b2evolution version 6

State of the Evolution - June 2015
The site dashboard in b2evolution 6.4.4

We’ve made huge progress on b2evolution version 6. Several betas have been released and the latest is 6.4.4 released just 2 days ago! Download Here.

Along the way, we actually added quite a few goodies and b2evolution v6 now far exceeds our original ambitions for this release!

A few highlights of v6:

  • Everything is now redesigned 100% in Bootstrap by default: front-office, back-office and even the installer (but it’s still possible to use non-Bootstrap skins of course);
  • Tag management interface;
  • HTML5 semantic markup;
  • Custom templates for custom post types;
  • More clean URL schemes accessible without editing any .htaccess file;
  • Email capture / Quick registration widget;
  • More powerful search feature;
  • Forums can track what posts you have already read and which are new.

You can find more v6 features/changes in the original 6.0.0 release notes and following.

Logo redesign

So the whole app has been redesigned and got a fresh, new, 2015, responsive, bootstrapy look… Now it’s time to also give the website a facelift! (Upgrade it to v6, make it responsive…)

Actually, we’re starting with the logo. Here are a few variations of what we’ve been experimenting with:

State of the Evolution - June 2015
Logo tentatives (click to zoom)

What do you think?

Can you tell us which one you like the most?

And possibly why?

All feedback is welcome!

Have you noticed we have been listening more and more to our users’ needs for the last couple of years?

One defining moment was this: Your feedback matters!.

You gave us awesome feedback so far, and we have implemented most of what you requested. A few requests are still in the pipeline, as fixing v6 bugs was a priority over new features. But worry not, if we said we were going to implement it, you’ll see it in the next couple of months.

As you check out b2evolution v6, please continue telling us what you think and what you need. No matter how small or how big! If we can make it happen, we will!

Enjoy v6!

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Posted June 16, 2015 | 2:04 pm

State of the Evolution - March 2015

State of the Evolution - March 2015

Hello b2evolution Folks!

We have a ton of exciting news for you this month! (We hope you’ll understand why we skipped the February news ;)

b2evolution version 6 is here!

We have just released b2evolution version 6.0.0-alpha and it is PACKED with good stuff! Following the previous link will take you to a list but just to mention a few:

  • Several new skins based on the bootstrap framework.
  • It supports a global Home Page for the site.
  • Collections/Blog can be made private, even invisible to non-members if needed.
  • Email capture / quick registration widget.
  • 100% UTF-8. No more weird character hassles when dealing with multiple languages.

We also have a Guided Tour if you’d like ;)

Full story »

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Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:25 pm

State of the Evolution - January 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!

Security Release

You have probably seen the invitation to upgrade on your dashboard last week. If you haven’t, please be advised we issued a security release (version 5.2.1) and for optimal security, we encourage everyone to upgrade.

If you’re using b2evolution 5.1+, you can upgrade very quickly with the auto-upgrade feature. Otherwise you can download the release here.

Translations & language packs

Now that version 5.x is very stable and not evolving much any more, we are updating all the language packs.

If you’d like to help translating b2evolution to your own language, now is a good time to head over to our Transifex Project Page where you can sign up for free and translate one, a hundred, or a thousand strings. You can also use Transifex to efficiently report any inconsistency or any problem you noticed while using the app in your own language: search for the problematic string and leave a comment on it (mark it as an issue). Of course, if you know a better translation, type it in!

b2evolution v. 6

We regularly update the development version of b2evolution version 6 on GitHub. If you’re interested in the latest cutting edge version of b2evolution and don’t mind a few bugs, you can get it from there.

You can also check out the growing list of features here.

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Posted January 19, 2015 | 3:01 am
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