Commons 1.8

I’ve just released version 1.8 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.8 is a major feature release for the Commons. Features of note:

  • An events calendar for Commons groups and users. The calendar allows users to create events and link these events to one or more groups. Users can then view events on individual or group calendars. Group-linked events are also hooked into our group email notification system. On the technical side, this feature is powered by a plugin called BP Event Organiser, written by Commons team members Raymond Hoh, Christian Wach, and Boone Gorges. BP Event Organiser is, in turn, an add-on for the popular Event Organiser, by Stephen Harris. Event Organiser is freely available in the repo. BP Event Organiser is available via Github, though please note that it’s still in beta form; a cleaned-up version for general use is planned fo the future.
  • When creating a new forum topic in a bbPress-powered group forum, users can optionally cross-post the new topic to other groups that they’re a member of. This custom functionality was developed by Daniel Jones of the Commons development team.
  • Users can now search through the contents of a single bbPress-powered group forum. This is powered by a custom plugin, bbp-single-forum-search, written by Ray Hoh of the Commons dev team.

The Commons 1.8 news post has a more complete round-up of new user-facing features in this release.

Commons 1.8 is also a major plugin/theme update release, including an upgrade to the WordPress 4.2.x series.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.8 milestone.

Major plugin and theme updates for May 21, 2015

Our regularly scheduled May 21 maintenance release coincides with our next major release, version 1.8. Among other features, Commons 1.8 will include an upgrade to the WordPress 4.2 and BuddyPress 2.2 series.

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.8 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for May 21, 2015:

  • AVH Extended Categories Widgets (4.0)
  • Auto-Close Comments (0.0)
  • Category Sticky Post (2.7)
  • Event Organiser (2.13)
  • FeedWordPress (2015.426)
  • Flexi Pages Widget (1.7)
  • Google Forms (0.77)
  • Jetpack by (3.5)
  • List category posts (0.59)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.10)
  • Quotes Collection (2.0)
  • Social (3.1)
  • The Events Calendar Category Colors (4.2)
  • ThreeWP Broadcast (18.1)
  • ThreeWP Broadcast Blog Groups (18.1)
  • WP Retina 2x (3.3)
  • WP-EMail (2.66)
  • WP-Polls (2.69)
  • WP-PostRatings (1.81)
  • WP-Print (2.56)
  • WordPress SEO (2.1)
  • Zotpress (5.5)
  • xili-language (2.17)
  • xili-xl-bbp-addon (2.17)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.8 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for May 21, 2015:

  • Attitude (1.5)
  • Clean (1.3)
  • Twenty Eleven (2.1)
  • Twenty Fifteen (1.1)
  • Twenty Fourteen (1.4)
  • Twenty Ten (1.9)
  • Twenty Thirteen (1.5)
  • Twenty Twelve (1.7)

For more details on major update releases, please visit our release schedule and procedures page.