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 wordpress.org 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.

Commons 1.7.7

I’ve just released version 1.7.7 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release, which is also a major-update release, contains a number of plugin updates, as well as:

  • Improved stability for reply by email functionality
  • Fixed a bug that incorrectly showed an error message when inviting members to a group during group creation

For complete details, visit the 1.7.7 milestone.

Commons 1.6.4

I’ve just released version 1.6.4 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a maintenance release. Major items:

– Major plugin updates, as announced in https://dev.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2014/05/06/major-commons-plugin-updates-scheduled-for-may-21-2014/. Notably, this includes BuddyPress 2.0.1, which is a major update for the platform and should result in notable performance improvements throughout the social parts of the site.
– Update WordPress to 3.9.1
– A number of minor plugin updates
– New theme: Spun
– New plugin: Social Stickers
– Fixed bug that caused fatal errors when creating groups in some cases
– Fixed bug that caused improper error feedback when adding a link to your profile

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.6.4 milestone.

Commons 1.4.9

I’ve just released version 1.4.9 of the CUNY Academic Commons. 1.4.9 is a bugfix release, with the following improvements:

  • Adjusted group invite directions to include info about maximum allowed invitations
  • Added Twenty Twelve Theme as the default for new blogs
  • Fixed an error with uploaded group files that caused escape characters to be displayed

For complete details, see theĀ 1.4.9 milestone.