Commons 2.1.0

I’ve just released version 2.1.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons.

Version 2.1.0 is one of our twice-yearly “feature releases”, and includes the following improvements:

  • Redesign of the top-level Events interface
  • Overhaul and consolidation of the Commons’s “About” page and subpages
  • Overhaul of the “Activity” page to replace the old “News” page, with features pulled from “My Commons”
  • Redesign and simplification of the ‘Create’ page

With these changes, we bring the redesign first launched in version 2.0.0 to more areas of the Commons.

In addition, Commons 2.1.0 is a major-release update for plugins and themes.

For complete details, visit the 2.1.0 milestone.

Commons 1.7.1

I’ve just released version 1.7.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a maintenance release, which addresses a number of cleanup items related to last week’s 1.7 release. Some issues:

  • Fixed formatting bug in BuddyPress Docs
  • Replace missing Post New Topic button on group forum pages
  • Improve “uncouple” language on groupblog admin pages
  • Fixed some my-commons avatar bugs
  • New plugin: Better Search

For complete details, visit the 1.7.1 milestone.

Commons 1.7

I’ve just released version 1.7 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a major feature release for the Commons. Some highlights:

  • The new My Commons feature, which is a landing page that provides an at-a-glance view of activity related to your groups, friends, and sites on the Commons. My Commons is powered by the BuddyPress activity stream, and uses a custom page template for display.
  • A related feature is the ability to follow sites. Following a site will make activity from that site show up on your My Commons page, and your followed sites appear in a list on your Commons Profile. This feature is powered by the BuddyPress Followers plugin, written my team member Ray Hoh.
  • Group forums have been migrated from our ancient bbPress 1.x installation to the bbPress 2.x. I wrote a custom plugin that handled the migration between the old forum-attachments-for-buddypress plugin and our new forum attachment software.
  • BuddyPress Docs has also been brought up to date. The BuddyPress Docs In Group plugin was written as a shim to allow us to update without radically changing our interface.
  • Group members can download zip archives of group files, either en masse or by folder. This is a custom add-on for buddypress-group-documents, written by team member Daniel Jones.

For a complete list of changes in the release, visit the 1.7 milestone.