JFBConnect v5.0.1 Released; Roadmap to v5.1

The next major feature release of JFBConnect is coming along very well and planned for next month. While in development, we realized we already had over 30 enhancements, improvements to JomSocial Facebook integration, bug-fixes and our new Enhanced Joomla Login module ready to go. We decided we wanted these improvements in our user's hands as soon as possible, so we released v5.0.1 late last week.

JFBConnect v5.0.1

Don't let the .1 fool you, this release is packed with improvements. v5.0.0 was released back in February and has been an incredibly popular, and stable, version. However, with any software, there were some minor bugs, changes in Facebook, and some little things that needed some finesse. While we were implementing all the major changes in v5.1 (read below for more information), we realized that we had more than enough for an interim release. By releasing v5.0.1 now, you can get your hands on these great improvements and it makes the upcoming feature release easier to manage.

For all the updates, see our Changelog, or read the highlights below.

Enhanced Joomla Login Module

The biggest new feature in this release is the inclusion of our Enhanced Joomla Login module. The new SCLogin module is much easier to configure, more powerful with built-in horizontal and vertical layouts, and more flexible with the Modal popup view. If you haven't already, see the full SCLogin Announcement Blog post for more information.

Simpler JomSocial Integration

Beyond that, we really began overhauling our JomSocial integration in preparation for the upcoming JomSocial 3.0 release. That's going to be a huge release and will integrate seamlessly with JFBConnect. Within JFBConnect, the separate "FB Wall - JomSocial" (jfbcjsactivity) plugin is no longer required as the post-to-Facebook functionality is now a part of the JomSocial Profile plugin.

If you haven't seen what JFBConnect integration with JomSocial can do, check out our demo video:

Bug Fixes

JFBConnect is used on tens-of-thousands of sites, so people run into all sorts of issues we don't anticipate. This release fixes a lot of issues regarding Open Graph settings, Facebook Comments in responsive templates, and lots more pesky issues. Most bugs don't affect many of our users, but of if you've had any problems, v5.0.1 will likely fix you up.

The Next Release is Going to Be Big

JFBConnect v5.1 is well underway and we're super excited to get it in your hands. The big features are:

  • Added social networking authentication. We're working on both Twitter and Google+ right now. At least one will make it in, but it depends on development and testing. If necessary, v5.2 will have the 'other' shortly after v5.1 is out.
  • Open Graph Action Popups - Easily let your users share your content with a message, friend or place tagging (see the image below)
  • Facebook Requests/Invites that don't require an SSL Certificate.

Open Graph Popup

JFBConnect v5.1 will be out in August. If you don't already have a subscription, get one now, and you'll be able to get all the features mentioned above as well as updating to v5.1 immediately when available.

Alex Andreae

Alex co-founded SourceCoast Web Development in 2008. Based in sunny Florida, SourceCoast develops extensions for integrating your Joomla powered website with popular social networks. He has spoken at more than a dozen Joomla User Groups and Joomla Days, including the Joomla World Conference in both 2012 and 2013. Topics have included social networking for Joomla, running a business around Joomla extensions, and Joomla development.


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