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  • phpFox 4.7.4 Official Release

    phpFox 4.7.4 Official Release

    How's it going? We wish that all is growing well with your social networks. Today, we are proud to announce that the phpFox 4.7.4 is officially released. As usual, we keep maintaining our Script with many refinements, improvements and bug fixes to make it more stable. With this release, we'd like to thank you for your contributions, our loyal clients, with many suggestions, issue reports via Github Tracker, the phpFox community as well as Client Area. With your help, we are confident to develop phpFox better day by day. Now, let's take a quick look at what has been done in phpFox 4.7.4!What's new in phpFox 4.7.4 Improvements We gradually advanced phpFox functionalities to meet any needs and demands based on clients' feedbacks. Below are some highlighted key improvements in this release:- Make phrases on Friend module clearer and understandable- Support CKEditor on Contact Us form- Display warning popup when a user is redirected to external links- Users can edit status having Photo/Video/Link- Users can fitter by online users when browsing Users on front-end Fixed Issues Certainly, many bug reports have been collected and resolved in this version. Some of the fixed issues are below:- A user can view all status with a link without having view privacy.- Status with a link on a page still displays after removing.- Have an issue with displaying custom fields on the User Profile page- Not all friends are suggested when tagging or mentioning friends on feed- Status option isn't updated after sending or confirming friend request.For the full list of improvements and bug fixes, please visit the Release Notes. Changelog If you are developers and you have a question about the changes in the Core script, please read our the complete changed files. Installation & Upgrade We encourage you to back up your site and database before performing the upgrade. Make sure to check with 3rd-party experts about the compatibility of all the apps/templates you are using. Also, take advantages on useful guides below if you want to upgrade the site yourself.– Download – Upgrade Instructions – Installation Guide Important Notes - Along with the release of phpFox 4.7.4, we also have upgrades of the Material template and some phpFox apps: Photos, Events, Pages, Groups, Videos. The latest of these products are only compatible with phpFox 4.7.4. So, you will need to upgrade your phpFox site before upgrading these apps.- If your phpFox site is using 3rd-party apps or has customizations, our recommendations can help you. If you got any issues with this version, please let us know by submitting tickets or reporting immediately to our GitHub Tracker or Client Area. We also encourage you to join and stay connected with the Community Forum.We welcome any feedback to make phpFox better, so please don't hesitate to let us know your thoughts.Let's enjoy phpFox 4.7.4 today!
  • Love is all around on Valentine Promotion 2019!

    Love is all around on Valentine Promotion 2019!

    Happy Valentine. It's truly a cherished holiday with candy, symbolic hearts, direct connection to love and romantic relationships. Whether it's your family, your friends, your soulmate, or even your pet, spreading loves on Valentine's Day is much more meaningful and memorable. And on this occasion, phpFox also dearly offers sweet-as-chocolate deals to you and yours on our Valentine Promotion 2019.  Valentine's Day Sale 2019 Treat yourself and your loved ones well by starting a new Social Network with phpFox on Valentine's Day Sale. Let's claim 10% Off on new phpFox license purchase or upgrade from Feb 14 to Feb 20, 2019.Code: VALENTINE2019 It's time to put some serious thoughts to ready for unforgettable experiences you can share together with your beloved.And more deals from 3rd-party experts YouNetCo Let's spread loves to your community by claiming 20% Off on all purchases from phpFox Store. Using Promotion Code: YNCVALENTINE19 from 14 Feb to 20 Feb 2019 (PST). We hope with this promotion we can deliver some loves to sweeten your Valentine's Day.phpFoxer We are happy to have our newest Flying Hearts app for your Valentine season. We are also offering an additional 14% promo code for any of our apps and themes until Feb 17th, 2019. Promo code: LOVE14LOVESimplify Social Network We are glad to offer a special discount 30% to the phpFox community for Valentine event to any purchase of our product with coupon code: SSNV30FoxExpert You can get 20% discount for any App/Theme or Package for best Phpfox apps from Foxexpert. in 14-20 February with coupon code - FoxExpertValentine2019   Love is great! And the world needs more love! Love More and Be Happy On Valentine's Day!   
  • phpFox 4.7.3 Official Release

    phpFox 4.7.3 Official Release

    The flowers are blooming, the sun is peeking through the clouds, the scent of grassy air, the pastels are in full force... All these beauties signal another wonderful Spring season is already here! It is time to refresh your ideas to start something new, and we firmly believe you already have great plannings ahead to peak out this year. Building up from clients' opinions and feedback from Github Tracker, community and ticket system, we are fascinated to announce that phpFox 4.7.3 is officially released. As a push to lift up Spring spirit and a tribute to our clients, we release this version to ultimately maintain the stability and usability of the platform.So let's start upgrading and replenishing your Social Network with phpFox 4.7.3 now to enjoy all the latest improvements and features! Improvements Since the last release, we are continuously tweaking and improving the platform to meet any needs and demands based on clients' feedbacks. Some highlighted key improvements in this release are:- Responsive embedded videos in blog posts.- Message to indicate if a profile is Private.- Support better multi-language feature.- Update language & phrases. Fixed Issues Aside from the improvements to current features, we also make sure user experiences. This is leveled up by eliminating all the reported issues in this release. Some of the highlights fixed issues include: - Can't access installed apps if phpFox Store is down or unavailable.- Thumbnail image of user profile doesn't update until clearing the cache.- Can't cancel or save cover photo when repositioning.- Privacy settings are reverted when update Profile menu settings.- The deactivated menu will be re-activated after re-arranging menu order.- Site-wide block 3 or 10 positions in unusual places after refreshing the page.For the full list of improvements and bug fixes, please visit the Release Notes. Changelog If you are developers and looking for the changes in the Core script in this version, please refer to the complete changed files. Installation & Upgrade We highly recommend you to back up your site and database before performing the upgrade.Also please check with 3rd-party experts about the compatibility of all the apps/templates you are currently using. Take advantage of useful guides below if you want to upgrade the site yourself.– Download – Upgrade Instructions – Installation Guide Important Notes - All the apps from phpFox are fully compatible with the phpFox 4.7.3.- If your phpFox site is using 3rd-party apps or has customizations, please go over our recommendations to have a swift and safe upgrade process. If you found any issues with this version, please let us know by submitting tickets or reporting immediately to our GitHub Tracker. We also encourage you to join and stay connected with the Community Forum.We welcome any feedback to make phpFox better and better every day. So feel free to let us know your thoughts on this release by emailing us at hello@phpfox.com. Let's enjoy phpFox 4.7.3 today with us! 
  • phpFox 2019 plan

    phpFox 2019 plan

    A new year has come, and it is time that we gather to discuss the phpFox 2019 plan. As you may know, we end 2018 with the initial release of mobile on par of the Performance improvement for the platform core in version 4.7.x. This year we continue our commitment to building phpFox as the most powerful and tech-innovative social network software. Let's talk a bit more detail about 2019 roadmap.  phpFox Mobile Apps The initial Mobile Apps version is one of the biggest releases that we did in 2018. With good feedback from the community, we believe that our mobile apps are an essential part of any online community. In 2019 we will continue to stabilize the apps and define an integration method for our third-party apps. Documents and announcements regarding mobile apps integration are expected to be live before the 2nd Quarter of the year. After announcing the mobile integration method, we will also work on the official certified Mobile Apps Development partners. Partners who pass our qualifying conditions will have full access to our source code and documents so that they can able to customize phpFox mobile apps as per clients' need. From that time, clients who need to modify their mobile apps can contact either phpFox or our partners.  A New Chat / Communication Integration As you may know, phpFox already comes with a built-in IM Chat app with basic chatting features. We understand that in big organizations and communities, they need more than these basic features. So in this 2019, one of our focus will be developing or integrating a communication/chat tool that has advanced communication features that everyone loves. These include but not limited to group chat, better file sharing, supporting audio and video call, etc. Of course, the new Chat app will be fully integrated to our flagship mobile applications.  The new phpFox look-n-feel with Mobile First Design In recent years, mobile devices are gradually replacing traditional desktops for online activities. We at phpFox recognized this trend will significantly affect user experience for any online communities. As a result, we will start developing a new phpFox version that adapts this emerging trend. On the new version, we will focus on optimizing mobile experience by embracing the latest Front-end technology (w/ React eco-system). An initial release is expected to come at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. Any customers who have active software upgrade subscriptions are eligible to access. So stay tuned for any updates.  The phpFox Cloud Development SaaS (Software as a Service) is the global trend nowadays and phpFox is not an exception. We have thought about it seriously recent years but we had put more priority on building the phpFox core software before getting our feet wet with the cloud. In 2019, we will dedicate more effort on architecting and developing a cloud-based version for phpFox. Basically, the cloud version will have similar features as the self-hosted version, excepts the fact that community administrators do not need to have any experience on technologies as well as infrastructure management. We will keep you update on this as soon as we have an update.  phpFox Self-hosted Improvement Even there are more additions to the phpFox eco-system, we commit to having continuous improvements for phpFox. We will do yearly revise to improve security, performance, and scalability of the platform. We will also provide more tools to help self-hosted clients easier to deploy and manage their communities.  Supporting Quality Improvement Last but not least, one of our priority in 2019 is improving our supporting quality. We have currently put more focus on training supporting staffs for the US office so that they can help to resolve customer's queries better. As a result, you can expect to have faster responses from our staffs as soon as you need our assistance.  Now all you have to do is to prepare yourself to take off as we fly together to a successful 2019. Just make sure to follow our Social Media channels to keep you updated. Be sure to follow our Twitter and Facebook Page to get the most recent news.
  • 5 quick solutions for spam protection on phpFox

    5 quick solutions for spam protection on phpFox

    Social networks are becoming a popular way for internet users to communicate and interact online. People spend hours and hours on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to talk to friends, read the news, discuss events... Unfortunately, this popularity also attracts a significant amount of spammers who continuously expose malicious behaviors. These behaviors lead to misunderstandings and inconveniences on users' social activities. As the leading solution in building Social Network, phpFox comes right out of the box several tools and options for spam protection on phpFox. In this part 1 of the series, let's explore on how to get these tools and setting activated to prevent spammer to activate on your community. 1. Email Verification The easiest way to eliminate spam is to make it harder for spammers to join in your network. After registering, to be able to login to your network, users have to activate their accounts via a link in the verification email.  This solution adds an extra layer to prevent your site as only real registered users can pass this check.To setup Email Verification, firstly you need to make sure you have correct Mail Server setting which is able to send out emails. Then from AdminCP >> Settings >> Registration Settings >> Turn ON Verify Email At Signup. 2. Captcha Another method to prevent spam bots to disturb your community is to use Captcha. Basically, captcha is a set of required actions which users have to do before performing any action such as register account or post a thread in Forums… By distinguishing human and computer bot, Captcha eliminates all security threats which come from malicious and automated programs. phpFox supports the use of 3 captcha types. Depend on your site’s audience, you can choose the appropriate captcha type which is the most convenient for your users. Basic Captcha A combination of letters & numbers which users have to type in to be able to proceed. reCaptcha The captcha technology by Google. It requires users to click on a certain area as instructed. QR Code phpFox will generate a random character combination in form of the QR code. Scan the code with your phone to reveal the verification code.You can read our guide to enable Captcha. 3. Anti Spam Question This is another solution to get rid of spammers before they can bug out your community. Indeed, adding Anti-spam question and creating your own answers is extremely effective on niche social networks. As you can create a question which is only applicable to your niche community. For instance, the capital city of different states in your country or set the question in another language rather than English. This will totally trick the bots and spammers who are not familiar with your network.For detailed instructions, you can follow our guide to enable Anti-Spam Questions. 4. Approve Users Manually On Registering This setting enables Admin to have the privilege to review registering users before they can be active on your community. After registration, the status of the users will be marked as Pending until Admin approves their memberships.To set up this option, go to AdminCP >> Settings >> Registration Settings >> Turn ON Approve Users. 5. Force Users to Upload Profile Image when registering Force users to upload profile image while registering guarantees false registrations cut back to a manageable amount. Overall, any registration instance has to perform manually, just because it is truly hard for spammers or bots to accomplish this step automatically.In addition, with this setting enabled, users will have a better and more completed profile right after registration.To set up this option, go to AdminCP >> Settings >> Registration Settings >> Turn ON Force Users to Upload Profile Image. We just introduced very first 5 solutions that you can configure quickly to prevent your phpFox Community from Spam. Let try them all today and share us your experiences. PS: We will get back with more solutions on phpFox Core soon. 
  • New phpFox Apps and Themes in December 2018

    New phpFox Apps and Themes in December 2018

    The year 2019 is finally here! Gear up to take on new challenges as new year resolution by refreshing your Social network with new apps and themes. Last month, December, was a whole month of holiday and festive spirit, yet phpFox Store still shook with several new and incredible products. Let's find out these new phpFox Apps and Themes to equip your site with the best tools! 1. phpFox Mobile Apps by phpFox  As an ultimate solution, our phpFox Native Mobile Apps can boost to amplify users’ awareness of your community. Enhancing connectivity with instant access, phpFox Native Mobile Apps will surely return a higher conversion rate and cost-efficient values to your Social Network.Learn More... 2. Video Popup Viewer by FoxExpertUsers love watching and sharing videos on Social networks. With Video Popup Viewer app, users on your network will have better ability to browse videos. This app also allows easy AJAX functions to edit videos. You can play video in the popup or in the bottom of the website. Additionally, the app has many other different options like downloading, featuring and sponsorship. Browsing videos with Video Popup Viewer guarantee the best experiences for users.Learn More... 3. Feed Bypass by Scheinwelt-MediaThis app allows you to select which apps can add items to the main feed. If you don't want a specific feed item to show up, simply add it to the list of bypass feeds. This could be very useful to clean your main feed and database by bypassing items like friendships, forum replies, profile changes.Learn More... 4. AdBlock Detector by FoxerAdBlock Detector checks if the visitor uses any sort of ad blocker. If they are, you get the opportunity to display a targeted message to them. You have control over that message and can customize it freely.Learn More... 5. Apps Downloads Buttons by FoxExpertA simple solution which helps you add links for your mobile apps downloads in any page, the footer, or on the Material Landing page. Done with best Phpfox practice and without changing core files.Learn More...  That's all for now. If you want to learn more about the functions and features of these new products, you can contact directly to our third-party vendors for inquiries. Or you can let us know your thoughts on these products by writing to hello@phpfox.com or create tickets in the Client Area.Wanna purchase new licenses? As you may know, the very new version 4.7.2 was just officially released. We have been receiving much positive feedback about this release. You can purchase phpFox right now to enjoy these above perks just by clicking on the button below.Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest news and deals in upcoming events.
  • phpFox 4.7.2 Official Release

    phpFox 4.7.2 Official Release

    Happy New Year! New gift arrives at you on the very first days of 2019! Indeed, we are delighted to inform you phpFox 4.7.2 is finally released. We believe with this release, it will be a great headstart for you to get back to your community after a long holiday season and kick off an awesome year ahead. Upgrade your platform now and enjoy the best experience with several issue fixings and feature enhancements on phpFox 4.7.2!Improvements We gradually advanced phpFox functionalities to meet any needs and demands based on clients' feedbacks. You can find some highlighted key improvements from the list below: - Allow Admin to Enable/Disable countries instead of deleting them. - Support to restore Theme design when upgrading Platform or template. - Allow sorting users list to only friends.- Update and remove unused/unnecessary scripts in several core sections. Fixed Issues We collected and resolved all major bugs and issues from the last version. Some of the highlights fixed issues include: - Duplicated feeds after sharing a post on a friend's wall. - Tag users appear on feeds even these users set privacy settings. - Don't show custom gender on profile cover. - If post hashtag combines with URL, there is no space between them. - Redirect to wrong Pages/Group when clicking on the notification.For the full list of improvements and bug fixes, please visit the Release Notes. Changelog If you are developers and you have a concern about the changes in the Core script on this version. See the complete changed files. Installation & Upgrade We encourage you to back up your site and database before performing the upgrade. Make sure to check with 3rd-party experts about the compatibility of all the apps/templates you are using. Also, take advantages on useful guides below if you want to upgrade the site yourself.– Download – Upgrade Instructions – Installation Guide Important Notes - All default apps of phpFox are compatible with the Core 4.7.2- If your phpFox site is using 3rd-party apps or has customizations, our recommendations can help you. If you found any issues with this version, please let us know by submitting tickets or reporting immediately to our GitHub Tracker. We also encourage you to join and stay connected with the Community Forum.We welcome any feedback to make phpFox better and better every day, so feel free to let us know your thoughts on this release by emailing us at hello@phpfox.com.Let's start 2019 with phpFox 4.7.2 and enjoy your social network! 
  • phpFox 2018 Year In Review

    phpFox 2018 Year In Review

    The year 2019 is almost here. As usual, it is always the special moment to look back what we have done in 2018. We are so proud to see that all objectives of Plan 2018 have been completed perfectly so far. 2018 is definitely one of our most exciting and energizing years. Now, let's take a seat, have some wine and join us in the phpFox 2018 Year In Review.phpFox 4.6.0 - New layout standards for the future The year 2018 started with the official release of version 4.6.0 in January.  In this release, we have defined new standards for the future. This is one of our big upgrades with many significant improvements in layout structure. Especially, we introduce the new and beautifully designed template – The Material Template, as one of the default templates in phpFox from this version onwards. Also, we ported all Core apps to standalone apps and publish them in the phpFox store to be more convenient for maintenance and upgrade in the future. phpFox 4.6.1 - New organization and layout of AdminCP Our team started implementing version 4.6.1 right after the release of version 4.6.0. The Developer and Official Releases of 4.6.1 came in March and April. In 4.6.1, on top of maintaining to make the Core more stable, we studied user behaviors and redesigned the new layout for AdminCP. With new AdminCP, we removed all disadvantages, organize menus and features for Admins to manage phpFox sites more conveniently. We then released 6 minor updates for this version to fix known issues and gradually add more improvements. In particular, we released the phpFox 4.6.1 build 3 and build 4 for GDPR Compliance which will be officially applied from May 25th, 2018. The new phpFox Store The new phpFox Store is also our major and important project in the year 2018. Our expectation is to provide a better marketplace for third-party experts and our valued clients. In the new phpFox Store, we brought a brand new look on the Store including new layouts, designs, features… These changes primarily aim to improve user experiences upon finding apps, purchasing apps, installing apps and managing purchases.  The new Store also helps 3rd-party developers more convenient to manage products and licenses. In July, the project was done. You will be surprised if knowing how much effort we have put in this project. We were so delighted to bring you the new Store. phpFox 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 - Faster, better scalable and more phpFox version 4.7.0 was officially released in October 2018. In this update, we mainly set our focus on enhancing user experience with phpFox. Therefore, we spent our effort to modify and optimize several Core components of the system to ensure a fast, responsive yet stable platform. We gave our experiments and results in Performance Enhancement in phpFox 4.7.0 article that you may like to read it.Additionally, bolstering up the scalability of phpFox is our another target in version 4.7.0. The platform is now flexible and applicable to the expansion on server and database to deal with the large scale of requests from users.In November 2018, we continued releasing the phpFox 4.7.1 to improve current features and resolve known issues. phpFox Mobile app - The completed mobile readiness The long wait was over on December 2018 when we officially released both the iOS app and Android app. This is our most important goal in 2018. We have been receiving much positive feedback since the releases. Everyone knows how important to have mobile apps for social networks nowadays. Definitely, your phpFox Social Network needs a mobile app to get a comprehensive solution for social connection anytime, anywhere. That's it. What do you think about our works in 2018? Which releases are the most important o you? Please feel free to reach out and share us your thoughts. We love to have your feedback as much as possible.Let's be ready for 356 days of the year 2019 together. We wish you all the best ahead. Happy New Year! 
  • Christmas Sale 2018 – The Gifts Are Coming To Town!

    Christmas Sale 2018 – The Gifts Are Coming To Town!

    Christmas is definitely one of the greatest events in the year, being the celebration of the greatest gift ever given by God to mankind. There is no Christmas spirit without Christmas gifts. As usual, we want to take advantage of this moment to show our appreciation to all our clients with our special gifts in our phpFox Christmas Sale 2018 promotion.phpFox Christmas Sale 2018 We delightedly offer the warmest deals with  25% OFF on new phpFox license purchase or upgrade during this promotion From Dec 24, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019 (PST).Gift Code: XMAS2018Happy Holiday and Don't forget to join with us. We wish you a warm and wonderful Christmas season!  
  • phpFox Android Mobile App Official Release

    phpFox Android Mobile App Official Release

    Marking an important milestone in our mobile development roadmap, today we are proud to announce that the phpFox Android mobile app is available on the Play Store. So far, the phpFox mobile apps are on both the Apple Store and Google Play, the most important goal of 2018. Let's take a look today!It was such an amazing week so far as we have been receiving much positive feedback since the release of the iOS app. Thank you for your contribution. Since the Android app stands as a fully-realized companion to the iOS app, our team have burned energy, fully focused and endeavored to complete the Android app as soon as possible. Today, the Android app is released sooner than the expected time. You now can have a full mobile app solution for your phpFox sites which bring many great values to your users. How to experience the Android app Same as the iOS app, we published the Android app to Google Play. Android users can download the app from the Play Store. Let's go to Google Play on your Android device and search for “phpFox“, then download and install the app named phpFox. Or click on the button below.Demo Server URL: https://mobileapi.phpfox.com User: phpfoxtest1@phpfox.com Password: 123456 How about the iOS app? Let's check our guide in the phpFox iOS Mobile App Official Release blog. How to use the Free phpFox Mobile apps with your phpFox site We are still offering default phpFox Mobile app version to clients holding V4 Pro license now. Please submit tickets in Client Area to get this mobile app version before December 31st, 2018 (PST).If you are using other V4 licenses, you will need to upgrade your licenses to V4 Pro first. You can refer to the Upgrading the Product Package Type guide. Our next plan According to our roadmap of mobile development, we are going to release app versions for Android tablets and iPad. Also, we keep upgrading the iOS and Android mobile apps to maintain, add more new features and improvements. Keep us posted with your thoughts and ideas on both Android and iOS app to see how we can improve the app better by writing to hello@phpfox.comAlso, as our plan, we are going to apply the new price of the phpFox V4 Ultimate license in a few days. The current price of Ultimate license ($1,199) and the upgrade fee from V4 Pro to Ultimate ($660) are being offered as the discounted prices for our early-bird clients. Therefore, if you intend to use Premium White-label mobile version, please don't miss this chance to get the Ultimate licenses at this time. 
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