Author: phpFox

  • phpFox 4.5.3 Build 2 has been released

    phpFox 4.5.3 Build 2 has been released

    We are pleased to announce this maintenance release - phpFox 4.5.3 Build 2 has been released and available in Client Area (phpFox 4.5.3b2) for download.Please note that if you have phpFox 4.5.3 installed, you do not need to run the full upgrade routine as this fix is a minor build release. In this build, we have fixed 1. Page keeps loading endlessly when setting a theme as default on server using PHP 5.5 2. User Profile - Activity feed works incorrectly after loading more many times 3. Some issues in Install/Upgrade process 4. Cannot install/upgrade phpFox 4.5.3 in PHP version 5.5 5. Cannot gift Points 6. Duplicate FTP selection in Remove unused files page. We also have some improvements Support option to select/un-select all apps in Install/Upgrade platform process Install InfoDownload Upgrade Instructions Installation InstructionsChange LogChanged files listFind bugs with this version? Please report them at our GitHub tracker.Need support? Purchase support and submit tickets right from your account.
  • phpFox Affiliate – How It Works

    phpFox Affiliate – How It Works

    This post is to explain more how the phpFox Affiliate works, provides you with all affiliate banners and necessary instructions. phpFox Affiliate banners To those who are already active Affiliates of phpFox sales, the following banners are for you to use on your websites, blogs or wherever you want to put it together with your Unique Referral Link.Medium Rectangle banner (300x250):This banner should be embedded within text content or at the end of articles.  Leaderboard banner (728x90):This banner should be placed above main content, and on forum sites.  Affiliate Panel How to get your Unique Referral Link and see Your referralsLogin Client Area Click Affiliates on the menu Get Your Unique Referral LinkSee your referralsThe current Affiliate Earning Percentage is 20% It is the percentage of each payment that you receive. The current Affiliate Commission Delay is 30 days It is the number of days from the date your referral purchased phpFox's product (license or service) to the date its commission is available for you to withdraw (if accounts are still active). How to withdraw your commission You will be able to request a withdrawal as soon as your balance reaches the minimum required amount of $100.00 USD.In the above example, the affiliate needs to wait until the Commissions Pending Maturation: $59.80 USD becomes an available commission and is added to its Available Commissions Balance. The Available Commissions Balance then will be $149.65 USD and ready to withdraw.Click the Request Withdrawal button. It will create a ticket on your behalf. Our staff will then follow up with you in the ticket and proceed to send you your available commission payment.See also the instruction how to register as a phpFox Affiliate.
  • Core Video App v4.5.3 Release

    Core Video App v4.5.3 Release

    After receiving many feedbacks from you about our new Core Video App which can be found at https://store.phpfox.com/product/1819/video, we are now pleased to announce the release of Core Video App v4.5.3 is ready. In this version, we've fixed some major issues as following:If you share a video which porting from old Video app to this new one, system display message "The sharing content isn't available now." An error occurred in the phrase of new Video app Video menu is not active when accessing all pages of Video app System displays wrong error message Does not convert all old videos completely Could not upload large video via FFMPEGFind bugs with this version? Please report them at our Github tracker.Need support? Don't hesitate to submit tickets right from your account to reach out. We will reply to you very soon then.We hope that you feel interested and joyful in this release. Stay tuned as we will get back with more updates soon.
  • phpFox 4.5.2 is released now!

    phpFox 4.5.2 is released now!

     We are pleased to announce the release of phpFox 4.5.2 is ready now. This version is focused on only 1 main objective: improving significantly the quality of Core script. On top of issues from your valuable feedback on phpFox Community and GitHub, many other issues have been found and fixed thoroughly. There are no new features added. But you would be surprised if knowing how much effort we have spent on this release. It makes us believe that this will be the most stable phpFox version than ever. From now, we will have full focus on phpFox 4.6.0 to make our Core script even better.Here are highlighted notes for this release: Fixed Issues We have already fixed all major bugs from 4.5.0. You can get the full list here. Improvements A lot of improvements have been also implemented in this version. Visit here  to view them allNotice: Our new core Video app which contains many new features will be released very soon right after the 4.5.2. It will be replaced the current video app in Core script. Hence, some of the minor issues occurring with Video app in 4.5.2 are not fixed for now. Installation InfoDownload Upgrade Instructions Installation InstructionsPlease note that if you have phpFox 4.5.1 or lower installed, you do need to run the full upgrade routine. Development Updates If you are developers and you have a concern about our changes in the Core script on this version. Please visit here to get more detail information. Change logChanged file listFind bugs with this version? Please report them at our Github tracker.Need support? Don't hesitate to submit tickets right from your account to reach out. We will reply to you very soon then.We hope that you feel interested and joyful in this release. Stay tuned as we will get back with more updates soon.
  • phpFox 4.6.0 – How to keep your user experience consistency in Mobile Era.

    phpFox 4.6.0 – How to keep your user experience consistency in Mobile Era.

    Should your site have a specific view for Mobile? Without a doubt, UI/UX is the first thing to impress the new users before they can be impressed by functionality. As a Site Owner, we know that you have to consider the display of every block on all pages on the different views. Also, the consistency is very important whereas your users should have the same experience on all devices. In this topic, we will discuss few rules of thumb in design adapting with the business of your sites, in order to keep your user experience consistency:Responsive Design, should all blocks display the same on all views (Desktop, Tablet, Phone)? Pagination vs Load MoreYou might already be familiar with Responsive Design, especially when phpFox supports responsive Bootstrap framework by default https://blog.phpfox.com/2015/11/27/phpfox-v4-1-0-released/; your phpFox site already has a specific view for Mobiles (Tablet and Phone). Of course that you can have Mobile App specified for your users but it is very costly and hard to determine what the users really need on mobile from the beginning.Moreover, not all the functions working on Desktop view are suitable for Mobile users due to different purposes of devices. Mobile is a data-consuming device, where itʼs used to view, interact with existing information. Of course that you can post a photo, simple blog; but not really suitable to create complex content such as Business Profile, product description, ... With feedback from our users as well as our observing many websites, we found out many blocks are better not to display on Mobile. Therefore we will add this option into default basic blocks, and so admins can configure on their owns.Also, any 3rd party developers should follow this rule and inherit the setting. Ex: few blocks on an event, etc. will not display. So if your site is for simple content posts such as photo, music, blog, the creation blocks should be displayed on Mobile Devices. However, if your sites are Business Orientated such as Listing, Business Directory, Job Posting, you have to choose carefully which ones to display.This feature will be available in phpFox 4.6.0, and so will the following feature ... Scrolling Or Pagination? Whatʼs your choice? Why Pagination and Scrolling related to Responsive Design? The link is quite loosely, but for those who have been using Facebook or Pinterest app in mobile, the experience should be the same with mobile when accessing the activity feed, why? Simple reason: users keep scrolling to read activity feeds - important action - no matter what devices they are using. Simple rule: scroll is good for mobile devices, users prefer to scroll than to click on a touch screen.Pros and Cons of Scrolling and Pagination are quite easily to find out, many articles out there discussing on this. Here is an example for your quick reference: UX: Infinite Scrolling vs. PaginationYet to balance and overcome “Cons” when using Scrolling:Either make the footer accessible by making it sticky or relocate the links to a top or side bar. “Load More” button when reaching the maximum number of autoloadingFor your reference, we quote here the part indicating when you should use Infinite Scrolling or Pagination?“There are only a few instances where infinite scrolling is effective. Itʼs best suited for sites and apps that boast user-generated content (Twitter, Facebook) or visual content (Pinterest, Instagram). Pagination, on the other hand, is a safe option, and good solution for sites and apps that intend to satisfy the goal-oriented activities of the users.”In response to this urgent call, phpFox will introduce options for you to choose in 4.6.0:Scrolling auto loading with number of “Read More” Pagination for site wideSo, it will be definitely easy for you to choose whatʼs suitable for you.To be continued ... so stay tuned for more update on phpFox 4.6.0.
  • New apps and themes in January 2017

    New apps and themes in January 2017

    1. Regions / States from Foxer      Introduction: We have created this app to cover missing regions and states for all countries all over the world. Over 4 thousand regions will be added and will automatically appear if user selects any country available on registration or when searching for members on members browse page.      Codes for the names of countries, dependent territories, special areas of geographical interest, and their principal subdivisions (e.g., provinces or states) were set according to ISO 3166-2.2. Advanced News / RSS feeds from FoxExpert.com      Introduction: Need cool plugin for showing latest news and articles? This module allow your users add any rss channels and news. Have a good options for sharing content.Also this plugin create tons of new pages with good seo. Many blocks and cool features, buy it and we will install it for free.3. Comment Button Advanced from Scheinwelt-Media      Introduction: This app adds a button to the comment form. You can now write comments without sending them on enter. If users pressing enter they will get a new line.4. Social Store from YouNetCo      Introduction: With the rise of Electronic Commerce and Social Media, there’s been a major push towards Social Commerce, where social networks are changing themselves to offer a way to earn, including a more convenient online shopping and selling experience. Our Store helps you to manage your own Social Commerce marketplace, where people come to buy and sell in a social way. We support shoppers find anything they need. We help retailers/merchants build their own Store, list their goods even they are planning to sell physical or downloadable items.      We also provide you solutions making some profit from the site, since you are supported to charge sellers a fee for opening stores as well as get commission amount on each transaction.5. User Dashboard from Foxer      Introduction: This app adds a stylish block that shows user's info on user profiles and when user is on his home page.6. Advanced Photo/Albums from FoxExpert.com      Introduction: Plugin extends the standard phpfox plugin Photo. We added more than 20 different blocks and changed design of all pages. Created 2 new pages (Photos home and photos by category). Many admin settings including 2 design of browsing albums (pinterest style and grid style)
  • phpFox 4.5.1 Build 2 has been released

    phpFox 4.5.1 Build 2 has been released

    We are pleased to announce a maintenance release - 4.5.1 Build 2 has been released and available in Client Area for download.Please note that if you have phpFox 4.5.1 installed, you do not need to run the full upgrade routine as this fix is a minor build release.In this build, we have fixed the critical issue: HTML blocks aren't displayed on 4.5.1 Install InfoDownload Upgrade Instructions Installation InstructionsChange LogChanged file listFind bugs with this version? Please report them at our github tracker.Need support? Purchase support and submit tickets right from your account.Subscribe to our YouTube channel for video tutorials and tours!
  • phpFox 2017 Plan

    phpFox 2017 Plan

    This blog was originally planned to release by end of this week. However we’re too excited to wait since the plan for 2017 is very interesting, we have to share with you ASAP. It’s quite a long list of many challenges. But with the current team, which has been strengthened last few months, we’re confident of the success. So let’s get started. First thing first, phpFox Core Script Roadmap     In next few months, it’s all about 4.6.0:UI (front-end and back-end) and Core Features Improvement​​Front-End: we will set a new standard for design and layout where everything must follow strictly to make sure it all is consistency. All pages will be considered to have new appearances and the design will be mobile first. There will be an option for Admin to alter the layout whether a block is shown or not in the view of mobile - tablet. Many blocks would not be suitable to use on Mobile, wouldn’t it? Back-End: a headache for the administrator, we totally understand this. Therefore, our major mission is to simplify these and bring the best way for you to manage the site. As an owner of a Social Network, you have many things to care about. So easily access to all settings with convenience layout, all pages will be re-organized for a natural flow.Next is the list of enhancement suggestion for Core Features from you and our team, will be improved in 4.6.0. For your information, not every single request will be implemented, but suitable ones, the list will be detailed published in 4.6.0 Sneak Peak. Core Apps Improvement: Video, E-gift, Page, Group, IM Chat, RSS Feed and more. Still, we leave the room for the 3rd party vendors to make advanced application, but the basic feature sets should be enough for basic need, ex. support FFMPEG in Video so you can encode in your own server. With new App System (*), it’s quite easy for the admin to install a new application and overwrite the basic one with advanced one if need be. We’ll set CKEditor as basic HTML editor which you can easily disable if needed. Many of you have mentioned about the issue with built-in SEO feature, we will take care of this also in 4.6.0 Simplify HTML / CSS Structure: this is a good news for 3rd party developers when you can easily inherit and maintenance your code base and avoid unknown conflict.    Then, followed by 4.7.0:Some of you will ask for Mobile Application. Whether it is in the 2017 Roadmap? Where is it in the Roadmap. Too much information to mention here, we must have a separated series to introduce this application. So, just stay tuned. New Apps: Email Template, Ning Importer and many more ...(*)Marketplace - App Store System: Recently, we have already added many features to prepare for better integrate among App Store, phpFox Core and AdminCP. It helps clients to purchase, manage purchased applications easily. It also helps 3rd party developers to manage app more easily. New website: A new appearance of website www.phpFox.com is also being implemented, this work is totally separated with core script implementation, so you will properly see this in next few months. Last but not least, we plan to introduce a new way to use phpFox: It’s subscription, where we will take care everything for you. No more headache about server issue. More information will be provided soon. Hopefully, with this given information, you will have the visual about what phpFox is doing for 2017.Should you have any further question, feel free to contact us or open a thread to discuss in the community.
  • phpFox 4.5.1 is ready now!

    phpFox 4.5.1 is ready now!

    We are pleased to announce the release of phpFox 4.5.1 is ready now. As you may know, we have received many valuable feedbacks about issues and suggestions on phpFox Community and GitHub from our major release 4.5.0. How thankful we feel for your support! That is why our team is determined to have this minor release so quickly. Moreover, apart from a bunch of bug fixes, we don't forget to include in this version many significant enhancements that you must have been interested in.Here are highlighted notes for this release: Fixed Issues We have already fixed all major bugs from 4.5.0. You can get the full list here. Improvements A lot of improvements have been also implemented in this version:Standardize the core apps' names Change layout of comment Allow uploading muti-photos while creating new feed Have an option for admin to decide whether to include a custom field in search or not All core apps are now working in the same rule while integrating with Page and Group Allow admin to select which criterion will be used for sorting feed by top stories: sort by total likes, total comments or both Have an option for admin to choose whether to remove database while uninstalling app or not And much morePlease visit our doc to view all. Installation InfoDownload Upgrade Instructions Installation InstructionsPlease note that if you have phpFox v4.5.0 or lower installed, you do need to run the full upgrade routine. Development Updates If you are developers and you have a concern about our changes in the Core script on this version. Please visit here to get more detail information. Change logChanged file listFind bugs with this version? Please report them at our Github tracker.Need support? Purchase support and submit tickets right from your account.#website #phpFox #socialnetwork
  • phpFox 2016 In Review

    phpFox 2016 In Review

    Only few days left, then 2016 is ended, now is the good time to look back what phpFox has done in 2016. You should take a cup of coffee or tea, it's quite a long list to read.[caption id="attachment_1796" align="aligncenter" width="801"]What script is optimized for performance and can scale up when the site is growing fast?[/caption]Since the very first release of phpFox V4, performance has been a critical issue. Many large sites running V3 could not be upgraded to V4 due to this. We have then set this as the main goal in 2016, prioritized and pushed all our efforts for this. The result was so amazing. Since phpFox v4.4.0, performance was incredibly improved. We have done many benchmarks just to be sure.[caption id="attachment_1797" align="aligncenter" width="801"]A simplified system for clients to make it more clear for editing.[/caption]Secondly, the Theme system was redesigned by using Bootstrap framework. In short - “A simplified system for clients to make it clearer for editing.” and allows 3rd-party developers to create themes directly from CSS/LESS flat files. The improvement has been done since the release of phpFox v4.2.0. Along with new core theme improvement, we have greatly improved UI. New theme system allows us to build Neutron theme beautifully and responsive ready. The design of application, the idea is that that mobile design, as the hardest, should be done first. Furthermore, if you're looking for a dedicated solution for Mobile Application, we do have a plan for this already in 2017. Stay tuned for more information.[caption id="attachment_1798" align="aligncenter" width="801"]Many more applications are built and available in phpFox Store.[/caption] Talking about core improvement, it's a miss if we were not taking File System, SQL Replication, and New CDN System into account. Also, we brought back HTML Editor feature, along with many applications available in Core: ex: Backup and Restore, Single Device Login, Shoutbox, etc. since phpFox v4.5.0. These applications are now available in phpFox Store.[caption id="attachment_1799" align="aligncenter" width="801"]New Knowledge Base, Client Area helps clients access to everything in just one click.[/caption] Since the very beginning of 2016, we have introduced our new Knowledge Base, it is a valued asset to our community since then. All documents and materials are centralized conveniently for both Clients and Developers to access.Along with this, new Client Area Dashboard System was introduced. Quoted from related announcement - “The new account dashboard includes an easier way to get your license id and key, integrated ticket system”.Talking about Community, we have also restricted to our verified clients only.  Which means, it’s public view but only verified clients are allowed to register. It’s also a privilege for our clients where some of the privacy rooms are available to logged clients only. Developer Forum is also established and becoming a place for our 3rd-party developers to share their knowledge, practices and ask for help. It becomes a place where our Core developers support 3rd-party vendors.[caption id="attachment_1800" align="aligncenter" width="801"]New tooltip and image display system with Reviews Editable make App Store more user-friendly[/caption] Store System is also being improved recently. It’s not only just about the attractive layout: with a new tooltip, image display system, but also the convenient ways for Admin to install and manage purchased applications from App Store. Rating system is also updated to more reasonable for both clients and 3rd party. [caption id="attachment_1801" align="aligncenter" width="801"]14 days of free trial to full test the script.[/caption] Since October, we have introduced “Trial Version” which allows everyone to try our phpFox in periods of 14 days for free. The great thing is out of trial period, if you would like to continue what you already have set up on trial site, you just need to upgrade easily to licensed version.  [caption id="attachment_1802" align="aligncenter" width="801"]Affiliate Commission is increased to 20%, installation service is reduced, only $30.[/caption] Finally, we have reopened “Support Service” and “Affiliate Program” and many affiliates have earned quite a lot. We even have a dedicated blog entry for our “Affiliate Program” - and the great news is that the rate has already increased to 20% commission since Dec/09; Installation Fee has been reduced to $30 since then.Quite a long list, isn't it? In fact, the original one is much longer than these 7 highlight points. In this case, you would need another cup of coffee or tea, so we've tried our best to limit in one cup only.We also would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being our valued clients. There were many things we have not done yet, we know some of you might be disappointed somehow. Believe or not, we assure that many interesting things are coming in 2017 and then. Stay tuned for more updates. Our next announcement will be published very soon.Happy New Year All!
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