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XenForo 1.0.0 Release Candidate 2

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by XenForo, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. XenForo

    XenForo Company Info Staff Member

    Two weeks have passed since our first release candidate and our bug reports forum has remained steady at just a single page of unresolved bugs, most of which related to issues on which we are awaiting feedback or third party software. For the most part the inflow of bug reports has been very slow. We have fixed a silly error related to editing messages in personal conversations and a handful of other relatively minor issues.

    The time at which we will declare 1.0.0 stable is approaching rapidly and our efforts are now divided between bug management and preparation of other materials to support the stable release, such as end user documentation.

    All licensed customers may now download the new version from the customer area.

    Installation and upgrade steps are listed below, though they remain unchanged from previous versions.

    This is Unsupported Software

    While we have moved on from the beta distinction, please remember that this release is not officially supported. Support is limited at this time to questions here on the community forums.

    If you choose to run unsupported software, it is your responsibility to ensure that you make a backup of your data.

    What is a Release Candidate?

    After a number of beta releases, the functionality of the product should be complete and the rate of bugs being reported (should) slow to a trickle, allowing the development team to work through the backlog and reduce the number of bugs to a handful. We have now reached this point in the development of XenForo 1.0.0, so the time is right to produce a release candidate.

    This means that the software is proposed as stable, and a period of time is allowed to verify the proposal. If no major bugs are found during that period, the software will be released as 1.0.0. If major bugs are found that are considered sufficiently important to delay the release, we will see a second release candidate. This process continues until no major bugs are discovered during the probation period for the latest release candidate.

    Notable Changes

    While our focus as far as XenForo development is concerned is now almost entirely on stability and preparation for release, there are a few minor changes to functionality.

    Recommend / Tweet for Pages


    Pages now include Facebook 'Recommend' and Tweet buttons as standard. They are automatically disabled if you have these functions turned off globally.​

    Screen shot 2011-02-03 at 12.22.42.png


    Permission Terminology Changes

    In order to assist with intuitive comprehension of the permissions system, we have renamed two of the permission states to reflect their functions. The Default state has now been renamed to Not Set (No), and the Deny state has been renamed to Never. A tooltip has been added to the Never state, to indicate that you should use this infrequently.​

    Screen shot 2011-02-03 at 12.21.25.png


    Rich Text Editor Content Styling

    Changes have been made to the CSS that styles the contents of the rich text editor (RTE / WYSIWYG editor) that should make it more accurately reflect the appearance of text in your messages. However, in the event that the styles you have defined are not reflected by the standard CSS, we have added a new style property to allow you to override all styling and specify exactly what you want.​

    It's called Rich Text Editor Content (@editorContent) and can be found in the Message Layout style property group.​

    Screen shot 2011-02-03 at 12.40.46.png


    Tweet Button Asynchronous Activation

    We had various reports of the Twitter integration slowing down page rendering times, so we have altered the script to activate the Tweet buttons asynchronously, meaning that the page rendering will not be delayed if Twitter is having a slow day.​

    Recommend / Like Switch

    It is now possible to switch all Facebook 'Recommend' buttons to read 'Like' instead should you wish to do so.​
  2. XenForo

    XenForo Company Info Staff Member

    Installation Instructions

    If you are installing XenForo for the first time, please ensure that you do not download the upgrade package from the customer area.

    To install XenForo, you will need to extract the zip and upload all the files from the contained upload directory onto your web server. You may upload into your web root, or any folder within the web root. This shall be referred to as your XenForo Directory.

    Having uploaded the necessary files, you should direct your web browser to the URL that corresponds to your XenForo Directory and add '/install' to the address (eg: http://www.example.com/xenforo/install). This will trigger the installation process, which will guide you through the necessary steps to get a working XenForo installation running on your server.

    Please note that the installation routine will direct you to ensure that the data and internal_data directories within your XenForo Directory are writeable by the webserver (ie: chmod 0777).
  3. XenForo

    XenForo Company Info Staff Member

    Upgrade Instructions

    If you are planning on upgrading, please ensure that you download the upgrade package from the customer area.

    To upgrade an existing XenForo installation, you will need to extract the zip and upload all files within the upload directory to your existing XenForo Directory, overwriting all files.

    Note that you should ensure that the data and internal_data directories remain writable by the webserver (ie: chmod 0777). In most cases, they should remain writable and you should not need to take action.

    Once the files are uploaded, your XenForo installation will automatically be closed until the upgrade is complete. To begin the upgrade, go to the URL that corresponds to <your XenForo Directory>/install (eg: http://www.example.com/xenforo/install). You will be instructed to login as an administrator and guided through the steps. Once the upgrade is complete, your XenForo installation will automatically be reopened.
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