Introducing Oxwall.com

Greetings Oxwall users,

Today we are glad to announce that we’ve partnered with our friends at Skalfa (the original creators of Oxwall software) about launching Oxwall.com — a commercial solution aimed at people who need help with launching their community websites.

Since day one there always were users in the Oxwall community who couldn’t quite cut it in the true open source fashion — download the software, deploy it on their own server, troubleshoot incompatibilities, hunt for cues in the documentation, etc. The problem was always there, we realized that and even launched premium Oxwall support section. Still the problem didn’t go, people were coming in, asking the same novice questions and leaving.

So, we asked if Skalfa could do some kind of an “official” supported solution to help those people (who went away unserved before), while Oxwall Foundation could continue focusing on the platform development.

Skalfa LLC is a company best positioned for that, being our main friend, contributor and donor all these years. Having developed the first version of Oxwall, Skalfa is now back in the game, collaborating with us tighter than ever.

So, what’s changing?

Nothing. Oxwall.org (from Oxwall Foundation) continues to be what it is, focusing on Oxwall development. Oxwall platform is available as a free download, and some basic (mainly developer-oriented) help is offered at the forums.

Oxwall.com (from Skalfa LLC) is up and running and is welcoming people who need help with installation, custom development and additional commercial products and services. For example, Oxwall Starter package includes Skalfa’s solid portfolio of high demand Oxwall plugins.

I have a question…

Sure you do. You are welcome to visit Oxwall.com and talk to the support team in live chat. Check it out.


We hope that by providing the “official” support for Oxwall, Skalfa will help launch more real, living Oxwall sites. This alone is the most important factor of the Oxwall project growth.

Thanks,
Emil
Oxwall team

Oxwall 1.8.2 released

Oxwall 1.8.2 is available for download immediately.

All details about the release can be found in our beta highlight (complete changelog can be found here). You are now invited to explore this first release of 2016 and offer your feedback.

Important for users: If you are running Oxwall of any previous version, you are encouraged to wait until the auto-update prompt appears in your admin area. Before you attempt it, make sure to:

  • Back up your website. Seriously, folks, better safe than sorry;
  • Run the platform update first, only after that run all available plugin updates;
  • Run theme update also only after the platform update.

If you don’t want to perform the update yourself, check companies and contractors specializing in Oxwall support.

Thanks,
Oxwall team.

Oxwall 1.8.2 beta

Greetings!

Oxwall 1.8.2 beta lands today as we continue our journey through 2016. This is a release aimed at making the life of third party developers easier, as well as addressing some important backend issues. Most notably:

  • Oxwall plugins now support changelogs that will be displayed in the admin area before the update. Now it will be easier to understand what the update has for you. If you are a third party developer, here’s how to add a changelog to your plugin update: https://docs.oxwall.org/faq:how-to-add-changelog-to-updated-plugin
  • Commercial item validation mechanism is improved;
  • Oxwall now requires PHP 5.5 minimum.

Complete changelog is here.

Oxwall 1.8.2 beta is available immediately for beta testers. All developers and designers are encouraged to test their items on the new release to ensure compatibility.

How to become an Oxwall beta tester: https://docs.oxwall.org/dev:store:beta-testers

ATTENTION: This is a beta release which is unsuitable for applying on live websites, hence we do not provide any update tools. Please, wait for the official release – it will show up as the update button in your admin area.

The official Oxwall 1.8.2 release is scheduled for March 22.

Thanks for creating with us!
Oxwall team

Oxwall 1.8.1 released

Oxwall 1.8.1 is available for download immediately.

All details about the release can be found in our beta highlight (complete changelog can be found here). You are now invited to explore this first release of 2016 and offer your feedback.

Important for users: If you are running Oxwall of any previous version, you are encouraged to wait until the auto-update prompt appears in your admin area. Before you attempt it, make sure to:

  • Back up your website. Seriously, folks, better safe than sorry;
  • Run the platform update first, only after that run all available plugin updates;
  • Run theme update also only after the platform update.

If you don’t want to perform the update yourself, check companies and contractors specializing in Oxwall support.

Thanks,
Oxwall team.

Oxwall 1.8.1 beta

Greetings Oxwallers!

Oxwall 1.8.1 beta comes today as one of the first events of 2016. It’s a maintenance release that contains many improvements and fixes. Most notably:

  • New mobile theme (Simplicity);
  • Unlimited number of values for Single choice profile questions (finally!);
  • License key check for commercial items on install.

Complete changelog is here.

Oxwall 1.8.1 beta is available immediately for beta testers. All developers and designers are encouraged to test their items on the new release to ensure compatibility.

How to become an Oxwall beta tester: https://docs.oxwall.org/dev:store:beta-testers

ATTENTION: This is a beta release which is unsuitable for applying on live websites, hence we do not provide any update tools. Please, wait for the official release – it will show up as the update button in your admin area.

The official Oxwall 1.8.1 release is scheduled for January 12.

Thanks for creating with us!
Oxwall team

2016 New Year vacation

Hi all!

We’ll be out of facilities until Monday January 4 to take a well-deserved yet short vacation.

On January 5 we’ll have a new beta for you to keep you busy for the following week. So anticipate the new things to come!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody!

Oxwall team

Oxwall 1.8 is out!

Oxwall 1.8 is available for download immediately.

This is an important release which delivers several big things we’ve been working on. All details can be found in our beta highlight (complete changelog can be found here). We hope you’ll like what Oxwall 1.8 offers as much as we loved building it. You are now heartily invited to explore this release and offer your feedback, so we start making educated plans for our new development sprint.

Important for users: If you are running Oxwall of any previous version, you are encouraged to wait until the auto-update prompt appears in your admin area. Before you attempt it, make sure to:

  • Back up your website. Seriously, folks, better safe than sorry;
  • Run the platform update first, only after that run all available plugin updates;
  • Run theme update also only after the platform update.

If you don’t want to perform the update yourself, check companies and contractors specializing in Oxwall support.

Important for theme designers: With this release we change the attribution link images. Now instead of 4, there are only 2. You need to change your themes to reflect that. The new images are on the attribution page.

Thanks,
Oxwall team.

Oxwall 1.8 beta!

Oxwall audience is so diverse, I don’t even know where to start today. It’s September 1, so some of you go back to school (Congrats! Try to look at least half-interested), while some of you send your kids back to school (Huge congrats! You can finally win back some time for yourself). But there’s one event all of you will hopefully celebrate together with us: it’s September 1, and it’s Oxwall 1.8 beta day!

We’ve been long developing a few big things that didn’t make it to earlier minor releases. Finally the stars aligned, and we got them ready to be unleashed upon you in one release. That’s Oxwall 1.8.

So, what’s new? In short: new theme and many admin area improvements. In detail? Follow along:

New default theme: Simplicity

Our new theme to succeed the Origin theme is here. It’s Simplicity and it’s called so for a reason. Reflecting the latest trends of reducing visual clutter, it’s really all about highlighting content and helping your users take advantage of everything your Oxwall site has to offer. Stand out from the crowd!

Simplicity

Simplicity theme covers the desktop version and the admin area so far. It will support mobile version in 1.8.1.

New admin area navigation

At some point a piece of software becomes so powerful that only looking at all configuration possibilities becomes daunting. With Oxwall we tried several approaches to reorganize the admin area to make it intuitive without reducing what it has to offer.

Admin

Having touched the topic of navigation we also reorganized some admin interfaces in a different way to make administering your website as easy a daily task as possible.

Admin dashboard widgets

Continuing the quest of admin area improvements we are introducing something that makes Oxwall even more open source in the ideological sense: Dashboard widgets.

Widgets

With version 1.8 your dashboard comes prepopulated with important statistics widgets like user registration, finance, content, and moderation. Now developers can take advantage of this new feature to create more widgets essential to your daily routine as admin.

Content graphics management

And the last one in the admin area for today: greatly improved management of graphic images. This interface proved to be so inefficient before, now your life as a content creator is a little easier.

Graphics

Complete list of changes can be found in the changelog.

… but hold your horses, folks: it’s a beta!

Now, to the less exciting yet very important things:

Oxwall 1.8 beta is available immediately for beta testers. All developers and designers are encouraged to test their items on the new release to ensure compatibility.

How to become an Oxwall beta tester: https://docs.oxwall.org/dev:store:beta-testers

ATTENTION: This is a beta release which is unsuitable for applying on live websites, hence we do not provide any update tools. Please, wait for the official release – it will show up as the update button in your admin area.

The official Oxwall 1.8 release is scheduled for September 8.

Thanks for creating with us!
Oxwall team

Oxwall 1.7.5 release

Oxwall 1.7.5 is available for download immediately. Complete changelog can be found here.

The highlight of this release is mobile forum and mobile WYSIWYG:

We hope your community gets a good boost with the mobile forum which is one of the most anticipated feature. We continue our quest to properly mobilize Oxwall, so expect more news from us in the future.

Important: If you are running Oxwall of any previous version, you are encouraged to wait until the auto-update prompt appears in your admin area. Before you attempt it, make sure to:

  • Back up your website. Seriously, folks, better safe than sorry;
  • Run the platform update first, only after that run all available plugin updates;
  • Run theme update also only after the platform update.

If you don’t want to perform the update yourself, check companies and contractors specializing in Oxwall support.

Thanks,
Oxwall team.

Oxwall 1.7.5 beta

Here’s the planned release 1.7.5 beta release. Most notably, it features:

  • Mobile forum (finally!);
  • Mobile social sharing for forum topics/posts (will later be added to other features);
  • Mobile WYSIWYG editor for forum topics/posts.

Among other useful improvements are changed password hashing routine, suspended users’ avatar change, friends plugin enhancements, etc. Complete (ongoing) changelog is here.

Oxwall 1.7.5 beta is available immediately for beta testers. All developers and designers are encouraged to test their items on the new release to ensure compatibility.

How to become an Oxwall beta tester: https://docs.oxwall.org/dev:store:beta-testers

ATTENTION: This is a beta release which is unsuitable for applying on live websites, hence we do not provide any update tools. Please, wait for the official release – it will show up as the update button in your admin area.

The official Oxwall 1.7.5 release is scheduled for July 14.

Thanks for creating with us!
Oxwall team