Features and improvements in Wolt Lab Suite 3.1

Discussion in 'WoltLab Burning Board' started by Splinter2, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. Splinter2

    Splinter2 Aspirant

    For a full run down on the new 3.1, which is now available for purchase, go here.
    I haven't upgraded yet as I'm still weighing up the cost/benefit, especially since I only bought the original forum software in December. They have made some significant improvements though, especially with the Gallery.
    And this is a nice gesture:
    "WoltLab Suite 3.1 will be available for purchase as of January 15th 2018 for the conditions listed below.
    New licenses that have been purchased after January 1st 2018 will be retroactively granted access to the new version as a gesture of goodwill. The order date on the invoice must not be before this date."
    Sales launch

    Has anyone else upgraded to 3.1 yet?
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  2. haqzore

    haqzore Devotee

    WoltLab Suite 3.1 has just reached the release candidate phase next and we will no longer add features, but instead focus on stability exclusively. This allows us to finally deliver you the definite list of improvements and new features that ship with the upcoming WoltLab Suite 3.1.

    For a list of changes in WoltLab Suite 3.0, please refer to this thread: Features and Improvements in WoltLab Suite 3

    In-Depth Spotlight on Selected Changes
    A large selection of major features have already been presented and explained in-depth previously:
    Complete List of Changes
    This list includes changes made across all apps and the Core itself, especially improvements made to the Core have a great impact on all apps and are therefore listed more prominently.

    Reduced Visual Clutter in the Message Reply Sidebar
    The message reply sidebar has been modified to show the username and avatar only, removing any visual distraction without breaking the message-like display.

    Improved Breadcrumbs on Mobile Devices
    Breadcrumbs are now consistently displayed on all screen sizes, including a condensed view for smartphones.

    Unified Default Image for Facebook
    Define a site-wide image that is automatically suggested when sharing links to your site on Facebook.

    Extended Page BBCode
    Optionally supply a custom link title when embedding CMS pages in articles, boxes and pages through the use of [wsp=123,'My Custom Title'][/wsp]

    Suppress Notifications from Blocked Users
    Users will no longer receive notifications that were the result of a blocked user's actions, including both direct and indirect interactions.

    Flexible Media Providers
    Media providers can now specify a callback class that will be invoked to handle the URL recognition, offering support for the most complex media sites.

    WYSIWYG-Editor for Comments and Responses
    Comments and responses have received a major update that enables the WYSIWYG editor when composing and editing comments.

    Basic Formatting for Article Teasers
    Linebreaks and paragraphs are now recognized and displayed for article teasers.

    Improved Display and Interaction for Smilies
    Smilies will now display a title on hover, additionally smilies are automatically recognized when selectively quoting a part of a message.

    Easier Styling and Scripting Access of Menu Items and Boxes
    The internal identifiers of menu items and boxes are now consistently exposed in the template, enabling targeted styling and script-based access.

    Separate Teaser-Image for Article

    Articles are no longer limited to display a scaled image of their original image, providing more flexibility for authors.

    Consistent Permalinks for Comments and Responses
    Deeplinks for comments and responses take the viewer to an exact comment, optionally loading them on-the-fly if it was not present at start.

    Categories for Uploaded Media Assets
    The central media system now supports custom categories that can be used to organize all uploaded media assets.

    Full Moderation Support for Comments and Responses
    The moderation integration has been extended and now includes full approval support for newly written comments and responses.

    WYSIWYG-Editor for Paid Subscriptions
    Descriptions presented to users are no longer restricted to basic text, the entire editor is available as of WoltLab Suite 3.1.

    Automatic Detection of Links to Articles
    Links inserted into regular message that point to an article are now automatically detected and will show the article's title.

    Support for Custom Meta-Tags
    Add custom meta tags to every page through a flexible input field.

    Additional Restrictions on Banned Users
    Signatures will now be hidden and attempting to log-in with a banned account will show the ban reason.

    Improved Syntax-Highlighting for CSS3
    Expanded the list of recognized keywords to provide an accurate color coding for CSS3 code listings.

    Highlighted Content Area
    The content area is now encapsulated in an optional box that visually shifts the focus more towards the page content.

    Tracking of Added and Modified Phrases
    Modified phrases that have their default value changed will now be flagged and a filter is displayed to easily keep track of them.

    Improved Pagination on Mobile Devices
    The pagination's dimensions have been slightly adjusted to improve the access on mobile devices, now displaying the pagination at the page top.

    Generic Avatars using Username Initials
    Users can optionally be provided with generated avatars based on the initials of their username, with distinct background-colors.

    Easier Page Management
    Pages can be automatically inserted into the main menu, assigned a custom CSS class, or excluded from search engines and then maintenance mode.

    Expanded Article Deletion
    Articles can be added to the trash bin before finally removing them, including the ability to process multiple articles at once.

    Search Index Support for CMS Pages
    The search index now includes CMS pages in their entirety, including the ability to appear in mixed search results with other content types.

    Clipboard Support for Articles
    The editor for articles now supports drag & drop for file uploads and implicit uploads by pasting images from the clipboard.

    Optional Visit Tracking for Articles
    Users are optionally able to keep track of new articles, useful when using articles as a replacement for a news-system.

    Unified Edit History for Articles, Boxes and Pages
    The new edit history keeps track of significant changes made to articles, boxes and pages.

    Implicit Pagination of Media Assets
    Searches for media assets can sometimes yield large amounts of results, and are now automatically splits across pages if necessary.

    Additional Filters for Boxes and Pages
    The filter options have been expanded to include additional features, including but not limited to custom content.

    Consistent Label Support for Articles
    The well-known label system is now fully integrated with articles, unifying the user experience across your site.

    Periodic Cronjobs use Local Time
    Schedulded executions are now calculated against the server time, previously all times were calculated for UTC.

    Easier Management of Active Paid Subscriptions
    The list of active subscriptions now includes new sort options and exposes the ability to edit any active subscription.

    Guided Conversion of i18n Articles
    Articles with multiple translations can now be converted into non-translated pages, or vice versa.

    Process Multiple Articles
    Articles can be marked using the built-in clipboard system and processed at once, reducing the time needed for adjusting multiple articles.

    Additional Built-In Boxes for Articles
    Numerous new boxes have been added for articles, including but not limited to tags, latest articles and comments.

    Custom Box Show Order per Page
    Boxes can be re-ordered for each page separately, overriding the global defaults for the most optimal presentation.

    Better Text-Selection for Quotes
    Selecting a text fragment from messages for quoting will now properly recognize smilies and expand truncated links.

    Rearrange User Profile Tabs
    The order of user profile tabs can now be customized, the first tab will automatically be present on page load.

    Improved Performance and Privacy for jQuery
    Force loading of the jQuery JavaScript-library from the own site to improve the load performance and to protect your user's privacy.

    Integrated Ad Rotation
    Multiple ads assigned to the same placeholder are now optionally rotated at random instead of displaying them in parallel.

    Extended Privacy Options
    User cards are now automatically disabled when the user profile access has been limited for the current user.

    User Group Visibility for Menus
    Custom menus now expose additional visibility settings based on user groups, easily limiting non-public menus for unauthorized users.

    Notifications for Expiring Paid Subscriptions
    Paid subscriptions that are about to expire will send a notification to the user, including recurring subscriptions.

    Parallelized Upload of Media Assets
    Uploading multiple media assets is now performed in parallel to speed up the entire process.

    Accelerated Guest View
    Greatly improves loading times for guests and search engines alike by heavily optimizing towards a read-only access.

    Automatic Link Rewriting for Secure Pages
    Links and images in messages can be optionally rewritten to enforce secure origins if the site was accessed securely.

    Static ACP Menu
    The ACP menu is now fixed to the screen and always keep in view while navigating through long pages.

    Support for Desktop Notifications
    New notifications are optionally polled from the server and displayed to the user using native desktop notifications.

    Simplified Setup for Facebook Sharing
    The Facebook Share app id can now be supplied through the configuration options.

    Expanded Moderation Status for Reports
    Closing a report now offers an additional option to mark the report as justified for easier tracking of past actions.

    Better Rendering of Dialogs in Chrome and Safari
    Calculation errors in Chrome and Safari have sometimes caused the dialog text to become blurry.

    Consistent Localization Support for Embedded Content
    Media assets inserted into i18n articles, boxes or pages now adapt to the content language, rather than the interface language.

    More Markers in Google Maps
    The Google Maps integration has been improved to support very large amounts of markers being displayed at once.

    Guided Favicon Editing
    Automatically generates all required favicon and favicon-like files by uploading a single image in the style editor.

    BBCode for Native HTML
    Embed native HTML into messages using the permission-based HTML bbcode.

    Universal Sitemaps
    Integrated sitemaps for all important content types and an open interface to integrate 3rd party content.

    Built-In Contact Form
    The optional contact form features fully customizable input fields and a managed recipient selection.

    Better Sidebars on Smartphones
    Both sidebars are now accessible through a condensed button group at the top of the content with customizable button labels.

    Expanded Color Palette
    The style editor's color palette has been extended to offer more sophisticated customization options. including but not limited to the editor toolbar.

    Route Planer for Google Maps
    Various content types, such as images or calendar events, come with a Google Maps integration and now include a route planer.

    Integrated Developer Tools
    Developers now have access to a set of pools that aid in the rapid development of plugins and apps.

    Automatic Check for URL Rewriting
    Enabling search engine friendly URLs now performs an automatic validation and provides suggestions for failed tests.

    Image-Only Ranks
    User ranks that include an image can now be toggled to use that image only, suppressing the output of the associated text label.

    Test-Tool for SMTP Configuration
    Sending emails via SMTP requires a few configuration options, the added tool provides a simple one-button test to validate the settings.

    Paste as Plain Text
    Users can opt-in to always paste the clipboard contents as plain text, stripping all formatting present in the original source.

    Improved Detection of Upload Errors
    Uploads that failed due to server-side restrictions are now detected and reported to help adjusting the correct limits.

    Overhauled ACP User List
    The list of users in the ACP has been redesigned to provide a consistent interface with new options, such as password reset and email sending.

    Display Registration IP Address
    The IP address used during the registration is now displayed to administrators in the user profile and the ACP user list.

    Extensible Gender Setting
    The gender selection now allows custom values being added through plugins, the default setup remains unchanged.

    User-Only Mode
    Private sites can opt-in to hide all relevant sections for non-logged-in users, forcing them to register or log-in before viewing any content.

    Improve user engagement by awarding custom trophies and thus greatly encourage user activity.

    Improved Drafts for Editor Messages
    Drafts now include additional data, including but not limited to previously uploaded attachments when restoring a message.

    Invisible reCAPTCHA
    The integrated support for Google's reCAPTCHA has been extended and now supports both reCAPTCHA v2 and Invisible reCAPTCHA.

    Rebuilding HTML Messages
    HTML message can be completely re-evaluated upon major changes to bbcodes and smilies, establishing a consistent behavior.

    Expanded Image Proxy
    Now ignoring same-origin images, optionally handling insecure images only, and exclude domains based on a custom whitelist.

    Limited Forward-Compatibility for Plugins
    An additional versioning system establishes a compatibility-baseline between major releases, easing the migration to new releases.

    HD Style Preview Images
    Style preview images now support high quality images served to 4K/Retina displays.

    Global (S)CSS
    Provide SCSS that will be applied to the site regardless of the active style.

    Improve Data Rebuilding
    The rebuild data workers to no longer require a page refresh, completed tasks receive visual markers to keep track on them.

    More HTML Emails
    Most emails now support both a HTML and a plain text version.

    Message Visibility for Conversations
    Adding or removing participants limits the message visibility, optional overrides will expose all messages of a conversation instead.

    Moderator-Override for Conversation Participations
    Staff members can be granted the permission to always add participants to existing conversations.

    Limited Conversation Participation
    Users can be restricted to be added to conversations while being unable to start new conversations on their own.

    Flexible Thread Boxes
    Boxes for threads now support a wider range of conditions, including but not limited to the selected labels.

    Private Forums
    Forums can be flagged as private, limiting thread and post visibility to thread starters and staff members only.

    Limited Post Visibility for Guests
    Reduce the amount of visible posts when viewing threads as guest, encouraging viewers to register themselves.

    Custom Forum Icons
    Assign distinct icons to individual forums, using a combination of FontAwesome icons and colors.

    Synchronization of Discussion Threads for Articles
    Discussions threads for articles will now receive all status updates made to articles and their content.

    Consistent Delay Publication of Posts and Threads
    The approval option for posts and threads have been unified and now provide both immediate and delayed publication.

    Extended Moderation Notifications
    Users receive notifications for moderator actions on their threads, additionally the most common actions are displayed inline in between posts.

    Stream-Lined Post Options
    The post options have been re-organized into two distinctive groups in order to split moderation actions and post interactions.

    Redesigned Thread Filters
    Sorting and filtering the list of threads has been redesigned and unified among all devices, providing a fast, consistent and user-friendly access.

    Visual Indicators for Calendar Events
    Bygone events are now dimmed out and cancelled events use strike-through to improve recognition.

    More Options for Calendar Exports
    Categories can be exempt from export based on permissions and include a new export type for participated events only.

    Label Support for Events
    Events can now make full use of the label system, including but not limited to additional filters available based on the selected labels.

    Consistent Category Colors
    Color-coded categories now display their color at most places, providing a consistent visual guideline for users.

    Redesigned Month View
    Events on the month view now appear as bars and are able to visually span successive days.

    Improved Participation Handling
    Users now receive more notifications for status updates, including a notification for cancelled events they've planed to attend.

    Blog Category Subscriptions
    The subscription system for blogs has been expanded and now not only includes blogs, but also allows to subscribe to categories.

    Restricted Tagging for Blog Articles
    User groups permissions for tags limit the author's ability to make use of the tagging system.

    Tracking of own Blog Articles
    A new page has been added that tracks both own articles and articles in blogs where the user is listed as author.

    Google AMP Support
    All blog articles are now available via separate Google AMP pages, increasing the visibility in search engines.

    Subscribe to Filebase Categories
    Both individual files and filebase categories can now be subscribed, receiving notifications for new file submissions.

    Video Support
    The gallery now includes full support for videos, allowing both file uploads and embedding from 3rd party media sites, such as YouTube.
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  3. Horizon

    Horizon Participant

  4. Splinter2

    Splinter2 Aspirant

    What are your general impressions Horizon and what benefits were you hoping for?
    I've been holding off until I see more forums upgrading.
  5. patrocle

    patrocle Aspirant

    I am testing the Wbb right now as a trial to see how it runs, and i like it. But i am long way from figuring out everything.
    Coming from Vb4 where i was used too everything in admin side, Wbb is different ball game to learn it, but is not much harder.

    One think about Wbb is that i am not seeing "smilies" option to upload in a bulk, so u have to do it one by one, not cool at all when you have 100+ to upload.

    I am on Wbb 3.1 rc4
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