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    phpLD 3.4 Released

    phpLD 3.4 has now been released.

    New features in phpLD 3.4

    Frontend editing and administration
    1. Site Admin - This admin is able to edit virtually everything on the frontend, in addition to having access to the backend administration
    2. Super Editor - This user will have all rights of the Site Admin, except they will not be able access the backend administration.
    3. Editor - This user has rights for a specific category as well as any sub-categories below the level of the assigned category.
    4. User - Items that a user submitted will be editable subject to the admin's approval.

    User Management in Admin
    There is a new section in the admin area called User Management where the admin can work with user rights, so in addition to the user groups outlined above, the admin can also edit specif actions. For example, the admin may want to grant the ability for a user to edit their own article, or let them add new pages.

    Hits Table Cleanup
    When upgrading phpLD, your hits table data will be deleted. The main purpose of the hits table is to not allow people to keep clicking on their link to "bump" it up. After the upgrade, the table will again start getting data. The reason we delete the data on the upgrade is this table can become quite large, and some servers timeout, so this will help avoid this problem. In 3.4 we are also deleting older data. So if the admin uses the default setting to not allow people to register a hit more than once in 24 hours, data older than 24 hours is now being deleted.

    Adding RSS Feeds to Categories
    When editing a category in the admin, there is now a field to enter an RSS feed for the category. phpLD uses the Simple Pie library to show the feed in the category. The feed appears after the links but before the message about submitting when no links or articles exist. By default title that appears before the feed is "{category name} News".

    Delete As Spam
    In the Administrative Backend, when viewing links there is now a button called "Delete as Spam". So the admin can any or all spam submissions and delete and ban the ip and domain, all in a couple of clicks.

    Switch from the FCK Editor to the MCE Editor
    After some testing, we felt the MCE editor is far superior, and we are now using this editor. This is the same editor used in Wordpress. We will be able to do more with this editor in the future, and already have some plans for additions that will be possible under the MCE editor.

    Require Email Confirmation
    When registration is not required to submit a link, there is now an option to Require Email Confirmation (can be used when registration is required too). After a user submits a link, they will receive an email where they have to click the link to confirm the submission. There is also a function that checks for unconfirmed links, and removes them after X days. Note, a link that has received a payment will never be deleted, except manually by the admin.

    Category Sorting in Admin
    When editing a category, there is a new field called Sort Order. You can change the value and the category will override the default sorting and appear sooner or later depending on the value you assign.

    Close Category to Activities
    There is now a Permissions link for each category in the Administrative Backend, and it will be possible to Close the category to any or all of the following:
    Link Submission, Article Submission, Ratings. Comments

    Consolidation of Regular and Featured Links in Admin
    We have combined the display of Regular and Featured links into one area, so there is no longer be a Featured Links link in the admin backend. When you search, you will be searching both. You can still sort by Link Type, and featured links are clearly identifiable in the list.


    Comments and Ratings for Links
    Now the admin can enable this feature for links, and this is no longer a mod. Thanks to VSDan who offered this mod for a long time, and supported us in adding this mod to phpLD 3.4.

    Multiple Mod Rewrite Options (SEO URLs)
    There are now several different options for setting up mod rewrite rules, and you can find this in Settings >> Search Engine Optimization.

    Article Payments
    Now the admin can enable this feature and receive payments for articles just as is currently done for links.

    Remember Page When Logging In
    When logging into the frontend, you will be returned to the page you were visiting after login.

    Admin User Interface Improvments
    AJAX collapsable menus on the left side
    Ability to search for links, articles, users or categories from the admin homepage
    Buttons to quickly add an article, page, link or category
    More statistics on the admin homepage

    Fixed Advanced Search Bug
    On the frontend when trying to do an Advanced Search on a directory using many thousands of categories, the page would crash. We now have AJAX enabled on advanced search and this solves the problem.

    Improved Security
    While this only affects a small number of users, some servers still use setting for Register Globals and Magic Quotes that are not recommended. We have added some code to check for this, and add slashes to prevent injection attacks on this type of server. We were actually already quite secure, but this adds on more layer of protection for these special cases.

    Less Attention to Reciprocal Links
    On a new installation by default there is nothing about reciprocal links. You have to turn this feature on now. There have been plenty of indicators that doing massive reciprocal link campaigns can affect rankings negatively, and while there will always be some who have a use for this feature, we will have it turned off by default.

    Another Free Template
    We have a new template called Chrome that is free to use. This is in addition to the Professional template.

    Dated Release of Articles
    Set a date for when an article will be published. That way you can load multiple articles and see your content changing daily.
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    Wasn't it released a while ago? I got an email from them last week. Just didnt have to time to read through it.

    Some great new features have been added, which is very nice to see. I like the "Delete As Spam" option

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5starpix View Post
    Wasn't it released a while ago? I got an email from them last week. Just didnt have to time to read through it.
    I'm just now getting around to posting this message from that email.
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    Thanks for posting it Will. It is true that we did not email everyone about the release until a month after it was available on the site. Let me explain...

    Even with very stable software like vBulletin running this forum, there are always bugs that are found after the release. In the case of vBulletin's last release, there was actually a pretty serious security issue found. So instead of telling everyone all at once, it gave us time to slowly expand the number of people using phpLD.

    We did have a few small bugs that have been solved now. Anyways, I hope you will enjoy the new features, and thanks again for announcing it on your forum.
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    That's not a bad strategy for software support.
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