SocialEngine PHP 5.6.0 Released!

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    • 6923 posts
    June 2, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

    We are very happy to announce the release of SocialEngine PHP 5.6.0! This release adds improvements, bug fixes and more!


    Features and Improvements:

    Polls got a nice update! You can now add profile photo and cover photos to your polls to dress them up. A setting is also added for admin to choose a default cover photo for polls. The poll browse page has been updated to have a nicer view as well. Here are some screenshots of the nice new look!

    Poll Browse

    Poll View

    Following is a list of fixes in this release:

    Bugs Fixed:

    • Fixed - Username with special characters causes many issues.
    • Fixed - Group with network privacy not showing the group to members of the network.
    • Fixed - Forum threads and posts cannot be edited by anyone other than admins.
    • Fixed - Video link to supported formats is missing and not necessary. Removed phrase.
    • Improvement - Remove server collect information step in installation.
    • Fixed - VFS only works on same server.
    • Fixed - Remove 2checkout from list of supported gateways in Billing > Settings.
    • Fixed - Error for missing bbcode.css file for forum.
    • Fixed - Upcoming Events widget displayed in reverse order.
    • Fixed - Super admin password if changed was not allowing log in to package manager.

    A complete changelog is available for more details about the changes and fixes implemented in this 5.6.0 release. Please view our demo of v5 and explore the new features! 

    As always we highly encourage all users to do a complete backup of both files and database before performing this upgrade. Please have the backup performed by your host or a developer if you’re not comfortable with performing it yourself. Always check with third party experts for compatibility with any products you use before upgrading.

    Important: If you are on version 4.9.4p1 or below, you will need to follow the special steps in the upgrading documents linked below before upgrading and apply the patch mentioned.

    You can download your copy of version 5.6.0 from our new client dashboard. For clients still using v4 of the SocialEngine PHP platform, you would need to first purchase the v5 upgrade in order to access the latest version. If you hadn’t requested to be moved to our new dashboard, please contact us.

    Fresh installs should follow our installation tutorial or you can order an installation ticket and our team will get it installed in no time! To upgrade from a previous version to 5.6.0, please view our upgrade documentation.

    If you find any issues with this release, please let us know by filing a bug report in our Bug Tracker. We’d also like to encourage you to stay connected with the community.

    With Great Appreciation,
    The SocialEngine Team

    • 68 posts
    June 2, 2021 2:22 PM EDT


    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 3, 2021 6:04 AM EDT

    This community is upgraded to 5.6.0 with no issues seen thus far.

    • 348 posts
    June 3, 2021 8:21 AM EDT

    Awesome releases back to back making SocialEngine PHP more robust. 
    We are working on compatibility of our plugins, new versions will be rolled out soon. 


    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 3, 2021 8:49 AM EDT

    Thank you!!

    • 303 posts
    June 4, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

    Is there only one file to download for the upgrade? I don't see the plugin files in my client area. Did you add a layer or remove a step, which would be the right path. 

    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 4, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

    There are plugin files as well. Nothing for that has changed. Please be sure you are clicking your main license. The ones that just say license are not the ones with the plugins attached. The one that says Advanced, Professional, Essential, or Musical would be the one that has the bundled plugins attached. 

    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 4, 2021 1:06 PM EDT

    Please don't post issues in the release thread. Please either use a ticket or please post in the help forum section. 

    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 4, 2021 1:22 PM EDT

    I've just upgraded my own site with no issues seen. 

    • 68 posts
    June 4, 2021 1:49 PM EDT
    Donna said:

    Please don't post issues in the release thread. Please either use a ticket or please post in the help forum section. 

    Oops just seen this and tried to move my post but couldnt.

    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 4, 2021 1:54 PM EDT

    Please be sure to clear cache. If using third party products, please be sure to update those. Please test at our demo to see if you have issues there.

    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 4, 2021 1:55 PM EDT

    Please post issues in bug reports if you don't have third party products. One bug report at a time per item. Thank you.

    • 135 posts
    June 8, 2021 3:18 AM EDT

    Hellooooooo!!! So, the file is the social-engine-php-upgrade-4-x-5.6.0.tar also to upgrade from 5.5.0?

    aaaaaaand, better wait first the developers to upgrade their plugins, first?

    • Moderator
    • 6923 posts
    June 8, 2021 7:32 PM EDT

    Hi! Yes that is the upgrade file that can go from 4.x to 5.6. That means any version from 4 to 5.6 and everything in between. Yes you should check with third party experts if you have third party products.

    • 135 posts
    June 9, 2021 12:47 AM EDT

    thaaank you very much!