Vanilla Badges – Update

Due to an issue beyond my control, I could not meet the deadline for Preview Release for Vanilla Awards (Badges). The release is now scheduled after Easter, on 06/04/2013.

I will use the additional time to fix some issues I found and to add some more features to the plugin. One of them, the Awards Leaderboard is complete (screenshot below).

I would like to thank all the readers who registered for the Preview Release and apologies for the delay. I wish all of you a great Easter!

Awards Leaderboard screenshot

Awards - Leaderboard

Vanilla Badges Plugin – New preview images

As we are getting closer to the pre-release, I finally have some time to adjust the look and feel of the (many) User Interfaces of the plugin. I took a couple more screenshots and added them to the gallery in the original announcement. Feel free to have a look, any feedback is welcome!

Badges Plugin for Vanilla Forums is coming!

Vanilla Awards Announcemente PostIt took a lot of time and effort, but the first version of the Badges/Awards Plugin for Vanilla Forums 2.0 is coming out soon! This plugin was developed following the requests and feedback of several Users, and it has be named Awards to avoid confusion with the free Badges plugin released recently.

Based on current schedule, the Preview Release should be available by 29/03/2013.

Some of the features

Here are some of the features that this first version will include:

  • Fully customisable set of Rules.
  • Support for virtually unlimited Badges, each with its own image.
  • Support for virtually unlimited Badge Categories, each with its own image and CSS style (for advanced Users).
  • Ranking Points (to be used with Ranking Plugin, in development).
  • Tracking and notification of awarded Badges.
  • Convenient Admin interface.
  • Badges Widget, to show everybody your achievements.

New features are being added as you read, so stay tuned for the big day! 🙂

Sneak peek

Here are two screenshots of the plugin in its current status. Just a bit more polishing, and it will be ready to go!

Preview Release

Initially, a Preview Release of the plugin will provided at a discounted price to a few selected Users who agreed to become early adopters, and who are aware that, due to the plugin complexity, there may be some minor issues still to be solved.

If you would like to be considered for the pilot, please register your interest using the Contact page.

Thanks for your patience, and see you soon on release day!

The base image for the badge is courtesy of digitalart/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

New update for Post Scheduler plugin!

I’m happy to announce that now Post Scheduler plugin also delay the delivery notifications of New Discussions to the scheduled date and time. It wasn’t easy to implement such feature on both Vanilla 2.0 and 2.1b, as none of them are designed to allow stopping a notification before it’s sent, but it’s now done.

How to upgrade

To get the latest version, simply use the links you received when you purchased the plugin. Please note that the new version requires the Cron Jobs Plugin, available free of charge, and the configuration of a Cron Job to deliver the scheduled notifications.

Before you install the new version, please make sure you read the instructions contained in the readme.html file included in the zip file.

Important

Due to recent developments, price of Post Scheduler and other plugins is due to increase from the 11th of March, 2013. If you are interested in any of them, make sure you get them before the price go up!

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Mrs Taylor of KHT Montessori for providing the feedback that led to the development of this new feature.

Post Scheduler and Hot Threads Plugins for Vanilla 2.0/2.1 are now available

It was a busy week, and I’m happy to announce that two new plugins for Vanilla Forums are now available. Post Scheduler allows you to publish a Post (Discussion) at a later time, thus freeing you from the burden of getting up at ungodly hours to send a message to your community, while Hot Threads displays a list of the Discussions which have received the highest amount of Comments and/or visits.

Also, to celebrate my anniversary in Vanilla Community, you can get 10% discount by using the coupon code VanYear-13 (valid until 15/03/2013).

Enjoy!

Announcement – Vanilla Plugins have been updated

Plugins LoginGuard and Advanced Logger for Vanilla Forums 2.0 have been updated today. The new versions fix some minor bugs, and increase compatibility with PHP Environments where Error Reporting is set to display Notice  messages.

What are Notice messages?

Notice messages are minor notifications. They are usually ignored by default in PHP configuration as, even if they are raised, the reason behind them is unimportant and, therefore, can be ignored. However, if Error Reporting is set to display them, some Plugin pages might not open, as Vanilla would treat them as errors and interrupt the execution. If you need to have Notices enabled in your environment configuration, please make sure that you have the latest version of the Plugins.