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Vikinger - BuddyPress and GamiPress Social Community

Vikinger - BuddyPress and GamiPress Social Community

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Vikinger – BuddyPress and GamiPress Social Community WordPress Theme

The Next Generation WordPress + Buddypress Social Community!


We carefully designed this theme for you to have all you need to build an incredible community with full profiles, reactions, groups, badges, quests, ranks, credits and much more to come!

The Best Way to Connect With Your Friends!


BuddyPress Powered Social Community We took advantage and expanded the Buddypress plugin with reactions, shares, media, and much more!

Incredible Gamification with Gamipress We created a full gamification experience with badges, quests, credits and ranks to create an awesome experience!

Super Detailed Design Elements & Pages All pages are carefully crafted to fit all you may need! Also, we included lots of illustrations and elements PSD’s!

Super Complete Profile & Newsfeed Pages


We created a super complete profile page with a sleek design, boxes and a slider for easier access to all profile sections like: about, images, badges unlocked, quests completed, posts and more!. You’ll also find other community pages, like newsfeed, complete profile settings, members and groups directory and more!.

Totally Revamped Profile Status Updates!


We totally revamped the Buddypress status update box! Easily upload photos, GIFs. post status updates, edit your posts, and even link Youtube videos just by pasting the URL!!
You’ll count with a wide range of both status update and activity posts (like when someone becomes your friend). You’ll also have the option to mark your posts as pinned, favourite and private, all easily recognizable with our custom icons!

Express Yourself with Post Reactions!


Because we know how important it is, we created a reactions BuddyPress plugin specificaly for the Vikinger theme and with reactions illustrations designed by us!
You’ll get 8 different reactions: Like, Love, Dislike, Happy, Funny, Wow, Angry and Sad. We integrated seamlesly with BuddyPress so you can, not only react to profile posts, but also to profile comments and replies!

Easily Share Posts with Our Share Function


We created a new share activity and functionality so you can quickly share on your profile stream one of your friend’s activity!
If there’s a post you like, simply click the “Share” button at the bottom and a popup will open to show the chosen post and a status update box to add your thoughts! If you want, you can even share your own posts! Quickly add new information or just bring back some old post you wanna talk about again!

Gamipress: Badges Gamification


Using the Gamipress Achievements feature we designed a badges system where you can unlock them and earn credits to unlock profile ranks! You can also proudly show them in your profile with the badges widget!
We included a PSD with lots of badge designs so you can have fun and also, the badges are made with PS vectors, so you can custome them any way you want, or even create new ones!

Gamipress: Quests Gamification


Using the Gamipress Achievements feature we also designed a quests system where you can complete them and earn credits to unlock profile ranks! Like the badges, you can proudly show them in your profile with the quests widget!
We included a PSD with lots of quest medals colors so you can have fun and also, the medals are made with PS vectors, so you can custome them any way you want, or even create new ones!

Gamipress: Credits Gamification


Using the Gamipress Points feature we created three different credits: Gold, Gems and Emeralds. Use them to unlock new ranks and level up! You can proudly show them in your profile with the credits widget and also you’ll be able to always see your current balance on the top bar.
We included a PSD with the three credits and also, they are all made with PS vectors, so you can custome them any way you want, or even create new ones!

Gamipress: Ranks Gamification


Using the Gamipress Ranks feature we created a 6 ranks system where you can “level up” by collecting credits and completing requirements! We’ve also linked your rank number and progress to profile avatars! You’ll be able to quickly see each user’s rank and progress via the outter progress bar.
As with the others, we also included a PSD with the 6 rank shields. All are made with PS vectors, so you can custome them any way you want, or even create new ones!

Amazing Blog Page with Reactions


A complete blog with 3 different views: list, small grid and big grid to help people quicly search their favourite post. We prepared different post types like: standard, video, audio and gallery and three different open post views.
Also, like with the Buddypress post updates, we added reactions so people can show what they think about it!

Illustrations, SVG Icons and Avatars Included!


Yes! We’re including all illustration elements like the credits, rank shields, badges, quest tokens, section banners, the landing illustrations and a lot more inside the pack in PSD files and made with PS vectors so you can easily customize them with a few clicks!
We’re also including all SVG icons and 16 avatars (15 people and 1 smiley). Please keep in mind that this are just the illustration elements, not the complate pages PSDs!

Incredible Groups with Easy Management


So your users don’t have to make changes via the Wordpress panel, we created an author hub where they can easily change their avatar, cover photo, social networks, personal information, and much more!

Stylish Author Hub Management


Easily create and manage Buddypress groups! Inside the author hub we created an stylish management system so you can easily create and manage your groups, promote authors to mods or admins, check invitations, and more!

This Theme has React Elements Integrated!


Please read the description below to understand a little more about what this means!
We used React to make several parts of the template more dynamic, allowing users to interact with these parts without having to wait for a page reload, improving user experience. For example, a user can filter activities, add them to his favorites or pin it, react and comment on it, all without a single page refresh.

This also means that certain plugins or addons that may work out of the box with the default WordPress, BuddyPress or GamiPress, may not work without us adding support for them for our theme.

You can check every functionality that our Vikinger theme includes by visiting the live preview we created.

As part of our documentation, we created a lot of videos to help you with the setup and customization of every part of our theme, you can check all those videos here on the top banner.
Please ask us all questions that you need before buying!

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Changelog

Version 1.9.3 November 23rd 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that prevented the activation page text from including HTML tags.

GamiPress

- Fixed an issue that prevented points being awarded when using the "Publish an activity post in a group" action.

- Fixed an issue that prevented points being awarded when using the "Create a group" action.

Version 1.9.2 October 7th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused GamiPress member ranks to report as 0 when the "Rank" rank type was deleted.

- Fixed an issue that caused GamiPress credits widget to display on member profile newsfeed pages even when there weren't any existing point types.

- Fixed an issue that caused GamiPress achievements to show +0 points when the respective achievement didn't award any points.

Version 1.9.1.1 September 26th 2021

- Fixed Blog and other Widget Bugs 

Version 1.9.1 September 25th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused the side menu to not open when used in pages that didn't have the theme content grid.

- Fixed an issue that caused rank description data to not display.

- Fixed an issue that prevented group enable forum status from being correctly disabled.

- Fixed an issue that prevented the register page text from including HTML tags.

BuddyPress

- The BuddyPress "bp_activity_get" function is no longer used to compute group post count as it always returns 0 if the user is not logged in, causing group post counts across the site to report 0 posts in a group even if it had posts.

Photo Upload

- Added the "Photo Upload - Allowed Extensions - Case Sensitive" option to the Customizer "Vikinger Settings" -> "Media". Users can choose to disable this option to allow any capitalization combination of the file extensions entered in the "Photo Upload - Allowed Extensions" option to be used. For example, if the allowed extension is "jpg" and this option is disabled, then the following extensions will be allowed: "jpg", "JPG", "Jpg", etc.

Video Upload

- Added the "Video Upload - Allowed Extensions - Case Sensitive" option to the Customizer "Vikinger Settings" -> "Media". Users can choose to disable this option to allow any capitalization combination of the file extensions entered in the "Video Upload - Allowed Extensions" option to be used. For example, if the allowed extension is "mp4" and this option is disabled, then the following extensions will be allowed: "mp4", "MP4", "Mp4", etc.

Twitch Integration

- Added the "Profile Stream Page - Order" option in the Customizer "Vikinger Settings" -> "Members" section, which allows users to control the menu item position of the Stream profile page.

Force Login

- Exception Page URLs now allow strict match comparison if you don't use regex in your URL. This means that, for example, if "https://www.mysitedomain.com/" is set as exception, URLs like "https://www.mysitedomain.com/members/" will not match.

Child Theme

- Added additional constants and function checks in the parent theme to allow more constants and functions to be overridden in the child theme.

- Added actions and filters in several parent theme functions to allow easier customization via the child theme (more than 60 filters / actions have been added).

- Added a new backend page called "Hooks" with a list of all the hooks that are available for use in the theme.

- Hooks available with this update:

- Filters:

Blog (9):

- vikinger_posts_get_args

- vikinger_posts_get_data

- vikinger_posts_get_results

- vikinger_posts_get_count_args

- vikinger_posts_get_sticky_posts_args

- vikinger_posts_get_sticky_posts_results

- vikinger_pages_get_args

- vikinger_pages_get_data

- vikinger_pages_get_results

Comments (3):

- vikinger_comments_get_args

- vikinger_comments_get_data

- vikinger_comments_get_results

User (2):

- vikinger_users_grid_type_default

- vikinger_users_sidemenu_status_default

BuddyPress:

Members (13):

- vikinger_members_get_args

- vikinger_members_get_data

- vikinger_members_get_results

- vikinger_members_get_count_args

- vikinger_members_get_post_count_activity_components

- vikinger_members_get_post_count_activity_types

- vikinger_members_get_comment_count_activity_components

- vikinger_members_get_comment_count_activity_types

- vikinger_members_profile_navigation_items

- vikinger_members_profile_navigation_items_default_position

- vikinger_members_profile_navigation_subitems

- vikinger_members_accounthub_navigation_sections

- vikinger_members_xprofile_valid_social_networks

Groups (11):

- vikinger_groups_get_args

- vikinger_groups_get_data

- vikinger_groups_get_results

- vikinger_groups_get_count_args

- vikinger_groups_get_members_args

- vikinger_groups_get_members_results

- vikinger_groups_get_members_count_args

- vikinger_groups_get_post_count_activity_components

- vikinger_groups_get_post_count_activity_types

- vikinger_groups_profile_navigation_items

- vikinger_groups_meta_valid_social_networks

Activities (4):

- vikinger_activities_get_args

- vikinger_activities_get_data

- vikinger_activities_get_results

- vikinger_activities_get_count_args

Messages (3):

- vikinger_messages_get_args

- vikinger_messages_get_data

- vikinger_messages_get_results

Notifications (3):

- vikinger_notifications_get_args

- vikinger_notifications_get_data

- vikinger_notifications_get_results

Stream (1):

- vikinger_streams_twitch_embed_iframe_src

Vikinger Media:

File (5):

- vikinger_file_default_allowed_type_extensions

- vikinger_file_member_root_uploads_path

- vikinger_file_member_root_uploads_url

- vikinger_file_group_root_uploads_path

- vikinger_file_group_root_uploads_url

GamiPress:

Achievements (3):

- vikinger_achievements_get_args

- vikinger_achievements_get_data

- vikinger_achievements_get_results

Ranks (3):

- vikinger_ranks_get_args

- vikinger_ranks_get_data

- vikinger_ranks_get_results

- Actions:

Vikinger Media:

File (2):

- vikinger_file_uploaded

- vikinger_file_deleted


Version 1.9.0 August 31st 2021

BuddyPress

- Improved notification support by adding a new text only notification format that will be used to display unrecognized notifications.

GamiPress

- Improved error handling when a user assigned points to a badge or quest but didn't select a point type.

- WordPress shortcodes and blocks used in the badges or quests description field are now displated in the individual achievement box template.

BP Better Messages

- Improved chat header and footer styles.

Account Hub

- Removed the account hub side menu on mobile resolutions, removing the need for users to scroll down to be able to see the respective page main content. All account hub side menu items are available in the mobile menu of the site.

Paid Memberships Pro - BuddyPress Add On

- Added support for membership level display on reaction popups when the "Show Membership Level on BuddyPress Profile?" option is set to "Yes".

Twitch Integration

- Twitch video (https://www.twitch.tv/videos/{video_id}) and channel (https://www.twitch.tv/{channel_username}) links that users post on activities will now be converted into an embedded player that allows other users to directly watch the linked video or channel.

- A new "Stream" setting page has been added to the Customizer ("Vikinger Settings" -> "Stream") that allows to configure the new stream profile page, widget, account hub page and related functionalities. The following options have been added:

  - Stream Profile - Status: you can choose to enable or disable Twitch profile functionality (disabling this will remove the profile activity widget, profile activity page and account hub settings page).

  - Twitch Embeds - Parent Domain: In order to be able to use the Twitch Embedded Player (display twitch videos on any part of the site), Twitch requires that your site has a valid SSL certificate (HTTPS site) and that you specify the parent domain/s where the videos will be embedded (i.e.: "mysite.com"). Please enter your site domain/s in this option, you can enter multiple by separating them with a comma (,). You can check the requirements on this official Twitch post: https://discuss.dev.twitch.tv/t/twitch-embedded-player-updates-in-2020/23956

- When the "Stream Profile - Status" option is enabled, users will be able to display any Twitch stream in their profile by entering the respective Twitch channel username in the account hub "Stream" settings page. A new widget ("Stream Box") will display on each user timeline that will display that stream and a new profile page (stream) will show a larger version of the embedded player.

- Please remember to correctly configure the "Twitch Embeds - Parent Domain" and to have a valid SSL certificate on your site (HTTPS site), these are Twitch requirements and the player won't function correctly if you don't follow them. 

- You can check this official Twitch post https://discuss.dev.twitch.tv/t/twitch-embedded-player-updates-in-2020/23956 for more details.

Advanced Ads

- Added partial support (some options and conditions are not supported) for the Advanced Ads plugin (https://bit.ly/3k7zMdR).

Advanced Ads Pro (Pro Addon - Not Included)

- Added partial support (some options and conditions are not supported) for the Advanced Ads Pro plugin (https://bit.ly/3k7zMdR).


Version 1.8.0 August 14th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed several warnings and errors that would occur when different plugin combinations where active.

- Any combination of supported / included plugins can now be used (as long as the plugins they depend on are installed and active, i.e. "Verified Member for BuddyPress" won't work if "BuddyPress" is not installed and active).

- Fixed the "Login Page - Text" content being double filtered, which prevented the use of <br /> tags in its content.

Header

- The header search dropdown is now hidden on mobile and a new icon has been added (magnifying glass) that users can click to display it.

- The header now displays icon links for notifications, messages and the WooCommerce cart on mobile (if the WooCommerce plugin is active). These allow users to quickly visualize if they have new notifications, messages or items in the cart while browsing the site on mobile resolutions.

Comments

- Replaced the comments "submit on enter" functionality with a "Post" button on mobile resolutions, allowing the use of the "Enter" key to add new lines.

GamiPress

- Limited the amount of achievement and rank earners that display on badges, quests and ranks widgets.

GamiPress - bbPress Integration

- Added styles for point type display in author blocks.

WooCommerce

- The dashboard page has been removed from the menu items and has been replaced with the orders page as the my-account root page.

Force Login

- The force login theme feature has been improved by replacing the page redirect and page exceptions options with URLs. This gives site admins more control over which pages can be made accessible when the Force Login option is enabled. 

- WordPress register page and BuddyPress register and activation pages are now always accessible, even when the force login option is enabled. If you use the Paid Memberships Pro plugin memberships page as register page instead, please remember to add it as an exception to allow users to access it.

Social Networks

- More social networks have been made available to add for members, groups and the footer of the site. The following social networks have been added:

- Members and Groups:

  - Unsplash
  - Flickr

- Footer:

  - Spotify
  - Discord

Paid Memberships Pro

- Added support for the Paid Memberships Pro plugin (https://bit.ly/3fQv83h).

- Site admins can now require their users to have a certain membership to be able to access or engage with restricted content, like posts, pages, etc.

Paid Memberships Pro - bbPress Add On

- Added support for the Paid Memberships Pro - bbPress Add On plugin (https://bit.ly/3xM9q5Y).

- Site admins can now require their users to have a certain membership to be able to access certain forums.

Paid Memberships Pro - BuddyPress Add On

- Added support for the Paid Memberships Pro - BuddyPress Add On plugin (https://bit.ly/3xIoQZe).

- Site admins can now require their users to have a certain membership to be able to access or engage with certain BuddyPress content and functionality.


Version 1.7.0.1 July 31st 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused the member posts page blog to not display.

Version 1.7.0 July 24th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that could cause an error in the single template when the GamiPress plugin wasn't active.

- Fixed the cursor showing as a pointer on images that belong to a shared post.

- Fixed overflowing title and text on member and group widgets.

- Replaced the new font added by WordPress on their latest update to the login page password field with the theme primary font.

- Fixed unrecognized notifications being displayed in the header notifications dropdown and notification account hub page.

Color Presets

- Added site overlay color to the available colors (overlay that displays when opening the mobile sidemenu, popups, etc).

Filter Lists

- When changing pages on filter lists (member, group and post lists), the user is now scrolled to the top of the list.

Header Search

- The search dropdown right side icons for blog posts now display differently according to the corresponding post format.

- The search dropdown right side icons for groups now indicate if the corresponding group is public or private.

- The search dropdown placeholder text is no longer automatically generated and is now available for translation in the "vikinger.pot" file.

Blog

- Any post type can now be displayed in the site blog page, search page and header search dropdown.

- Post lists can now be split, allowing to display one list per post type in the site blog page, search page and header search dropdown.

- A post type filter can now be added to posts lists when displaying more than one post type and not using the post type split option.

- Several options where added to the WordPress "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Blog" section that allow the control of these new features:

  - Post Types - Display in Blog: You can enter the post types allowed for display in the site blog. Enter each post type you want to display separated by a comma (,).

  - Post Types - Display in Search: You can enter the post types allowed for display in the site search. Enter each post type you want to display separated by a comma (,).

  - Post Types - Split Display: If enabled, one post list will be displayed for each post type.

  - Post Types - Filter Display: If enabled, users will be able to filter posts lists by post type when "Post Type - Split Display" is disabled.

Activity

- Improved fetching of pinned activities, removing the "double" load on feeds and reducing loading times.

- Line breaks are now displayed in activities text.

- A "Line Break Limit" option has been added to the Customizer -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Newsfeed" that allows to control the amount of consecutive line breaks that users can input in activities and comments.

- Site administrators can now delete any activity and comment (even the ones they aren't the author of) from the frontend by using the "three dots" dropdown settings menu.

- Group administrators and moderators can now delete comments from any activity that belongs to the group from the frontend by using the "three dots" dropdown settings menu.

Activity and Comment Edit

- Users can now edit the text of activities (regular status updates and shares only) and comments from the frontend by using the "three dots" dropdown settings menu.

- A new message has been added to activity templates that displays when an activity has been edited to inform of this along with the user that made the last edit.

- A "Edit Time Limit" option has been added to the Customizer -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Newsfeed" that allows to set the time (in minutes) in which a user is able to edit an activity or comment since he created it (if set to 0, users won't be able to edit activities or comments after they create them). This setting doesn't apply for site admins, group admins and mods.

- Site administrators can edit any activity and comment (even the ones they aren't the author of) from the frontend by using the "three dots" dropdown settings menu.

- Group administrators and moderators can edit any activity and comment that belongs to the group from the frontend by using the "three dots" dropdown settings menu.

Javascript

Browserify require was replaced with ES imports for the main application (app.js) ( https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Statements/import ).

React

React main application code (app.js) has been refactored and improved.

All components have been transformed from class to functional with the use of the new Hooks functionality introduced in React v16.8.0: https://reactjs.org/docs/hooks-intro.html

This allowed the introduction of several additional performance improvements.


Version 1.6.4 June 23rd 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused all the post format elements to display at the same time when creating/editing a post. Please update the "Vikinger Metaboxes" plugin to the latest version by using the theme installer in order to get this fix.

- Fixed an issue that caused the Twitch footer icon to not change color when hovering over it.

Security Improvements

- Introduced a number of security checks and improvements on AJAX endpoints.

- AJAX endpoints are no longer loaded when the plugin that is required to use them is not installed and active.

- AJAX endpoints that are used on the backend now are only loaded and available when in the WordPress backend.

Elementor

- The migration period for the Elementor Register/Login Widget and landing page that were discontinued on our previous update (v1.6.3) has ended. With this update, the Register/Login Widget functionality and related AJAX endpoints have been removed.

Header Search Improvements

- Fixed an issue that caused the search to look for matches belonging to disabled features via the "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Search".

- Fixed an issue that caused the search to crash when quickly entering a lot of characters into the search input.

- Improved the search performance and behaviour by adding a delay on input search to wait for the user to stop typing before starting a search and canceling previous queried searchs.

Blog Improvements

- Blog "/category" and "/tag" pages now display posts using logged user last selected grid type.

BuddyPress Integration Improvements

- Removed "Request Membership" menu that displayed on groups navigation items in BuddyPress version 8.0.0.

Activity Improvements

- Fixed Twitch links being processed for embed on activity posts.

Verified Member for BuddyPress Integration Improvements

- Added compatibility for the new "Verified Roles" feature, verified badges will now display correctly on users that match the selected roles.

GamiPress Integration Improvements

- Added missing point award limit strings to the vikinger.pot file.

WooCommerce Integration Improvements

- Added support for the WooCommerce "shop" sidebar. Users can add widgets to the sidebar from the WordPress backend "Appearance" -> "Widgets" -> "(Vikinger) WooCommerce Shop Sidebar" or via the "Customizer" -> "Widgets" when on a page that can display the sidebar.

Social Networks

- Additional social networks can now be displayed on the footer of the site and can be added via the "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Footer" settings page.

- Additional social networks links can now be assigned to groups via the account hub "Manage Groups" settings page ("Manage Group" -> "Social Networks").

- The following social networks have been added:

  - Linkedin

  - Pinterest

  - Tik Tok

  - Github

  - Reddit

  - Dribbble


Version 1.6.3 May 29th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused menu items to not open a page in a new tab when "Open link in a new tab" was selected in the respective "Appearance" -> "Menus" menu item.

- Fixed an issue that caused the label in the reset password page to display on top of the input content.

New Features

- Added an option that allows users to select which page the user is redirected to when they login to the site ("Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Login - Register" -> "Login - Redirect Page").

- Added an option that allows users to select pages to be made accessible even when the force login option is enabled ("Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Login - Register" -> "Force Login - Exceptions").

New Elementor Pages

We are discontinuing the old Elementor landing and it’s login/register box widget and adding two new pages (new landing and testimonials page). We recommend always using these new pages together with the WordPress login and BuddyPress register and activate pages as it provides more security and options for both the login process, with the forgot password functionality, and the register process, which requires account activation via a key that is sent to the registering user email.

As per customer’s requests, we created new Elementor pages, one landing and one "inner" page (Testimonials), where, even if you have the option to force people to login enabled, you’ll be able to show these pages to them as some sort of “introduction” using the new "Force Login - Exceptions" customizer option. Something similar to what Discord https://discord.com/brand-new has, where they have a landing, and then they have a button at the top for people to “enter” the app (in this case it would be to enter the community).

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE DOCUMENTATION/ELEMENTOR SECTION TO SEE THE GUIDES


Version 1.6.2 May 17th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused the badge images to shrink if there where many badges in the member preview list type widgets.

New Features

- Quests and Badges widgets, profile navigation items and profile pages will no longer display (instead of displaying and reporting that no quests or badges where found) if the respective GamiPress achievement type doesn't exist.

- Social network links now open a new tab by default.

- Side menu status is now saved for logged users, remaining open or closed according to latest user selection.

- The loading screen logo can now be uploaded separately from the site identity logo in the "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Loading Screen" section.

- Removed the loading screen logo background, allowing users to not be restricted by its container dimensions.

- Group profile navigation now displays navigation items added by other plugins.

- Added a "Getting Started" section to the theme backend.

Version 1.6.1 April 27th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused the header search bar input height to be smaller in WooCommerce pages on mobile resolutions.

Plugin Integrations
(CHECK THE VIKINGER DOCS - GAMIPRESS - INTEGRATIONS FOR LINKS AND MORE INFO)

GamiPress - WooCommerce Points Gateway

Use GamiPress points types as a payment gateway for WooCommerce.

GamiPress - WooCommerce Discounts

Award discounts for achievement completion on WooCommerce.

GamiPress - WooCommerce Partial Payments

Let users partially pay a WooCommerce purchase by using points.


Version 1.6.0 April 24th 2021
Fixes

- Fixed the last item in the account hub navigation sidebar not having a round border.

- When the "Force Login" option is enabled, the "Go to your site" link will no longer display on the login page.

New Features

- Added the WooCommerce plugin to the theme setup installer.

- Added new presets which require the WooCommerce plugin to the theme setup installer:

  - Community + Shop
  - Community + Gamification + Shop
  - Community + Forum + Shop
  - Community + Gamification + Forum + Shop

- Added new section header options in the Customizer for WooCommerce page headers.

- Added the "Shop" Side Menu link to the "Menus" demo import option.

- Added more entries to the theme Troubleshooting section.

WooCommerce Integration

Added support for the WooCommerce plugin. Users can now use WooCommerce with the theme to manage a shop.

WooCommerce "my-account" pages have been moved and can be accessed from a new "Shop" section that has been added to the user settings "Account Hub" page. This page has links to WooCommerce features like orders the user has made, downloads for purchased digital items, manage billing and shipping addresses and account details.

A mini cart has been added to the header, which allows users quick access to view and remove items from their cart from any page of the site. We also added a visual indicator to the mini cart that allows users to quickly see if the cart is empty or has items in it.

Version 1.5.1 April 20th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that would cause the activity feed to crash when a certain user data inconsistency was found.

New Features

- Added styles for the extra fields added to the BuddyPress register page via the "Account_Info" profile field group. Support for the following field types has been added:

  - Text Box
  - Number
  - Date Selector
  - Multi-line Text Area
  - Radio Buttons
  - Checkboxes
  - Drop Down Select Box

- Registration page fields are now separated between account and profile details fields.

- Improved the header profile settings dropdown navigation (cog wheel). It now features more space for the welcome message and username and each of the navigation sections.

Version 1.5.0 April 1st 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that would make a white space to show on a user profile "About Me" widget if the user didn't fill the About field in their Profile Info settings page.

- Fixed an issue that would make long text overflow in the "About Me" and "Group Info" widgets.

- Fixed an issue that would make the bottom of the comment forms not have a rounded border when there weren't any comments.

- The group "Created" date in the group profile "Group Info" widget is now displayed localized and with the format selected on the WordPress backend "Settings" -> "General" -> "Date Format" setting.

- The group "Type" text in the group profile "Group Info" widget is now translated correctly.

- The "Day", "Month" and "Year" text in datebox profile fields are now translated correctly.

New Features

- Added new customizer options to allow to disable photo and video upload related features ("Vikinger Settings" -> "Media" -> Photo Upload - Status" and "Vikinger Settings" -> "Media" -> "Video Upload - Status").

- User profile navigation now displays navigation items added by other plugins.

- User profile navigation now supports the display of navigation sub items added by other plugins.

- Improved styling of Checkboxes and Radio Buttons profile fields types.

- Added an option in the customizer "Vikinger Settings" -> "Footer" -> "Navigation - Mobile Status", which allows users to choose if they want to display or hide the footer navigation on mobile.

- Updated the backend FAQs section.

- Added a backend Troubleshooting section.

BuddyPress Integration Improvements

- Members can now delete their uploaded avatar and cover images from the profile info settings screen by using the new action buttons on the avatar and cover image previews and saving their changes.

- When a member uploads an avatar, an activity is now generated informing of this profile update.

- When a member creates a group, an activity is now generated informing of this.

- When a member is promoted to be a mod of a group, a notification is now generated informing them of this.

- When a member is promoted to be an admin of a group, a notification is now generated informing them of this.

BuddyPress xProfile Groups and Fields

The theme uses the BuddyPress xProfile groups and fields to allow site members to enter information about themselves, like bio, personal, interests, social links and account information.

To be able to show each xProfile field group and its respective fields in different settings pages and widgets in the members profiles, the theme has to query them by their name.

This creates problems if users need to edit group or field names for translations purposes, as the theme won't be able to find and display the group or field information if the name is not the one it is expecting.

To solve this and allow users to translate them, we have included a new customizer section with this update ("Vikinger Settings" -> "xProfile Groups / Fields").

To understand how to edit the profile groups and fields for translation purposes, we need to detail how the theme uses the group names.

xProfile group names consist of a prefix part (i.e. "Profile") followed by an underscore (_) followed by the subgroup name ("Bio"): "Profile_Bio".

The prefix part (in this example "Profile") is used to identify on which settings page the group and all its fields will be displayed in, to allow members to edit their information:

  - "Profile" prefix: groups and fields display on the member profile info settings screen (Profile_Bio, Profile_Personal, Profile_Interests).

  - "Social" prefix: groups and fields display on the member social settings screen (Social_Links).

  - "Account" prefix: groups and fields display on the member account info settings screen (Account_Info).

The prefix part of the xProfile group names shouldn't be changed, otherwise the sub groups and fields won't display correctly in the settings pages.

The subgroup name part (in this example "Bio") is used to identify on which member profile page widget the subgroup fields are going to be displayed in (in this case, the "About Me" widget).

This subgroup in particular also has a special case with its "About" xprofile field, which is displayed differently from the other fields (text only at the top of the widget after the title).

With this update, users can now edit all subgroup names from the backend "Users" -> "Profile Fields" page to translate them and then enter that same name on the respective customizer "Vikinger Settings" -> "xProfile Groups / Fields" option.

This allows the theme to query the subgroup using the new name and display the information correctly on each widget.

As we mentioned before, the "Profile_Bio" "About" field is a special case and if changed, its new name has to be entered in the customizer.

Any other xProfile field names can be changed and will display correctly without the need to enter their new names in the customizer.

To summarize:

  - xProfile group name prefix shouldn't be changed.

  - xProfile subgroup names can be changed to translate them, but the new subgroup name has to be entered in the respective customizer "Vikinger Settings" -> "xProfile Groups / Fields" option.

  - Any xProfile field names can be changed to translate them without further changes, except the "Profile_Bio" "About" field whose new name has to be entered in the respective customizer "Vikinger Settings" -> "xProfile Groups / Fields" option.

GamiPress Integration Improvements

- Achievement, Rank and Point activities are now displayed on activity lists if enabled on the GamiPress options.

- Individual Achievement and Rank pages linked through the new supported activities are now enabled and display information about the respective achievement or rank.

- BuddyPress actions for the following triggers have been revised and are now called appropriately when the respective action is complete:

  - Change profile avatar

  - Change cover image

  - Update profile information

  - Promoted to group moderator/administrator

  - Promote another group member to moderator/administrator

Theme Setup Improvements

The theme plugin installer now allows for customized or preset installs. This allows users to keep their plugins up to date by using the theme installer even if they don't want to use a particular plugin, avoiding to have a plugin forcefully installed and having to uninstall it when updating core theme plugins.

Custom preset allows you to manually select which plugins you want to install and saves your configuration, while other presets feature preconfigured plugin combinations that automatically select the required plugins for each particular preset.

The last selected preset is saved and used by default when opening the setup page.

The following presets are now available:

  - Custom

  - Community

  - Community + Gamification

  - Community + Forum

  - Community + Gamification + Forum

Added the following plugins to the theme installer:

  - Verified Member for BuddyPress

  - BP Better Messages

  - GamiPress - bbPress Integration

The theme plugin installer doesn't uninstall or deactivate any plugins, so if you want to change from a preset that has more plugins to one that has fewer, you will need to manually deactivate or uninstall any plugins that you don't want to use.

Child Theme Improvements

Added the "languages/" directory and enabled the loading of the child theme translation files on its "functions.php" file. You can now put your translation files on the child theme "languages/" directory, without having to make any changes to the "functions.php" file, and they will be loaded before the parent theme ones (you need to be using the child theme for this to work, this means you need to have it installed and active in your WordPress backend -> "Appearance" menu).

Most parent theme functions can now be overriten in the child theme (i.e. including a function with the same name on the child theme "functions.php" file, either directly or by using the same file structure as the parent, we recommend this second approach), allowing for easier customization of the parent theme functionality on the child theme. To make sure if you can override a parent theme function, please check if it has the function_exists() condition before its declaration.

Version 1.4.0.1 March 23rd 2021


Fixes

- Fixed an issue that would ocurr on the profile info settings screen if a datebox profile field didn't have an absolute or relative range type set.

Version 1.4.0 March 16th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that allowed the user to submit an activity with no text or media if the user clicked on the "Add Photo" button but didn't yet add any photos.

New Features

- Added support for relative ranges in "Date Selector" profile fields.

Videos Uploader

Users can now upload videos and post them on activity status updates.

A new "Videos" page has been added to the members and groups profile pages to display the videos that the user has uploaded to his profile and group members have uploaded to the group. From the "Videos" page, users can upload and delete videos that they have uploaded through status updates or direct upload through this page.

A new customizer section named "Media" has been added ("Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Media") that allow users to change media (photo and video) related settings.

The following "Photo" related options had been added to this new customizer section.

- Photo Upload - Maximum Size in MB: with this option, you can set the maximum size allowed for photos that users upload to the server. If a photo the user tries to upload has a size that is bigger than the one you choose here, then the user will be notified of this and he won't be able to upload it. You can't set this size to be higher than your server maximum upload file size.

- Photo Upload - Allowed Extensions: with this option, you can set the file extensions allowed when a user uploads a photo. If a photo the user tries to upload has an extension that is not allowed, then the user will be notified of this and he won't be able to upload it.

The following "Video" related options had been added to this new customizer section.

- Video Upload - Maximum Size in MB: with this option, you can set the maximum size allowed for videos that users upload to the server. If a video the user tries to upload has a size that is bigger than the one you choose here, then the user will be notified of this and he won't be able to upload it. You can't set this size to be higher than your server maximum upload file size.

- Video Upload - Allowed Extensions: with this option, you can set the file extensions allowed when a user uploads a video. If a video the user tries to upload has an extension that is not allowed, then the user will be notified of this and he won't be able to upload it.

Activity Improvements

- When deleting an activity, all photos and videos associated to it are now deleted.

- When deleting photos or videos from user/groups photos or videos pages, the associated activity will be deleted if all videos/photos included in that activity where deleted. For example: a user creates a status update on his profile with 2 photos, if he deletes those 2 photos from the user photos page, then the status update will also be deleted. If the user only deletes 1 of the 2 photos, then the status update will remain and only show the photo that wasn't deleted.

- Added two new filters in activity feeds: Photos and Videos. The Media filter is still available and can be used to show both Photos and Videos types of activities.

- Activity status updates now detail if they belong to a photo or video update instead of the previous generic "posted an update".


Version 1.3.6.1 March 11th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused selected grid type by logged out users to try to be saved.

- Fixed an issue that caused a white space to display before media in activities that had no text.

- Fixed an issue that prevented the Elementor landing template from loading.

Version 1.3.6 March 9th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused duplicated user and group information to display on group forum topics and replies activities.

New Features

- Selected grid types for blog post, member and group lists are now saved for logged users. This means that the next time they browse to a page with the same type of list (member, group or post), the last grid type that the user selected will be automatically used for the list display.

Search Improvements

We introduced a new section called "Search" (in "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings") to allow search related customization.

Users can now choose to hide the header search input by using the "Display / Hide" option.

We also added options that allow the user to select which components are included in search results, both on the search main page as well as the header search dropdown.

The available options are:

- Show blog posts in search
- Show members in search
- Show groups in search

Any combination of blog posts, members and groups can be selected to be included in search results (i.e. only blog posts, blog posts and members, members and groups, etc).

User Avatar Improvements

We introduced a new section called "Avatar" (in "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings") to allow avatar related customization.

The new "Avatar Type" option can be found here from where you can select the following options:

- Hexagon
- Circle
- Square

The type selected will be used for the display of all avatars throughout the site. 

Also, user avatars no longer show rank related progress bar and badges when the GamiPress plugin is not installed and active.


Version 1.3.5 March 4th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed an issue that caused the forum description notice to try to get the last author information even when the forum had no content.

- Fixed post comment list showing a loading indicator even when the post had 0 comments.

- Fixed an issue that could cause the comment list to wrongly report that more comments where available to show after creating a new comment.

- Fixed an issue that caused the reply button to show on comments when the "Allow Comments" option was disabled.

- Fixed an issue that caused the light/dark mode toggle to not refresh the page under certain conditions.

- Fixed an issue that caused duplicated characters to appear on some inputs when using certain languages.

New Features

- Added a different background color to forum and topic even rows to improve visual separation between them.

- Pages with "Allow Comments" option disabled now hide all comment related elements instead of only disabling the comment form.

bbPress Group Forums

Users can now create a forum for their group by using the frontend "Manage Groups" settings screen.

If the bbPress settings option "Allow BuddyPress Groups to have their own forums" is active, then a new "Forum" tab will be added to the group manage popup for group admins. You can also select a forum or category to be used to contain all group forums from this settings screen by using the bbPress "Primary Forum" option.

From the group manage popup "Forum" tab, the "Enable forum for this group" option can be activated to create a forum for the group which will be available both on the forum page and as a new link on the group page navigation bar. 

The group name, description and status will be used by default for the group forum, however users can choose to change the title, description and status of the forum (the group avatar image will be used as the forum image).

After enabling forum for the group, group admins can delete the forum and all its content just by disabling the same option ("Enable forum for this group") and by clicking on "Save Changes".

Version 1.3.4 February 27th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed comment timestamp displaying with an offset for logged out users.

- Fixed some cases where the side menu item for the current page wouldn't be marked as active.

New Features

- Improved visibility of the activity and comment settings dropdown icon.

Demo Import

We created a demo content import tool to allow users to easily replicate the content from the demo into their theme. This tool can be used any number of times and also includes the ability to reset (delete) the imported data. If you want to remove data created by the importer, please use this option.

The importer can be used from the new backend theme "Demo Import" menu. Users are not forced to import all demo content data and can select what they want to import.

We created a new tutorial video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXEgduXEupk) which includes the full theme install and setup process, including the use of this new demo import tool. We also updated the theme documentation to include a new "Demo Import" section.

Version 1.3.3 February 20th, 2021

Fixes

- The "Add New" button of the Groups backend menu now correctly sends the user to their "Manage Groups" settings screen.

- Fixed a crash that would occur when a duplicate comment was created on a blog post.

New Features

- The "Light" and "Dark" Color Switch now clears user meta cache to force getting and displaying the user selected theme when switching.

- The "Account Settings" section has been added to the users Account menu. From here, users can use the "Delete Account" button to delete their account from the site. Site admins can choose to enable or disable allowing registered members to delete their own accounts by using the BuddyPress backend settings option: "Settings" -> "BuddyPress" -> "Options" -> "Account Deletion".

- Updated the "Vikinger - BuddyPress Extension" plugin to include the new delete account related "Account Settings" menu. Please update the plugin using the theme installer.

- Introduced newsfeed related performance optimizations.

Activity Improvements

Users can now delete their activity and blog comments. A new actions dropdown has been added next to the "Reply" button with the option "Delete Comment" to comments owned by the logged in user.

A new grayscale fade visual effect has been added on activity and comment deletion confirmation that indicates that the activity or comments are being deleted.

Activity Feed Settings

Several new options have been added to the "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Newsfeed" section which allow users more control over activity feed related settings.

- Activity - Show More Status: by enabling this option, a "Show More" button will appear on activities that have a large height.

- Activity - Show More Height: you can control the maximum height that the feed activities can have. If an activity has a height that is greater than this value, then the remaining content will be hidden and a "Show More" button will be created to allow users to display the remaining activity content.

- Activity - Character Limit: you can control the maximum number of characters that users can put into an activity.

- Activity - Comment Character Limit: you can control the maximum number of characters that users can put into an activity comment (this limit also applies for blog post comments).

Members Settings

Several new options have been added to the "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Members" section which allow users more control over members related settings.

From this section, you can now enable or disable member profile pages added by the theme. This will allow you to easily disable a member profile page and associated navigation item if you don't want to use it (like the profile blog page).

You can also choose the order in which enabled pages are displayed in the profile navigation bar (lower numbered pages will display before higher numbered ones), allowing you to display the pages you think are more important or should be easier to access first in the navigation bar.

BP Better Messages Integration

Modified the BP Better Messages plugin elements styles so that they use theme preset colors and made several adjustments to each element to make its styles integrate better with the theme.


Version 1.3.2 February 13th, 2021

Fixes

- Fixed the membership requests settings screen page title using the received invitations screen title.

- Fixed an issue which would prevent received membership requests from being displayed on the user "Membership Requests" settings page.

- Fixed an issue that would cause some BuddyPress Private Messaging module related features to show when the "Private Messaging" module was deactivated on the BuddyPress Settings Page.

- Dates in the user profile about widgets are now displayed localized and with the format selected on the WordPress backend "Settings" -> "General" -> "Date Format" setting.

New Features

- Added a new Customizer option that allows limiting YouTube embed video playbacks on the newsfeed. The option can be found on "Vikinger Settings" -> "Newsfeed" -> "Limit YouTube Playback". You can use this option to limit YouTube embedded video playbacks on the newsfeed of the site. If you select "Yes", only one YouTube video will be played at a time, this means that, if a user is playing a video and chooses to play another one, then the previous video will be paused. The YouTube Player API (https://developers.google.com/youtube/iframe_api_reference) is used to achieve this behaviour.

- Introduced several performance improvements and optimizations.

Version 1.3.1 February 4th 2021

Fixes

- Fixed the header showing the cogwheel dropdown on lower resolutions when the same information was available on the mobile menu.

- Fixed the username (mention name) of the post author (in post version 3) being centered instead of aligned to the left.

- Fixed the "locked" and "unlocked!" achievement progress bar text not being translatable.

- Fixed "Archive" pages showing the page headers when the option to hide them was selected on the Customizer.

New Features

- Replaced "Messages" string with "Inbox" on the header messages dropdown to avoid confusion regarding the previewed content.

Color Theme Switch

You can now choose to enable a color theme switch via the "Customizer" -> "Vikinger Settings" -> "Color Presets" menu. 

If enabled, your site logged in users will be able to change between a "Light" and "Dark" theme while browsing the site by using a sun / moon button that is added on the header on desktop and on the header menu on mobile.

From the same Customizer section you can set which of the existing color presets you want to assign when the "Light" or "Dark" theme modes are activated. For example, you can choose to use the "Custom" color preset for the "Light" theme mode, and the "Carbon Yellow" color preset for the "Dark" theme mode.

You can also set the default theme mode ("Light" or "Dark") that is used when the color theme switch is active.

When the color theme switch is disabled, the theme will use the color preset that you assign in the "Color Preset" option.

BP Better Messages Compatibility

The theme is now compatible with the BP Better Messages plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/bp-better-messages/  This means that, when the plugin is installed and active, it will replace the Messages profile setting screen with the one provided by the plugin. Also, when clicking on a message from the header messages dropdown, it will correctly open and display that message on the settings screen.

Verified Member for BuddyPress Integration

Added support for the "Verified Member for BuddyPress" plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/bp-verified-member/  All member related widgets now support the display of the "verified" badge next to the user fullname or username (mention name) according to the setting the user has selected on the plugin ("Settings" -> "BuddyPress" -> "Verified Member").


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