The following updated items could impact your site if you have done any customizations in these areas.
PHP v7.0x Support
glFusion fully supports PHP v7.0.x. This will also be the last release that will support older, end-of-life versions of PHP. Future glFusion releases will require at a minimum, PHP v5.5x (possibly v5.6x) or above. The graphic below illustrates the current support for older versions of PHP. The green represents active support and the orange represents security fix support. As you can see, PHP v5.3 and 5.4 are no longer supported and PHP V5.5 is nearing end-of-life for security fixes.
New in glFusion v1.6.0, is an integrated, lightweight social share feature. glFusion includes several pre-defined social sharing services, such as Facebook, Twitter and several others. You can enable which services you want to support and then social sharing icons will automatically appear for items that support sharing, such as stories, media gallery items, etc.
This is the initial implementation, in future releases, based on feedback from the community, we will be enhancing this system to include additional services and the ability for user defined services.
Follow Me Integration
glFusion now has the ability for each site user to define their username for several popular social media sites. The sites the user has enabled, will now have Follow Me icons on their glFusion profile page.
Site Administration Tweaks
When performing site administration tasks, such as managing users, stories, or pages, the interface will now remember your list settings such as sort order and filters. For example, if you have sorted the User List by ID in reverse order (showing newest users first), then edit a user, when you save and return to the list, glFusion will remember the sort order, page, etc.
With glFusion v1.5.0, we moved to the UIKIT framework for the look and feel. UIKIT supports dropdown menus, but it is limited to only 1 level, it does not support multi-level menus. With the release of glFusion v1.6.0, we have replaced the native UIKIT menu system with SmartMenus. SmartMenus provides many capabilities and works well with unlimited levels of menus.
Better Login Redirection
Since glFusion provides a login button in the header menu, a user can be anywhere on your site when they choose to login. glFusion will now remember where they were (what page they were viewing) and return them to that page after successfully logging into the system.
Database Administration Features
glFusion has always allowed you to backup your database, now with glFusion v1.6.0 you can perform some routine database administration tasks, including backups, optimizing the tables and converting your system to use InnoDB tables, which on larger more active sites can provide a performance boost.
When viewing a list of stories, for example, on the home page, you now have the ability to let glFusion automatically fetch another group of stories when the user scrolls to the end of the page.
Improved Slider / Rotator
With glFusion v1.6.0, we have migrated the slider capability to the Nivo-Slider jQuery Addon. Nivo-slider has been around for a while and is one of the most popular implementations around. Nivo-slider provides lots of flexibility, along with a very small footprint, and fully support responsive layouts used by glFusion.
We have implemented this new slider widget to be backwards compatible. For more details on implementing the slider widget, please see the Slider Documentation.
More Flexible Widgets
Widgets provide a very quick and simple way to build some cool visual tools for your site. New in glFusion v1.6.0 is the ability for you to specify a custom template to use when building the widget. This gives you the ability to make simple modifications to the bundled template to change a feature of the slider or other widgets.
Story System Improvements
When editing a story, you now have a set of 'quick buttons' available that are always visible. These buttons provide quick access to the Save, Preview, Delete, and Cancel tasks.
We've also added a new administrative feature where you can now globally (or by topic), set specific attributes on stories. For example, you can enable or disable comments on all stories or all stories in a topic.
Stories can now have an attached story image. The story image adds a lot of new capabilities. For example, when sharing a story via social media, this image will be used by the social media site. You can have the story image display on the index page, but not when viewing the full story. Or you can have the image display as part of the story. The story image is really beneficial when using the new headlines (see below) auto tag.
Stories can also have a sub-title. Sub titles can provide some additional capabilities when using the headlines auto tag, such as displaying on the story image, etc.
When viewing stories, if the author has provided information in their About Me section of their profile, a new About Author box will show at the end of the article. If the author has also provided their social follow me information, their follow me icons will be included.
3rd Party Comment Support
Ability to fully integrate Disqus and Facebook Comments into glFusion.
Installation & Upgrade Features
Rewritten to conform to new styles.
Interactive Voting with Poll's auto tag
Now, when a poll is embedded in a story or static page using the poll_vote auto tag, the user can vote 'interactively' so they never have to leave the story.
Static Page Preview
We have implemented the ability to preview pages in the Static Page editor. This works exactly like the story preview feature.
Enhanced Video Playback Capabilities in Media Gallery
Implemented Media Element video playback. HTML5 audio and video players in pure HTML and CSS with custom Flash and Silverlight players that mimic the HTML5 MediaElement API for older browsers. Fully responsive and provides a rich video playback capability across a wide range of devices and browsers.