Table of Contents
- For site setup and new users: an easy start
- Abuse: Abusive content improvements
- Design: Responsive design and a new theme for 8.0
- Template customization and improvements
- Search: New features and interface
- Added perks: recommended content, pinning, and drag-and-drop
- Added extensibility: email templates, notifications, and jobs
- New cookie SSO plugins
- API additions
Zimbra Community 8.0 provides three tools in this release that make it easy to set up a new site or start using a site.
Zimbra provides a Starter Kit wizard for initial site setup. This wizard makes it simple to set the basics in place:
- Community characteristics - Choose between two provided setup templates, Support Community and Enterprise Social Network, to let Zimbra Community guide you through getting your community engaged. The Starter Kit addresses branding information such as your site logo and your products. (Or you can still customize your own custom community setup template.)
- Depending upon your community type, the Starter Kit can provide suggested groups and ask what functions you need so that the wizard can set up the appropriate applications. For example, a group commonly set up by the Support Community template called "General Discussion" is prepopulated with one forum.
- You can create more groups and applications as well - more on that here.
To learn more about the Starter Kit, please see Starter Kit community setup process.
Zimbra Community 8.0 has contextually relevant "New" menu options in the home page to create almost any part of the community:
- Create a blog post from a home page
- Start a discussion or add a question from a home page
- Upload to a media gallery from a home page
- Add a wiki page from a home page
- Create a group application from the home page
- Create a subgroup from a group home page
The following video shows subgroup creation from the user interface.
Zimbra Community 8.0 provides a Tour Tips guide meant for first-time, new users. This tour displays short description bubbles that point to important home page areas and items.
Tour Tips are designed to quickly engage a new member with the community by pointing out:
- Site navigation
- Profile/Settings/Sign-in or -out
- Status message posting
- Activity stream
The following video shows the Tour Tips in action for a new user.
Content that's been flagged abusive by users can be reviewed by admins/moderators in the Abuse Management page. From here, these roles (or any roles having the Groups - Manage Abuse permission) can manually hide the content before it hits the appeal system.
The minimum value for hiding posts (that is, the number of abuse flags a post received) before it *can* be considered is now configurable. The minimum is not a guarantee that the post will be hidden, but a "barrier to entry" process before the scoring service takes over.
Once the post gets the minimum number of reports, scores take over and determine whether an item is abusive and should be hidden. Note that if an item has less than the minimum number of reports, it will *never* be considered abusive by the scoring system. To hide this, you must manually select "Hide" ifrom the Manage Abuse page.
Zimbra Community 8.0 has been designed with responsive design in mind - as enacted with the Social theme. With this new responsive scheme, site elements appear almost identically on different formats and screens - whether from a desktop machine browser or from a mobile device browser (the web client and new Zimbra Mobile app).
For more information, please see Responsive design.
The following video shows choosing a responsive design-enabled layout option for a widget.
Zimbra Community's Social theme takes a turn toward modern web design with:
- Simpler layout using a three-column central block and one-column side rail layout.
- Flatter, easier to render design elements such as easy-to-read fonts, solid colors, simple block buttons, and the general absence of visual clutter.
- Header (including search) is always visible on a page, and reduces in height when a user scrolls down the page.
- Slide-out menus that stay hidden unless expressly selected (such as creating a new post).
- Contextually driven core action components such as the search box (more here) and a New button for actions or navigation.
- Slider widgets, Multipurpose banner widgets, simplified custom navigation, and always-present user icons to access notifications, conversations, bookmarks, and profile/settings.
- Front UI access to some group functions.
For more information about the Social theme, please see About the Social theme.
The following video shows the controls in the new Social theme.
Zimbra Community 8.0 has incorporated the following components of the HTML5 standard into the platform:
- Standards compliance (makes browsers work similarly)
- Audio/video playing
- Local storage (for tour tips)
- Drag-and-drop file uploading
- Chunked file uploading
When a content list contains multiple pages of entries, these pages now provide the option of clicking directly through to the content item instead of clicking "back" and then into the content.
In Zimbra Community 8.0, email templates have a human-readable format, and and are configured through the rich text editor. This feature makes templates easy to customize and manage, much like language resources.
This innovation is part of a larger transition in 8.0 to merge emails into the existing notification delivery system, so that end users can easily manage their email preferences along with their other communication preferences in one location.
The email template customization includes:
- Separate templates (header, subject, body, and footer) for each email plugin
- Simple, human-readable dialog boxes to select desired tokens or modify text
- Simple, editable conditional triggers to specify when a specific template is to be used
- Email template previews
- Send sample email
For more information about customizing email templates, please see Customize email templates.
The following video shows customizing an email template to add a graphic.
Like email plugins, the Email Digest has also been recreated as a plugin. The Digest has similar customization features to the email templates. In addition, the Digest has a human-readable scheduling tab so that shares similarities with the templates.
For more information about customizing the Email Digest, please see Customize the Email Digest template.
The following video shows adding a greeting to an email template.
Search is always visible in the page header, no matter where a user scrolls on the page.
In addition to filtering results to content, users, or from the entire site, simple search applies contextually aware filters to its results - such as in the current group or current application.
While typing a phrase or term into search, Zimbra Community 8.0 looks for and and displays possible matches from the context. When used in a forum context, search will return previously discussed threads that might answer your question or provide the needed information.
The following video shows search as you type as it looks for forum threads meeting the search terms.
The search widget "simple search" and "advanced search" interfaces have been redesigned using the same modern design characteristics that are present in the Social theme: flatness, simplicity, and readability.
For more information about search, please see Using smart search.
When a user views content in Zimbra Community, the platform provides a More Content slide-out widget with linked content recommendations based on what the current view.
Zimbra Community 8.0 features content pinning - adding a content URL from an external unsupported site - to the media gallery. For information, please see Pinning.
In this release, we've also added the drag-and-drop file capability for text and post content creation. For information, please see Drag and drop a file into a post.
The following video shows dragging and dropping a media file into a forum reply.
In Zimbra Community 8.0, emails have been incorporated into notification plugins - thus being added to the notification distribution hierarchy and adding extensibility.
Jobs are now converted into plugins and are easily enabled/disabled in the Manage Plugins page. Jobs are scheduled in human-readable plugin configuration tabs instead of relying on CRON expressions.
The following video shows changing a job run frequency on a job plugin.
Release 8.0 does not use SiteUrls.config or siteUrls_override.config to set page URLs. Overrides for new URLs need to be converted into plugins. As plugins, they provide greater extensibility.
The Cookie Authentication Single-sign-on client delegates authentication to an external provider that creates a custom authentication cookie. If desired, this cookie can be encrypted. For information, please see Configure the Cookie Authentication Single Sign-on Client plugin. We have also added an anti-forgery cookie plugin.
New extensibility options have been added in release 8.0, including:
- Email notification and template plugins
- Job plugins
- Local and fully qualified URLs
- Permissions extensibility
- Cookie SSO authentication plugin
- System notification API
For more information about the API changes, please see the developer documentation.