Table of Contents
- Feature summary
- It's easy to get started
- Create sub-groups, applications, or posts in the UI
- New members can join the community
- Modern new theme and responsive design
- Email templates are plugin modules
- Search is always available and provides smarter results
- New extensibility options
- SSO authentication
The Zimbra Community 8.0 Free Edition leads you through site setup and user orientation (with the Starter Kit and Tour Tips). This edition is designed as a structured learning environment that also furnishes key learning experiences in customization and creation, enabling any domain or number of applications. The Free Edition has no time limitation on use.
The following sections summarize Zimbra Community 8.0 features. These features are also included in the Zimbra Community 8.0 Free Edition.
Three tools in the Zimbra Community 8.0 Free Edition make it quick and easy to set up and start using a site:
- The Starter Kit wizard guides an admin through community setup - including branding and product links, among other characteristics.
- The Tour Tips provide a self-paced tour that quickly on-ramps new users.
- Sample groups, applications, and content ("core content") create an easy environment for testing and learning the community features.
(For more information about the Starter Kit and Tour Tips, please see the "8.0 Feature Summary" article in the Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation.)
In keeping with the product's emphasis on a simple, consistent interface and accessible controls, Zimbra Community 8.0 has "New" menu options on each user interface home page for creating:
- Blog post
- Discussion or question
- Media gallery upload
- Wiki page
(For more information about these creation features in the UI, please see the following articles in the Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation: "Create a subgroup from a group home page" about groups; "Create a group application from the home page" about applications, and procedures under the posting section of each application - for example, "Create a blog post from a home page" under the Blogs > Blog posting section for creating posts.)
The Free Edition lets prospective community members join the community directly using the "Join now" link on the Sign-in page. The community is limited to 50 members.
Whether using a desktop machine or handheld device, the free edition's Social theme uses modern, flat user interface components and responsive design that scales the site to desktop or handheld device views. The Social theme provides:
- Flat, easily rendered design elements, fonts, buttons, and colors.
- Uncluttered pages.
- Always-visible site header, including search
- Dynamic slider menus
- Contextually aware "New" and "More" buttons on each page
- Prefiltered search results
- HTML5 audio and video support; chunked file uploading, and drag-and-drop file upload
(For more information the new theme, please see "About the Social theme" in the Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation. For more information about responsive design in the product, please see the "Responsive design" article.)
The Zimbra Community 8.0 Free Edition, like Zimbra Community 8.0, presents related emails and notifications combined together as plugin modules. The Email Digest is a plugin, as well. As plugin modules, these items have three important new capabilities in release 8.0:
- Each plugin (including emails and notifications) can be enabled (by checking the check box) or disabled (unchecking the checkbox;
- Each plugin's email and notification components can be configured, which means they can be customized;
- As plugins, the emails (as well as previously available notifications) are part of the release's extensibility points.represent two kinds of improvements.
Zimbra Community 8.0 Free Edition has the same plugin module enable (check) and disable (uncheck) options; however, the customizable configurations are unavailable.
In the Free Edition, most emails are still sent by the system (including core emails like password hints) are still sent. However, some emails are disabled in this edition. Please consult the following lists to learn which emails are available to the Free Edition.
|Enabled emails||Disabled emails|
|Also commented||Abuse appeal accepted|
|Blog confirm subscription||Abuse appeal expiration|
|Blog post||Abuse appeal rejected|
|Blog post comment||Abuse appeal review needed|
|Email Digest||Abusive content|
|Following||Blog moderated feedback|
|Forum suggested answer||Forum disabled email|
|Forum thread||Forum no permission|
|Forum thread verified||Forum reply awaiting moderation|
|Friendship accepted||Forum reply removed|
|Group invite||Forum thread awaiting moderation|
|Group membership request||Forum thread moved|
|Like||Forum thread moved to private group|
|Media comment||Group membership added|
|Mention||Group membership request accepted|
|Private message||Group membership request rejected|
|Site invite||Group mention|
|Status comment||Media file|
|User account pending||User account locked|
|User changed password||User account rejected|
|User forgot password|
|User reset password|
|Wiki page comment|
|Wiki page update|
(For information about plugins, please see the "Manage plugin modules" article in the Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation. To learn about customizing email templates and the Email Digest, see "Customize email templates" and "Customize the Email Digest template" articles, respectively.)
Search is always visible in the page header, no matter where a user scrolls on the page. In general, wherever you search, Zimbra Community search creates filters based upon the context - for example, content, groups, and people. When searching in a forum, search provides possibly related threads.
(For more information about search, please see the "Using smart search" article in the Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation.)
In Zimbra Community 8.0, jobs, email templates, and notifications all provide extensibility points for development.
(For user and admin information about these option plugins, please see the "Job Service" article; the "List of email plugins" article, and the "Notifications" article - all in the Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation. For development information and APIs, please see the Developer documentation.)
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.
(For a brief summary about SiteURLs, please see the "Site URLs" article in the user and admin Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation. For development information and APIs, please see the Developer documentation.)
This release provides a new cookie SSO authentication plugin ans anti-forgery cookie plugin.
(For information about this new plugin, please see the "Configure the Cookie Authentication Single Sign-On Client plugin" article in the Zimbra Community 8.0 documentation.)
- Sample content is retained. The out-of-the-box configured sample content (including posts, files, comments, and forum threads) can't be deleted from the community. Third-party, custom content/applications and Ideas module "challenges" can be deleted.
- Simplified abuse system. Members can take full advantage of the abuse reporting system. However, instead of deleting posts due to reports, the Free Trial displays a message stating the content would ordinarily be hidden.
- Unrestricted language usage. To simplify the algorithms in the trial edition, the word replacement filter is inactive.
- Unfiltered messages. Again, for simplicity of the learning process, the trial version does not include spam filtering or spam-related scoring. Spam customization is unsupported.
- Core members. In this trial edition, additional members must join the community from the sign-in page. Users or new roles can't be created.
- Community size. The Zimbra Community 8.0 Free Version community is limited to 50 users.
- Unrequired moderation. Using the sample content furnished out of the box, no moderation is required, and moderation is not enabled.
- Full widget customization. Admins can use the Widget Studio to perform any widget customization desired, but widget export and import are not enabled.
- Core sample applications. The out-of-the-box configured sample applications (including blogs, forums, galleries, and wikis) can't be deleted from the community. However, applications that an admin creates can be deleted.
- Core plugin configurations. To maintain the stability of the community, plugins can be enabled or disabled, but their configurations can't be changed.
- Core emails remain active. Email, in general, is allowed. Emails that are core to the site's functionality, such as a password reminder, remain active. However, other emails are not enabled.Email customization and email digest customization are not supported in this edition.
- Core theme. The shipped theme is stable, and a new theme can't be imported.
- Site configuration options. Site URL and email options are available, but other site configuration settings are not enabled.