Attention all vBSEO customers and friends, we are proud to announce that vBSEO 3.6.0 RC1 is now available for all licensed customers via the downloads area!
NOTE: We are still sorting a number of integration issues with MaxCDN, therefore, the free 1TB CDN account promo will be made available with vBSEO 3.6.0 Gold as to not further delay this release. For those currently using MaxCDN, or any other CDN solution, the vBSEO CP *includes* settings that allow you to configure your forum to work with your CDN.
vBSEO 3.6 Beta 1 Highlights
1. A full featured "Likes" system: A "Social Graph" for your community
Made popular by Facebook, and now making its way to forums and social web applications everywhere, the "Likes" system allows your users to effortlessly provide feedback to one another on the content they find most useful. Most importantly, this activity creates an underlying layer of data that works as a "Social Graph" for your community, opening the doors to a myriad of USEFUL features that have the potential to alter the way we interact with forums in different ways. One of them is enabling people to find the site's most useful content more efficiently (see our "Likes Tree" feature below). Another powerful use for this data is the ability to surface the most popular and/or relevant content for search engines, be it via Search Engine Friendly pages that list this content (coming in vBSEO 3.6.0 Final), or by using it as priority multipliers for your Search Engine XML sitemaps (coming in vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemaps 3.1).
2. The vBSEO "Likes Tree": Redefining the way people interact with forums
It gives you (and your users) an instant "birds-eye-view" of the "Likes" distribution in a thread, allowing you to *quickly* identify the most useful/important content, no matter how long the conversation is. This new feature represents a new paradigm as it allows people to extract more value out of forums in less time.
3. MaxCDN Integration: Faster Sites = Better SEO
Search Engines will love you and your users will love you too. It has been proved that sites that load FASTER, rank HIGHER. vBSEO has partnered with MaxCDN to bring faster load speeds to our clients. *New licenses* will receive an account at MaxCDN, valid for 1TB of bandwidth or 1 year of usage (whichever comes first). The package is valued at $39.95 and is being made available for FREE to vBSEO users who *purchase* a new license or *renew* an existing license (limited to ONE 1TB account per-customer). vBSEO 3.6.0 Beta 1 features MaxCDN integration via our dashboard.
4. Other Enhancements
- Social Bookmark Support for the vBulletin CMS
- Relevant Replacements Support for the vBulletin CMS
- Bug Fixes
Release Candidate 1 Installation Tips and Important Notes
Update to the Social Bookmarking ("Share") functionality
The "Share" functionality, now listed as a link besides the "Like" link in postbit, requires an update. For a cleaner display, we suggest you change all your *custom* Social Bookmark icons to *remove* the descriptions (extra text). See the following example:
Code:http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=%url%,images/vbseo/facebook.gif,Share on Facebook,Share on Facebook
As you can see, the second part of the Bookmark text (bolded text) includes *only* the Social Site name.Code:http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=%url%,images/vbseo/facebook.gif,Share on Facebook,Facebook
Download Location & Installation Instructions
All licensed customers may download the NEW vBSEO 3.6 RC 1 from the Downloads Area.
Installation & Upgrade
Find detailed installation and upgrade instructions within the readme.html file included in 'docs' folder of the installation package.
Beta & RC Software Note
Beta & RC software is not considered officially "stable" (Gold) software, therefore we do not recommend installing it in production environments.