Elgg 4.2 RC1 released

We are happy to announce a new feature release for Elgg is finished. Elgg v4.2.0-rc.1 is now available for download in the download section!

Please keep in mind this is a Release Candidate, it's not yet ready for production without testing.

If you find any bugs please report them on GitHub.

We'd like to thank everybody who contributed to make Elgg 4.2 happen, notable contributors are:

  • Jeroen Dalsem with 62 commits
  • Jerôme Bakker with 27 commits
  • Nikolai Shcherbin with 1 commit

Major changes

This minor release has some major changes. Besides some internal changes and test improvements we also added the following features to your Elgg site.

  • Improved user management

The admin pages for user management have been improved so it should be easier to find and manage your users. Some small features like sorting users have also been added to the members and group plugin.​

  • Phpfastcache

The built in cache engine Stash has been replaced with a more modern and better maintained engine called Phpfastcache. As the name suggests, this engine focuses on performance so that is always a good thing!

  • System Messages

Site admins and developers now have more control over the system messages. You can configure the (default) duration before system messages disappear. Developers have the ability to set their own custom duration per message, but also can set more message types and specific call to actions.

  • Modern thumbnail formats

Thumbnail images will now be served in the webp format instead of the jpeg format. Webp images can be served with higher quality and a smaller file size. Your website will detect support for this new format automatically so this will work automatically. 

  • Reported content notifications

Administrators will now be notified about reported content when it is created.

  • MariaDB

Elgg now officially supports MariaDB.

  • Unvalidated users

The process for unvalidated users that registered with an incorrect email address has been improved so that they can correct it themselves without the help of a system administrator.

You can read the full release notes on Github. Developers should also have a look at the upgrade notes to see which changes might impact their plugins.

Jeroen Dalsem

Owner of ColdTrick IT Solutions, developing social networking sites for the dutch market

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