[TYPO3] New community extension

Kevin Renskers info at dualdot.nl
Sun Apr 30 22:30:24 CEST 2006

Hi list,

For the last two weeks I have been working on a new Community extension 
(hoicommunity). It's kinda like loginbox_macmade, sr_feuser_register and 
cwt_community (and its dependencies) all in one, but now you only need 
one extension to offer a complete community solution.


-One extension for loggin in, creating accounts, editing profiles, 
sending each other messages, a buddylist and so on. And all these 
features are better integrated with each other because now it is just 
one extension!
-A password-strength checker when creating account and changing 
passwords, Hotmail style.
-A list of all and all online users.
-Uses a nice Javascript calendar to enter birthdates. No more yyy-mm-dd 
input fields!
-It uses templates, css and locallang.xml for complete control.
-Valid XHTML, unlike the other extensions mentioned.
-Community administration in the fontend: assign a usergroup that has 
'admin' rights and they can edit all profiles.
-It uses the prototype.js AJAX library for some features and nice effects.
-There were a lot of bugs in cwt_community concerning escaping quotes, 
this extension won't have problems like that (at least I hope so haha).
-Emoticons: strings in messages and profiles will be replaced with images.

The first public version is added to the TER just now. Key: 
hoicommunity. It's not 100% finished now. Planned for next version / 
what is missing now:

-You can assign a special 'vip'-like group that has extra features. This 
is already finished, but there extra features still have to be made. I 
am thinking about a photoalbum and BB code to beautify your profile.
-Search users
-Birthday reminders of your buddies
-The ability to upload pictures and change your username
-Admin should be able to change someone's usergroup in the frontend
-A bar that shows all emoticons, click on them to insert them into a 
message or your profile

...and probably more :)

It's pretty usable now, and as said, there is more to come soon (within 
a couple of days). If you have requests, comments or suggestions, let me 
know! There is no documentation right now, but if you know cwt_community 
it should be pretty clear. Also the constant editor is a big help!

It has no support for hooks and stuff like that, so if you need that 
just talk to me.

I'll keep you posted.

Kevin Renskers

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