Iceclog 2.3.0 Release Notes: Connect or Login with Facebook and LinkedIn

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As of today, a new version of Iceclog is released, based on user and member feedback.

Iceclog is now integrated with LinkedIn and Facebook

A major new feature in Iceclog 2.3.0 is that our members have the possibility to quickly and seamlessly create new accounts based on their existing LinkedIn or Facebook profiles, or re-login with these mainstream social media.

Our automated account creation mechanism would take firstname, lastname, login email and profile picture from your existing LinkedIn or Facebook account and use it to create your new Iceclog account. Everything with a single click and a single login!

Create a new account with your existing LinkedIn or Facebook profile
Login with your existing LinkedIn or Facebook profile

OAuth login

How does the social media registration and login actually work? We are using the industry standard OAuth protocol to make a secure connection between Iceclog and LinkedIn (read more on OAuth). When you visit our register or login page, you will notice the buttons “Connect with LinkedIn” and “Connect with Facebook”. Next, when you click on one of these “Connect” buttons you will be redirected to LinkedIn or Facebook, where you will be prompted to accept Iceclog as network that can get only some limited account data: your first name, last name, email and profile pic.

Upon successful login, you will be redirected to the Iceclog network and you will get a new account or be logged in to your existing one. The basic fields and image in your profile will be automatically populated from your social network of choice. This saves time.

In the near future, we are planning on integrating Iceclog with additional social media networks such as Google, with the goal to further improve your Iceclog experience!

Profile page UX improved

You made some suggestions related to UX and profile pages and we listened. The profile page is now improved on several aspects:

  • First and last name are now visible at the top of the profile, and not inside the profile
  • The profile image is visible on all profile pages
  • The table design of profile fields is replaced by a clean no-border design
  • Groups are added, so that you can see of which groups someone is member.

Groups sidebar improved

We received very positive feedback related to the groups sidebar. This feedback came with several suggestions which we implemented:

  • The sidebar now recognizes if you are not logged in and offers a yellow boxed option to Login or Register.
  • The sidebar also recognizes your permissions for this group, and based on these permissions provides you with context sensitive navigation.
    • Bug resolved: members have no longer navigation items visible, that they can not use (i.e., Manage group).
    • Bug resolved: members can now see the list of members of public groups.

Mobile experience improved

We have implemented the latest AMP recommendations to the Iceclog network. This means, that if you are accessing our pages with mobile devices, you will have a better user experience and faster loading time.

Furthermore, this means that the Google search engine is providing an increased number of impressions for our network, which will improve the visibility of all the content created by our members.

The number of impressions doubled (blue graph line) while AMP issues are minimized (red thread)

One of the next goals is to further improve the speed of our site by optimizing CSS and JavaScript minification, which would result in better SEO and better content exposure for our members.

Security maintenance

We performed regular security maintenance and updated our whole infrastructure, server and CMS based. We updated our CMS to the latest available version. Furthermore, we updated all our modules to the newest versions and removed several modules which were no longer supported or needed.

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