Zimbra Community Trial is a full-featured preview edition of the Zimbra Community 8.0 product. You can perform any action with this trial edition - including full Control Panel option access, abuse administration, forum moderation, and core application (e.g., blog or wiki) post deletion. Users have full access to complete their profiles, and their data appears on their profile tabs just like it does in the commercial edition. The trial version is limited to 60 days and 50 users.
This documentation contains the following sections:
As noted in the first paragraph, the Zimbra Community Trial is a fully-featured, licensed trial edition of Zimbra Community 8.0. Thus, when the following sections refer to Zimbra Community 8.0, they include Zimbra Community Trial.
Zimbra Community 8.0 provides three tools in this release that make it easy to set up a new site or start using a site.
Zimbra Community 8.0 provides new Tour Tips guide meant for first-time, new users. This tour displays bubbles containing short descriptions that point to different home page areas and items.
Tour Tips are designed to quickly engage a new member with the community by pointing out:
Zimbra Community 8.0 has contextually relevant "New" menu options in the home page to create almost any part of the community, including:
Zimbra Community 8.0 has been designed with responsive design in mind - as enacted with the Social theme. With this new responsive scheme, site elements appear almost identically on different formats and screens - from a desktop machine browser or from a mobile device browser (the web client and soon-to-be-released Zimbra Mobile app).
Zimbra Community's Social theme takes a turn toward modern web design with:
Zimbra Community 8.0 has incorporated the following components of the HTML5 standard into the platform:
When a content list contains multiple pages of entries, these pages now now provide the option of clicking directly through to the content item instead of clicking "back" and then into the content..
In Zimbra Community 8.0, email templates have a completely new format that makes them human-readable and configurable through the rich text editor. This change makes templates easy to customize and manage, much like language resources.
This innovation is part of a larger transition in 8.0 to merge emails into the existing notification delivery system, so that end users can easily manage their email preferences along with their other communication preferences in one location.
The new email template implementation includes:
Like email plugins, the Email Digest has also been recreated as a plugin. The Digest has similar customization features to the email templates. In addition, the Digest has a human-readable scheduling tab so that shares similarities with the templates.
Search is always visible in the page header, no matter where a user scrolls on the page.
In addition to filtering results to content, users, or from the entire site, simple search applies contextually aware filters to its results - such as in the current group or current application.
While typing a phrase or term into search, Zimbra Community 8.0 looks for and and displays possible matches from the context. When used in a forum context, search will return previously discussed threads that might answer your question or provide the needed information.
The search widget simple and advanced interfaces have been redesigned using the same modern design characteristics as are present in the new Social theme: flatness, simplicity, and readability.
When a user views content in Zimbra Community, the platform provides a slide-out widget with linked content recommendations based on what the current view.
Zimbra Community 8.0 adds pinning - adding a content URL from an external unsupported site - to the media gallery.
In this release, we've also added the drag-and-drop file capability for text and post content creation.
In Zimbra Community 8.0, emails have been incorporated into notification plugins - thus being added to the notification distribution hierarchy and adding extensibility.
Jobs are now converted into plugins and are easily enabled/disabled in the Manage Plugins page. Jobs are scheduled in human-readable plugin configuration tabs instead of relying on CRON expressions.
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.
The Cookie Authentication Single-sign-on client delegates authentication to an external provider that creates a custom authentication cookie. If desired, this cookie can be encrypted. We have also added an anti-forgery cookie plugin.
New extensibility options have been added in release 8.0, including:
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