What has been removed?

  • The Artist Control Panel

    In Jamroom 4 if a user wanted to add something to their profile, they had to go into their "Control Panel" where they would find the different options for uploading and manipulating the content of their profile.

    In Jamroom 5 the controls to add, update, delete and order items on a user profile are built right in to the user's profile - if they want to add a new item, they simply click on "Create" when viewing the item type they want to create.

    No more confusion for users on how to maintain their profile.
  • No Quota separation of "Members" and "Artists"

    In Jamroom 4 there were 2 different types of users - "Members" and "Artists". Members had access to a subset of the features that Artists had, and while the number of Member accounts was unlimited, you were restricted to a specific number of Artists Accounts (based on the Jamroom 4 license you purchased).

    With Jamroom 5 the artificial limitation between Members and Artists has been removed - there are now only "Profiles", and they are always unlimited, as the Jamroom Core is free.

    Since you have full control over the features that are part of any Profile Quota, it is easy to emulate the Jamroom 4 Quota setup in Jamroom 5 simply by defining the feature set you want to make available to each quota.
  • No more "Profile Themes"

    In Jamroom 4 there was always 2 different template sets that had to be maintained - "Skins" and "Themes" - skins applied to the front pages of the site, and themes applied to the Profile pages. While this made things very configurable, the way that themes worked made for a lot of disk space usage (since themes were "generated" and the output PHP saved to the profile directory).

    It also made it much harder to customize a site, as there were (literally) hundreds of templates that had to be customized to build a complete custom skin.

    In Jamroom 5 there are now just Skins - the skin style applies site wide, and the number of templates in the skins has decreased dramatically (some by a factor of 10).

    You can still allow your Users to "tweak" their profile with the optional Profile Tweaks module:

  • No more "Rebuild Profiles"

    In Jamroom 4 one of the things a site admin became familiar with was :Rebuilding Profiles" - this is because Jamroom 4 would generate actual PHP code for EACH profile on the system, and when any changes were made to Theme templates, it necessitated a complete rebuild of all profiles using that theme.

    With Jamroom 5 everything is built "on the fly" (and cached) so not only do you use much less disk space, but it's much easier to modify templates and see your changes.