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Posted by on in Beyond Joomla

Lot of us love to have DISQUS comments on our sites. It's one of those hosted commenting systems that adds virality to all content and comments on your site. Techjoomla uses DISQUS too, and during our recent site upgrade we had a challenge ensuring that our comments get carried over since the migration meant that the links/URLs to all our pages got changed. We were really glad that we chose DISQUS, since they have some really useful tools for migrating comments when changing URLs. 

We wrote a neat little script that could read the export file that DISQUS generates and find out the 404s. Then we added these 404 links as aliases to the correct SEF URLs. Re-ran the script to get a mapping file that could be uploaded to DISQUS. Done!

Here are detailed steps along with links to resources to get the job done!

  1. Allowed the SEF URLs to get generated on the new site
  2. Exported a list of our discussions from DISQUS (See how)
  3. Ran a script to find out which of these go to a 404 (Get the script)
  4. Added the 404 URLs as aliases to the respective correct URLs using sh404
  5. Ran the script again to generate the 'URL mapping' file that is needed by DISQUS to migrate the comments
  6. Upload the CSV file at DISQUS, and within 24 hours your discussions should start showing up on the new URLs

 Another important thing that you need to ensure during migration is the uniqueness of your comments. You will be using either the disqus_url or disqus_id for this. It's worth noting here that in case of disqus_url, the http and https variants of the same page are treated as separate threads by DISQUS. You will need to ensure only one or the other is used. 

Unfortunately there's no way to do a similar thing with Facebook, Twitter & G+ , if you've been in a similar spot and have been able to migrate your likes, we'd love to hear!

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Posted by on in Jticketing

Hello All !

Extremely sorry for the long silence & recent delays in releases. Actually we have been sitting on this release for almost 2 weeks now as we wanted to launch it on the new site. We have been working hard on this release for almost 2 months now & extensive work has gone into making it feature rich as well as rock stable.

Native Events Management, Extensive Field Manager, Attendee Field collection, Paypal Adaptive payments, Microdata & OG Tag support, a fresh new checkout process ... The list of features is long in this release. I am sure you are as excited as we are about this ! 

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To See the full details of this release, read on for the complete blog detailing each feature. The release is available immediately for all active subscribers. Not using JTicketing yet or Subscription expired ?

Buy Now

Read on to the full details of the release 

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Posted by on in Community

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Joomla Days are awesome events & a great place to connect with local Joomla Enthusiasts. We are always excited to contribute in any way we can to Joomla events worldwide. We have been sponsoring Mobile apps for various events worldwide for a while now & we did one such App for Joomla Day Brasil too ! 

If you are attending Joomla Day Brasil, make sure you download the app !

App for Android (requires Android 2.3.3 or higher)

App for iOS  

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Posted by on in General Updates

Hello All !

We have finally gone live with the Fresh new Techjoomla site. It was long upgrade from Joomla 1.5 to the latest 3X Joomla & involved changes of many systems. We have been testing the critical systems work & we can go live. However, the site is still not as awesome as we want it to be. We will go live so that support can continue while we work on improving the site over the next few days.  

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All critical processes including Premium Support via tickets, Community Support via Forums, Buying new Subscriptions etc should work fine. All your Subscription data has been migrated along with login data. So you should be able to login & access your downloads without any issues. In the rare case that you can't, do email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope you like the new site. As we said its still a work in progress & we encourage you to report any issues you might find.

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Posted by on in SocialAds

SocialAds delivering Advertisements to TV Screens, Digital Signages & Kiosks

Alright ! Let's get started. First we need to get our server side infrastructure setup.. Then we will go about setting up your various Client side displays. 

Setting up SocialAds for Large screen Ad delivery

The first thing to do is decide what kind of Ads you want to show. For Large screen Ads, High quality image Ads as well as videos can work well - However Audio might not always be possible in a Public location. You can also show Text Ads. In this example i am going to setup my Zones in such a way that i can have some of My client screens showing Full Screen Ads & some of them showing 3 Ads at a time on the screen. 

Lets setup the Zones

Login to the SocialAds installation & in the backend setup a Media Ad Zone with high resolution dimensions - check your client screen resolution to decide how much this might be. Alsosetup the File size limitation as needed. Since i am doing to be seeing this in a TV in our office, i am going to set it up to be 1280 X 768 px. This i will use on the Client devices that are going to show 1 full screen ad at a time. 

Setup the Content Page with the Zone for delivery

Now Lets setup the Page on the website where you have SocialAds that will actually render the Ads. For this, create a new Joomla Content Article & use the loadmodule position syntax to define a new module position that i am going to call 'fshdads' . Now create a new SocialAds module & publish it in this position. Configure the module to show the Zone we just created above & set it to not show the module title. You can also configure other stuff like not showing the advertise here link & switching on Ad rotation. One page is now ready to go live on the client side. 

Now you can setup the rest of the zones. I am going to make 3 more Zones now for the Clients that will show 3 Ads at a time. One Zone is Large & covers most of the screen. The second one is on its right & is a tower ad & the final one is a small text Ad zone that I will show on the bottom. Configure the dimensions as appropriate for your screen & then setup a new Joomla page as above & put the 3 module positions there as described above. If you want more permutations, you can do more . 

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Posted by on in Community

Hey #Joomla ! How's everything going ? 

Joomla is a community project with lots of people & lots of opinions. So a few fights now & then are not uncommon - especially when everyone is so passionate about their love - Joomla !  If Joomla is anything its Passion. At the same time Joomla is about people, about friendships (yes and about beer). So passionate discussions are all fine . Its the Passion that keeps the project alive . There's a simple solution to such fights usually. So how about we all keep calm & meditate a little bit ? Introspect ? 

Joomla is a big project with many directions & decisions to make. We need a sustainable way to make them. Fighting a lot wont help. A little is needed though ! 

Lets all keep calm & meditate. The Joomla will happen !

Techjoomla

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Posted by on in General Updates

April Fools is that time of the year when the most amazing & innovative content starts to float around the Web inundating all channels ! Its hard to decide what to believe & what not to believe ! The Joomla community is no exception to this rule :) 

1st April 2014 for Joomla 

1st of April 2014 has seen some pretty awesome pranks from the Joomla community. Here's a quick look at each of them . If i have missed your prank, do comment & i will update the blog post !

MONITOR YOUR COFFEE CONSUMPTION WITH WATCHFUL

Watchful the popular Joomla monitoring system has introduced a Caffeine monitoring system today via a tie up with Nespresso. So if you need your coffee monitored, Watchful is for you ! Read more about it here

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Ghosts from the Past !

There have been several 'releases' & blogs around April first in the Joomla world in the past.. Here are some that we compiled

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Posted by on in jGive

We are happy to announce the availability of jGive 1.6.3 which comes with lots & lots of awesome new features to take your Joomla Crowd funding site to the next level. The key feature in this release is the ability to Buy Givebacks.  This means that the user can choose to pick a specific give back & donate / invest against that.  I am sure all our jGive lovers will love this ;) . Then we have added some great back office features letting admins add campaigns as well as donations from the back end. This means that its easier to manage donations that are not coming through the website.  

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The other Major Features include

  • Ability to add campaigns from the backend
  • Ability to add donations from the backend
  • Tighter EasySocial integration 
  • Major Improvements in Reporting & CSV exports
  • Email notification improvements
  • JomSocial Bar display option

Can't wait to get your hands on the release ? Download it now from the My Subscriptions area. If you are among those still not using JGive, Buy it now !

There's more to this release that i can write up here.. So I suggest you go ahead & read our complete changelog & upgrade instructions ! 

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Posted by on in Joomla CMS News, Tips & Tricks

The Joomla Production leadership team has just announced the revised release schedule for Joomla 3.3 with a RC expected by 15th April & a stable release by the 22nd of April. But hey you don't have to wait that long to try Joomla 3.3 & get your hands dirty ! The first Beta will be available on April 1st ( April Fools day i know but it is actually true !) 

Do More with Joomla 3.3 !

If you cant wait & want to see what it offers right away, then you might as well help the community test this release & make it the most stable Joomla release ever !  Testing features & patches has been made super easy by the Patcher extension & you don't need to be a coder by far to help with testing. Testing, one thing it gives you a sneak peek into whats coming & at the same time helps the project ! Read this Blog to help test Joomla 3.3 . So Go ahead & help Do More testing !

Joomla 3.3 is All about Doing More !

Joomla 3.3 continues the tradition set by the Joomla 3X series of getting great backward compatible releases out with awesome new features that are rock stable. One of the great things about this releases is that a lot of these features were built as part of Google Summer of Code in 2013 ! Yay for the Community & three Cheers for the participating students !

So What are all these cool features in Joomla 3.3 ? 

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Posted by on in Community

  

Joomla as we all know was derived from the Swahili word which means 'All together' . Being part of the Joomla community, its natural that extension developers come together & collaborate to build tight integrations between their products. Supporting each other's extension in a value add for both - the extension developers as well as customers who will get more tightly integrated products reducing the efforts on their end.

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In order to accelerateintegration of our products with other extension developers, we are doing a concentrated effort to reach out to other popular extension developers to come together & do integrations with our products. We are looking at setting aside some development time every 2 months where we will have a 'Featured Partner' promotion & we will work with the partner to tightly integrate our extensions together. We hope to integrate in this way with 4-6 new partners this year. 

How Do Partner, What to Integrate & How ? 

All our extensions have extensive developer APIs & plugin hooks which means integrating need not be a lot of work at all ! Integrations could also be as easy as writing a plugin for your own extension for J!MailAlerts for digest emails or doing a promotion plugin for SocialAds which allows users to quickly create ads for your extension. Our Broadcast extension also supports a 'Add to Stream' API that any extension can call in order to schedule a push to Social Networks. These are just a few examples ! Contact us & lets work together to extend our horizons !

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