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Quix- Page Builder for Joomla!

Quix- Page Builder for Joomla!

Joomla is one of the most powerful CMS on earth. As uncle Ben said ‘With great powers, comes great responsibility’. Despite Joomla’s power, its has one big drawback: building beautiful pages is cumbersome and complicated process.

A good looking page contains : components, modules and your modules should be rightly assigned to menu, etc.. As your site grows, it seems impossible to maintain and improve. If you want to change your template, it requires more amount of work because each template has different module positions and naming conventions.

Thanks to our friends at ThemeXpert for building Quix, a revolutionary page builder for Joomla. Page building in Joomla has never been easier before. Quix comes with advanced drag and drop layout builder, responsive controls, powerful collection system and much more.

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Sneak Peek- JoomlArt’s new Free Joomla template JA Simpli

Sneak Peek- JoomlArt’s new Free Joomla template JA Simpli

A new idea which poped out of a general discussion between some innovative and geeky minds from Techjoomla, JoomlaShine, JoomlArt, Stackideas, Joomlatools and JoomlaCorner of developing a template which would be simple, light weight and one of a kind. Our friends at JoomlArt made sure that this idea turned into a reality which gave birth to JA- Simpli.

What's so special about JA- Simpli?

Well, you can say that this is the template which was missing in Joomla 3 or maybe the unofficial Joomla template because this template does not use any framework. Yeah, you read it right it does not have any framework and uses Joomla default template structure with integrated bootstrap and a template customizer. The template is fully responsive, has multiple ready to use layouts and plenty more...

 

Well, we liked it so much and we appreciated their effort by giving a testimonial. The creation of this template in a time where templates without any special 'frameworks' are not thought of anymore, this has proven that there is plenty of room to innovate.

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JTicketing 1.8 roadmap

JTicketing 1.8 roadmap

JTicketing, one of the most reliable event ticketing extension for Joomla is getting a new update soon. After a lot of feature requests and keeping the market demand in mind we have com up with these amazing additions that you'll get with JTicketing 1.8. Before you read what all is lined up for the future release, quickly have a look at features that were introduced in the last major release.

What all is lined up?

  1. Online- Offline Events

    • Adobe connect integration for Online events

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Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt!

Keep Calm! Easter is here and so is the discount season. Let’s celebrate Easter together, this time in a different way. Techjoomla, Stackideas and JoomlaShine have joined hands to delight its users with some amazing deals and surprises. Participate in the Egg Hunt to get better discounts. ;)

What’s the EGG HUNT?

Let’s go pointwise to make it easier to understand:

  • Get the discount code from Stackideas blog, you can use that code to buy any product on Stackideas at a 10% Discount.

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Sneak Peek on Shika 1.1

Sneak Peek on Shika 1.1

We have finalized some features for Shika 1.1. Just in case you have missed the webinar you can have a look at all the planned features here. This list is as per the market demands.

 

  • Events as Lesson

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Joomla 3.5 gets the 'Speed Force' with PHP 7 Support !

Joomla 3.5 gets the 'Speed Force' with PHP 7 Support !

Earlier today Joomla 3.5 stable was released the Joomla Production leadership team. This marks a major milestone in the Joomla 3X series. This release adds quite a few new features and solves a significant number of bugs. 

PHP 7 Support, Update Notifications via Email, System Information Export, Drag & Drop Images are just some of the cool features that have been introduced in this release. 

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Quick2Cart Roadmap

Quick2Cart Roadmap

Quick2Cart Ecommerce extension for Joomla has a lot of cool features lined up in its future releases. These features have been shortlisted as per Market demands.

What all is lined up?

Quick2cart 2.6

Pay with Amazon India’ integration for Single Vendor Mode

Let people buy  a product on your store and the let Amazon handle the checkout part including shipping and stuff.

Note: This Features is for Pay with Amazon India and will work for single vendor

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The Women’s Special!

The Women’s Special!

The women in our lives have a huge impact on us and the world . Playing a variety of roles and inspiring us with their multitasking skills and a lot to learn.

Today, we take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful ladies for being awesome and doing everything that you do!

Special Women's Only Discount  25%

Tweet with #jwomenrock mentioning @techjoomla and we’ll send you your discount code.

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Shika release plans and upcoming webinar

Shika release plans and upcoming webinar

It's 10 odd days since the release of Shika 1.0 Stable. It was supremely energizing to see your awesome response for the release. Thank you guys for all the Love and support, we’re hoping to see same kind of enthusiasm from you guys which will keep us motivated and we will be able to maintain a steady pace of the development, getting you all some fabulous features in Shika.

What’s next?

In order to keep a fast pace of development and at the same time ensure that you have stable releases to use on your live sites, we are going to do development in 2 parallel tracks. One track will concentrate on improving the current stable builds, maintaining them adding fresh new features. The Second track outputs shall be shared with subscribers as Alpha/Beta releases to take early feedback.  Look out for updates on the roadmap during the webinar.

Webinar on Shika

We’ll be doing the webinar via Google Hangouts.  The idea of the hangout is to give you some in depth insight into what Shika is all about - Courses, Modules, Lessons, Authoring, Quizzes, Reports and best ways to use them. On Public demand, we shall also be talking about ways to extend Shika, the developer APIs available and a lot more. We are very excited about this.. especially the Q & A sessions where we can interact and brainstorm the possibilities with each other. See you all soon!

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Grab this Jaw Dropping deal now!

Grab this Jaw Dropping deal now!

Ahoy Subscribers! This February we are taking a leap to get you something awesome.

One of the coolest things about being a Techjoomla user is getting access to exclusive offers from our fabulous partners.

 

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Shika 1.0 has landed

Shika 1.0 has landed

Its February 22nd 2016. Just over 4 years when we first flirted with the idea of creating a learning management system. May 2014 saw Shika enter Techjoomla Labs. 21 months , 8000+ hours of development time and 350,000 + lines of code later, we are proud, (albeit exhausted and excited at the same time !) to present to you Shika 1.0.

Since its announcement, Shika has caused a lot of excitement in the Joomla community and all your love and feedback is what has powered and inspired us and will continue to do so. It’s been an amazing journey so far a lot of it documented via our blog.

A lot of love, feedback and code has gone into making this first cut of our dream come true. Here’s a quick look at what we have to offer.

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Shika 1.0. is coming. Last 3 days to go!

Shika 1.0. is coming. Last 3 days to go!

With more than a year of development, testing and lots of Love from our very on Shika Early Adopters, we are finally getting ready to launch the first stable release of Shika.

The last few months have been super busy with lots of beta releases, plenty of feedback from early adopters and quite a few features getting squeezed in, in spite of a feature freeze!

We would like to thank our Early Adopters for having faith in us and supporting us in all the ups and downs in Shika’s Early stage journey.

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Surprise Quick2Cart release with some cool new features!

Surprise Quick2Cart release with some cool new features!

Taking your Joomla based shopping cart to a next level with every release, Quick2cart 2.5.5 gets its subscribers a treat.

What’s new?

ARS update for Quick2cart

Akeeba Release system Updates will make sure that you do not miss a single chance to update your Quick2Cart. You will be notified immediately in your backend about the new update.

 

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How to make a URL SEF when triggered from Joomla backend?

How to make a URL SEF when triggered from Joomla backend?

Any Joomla developer worth his salt knows to use JRoute::_() to ensure he produces SEF URLs. This is an important SEO thing! However, if you’re writing code that does things from the Joomla Admin, the URLs turn out to be non-SEF. No I’m not talking about the URLs of the Joomla Admin itself.

For Instance,

Shika sends a notification email with a link to the course when a user enrolls for a course. When the user enrolls from the frontend, the email contains the shiny SEF URL. But if the admin enrolls the user, the email contains a non-SEF link in spite of correctly using JRoute::_() Don’t believe us ? Try for yourself :) Depending on the type of link you are creating the link might even have the part /administrator in it.

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Send Joomla email via Amazon SES

Reliable email delivery is key in web applications, you don't want your customers to miss that order confirmation email or skip that very important Social Network notification. Using a service like Amazon SES also helps you improve your email sending quota if your web host gives you a rather small quota. It's fairly easy to get up and running with Amazon SES. You'll need to have an account with Amazon AWS (of course!)

Then, just follow these steps to get going -

Set up your Amazon SES account for sending

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Shika Beta 17- A Step closer to the Stability!

Shika Beta 17- A Step closer to the Stability!

On demand of our very own Shika Early Adopters, we have introduced some cool new features. Besides these features, there are a lot of bug fixes done.

What are the new additions?

Course and lesson alias

With Alias for Courses and Lessons they’re going to be more Search Engine Friendly.

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Peter Bui

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Peter Bui

We are going to talk to Peter Bui, Managing Director of PB Web Development in this The Joomla Speak interview. I met him at the Joomla World Conference 2015, Bangalore, India. A fun loving person who is also a Joomla Enthusiast and Contributor. Let’s get to know his thoughts on Joomla!

What's your Joomla story? How did you get introduced?

In 2004 and 2005 I experimented with a lot of different platforms from WordPress to Moveable Type and Mambo. Playing around with all of them working out what was best for the projects that I was building at that time lead me to choose Mambo as my solution. Shortly after it split and forked with Joomla! The rest is history.

There’s lots of businesses built around Joomla - Extensions, Templates, Consulting, Services. How would you like these businesses to give back to Joomla? What's the best way in your opinion?

I believe the most important thing is the adoption of Joomla. Showing, educating and spreading Joomla is the most important thing.

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Supporting custom module positions in your Joomla extension

Supporting custom module positions in your Joomla extension

Note: This Blog is targeted to developers!

Sometimes the module positions that come with your template are just not enough, or if you’re a developer you might want to allow your users to load modules inside various parts of your component.

A good example is if you want to publish Ads coming from SocialAds on your EasySocial stream without changing any default functionalities of the stream. You'd do this by loading the Social Ads module in one of the various positions that Easysocial has already set up on their stream. 

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SocialAds 3.1. First Look!

SocialAds 3.1. First Look!

It has been a really long time since a SocialAds release. You all might want to ask, "What took it so long?"

Well, we have been working on a major rewrite of the extension and we’re almost there. Apart from a simple, cleaner code and an amazingly fast working SocialAds...

This is what you can expect!

Backend Dashboard

Admin will be effectively able to monitor the income, Ads, Click to Impression ratio and more!

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A developer's guide to Use Dates in the right way in Joomla!

A developer's guide to Use Dates in the right way in Joomla!

When you are handling date and time, its likely that a developer might get confused on what is the right way to handle multiple timezones.

Let’s make this Crystal Clear!

As you can see in the Image below, the date selected is 2015-08-26 05:30:00, This is the user’s timezone date and time.

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