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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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In Conversation with Erik Folberth: From Creating a product to Launching it!

In Conversation with Erik Folberth: From Creating a product to Launching it!

Have you ever wondered what are the best practices in planning a new concept or idea and what goes into the process of turning ideas to realities?

We ourselves do a lot of Product Development here at Techjoomla as well as at our parent company. We have closely seen the process of  product development from ideation to production and marketing it. So it was very interesting to get another perspective at this when we interviewed  Erik Folberth from thePHPfactory (one of our partners). Let's see what he has to say!

What is your first thought on creating a new product?

It's always a good idea to analyze the mistakes from the past when working towards the creation of a new product, or of a new website.

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How to develop JMailAlerts Plugin for any component?

How to develop JMailAlerts Plugin for any component?

Note: This Blog is targeted towards Developers!

We will be going through a detailed step by step process of writing a JMailAlerts Plugin.

Extending JMailAlerts needs you to create special plugins of the type 'emailalerts'

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Quick2Cart 2.5 lets you do more with your Online Shopping Store!

Quick2Cart 2.5 lets you do more with your Online Shopping Store!

I was surfing the web and stumbled upon an article saying,  85% of world's population shops online. Really?!? This made me think that if you own (or want to start) an online shopping portal it needs to be user friendly and at the same time easy for the Store owner as well.

With Quick2Cart 2.5 we’re introducing some cool new features which makes this extension so flexible that you can mould it perfectly the way you want. You want to start an Online Fashion Store? You want to sell Electronic Gadgets Online? Food, Cosmetics anything. Quick2cart 2.5 makes you do all that stuff with ease. People who are new to Quick2Cart can get to know about it. Rest, let’s see... 

What’s new?

Stock Based Attributes

Introducing attribute based Inventory for Native product manager. With this you will be able to keep stocks of your products for attributes like Colors, sizes etc.

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JGive 1.8.6 gets you lots of surprises!

JGive 1.8.6 gets you lots of surprises!

While chalking out the roadmap for JGive 1.8 we had come up with a lot of features which were highly on demand. However, the list was large and development of all those features together would’ve been time consuming. So, taking our key job of getting you timely and quick releases into consideration, we decided to split our roadmap into two parts and JGive 1.8.6 is the later part of it.

Let’s see what it has got!

Field manager

Want to show some additional information about the campaign on the campaign details page? Now, you can easily add an extra field from backend. It can be text, radio,calendar etc. anything. Just fill the details and it will be shown in a new tab on the campaign details page.

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People Suggest 1.4.6 maintenance release

People Suggest 1.4.6 maintenance release

A must have for all Joomla based Social Networks. People suggest helps with friend suggestions. Some of its fantastic features include profile based suggestions, Match Making support and more!

Bugs Fixed

- #64745 Fronted - Recommend friends popup not working with JomSocial 4.x
- #64743 Fronted - Sql errors seen while fetching suggestions when some close users exist in database
- #64480 Fronted - Module - Strict Standards & Notices shown(for Community Builder integration)
- #64457 Fronted - Module - Mutual Friends - Strict Standards & Notices shown
- #60938 Backend - Fatal error 'Class JFile not found' after fresh install
- #60937 Backend - Settings - Warnings shown on settings view
- #60368 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in Easysocial - People You May Know helper
- #44819 Add as a friend not working for jomsocial 4.x
- #35737 Fatal error: Cannot use object of type JRegistry as array in modules/mod_people_suggest/helper.php

Other Improvements

^ Updated techjoomla-strapper & assests loader plugin

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JBolo 3.2.6 is out!

JBolo 3.2.6 is out!

JBolo a premium chat extension for Joomla gets new bug fix update. JBolo has many awesome features like  Group chat, User Blocking, Chat opt out and many more!

Bugs Fixed!

- #64637 No timestamp shown for sent messages until page is refreshed
- #64636 Error playing sound for new messages
- #64634 Mark messages sent via chat as 'read' in JomSocial / EasySocial messages 

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Sneak Peek at Quick2Cart 2.5!

Sneak Peek at Quick2Cart 2.5!

It has been a while since the release of our last major version of Quick2Cart 2.4 release and we have got some really cool stuff coming in the next version. Received a lot of feature requests from you guys. We were unable to get all of them in this version. However, we've managed to sqeeze in some of them. 

Create your very own fashion store with Quick2Cart 2.5. We’ve always wanted you guys to actively participate in the planning and let us know your views about it.

What do we have in here?

We’ve introduced attribute based inventory Native product manager

With attirubte based inventory you will now be able to keep stocks based on attributes like different colors, sizes etc. making it easier for you to manage.

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Celebrate this Christmas and New Year with a discount!

Celebrate this Christmas and New Year with a discount!

Christmas is just a stone's throw away. Techjoomla is all lit up with fancy lights, christmas bells and an amazing Christmas Tree right at the entrance. We all are excited, giving away gifts and having fun. On this wonderful occasion we’re getting you some amazing deals.

FLAT 25% OFF on all our extensions!

Use Code: XMASNWYR25

EFFECTIVE 30-35% OFF on all our Bundles!

Use Code: XMASNWYR25BUN

 

Offer expires on 3rd Jan 2016

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Multi Site Ad delivery with SocialAds

Multi Site Ad delivery with SocialAds

SocialAds, one of our popular extension has a feature of showing ads on a multiple sites. You can install SocialAds on your Joomla based website and the ads created on this site can be displayed on any type of websites like plain HTML site or Joomla, wordpress, ASP based sites and what not!

How can this be done?

In SocialAds, you can create different types of zones. For instance, if you have a module position on your site which would be great for a banner, you can go ahead and create a zone such that it can accept image ads of the dimension of say 680X120 px. If you want to show ads created in this zone on other site, then from zone view go to the widget tab and you just have to copy the script code given on right hand side and paste in the HTML page or module of the other site.

You can customise the widget script by using the settings given on the left hand side of the widget tab. You just have to change the settings you require. The script will take the changes dynamically, you don’t have to save the changes.

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Sander Potjer

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Sander Potjer

With another interview in The Joomla Speak! series, we will be talking to Sander Potjer. I met him at the Joomla World conference 2015 in Bangalore. He is very easy to talk to and is keen to know about different cultures. we had a great chat about Open Source in general and the Community part of Joomla.

Let’s see what he has to say about Joomla!

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

My Joomla story started back in the summer of 2005. After finishing my high school I had a longer summer with plenty of time before my study Architecture started. During this summer I came across Mambo, which seems a very nice way to build websites. I used it to rebuild the Frontpage website for my rowing team, which was a very simple website and mainly my play-garden as I enjoyed experimenting with websites. At the time the website was finished, Mambo was forked into Joomla. I had no clue about forks, community and open source at that time, but simply followed the majority and converted the website into Joomla.

Slowly I started creating more websites, and became impressed by Joomla, the community, and the open source spirit. It was great to notice that people are helping out each other on the forums and that so many people from different countries and cultures are contributing their time, skills and knowledge to work all together on Joomla, used for millions of websites. Something that still amazes me every day again.

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