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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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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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