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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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Searching zoo items with field values

Searching zoo items with field values

Note: This Blog is targeted to developers!

As Joomla developers, you might have come across an issue wherein you need zoo items which have specific value under specific field?

Let's say you have a site where there are some discount offers on some books under different categories. For such books to show up under offers module, you need to have one zoo field saying ‘Have offer?’ with value ‘yes’. Also, you might be aware that the way zoo stores its field values is very tricky and it will be a huge task to get such items using database query.

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Shika Beta 16 with New features for Lesson & Quiz management!

Shika Beta 16 with New features for Lesson & Quiz management!

After Shika Beta 15 we have come a long way in terms of stability of the extension. We have also been simultaneously developing a lot of features for Shika as a part of the custom service projects we’re doing for our clients. With this release we are introducing some new features and lots of bug fixes.

Let’s get into the details!

Change the completion status/score of an attempt and delete the attempt

Admin has the liberty to change the completion status of any attempt of any lesson / quiz and the score of any attempt of the quiz. And also the power to delete a lesson / quiz attempt. This way he can reset any attempt of any lesson / quiz of a user.

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Apirat Jangjit

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Apirat Jangjit

We’re back with yet another exciting interview form The Joomla Speak series of a Joomla enthusiast Apirat Jangjit aka Sai. She is The General Manager of CMSPlugin and today will be sharing her thoughts on Joomla and how her exciting journey with it has been so far!

Let’s talk!

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

I was working as Executive Assistant and my ex-boss wanted me to update something on the company website immediately. Of course, the only program I used the most was Microsoft Office. I've asked my programmer, but he couldn't explain it to me in the easiest way possible.

So the end of the day, my curiosity was still there and didn't really go away. I decided to take the Joomla class during my vacation leave to learn how to build a website. And I found it was so simple and I could do it myself. Now, my curiosity paid off.

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Some useful custom validators for Client-side form validation in Joomla!

Some useful custom validators for Client-side form validation in Joomla!

Note: This blog is targeted for Joomla! Developers

Doing validation on client side, before form is submitted to server is always recommended. If you have developed a Joomla! extension you might have used some of the validators that Joomla! provides, which are listed below. Joomla! provides these basic form validators which you can use in your Joomla! form, although, there can be situations where the form fields you are using need different validations than what Joomla! validators offer. In this blog we will see how to add custom validators in Joomla!.

Validators that are provided by Joomla!

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We’re closing support for Joomla 2.5!

We’re closing support for Joomla 2.5!

It has been a really long time since Joomla has announced End of Life for Joomla 2.5, which will mark the end-of-support for the Joomla 2.5 series. While current websites running Joomla! 2.5 will continue to work, administrators are encouraged to use this opportunity to migrate their sites to Joomla! 3.x. When a Joomla! version reaches end of support, it means that Joomla! will no longer provide bug fixes, features or security updates.

What do Techjoomla subscribers need to know?

All Techjoomla extensions are compatible with both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.x series however, future versions of all the extensions won’t be supporting Joomla 2.5 anymore. Administrators who manage Joomla! 2.5 sites are encouraged to update to Joomla! 3.x

How to migrate to Joomla 3 from Joomla 2.5?

Before you attempt migration, we would recommend to take a backup of your website files and database and conducting a test to ensure that your backup is working.

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Grab all your favorite extensions this THANKSGIVING!!

Grab all your favorite extensions this THANKSGIVING!!

Thanksgiving is here and so is the most awaited deal season of 2015. Techjoomla wishes all its subscribers Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for being with us throughout our journey with Joomla!

 So, to Thank you all and Celebrate Thanksgiving with you, we’re getting you awesome deals on our extensions and bundles. We’re clubbing Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals together!

Get 35% OFF on all our extensions!

Use Coupon Code: TJTHANKSGIVE

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JGive 1.8 now with Bootstrap 3 support and more!

JGive 1.8 now with Bootstrap 3 support and more!

Now all the campaign owners will be able to monitor the donations more effectively and get a clear picture of how the campaign is performing. Admin can also get an overview of how much commission he has earned and how all the campaigns on his website are performing so far. That’s not all, JGive is now adaptable to all the wonderful templates in Joomla who use Bootstrap 3.

Let’s get into the details!

Frontend Dashboard

With this version we’re introducing a frontend dashboard for campaign owners. They will be able to closely monitor their campaigns by having a look at the All time donations of the campaign, average donation amount and graph of the donations happening per day. 

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Joomla World Conference 2015: We came, We Shared, We Learnt!

Joomla World Conference 2015: We came, We Shared, We Learnt!

The Most awaited Joomla Event of 2015 is over. Joomla World Conference 2015 was full with enthusiastic Joomlers, Students, Entreprenueurs Developers, Designers and more! Let's get you the insights of the event from our point of view. ;) Techjoomla team was all geared up for the event. As we were one of the sponsors, we were helping organize and yeah our team actively conducted some cool sessions. So, we were quite excited and nervous. Flight from Pune to Bangalore was the shortest flight i’d ever experienced, it was just 1.5 hours. Bangalore Airport is huge compared to Pune, everything was hassle free, though the time required to travel from Bangalore airport to the venue was the same as that of the flight :P. Entered the plush boundaries of The Sheraton Grand, rushed into the Techjoomla sponsored room and made sure that our Bag insert (the yellow smiley ball) was in place, I hope you guys liked it.

 

Day 1

Fresh start of the event by Sarah Watz followed by an amazing keynote by Brad Frost. Well, after that we rushed to the Arc room as we had to conduct some informative sessions. Btw, all our sessions had a room packed with Joomlers from all around the globe. Thank you for the response. :)

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Celebrate Diwali with Techjoomla!

Celebrate Diwali with Techjoomla!

Techjoomla is all lit up for Diwali. Diwali is the festival to celebrate the return of Lord Ram after killing Ravan, who was a cruel King of Lanka. So, let’s celebrate the victory of the Good over the Evil.

Techjoomla is giving FLAT 25% DISCOUNT on all its products

Use Code: TJDIWALI

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Claudia Apostoaei

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Claudia Apostoaei

In this week's interview of The Joomla Speak! series we will be talking to Claudia Apostoaei who works as a Marketing Representative thePHPfactory and started her journey with Joomla since then. Let’s get to know her a bit. She reads a lot about the Gothic literature, loves to hear music Hip-Hop and Rock so to say, is also into creepy horror movies and in free time you might find her cuddling with her pet cat, Garfield.

What does she have to say about Joomla? 

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

I have been introduced to Joomla! about one year and a half ago, when I started working as a marketing representative for the company thePHPfactory.

You have built a good business around Joomla. What made you choose Joomla?

thePHPfactory has been dedicated for more than 8 years to delivering cutting edge software for Joomla! integration. We are doing it because it's fun, because we are always proud to see our business grow alongside the J! Community.

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JBolo 3.2.5 gets you Emojis! and lot more ;)

JBolo 3.2.5 gets you Emojis! and lot more ;)

JBolo a simple yet powerful chat extension for Joomla gets you a new update with some of the most awaited features. 

What’s new?

Express more with Emojis

JBolo adds 1000 plus emojis to make your chat  more interesting and fun!

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Henry Nguyen

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Henry Nguyen

After Sarah Watz’s interview, this week we’re in talks with Henry Nguyen in The Joomla Speak Series, who started as a developer in 2003 and now is the Chief Technical Officer of JoomlaShine.com, one of the most favorite template provider for Joomla!

Henry has been working with PHP and open source project since 2004. Joining JoomlaShine team as CTO since 2008 and focus on building infrastructure system for JoomlaShine.

Skillful with PHP, MySQL, Apache, Nginx, Cloud technology... Currently involved in many of JoomlaShine projects and focus on building Joomla Community, he has strong belief in the development of Joomla project.

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How to access Module parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?

How to access Module parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?

In Joomla, Module configurations are stored as Module parameters. Typically you only need to use parameters in the module itself. However, sometimes you might need to access them from other places like your component or a plugin. And this can get especially tricky when you have multiple copies of the module. 

A live case example for this is SocialAds Modules. In this case we need to know in places other than the module itself what parameters each copy of the SocialAds module is configured with.

This blog will show you how you can do this. 

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Sarah Watz

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Sarah Watz

Guys, we’re back again this week with the 3rd interview in The Joomla Speak! series. Now this one is pretty special because we’re going to be in talks with The President of Open Source Matters, Sarah Watz. People who are not aware who she is (i don’t think there might be any, at least not from the Joomla space) let’s get to know her.

Sarah is a Joomla evangelist who lives in Stockholm, Sweden. She runs the Joomla! specialized web agency Pixpro. Sarah has been working with marketing, communication, sales and education for more than 20 years. Her passion is to provide great business value to the projects with which she is involved.

Sarah discovered Mambo in 2004 and moved to Joomla in 2005. She fell in love with Joomla! with it's vibrant community and began contributing to the community. Her first involvement in the Joomla! community was as vice president for the Joomla! User Association Sweden (JUAS). Since then she has been the President for the JUAS for several years, as well as project manager for many Joomla!Days and Joomla!Nights in Sweden. Sarah is a frequent speaker at events such as Joomla!Days, JAB and the JWC.

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Sneak Peek at JGive 1.8!

Sneak Peek at JGive 1.8!

It’s been a while since the release of our last major version of JGive (v 1.7) release and we have got some really cool stuff coming in the next version.

Here’s what we have planned for JGive 1.8. We’ve always wanted you guys to actively participate in the planning and let us know your views on it.

This is what we’ve chalked out!

Donor Management

  • Add donors list view
  • Mass Mailing
  • CSV export for donors data
  • Print donation receipt

Field Manager

Note: Date: 21/11/15 Field Manager and Donor managment will not be a part of this release. We apologise for the change. 

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jQuery Basics - How to Set values of Form Inputs using jQuery?

jQuery Basics - How to Set values of Form Inputs using jQuery?

In the previous blog on JQuery we saw - “How to Get Values of Form Inputs Using jQuery”.

In this post we will cover how to set up values for Form Inputs using jQuery for form fields including inputs, textarea, radio, single select list and multi-select list.

Below is sample code that shows a form with all types of form inputs for input, textarea, selects, radios, checkboxes.

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