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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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PDF Embed - Content Plugin v2.1.5 Released with New Options

PDF Embed - Content Plugin v2.1.5 Released with New Options

We have released new version 2.1.5 for our most popular extension PDF Embed.

This version adds an option for admins to set the default PDF viewer if no viewer is specified in the syntax. This was needed for site admins who were using PDF embed for more than hundreds of  content articles. If you are updating from older version of plugin, this option will come handy, as you won’t need to edit all the content articles to specify the google or pdfjs viewer.

Also, with this version you can now specify both the height and width in percent for the PDF being embedded to avoid pixelwise width adjustments. ;)

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Techjoomla is going to the Joomla World Conference at Bangalore, India. Meet us there!

Techjoomla is going to the Joomla World Conference at Bangalore, India. Meet us there!

This year is a pretty exciting time for Joomla in India as for the first time ever, the Joomla World conference is happening in India. Bangalore is said to be the silicon valley of India and India is one of th fastest growing markets in the world. The world is flooding to India to explore this huge market and Joomla cant be left behind either!

Over the course of 3 busy days in November, attendees, guest speakers and users from all over the world will gather at Bangalore for the conference. Whether you are an end user of Joomla, a hard core developer or a designer, this conference promises something for everyone! The schedule is packed with interesting talks on everything from content marketing to responsive design practices to workshops on Joomla. 

We will also have members from the leadership in Joomla - OSM, PLT and CLT speaking at the conference. Sarah Watz, President of OSM shall also be attending. 

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The Joomla Speak! In conversation with Brian Peat

The Joomla Speak! In conversation with Brian Peat

I hope you guys enjoyed reading our first interview with Joe Sonne in The Joomla Speak! series.

And we’re back again this week with one more exciting interview with Brian Peat. Let’s get to know him a bit before we start.

Brian is a member of the Joomla Marketing Team and also the founder of The Peat Group. He builds Joomla sites for a living and play drums in his spare time. He is a closet Lego fanatic (that’s something really cool! ), have experience in video (including web streaming) and in creating presentations with Apple's Keynote software and also runs keynoteuser.com. His specialty is "integration", making all the parts of a site match perfectly even if it means a bit of hacking and using lots of overrides ;). Most of his sites are built with commercial themes and extensions, but they're nearly all Joomla based!

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JTicketing 1.7 is here with exciting new features!

JTicketing 1.7 is here with exciting new features!

Are you organizing events? Then you need to make sure that you're updated with all the news of one of the most sought after event ticketing system for Joomla. Yes, we're talking about JTicketing!

As promised we are getting you a new release and introducing some new features like automated reminders and more, to help you manage your events more efficiently.

Let’s look into the details!

Give a personal touch to your emails

Now the Admin can manually select attendees from the attendee list and send personalized emails to them.

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Migrating from Bootstrap 2 to Bootstrap 3? Let’s make your Job Simple!

Migrating from Bootstrap 2 to Bootstrap 3? Let’s make your Job Simple!

We just finished transforming one of our extension Quick2Cart from BS2 to BS3. It was a fun task to do. We thought of sharing some of the migration stuff with you.

Before starting the migration

You need to learn Bootstrap 3 coding standard, what’s new, what’s removed, major class changes.

To know everything, please go through the following guidelines and documentation links.

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Canva v1.1 adds support 30+ new design types

Canva v1.1 adds support 30+ new design types

Canva plugin for Joomla gets a new update. This new version introduces two new cool things - support for new design types from canva.com and Joomla Update Notification support. It also includes fixes for some bugs we found.

Let’s see which Canva designs this update has got!

Social Media Posts

Twitter Post, Social Media Graphic, Instagram Post, Tumblr Graphic

Documents

US Letter, a4, Letterhead US, A4 Size Letterhead, Desktop Wallpaper, Magazine Cover, Resume

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Joe Sonne

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Joe Sonne

Here is our first Interview in the The Joomla Speak series with Joe Sonne. Let’s get to know him a bit before we start. Joe had a successful career in the graphic arts and multimedia industry before moving into management with a national charitable organization.

He got involved with Joomla! in 2005, and in 2009 started his own marketing company. The web division of Joe’s company, JoeJoomla, uses Joomla exclusively, managing projects for clients. Joe is hands on with website strategies, site integration and design and not to miss he is one of the Board Members of Open Source Matters. ;)

Let’s see what Joe has to say!

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

This is the most interesting story of all. The beginnings of this story can be read at: http://joejoomla.com/aboutjoejoomla.html

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Quick2Cart 2.4 with Bootstrap 3 and more!

Quick2Cart 2.4 with Bootstrap 3 and more!

We’re pleased to announce the much awaited Bootstrap 3 support for Quick2Cart with v2.4. This is how some of the views look with Bootstrap 3.

 

Backwards compatibility for Bootstrap 2.x

Quick2Cart will be set to Bootstrap 3 by default after the installation. If you want to use it with conventional Bootstrap 2.x versions you will have to change the integration and follow the setup instructions given.

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JMailAlerts Plugins Split and v2.5.5 Availability for Paid Plugins!

JMailAlerts Plugins Split and v2.5.5 Availability for Paid Plugins!

On popular demand, we have decided to make JMailAlerts plugins available for individual purchase.

Why the Split?

  • For instance if someone is using JomSocial/ EasySocial/ CB he had to purchase all the unnecessary plugins since they were all in the same subscription package.

  • Again same thing while downloading. It was bit harder to find the particular plugin’s latest version.

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The Joomla Speak!

The Joomla Speak!

We all are aware that Joomla has turned 10 this year. It has been a long journey full of innovation, rough patches, excitement and progress.

Over the years,  Joomla has grown bolder, prettier and smarter; winning hearts and awards. To celebrate this year and make it more exciting we are conducting a series of interviews and will publish them on regular intervals.

In this series of interviews we will talk to many people from the Joomlaverse - from contributors to leaders, from system integrators to end users, from extension developers to template developers .

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JGive1.7.2 with Version Update Notifier and Live Update support!

JGive1.7.2 with Version Update Notifier and Live Update support!

JGive is a powerful “crowd funding” extension that enables your members to create fund-raising projects; accept donations or Investments; and keep donors updated on the project’s progress.

We are releasing version 1.7.2 of JGive. In this version we have added new version update Notification support to notify users about new versions and Live Update support, to let site admins receive and install updates right inside Joomla.

Know more about this extension here.

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Shika Beta 15 is out with some cool new features!

Shika Beta 15 is out with some cool new features!

As promised, we are happy to announce the release of Shika v.1.0 Beta 15. Besides a ton of fixes, we have managed to merge some pull requests on projects that our services teams have been working on to get some new features in as well. So let's look at what's in there...

Whats new in Shika Beta 15 ?

Ability to delete questions

This was a missing feature. Now you can delete questions from the Question Bank. However if the question is associated to any of the quizzes it will not be deleted and an error message will be displayed.

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Mutual Friends v2.2 released for both CB & JomSocial

Mutual Friends v2.2 released for both CB & JomSocial

We have released a minor updates for plugins "Jomsocial Mutual Friends" and "CB Mutual Friends". We have done some bug fixes and improvements in this version for both the plugins.

For those who don't know what these plugins do here is quick intro for both plugins: Mutual Friends For JomSocial & Community Builder Mutual Friends

  • These plugins let you 'know your common friends'.
  • These plugins display mutual friends of the logged in user & the user whose profile the user is looking at. This feature is similar to the Mutual Friends feature at Facebook.
  • In addtion to that if you are using our JBolo Chat extension, you get an option to show online / offline status of mutual friends and start chatting with them right from these plugins.

Here is what's new in v2.2 release.
Mutual Friends For CB
v2.2 Changelog:
Bugs fixed:
- #5088 Chat option is shown even if JBolo is not installed
Other Improvements:
^ PHPcs fixes

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Make "Yoonique’s Zoo Element Anywhere" extension syntax work with text field!

Make "Yoonique’s Zoo Element Anywhere" extension syntax work with text field!

In case you hadn't heard about it yet, the guys at Yoonique have a nice plugin called  Zoo Element Anywhere that lets you insert elements from ZOO items into content anywhere in Joomla.

While using this in one of the projects our services team works on, we discovered that this had some limitations which we needed to get around.

The name of the plugin suggests that this plugin "Zoo Element Anywhere" will as the name says, work everywhere. However, we found that  it doesn't work "everywhere"; to be more specific, inside text fields. The syntax of this plugin only works inside text-area field and not in simple text field.

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How to provide live updates for extensions in Joomla?

How to provide live updates for extensions in Joomla?

As a Joomla extension provider, we are always rolling out updates for our extensions. Whether they are minor bug fixes or major feature releases, its always recommended that customers stay up-to-date so that they get the best of features, bug fixes as well as security fixes.

Normally the only way to notify them would be via Blogs and Newsletters. However this needs the customer to do the process of updation manually. 

With Joomla however, there is a much easier and smarter way of doing this using the Updates system. This is already baked into the core of Joomla and can be used by any Joomla extension. There is a core way to achieve both notifications and automatic updates which you can read about here. It works pretty well for free extensions but needs you to manually maintain the updates manifest. We have updated the blog with some inputs from weebler to also demonstrate how you can do this with core Joomla. 

The Akeeba Release System from the awesome Akeeba team however can give this system a major shot in the arm by completely automating Manifest generation and maintenance and also support updates for commercial extensions

Here’s a quick tutorial on how you can use ARS to automate extension update notifications and live updates in your extensions.

In fact since Joomla 3x has become the standard, your end users might be completely missing your updates if you are not using the Joomla 3x notification system and rely on your own ‘In extension notifications’ Read more about this in our earlier blog.

Note: This Blog is purely targeted to developers!

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