Parth's Blogs @Techjoomla

Stay updated with all the latest happenings at Techjoomla. From news about the developments in your favourite extensions to Tips & Tricks about the Joomla CMS, Framework & Development.

On paper, Parth does the Sales & is the CEO of Techjoomla so to speak.. But he loves getting his hands dirty with code, innovating & helping the team come up with new stuff !


Working in Joomla since the times when it was called Mambo, Parth is passionate about everything opensource. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, Parth was working with content management systems like PHP nuke while doing some voluntary work for non profits when he stumbled upon Joomla & was completely hooked 


Parth has been involved in the Joomla project as part of the Joomla Bug Squad, was a mentor for Joomla at Google Summer of code & plays a key role in managing Joomla User Group Pune & organising Joomla Day India. Currently, he is serving on the Joomla Marketing working group leadership as the Strategic Marketing Manager. 


When not in the office, you will find Parth in the mountains hiking or cycling, reading a book , cooking or gardening ..

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Shika 1.1.9 is out with hierarchy based assignments

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We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.1.9 which is a feature and maintenance release. We have consciously made a decision to do releases in the 1.1x series that move away from the ideal principle of semantic versioning in order to fill feature gaps in the 1.1x series before embarking on the next true major release which will be 1.2. So expect to see more feature releases in the 1.1x branch that make the extension more solid and enterprise ready. 

This release introduces a new feature that has been a horizontal extension for Techjoomla but wasn't released as yet - com_hierarchy. This lets you set context specific hierarchy relations between users. The utilisation for this is mainly to set training managers for users. These 'Managers' shall be able to assign & enrol courses to users under them from the frontend with the new Assignment workflow that is also released in this version. This is also a dependency to our migration to TJ reports which will allow for features like Teacher reports and Manager reports in v1.1.10. 

Besides this major feature, we have also introduced a configuration for Certificate orientation & introduced a spent time column in the attempts view on the frontend. 

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Shika 1.1.7 is here

Shika 1.1.7 is here

We are happy to bring you Shika 1.1.7 with some usability enhancements, improvements in permission handling & some bug fixes. We now auto create the first module when you create a new course. There are now finer grained permissions for intra course operations - in this case Manage training material.We recommend you upgrade as soon as possible ! 

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JTicketing 1.9 is here with better URL routing and more !

JTicketing 1.9 is here with better URL routing and more !

While our team works on the big and beautiful JTicketing 2.0, we bring you an interim update in version 1.9 with PHP 7.1 compatibility, a better URL router as well as improvements in field based advanced filtering with TJ Fields integration.

Besides this we have fixed quite a few bug fixes and added a default Zoom value for the Google Map display on the event details view. Read on for the complete change log. 

JTicketing 2.0 will be a major release with a brand new UI & will be rewritten from scratch. Also note that JTicketing 2.0 will drop Bootstrap 2 support so prepare accordingly for the same !

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Roadmap for Shika 1.2

Roadmap for Shika 1.2

The latest major release for Shika, our Learning management system (LMS) for Joomla -  version 1.1 introduced 20+ new features and a host of bug fixes and improvements. While we continue to improve on the 1.1x release with minor release, development on the next major release has already started !

Read on to see what you can expect in the next major release - version 1.2. 

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Joomla World Conference is going to Vancouver! Are you ?

Joomla World Conference is going to Vancouver! Are you ?

Over the years, 2 conferences have become the mecca for Joomla users worldwide. The J&Beyond Conference that happens around the middle of the year in Europe and the Joomla World conference which happens in November and since the last 2 years has been travelling the world with the latest editions being held in India last year.

This year the World conference is going to Vancouver, Canada ! Starting on the 11th of November the conference promises to turn the weekend into a marathon of fun, learning, contributions and networking. The speaker line up

As with last year, Techjoomla is a proud sponsor to the event. As one of the benefits, we get a super discount to share with our followers. So if you have not got a ticket yet, use the following discount code to get a full 100$ off on the ticket price !

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Shika 1.0.8 released

Shika 1.0.8 released

Shika 1.0.8 has been released with some critical bug fixes. We encourage updating as soon as possible. While the team gears up for the next Alpha release of 1.1 and move steadily towards a feature rich stable release, we are continuing to do minor releases of the 1.0 branch and ensure you get a rock stable version of Shilka. 

If you are not using the most ground breaking LMS in the Joomla space yet, get onboard now ! 

For the complete changelog, read on. 

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Shika 1.0.7 released

Shika 1.0.7 released

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.0.7. This is a maintenance release and fixes some bugs in the previous version. 

We suggest upgrading to the latest release. The release is available in the downloads area. Click on read more for the full changelog. 

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Shika 1.0.6 released

Shika 1.0.6 released

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.0.6. This is a maintenance release and fixes some bugs in the previous versions. We have also solved the package size issue in v1.0.5.

We suggest upgrading to the latest release. The release is available in the downloads area. Click on read more for the full changelog. 

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Lets vote for Joomla at the CMS Critic Awards !

Lets vote for Joomla at the CMS Critic Awards !

Its that time of the year again when you vote for your favorite CMS at the CMS Critic Awards ! A regular at the Awards Joomla has made it once again and has been nominated under the "Best Free CMS" category. Lets show our love and mak Joomla a winner again this year !

Head over to the Awards Page and cast your vote today !

 Vote Now !

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Shika 1.0.5 Released

Shika 1.0.5 Released

We are happy to announce the release of a new version of Shika. As announced earlier, we are following a parallel release strategy allowing us to keep working on new features that a lot of users are asking for while maintaining a stable branch with regular updates & faster updates. 

In this release of the 1.0.X branch we bring you new set of bug fixes. Subscribers are encouraged to update immediately. Please read on to for the complete change log. 

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Shika 1.0.4 released

Shika 1.0.4 released

We are glad to announce the release of Shika 1.0.4. In this release we have fixed over 40 bugs in the maintenance branch. We have also introduced quite a few usability improvements. We have introduced a Ajax based export for CSV to allow exporting large volumes of data. Currently only supported in the attempt report, in future versions the same will be made available for all exports. 

Current subscribers can download the new release immediately. 

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Joomla Day Bangalore 2016 a smashing success !

Joomla Day Bangalore 2016 a smashing success !

It gives us immense pleasure to report that Joomla Day Bangalore has been received really well by the community there. Techjoomla was a sponsor at the Event and Parth Lawate our CEO presented the opening Keynote on ‘The Spirit of Open Source’. Here is a blog from him with updates from the Event. 

JUG Bangalore was one of the Joomla user groups that was initiated as part of the outreach campaign before the Joomla World conference that happened there in November 2015 and I was lucky to have helped initiate the same with Puneet Kala & Saurabh Shah early last year. 

I remember the kick off meeting where it was the 3 of us who attended the meeting ! Today their meetup group is 450+ people and the core group meets regularly. The speed with which they have grown & matured in the last 9 months is really amazing. If you are in Bangalore and want to be part of this awesome group, here is their Facebook page & Official User group page.

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Shika Development updates - version 1.1 and up

Shika Development updates - version 1.1 and up

The 2 months since the release of Shika 1.0 have been an amazing time. Thank you everyone that has supported Shika either as Early Adopters or through words of encouragement via the comments, forum posts and Social channels.

We had published a Roadmap for version 1.1 of Shika on 22nd March. However, there have been some changes in the feature list and hence the schedule of this release. In this blog I'll take you through what's coming. 

Parallel Release Tracks

Since the release of version 1.0x we now have separate teams working on parallel release tracks as below. 

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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 by 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. 

The most significant of these in my opinion is the PHP7 support. PHP 7 was released in November last year and introduced some major performance improvements. This is the biggest PHP release since PHP5.

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#hashtags in #Joomla

#hashtags in #Joomla

Like all communities #joomla has its favourite hashtags that you around the twitterverse (Yes thats an actual word !). There are many that keep coming and going but there are some that have become part of the cultural fabric of the community.

#joomla

I obviously have to start with this hashtag that's used to tweet anything and everything about Joomla.

#joomla Tweets

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Joomla Extension Devs ! Not using Joomla Update can cost you and your users !

Joomla Extension Devs ! Not using Joomla Update can cost you and your users !

 Not using the native Joomla Update mechanism could be a Major security issue as newer Joomla users are seen to be relying more and more on the active method to keep track of updates. Not having the latest version of extensions can be a major security issue as users might keep using old insecure versions without knowing that a new update has been released.

We did a survey and this is what we found out:Newer Joomla users are very much a Joomla 3 generation.They have become one with the usability in Joomla 3 and expect consistency across extensions in the sameThey trust the update mechanism to tell them about all new updates in Joomla core as well as extensions.

With Joomla 2.5 EOL happening months ago, this throws some really good insight into new user behavior and Joomla extension developers need to adapt quickly to risk of being left behind.

 

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Joomla 3.4 is here !

Joomla 3.4 is here !

Its been a long wait since Joomla 3.3 was released but Joomla 3.4 is finally here and it brings with it some great features.

3.4 is the first release as per the new release strategy and road map published by the Joomla Production leadership team (PLT) last year. One click updates have got easier for over the years and that's one thing that I hope will solve Joomla's version fragmentation issue (not too different from the one we see in Android). This means that the Joomla 3.4 update is just a click away for those of you on 3.3 or older versions of the CMS. If you are on 2.5 the task isn't that much harder but you do need to take some extra care.

For the 1.5s and the 1.0s it will be a migration but frankly if you are still on that old of an version its about time you did it ! The Joomla update team has done a spectacular job in providing some great documentation, tutorials and videos to help you get updated. Check it all out here !

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Empowering advertisers is a great way to sell advertising

Empowering advertisers is a great way to sell advertising

One of the great advantages of Internet advertising as against physical traditional advertising is that it gives advertisers more easily measurable ROI as well as more control on their campaigns. This allow advertisers to react faster to metrics and continuously improve their ROI.

One of the key aspects of the vision behind creating Socialads was empowering Advertisers and this has been consistently implemented via various features of Socialads. Giving advertisers control and transparent access to performance metrics helps you gain their trust and build the base for a long and lasting relationship.

With a tool that lets you do this on one side and a great strategy to attract and engage your users on the other, you should be on the right path to earn your due from your web properties. Lets see how SocialAds can empower your advertisers.

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Tips and Tricks to Maximize the Advertising revenues from your Joomla site with SocialAds

Digital Advertising has always been a tough job when it comes to the look of your website and the reputation of your site with respect to the end user. In such cases too much advertising is what tends to happen. Instead of increasing the brand goodwill it can hamper it. Special care needs to be taken to optimize the use of available real estate.

However with Pretty, well placed, relevant ads that appeal to the sensibilities of your end users can have a completely opposite and positive impact for your site, your brand and finally your ad sales. Lets explore the best way to achieve this sweet spot.

 The Right Ad types in the right places

SocialAds lets you create different types of Ads. You need to be choosy about deciding which Ad type looks good where. Image Ads will look good in most positions while sometimes you might need to setup a simple pure text ad position.

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Shika End of the year development update !

Shika End of the year development update !

Its the 25th of December and we are drawing to the close of an awesome year. This year has been all about change for us and rather than making 'New years resolutions' in 2015, we have already been investing in changing for the better in terms of quality, support and UI to name a few areas. We will be blogging separately about these efforts but we hope that you will see these lead to positive change in 2015.

This post is however, not a round up of 2014 but specifically about Shika which has been one of the major focus areas for us this year. We are now at a feature freeze and working on making this release rock stable.  

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