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JomSocial 4.4.3 With Support For Automatic Joomla Updates Is Now Available

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AUG
30

JomSocial 4.4.2 And Two New Themes, JS Shadow And JS Kikiriki Have Been Released

We were excited to see such a positive feedback reaction to JomSocial 4.4 so we decided to follow it up with great bug fix release and two new themes.

For a complete list of changes introduced in JomSocial 4.4.2, please check the changelog.

JS Shadow Theme

JS Shadow Theme focus on visual appeal adding unique touch of shade contrast to every part of JomSocial.

JS Kikiriki Theme

JS Kikiriki Theme focus is on content, making it really easy to discover while being presented in a familiar fashion.

How To Install Theme

JomSocial Themes must be unzipped and placed at the proper location.
We have prepared a simple tutorial for our previous themes at the documentation page while we work on the solution to automate this process.

We are currently looking into best possible ways to install themes automatically. Till then, please follow the instructions for "Flat" theme.

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AUG
25

First Look At The Kikiriki: New JomSocial Theme

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AUG
23

Sneak Peek: New JomSocial Theme - JS Shadow

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AUG
17

JomSocial 4.4 With Live Chat, Access Control List, Migrators and Hundred Other Improvements Has Been Released

After endless nights of code crunching development, days of manual and automated testing, three Development Preview, one Release Candidate and way too many coffee, we are finally ready to present to you the latest and greatest version of JomSocial we ever published.

This release is packed with over hundred improvements in a code base, over two thousand commits (code changes) have been added to the repository and several new features have been built and implemented from scratch.

Live Chat

We can’t be more excited about this one. JomSocial has been originally created back in 2008. Which in internet terms is a stone age. Although the private messaging did the purpose it was built for, now in 2017 could simply not cut it

So, we replaced it. With a completely new feature. We took everything good from the old system and implemented into new one.

Backend configuration has moved to it’s separate page with all the controls you used to and then we added more on top of it.

Default settings for the new messages check have been set to 30 seconds.
If you host your site on a shared hosting, lowering this value could potentially have negative impact on your server. If you host on VPS or better server, try to experiment with lower values.

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AUG
04

Weekend Update: New JomSocial Theme Preview. Name It And Get Free JomSocial Professional!

Flat theme has been recently released free for all JomSocial Professional members and our team was hard on work to create more.

With this new Theme we are aiming to create the perfect blend with JA Mood Template, also released free of any charge for Professional Plan owners but the setup will not require JA Mood Template as the new Theme will work seamlessly with all JomSocial features and support Theme Designer so you can easily change it to fit your unique needs with any other Joomla! template.

Screenshots

Since Theme is still in the development we can’t offer better preview than screenshots but image speaks thousand words so let’s get straight to it:

Release Date

We don’t have a firm release date for the Theme yet but our goal is to release it along the JomSocial 4.4 release very soon.

Give It A Name And Win JomSocial Professional

As you probably noticed, we didn’t mention a name of the Theme. That’s because we came up with so much great ideas for the name that we simply couldn’t pick just one.

That’s why, we give you a chance to name the Theme and win new JomSocial Professional license. Just post your name suggestion in the comments below and we will announce the winner when Theme is ready to be handed to all Professional Plan owners, again, free of any charge.

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JUL
25

How Ad Agency can help extend & monetize JomSocial Joomla site with advertising and Google Adsense

JomSocial lets you create social community networking site for Joomla! and it comes with some very tight integrations with multiple extensions to extend the possibilities of things that can be done. Engaging community members to take up learning courses using GURU Joomla LMS extension or letting your community members to run ads to promote their events, announcements or commercial ads using powerful advertisement management component Ad Agency.

Today, I would like to show you how your JomSocial community users can be empowered to run advertisements to promote their events, announcements or commercial ads using powerful advertisement management component Ad Agency.

Ad Placements

Ad Agency can turn your site into revenue powerhouse by allowing registered users to become “advertisers” and create various different ads. Place and track your promotional announcements across:

JomSocial streams or tabsEntire Joomla! WebsiteMultiple sites including non-Joomla! sitesAffiliate Ads like Google Adsense

Multiple Ad types:

Banner Ad for graphic or affiliate codesPopup Ad that shows on top of the loaded contentTextual AdFloating Ad, similar to Popup Ad, floats on top of the site contentTransitional Ad takes up entire page focus and requires to be closed before site can be used.

Once advertiser creates the ad, it will be placed in the corresponding zone or the placement that you can charge for.

Set Your Own Pricing Packages

In Ad Agency, you can set different prices for different types of ads

Target Specific Audience

Targeting the specific audience on the site is very important. Ads created in the Ad Agency extension support geolocated ads which can be configured even at the city or zip code levels (US and Canada only).

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JUL
21

Weekend Update: Developer Preview 3 With JomSocial’s Chat Feature Shaping Up And You Can Try It Today!

As you might already know from our previous entries here and in this blog post too, the entire JomSocial team is focusing on finalizing Chat feature that has been with us from the start in the form of Inbox, but it always stayed like that, never getting the update attention it deserves.

That’s why we are taking bold effort to make this update worthwhile and deliver the most robust and stable chat system that you can’t find anywhere else.

Where Can I See It?

You can actually download and install development preview 3 version on your own site although we don’t advise you to do that. Instead create the shadow copy backup or install the test site on localhost and play there. Simply download the latest version of JomSocial, and once unzipped, the development preview installer will be there. 

If you decide to install this version on a live site despite our warning not to, you are on your own. No support is given for development previews.

What else needs to be done?

Beside the fact that it must look absolutely beautiful on all screens, we are also doing numerous tests in performance, stability and scalability, optimizing the code behind the Chat system to be lightweight but robust and extensible. With this in mind, once JomSocial 4.4 is released, third-party developers will be able to hook on the JomSocial chat, implement in in their own extension, or even build a emoji or stickers plugins for the chat system itself.

In the nutshell, this is the list of things to be done with before beta release

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JUL
17

JomSocial 4.3.5 Bug Fix Release Together With Brand New Flat Theme Are Now Available For Download

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JUL
13

Premium JomSocial Template - JA Mood Free For Professional Plan Members And JomSocial Flat Theme Preview

JA Mood - Social Joomla Template from JoomlArt with full support for JomSocial is now available for FREE to Professional and SuperCharged plan users.

Why Exclude Standard Plan Members?

Standard plan got major boost in our last update when the feature limitations were removed and were brought to the same level of Professional package. Standard plan users were also extended complimentary JA Builder Pro access worth $50. It would not be fair to JomSocial Professional members and JoomlArt team to offer complimentary access of premium products worth more than the JomSocial Standard plan price itself.

We encourage our Standard Plan members to upgrade to Professional plan to take maximum benefit of the offerings. There are more releases lined up for Professional users. For instance, we have a brand new JomSocial theme coming soon for Professional plan.

JA Mood Preview

JA Mood is the newest Joomla template from JoomlArt specifically designed for Music, Community and Social websites. It fully supports JomSocial with customized styles accros the component and it's built with robust T3 Framework with intuitive admin panel.

Some of the features supported in JA Mood are:

Core features of the Community and Joomla template:

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JUL
03

Celebrate 4th Of July With JomSocial; Store-wide Discounts For New Purchases Of JomSocial Professional, JomSocial Supercharged And Socialize Template.

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JUN
30

Weekend Update: JomSocial 4.4 Development Preview 2 With Chat System Enabled Has Dropped And It’s Awesome.

We have been working tirelessly to deliver a new and improved version of the inbox and turn it into the modern chat system. It was an overwhelming task that required a lot of code refactoring, improvements, and even solutions built from scratch as we couldn’t use the old technology upon inbox system was created.In today’s update, i’d like to take the time and show you what have we’ve been working at for the past several weeks, so take a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the updates.JomSocial Inbox Will Be Turned Into Chat-like SystemModern day conversations require modern utilities, and JomSocial 4.4 is going to provide just that. A sleek and elegant live chat system, fully incorporated into JomSocial’s minimalistic design to nicely blend into every template you can throw it at while being lightweight and resource thrifty to spare the server from unwanted stress.Whatever the pick, you’re surely going to enjoy this upgrade.Old Functionalities In A New WrappingsOne on One conversations, Group Chats, posting images, files and links, seen statuses… are just the small things you already get used to in the inbox system. All of these features are carried over to the new chat….And Then Added SomeThe new chat is happening in real time, and also supports API’s where third-party could implement their own stickers, GIFS, emoticons and so on.In the first stage, we do not have plans to implement these add-ons as we want to focus on finishing the chat first. Once we have stable system in place we will most likely refresh the chat and consider making these additions as well as creating the system-wide plugin which will show the chat on every page of your Joomla-based website.Development Preview 2For all JomSocial customers, we are providing a Development Preview of the new JomSocial 4.4 version which you can find in your download package.Simply download JomSocial again from your account and unzip the package on hard drive. You will find the com_community_4.4_dev_preview_2.zip installer which you can use in Joomla Extension manager to install.

This version is NOT suitable for production sites and we strongly advise you to make a backup or shadow-copy of your website and then install JomSocial 4.4 Development Preview there.

Do not try to install this version on a live site as there will be huge notice banner on every page and support will not be provided.

Design Is Not Final And Some Options Are Disabled

Being a development preview, JomSocial 4.4 that you can download is not a finished product. That being said, we still have to improve the layout of the chat window, iron some bugs that we are already aware of and some options like posting links and turning them into Embedly cards or fetched content are disabled.

While we left the access to Messaging Backend Configuration available, frontend will not respect most options yet.

IMPORTANT: Immediately after installation, go to "JomSocial Dashboard -> Theme Designer -> Colors" and press save to recompile JomSocial template styles to support new chat. This step won't be needed in stable release

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JUN
22

Summer Holidays: Three Weeks Of Sales And Discounts For Selected JomSocial Packages!

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APR
13

Facebook Authentication Breaking Change | JFBConnect v7.2.0

At the beginning of April, Facebook implemented a change that broke authentication for many websites. We identified the change quickly and released JFBConnect v7.2.0 which fixed this problem and added some great new features we've been working like Open Graph tag improvements, more social widgets, K2, JomSocial & Kunena improvements and more. Read on for all the details.

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NOV
26

JFBConnect v7.1 - Twitter Email Import, User Groups, Joomla 3.6.x Improvements and More!

We're very proud to announce that JFBConnect v7.1 is now available for the best Joomla social networking integration around. This release focused on improved registration flows, enhanced Twitter support and Joomla 3.6.x compatibility updates. Of course, there were numerous minor bug-fixes and features scattered throughout to improve social network integration for everyone.

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SEP
15

To Use Automatic Registration Or Not

Allowing social network registrations on your site can be a huge boon to signing up users quickly. There's a few things you should consider while implementing the registration flow. It's extremely easy to use the "Enable Automatic Registration" setting in JFBConnect so that you have a simple, 1-click social network login process. It couldn't be simpler to let users register, have their account created, email address, avatar and profile imported quickly. So you'll probably be surprised to hear it's not the best option for all sites. Read on for the details.

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SEP
05

JFBConnect v7.0.3 & What's Coming

JFBConnect v7.0.3 is available now with some great improvements to the best social network integration extension for Joomla. This is the last expected update to the 7.0 release until the 7.1 version, planned for Q4. Read on for all the details of this release and what's coming for JFBConnect later this year.

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AUG
17

The Value of a Joomla Extension

I've given presentations at more than a dozen Joomla World Conferences, Joomla Days, and Joomla User Groups meeting. Those presentations have covered JFBConnect, our social network extension for Joomla, as well as topics like 'Introduction to Joomla Development' and the generic 'Top 10 Must-Have Extensions'. We even had a chapter in the "Joomla! Development - A Beginner's Guide" book on Running a Business Around Joomla Extensions. In all presentations, regardless of topic, the same questions almost always comes up.. and usually in that order:

Why does JFBConnect cost $60?Do you have a coupon code?How can you give refunds for an open source extension?

Those are all excellent questions, and it's time to delve a little into our business model, what an extension developer does, what an end-user expects and our philosophy on coupons.

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AUG
11

Joomla 3.6.2 Fixes and Updating Explained

Between August 3rd and 4th, the Joomla project put out 2 new releases for the 3.6 series and 3 blog posts explaining the changes and how to update. The rapid fire changes may be confusing, especially when reading through the announcement posts that talk about CSRF, PHP versions, security issues with different levels and other details. If you're unsure what to do, read on for a general overview of the updates and a step-by-step guide on how to update.

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AUG
04

Common Joomla caching issues

Joomla's caching system can be a huge benefit to your site, but can also cause a lot of headaches. The advantages are obvious: an overall better user experience, faster load times, less powerful server requirements and more. We're not going in-depth on the benefits here though. Let's talk about some of the pain-points that you should know about when trying to get Joomla's caching setup.

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