We specialise in professional extensions for the Joomla!®** Content Management System. We have a variety of professional components, modules and plugins, also some products available for free download. These are simplified versions of the commercial products, but fully working. All our extensions are open-source.
Our customers include professional web designers and developers creating websites for their clients, as well as webmasters and website owners looking for well-designed extensions that will add something extra to their site.
There are many Joomla conventions that are important to understand, you can go outside them if you want but you may make life harder to yourself and your users if you do. One of these conventions is that Joomla components typically use a design pattern called MVC, short for Model-View-Controller. Understanding this is something that even experienced Joomla programmers sometimes struggle with. The goal of this article is to provide some explanation.Add a comment
We are pleased to announce the release of a new extension. Our Articles Count module has long been a popular Joomla extension, which counts the articles in your Joomla categories, and displays them in a list with a link to the category. The categories can be displayed as a tree, showing parent-child relationships.
We now have a new module, which does exactly the same thing, but for K2 articles. (If you have read this far, you are probably already aware that K2 is the popular content construction kit for Joomla, which allows you to create rich content forms).
Like the original Articles Count module, this one is available as a free download, which you can get here.
We have a major new release of our popular Google product feed component for Joomla and Virtuemart, GooglebaseXML. Version 4.6.0 introduces support for many new Google product feed attributes, including: multipack, is bundle, adult, adwords redirect, custom labels, excluded destination, unit pricing, expiry date, energy efficiency rating and promotion id.
This release introduces two new concepts: product overrides, and category mapping. Product overrides are an optional feature, used to supply additional data about your products, override existing data such as the product description, and unpublish individual products from the feed.
Category mappings offer an easy way to map your own product categories to Google's product categories. The Google product category is one of the most important pieces of data that you must submit in your feed. It is a required attribute, and it is important to get right, because it tells Google about the type of product, and so gives it information about when to display it. With our new feature, you simply set up a mapping for each category in your store, and the feed will automatically assign products to the correct Google category.
The latest release is compatible with Joomla 2.5 and 3, and Virtuemart 2 and 3. Existing customers who have bought the extension in the last year can update using their existing download link.
Plug Amazon Web Services
This month's featured extension is a content plugin for the Joomla 1.5, 2.5 and 3 CMS.
This content plugin allows you to embed product information and reviews and links from the Amazon Product Advertising API.
The plugin handles signed Amazon requests, and allows choice of Amazon country marketplace services, including: US Amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.fr, amazon.de, amazon.co.jp, amazon.ca, amazon.it, amazon.cn and amazon.it..
You can specify products either by using an Amazon product id, or use a product keyword search, or a title and author search for books. You can embed the product information into your Joomla articles either by using a simple embedding code, or by using the article metatags - no coding required at all!
The latest release includes greater flexibility in layout choice, and a completely new additional template: the 'modal' layout displays Amazon Customer Reviews in a popup window rather than directly on the page.
Submitting a product feed for your Virtuemart store to Google Shopping can be a time-consuming experience, even with the benefit of our dedicated shopping feed extension, GooglebaseXML. If you are a busy store owner you probably don't want to be spending your time doing this. We can now save your time by offering the benefit of our experience to provide a complete feed submission service. We will set up your feed for you, and either submit it to Google shopping for you, or provide you with the feed for you to submit for yourself (your choice).
We are pleased to announce a new release of our AmazonWS content plugin for Joomla. This plugin allows you to embed Amazon product information into your Joomla articles, with links that include your Amazon associates (affiliates) id.
The latest version has some really useful new features, including the ability to cache the response from the Amazon server, allowing for faster page loading, and avoiding problems with Amazon's 'fair use' policy. You can also control the ordering of results, using a new sort option, and control the results page using the new itemPage option.
We are pleased to announce the release of a new extension, our Image Zoomer Plugin for Virtuemart, the popular e-commerce extension for Joomla. This plugin is compatible with Joomla 2.5 and 3, and Virtuemart 2 and 3, and displays your product images in a nice image zoomer on the product page. The display shows a medium sized image. When it is hovered over, the customer sees a magnified version of the image, allowing them to view product details. Multiple images can be displayed in the zoomer, allowing the display of products from multiple angles.Add a comment
These new releases fix some issues with the operation of the add to cart button when used with Virtuemart 3, and some issues with the lightbox and slideshow displays for Virtuemart Product Snapshot Pro
All of our extensions for Virtuemart have now been updated so that they are compatible with Virtuemart 3 and Joomla 3. These extensions include:-
- GoogleBaseXML This Component for the Joomla Content Management System generates a product data feed for your Virtuemart store in XML format.
- VM Product Snapshot allows you to embed Virtuemart product information in Joomla content articles.
- HTML5 Slideshow for Virtuemart displays your product images in an attractive HTML5 slideshow.
- Virtuemart Featured Product Grid can be used to show featured products, top ten products, recent products, and random products from some or all categories, all in a nice grid display. The module is particularly useful when you want to display additional images for your products, as these are shown in a scroller.
- VM ModController Pro This module allows you to control the display of other Joomla modules on Virtuemart pages. It allows you to assign modules to Virtuemart pages (including specific flypages or browse pages), categories, and shopper groups.
Google are very specific in their requirements for the information that you provide in your product feed. If you don't meet them, then they are liable to reject your feed. There are a number of areas where stores tend to fall down. The purpose of this article is to provide a simple checklist for the things that you need to take care of to prevent this from happening.
This article is specifically written for the benefit of e-commerce store owners using our GooglebaseXML extension for Virtuemart, however much of the information applies more generally.