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First month of the new year deserve much more than regular monthly releases, for starters we are releasing 3 cool FREE Joomla extensions which we are sure would be very useful for your websites. Yes, they are responsive too and works great with both Joomla 2.5 & Joomla 3.

These freebies are JA Image Hotspot module - Joomla extension for Image markup, JA Promo Bar module - cool flexible promotion bar for your site, and JA Google Charts module - Joomla extension for better visualization of your data using Google visualization API. Check out details below :

We got exciting news for everyone, our free Joomla translation component - JA Multilingual now also supports Google translate apart from Bing Translator. While both the services are great, Bing allows 2 million characters translations a month for free whereas Google translate is fully commercial. We have a little comparison chart down below highlighting the features of Bing translator and Google translate.

We have also updated JA Multilingual component to support auto translation of metatags and meta description, which should be helpful from the SEO point of view. The new version also fixes the bugs reported by users.

What’s up guys!

Since the release of Joomla 3.2 stable version earlier this month, we have been working extra hours to update our Joomla templates and extensions to be compatible with it.

Starting off the first batch of the Joomla 3.2 update series, we are eager to announce the first 10 Joomla extensions & 14 Responsive Joomla templates make it to the top list.

Building a Joomla 2.5 or Joomla 3 multilingual site can be tricky, we encountered difficulties while trying to setup multi-language demo site to demonstrate our RTL language layouts for our latest templates. We developed a internal tool to overcome the problems we faced and we thought why not add more options and release the extension as FREE for the benefit of the Joomla! community.

If you could recall our old JoomlArt site, we used to have a complicated demo system for everything but Joomla extensions. We never had a dedicated demo site for our Joomla extensions, and guys normally had to go through info page or templates demo in order to see how the extensions function.

We did take time to work on this and guess what: a whole new and complete site only for extensions demo is out. The Extensions Demo site serves as a showcase for 25 Joomla Extensions Club extensions for Joomla 2.5 & Joomla 3, including modules, plugins and components.

Joomla extension search Module - JA K2 Filter at JoomlArt has been around since Joomla 1.5 and still going strong in Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 version. Apart from its search default functionality, JA K2 Filter has recently updated with 4 outstanding features: Extra field search mode, Dynamic Counter, Filter by rating, and Range slider. What are those features and how to use them?

The Chaos

We have been developing extensions from the days of Mambo / Joomla 1.0, throughout these years, we do confront numerous issues arising from the way we code and structure them. The race is to have a working extension for the active joomla versions, but these upgrades for Joomla version fixes has also led to many issues :

  1. Most of the extensions have been upgraded from Joomla 1.5 version till today. With all the upgrades they have been through, the extension structure is bit of a mess.
  2. The extensions have been developed independently without any standardization; such as the UI, the common library sharing, leading to the inconsistent of:
    • Setting forms: No standardization and unprofessional look
    • No common library sharing: which request your website to keep loading pretty much the same library over and over again. This contributes "big time" in slowing down website performance. For instance, the jQuery library has been loaded multiple times with different versions for different type of extensions running on the same template.

How Can We Fix That?

We simply standardize and restructure them which do requires lot of work, but all worth it in the end.

Roadmap for updating our Joomla 1.7 products to Joomla 2.5

Preliminary testing reports have revealed some minor issues with our templates and extensions when used with Joomla 2.5. The power of JAT3 will make upgrade tasks easier and faster. However, we still do not release anything without routine testing / checks. No hasty releases will be done just to be first to the post. Customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal.

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