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'corePHP' and Joomlashack team up to create kaGO Commerce, an exciting new Joomla shopping cart extension

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May 10, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

And so, after over a year of intense development, it gives me great pleasure to announce the upcoming release of kaGO Commerce, an exciting new e-commerce solution brought to you by ‘corePHP’ and Joomlashack.

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http://www.joomlashack.com/

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Solving Joomla! Module publishing frustrations - A Site Builder's Blog

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May 10, 2011 Category Joomla Tips & Tutorials

The wonderful thing about Joomla! is that you can find an extension to create just about any web experience you can imagine. This flexibility makes Joomla! incredibly powerful, and in most cases very easy to use. But with flexibility comes a degree of complexity, and sometimes these complexities lead to frustrating little issues. In this post we'll look at some of the common frustrations that Joomla! site builders inevitably come face to face with

Read full article at http://www.cgawebdesign.com/blog/entry/solving-joomla-module-frustrations.html

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Music Collection - The Music Management System for Joomla!

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May 08, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Music Collection is an easy-to-use, highly configurable and intuitive Music Management System for Joomla! that will help you list all your albums, songs, artists, mp3 and more in your web site, under your classification preferences and with all sort of details. Let your users upload their content and make your Music Community grow in your Joomla site. Highly integrated and network friendly, Music Collection is the definitive music player and music classification manager for Joomla 1.5 and 1.6. Includes flash and HTML5 player for iPad, iPhone and mobile devices.

Get this extensions http://www.joomlamusicsolutions.com/

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Pro Google Maps

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May 05, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Pro Google Maps is based on latest Google Maps API v3 

Release 1.0.1:
In latest release added support for Panoramio layer. Now you can display on map all photos or just defined user photos from Panoramio.

Get this extensions http://extensions.joomla.org/

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Morph 2.0 - the optimized template development framework for Joomla

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May 01, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Morph is a template development framework and toolset for Joomla. You use Morph to develop and manage Joomla websites faster and easier compared to a classic Joomla template.

Try the demo here http://www.prothemer.com/

 

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RokEcwid: Ecwid Shopping Cart

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Apr 30, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
This extension makes integration between Ecwid and Joomla very easy and simple. Just install it, adjust its settings in your Joomla’s backend and your Ecwid store is ready.
Instruction on how to setup your free Ecwid store: http://kb.ecwid.com/Joomla
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Ecwid is a free full-featured shopping cart and an e-commerce solution that can be easily added to any Joomla site or Facebook profile. It ensures performance and flexibility you need, with none of the hassles you don't.
"Ecwid" stands for "ecommerce widgets".
This extension makes integration between Ecwid and Joomla very easy and simple. Just install it, adjust its settings in your Joomla’s backend and your Ecwid store is ready.
Instruction on how to setup your free Ecwid store: http://kb.ecwid.com/Joomla
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Ecwid is a free full-featured shopping cart and an e-commerce solution that can be easily added to any Joomla site or Facebook profile. It ensures performance and flexibility you need, with none of the hassles you don't.
"Ecwid" stands for "ecommerce widgets".
Get this extensions http://extensions.joomla.org/

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Mouse Over Zoom

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Apr 28, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

A plugin to zoom images on mouse over event.

Upload a pair of images: thumbnail and double sized. The in your HTML code

 

Get this plugin here http://extensions.joomla.org/

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J!Update Pro

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Apr 26, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
J!Update Pro is an extension that will allow you to list all your Joomla sites in one place to get the Joomla version of all of them, but above all, to do in one simple click the update to the last current Joomla version for all the listed sites.

How this could be possible? Well, on each site you have to install and activate the J!Update Pro plugin and in one secured site (local site if possible), the component. Then, once you filled the information of one of your Joomla site like the URL, the Super Admin username and password account and the Secret Word from the global configuration, the component will be able to ask to the plugin, the client’s site Joomla version but also to apply the correct patch and do the upgrade to the last current Joomla version.

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Introducing Akeeba Subscriptions!

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Apr 25, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

We are very pleased to announce the very first version of our subscriptions management component, Akeeba Subscriptions! Akeeba Subscriptions allows you to sell and manage subscriptions to your Joomla! 1.5, Joomla! 1.6, Nooku Server and Molajo sites. It is currently in public beta, which means that you are allowed to download, install and use it on as many sites as you please. Licensed under the GNU GPL version 3, it has no hidden costs or royalties no matter how many sites you use it on or how many subscriptions you sell with it. Even though it's announced as beta, it is stable enough to power our very own site's subscriptions handling.

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More Than 3100 Free Joomla CMS Templates - Ol_Vakar - Joomla 1.5 / 1.6 Template

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Apr 23, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Thousands of quality templates for joomla here

Visit the site http://www.joomla24.com

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MailChimp integration for Joomla!

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Apr 21, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Whether you're a small-business or a multi-national, if you're running Joomla! and want the peace of mind that your email campaigns are in good hands, search no more. Inject Joomla! with MailChimp, one of the greatest Email Service Providers on the market. By pushing MailChimp to its limits we offer you unprecedented features, plus integrations with popular 3rd party extensions, such as K2, JomSocial and more...

Visit the site http://www.joomlamailer.com/

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Behind the Joomlatools curtain | Joomlatools Blog

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Apr 19, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
The beginning of 2011 introduced three new faces in the Joomlatools scene – Israel Canasa, Ercan Ozkaya and Myra Jill Siason. Three vibrant, young, passionate experts in their own fields who have joined our team since February to bring you the next big thing: DOCman 2.0!
Israel and Ercan are taking charge of the DOCman 2.0 development while Myra is making sure sure that the team is running smoothly. Together with our Joomlatools regulars, we tripled our team size to bring you the best document manager for Joomla ever!
DOCman 2.0 is completely being re-written from scratch and built on-top of the Nooku Framework. It will work on both Joomla 1.5 & Joomla 1.6.
The beginning of 2011 introduced three new faces in the Joomlatools scene – Israel Canasa, Ercan Ozkaya and Myra Jill Siason. Three vibrant, young, passionate experts in their own fields who have joined our team since February to bring you the next big thing: DOCman 2.0!
Israel and Ercan are taking charge of the DOCman 2.0 development while Myra is making sure sure that the team is running smoothly. Together with our Joomlatools regulars, we tripled our team size to bring you the best document manager for Joomla ever!
DOCman 2.0 is completely being re-written from scratch and built on-top of the Nooku Framework. It will work on both Joomla 1.5 & Joomla 1.6.
Read the full article at http://blog.joomlatools.eu/

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4 easy tools to keep up your 24-hour Twitter feed - TNW Social Media

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Apr 17, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

By definition, social media is meant to be just that, social. The argument to automate your Twitter feed or not can be hashed and rehashed over and over, but some facts remain the same; there are people behind the mechanisms. And as human beings, whether we like it or not, we’re not meant to work 24/7, and occasionally need to sleep.

Read the full article at http://thenextweb.com/

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Joomla 1.6 and Beyond: Should I upgrade? Should I build my new sites in it?

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Apr 10, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News
People are asking questions about how the upgrades from Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 are going for client sites. They're also debating whether to build sites in Joomla 1.5 or 1.6 as of this writing (February 2011).
These are great questions to consider, but for 4Web, the answers are very clear.
First of all, Joomla's leadership has made an announcement concerning the roadmap to Joomla 1.7 and 1.8, as well as support of Joomla 1.5. All companies relying on Joomla for their websites need to read this very important post. This deeply impacts your business.
People are asking questions about how the upgrades from Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 are going for client sites. They're also debating whether to build sites in Joomla 1.5 or 1.6 as of this writing (February 2011).
These are great questions to consider, but for 4Web, the answers are very clear.
First of all, Joomla's leadership has made an announcement concerning the roadmap to Joomla 1.7 and 1.8, as well as support of Joomla 1.5. All companies relying on Joomla for their websites need to read this very important post. This deeply impacts your business.
Read the full article at http://www.joomla4web.com/

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Announcement: Joomla Security Release 1.6.2 and How to Upgrade

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Apr 08, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News

Joomla 1.6.2 was released today (Apr 15, 2011) and we recommend that everyone running Joomla 1.6 upgrade their version to Joomla 1.6.2 A.S.A.P. Joomla 1.6.2 is a security release and contains a number of bug fixes as well.

Read the full article at http://www.ostraining.com/

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Plugin Photofeed for Joomla! 1.6

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Plugin Photofeed for Joomla! 1.6
The extension has been converted successfully to Joomla! 1.6
Photofeed can inline a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed in any article.
Plugin Photofeed for Joomla! 1.6
The extension has been converted successfully to Joomla! 1.6
Photofeed can inline a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed in any article.
Read the full article at http://www.waltercedric.com/

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Seven Thousand Listings and Counting

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Apr 01, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
In October 2010 I had the privledge of writing a blog post about the JED reaching 6000 listings.  Little did I know that 4 1/2 months later I would be writing a "7000 listings" post.  The Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) reached 7000 published listings this week.
Not only are there now 7000 ways to extend Joomla, but those 7000 are very popular.  In October we also announced that there were over 138 million downloads of these extensions.  Now, there have been over 177 million which shows phenomenal growth in a very short period of time.
In October 2010 I had the privledge of writing a blog post about the JED reaching 6000 listings.  Little did I know that 4 1/2 months later I would be writing a "7000 listings" post.  The Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) reached 7000 published listings this week.
Not only are there now 7000 ways to extend Joomla, but those 7000 are very popular.  In October we also announced that there were over 138 million downloads of these extensions.  Now, there have been over 177 million which shows phenomenal growth in a very short period of time.
Read the full article at http://community.joomla.org/

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Barnes & Noble Uses Joomla | Joomla! Community Portal

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Mar 28, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News

 

Barnes & Noble is the largest book retailer in the United States with over 1300 stores. Their company history goes back to 1873.
They're also known for the Nook e-book reader that was launched in 2009. The company is encouraging developers to create apps for the Nook and as part of that effort they've just launched a new Nook Developer site, built on Joomla.
Barnes & Noble is the largest book retailer in the United States with over 1300 stores. Their company history goes back to 1873.
They're also known for the Nook e-book reader that was launched in 2009. The company is encouraging developers to create apps for the Nook and as part of that effort they've just launched a new Nook Developer site, built on Joomla.
Read the full article at http://community.joomla.org/

 

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jomCalendar

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Mar 25, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

An Enhanced, Feature-Rich Joomla Calendar System

Got a workshop, live chat, podcast, or any kind of special event you’d like to promote on your website? Perhaps you’d like to easily share your personal daily, weekly or monthly activities with your friends and family.

Maybe you just need a quick way to remind yourself about an upcoming trip or scheduled appointment. Wouldn’t it be great if 1 extension could do all of these things for you, displayed for all to see (or maybe just a select few) as a beautifully-styled, completely customizable calendar on your website?

Introducing jomCalendar: the most affordable, powerful & feature-rich events calendar system for Joomla! ever created. Period.

It’s here!

Get the extension herehttp://extensions.joomla.org/

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Facebook Like and Share button PlugIn

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Mar 20, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Facebook Like And Share Joomla Plugin enable Facebook "Like button" and the "Share This button" on your published articles, with feature to include and exclude certain articles and categories to give you more flexiblities. With Facebook Like Button plugin, let a user share your content with friends on FB.

So when the user clicks the Share or Like button on your site, a story appears in the user's friends' News Feed with a link back to your website. You can enable show faces and comment, change fonts with this plugin.

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Best Extensions

The Joomla Extensions listed below are some that we highly recommend.

  1. Easy Blog ($) The best blogging solution for Joomla [review]
  2. WordPress for Joomla ($) If you don't want to use Easy Blog, try this. [review]
  3. JomSocial ($) Build a social network
  4. JoomlaMailer (free) Brings a MailChimp interface to your site.
  5. ccNewsletter ($) An extremely easy to use newsletter component
More to come soon.

SEO Tools

Some of the best resources for better ranking of your sites.

  1. Keyword Density (free) Tried but true way to get the details for on page keyword densities
  2. SEO in Practice ($) An easy to follow, DIY Guide On Search Engine Optimization
  3. SEO Powersuite ($) SEO We've used this for years. It's the de facto standard software for anyone who promotes websites.
  4. Rank Tracker ($) SEO tool designed to research keywords and track search engine rankings. Is included in SEO Powersuite, this link is for for the stand alone version
  5. SEO Spyglass ($) Have you ever wondered why your competitors are ranked #1 in major search engines, while your own site is stuck on page 24 in Google? Not anymore! SEO SpyGlass will take the mystery out of why your competition are ranking well -- instantly! Copy them and watch your rank increase.
  6. Directory Maximizer ($) Slick, easy to manage way to get hundres of links in Web directories

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Web Hosting

These are among the best Hosts for trouble free Joomla sites.

Hostgator - The biggest and possibly the best for most sites. Great prices, unlimited domains, bandwidth and storage, and supurb tech support.

Lunar Pages - A very good host, very compatible with Joomla. (as you may know, not all are) Great prices, expecially by the year, and unlimited domains, bandwidth and storage