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b2ap3_thumbnail_new_version.pngToday we are excited to announce the release of latest version - 4.0 of JV-ContentLinks. This is the first version of JV-ContentLinks on Joomla 3.x and has been written from scratch. The new version is available now for download in the Downloads area at JV-Extensions for all JV-ContentLinks customers. Some of the significant features introduced in this version include:

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Offlate there have been multiple things cooking at JV-Extensions and we thought it would be a good idea to share them with our stakeholders. In addition to the bug fixes and minor feature enhancements that we plan to provide on all our products, we are also thinking big with some great addons.

So this is how the high level roadmap for our products looks like for this year... This is a plan and a direction for evolution of our products and we welcome you to add to it with your feature requests or what you would like to see in them in 2014!

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jvle n smallToday is an exciting day for our team at jv-extensions.com as we have released the first Joomla 3.x compatible version for JV-LinkExchanger. JV-LinkExchanger (JV-LE) is the #1 free link and banner exchange extension for Joomla and we take pride in continuing to give the next version - 3.0 of JV-LE to the Joomla community for free.

Some of the changes introduced in v3.0 of JV-LE are responsive layouts, ajax based rating with stars, Twitter bootstrap based template and ability to use captcha enabled in your Joomla configuration.

Additionally we have also released JV-LinkExchanger 2.7.44 for Joomla 2.5 with a set of bugs fixed. Migratring JV-LE from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.0 is easy too and instructions are available in the documentation section.

If you need help you can use our support forums run on community support. Or if you are a more serious customer then you may avail our JV-LinkExchanger Priority Support service which guarantees responses with in 24 hours using support tickets for up to 3 of your websites! with one upgradation free :)

Anyone can download these latest versions from My Account - My Downloads section for free at www.jv-extensions.com.

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Wb2ap3_thumbnail_new_version.pnge are excited to announce the release of JV-LinkDirectory 5.2.0 today. The objective of this version is to introduce much more stability into JV-LinkDirectory for Joomla 3.x. This is a minor version release of JV-LinkDirectory and has a dozen improvements and enhancements and several bug fixes. This version works only on Joomla 3.x versions.

Following is a short summary of the enhancements introduced in this version:

  • Publish/Unpublish self profiles in back-end - With this change admin can now choose to unpublish self profiles in back-end. Those unpublished will not be available for your site visitors to use for link exchange. 

  • Simple File Upload for images - All places where images are loaded using Joomla media manager have been modified to use the simple Browse button. This will enable all your users/visitors to select images from their system.
  • Simplification of JV-LD 4.x to 5.x migration - The upgrade is now made highly simple for the admin to move JV-LD from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.x. This also enables the admin to upgrade to latest version of JV-LD from 4.x version without having to upgrade to 5.0 intermittently. 

  • Customization of Add Link Menu - Admin can now choose to create a menu item for adding link with one/two way link type, category, one way plan and basic/advanced form selection! This is specifically useful if you want to create menu item for example to advanced add link form for 1 way link directly without having to navigate 2 clicks from the directory menu.

  • Captcha redesign - When captcha is enabled JV-LD will henceforth load the captcha defined and chosen in the global configuration. This also fixes the "Serialization of XML file is not allowed" error on PHP 5.3.

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There are a few very important changes introduced in JV-LD 5.1.0 which require you, the site administrator to be aware after upgrading to that version. Some of them even require your action as follows:

New Way of Running Background Operations:

JV-LD 5.1.0 introduces a new way of running the cron job for its background operations. All the background operations have been merged into a single cron job with predefined time intervals. Thus it is necessary that you delete all existing cron jobs that you have created for JV-LD and create just one global cron job for all JV-LD operations. It is no more required to create one cron job each for each operation like sending monthly statistics, scheduled reciprocal checking etc... Please follow the link below for the documentation article for instructions to create this single global cron job. Click here to open link to doc article.

Default Plan, Fallback Plan, Admin Only Plans:

JV-LD 5.1.0 introduces a new set of concepts called Default plan, fallback plan and admin only plans. Now it is mandatory for all links to be associated with a one way plan whether is free or paid.

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new versionWe are super delighted to announce the release of JV-LinkDirectory 5.1.0 today the 27th of March 2014. JV-LinkDirectory 5.1 brings in exciting new features and is also bundled with numerous bug fixes and admin and visitor experience enhancing changes.

Following are the significant features and changes introduced in JV-LinkDirectory 5.1.0:

  1. EasySocial Integration for JV-LD.
  2. One way link plans enhancement - Introducing concept of fallback plan for links after link expiry, decide on what happens to link after it expires, ability to select a default plan via backend for links.
  3. Option to show or hide home page banner.
  4. Add link form redesign in frontend.
  5. New Module to show keywords of links.
  6. Ability to store and show links in multiple languages.
  7. Store website recommendations in db. Admin can now view the recommendations from JV-LD backend.
  8. Ability to select one way link plan while adding link via backend.
  9. Module class suffixes for modules.
  10. New currencies added for support in JV-LD PayPal plugin.
  11. Installation and un-installation simplified to a great extent.
  12. Alert the user if he has enabled 1-way plan but not created a plan in backend.
  13. New option to capture html meta title instead of using page title.
  14. Major database refactoring.
  15. Ability to show number of links, category image and description in alphabar browse page for categories.
  16. Enhancement of Task Manager and Cron Jobs.
  17. Template for monthly email for sending link statistics to link owners.
  18. New configuration section for Mass Email Manager to manage throttling frequency and duration.
  19. Option to delete all emails in mass email manager.
  20. Show name of the link plan chosen in add link form
  21. Add description to category importer
  22. Move configuration slider to top in backend to save space and better usability
  23. Admin only one-way plans
  24. Deprecate snap.com option
  25. Provide a button or link to go to dashboard after upgrade/installation

We ran a comprehensive beta testing with 2 phases and had generous volunteering from our existing customers during the beta phases. We really appreciate and thank our customers who helped us out during the beta phase in making JV-LD 5.1.0 a delight for all.

Customers can now download JV-LD 5.1.0 from the "My Account - My Downloads" menu and upgrade to JV-LD 5.1.0. We are in the process of updating the documentation for JV-LD 5.1 and may take a week to complete the edits. We request customers to bear with us till then.

Hope you like the new features introduced in JV-LD 5.1.0.

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beta versionOfflate we have been doing some heavy work for the next version of JV-LinkDirectory - 5.1. New features have been added, major refactoring of code for performance enhancements have been implemented and many bugs have been fixed in this version.

Some of the changes and new features include:

  1. EasySocial Integration for JV-LD.
  2. One way link plans enhancement - Introducing concept of fallback plan for links after link expiry, decide on what happens to link after it expires, ability to select a default plan via backend for links.
  3. Option to show or hide home page banner.
  4. Add link form redesign in frontend.
  5. New Module to show keywords of links.
  6. Ability to store and show links in multiple languages.
  7. Store website recommendations in db. Admin can now view the recommendations from JV-LD backend.
  8. Ability to select one way link plan while adding link via backend.
  9. Module class suffixes for modules.
  10. New currencies added for support in JV-LD PayPal plugin.
  11. Installation and un-installation simplified to a great extent.
  12. Alert the user if he has enabled 1-way plan but not created a plan in backend.
  13. New option to capture html meta title instead of using page title.
  14. Major database refactoring.

Development testing is in progress for a few more features which we will disclose in the coming days. We take this opportunity to invite our customers for beta testing JV-LD 5.1 as soon as the first beta is released. We will be adding 3 months of free upgrades, support and online documentation for those customers who will participate and provide beta feedback. Note that beta releases are not meant for production/live websites. We plan to release the first beta by 24th Feb 2014 :)

We request those who wish to join the beta program to make the request as a comment to this blog post so that we can add them to the beta group and notify them about beta start, schedules, bug fixes and news. Those who are already a part of the beta group may get the latest beta related news, share feedback and track the progress at the beta feedback forum.


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We are glad to incorporate one of the most sought after feature requests for JV-Relatives today - A module to display related articles. A new module has been created which when published will display related articles just like how the JV-Relatives plugin does. You can place this Joomla! module in any of the module positions. The module will show related articles only in article view pages.

So now you have 2 different ways to show related articles - Via a plugin whose output is integrated with the article and a module whose output can be placed anywhere on the page. Note that you need to use one of these as using both will duplicate the related articles output in the page.

Plugin Output:

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40% Sale

It is a week of discounts and special offers all over the world & we are happy to step in with an offer that you will find hard to refuse! Use the code CYBERMONDAY during checkout to avail an awesome 40% discount on purchases store-wide. Buying the new "All in One Premium Pack" will help you save even more..!

We are going to release some awesome updates to all our extensions over the period of the next year so this a great time to get a subscription at a super low cost ! This offer is valid only till 11:59 PM on December 2nd 2013.

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2013 Anniversary SaleJV-Extensions was born 6 years back at this time of the year and we have come a long way from then on. We are excited about serving our customers and wish to give back a special discount offer to our customers on account of our anniversary. 

Get a flat 20% discount on purchase of any of our Joomla! extensions. Use the coupon code given below during checkout to avail the offer.

 

Coupon Code: HAPPY-BIRTHDAY

This offer is valid till midnight of October 31st 2013.

 

 

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Today we have made a twin release of JV-Relatives 4.6 for both Joomla 2.5 and 5.1 for Joomla 3.0 versions. There are some exciting new features added in this releases. These include:

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We are excited to introduce Joomla 3.x native compatibility for JV-ShrinkTheWeb, the free and advanced thumbnail preview extension suite for Joomla!.The 2.0 version released today provides this compatibility and will be developed and supported in parallel to the 1.x versions of JV-ShrinkTheWeb.

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Today we are starting a series of blog posts aiming at at-least one per week to highlight the development updates on JV-LinkDirectory 5.0. The most important change in JV-LD 5.0 will be the compatibility with Joomla 3.0 natively. We are rewriting the product from scratch with new user interfaces using Twitter bootstrap which will certainly provide a refreshing experience for users. We will share screenshots of the frontend and backend interfaces asap.

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  • kernelsuse
    kernelsuse says #
    I would like to join the beta test program.
  • Niranjan (Technical Staff)
    Niranjan (Technical Staff) says #
    We just closed the beta testing a few minutes back as we will be releasing 5.0 today in sometime.
  • Jack Marvin
    Jack Marvin says #
    I would like to help with Beta testing, ...or is the stable release imminent?
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We are excited to release version 3.0 of JV-PostMaster for Joomla 3.x today, the 12th of May 2013.  JV-PostMaster allows you to post updates to one or more of your Twitter, JomSocial and Facebook accounts, send notifications to ping services upon content save/creation, and display latest tweets from your Twitter and Facebook in Joomla modules. We have introduced EasyBlog compatibility and support for JV-PostMaster in this version.

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We are glad to announce the release of JV-PostMaster version 2.6 today, the 5th of May 2013. Version 2.6 will continue to work on Joomla! 2.5 and is an enhancement and bug fix release. There are some significant new features introduced, the important one being the compatibility of JV-PostMaster with EasyBlog, the most popular blogging component for Joomla!.

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Today we released 4.11 version of JV-LinkDirectory to our customers. This is a maintenance release with series of bug fixes along with some exciting UI enhancements to front-end. Some of the new features and changes that we have introduced in this version are:

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  • Roland Kuysten
    Roland Kuysten says #
    I love the software but I am also busy upgrading to Joomla 3.0. Can you tell the status off JV-LD 5.0 please?Thanks!
  • Mekk Mester
    Mekk Mester says #
    Thanks Niranjan, Cant wait to JV-LD 5.0 then.
  • Niranjan (Technical Staff)
    Niranjan (Technical Staff) says #
    JV-LD 4.11 is not Joomla 3.0 compatible. We are working on JV-LD 5.0 for Joomla 3.0 and it is in development stage as of today
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Here we come today with JV-Relatives for Joomla 3.x version, our first product to be rewritten from scratch for Joomla 3.0. The version of JV-Relatives that will minimum work on Joomla 3.0 versions is JV-Relatives 5.0. JV-Relatives has turned a major version by supporting the next big 3.0 in Joomla. 

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Today we released JV-LD 4.10.1, the first maintenance version of 4.10 for JV-LinkDirectory. 4.10.1 contains numerous bug fixes along with an exciting new feature as well. Please refer to the release notes in Downloads section to know the bugs that have been fixed and the language strings that have been added/modified in 4.10.1 for translations to other languages. The new feature that has been introduced in this version is the ability to optionally upload thumbnail previews for links manually for every link. 

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We at JV-Extensions are glad to announce the release of Stable version of JV-LinkDirectory 4.10 at jv-extensions.com. Customers may now upgrade to this version and enjoy the new features introduced in this version. If you encounter issues, please post them in the support forum for help.

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Today at JV-Extensions, we have opened up a new directory for personal and business entities. We take pride in using JV-LinkDirectory to power this directory. At the time of writing this blog post we are using JV-LinkDirectory 4.10.RC1 for it.

Anyone can add their listing into our directory. It is not necessary to have a link/website to add a listing to our directory! We provide both free and paid plans for listings along with maps feature, ability to contact listing owners and many more awesome features provided by JV-LinkDirectory 4.10. The directory can accessed at https://www.jv-extensions.com/directory or using the "Directory" link at the top of the pages at jv-extensions.com.

 

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