We are pleased to announce the release of first BETA version of JV-LinkDirectory 5.11 to our customers today. As explained in the other blog post, those who have volunteered for beta testing can download the beta version now and get started. Though usually our beta versions are stable enough, we still urge you to not use it on your live sites. We request you to post your feedback in the Beta Support Forums.
This release focuses more on usability changes and enhancements for the Joomla! administrator and directory users. Read more to know about the new features available for testing in 5.11 Beta-1 version. We have included screenshots and videos of the new features and changes introduced in 5.11 in this blog post....
Drag and Drop Photos for Listings and Re-order them in Backend:
We have made huge improvements to the management of photos for listings in backend for Joomla administrators. With JV-LinkDirectory 5.11, you can now drag and drop photos and then instantly add them to the listing in a few seconds. All this happens in a single screen using Ajax and no page reloads. We have also added a new feature to set order for photos in backend. This is the order in which the photos will be displayed in site frontend in detail page. Photos can be re-ordered by dragging and changing the order in backend! See the video below on how it works!
Simplified Management and Re-order YouTube videos for Listings in Backend:
As in photos, we have also made improvements to the management of YouTube videos for listings in backend for Joomla administrators. With JV-LinkDirectory 5.11, you can now add YouTube videos almost instantly via Ajax. We have also added a new feature to set order for videos in backend. This is the order in which the videos will be displayed in site frontend in detail page. Videos can be re-ordered by dragging and changing the order in backend! See the video below on how it works!
New features and Enhancements to Profiles for Listings in Backend:
With JV-LinkDirectory 5.11, we have made the management of profiles for listings much simpler and easier for Joomla administrators. Admins can now add profiles via ajax, and they will be instantly available in the same screen for editing and deleting. Editing a profile will open a new window, but saving it will instantly reload the specific profiles section of the link edit screen. This makes it easier as the admin does not need to reload the screen anytime to see the changes. See video below!
In addition to the above usability changes, we have also added a few design changes and features to profiles for listings. They include
1. Max Profiles in Plan - As administrator, you can now set the maximum number of profiles per listing to the listing plan. This will help restrict the number of profiles that can be added for a listing. These profiles will be displayed in random in site frontend. This will help you sell different plans based on the maximum that you want to set for different plans. See figure below:
2. No more Text and Banner Type of Profiles for listings - This is a huge change in the way we design profiles. A profile will henceforth can have a description or/and banner. There is no more "type" associated with it. As admin you can decide if you want to make description and banner optional or mandatory. See image below:
Drag and Drop Files for Listings and Re-order them in Backend:
As in Photos, we have made huge improvements to the management of files too for listings in backend for Joomla administrators. With JV-LinkDirectory 5.11, you can now drag and drop files and then instantly add them to the listing with in a few seconds. All this happens in a single screen using Ajax and no page reloads. We have also added a new feature to set order for files in backend. This is the order in which the files will be displayed in site frontend in detail page. Files can be re-ordered by dragging and changing the order in backend! See the video below on how it works!
Manage Listing from List View in Frontend:
Till date, the only place where a listing/link can be managed (Edit listing, manage profiles, manage photos, manage videos, add to featured listing, change listing plan and delete listing) is from the detail page of the listing. In JV-LD 5.11, we have provided that option in short listing or listing of links view too. "Manage" menu will come up for each listing the logged in user owns, in category listings view with the same menu items. This is expected to make it easier to access the menu and perform the listing management.
New Configuration for Time Extra Field:
Extra fields design has been enhanced to include parameters with which you can now customize the field. To start with, in JV-LD 5.11, you can now configure the format of time in HH:MM or HH:MM:SS using a parameter while creating a new field of Time type. This format will be used to collect input and display value on the screen.
Enhanced Navigation Help and Layout in Add Listing Form in Frontend:
As you know there are multiple steps while adding a listing via directory frontend. These include adding basic info, details, custom fields values, photos, videos etc... In JV-LinkDirectory 5.11, we have provided a sidebar which is a navigation visual for the customer while adding the link to know the total number of steps involved, so that he is aware of what type of data he will have to provide in the future. This improves the usability of the form and make it more comfortable for the customer. See image below:
That is all from me for now, I will be sharing more updates as we progress in the beta testing. Hope you like the changes and new features introduced in JV-LinkDirectory 5.11. If you are interested in participating in beta testing, please reach out to us via the blog post @ CALLING VOLUNTEERS FOR JV-LINKDIRECTORY 5.11 BETA TESTING
Looking forward to your reactions on the features......