Yes, after about a month of beta testing we have today launched the next big version viz. 5.16 of JV-LinkDirectory to all our customers. JV-LinkDirectory 5.16 brings in a host of cool, usability, cost optimisation and useful features to your directory on your Joomla website.
We are very emotional about this release as it also comes at a time when the entire world especially India, where we are is reeling under COVID impact. We are glad that we could stick to the schedule, and still focus on bringing in some really useful features for you in this version. We will feel extremely happy if it can bring in a smile on your face. If you feel excited about these changes, you can even Buy us a Coffee! and show us your appreciation of our work. :)
Compared to the last beta, we have added a few more features in the final release. Keep reading to know more about them. You can read about all the new features by following the links below:
Existing customers who have an active purchase can now download the new version at My Purchases menu at jv-extensions.com. If you are new to JV-LinkDirectory, then you may purchase it with a special 15% discount for a limited time. You may please use "JVLD516LAUNCH" (without quotes) at checkout to avail the discount. If you are a returning customer whose purchase has expired, then you may please write to us for a 20% discount.
Please note that 5.16 version has Joomla 3.9 and MySQL 5.6 version or above as the minimum requirements.
JV-LinkDirectory makes API calls to Alexa Web Information Service at AWS to query, fetch and cache Traffic rank and Traffic history information. AWS will charge you for these calls at their pre-determined rate limits.
With JV-LinkDirectory 5.16, you can now view the statistics of the number of calls made by JV-LinkDirectory every month. Not just that, you can even set a threshold value for the same. When the number of calls breaches that threshold, JV-LinkDirectory will send an email to you alerting you of the breach!. We believe this feature will help you track the cost and keep it under check.
JV-LinkDirectory makes API calls to ShrinkTheWeb.com or Thum.io or Thumbalizr.com as configured to query, fetch and cache thumbnail preview images for listings in your directory. They may be charging you based on the plan that you signed up with them.
With JV-LinkDirectory 5.16, you can now view the statistics of the number of calls made by JV-LinkDirectory to the thumbnail provider every month. Not just that, you can even set a threshold value for the same. When the number of calls breaches that threshold, JV-LinkDirectory will send an email to you alerting you of the breach!. We believe this feature will help you track the cost and keep it under check.
For some reasons, you may not want to use the preview image that the thumbnail providers return for certain listings in your directory. This could be due to the fact that you want to use a better or different thumbnail preview image for a listing, or the listing owner is not internet savvy and uses a basic website or if the listing owner uses Facebook pages or profiles as listing URLs etc...
JV-LinkDirectory 5.16 provides you with a way to upload and use specific image for listings as thumbnail previews. In such cases, JV-LinkDirectory 5.16 will not call the thumbnail provider and will use the default image that you have configured as the thumbnail preview image for that listing instead. Cool isn't it?
Sometimes, it is possible that the thumbnail provider that you use may return a failure when it is requested for a thumbnail preview image for a listing. This can happen if the server is overloaded, server is unable to contact the listing site, network issues, or due to some internal error etc… When this happens, JV-LinkDirectory will not associate any thumbnail preview image for that listing. This means that the listing will not have a thumbnail image in the site frontend. This may look odd at times when some listings have previews while others don't.
JV-LinkDirectory 5.16 provides you with a way to upload and use a pre-defined image for listings as thumbnail previews in such cases. This way all your listings will have a thumbnail image irrespective of the status of the call to provider, while you investigate the reason for failure and solve it.
Most of the changes that we have introduced in this version are coming from your valuable feedback and requests via tickets. We appreciate your feedback, hope you like the new version and will continue to trust us with your Joomla related needs. Looking forward to your feedback as always.
Stay safe and healthy!
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