Niranjan SrinivasaRao

Niranjan SrinivasaRao

Owner and Managing Director of JV-Extensions, www.jv-extensions.com.

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We are super happy to announce the release of the General Availability release of JV-LinkDirectory 5.12.  JV-LinkDirectory 5.12 is a feature and customer usability enhancement release for JV-LinkDirectory. It contains many new features, along with several bug fixes and minor changes.

Release Maturity
Stable
Joomla Version
Joomla 3.7+
Release Notes
  1. One Single Language File for Front-end
  2. Machine Translations for Front-end
  3. Back-end Configuration Made Easier
  4. Full Text Search in Directory
  5. New Option to show or hide toolbar in category pages
  6. New option to create a menu item using tag to show related items for that tag
  7. Upgraded Thumbalizr integration to the new v1 API of Thumbalizr
  8. New "No Community" option in Community integration
  9. Ability to edit files for listings in back-end in 5.12 version
  10. Upgraded bit.ly integration to use the bit.ly API as recommended by bit.ly
  11. Moved the sidebar that appears in add listing form to above the form to get some real estate for the form fields and make it more responsive.
  12. Enhanced the module display too and introduced pagination with which you can see n links in each page.
  13. New module to show map of all listings and search filters
  14. New toolbar in category pages to search and filter listings, also show a listing on map
  15. No more styles in JV-LinkDirectory. All styles are merged into one.
  16. 2CO Plugin is bundled with JV-LinkDirectory. No need to purchase this plugin separately.
  17. Beautiful and fresh search page for JV-LinkDirectory
  18. Styles manager replaced with Global Layout Manager
  19. New 30+ slots at strategic places in the directory where you or your site visitors may want to place the advertisements for maximum visibility.
  20. Backlink checks and two way options are now a part of listing plan
  21. 25+ extra fields types added to JV-LinkDirectory
  22. Integration with JLex Comment and latest version of JLex Review
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We are happy to announce the release of second beta release of JV-LinkDirectory 5.12. This beta version contains several bug fixes and minor changes. Please read our blog for more details on new features in JV-LinkDirectory 5.12.

Thanks to christof and alialavian our customers who are helping us with beta testing, we were able to address some critical and usability issues and even add a few minor enhancements in this version. We consider this beta version to be as good as a release candidate. Customers can upgrade to this version on their live sites if they dont mind. Nevertheless it is still a beta release, and so may have a few bugs!

While we request our existing beta volunteers to continue testing JV-LinkDirectory 5.12, as we are nearing the final GA (General Availability) release, we have decided not to solicit more volunteers for beta testing for JV-LinkDirectory 5.12.

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The next major set of changes that we would like to share about JV-LinkDirectory 5.12 is a very interesting one, and is related to Languages and Translations. These changes are intended to make it very easy to use JV-LinkDirectory on multi-lingual sites or when you want to translate JV-LinkDirectory to other languages.

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Here are a few more changes coming up in JV-LinkDirectory 5.12. Significant ones include a refreshed back-end configuration interface for JV-LinkDirectory which will be much easier to use, implementation of Full text search indexing for searches in the directory, new menu item option and more.... Read on to know more about these interesting changes!

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In addition to the major features introduced, we have also made the following minor but significant changes to 5.12:

1. In 5.12 version we have upgraded our Thumbalizr integration to the new v1 API of Thumbalizr.

2. We have provided a "No Community" option in Community integration. If you do not wish to use EasySocial or JomSocial or Community Builder or even the built in JV-LD Community, then you can choose this option. When you choose this option, the avatar and user profile links will not appear anymore in the directory.

3. We have added the ability to edit files for listings in back-end in 5.12 version

4. Short urls used in certain places (especially for posting to Twitter accounts) in directory are generated from tinyurl or bit.ly integrations. In 5.12 we have upgraded the bit.ly integration to use the bit.ly API as recommended by bit.ly. You will need the generic access token from your bit.ly account to use the newest API implementation.

5. We have moved the sidebar that appears in add listing form to above the form to get some real estate for the form fields and make it more responsive.

6. We have enhanced the module display too and introduced pagination with which you can see n links in each page.

We are eager to know what you think about this change. Do let us know with your comments. If you are an existing customer of JV-LinkDirectory and want to participate in the beta testing of 5.12 version, then you may please indicate so @ Blog

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In JV-LinkDirectory 5.12, we are introducing a new module which can be configured to show all listings of the directory that have a location or address associated with it. When a marker of a listing is clicked, then it will show up the title and description, and will also include a random photo of that listing. We are also providing a simple search and filter toolbar with the map. With this toolbar your customers can search using keywords or select values from filters. The results will be shown in the search page of the directory. The filters include directory categories and all extra fields configured in the directory that are dropdowns or country type fields. From backend you can select the extra fields that you want to show as filters, specific categories if required, and also decide on map parameters like width, height, initial zoom level, map type, number of listings to show on map etc...

As it will be a module you can display it in any Joomla page that you want!

We are eager to know what you think about this change. Do let us know with your comments. If you are an existing customer of JV-LinkDirectory and want to participate in the beta testing of 5.12 version, then you may please indicate so @ Blog

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Category pages are those directory pages which are displayed when you click on a category to view the listings in it. When fully configured, typically you find listings, a google map and related listings in that page. In JV-LinkDirectory 5.12 version, we are introducing a new tool bar with which you can search for listings, filter them based on values provided for extra or custom fields, and also sort the displayed listings by various parameters.

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With JV-LinkDirectory 5.12, we are getting away with Styles - modern, software and default!. The features of these styles are now merged into one global layout. With this change, you dont need to purchase additional styles anymore!. Similarly we are also embedding the 2Checkout Payment Gateway integration plugin into the component zip file. This means that you dont need to purchase 2CO Plugin anymore. It will be free and will be available to you when you purchase JV-LinkDirectory. There is even no need to download and install it. It will be automatically installed when you install JV-LinkDirectory component! With 2CO plugin you can provide a payment processor alternative to Offline and PayPal modes for your customers in your directory!

We are eager to know what you think about this change. Do let us know with your comments. If you are an existing customer of JV-LinkDirectory and want to participate in the beta testing of 5.12 version, then you may please indicate so @ Blog

 

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Search interface in the front-end for directory has been one of the constant subjects of feedback from our customers. In JV-LinkDirectory 5.12 we decided on work on it, and have come up with a very intuitive, easy to use Search design interface.