Aug262011

Back in June we quietly rolled out our new web site here at Anything Digital. We then took the summer to put the site through its paces and fix any outstanding issues.

I am now proud to officially announce the re-launch of our extension shop and tell you a little more about it.

Our previous site was restricted my numerous issues, most notably a legacy subscriptions extension that was prone to errors during payment processing. In addition, the system was not cart-based so users had to complete multiple checkouts to purchase more than one product.

Powerful subscriptions system

We solved this issue by writing a new subscriptions extension from the ground up. Subscriptions is a flexible extension that provides access to various areas of the site following a purchase. Perhaps most importantly, we spent months researching best practices for converting site visitors to customers.

The results of this research are visible in every aspect of Subscriptions from the registration-free, cart-based checkout workflow to the placement of the links in and around the site. All of the existing active subscribers were also imported from the old site to Susbcriptions.

Out with the old ...

At the end of each summer we typically take a look at our prices and promotions and make any necessary changes.

This year we are keenly aware that some of our products are still transitioning to Joomla 1.7 and beyond. In addition, feedback from our customers reveals some confusion over our JCal Pro® themes as these products are not GPL-licensed like all of our other extensions.

As a result, we’ve decided to retire three of our product bundles:

  • Developer Special, 1-year
  • GPL all-access, Lifetime
  • Calendar + SEF, Lifetime

These plans will no longer be available for purchase but current subscribers will not be affected.

Joomla 1.6 will reach end-of-life on August 19, 2011 and all users should upgrade to version 1.7 before that date.

Version 1.7.0 was released to the public yesterday and includes an important fix for a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Joomla 1.6, underscoring the urgency of upgrading. 

Upgrading from Joomla 1.6.5 to 1.7.0 (and future versions) is now a simple 1-click task built right into the Joomla core. We recommend that all Joomla 1.6 users use this quick and simple method. Please note that this upgrade path is specific for Joomla 1.6.5 ONLY.

In addition to security enhancements and 1-click upgrades, Joomla 1.7 contains a number of feature enhancements including better form validation, batch processing of articles and an improved ability to restrict article submission to specific categories.

Full details can be found on the official announcement at Joomla.org.

We’ve all been there before. A friend or colleague has set you up and now your staring across at this stranger and wondering what to say.

Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do?

After some casual small talk, the date is nearly over and you ponder asking for a phone number or email address, and then the uncomfortable silence as you both wonder who is picking up the bill.

If you are like many online businesses, this is the very reaction your new users experience when visiting your site and enquiring about your company, products or services.

As in life, this type of blind date is tricky to navigate and can easily end in disaster.

Joomlapolis celebrates 400,000 membersIf you haven’t already noticed, its should be pretty clear that Anything Digital is growing rapidly. This is happening in large part due to our close network of extension developers and solutions providers that we interact with regularly and meet often at Joomla Days and other industry events.

Today we are excited to celebrate with our colleagues at Joomlapolis.com as they break the 400,000 member mark. Many of our readers will be familiar with Community Builder, the flagship extension at Joomlapolis that helps you build communities with Joomla.

 
 

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