JoomlaWorks Blog

JoomlaWorks is developing and supporting some of the most respected and popular extensions in the Joomla! community, including the groundbreaking K2, AllVideos, Simple Image Gallery and Frontpage Slideshow. Since 2006 we have developed more than 26 extensions for the Joomla! CMS, all of which have been used in hundreds of thousands of Joomla! sites across the world. Late 2010, our extensions had been downloaded more that 4 million times, out of which AllVideos and Simple Image Gallery had more than 1.5 million downloads each and K2 more than 350,000! Innovation and the open source philosophy are the two things that motivate us!
  1. Simple RSS Feed Reader v3.8.0 released

    Today we're releasing version 3.8.0 of the Simple RSS Feed Reader module. This new release brings back Joomla 1.5 support (by popular request), it introduces a new sub-template & changes the remote image resizing service from Mobify to Images.weserv.nl.

    Here's what's been added or changed (in more detail) with the release of v3.8.0:

    • Re-instated Joomla 1.5 support.
    • Added new sub-template for rendering YouTube Playlist feeds as a list of videos. This sub-template requires the use of our free plugin AllVideos to render the videos in a responsive format.
    • Swapped Mobify with Images.weserv.nl (powered by CloudFlare) since the former was bought out by Salesforce and subsequently dropped.
    • Improved compatibility with PHP 7.4.

    The next update will offer compatibility with the upcoming Joomla 4 release (currently in "beta") and will also be tested against PHP 8.

    Simple RSS Feed Reader is fully compatible with Joomla 1.5 to 3.x & PHP versions up to 7.4.

    DOWNLOAD

    You can download this version by visiting the product's page at: https://www.joomlaworks.net/extensions/free/simple-rss-feed-reader

    UPGRADING

    Simply install on top of any other 3.x release. The update will also appear in the Joomla extension updater (for Joomla v2.5 or newer).

    DEMO

    You can see a demo of the extension at: https://demo.joomlaworks.net and https://demo2.joomlaworks.net (right column on both sites)

  2. Improve the performance of your Joomla articles (part 1)

    The performance of the default article system in Joomla really sucks big time, that's a well know fact.

    It''s actually one of the reasons we built K2 in the first place.

    And as we venture into Joomla 4 territory, instead of seeing performance improvements (finally) for the entire database scheme, we actually witness new ways to mess up performance (if that was even possible). Apparently the Joomla core team likes to exercise who knows PHP's syntax better instead of actually building working code that doesn't break for extension developers every so.

    Oh well, we're used to the mess.

    Back to our topic.

    Wanna improve the performance of the Joomla article system, especially in sites that filter/order content in various ways? Well, for starters add a few indices to the "content" table, e.g. using phpMyAdmin.

    ALTER TABLE `#__content` ADD INDEX `idx_publishup` (`publish_up`);
    ALTER TABLE `#__content` ADD INDEX `idx_publishdown` (`publish_down`);
    ALTER TABLE `#__content` ADD INDEX `idx_modifiedby` (`modified_by`);
    ALTER TABLE `#__content` ADD INDEX `idx_created` (`created`);
    ALTER TABLE `#__content` ADD INDEX `idx_modified` (`modified`);

    Just remember to replace #__ with your actual database prefix for Joomla.

    But what's the measurable improvement? Well, something like this after you apply the above changes (on a really busy site that sorts articles by published date, aka 99% of Joomla sites)...

    munin graph 20201204

    Yeap.

    And that's performance tip no.1. We'll come back with more in the future as we delve into the software architectural wonder that is Joomla 4.

    Or do yourself a favour & switch to K2 which recently passed 4 million downloads, yeah! :)

    To those who might say, hey why aren't you contributing that back to Joomla, well, our answer is that if you've ever contributed in Joomla, you know the painful process & bureaucracy and you juuuust might wish to keep your sanity.

    Until next time.

  3. K2 Plugin for sh404SEF version 1.6.0 released

    The K2 Plugin for sh404SEF version 1.6.0 is now available to download for subscribers. This is a bug fix release that addresses compatibility with K2 v2.10.3+ and improves support for PHP 7.x in general.

    Here's what's been added or changed in the K2 Plugin for sh404SEF with the release of v1.6.0:

    • Resolve a function clash bug when using the plugin with K2 v2.10.3 and the "Advanced SEF" settings is enabled. Please keep in mind that if you use sh404SEF, you should not have the "Advanced SEF" settings enabled.
    • Improved support for PHP up to 7.4 (mainly notices).
    • Various others cleanups in the plugin's code.

     

    DOWNLOAD

    If you have an active "K2 Plugin for sh404SEF" membership, just head over to the Member Dashboard at https://www.joomlaworks.net/members and grab your copy from your "Subscriptions" page.

    Or purchase this latest release from just 19.90 EUR. More info at: https://www.joomlaworks.net/extensions/commercial/k2-plugin-for-sh404sef

     

    UPGRADING

    Just upload the new version and it will overwrite any previous one.

    For support questions please use our Ticket Support System inside the Member Dashboard at https://www.joomlaworks.net/dashboard (active product membership required).

  4. Simple Image Gallery Pro v3.8.0 released

    Simple Image Gallery Pro v3.8.0 is now available to download for subscribers. This new release improves upon existing features, extends Flickr support to galleries (beyond albums/sets) and adds PHP 7.4 & Postgres compatibility.

    Here's what's been added or changed in Simple Image Gallery Pro with the release of v3.8.0:

    • Added support for Flickr "galleries", beyond the already supported "albums/sets". Additionally, you can now fetch all images at once from some Flickr gallery/album/set by setting the relevant limit in SIGPro's settings to 0.
    • Added the option to override the default gallery layout in the SIGPro gallery insertion modal (frontend & backend).
    • Improved support for PHP 7.4 (mainly notices in the settings).
    • Fixed an issue where the gallery layout selector did not work with a Postgres database.
    • Added an option in SIGPro's settings (under "Advanced") to disable the WYSIWYG editor button in one or more components.
    • Properly filter multiline pasted text in the "description" field (in the captions). Previously, such pasted content would appear cut-off in the SIGPro modal/popup in the frontend.
    • File uploads now use built-in Joomla libraries which should resolve any upload issues with servers running "Windows Server".

     

    DEMO

    The JoomlaWorks demo site has been updated to the latest Simple Image Gallery Pro release. See here https://demo.joomlaworks.net/simple-image-gallery-pro.

     

    DOWNLOAD

    If you have an active Simple Image Gallery Pro membership, just head over to the Member Dashboard at https://www.joomlaworks.net/members and grab your copy from your "Subscriptions" page.

    Or purchase this latest release from just 19.90 EUR. More info at: https://www.joomlaworks.net/extensions/commercial/simple-image-gallery-pro

     

    UPGRADING

    Just upload the new version and it will overwrite the old one.

    For more help, please visit the updated documentation page for the extension at: https://www.joomlaworks.net/support/docs/simple-image-gallery-pro

    For support questions please use our Ticket Support System inside the Member Dashboard at https://www.joomlaworks.net/dashboard (active product membership required).

  5. AllVideos 6.1.0 now available - adds Mixcloud support

    Version 6.1.0 of AllVideos is now available. This new release introduces support for Mixcloud embeds and improves support for PHP 7.4.

    Here's what's been added or changed in this new release of AllVideos:

    • Added support for Mixcloud embeds. Just use the pattern {mixcloud}URL{/mixcloud} for embedding such media.
    • Improved support for PHP 7.4 (resolving related notices).
    • Bug fix: Audio players will now properly use the right height value even when mixed between players with poster images or not.
    • Slight CSS improvements in the "Responsive" layout.

    If you use K2 v2.10.x, we highly recommend you upgrade to this new version of AllVideos.

    DEMO

    The JoomlaWorks demo site has been updated to use the latest AllVideos release. See here: https://demo.joomlaworks.net/allvideos

    DOWNLOAD

    You can download this version by visiting the extension's page at: https://www.joomlaworks.net/allvideos/

    UPGRADING

    If you use the latest Joomla 3.x releases (or Joomla 2.5 or Joomla 4.x alpha/beta), this new update will appear in the Joomla extension updater. If you're using Joomla 1.5, you can simply upload the new version and it will overwrite the old one. After that step, visit the plugin's parameters page, check if everything is OK or adjust as needed and save the parameters.

     

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