From the kick start of ThemeXpert, we are posting all the articles that you find helpful and useful. We keep you updated with latest finding of Joomla community and ins and outs of ThemeXpert HQ. But we don’t want to confine our relationship in posting Joomla tutorials, resources, tips and tricks only. We want to give some inspiration and want to introduce to those guys who are doing great in Joomla industry. To head start with this roundup, we are going to post series of interview of Joomla industry leaders. For a wonderful head start, today we are going interview Jisse Reitsma.
Jisse Reitsma is one the famous figure in Joomla development community. He has been with Joomla since the very beginning days. Jisse has marvelous talent in Magento development as well. He has developed around 60+ Joomla and Magento extension in his extensive career. He also wrote a tremendous book on Joomla plugins development called Programming Joomla Plugins.
Jisse Reitsma is co-founder and developer in charge at Yireo, the Dutch company mainly renowned for its Magento-Joomla bridge extension call MageBridge. MageBridge allows you to serve as a bridge between the Joomla CMS and the Magento e-commerce shop. It allows for displaying Magento content within Joomla through a component. We had a chance to get in touch of with Jisse Reitsma and asked the following questions.
As little drops of water make the mighty ocean, on the other hand, DigiCom is growing the same as ocean every day. Our in-house developers and testing team are in hectic to make DigiCom more powerful and feature-rich. For their perseverance and your contribution, we are going release the second beta version of DigiCom. In the second beta release, we perform a couple of tasks according to your roadmap. Here are those.
- Implemented SEF
- Enabled reporting system
- fixed entirely submitted issues of DigiCom beta One
We are really glad many of you have involved in issue submission and feature enhancement. If you are the first time here in this blog post, want to contribute in DigiCom. You are always welcome. You can join us for discussion in Gitter chatroom and report bugs on Github directly. For more details and instruction, have a look our previous article.
The days of waiting has been over, DigitCom beta is now available for Joomla!. And we have all documentation ready, that you need to take part in testing, reporting, and contribution.
You've already known that DigiCom is the first Digital Commerce for Joomla and the key focus of this component is to provide such a software that enable you to quickly and easily setup your own marketplace in a minute. We have been working extremely hard since the beginning of January, 2015. The consequence is, we have been able to release a faster, powerful and flexible component, DigiCom beta.
Instead of MVP(Minimum Viable Product) which is the most popular strategy in software development, we focused on MLP(Most Lovable Product). We designed the product from the ground up and improved Joomla usability a lot.
In the first blog post, our CEO explained how much challenges we face to sell digital products. To get ourselves out of pain and extra hassles, we started to develop DigiCom and later we found the necessity of digital commerce component in the Joomla community.
I know you guys are excited about DigiCom like us. We'd love to hear your feedback. We created a Gitter chatroom to discuss the issues and features with you and you can report issues on Github directly.
Slider is the easiest way to show your website expertise and one of the most convenient procedure to catch your visitors mind. Like a tray that is full of food. Slider is providing you a perfect path to display your different kinds of images, featured post and eye-catching content as well. It’s totally depends on the first impression or how it will be. Yet discovering a delightful and simple to use slider plugin isn't found yourself in a party center, especially if you're after a free alternative.
Before getting into the core, let us visualize a situation. Finding a beautiful slider is not an easy task to do. In the wordpress directory there’s huge mess of slider plugin but I never want you to fall in that circle and waste your precious time to search. That’s why I’ve arranged some of the best 5 star WordPress slider plugins. Hope you find helpful.
01. Meta Slider
Present world believes in Variety and Meta Slider is doing the same thing. It’s an easy to use plugin that lets you to choose your perfect user friendly slider between four jQuery sliders such as Nivo Slider, Coin Slider, Flex Slider 2, and Responsive Slides. Each and every slider has different way to show your contents. If you’re fall in love with this plugin, you can go pro for adding extra features with cash.
Single product selling is a common feature of digital commerce softwares. But bundle products with a special price is extensively noticed in the offline stores everyday. To avail the strategy of bundle strategy of offline selling, Amazon first introduced bundle sale in online and had gained huge success from it. And we are glad, with DigiCom component you can sell your products in bundle within “Minimal-Clicks” and enjoy drastic increase in your revenue.
So, If you want to create site like Inkydeals or mightydeals and let your customers to purchase package deals. Install DigiCom and encourage them to buy bundle deals. Now Have a look on the video below, how easily you can create bundle offer for your enormous sales.
You already know that DigiCom is the first Digital Commerce for Joomla and the key focus of this solution is provide such an software that enable you to quickly and easily setup your own marketplace in a minute.
So, everything is set, our developer and UX team are still working for the final touch. Before it's beta release, let me show you the way how you can start your own marketplace with a handful of digital product selling right away. Have a look on following video how powerful and versatile the DigiCom is. The following video is not complete beta view of DigiCom. It was captured about a week ago.
In ThemeXpert HQ, we have been partially developed Joomla templates and extensions since 2010. But many of us have an extensive experience in Joomla development since 2007. Since we developed 30+ Joomla extension and a Joomla template framework, Expose. Expose has been heart of more than million of websites running in online.
With the 5+ years of extensive experience, we found, the most common problem nearly every Joomla developers face is Joomla backend. We found many of them get lost in the Joomla backend. Do you know why? Because Joomla includes tons of features and functionality in its backend. Some of essential functionalities are regularly used by users and the rest of are untouched or used occasionally.
To make Joomla more popular among its users and developers, we formed a UX team back in 2014. We are really glad our UX team has researched very well. Now I am getting back to my point, why I am here today.
In our previous post you might have come to know, we are developing a product called DigiCom, the first Digital Commerce in Joomla! Our developers and UX engineers smartly crafted DigiCom with the reimagined User interface and User Experience. DigiCom component comes with minimal feature and add-on based functionality. I will discuss about the add-ons in the subsequent articles. In this post I will show how our UX engineers implemented their experience making DigiCom, revolutionary Digital Commerce for Joomla.
To provide a clear overview of Joomla admin UX & UI, I’ll chunk the explanation in two sections. First, I’ll show you has it looks currently in Joomla backend and subsequently how we re-imagined them in DigiCom’s backend.
When we started ThemeXpert back in 2010, selling our templates and extensions was the biggest challenge for us (even still it is). Technology has been evolved so fast in 4 years and we saw several good software for Joomla, but the pain remain unchanged.
Our Story of Frustration
First, we tried Virtuemart extension for handling orders and download. Virtuemart is good for selling tangible products. It’s bottled with tons of features, most of them are never used.
Then we switched to Mighty Membership, a membership extensions. For this extension we had to change our business model and entered to subscription based selling model. We are still in this model but we started selling single template from last year which is another painful story.
Membership extension doesn’t have any download manager built-in, which completely makes sense but doesn’t fit us. We had to use separate download manager, and the pain began.
In 2013 we finally migrated to PayPlan which is also a membership extension comes with lot of integration. PayPlan integration with download manager such as PhocaDownload is a real relief for us.