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Are your Joomla Website ready for Mobilegeddon? Here is what you need to know

Are your Joomla Website ready for Mobilegeddon? Here is what you need to know

Google changes its search algorithm about 500 times combining major and minors factors. Do you know why? The answer is pretty simple, to enhance each and every search results from all available platforms. To enhance the user experience of every website that a searcher search for, Google has declared mobile friendly functionality as a major ranking signal. 

Imagine you are on a mobile phone, browse to a web page where the text was extremely small, the links is too tiny to click on. and you have to scroll around the sideways to see the entire contents. So, what will be your impression for the website? I bet, it would be adverse. In 2014, the searches from mobile devices were 30% while in 2015 the percentage has increased to over 60%.

For this circumstance, on Tuesday, April 21, Google has made a major update to its mobile search algorithm that will change the order in which websites are ranked when users search for something on their phone.

On Tuesday, April 21, Google has made a major update to its mobile search algorithm that will change the order in which websites (ones with large text, easy-to-click links, and that resize to fit whatever screen they're viewed on) are ranked when users search for something on their phone.

 If you are wondering, your website is mobile friendly or not, don’t worry. Google provides some guidelines and tools to test your website. Here are those.

  • If you want to test a few pages, you can use the Mobile-Friendly Test.
  • If you have a site, you can use your Webmaster Tools account to get a full list of mobile usability issues across your site using the Mobile Usability Report.

But the guideline could be different based on CMS, To make Joomla website mobile friendly, you have to bring about some minor tweaks. Here are those.

Tweak in robots.txt

Joomla! includes disallow rule for the cache, images, plugins, templates directory with initial Joomla installation in auto-generated robots.txt file. The default robots.txt file contains instruction for search engine, not index those disallowed folder primarily. The default robots.txt looks something like this.

To cope up with Google recent update for the mobile-friendly website, you have to withdraw the disallow rule from the intended directories. If you don’t know where to find robots.txt and how to tweak it. Don’t worry. Just head to the Joomla root directory and replace the existing code with the following snippet.

If your Joomla website is not still responsive, your website is going face Google ranking demotional penalty. If you are thinking to facelift your existing website  with the responsive Joomla 3.5 templates, you are in the right place. At Themexpert we have vast a collection of beautiful mobile friendly Joomla template that  server you entire need. 

Conclusion

If you have any inconvenience in configuring robots.txt file, or any questions regarding this giant update, ask us in the comment bellow. We are always here to help you.

DigiCom Beta 2 Released

DigiCom Beta 2 Released

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 to 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.

 
We have been repeatedly asked about DigiCom those who are newly getting added in your ThemeXpert family. So, If you are just here and curious about DigiCom. Here the couple of posts that give everything, you want to know. 

DigiCom Beta Released

DigiCom Beta Released

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.

Join us in Gitter    Download DigiCom

Important Instruction

The DigiCom beta is under development and continuously being updated for reported bugs. We highly recommend you not to use DigiCom beta for production sites. Throughout the beta, changes will be frequently made that could require you complete installation or reconfiguration of DigiCom component again and again.

But don’t worry we sketched out a development roadmap to outline upcoming additional changes to DigiCom for its initial full release.

This information is fluid and subject to change as we receive feedback from open beta participants and discover additional opportunities for improvement.

Roadmap

Beta 1

  • Dashboard
  • Categories
  • Products
  • File manager
  • Download system
  • Sells and Orders
  • Discounts
  • Customers
  • Email
  • Language - Translation support for Joomla.
  • Payment integration - PayPal and Offline
  • Template system and override.
  • Installer

Beta 2

  • SEF Implementation
  • Reports
  • Bug reported after beta1

Beta 3

  • ACL Implementation
  • Improved pricing system for product with recurring billing
  • Security Review
  • Performance Optimization
  • More Add-ons
  • Migrator
  • Customers - we've a better plan to implement the customer management system.
  • Email templating.
  • Add-ons API.
  • Updater
  • Documentation

Details roadmap is coming...

How to Download and Install

The installation process is the same as regular Joomla component installation. For your convenience, I have attached download link here.

How to Contribute and report bug

Contributing to the DigiCom is very easy. DigiCom source code is hosted on Github, where you can submit issues and feature request.

Our developers laying on a public chatroom so feel free to poke them.

Digicom - Ease of Selling Bundle Products

Digicom - Ease of Selling Bundle Products

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.

 

Now DigiCom will make everything possible. With DigiCom you can sell Music, Books, Artworks, Games and Web Templates. To prepare your product for online selling, is matter few seconds. You have just seen how easy to create bundle product picking from singles. If you missed my last blog post of single product creation. Head over this article, we published couple of days ago.

We are very much excited about DigiCom and I bet, you guys are as well. I am exited to say, our beta version is ready to release, and we are testing it for unexpected errors. Hope at the end of this week, you will have your DigiCom beta copy in your hand. If you have questions regarding DigiCom, add those in the following comment. 

 For more information about DigiCom, please check out these other blog posts from our ongoing series:

Digicom - Ease of Selling Products With Joomla

Digicom - Ease of Selling Products With Joomla

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.  

Though we started to develop DigiCom to serve our own purpose but we come to know many of our clients are switching to another CMS. Did you know what the reason behind? Because In Joomla! there is no good component available for selling digital products. So, we decided to make DigiCom open source. You might be thinking how we are running membership subscription and download before DigiCom.

If you read the last post of our CEO, he enclosed, that we are using payplans. Though paypals had been great relief for us, but we have to perform some tedious steps repeatedly. Here are those.

  • We have to upload templates files with FTP
  • Then we link the uploaded template files with its name and related entries.
  • For maintaining download, Payplans use PhocaDownload which is difficult to maintain. we had to face numerous conflict and override core payplans scripts to implement single product selling logic.

Now everything possible in Joomla with DigiCom, we are really excited about DigiCom. As usual we are very open and always listen. If you have any question about file manager or any other features, feel free to ask in a comment.

 For more information about DigiCom, please check out these other blog posts from our ongoing series:

DigiCom - Joomla Admin UI Reimagined

DigiCom - Joomla Admin UI Reimagined

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.

Re-imagined Joomla toolbar and its button interaction

Current toolbar look in Joomla Admin

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I know you guys are pretty familiar with this toolbar. This toolbar generally comes up from article manager, menu manager, category manager and so on. But we think there is a UX issue with this toolbar. If click on any of the red marked toolbar without selecting any item, it will give you following pop up

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The pop-up indicating to select an item. It's natural when anyone delete or edit any item, he will select the items first. Accordion to our UI and UX experts, this button is serving anything before selecting any item. So, now it's useless here. The toolbar should appear after selecting an item. How we did on DigiCom backend.

Reimagined toolbar look in DigiCom Admin

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This is the DigiCom admin view, you can term it product manager. You can notice, how awesome our toolbar is looking. Currently there is no unnecessary button available there. Whenever you select an item, another button will appear in the toolbar, otherwise it won’t. Have a look at the image below.

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Re-imagined Joomla configuration and settings

Joomla Article options in several places

When I had a start in Joomla development and had a first glimpse in the Joomla backend, frankly speaking, I was confused among disseminated settings and options, I had to break forth from global configuration and extension’s individual settings. Even Some of the settings are repeatedly found in individual extension and global configuration setting as well. It really annoy a newcomer to decide which configuration will override with settings.

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Centralized settings for DigiCom

In DigiCom we 'be bottled all the setting in a single place, you don’t have to back and forth from DigiCom to the global configuration. Have a look at the following image.

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We removed confusion of configuring extension setting. Have a complete overview of DigiCom's entire settings in single page. 

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Conclusion

We are really excited about DigiCom, I bet you never used such product in Joomla before. I think you are curious about it release. Yes, it's going to release in the next week. If you have any question regarding DigiCom comment below, we are here to answer you.

 For more information about DigiCom, please check out these other blog posts from our ongoing series:

DigiCom - Selling Digital Products With Joomla Has Never Been Easier

DigiCom - Selling Digital Products With Joomla Has Never Been Easier

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.

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Free Shorcode Accordion Builder for WordPress - Meet Xpert Accordion

Free  Shorcode Accordion Builder for WordPress - Meet Xpert Accordion

Guys it has a long since to post blogs, You might know the reason behind. As you know at the beginning of this year, our CEO published a blog post titled 2014 Year In Review for ThemeXpert. There he mentioned all our plans for 2015. Yes, we all are at ThemeXpert HQ running for the goal. A team is making DigiCom, another team is preparing for WordPress and Joomla template. And one more team is working for Joomla and WordPress plugin. Today I am here with great announcement. We are going to release an interactive shortcode WordPress accordion builder, XpertAccordion and it's absolutely FREE.

XpertAccordion is a highly customizable shortcode accordion builder for WordPress. A user can generate unlimited accordion sets anywhere in posts and pages with artistic UI. The XpertAccordion plugin comes with bundle of opportunity such easy style switching, shorting and many more awesome features. The plugin builds with ThemeXpert's own prefixes to avoid CSS conflict with other vendor plugins. Have a look on the plugin feature.

Key Feature

  • Xpert Accordion is responsive and friendly to any mobile devices
  • Limitless accordion anywhere in the theme
  • Use via short-codes
  • Numerous preset styles
  • Draggable accordion items for easy sorting
  • Live accordion header change
  • Selectable icon for accordion titles
  • Live icon change with each selection
  • Awesome input field for accordions content.
  • Bootstrap framework.
  • Less for quick customization
  • Gulp for instant workflow
  • Highly customized for User Experience
  • Slick Frontend and backend UI
  • Form Validation with color changes
  • Add and remove accordion item from backend.
  • Font Awesome Icon Support

Installation and Usage

The plugin is easy to install. It can the same process as the other. Have a look in the steps

Step 01

When you successfully instaled the plugin, it’ll add a button call XpertAccordion right to the Media Button in the WordPress admin panel. Have a look in the image below.

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Step 02

The placement of the button could be different when your WordPress site is loaded with other plugins. One Click on the button the following screen appears

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Step 03

With the select style dropdown you can switch between the predefined styles for you accordion. When you click on Add New button it will start adding accordion items for. You can all add icons for your items header from the search accordion drop down. When you have done with adding items for your accordion list. Click submit and the following screen comes up.

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Step 04

If you want to update the items you can do it from screen above. Have a look on the short code structure.

[xa_acc style="xa-default" ]
[xa_slide title="Accordion Title 01" icon="Select Icon---"]Content[/xa_slide]
[xa_slide title="Accordion Title 02" icon="Select Icon---"]Content[/xa_slide]
[xa_slide title="Accordion Title 03" icon="Select Icon---"]Content[/xa_slide]
[/xa_acc]

Though don't need to understand short code by yourself, Xpert Accordion will generate for you. If you want to update your accordion set manually. It takes three parameters to change accordion title, style and title icons.

Styles parameters:

If you don't select any style for your accordion set. It will give you xa-default style. If you change your accordion style. Just pass the following parameters for the custom styles.

  1. xa-default
  2. xa-style1
  3. xa-style2
  4. xa-red
  5. xa-blue
  6.  xa-red
  7. xa-yellow

Example

style="xa-yellow"

Icon Parameters

You don't need to touch shortcode parameter for title icons if you select them correctly while creating items. If you want to update them. Just add the icon name. Xpert accordion supports FontAwesome icons. FontAwesome come with fa fa` prefix with each individual icon. Xpert accordion will add the prefix automatically for you. You need only pass the icon name. .

Example

icon="facebook"
icon="twitter"

Title Parameter

Title parameter will add the title for your accordion items header. You want to update or change the title just update the text form the title parameters.

Example

title=”Updated Title”

Step 05

When you are done with setting, click on the update button it will generate the following screen in the front end. If you select the xa-blue style for you.

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Conclusion:

I think you will enjoy with the feature of the Xpert accordion. If you have any question to ask regarding this plugin. Please comment below, I bet I’ll answer you soon.

Its Time To Switch Your Website Theme

Its Time To Switch Your Website Theme

In our previous post we told you that a lot of exciting WordPress stuff is coming from us. I'm delighted to announce the immediate availability of Switch theme for WordPress. Its a one page business team packed with the latest technology and love. Oh yes, it's absolutely FREE!

Switch is onepage responsive WordPress theme come to delight your business efficiency. It's crafted with top-tired technology and will be your complete handy tool for your business. Each and Every parts of this Switch theme is properly combined with balanced items that is good enough to mesmerize your clients. So you can easily highlight your all kinds of business motto and much needed corporate niches.

 If you want to show your new business, corporate, portfolio website or makeover in a elite way, switch would only be the practical and deliberate choice for you. So lets start exploring the theme.  

Switch comes with a full clean layout with and it would be an exceptional way to show your personal or business. You need not to be much hurry to scroll down and down because all things are stated at the top of your website. You will see each and every item chronologically in the same screen. I assure you that it rapidly uplift your visitors and convert them into your clients.  

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Its user friendly option will allow to show your Product Feature more visible to the visitors. It ensures about your product loss and benefits noticeable and keep the best product into the first place. I know you won't believe , so install and explore yourself.      

Switch can be your prototype, it's about us option let you to showoff yourself in a productive way. and you also point out best comments from your clients.  

This well organised and developed theme always be with a simple, stretchable Redux framework. It supports a multiple data type fields, custom error handling and validation types as well as combine with lots more function.    

Performance is yours and our responsibility to show it in a delicate way. That's why, the portfolio section of Switch theme could be your only one place to show the key components of yours with a hassle free options. 

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As a businessman or corporate person you must need to have proper identification of your own teams. Here Switch would be the best option to show your teammates in a organised way. Here you will get the favor to add your team members as much as you can.

Its contact option combines with extra flavor to make perfect business deal with ensure your existence by locating your place.

Oh lastly i have to remind about the latest technology we used in this theme. It's merged with the upto date WordPress version and higher, Bootstrap 3, HTML5 and Redux Framework. And i know you will worth enough to change your taste to select a perfect website of yours.