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Meet Zmash the free blogging template for Joomla

Meet Zmash the free blogging template for Joomla

We had an start with ThemeXpert journey at 2010, distributed couple of Free Joomla Template and extension. Zenith and ZenithII had broken all template download record in the Themexpert history. Today We are going to release Zmash.

Zmash is a FREE Joomla blog-magazine template. The template is responsive, easy to tailor with any mobile devices and Joomla 3 as well as Joomla 2.5 versions. Zmash is crafted with latest trend and technology, comes with many of Joomla extensions including Komento, Xpert Accordion and many.

If you are a blogger, want to start your blog in beautiful and elegant Joomla blogging template, Press the download button and Enjoy using Zmash, a FREE Joomla blogging template.

Our Extensions

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Our developer having expertness in making Joomla extensions are engaged in improving template professionalism and interactivity. So, we have tried to grow up Zmash providing our own extensions. Our extensions help to run your website endlessly. The extension included in Zmash, they are- Xpert Accordion, Expose Framework and more..

Komento Integration

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Comment is considered one of the key place, which represent your blog engagement. So, we added Free Komento. Komento transforms your Joomla's commenting system; giving you the freedom to engage with your communities and voice out your mind.

Conclusion

To download Zmash, the free Joomla blogging template, you don't need to put your emails there. Just login our website, you have the all the FREE ThemeXpert Joomla templates and extensions will be available to download there.

#SaveNapal - We are donating 10% from our every sale to the earthquake relief in Nepal

#SaveNapal - We are donating 10% from our every sale to the earthquake relief in Nepal

The countries of southern Asia are on active earthquake zone. Countries in this region are hunted by natural disaster every year. Last Sunday a devastating earthquake hit Nepal lasted barely a minute with 7.8-magnitude quake.

Official said 3,326 people are now known to have died and half of the people become homeless after the massive tremor on 25 April, 2015. More than 6,500 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre.

People of Kathmandu had to spring up the homes and set up home outside on the road. The total city has turned into tent city after the disaster hit on. Have a look at the video of BBC reporting.

 The intensity of disaster was acute and repeatedly hit Nepal 3 days in a row. Accordion to the spokesman for aid agency World Vision about 1000 people is completely buried by rock falls.

The UN children's agency says nearly one million children in Nepal urgently need humanitarian assistance as they were particularly vulnerable. UN also added sudden rain after has worsened the condition, that lead to a shortage of vaccines against diseases including diarrhoea and measles.

The people of Nepal in running out of water and food, and frequent power cuts are adding extra hassle in their medical and some other emergency rescue activities.

In this circumstances, many countries and organisation come forward to provide aid in disaster. Have your eyes on the add figures.

  • USAid has provided disaster response team and initial $1m
  • China initially proved his rescue team there.
  • India has come forward with several aircraft, carrying medical supplies and a mobile hospital, and a 40-strong disaster response team.
  • Norway: $3.9m (£2.5m) in humanitarian assistance
  • Pledges from Germany, Spain, France, Israel and the EU

The intended help is not enough to rehabilitate and rescue the people from the recent disaster. So, we want to help them from ThemeXpert income. We know our nimble contribution will not enough for the victims as well. But we believe little drop of water make a mighty ocean. Hope, you guys want help us, right?

To add your contribution to our charity, we have designed a contribution plan at ThemeXpert HQ. We decided to donate 10% income of every template and club membership sales. This means the temple is sold, the more amount of donation will be increased. Currently, we have 55 template in the collection, all are available for the single purchase and club membership simultaneously. Have a look at donation distribution.

  • Basic Membership: The regular price is $69 /6 months, 10% donation amount will be: $6.9
  • Standard Membership: The regular price is $99 /12 months, 10% donation amount will be $9.9
  • Pro Membership: The regular price is $249 / Lifetime, 10% donation amount will be $24.9

Note: 10% the donation figure also will be applied to a single template, based on its individual pricing.

Conclusion

We have just come out with a nimble endeavor to help helpless people. If you have a further way to help them, just let us know in the comment below. We appreciate you idea. If have already members of ThemeXpert family, please share this post using hashtag #SaveNapal to save the humanity. 

Note: Most of the sources collected from BBC

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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