News and Updates of all ThemeXpert products and activities.

We Are 4 Years Old

We Are 4 Years Old

In ThemeXpert, we celebrate with our co-members for the milestone we reach in every week, even in every month. But Today we reached to a milestone is really the biggest one without your presence, the excitement of celebration will be faint. I think you are start guessing the milestone. Yes, we are stepping on 5th year tomorrow and today is 4th birthday of ThemeXpert.

Since our first launch a lot of things has been changed and we experienced a lot. Our vision has not changed and still we are working to make our customers web life better.

While we are at ThemeXpert making wonderful Joomla template and extensions to make your Joomla website development experience easier. ThemeXpert are mostly for the members and partners who are associate with our family. You guys are the heroes of ThemeXpert acting behind the scenery. without you and your collaboration, ThemeXpert wouldn’t have any meaning. So, we are really fortunate to have all of you in our family.

Milestone reached in 4 years:

  • Started from bedroom moved to new office : ThemeXpert started from my bedroom with my friend and we moved to a 1500sqf office Jan 2014.
  • Remote Team to In-house : Before moving our office we worked remotely and now we work under same roof discuss about new and exciting features. This allow us to work fast and seamlessly. From 2 members we grown to 7 members team now.
  • 56K Members : We are now family of 56K+ members. 
  • 51 Template Released : We released 51 templates from our starting and we believe in quality over quantity. 
  • Expose Framework : The framework responsible for our template backend options and layout. We released v4 of it and working on v5 right now. We are hoping to release v5 in this quarter.

Apart from this major milestones we've reached so many small but important milestones, if I share all of these you will stop reading the post :)

We are thankful to you guys are really excited on this gala day, our all partners are excited as well. even some of them offers a major discount for our valuable family members. Meet with our partner companies and enjoy their discount coupon.

Huge 155% discount!

40% discount from ThemeXpert

Our birthday promotion has ended and the coupon has now expired.

15% discount from Tech Joomla

logo-compressed.pngTechJoomla is one of the biggest name in Joomla! arena. TechJoomla is mainly focused on providing innovative and top notch Joomla extensions and training for the Joomla community. Their popular extensions are - Social Ads, JGive, Invitex, JBolo and more. TechJoomla is celebrating our Birthday and giving 15% discount on all their products.

Enjoy 15% discount on all their product except Packs. Use this coupon code: TXBDAY14  while checkout. Discount is available till end of this month

Visit Official Site

50% discount from iMaqma

logo-red.pngiMaqma is mostly renowned for its awesome support software(aka Helpdesk). Joomla! official site is using their software for JED and we are also using it. If you want to provide outstanding customer service there is not alternative of this software in Joomla!. iMaqma is celebrating our Birthday and giving 50% discount on all their products.

Enjoy 50% discount on all their product. Use this coupon code: HAPPYXPERT  while checkout. Discount is available till July 09th, 2014.

Visit Official Site

50% discount from Arvixe

logo_hosting.pngArvixe is one of the noteworthy hosting company proving hosting service for Joomla websites especially. The guys behind the arvixe  are really helpful and awesome. Even based on their quality service and the fastest growing hosting companies in the world, Arvixe has received several awards from famous authorities. ThemeXpert demo sites are running on their server and we are very satisfied with their server performance and security. Arvixe is celebrating our Birthday and giving 50% discount on all their products.

Enjoy 50% discount on all their shared hosting plan. Use this coupon code: themexpert50  while checkout. Discount is available till July 09th, 2014.

Visit Official Site

Conclusion

We are really grateful and thankful to you. It has been 4 years, you are with us. Even you guys directed us in so many circumstances. You can see we growing in each day and our each and every steps is taken to give you a quality and satisfactory service. We hope in the days to come, you will be with us and give us your valuable company and collaboration.

Upcoming Changes in Joomla Media Manager

Upcoming Changes in Joomla Media Manager

Media handling is one of the most essential feature in every CMS, In Joomla! Media handling is mainly performed from its Media Manager. Based on its importance, several discussions was popped out in cms-dev-mailing list. Many of unique and tremendous ideas coined up to improve Joomla Media Manager.

Assembling all scattered ideas Buddhima Wijeweera, Software Engineer at WSO2 and open source enthusiast not only refactored existing Media Manager UI, but also focused on refactoring internal coding, adding new features and improving user experience. Moreover recently this idea has been also added to Joomla! Roadmap (for Joomla! 3.9).

 

Current status

Currently, this project has reached to a level which can be tested and shown to Joomla community. But this is NOT THE END and it is NOT PERFECT. Through this project he tried to cover the gap between existing Media manager and what Media Manager should be. But, there are lots of things which can be done to improve Media Manager and carry out based on this project.

If you are interested in testing this current implementation, please go through the testing instructions section.

Project Repository : https://github.com/Buddhima/joomla-cms/tree/new_com_media

Pull Request : https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/pull/3839

What’s NEW in New Media Manager?

This is the first & most-exciting question that a person gets when saying “NEW”. Of course, as he mentioned, this project not just to refactor existing things, but also about adding several new features as well. Let’s go through one-by-one.

1. New Media Manager Interface

image03.jpg

You will notice a little changes in the media manager interface. Mostly some UX changes like move checkbox at bottom and added (x) button to delete the image. Thumbnails dimension has been changed, see below.

2. New Image Thumbnails

b2ap3_thumbnail_image10.jpg

Image thumbnail has been redesigned. From the very first look, you can see the size has increased to give better preview of the image. Also select checkbox and delete icon has brought down so that image preview get more space.


Clicking on the image brings you to larger preview of the image and clicking on the name now brings you to new Image Editor view

3. New Categories

b2ap3_thumbnail_image12.jpg

A new sub-menu has been introduced to the Media Manager to bring user to category view of Media. This media category is also a new feature comes with this implementation. With current implementation, user will get empty list of categories. However, But if you need to have at least one category to save an image in Media Editor (point 5).

image07.jpg

4. New Drag & Drop Uploader

image00.jpg

This is one of the coolest features introduced with this project. You can upload multiple files through this drag & drop uploader. The upload progress can also be seen. It is recommended to use files with names which are allowed in cms. If you are still interested in using conventional file uploader, you can have it by clicking “Regular Uploader”.

Special Note: It is very important to mention that, unlike earlier, now Media Manager saves uploaded files with a name consisting a hash value. It is taken for a security purpose. (Ref:https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Unrestricted_File_Upload) But the title of file is set to the name of the file before uploading. Because of this hashing, user can upload files with same filename to CMS without any confusion.
Also, in media model, he has included a piece of code which will automatically add media information to database, incase if there are physical files which hasn’t a record in database table (#__ucm_core_content).

5. New Image Editor

image04.jpg

This is the key feature introduced with this project. User can enter this by clicking the name at Media Manager. This allows you to modify media related data as other content types. Checkin & checkout capability is also added to this editor to avoid conflicts. Currently editor is limited to allowed image types only.

6. New Actions

image05.jpg

With in the Editor, you can see few additional buttons in toolbar. Those are for image manipulations. Those actions are to use functionalities provided by JImage. Other than crop, every button gives you a modal popup to configure parameters for the manipulation. Changes do with these actions are non-reversible. Feel free to use those actions to make your photo fancy!

7. New Properties

image09.jpg

The properties are used to update media information stored in the database. Through this project, he has introduced essential properties that are needed by a media. Please note that, when you change media title, it’ll not affect the physical filename.

8. New Image Tagging

image06.jpg

Similar to other content in Joomla!, now images can have tags. he believes this will be very useful for websites which deal heavily with images, photo albums, etc.

9. New Image Manager UI

image02.jpg

In addition to the Media Manager, this project focused on refactoring the image-manager. Now the image manager has a clearer view than before. he brought image properties to right side and moved image uploader into a new tab. That change helped image manager to give more space for image thumbnails.

10. New MVC

image11.jpg

Not just from outside, but this project made Media Manager new even on the inside. Along with this project, Media Manager has moved to new MVC. For this purpose he has used what has currently in joomla! and 3 new classes related to model. Introducing new mvc to core components is an ongoing project and this will help that project to accelerate.

11. New Forms, Fields and Layouts

b2ap3_thumbnail_image08.jpg

To fulfill the requirements and for reusability, this project introduced new layouts, fields and forms for com_media. In here I need to mention that currently the editor uses the image form that resides in form folder and, in future developers can add more forms to support other types of media as well.

12. New Content-Types

image01.png

com_media.image : content-type for media-images
com_media.category : content type for media categories
.

You must add these records to __content_types before testing this project. he believes, in future, there will be com_media.video, com_media.audio content types as Media Manager starts to support audio and video formats.

Testing instructions

If you want to play with this new Media Manager like us it is highly recommended to go through following instructions before testing.

1. The recommended way to test this project is to get a clone of project branch[6] separately. And then add the above (point 12) mentioned content-types into content-type table in joomla database. since this implementation will add new entries to database, this method will not affect your ongoing development.

2. Still, you can also use PR tester or any other preferred method, and you need to add above (point 12) mentioned content-types into content-type table in joomla database. If you do not worry about adding new entries into your database, you can go ahead with this method.

Conclusion:

Our total team are always in hectic in improving your experience to use Joomla. Our utmost endeavor to share ins and out of using Joomla in smart way. Though the change in Media Manager is going to be added in 2015, we have informed a bit earlier so that you can be prepared to welcome these helpful features in advance.

Tell which new features could be added in Media Manager ?

Creating Joomla Education Website Has Never Been Easier - Meet EduXpert

Creating Joomla Education Website Has Never Been Easier - Meet EduXpert

It is the start of June, many of you have been frequently browsing our template category page to download our newest template at its first blink. So, guys count down is over, ThemeXpert is going to add an unique beeze to the stunning template collection, The breeze is EduXpert The Responsive Joomla Education Template.

EduXpert comes with majestic layout with trendy and clean design. The template has extensively and exclusively crafted for educational and online course portal for Joomla. EduXpert is well-equipped with an extended support of GURU (Learning Management System) and JomSocial. Along with K2, Easyblog, custom pages and maximum presets, you can start your online educational Joomla website anytime, anywhere.

Live Demo Download Now

 

Smart Teaching Platform with Guru

We have crafted a beautiful, responsive, modern and intuitive platform for training to prompt your student to learn. With Eduxpert and Guru, you can provide your student a unique ID a, profile page, certificate, fun and many more.

Teach unlimited course

Creating unlimited online courses with modules & lessons from scratch could be time consuming. With EduXpert, you can easily add as many courses in your Joomla CMS as you want and manage them from course mananger.

Exam and Cirtification

Exam and certification are the equivalent part of an educational institution. Exams leads to test your students’ skill and their learning. Certificate helps to earn a well-respected credential to demonstrate their expertise in the marketplace. EduXpert has combined all under the same roof.

Earn Money

You are the individual who have special knowledge that people will want to pay to get, Even students from different countries want learn from you and pay. If you want to cover all of them, EduXpert could help you in the long run. with EduXpert you can sell your course anywhere, anytime you want.

Jomsocial Integration

Social networking is a powerful tool for both teachers and students. A statistic shows on mashable. A seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Delmatoff started a pilot social media program in her Portland. Delmatoff’s students’ grades and attendance improved dramatically. So, in eduXpert we ingerated JomSocial, the most powerful social network component available exclusively for Joomla.

Conclusion

Our each and every effort is to release a unique template in all turn. We always care about your need and necessity. So, we craft our template in a simple way so that you can customize any of template easily. Even we are providing essential tutorials in blog and in our tutorial directory to enhancing your proficiency.

Can you inform us what more features we have missed on EduXpert ?

Enjoy up to 30 % discount!

Use coupon EDUXPERT to get 10% on Basic, 20% on Standard and 30% Pro membership.

Live Demo Download Now

Get Ready to Play With Our 50th Template Sportz

Get Ready to Play With Our 50th Template Sportz

FIFA World Cup - The greatest event on the earth is going to be a hot topic over the next few weeks. The whole world has already dipped into Football craze. They don’t want to miss single news of the majestic event.

We know, you guys are early waiting for a template this month and we've been preparing our 50th template to cover this majestic event. Sportz gives your news site a new look and sufficient advertisement space. So, ladies and gentlemen get ready to welcome a template, Sportz .

Sportz is a responsive Joomla 3.3 news template. Sportz is is a visually rich template for showcasing news with attractive imagery. The template comes with maximum custom pages, preset styles and extensions that allow you to add a variety of functionality to suit your needs. The blur background in news details prompts your visitors to read news spontaneously. Sportz is not limited to only sports site, you could make possibly any news site you want.

Live Demo Download Now

Built with Modern Technology

letest_tech.jpg

Modern Technology covers many creative disciplines and exact solution of previous experience. Sportz offers a wide range of latest advantages. The template is built with Joomla 3, Bootstrap, HTML5 and Expose Framework.

Maximum Vibrant Preset Styles

presets_20140520-081847_1.jpg

Colors are one of the important parts of a website experience. Colors bear the testimony of your works. We are striving to give those colors that you want to have at your website. Spotz has different type of fascinating color style by default. You can have your expected color on the site only giving a click.

Our Powerful Extensions

extentions.jpg

Our developesr having expertness in making Joomla extensions are engaged in improving template professionalism and interactivity. So, we have tried to grow up Sportz providing our own extensions. Our extensions help to run your website endlessly. The extension included in Sportz, they are- Xpert Scroller, Xpert Slider, Xpert Captions, Xpert Contents, Xpert Tabs, Xpert Tweets etc.

Right To Left (RTL) Language Layout

rtl_Support_20140521-050614_1.jpg

Expose Framework supports RTL layout at core. Our developer team are in hectic to make Sportz, RTL specific. Sportz will be RTLised very soon. So guys stay connected. you will be informed via blog post.

Conclusion

Our each and every effort is to release a unique template in all turn. We always care about your need and necessity. So, we craft our template in a simple way so that you can customize any of template easily. Even we are providing essential tutorials in blog and in our tutorial directory to enhancing your proficiency.

Can you suggest us what more features are you expecting in a News Portal ?

Enjoy up to 50 % discount!

Use coupon 50TEMPLATE to get 15% on Basic, 30% on Standard and 50% Pro membership.

20 Templates Updated to Joomla 3.3

20 Templates Updated to Joomla 3.3

It's been a while Joomla! has released its most stable and powerful version Joomla3.3 and according to our plan, we have had a clock ticking to update all our Expose4 based template to Joomla3.3. The time has come, we have updated 20 templates in first batch! 

Not only we have updated the Quickstart packages but also re-examined the templates and made necessary bug fixes. Here is the list of 20 templates updated to Joomla3.3

 

3 E-commerce templates(Boost, GravityII, Vibration) from this list have been updated to Joomla3.3 but due to Virtuemart Joomla3 incompatibility, we didn't updated the Quickstart packages.

Celebrating Zenith's First Birthday And Introducing ZenithII

Celebrating Zenith's First Birthday And Introducing ZenithII

When you look for a free, responsive, bootstrap-based and popular Joomla template, Zenith always pops up right ahead of you. Zenith has been downloaded over 100K from our site and more from our partner site.

We are really excited to present ZenithII on its first birthday celebration. Exactly a year ago we created Zenith and it was a huge success. Join our mailing list (below) and we’ll send you the gift right into your inbox.

ZenithII is a FREE Joomla 3 template which serves as a perfect starting point for any Joomla business and portfolio site. However possibilities are endless to your creativity. If you want to kick start your Journey to web, ZenithII will take you to long way ahead.

Live Demo Download Now

Many of Custom Pages

 ZenithII_pages.jpg

Custom pages in ZenithII, simplify your life. Here you can kick start your ideas with our pre-built pages in the shortest span of time. Meet the pages, we provide in ZenithII. Pages are Meet the Team, Service Pages, Pricing Tables, Faq Page, Testimonial Page, About Us Pages, Portfolio Pages, Contact Pages, Bonus Pages Including Joomla core pages.

Our Extensions

ZenithII_Extension.jpg

Our developer having expertness in making Joomla extensions are engaged in improving template professionalism and interactivity. So, we have tried to grow up ZenithII providing our own extensions. Our extensions help to run your website endlessly. The extension included in ZenithII, they are- brand new Xpert Gallery module, Xpert Tabs, Xpert Accordion.

Xpert Gallery

Zenith_xpert_slider.jpg

Xpert Gallery is brand new and top-tier Joomla module that will mesmerize you visitors attention in the first glance. The module is light-weight built with JQuery. It can tailor with any other devices and joomla versions. so, enjoy one extra dimensional gift with Zenith

EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss Integration

ZenithII_easyblog.jpg

Blogs are one of the finest parts of a website. Business blogs pave the way of communicating with targeted customers and employees regularly. Blogs can easy be published and updated in single minutes. So, we provided EasyBlog in ZenithII. EasyBlog is a joomla blog which powers more than 50,0000 joomla sites. Support is a range of customer services to assist customers in making cost effective and correct use of a product. It can add a fuel in planning, training, maintenance etc for you company. So, we added EasyDiscuss for you. EasyDiscuss is the best question & answer extension for Joomla.

Live Demo Download Now

Awesomeness of Joomla 3.3 And Our Plan

Awesomeness of  Joomla 3.3 And Our Plan

Joomla! 3.3 is going to be released in this month having many of outstanding feature and The Production Leadership Team (PLT) is claiming Joomla 3.3 will be the most stable joomla platform ever! This version aims to “Do more with Joomla” especially with improvements in terms of Security, Conflict reduction, Cloud storage API support, semantic microdata and so on.

In Themexpert HQ, we have already formulated our plan to welcome Joomla 3.3. Have a glance on the plan, we are going to adopt:

Our Plans

ThemeXpert Template

Because of radical changes in Joomla 3.3 we are preparing our guts for the official release. Our developer team are in hectic on updating Expose Framework and Quickstart Pack. All our Expose4 based template compatible with Joomla 3.3 and we are actively testing everything so it ain’t break anything.

ThemeXpert Extension

All our extension in extension directory like Xpert Contents, Xpert Slider, Xpert Tabs use jQuery library, that means they are already ready to be compatible with Joomla 3.3. You can expect that our extensions are ready to cope up with Joomla 3.3 release. Expose framework for 3.3 In expose we have to maintain a lot of core extension override. J3.3 going to add microdata for its core element it require a major rework on our framework override. We will maintain a new branch on framework repo for j3.3 and onward. We’ll still maintain the Expose 4 branch but will not add any new feature in it, it will only receive bug fixes.

Quickstart pack

From Joomla 3.3 release we’ll only provide our template quickstart with Joomla 3.3. Till now we are providing Joomla 2.5 Quickstart pack and we receive numerous request to support latest Joomla build.

Brand new features in Joomla 3.3

Security

The newness in Joomla 3.3 release is particularly focus on improving shield of security; this is why the minimum PHP requirement in Joomla 3.3 has been raised to PHP 5.3.10, which provides Two-Factor Authentication, improved Bcrypt password hashing and Remember Me area, many of critical vulnerabilities fixed. Thus Joomla security has been more powerful and strong owing to this improvement.

Fully jQuery

MooTools Javascript library has been associated with Joomla CMS since its birth. Because of technical enhancement, all back-end and front-end scripts (almost 25 script elements) will be making the jump to jQuery. The migration of script will help to lessen the size of Joomla website by loading JQuery, used by many of Joomla extensions. This migration also avoids duplication of Js libraries and resolve conflicts between MooTools and JQuery. Cloud Storage APIs The integration of Cloud Storage APIs in Joomla has opened a new door supporting for cloud storage providers such as Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google, Rackspace

SEO

Joomla! 3.3 release has added marvelous SEO capabilities to Joomla. The microdata will permit to identify the article’s author, add microdata info to breadcrumb links, get the rich snippets to bring forth your content for reviews, ratings, etc, so that Search engines can index this additional data and then provide better results for your visitors and better understand the information you provide them with.

Front-end editing

Editing front-end is pretty often task , to make changes in front-end of Joomla, developers have to jump between front-end and back-end frequently. Now in Joomla 3.3. Module editing right from front-end becomes much easier for developers without digging into the back-end. There is no need to access admin panel, this helps to save much time and easily edit stuff immediately on the front page

ThemeXpert Q1 Report and Future Plan

ThemeXpert Q1 Report and Future Plan

2014 is amazing start for us here at ThemeXpert. We moved to a new office and started a new journey with more team member. Our first quarter goal was to settle down and improve our product quality. We’ve been working hard since then to craft the best template and extension we possibly could make. As a result several extension has been rewritten from scratch and some are on queue.

New Office and Team Member

We moved 1500sqft office and its quite spacious for us to perform our daily tasks. We created a mini gym for our team member and ensured healthy working environment. With new office 3 new member joined our team and we are really happy have in on board.

New Documentation

We've rewritten the documentation and created knowledge base from ground up. We are hoping to publish them with our new site, more details below.

Support improvement

We shut down all distracting support channel and this really help us to focus only one channel for support. Forum is now our central place for support and we are really proud of our after sale support now. If you head over to our forum you'll see most of the issue has been resolved and others are taken care off.

New Video Tutorial Series

Educating our client is also part of our service and we started a new video series for you and rest of the world. We started with Joomla 101 series where we'll cover each and every aspect of Joomla CMS. Then we'll start adding video tutorial of our products. You can subscribe our YouTube channel for updates.

Xpert Content Module

We've rewritten the Xpert Contents module from scratch and released a more stable version with our new template MetroNews. Please read this blog post to know more about the module.

Xpert Gallery module

Till now Xpert Gallery module was part of our template club membership. We decided to make it available for FREE and also rewritten it from ground up. A more details blog post is coming for this.

Scrollbar Plugin

One of our team member comes up with an idea to change the scrollbar style of news template MetroNews and Scrollbar plugin is born. It based on NiceScroll javascript plugin and comes with lot of backend configuration.

Regular Template release

We maintain our regular template release despite all the craziness. We released 3 template for Ecommerce, Business and News/Magazine. Head over to our template collection and join our boat of awesomeness.

ThemeXpert new design

In June 2013 we redesigned our site and since then we brainstorm a lot of design tweak. Finally we settle down to a simple flat design for our site. we'll roll out our new design over few weeks. You will see new design implemented on April.

Future Plan

Service

We frequently receive a lot of request for customization and new job offer so we decided to available our service. You can hire us for any service like template customization, creating a unique template from scratch, branding etc. We'll share more details on our upcoming blog post.

24/7 Chat Support

We are preparing our resources to serve you 24/7. Nothing can bet a chat service and we know you are always in hurry. We are in process to hire new support agent and train them up. We are hoping to available this service in 2nd quarter of 2014. Some

Awesome template

Our newly hired designer is busy creating some brand new awesome template to blow your mind. We hope we can satisfy your desire with our upcoming templates.

Some New extensions

We are really thrilled to implement some ideas as extension and make them free! We’ve some good idea in mind to developed and our 2nd quarter goal is to develop and release them.

Xpert Contents - Displaying Joomla Contents Has Never Been Easier!

Xpert Contents - Displaying Joomla Contents Has Never Been Easier!

Today we are very pleased to serve Xpert Content module which is freshly baked from oven. First debute of Xpert Contents was very successful and we decided to build it from scratch with more functionality and ease in mind. with this philosophy in mind 'Build for novice and customize for pro’ we rebuild the extension again with visually appealing admin panel. This time Xpert Contents is completely javascript free and fully css driven, ohhh actually css3 :)

New Layout

Xpert Contents has been developed bearing in mind to provide you unique and smart experience ever. Its new visual layout selector will give you a new experience on joomla module interface. Displaying Joomla, K2 and EasyBlog article has never been easier.

 

Fully Css Driven

We removed all dependencies of javascript and leverage full power of CSS3 means no js conflict with other 3pd extensions.

More Stable

With stability in mind we didn't release just version 2.0. We take it to step further with more fixes and released v2.3.

Completely Free

Free means freedom and XpertContents is absolutely free like it was. It license under GNU/GPL3 means you can do almost anything you want. Feel free to play with it and give us feedback. 

We've created a video to demonstrate the module functionality, have look 

  Demo Download