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Xpert Tweets 1.2 Released! Now Support Twitter API-1.1

Xpert Tweets 1.2 Released! Now Support Twitter API-1.1

I know I know we are late to the party but its well worth it. If you see our product update page you will notice we released this update on Sunday! Yes, we are working over the weekend to make sure everything is updated.

Today I'm glad to announce the immediate availability of Xpert Tweets module v1.2 which support Twitter API 1.1. We re-written the module from the ground up and tweaks is speed. We have written an extensive documentation for this module.

This module is FREE as always. So grab a copy and give it a spin.

Xpert Tweets Page 

Introducing ThemeXpert Showcase - Time to Show-off

Introducing ThemeXpert Showcase - Time to Show-off

Update : Showcasing service is not available now.

Today we are happy and proud to introduce our brand new Showcase. ThemeXpert Showcase is the place to present your works which is based on our theme or Expose Framework. We intend to have a home for our themes customizations and modifications made by our members and as a result of what Showcase has come.

 Let me tell you some advantages to list your work in our showcase. First and foremost, your site gets backlink from a high PR-6 site. Which means Google will give more importance to your site and once our rank improved your importance will be higher. This is the most important SEO technique for any site exists.

Secondly, our traffic is really high so you will get a chunk of visitor from our site, if your site really stand outside the crowd. As much traffic you get as fast Google index your site.

Finally, you are showing your work to the world which may lead to get more potential clients or customers.

So why late? It’s time to reveal what you’ve done with the help of your idea by the power of our products.

Welcome to new ThemeXpert powered by Expose Framework!

Welcome to new ThemeXpert powered by Expose Framework!

After several months of hard work we are proud to launch our new site, wowhoo! If you follow our blog then you may know we've announced to launch our new site on last year announcement. As a small team its hard to keep maintain the release schedule and redesigning work as its tons of work believe me.

Finally we made it! and we are really excited about our new site. Here is couple of excited things we’ve made from ground up.

 

Branding

We are now with a new vivid and colorful logo which reflect our passion and what we really want to be. We’ve been following a philosophy since the beginning ‘Excellence is pixel’ and the new logo reflect it well.

More usable and fast site

The main goal was for the redesign is to make the site more usable and fast. We’ve also re-engineered the flow of content and navigation menus hopefully getting you to what you are looking for quicker and allowing for an easier checkout. All of our pages are now newly colored and coated noteworthy pages include:

Most awaited support forum

Since our site hack we took down our forum and promised to bring a new powerful one. Instead of going for a typical forum system we decided to make it like question answer approach. The problem with the typical forum is, topic can easily floated and really difficult to find the right answer. Now you can vote for a reply and mark answer as solved so others can easily find the right answer. Instead of too many categories we simplified it with some main category and using tag based architecture.

New pricing and licensing

We announced it earlier that in order to provide better support and improve quality of our products we are going to increase our membership price a little bit. Also from now there is no domain restriction, you can use our products in as many as domain you want. But we are going to impose restriction in support, we will provide support for those number of domains which belongs to your membership type. For getting a better overview please go to the pricing page.

What will happen to the Classic members? Well, Classic subscribers can still use our site and download the Premium templates/extension. We are not allowing any new subscription only.

Extensive documentation

From the beginning there is lack of documentation. This time we were much attentive to this issue and result is very subsidiary for our members. Now whenever a problem will arise documentation is always there to assist with its vast content. We introduced tutorial & Joomla A-Z section to provide support for general queries. We put a lot of effort in our new documentation and it’s completely rewritten and restructured.

Summary

Now it’s time for you to taste and make your opinion about our new site. We appreciate any feedback on how we can improve it more. If you find any bugs please don't hesitate to tell us so we can fix them.

We are giving 15% discount for the new launch, valid till 13th June 2013. Just use 'NEWTHEMEXPERT15' as your coupon code on checkout

[Preview] Matheno - Education template with discount!

Since we released our first education template Finnix we got a lot of positive feedback from our customers. We found the growing of download counter of Finnix which motivated us to make another education template for Joomla!. Today we are proud to present a sneak peek of our upcoming

template name "Matheno". In this template we are going to introduce some cool new features such as:

  • Social Widgets
  • Full screen slideshow
  • Fancy menu
  • Many more..

Full Preview

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If you are not already our member, subscribe now with a 20% discount, valid until 22th June, 2012. Just use MATHENO20 as your coupon code during checkout.

Expose v4.1 - Brand new configurator and performance tuning

Expose v4.1 - Brand new configurator and performance tuning

Expose Framework the engine empowering our themes got a major update which deserved a blog post to highlight new features and updates.

Configurator options and versioning

From now you can save your template settings and rollback to any previous settings on the FLY. After installing the new template and framework you will notice a new white button on the toolbar and a beautiful popup will come after clicking it.

This feature comes really handy when you want to test couple of style and font settings and rollback to previous one without remembering the previous one. Also you can copy the settings file which save as .json format in your templates/configs folder and use it to other Expose powered site!

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Performance boost up

Performance is common concern for a framework and we are not exception of that. We have gone through our code again and we found some scope to improve the performance. We've tuned the widget architecture and really amazed about the performance improvement!
Here is the result of first loading Expose Base template:
First load (Before) : ~2.66 seconds
First load (after improvement) : ~0.15 seconds

Well that doesn't mean your website will load under 1 second. We've tested this on Expose base template which is pretty simple at this point and the benchmark is based on the execution of the template by calculating start and end time.

Fully translatable admin panel

Expose admin panel is fully generated by Javascript (read jQuery) and there was some problem translating the admin panel. In this release we fixed the issue and now Expose admin is fully translatable. We've got some translation also and we'll include it with our next release.

Other fixes

We've also fixed some Joomla 3.1 issues for jquery loading in admin template as well. We've tested new features of Expose extensively. If you found any issue please report to our issue tracker and we'll fix them asap.

Update and implementation

We've already started to update our template and quickstart package with new version of Expose framework. If you have modified the template heavily you have to do this :
1. Download and install the framework.
2. Open templateDetails.xml file from template and add this line (highlighted in yellow) and make sure you've followed the sequence.

You can compare the changes and download it from Expose main page

jBar The Joomla Toolbar Getting Awesome Everyday!

Its been around 6 month we released our own jBar - Joomla! toolbar extension and we received a lot of positive feedbacks and suggestions. As always we've listened all the suggestions and bug reports through Twitter, Facebook and Emails and fix those bugs as soon as it reported.

 

We are a small team and its not always possible for us to add new features frequently in FREE product as Premium Joomla Templates & Extensions is our first priority.

Today I'm proud to announce that we've introduced some cool new features into jBar 1.4 which deserved a blog post.

Menu based loading

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Now you can load jBar on only home page or specific page you want. This is the most requested features we've heard from Social Media and Emails. Still you can load jBar site wide or limited it by providing menu item id.

Enable/Disable for Mobile devices

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As a hardcore smartphone user i know how much bothering is to see a popup or toolbar on a small screen. I just leave immediately from the site and i guess there is a lot of user like me around the globe. So we decided to give a option which will disable loading jBar on mobile screens.

Joomla3 fix

Color chooser problem in Joomla3 is also fixed with some admin style adjustment.

We do not asking your money, jBar is a FREE plugin and if you found it useful, please post a rating and a review at the Joomla! Extensions Directory which will encourage us to make more good FREE extensions for Joomla.

Readmore about jBar

[Preview] Delicious - Restaurant e-commerce template

I'd love to show you what we are cooking right now in our lab. Its a 'Delicious' responsive Joomla! template best fits for bar, restaurant, coffee shop, as well as, pizzeria websites. If you want to make your cookbook and review site, 'Delicious' would be your choice because of special K2 templates. Its worth to mention that we are using our own bootstrapped Virtuemart template which we used in our previous Vibration ecommerce joomla template.

 

Delicious Full Preview

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Delicious is our March 2013 template and demo preview will available when release.

Build An Extreme Community with Jomsocial and Extreme

Build An Extreme Community with Jomsocial and Extreme

View Live Demo Purchase Theme

Happy New Year! we kick it off with our first 2013 Joomla Template. As i said in my previous post that, we'll release a major template first week of every month but before going live we upgrade our server for better performance and speed. I apology for the late release which we were not anticipated.

Designed by Shahnewaz Al Maruf and he put an extreme effort to make such design. You will notice he didn't leave any single pixel out of touch and care.

 

5 Different Preset Styles

Along with the preset styles Extreme comes witha powerful style manager which enable the style customization out of the box from template admin panel. With the power of LESS CSS you can easily customize full look and feel of the website.

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Extensive Styling Of Extensions

We've utilize all our popular extension in this template such as Xpert Scroller, Xpert Tabs, Xpert Slider and up coming Xpert Gallery Module

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Support for Jomsocial

As you've come to expect that template is to made for community site, Extreme comes out of the box integration with Jomsocial 2.8.x.

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View Live Demo Purchase Theme

Theme Discount

Grab this theme with a 15% discount coupon, valid until 24th January, 2013. Just use EXTREME15 as your coupon code on checkout.

Jomsocial 25% Discount Offer

Jomsocial is giving 25% discount on there JomSocial Pro. Valid until 14th of Feb 2013. Use coupon JSXpertXtreme while checkout. Visit Jomsocial Website

The State of ThemeXpert

2012 the year, start with sorrow and end with joy! Yes, this is the year we started with some pain and it affect our release schedule but we pick the train and released 2 templates per month to fill the gap. We've learned a lot of things, improved quality of our products and expanded our team.

We are about to enter in 2013 and we are preparing for a fresh start based on the lesson we've learned from past few years. We've set our product line up and some cool new product is coming this year! We've partnered with some Industry leaders to bring some good quality product for our clients ( i'm not allowed to disclose it now ).

 

Statistics


Everyone love statistics right? we also love it because it allow us to analys how we are doing and what to improve. Here are some statistics:

 

Template released: 16. Almost 1.33 template per month among them 2 are FREE.

Extensions: 7 brand new extensions and some are still in incubator and we are doing rapid testing.

Expose Framework: Expose 3 and 4 released on same year with adoption of new technology and responsive madness.

Extension Framework: We developed an extension framework for our internal need and most of our extension has already ported to it. It boost up our development 2x and maintenance is HELL easier then before.

Upcoming changes


Brand new ThemeXpert

We are working on a brand new ThemeXpert site. Its been 2 years since we redesigned and current site served us well. Technology is evolving so fast and we should keep ourself on track, also we love to eat our own dog food. I'm really excited to make our site based on Expose Framework!

If you have installed our latest version of our extensions and templates you might have seen a new logo on the installer! YES, we redesigned it too :) We are hoping to launch our new site middle of January or end of it. In my upcoming post about redesign i'll describe what we have used and what is new.

Pricing

Its been 2 years we didn't changed our price and we think this is the right time to increase the price a bit. As you know everything is getting costly day by day and we are expanding our team to provide better support which cost more. So here is the latest price structure which will be applied with our new site:

Basic : $49

Standard : $69

Classic : $99

Pro : $199

Template release schedule

From 2013 we'll try our best to release a new template first week of every month. We adopted the philosophy 'Quality over quantity' so we'll release 1 major template each month. There is some exceptions and we may release a FREE or Bonus template which will be released 3rd week of the month.

New support system and policy

We can't think about a product without support and to give a better consistent support to our paid client we decided to shut down the FREE support for our free products. However all documentations and forum thread can be accessible so you can easily fix your problem reading the doc or listening to others.

We moved from traditional forum system to Question Answer based system like StackOverflow. So it will be very easy to find the right answer of a question.

Lesson we learned


You might have known that we get hacked this September and we learned how to survive and secure the website. We migrated a more secured web host and implemented some strict security measures.

Also we learned that, instead of having too many site for different service 1 site can do a lot better. Like we have separate site for Documentation and Forum on same server. If any of them get compromised our main site get affected too. So in our upcoming change section i'll describe what we are going to do.

I wish everyone a very Happy new year!
Thanks,
Parvez Akther
Head of Ideas