As you may have noticed the past few weeks, we have unpublished the product pages for K2mart and SuperBlogger. As it occurs with every other product or technology, there is a time when we have to say goodbye, either because a new better product or technology fulfills our needs or simply because it's not required anymore.
When K2mart was first released, it introduced a very interesting concept in how we further extend or bridge Joomla extensions. Put simply, it made Virtuemart e-shops look and function a lot better when it came to the product catalog. But as the years have passed, we've seen that Virtuemart's popularity has significantly declined (just look at this graph from Google Trends) and furthermore, we devote way more time patching bugs caused by constant changes introduced in Virtuemart's codebase, than working on actual features. It's just not worth it anymore. And now's the perfect timing: now that VM is going to version 3 and we know most eshops will probably break trying to upgrade from v2 to v3, it's the best time to simply stop supporting K2mart altogether. To be honest, we never had high hopes for K2mart. It was our pet project, but it was very well executed. And it brought new concepts into K2 which you will see in the coming version 3. We thank our 3,000 customers who built 3,000 K2mart "bridged" (as I like to call it) VM eshops. They are probably the most well designed VM shops ever to have been built (thanks to K2 of course).
We will of course honor the remaining subscriptions purchased for as long as they last and specifically provide patches and other fixes in Virtuemart v2. As a sidenote, I'd like to say that the new K2 version 3 released soon has integrated lots of programming concepts from K2mart and thus a true eCommerce solution based on K2 alone is on our roadmap for the coming years (perhaps as part of our K2 Pro initiative).
We're also bidding adieu to SuperBlogger, a small (but pioneering) content plugin which was released back in 2008. SuperBlogger was released for Joomla 1.5 and integrated the hot Disqus commenting service as well as (then and now) popular social services into a single plugin, which could extend any Joomla website. And because it was the first plugin to introduct the MVC templating pattern for plugins in Joomla (still not possible by default) it could easily transform a typical boring blog section in Joomla into a WordPress-like equivalent. A well known network of tech blogs run entirely on SuperBlogger for as long as they were based on Joomla and it was amazing to see that coming out of a fun little project of mine. SuperBlogger sold around 4,000 subscriptions and it put a sock into WP fanboys' mouths at the time. SuperBlogger was partly the basis for some features in K2 when originally launched. But of course K2 is a much more than that already. It has redefined content management in Joomla and it's growing strong every year.
As with K2mart, we will honor any remaining subscriptions for SuperBlogger and provide support until they expire. The documentation pages will remain online.
We thank the people who bought and supported and used these 2 extensions all these years.
The future is now ahead and it's written with two letters: K2 ;)
A common pitfall you might have run into is publishing or hiding modules in views that do not use a specific menu item. In this blog post we are shedding some light into K2 search results and how to extend their functionality. We will assign a menu item to the K2 search results so we can have even more control over our modules.
The Joomla team has decided to ditch the Ubuntu style release cycle (a truly WTF decision in the first place) and once and for all end confusion to developers, users, customers and clients from hell.
This means that the current release (3.x) is the current stable release. There is NO need to use Joomla 2.5 anymore. It won't be more stable compared to Joomla 3.x. And when 4.x is released, that will be the new stable release and so on.
An exception will be made for Joomla 2.5 and it will be supported until the end of 2014. Joomla development will then shift entirely to Joomla 3.x.
This is a good thing for everyone. For the Joomla core team (they will deal with one release only at a time), for Joomla extension developers and for Joomla integrators. This means faster release cycles, newer features coming in faster, less bugs, more Joomla users & clients happy. Everybody wins.
I'm assuming some fresh blood in the Joomla core team has finally convinsed the "wise" ones who run Joomla to move on with a better and more sane "strategy". Cause let's face it. Joomla may be far superior in technical terms compared to CMSs like WordPress or Drupal, but it has pushed people away with its weird "update" strategies ever since Joomla 1.6 was released and later on with the dual release maintenance plan (LTS and STS).
If you are a Joomla 2.5 user, make sure your extensions are 3.x compatible and simply upgrade to Joomla 3.x using an extension like CMS Update from akeebabackup.com. If you are an integrator, do the same for your clients. It's a 5 minute job if you got everything right. That's how long it took us to move joomlaworks.net from Joomla 2.5 to the latest 3.x release a couple of months ago (I bet you didn't notice the slightest bit of change...).
As JoomlaWorks, our plan is to end Joomla 1.5 support entirely with the launch of new updates for our commercial and free extensions before the summer. There will be an exception for K2 v2.x only, which we'll support with security updates until 2015. And at the end of 2014, we'll stop supporting Joomla 2.5 entirely in all our extensions. This will allow us to release updates more often and most importantly introduce new features much, much faster!
When you upgrade to Joomla 3.x, why not share it with the Joomla community? Use #sayonaraLTS on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and share your upgrade experience - and if you are an integrator, your client's feedback.
Update: a short FAQ posted on joomla.org with more info
P.S. If you haven't noticed, my (late) new year's resolution is to stop writing Joomla as "Joomla". It's truly difficult for me as Joomla run in my veins since 2005. Let's hope the new "Joomla" marketing team will ditch the exclamation mark once and for all - a new logo wouldn't hurt too ;)
K2 is the most popular content management extension for Joomla. Together they provide a friendly and powerful interface that works great for both experts and beginners who want to customise their website with minimum effort.
In this post we'll take a deeper look in the flexibility provided by K2 when it comes to customisation, either through its multiple sub-template capabilities or through the inheritance options provided in its parameters.
Typography on the web has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years. Gone are the days when you had to choose between a handful of system fonts with sometimes embarrassing results (Yes I’m looking at you Comic Sans) or you had to jump through various hoops to use a non-system font on your website. Thankfully the resources and tools available right now make it easier and safer to make changes to an existing website design or template as long as we bear in mind some common best practices and take advantages of the tools at our disposal. Let’s dive in and examine some of these.