We've always put user friendlyness and ease of use above all when building our extensions. At least up to what's possible for any type of extension. Simple Image Gallery Pro was great (and still is) as a plugin that allows you to zip a bunch of files and quickly transform them to an image gallery grid. It's no wonder why the free version is one of the most popular extensions in the Joomla! Extensions Directory for many years now. People hate to use tools that take more time to deal with than the actual content they're producing. If it takes you more time to upload a gallery than shooting the actual pictures, then there's a problem. And unfortunately, many gallery components in the Joomla!sphere simply fail to deliver what they promise.
It's part of our "masterplan" to redefine what we consider basic functionality for any Joomla! site. It started with K2 and now it's moving deeper into more specialized areas. SocialConnect is an extension that -as with all things made by JoomlaWorks- came out from a real need. And it was tested extensively for more than a year on the K2 Community, before being publicly released.
When we choose to have VPS servers (aka virtual machines or VMs for short) instead of dedicated servers, we usually opt for VMware's free ESXi 5 and install Ubuntu Server as the OS for the VPSs we create on top of ESXi 5. It may not be as friendly as some VPS providers like Amazon, Rackspace etc. but you got more control and it's on YOUR hardware (pretty important actually!)...
Now, when you build a VPS on VMware, you start with say 40GBs of hard disk space. You install the OS, setup the server, move the sites on this new server and you're on. But what happens when there's no more room on the server for your site or sites and you need to add more disk space?
If you got a Mac (or Linux box) the process is quite easy. And here it goes...
I bet you never know those existed. Some are still active, some are dead. Check them out...
And in case you don't know where this all started, check Mambo.
I'm proud for 2 reasons. First of all, K2 is used by one more big company. And it's not just any company. Citrix/Cloud.com are top at what they do. Secondly, it's because Cloud.com just got acquired by Citrix for a whopping $250 million deal.
It's probably the first ever acquisition deal we've ever heard of that magnitude that one way or another involves Joomla! in. And not just that, K2 is at the heart of Cloud.com :)
Check out their site: http://cloud.com