Frontpage Slideshow v3.11 is released today addressing an issue related to image selection with K2 items as slide source.
Today we're issuing updates on all our Joomla template Quickstart Packages to support the latest Joomla 3.8.11 release. The updates cover all our commercial as well as our 2 free Joomla templates (Takai & nuModusVersus - which by the way have reached 150,000 downloads).
Additionally, all demo sites have been updated as well.
You know what they say about good wine - it takes time to mature. Although we've been providing responsive layouts through our helpdesk system to customers for some time now, it took a little longer for us to decide andbundle them with the default slideshow templates as in most cases, customers were creating their own unique (& responsive) styles, exactly because Frontpage Slideshow is probably one of the easiest slideshow systems to style (pure CSS goodness).
It's highly recommended that you update Simple Image Gallery to v3.6.0.
It's highly recommended that you update Simple Image Gallery to v3.5.0, especially if your Joomla site is running on PHP 7.
It's highly recommended that you update AllVideos to v4.8.0, especially if your Joomla site is running on PHP 7 and/or using HTTPS by default.
In these 10 years we have managed to create some of the most respected and of course popular extensions in the Joomla community. Extensions like K2, AllVideos, Simple Image Gallery (Free and Pro) or Tabs & Sliders, all with more than one million downloads each. At the same time, we have developed more than 30 extensions for Joomla (both free and commercial), all with a combined download count of nearly 8 million.
As we progress into the future, building new & more complex products, while embracing new platforms (WordPress in particular), we must be laser focused on the products that matter most to our vision. And our vision is to offer solid, cross-platform products with a long lifespan, that redefine how we develop websites with Joomla and eventually WordPress. That way you can invest in them and know that they will be supported and improved continuously.
So as we move towards more such complex products, we (unfortunately) have to cut down on the resources we spend on extensions that are less important to us, as we really don't wish to become "Jack of all trades, master of none".
Our goal is to maintain a portfolio of less than 10 products for Joomla and (eventually) WordPress. Less products means we can be more agile when it comes to developing new features in the future.
K2 is built as a solid component and we don't plan on releasing updates every couple of weeks. To give you an idea of how solid K2 is, the previous version (2.6.9) was released in December 2014 and it was 100% compatible with Joomla 3.4.x up until the launch of K2 v2.7.0. A slower release cycle means we are more careful when we issue updates to K2 and this is something we believe firmly.
That being said, if we want to properly support third party extension integration with K2, it's best to decouple any such functionality. It's what we did since the inception of K2 in 2009 when we decided to keep the advanced media and image gallery functionalities completely separate in the form of AllVideos and Simple Image Gallery Pro.
After so many years, one thing has also proved certain: the continuous support of sh404SEF from Anything Digital and recently from Weeblr (founded by sh404SEF's original developer, Yannick Gaultier). sh404SEF is one of the most popular extensions in the Joomla community and it's arguably the best SEO related extension for Joomla.
So seeing sh404SEF continuously being updated and improved, we decided to decouple it from K2 in order to follow such changes in sh404SEF's development. As a bonus we also added community requested features for even better URL manipulation and finally we made sure the plugin supports both K2 versions 2.x and the upcoming 3.x. That's one codebase to maintain and from now on it will fall to faster updates, following closely the development of sh404SEF.
The new "K2 Plugin for sh404SEF" is distributed commercially for two reasons: we can provide dedicated/personal support and it's a way to give back to the K2 project.
"K2 Plugin for sh404SEF" is now available to purchase in 6 and 12 month subscriptions, starting from 14.90 EUR.
A plugin for supporting K2 in sh404SEF.
Use the plugin to configure K2 URLs when using sh404SEF in a multitude of options.
Unlike the previous built-in implementation for sh404SEF, this new plugin provides new URL manipulation options and it has dual compatibility with K2 versions 2.7.0+ as well as the upcoming K2 version 3.
The plugin has been successfully tested with sh404SEF versions 4.6.x in Joomla 2.5 and 3.x.
- K2 v2.7.0 or newer
- sh404SEF v4.6.x or newer
- Joomla 2.5 or 3.x
- Make sure you meet the requirements above and that K2 and sh404SEF are already present on your Joomla installation.
- Upload the latest version of the plugin on your Joomla site.
- Locate the plugin under the "sh404SEF ext plugins" group in the Joomla Plugin Manager.
- Click the plugin name to edit its settings - most options are pretty self explanatory.
- Make sure the plugin is enabled and hit "Save & Close" after you adjust settings as you see fit.
- Clean your sh404SEF URLs cache.
- Clean Joomla's cache if it's enabled.
- K2 URLs should now be optimized by sh404SEF.