Joomla! Day Malaysia 2011, which has been held on 25th June 2011, was a great success. We have a great line up of speakers, a great venue (Petronas Twin Tower!), awesome sponsors and wonderful attendees.
As the organizer of this event, we would like to thank our Premium, Community and Media sponsors who have made this event a reality, the volunteers that help through the day, our marvelous speakers and other who directly or indirectly contribute to the success of this event.
Here are the link to some news, picture gallery and report on Joomla! Day Malaysia 2011:
We have just released JomSocial 2.2.3 Beta 3 which is compatible with Joomla! 1.7 Beta. There are various bugfixes and feature enhancements packed into this release. If you are an active customer and would like to try this out, head over to our release thread.
List of bugfixes and feature enhancements available after the jump.
I was was recently contacted by a developer who wanted some help hacking JomSocial core code. Within JomSocial privacy setting page, he wanted to add some of his own form elements, which would affect some privacy setting of his application.
What? hacking JomSocial core files ? NOOOOO! Really, you don't have to do that bro! Let me show you easy way to extend any JomSocial form with your own content, all from within a plugin.
During the Memorial Day Weekend, we did a giveaway for those who subscribe during this period. And the winners are... (drum roll)
Each of them will receive 6 months of SookaChat that worth $60. If you are one of the winners, you will receive an email containing the instruction get the free subscription. Thank you for those who participate and don't forget to subscribe to get latest info and promotion.
The year 2011 has definitely been a good year for our friends at JPeople! May 2011 marked their 1st birthday celebrated by their growth of nearly 7,000 members, 1604 photos, 443 videos, 513 Groups and 57 categories and still counting! JPeople is the place for Joomla! community to meet, share and enrich their Joomla! experience. We at JomSocial are pleased to wish them happy birthday and happy growing!
We actually feel really proud to be part of the project. As developer for the social network component that power the JPeople site, nothing gets us more excited than to see it bringing Joomla! community closer together. We really want to see Joomla! community to have the most amazing time in any Open Source project in the world! Having said that, software plays only a small part. Great work by the site admins and your participation bring this site alive.
If you haven’t done so, check out the JPeople site and join them at http://people.joomla.org/ and be part of the awesome movement happening right now!
We are having a giveaway on the countdown to Memorial Day this Monday. Starting from today, we will be giving away four 6-month SookaChat subscriptions for free, one for each day for our new JomSocial subscribers.
Each day, we will draw the lucky subscribers from the same pool. So, if you subscribe today, your email will be drawn four times.
Lucky winners will be announced on this blog at the end of this giveaway. We will also send notification emails. So don't wait, get to the footer of any page on JomSocial.com and subscribe by filling up the easy form.
Social media plays an important part for online community today. Here we will present to you a collection of tutorials to help you create your very own Facebook clone on your website.
Yes, you heard it right! JomSocial won the "Best Joomla! App for Social Networking" award at the CMS Expo 2011 for the second time. Some of you may have heard about the news from our tweet, and today we would like to celebrate it together with our valued customers with a little surprise.
We are humbly honored and at the same time astounded to receive the award for the second consecutive year. This award tells us that we have to work harder to make JomSocial better and more valuable for our customers. More importantly, it shows that all of JomSocial customers are getting the best extension to build their online community.
In celebration of Mother's Day, we have two exciting news to share with you.
First, we have partnered up with OStraining to give you more value when you purchase any edition JomSocial, the best tool to create social networking sites.
To help you to maximize your purchase, you will get 2 Months Joomla Training from OStraining worth $47 for a copy of JomSocial. OStraining's package is a suite of professionally created videos and tutorials that provides you step-by-step walk through on how to build wonderful Joomla websites. You will be able to learn at your own pace, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
On top of that, you will also get 1 license of OSToolbar that worth $49. It is a revolutionary new extension that places video tutorials throughout your Joomla administrator area. OSToolbar makes sure that you will always have the very best Joomla training and support, exactly where and when you need it.
It's the time for CMS Expo again! This year CMS Expo will be hosted at the Hilton Orrington Hotel, in Evanston, Illinois from May 2nd to May 4th, 2011.
2011 CMS Expo will feature over eighty information-packed CMS training sessions. Created for Web Designers, Developers and Businesspeople, CMS Expo is the place to be for the most relevant, timely and actionable information in the fast-growth CMS Sector.
When 2.2 was released a couple of weeks back, quite a few people were shocked to see the wall plugin is no more. Let me assure you that this is a major step forward and is something we should celebrate!
The "wall" has been with us since the first release of JomSocial. With the release of 2.2, we have decided to integrate comment-on-profile, (which is normally the job for the wall plugin) into the stream itself. So, instead of having a separate section for those messages, it now flows nicely into your personal social stream. As an added bonus, it now gains the new 'like' and 'comment' feature from the stream.
This is just the beginning. We really want to make friend-to-friend interaction more fluid and fun. If you guys have a fresh new idea, drop it at our uservoice page at http://uservoice.jomsocial.com . At the mean time, noticed that we have upgraded jomsocial.com itself to the latest 2.2 build. Go ahead and play around with it.
By being a JomSocial customer you will unlock a bunch of partners promotions. Currently, we have up to $60-off discount code from RocketTheme, Joomlart, JoomlaXi, corePHP, JoomPlace and TechJoomla. Today, we would like to introduce yet another perk that will help you to get the most value out of JomSocial purchase.
With a valid JomSocial account, you will get free JomSocial installation service when you subscribe for a new hosting package from our hosting partners. Currently, there are three hosting partners that you can choose from: Coolhandle, JoomByte and JoomlaWebHosting.ca.
JomSocial is an excellent system to create a successful online community. I'm pretty sure most of you will agree with me on that. This blog post is not about the excellence of the JomSocial system, it's about tracking the use of your online community in Google Analytics.
Why should you track your JomSocial website?
Sure, your JomSocial community is very easy on the eyes and you may have lots of active users, but how effective is your site? How many registered users did you add to your community last month? And how did they find your website? Getting answers to these questions give you an excellent startingpoint to improve you website and get a better understanding of your users.
We are excited to announce that the most anticipated JomSocial 2.2 Nueve has been released. This is the ninth major release for JomSocial, hence we named it Nueve(Spanish for nine).
So what's the biggest thing in 2.2? No doubt it's Joomla 1.6 compatibility. Many of our users have been waiting to pair up the best social networking tool with Joomla 1.6. We are glad to report that you can now deploy JomSocial 2.2 on Joomla 1.6 without any problem!
JomSocial has always room to expand. This time, we have three new experienced members to join our team. In total, we have 26 people, both part timers working around the clock and full time team members working in the office. We would like to welcome Izuddin (front end developer), Fuqaha (customer support/customer experience specialist) and Amer (web developer). Each of them will be paired with an older member of the JomSocial team to get them started on the project.
PS: We are currently working late tonight to get ready for the release of JomSocial 2.2. So, stay tuned for that!
Times are getting more and more exciting for us. JomSocial expand its wings and are adding more people to the team. It's official! JomSocial has finally registered itself in the USA. We have now an address in the USA, and soon will set up an operation there. Our address in the USA is:
990 Linden Dr Ste 203,
Santa Clara, CA 95050 USA.
We are currently looking for sales & billings candidate to join our team. Also, we need a technical support candidate to be able to help our customers for support during the US Pacific Time. We are flexible with the working location, so we do accept candidates who wish to work remotely from home. Candidates for our support team must be fluent in PHP and have experience in Joomla.
So, if you are interested in this post, do email email@example.com. Do send me your resume and elaborate on your PHP and Joomla experience.
It has been a while since I wrote a blog here because I was quite tied up with the development and support. When I initially joined the company, it was a pretty small development firm back in 2007. Slowly, it grew into a large team consisting of over 20 people. I am really happy to see such progress and looking at the growth of JomSocial since it's initial birth really gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I have seen the ups and downs of the software but I must say that you guys are super amazing and wonderful customers! Never have I seen such great spirit, really!
Just like every plot, there is a happy ending to it. I am sad to say that I will be moving on and will be leaving the ever so wonderful team of JomSocial and Sookachat :(
This will be my final blog entry contributed in JomSocial's journal and I am very grateful to know and meet every single one of you. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone if there are mistakes done on my end, or if I may have caused any dissatisfaction whilst I was here.
I guess some of you might be confused on how the development path might go on, not to worry of course, ROME wasn't built in a day and of course it isn't built by a single person. There are a huge number of great developers , moderators which will still be serving you, Jewei , Fazli , Neil , fuqaha , Lars , Brandon , John Gybels , Kai , Dimas , Johnny and so many others. They will still be regularly attending to your issues and I am very sure that they will perform their duty spectacularly!
To all customers, Thank you once again for all your great support and keep the spirit burning!
To the entire JomSocial team, Thank you very much for your great hospitality here!
All the best in pursuing all your social networking needs with JomSocial!
I am very excited to announce the new availability of JomSocial 2.2 RC1 which will also mark the end of the beta testing. I understand many customers are waiting patiently for Joomla 1.6 compatibility and we've worked very hard towards this for the new release. As updated on our development twitter account, http://twitter.com/jomsocialdev, the number of commits for 2.2 release was 3,000, more than double the commits for 1.8 and 2.0.
It is almost impossible to have all new updates for JomSocial 2.2 tested in all different environments. The RC release will ensure that all new updates are stable and that you will enjoy smooth experience with JomSocial 2.2. Once all errors are eliminated, we will then gear towards a final release.
Are you guys ready for another Joomla! Day? I hope you are because we are preparing to attend Joomla! Day India 2011 in Pune. A few of us will be there throughout Joomla Day from 12-13 March 2011. Let's see what we have for the attendees:
1. Lanyard by JomSocial designers
Get a splash of creativity from the same team of designers who brought you JomSocial. Want to sneak peek? Here's the design:
2. T-shirt giveaway.
We have several JomSocial T-Shirt to giveaway and it's really a cool shirt. We have the design ready but we will put it under cover until we arrive in Pune.
Here’s something I would like to share with our partners and affiliates or even potential affiliates. As you would have already known by now that our affiliate program pays 20% commission for each sale you refer. One thing you might not know is that we also have a tiered commission structure where affiliates can earn up to 35% in commission for referring more than $5,000 sales per month!
Our affiliate program has been very successful thus far and we intend to improve on it even more. We made slight changes to our affiliate program to provide affiliates with much more benefits for promoting us. Affiliates will still be credited with the sale after directing a user to our site who buys the trial version and subsequently decides to continue after the 30 days.