Publisher Status Update

Written by Merav Knafo on . Posted in iJoomla Extensions. 7,163 views

PublisherI wanted to reach out to you and tell you about the progress we’re making with Publisher, our new extension that will be the alternative to iJoomla Magazine and iJoomla News Portal. I know you’ve been waiting for a long time. I know too that some of you have been waiting for Publisher to come out in order to migrate from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5. I understand and sympathize with you. So where do we stand now? It’s close, about 95 percent done. I know… we’ve been saying this for months. All I can add is that when it comes to developing Joomla extensions, or any software for that matter, things can get complicated and unpredictable. Features that you expected to knock out in days get stuck for months. I wish I could predict every bump along the day and was able to give you a better estimate, but sometimes I just can’t. That’s why I wanted to send this email to you today: to keep you in the loop and answer a few questions we’ve been getting. So what’s left do? This is what we’re working on:
  • SEF functionality. This is crucial. Without it, you probably won’t be able to use Publisher on your site. There are quite a few SEF solutions out there and we aim to support the majority of them. We will start with Core SEF, sh404 and SEF advanced.
  • Adding media right inside the HTML editor. This is a new feature that we think will make a huge difference. We were all ready to go but when we tried it on the demo, we realized it was just too cumbersome. Those kind of discoveries can only happen after you actually use the product. The new approach though has proved more difficult than expected and is the main reason for the delay. It is the right move though, and will be worth the extra time.
  • Testing. Once we have completed the SEF and the media additions, we’ll start another round of testing. We want to release Publisher as a beta with a minimal amount of bugs.

Will I have to pay even if I have a Magazine or News Portal license?

Yes. This isn’t an update. It’s a brand new product that has taken us over a year and a half to develop. None of our developers are volunteers and development has cost us an enormous amount. As much as we would love to give you all free access, this is not a plausible scenario if we want to stay in business and continue development for the long run. We do however plan to give you a significant discount! So when will Publisher be released? It looks like Publisher will be ready in January once we’ve added and tested the missing features described above. Will Publisher have all the features of iJoomla Magazine/iJoomla News Portal? And so much more! Publishers have been asking me for a while to combine the features of News Portal and Magazine, and that’s exactly what we’ve done — but in a much more elegant way. Publisher is completely tableless and the CSS is optimized and well created. What are some of the new features of Publisher? The main big feature is the ability for authors to submit and manage articles and media on the front end. We also have new media galleries, issues have drag-and-drop layouts, and much, much more. Author cPanel: Author's CPanel Drag and Drop Layouts: Drag and drop layouts Media Galleries Media Galleries Screenshot of one of our demo issues (Guardian style) Demo (Guardian) Is Publisher responsive? At this time Publisher is not responsive but that will be one of our first tasks after it’s stable. Will publisher be ready for Joomla 3.x? Not right away. Most users still use Joomla 2.5 so that’s the version we’ll be supporting. However, once we make Publisher responsive, it will be relatively simple to create a version for Joomla 3.x Will it support k2 and zoo? Yes, both extensions will be fully supported. You will be able to use core Joomla articles, k2 or zoo inside your zones. Can I see a demo? Yes, you can see a demo of Publisher on our demo site

I hope this answers your questions! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask away on the Publisher forum.

Best Regards,

Merav Knafo, CEO, iJoomla.com

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Merav Knafo is the founder and CEO of iJoomla, Inc. She loves writing about Joomla, usability and Social Networking.

Comments (13)

  • Public Tenders

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    Thanks for discuss.There is so much to know about power, our atmosphere, space, shade and providing.

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  • DipalShah

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    glad to know that Publisher is about to complete. while u r product is still under development and testing i would to tell u to add breaking news/trending option in publisher. also if u can make “most popular article” in 2 way 1. over all popularity and 2. category based popularity. i.e. when user click on sports category he/she will find list of popular sports news in sidebar. when category changes list will also change in side bar. if user in main/home page he will see over all popular news from entire site. i have seen this option in any news site. i m sorry i can’t remember that site name. and last but not least i hope there will advertisement option in publisher because without advt. a news portal is as good as useless.

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    • merav

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      @DipalShah Thanks for your feedback, after the Publisher becomes stable, we will start implementing new ideas such as this one.
       
      Publisher doesn’t come with advertising feature, for that we have an entire extension: Ad Agency, more info here:
       
      http://adagency.ijoomla.com/
       
      Publisher will allow you to add banners inside your issues of course, no problem there.

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      • DipalShah

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        @merav  @DipalShah 
         
        Hello Merav,
         
         Can we use publisher for news Agency? as u know news doesn’t provide news free of cost to every one. so can we make membership option in publisher ? so some news will be visible to every one and some news will be available to only paid customer. if u r ans is yes then good but if u r ans is no then can u tell me is there n e membership plugin extension which we can integrate with publisher ?

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      • DipalShah

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        @merav 
         
        Can we use publisher for news Agency? as u know News Agency doesn’t provide news free of cost to every one. so can we make membership option in publisher ? so some news will be visible to every one and some news will be available to only paid customer. if u r ans is yes then good but if u r ans is no then can u tell me is there n e membership plugin extension which we can integrate with publisher ?

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  • AlexBarnette

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    How’s it going guys? Any updates? We are holding patiently.

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    • merav

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      @AlexBarnette We have about 50 minor bugs. At rate of around 10 bugs/day, we should have a beta next week or the next, unless we find new bugs.

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      • AlexBarnette

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        @merav  @AlexBarnette That is excellent, I’m sure it’s going to be great.

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        • merav

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          @AlexBarnette Thanks for your support and patience! :-)

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  • bag filters

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    I really like your way of showing the views and discussing the details. It is fantastic to move as opportunity bring new items in life, makes way for progression, etc. But it is well known to everyone that going to new place with large of products is not simple to move or move from one position to other position because I have knowledgeable about that and I face the problem like that.

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  • Malchow

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    Anything new about then Publisher will be released?

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