Elegance Mobile Joomla! Template 1.1 Update

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Happy Independence Day to all our U.S. friends! We haven't stopped for the summer and keep on working hard: Let the new updates & improvements keep rolling in! This time we would like to announce that we just released a major update 1.1 to Elegance Mobile Joomla! template! There are enough improvements there that some guys might have released a whole new template, but we have included everything into Elegance - so if you purchased Elegance Mobile Joomla! template earlier, you will get all of these new features for free!

If you haven't got the JQuery Mobile and HTML5 powered Elegance Mobile Joomla! template yet, check out our previous showcase interview and use your phone to visit some of these sites that use Elegance.

Example sites using Elegance Mobile Joomla! template:

Here are some highlights from Elegance Mobile Joomla! template 1.1 update:

jQuery Mobile ThemeRoller Support

Elegance 1.1 has native support for themes generated with ThemeRoller for JQuery Mobile. Now you can easily generate your own color themes and use them on your website with Elegance template.

Major Page Load Speed Up

Mobile websites should be as agile as possible, so we have significantly improved page loading time. Test on Joomla! 2.5 website with demo data and default Mobile Joomla! settings shows 20% improvement for first page load, and 60% for subsequent AJAX-loaded pages.

New Transition Effects

4 new page transition effects are added to Elegance: Flip, Turn, Flow, and Slide Fade.

Improved AJAX Page Navigation

We reworked the AJAX navigation of Elegance to make it faster and more compatible with 3rd party extensions.

!! Important note about Upgrading Elegance from 1.0.x to 1.1 !!

There should be no problem upgrading Elegance 1.0 to 1.1, but we recommend you to backup your current Elegance template, especially if you have made any significant changes to the JS/CSS files. Also note that if you used custom_preload.txt files, you can remove most or all entries from them, because the updated AJAX navigation loads necessary JS/CSS files on the fly.

Oh by the way, tomorrow we will reveal something cool about Mobile Joomla! Pro, stay tuned ;)


Introducing Mobile Joomla! Pro

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 00:00

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to take your mobile web experience to a completely new level: We are proud to introduce...*drum roll*...Mobile Joomla! Pro!

Mobile Joomla! Pro

Mobile Joomla! Pro is packed with great new features for our advanced users and will be launched as soon as next week. To get things even crazier, we decided to throw a big launch party together with our good friends. If you act fast, you will not only be amongst those to put hands on Mobile Joomla! Pro, but also enjoy exclusive benefits from some of the top Joomla! companies. We will reveal more about the very special launch offer shortly - follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the edge!

In the meanwhile, let's take a look at some of the Mobile Joomla! Pro features. In the Pro version we have a great number of features that we know our heavy users will appreciate. We've listened to your feedback and needs, and our vision is clear where to take Mobile Joomla!.

Remote Device Detection

If there's one thing sure about the mobile market, it is that the rapid change won't slow down. Almost every day there are multiple new devices launching in the market, meaning that you need to do constant updates to your device database to make sure new mobile devices are recognized correctly. However, Mobile Joomla! Pro makes your life a lot easier, using our own server based device detection that always has your back - so you will have guaranteed support for all new devices with no more manual device database updates!

Online Device Simulator

Testing mobile websites has always triggered many questions on our forums. We've now implemented a tool that will make it a lot faster and easier to tweak your site - with the mobile device simulators included in the Mobile Joomla! Pro backend you can check how your changes affect your site on the fly!

Mobile Joomla! Pro online device simulator

Tablet/iPad Support

For those who also want to serve a customized template to tablets, we now have the option for you! Trigger the switch and Mobile Joomla! Pro will show iPad and other tablets an optimized website instead of your standard desktop site.

Mobile Joomla! Pro iPad

HD/Retina Images

Apple introduced the hi-resolution "Retina" screens to iPhone and iPad - now you can use hi-res images with Mobile Joomla! Pro without an extra hassle for the greatest user experience. Mobile Joomla! Pro engine takes into account the real screen resolution, so rescaled images will display with the best quality on the device.

Mobile Joomla! Pro iPad

Backup & Restore Settings

With Mobile Joomla! Pro you can easily backup and restore your Mobile Joomla! Pro settings. Great feature also for admins and web developers who often have to migrate/copy their setup to use on different client projects.

No Support Ads

As you know Mobile Joomla! comes with Support Ads by default at the bottom of each page. In Mobile Joomla! Pro you won't get these ads by default.

Premium Support

As a Mobile Joomla! Pro user you will get access to our premium Pro forum to make sure you get the best help for making your mobile website shine.

Now download Mobile Joomla! and go check out Mobile Joomla! Pro product page for documentation and FAQ. If you have questions we are there to answer all your questions at Presales Forums before you buy Mobile Joomla! Pro.


Kunena 2.0 Mobile Joomla! Support Available

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Kunena Mobile Joomla! extensionGreat news! Kunena Mobile Joomla! extension now also supports Kunena 2.0!

The Kunena team announced today that they have finally officially released the long-awaited 2.0 version which has been over two years in the making. In this version the Kunena team has fixed many issues, added new functionality, and basically reworked the whole structure of the component. Kunena is now more robust than ever before.

Kunena Mobile Joomla! extension has been designed and developed in cooperation with the Kunena core team, and your each purchase will support their development. The extension comes with a full year of priority support, documentation, and continuous improvement. It runs great on iPhone, Android, and lots of others - all HTML5 and CSS3 powered by JQuery Mobile and our Elegance Mobile Joomla! template.

If you have purchased the extension already, you will find the Elegance 1.0.4 package with support for Kunena 2.0 in the downloads area.



Mobile Joomla! 1.1 is released

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 00:00

Your favorite way to mobilize Joomla! has just got better: Mobile Joomla! 1.1 is now available to download! We've fixed various issues and made the installation package three times smaller than before.

The biggest change you will notice with Mobile Joomla! 1.1 is the device detection mechanism selection during installation and upgrade process. As you may know, we have been using open source TeraWURFL database to identify devices. As Mobile Joomla! itself, TerWURFL evolved in time into DB API by Scientia Mobile and licensed under AGPL license. Since Mobile Joomla! is licensed under GPLv2, we wanted to make this as clear as possible for the convenience.

DB API solution comes without any extra cost, courtesy of Scientia mobile. If you decide to use AGPL licensed Scientia Mobile DB API, you will need to read and agree wit the license terms to proceed. If AGPL licensing does not suit your needs or you do not wish to use DB API for another reason, you just can skip this option and our own device detection mechanism will be used by default.

If you have any questions or comments on this issue, please let us know here.

Mobile Joomla! 1.1 improvements and fixes

  • Smaller installation package (0.6Mb instead of 1.9Mb)
  • Improved install process
  • Improved Mobile-Simple detector plugin (this plugin provides basic device detection in the case of any problems with database-based Scientia Mobile and Mobile Joomla! device detection plugins)
  • Fixed issue with styles not being applied correctly in mobile_iphone template
  • A few other minor bug fixes

Midsummer Madness Sale!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 00:00

The summer is getting hotter in the north and we're going crazy! Now you've got a chance to save big by acting quickly before heading off to beach.

Use the code MJMIDSUMMERMDS at checkout to get -40% off of ALL Mobile Joomla! products for today Wednesday June 20th and Thursday 21st!
The same code will give you -30% for Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd, and -15% for Sunday 24th and Monday 25th.

Seize the opportunity - the faster you are the more you save!


Photo by Sami Niemelä


At J and Beyond this weekend, thank you!

Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

We are participating in J and Beyond (or "JaB"), the biggest international Joomla! event taking place this weekend (!) in Germany.

There are 6 keynotes and 75 sessions hosted by over 70 speakers. The event will also host the Joomla Open Source Creative and Artistic Recognition awards (J.O.S.C.A.R.), to recognize the very best talent in the Joomla community.

With your support, Mobile Joomla! has been nominated in the Free Joomla Add-ons category!! The participants of the conference have now chance to vote for the winners. We're humbled and very happy to be among nominees, no matter of the outcome. Thank you all our supporters!

To share the excitement and to thank you for the support, you can get -15% off of all Mobile Joomla! products - JComments and Kunena Mobile Joomla extensions and Elegance Mobile Joomla template - with the code MJJABGPEX15 at checkout! It's valid until May 22. Please share the love!

Finally, even if you couldn't make it to the event, did you know that you can watch the J and Beyond livestream

You can keep on the pulse also by following the Twitter hashtag #jab12.

Have a great weekend!


JComments Mobile Joomla! Extension is Released!

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:00

JComments Mobile Joomla! extensionWham!! Just like that, Mobile Joomla! Extensions Directory now has a new member. We are extremely happy to announce that JComments Mobile Joomla! Extension is now available!

Free your community from their desktops and let them keep interacting on the go - this premium extension will adapt JComments for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and other smartphones. We are proud to offer the JComments Mobile Joomla! Extension in cooperation with the Joomlatune core team.

We have overcome many obstacles and challenges in developing the extension and we are proud of the outcome. As usual, we've spent a great deal of time in designing the user interface and tailored it for the most typical mobile use cases. You can read, write, reply with quote, like, dislike, and view attachments in comments. All is HTML5 and CSS3 powered by JQuery Mobile and our Elegance Mobile Joomla! template.

Highlights and key features:

  • JComments 2.3.x and further
  • Read, write, reply, reply with quote, like and dislike
  • Attachment support for mobile
  • Displays Attachments
  • iPhone App mode for full screen browsing
  • HTML5, CSS3, SEO
  • Joomla! 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 compatible
  • Full compatibility with all Mobile Joomla! Extensions

JComments Mobile Joomla! extensionFor more screenshots, please check out the JComments Mobile Joomla! Extension product page.

The JComments mobile extension comes with a full year of priority support, documentation, and product improvement updates. JComments Mobile Joomla! Extension has been designed in cooperation with the JoomTune core team, and your each purchase will support their development.

If you want to see how the extension looks like, just navigate to www.mobilejoomla.com with your mobile phone and browse to the blog!

We are continuously adding more supported Mobile Joomla! extensions to our directory. If you have a favorite Joomla! extension you would like us to add, or if you are a Joomla! extension or template provider interested in getting robust mobile support in place - send us a note!

Ready? Check JComments Mobile Joomla! Extension now!


Mobile Joomla! Showcase – Sandvikengården Youth Camp of Sweden

Thursday, 03 May 2012 00:00

Martin FrykbergSandvikengården is a camp, youth hostel, and a canoe center located in the middle of the forest by the beautiful Värmeln lake in Sweden. With respectable 80 years of history, they offer fantastic and luxurious environment for holiday where guests can enjoy exploring the beach, garden, and experience the beauty of Western Sweden Värmland.

With 30 canoes, 2 kayaks, private bath, church, and beautiful cottages located next to the lake, Sandvikengården has been on people’s top choice for one stop holiday place in Brunskog, Sweden. They also offer various camp programs such as school, music, fall conference, confirmation camp, etc.

Sandvikengården’s director Martin Frykberg was among the first ones to purchase Elegance Mobile Joomla! Template, so we wanted to have a chat with him to see how his experience has been.

Mobile Joomla! (MJ): Why did you want a mobile website?

Sandvikengården - Mobile Joomla! Template EleganceMartin: Based on our evaluation, we saw that the number of mobile visitors is increasing from day to day. I certainly believe that the number will keep on growing in this mobile era. Also mobile visitors, who are usually young people, are extremely potential target for our business niche. Hence, it was very important for us to build a mobile-friendly website, to make browsing more comfortable for mobile users.

MJ: Why did you select Mobile Joomla! ?

Martin: The primary reasons why we chose Mobile Joomla! are its simplicity, and fast and easy installation. We looked around, and we got some offers from mobile website providers, starting from several hundreds of Euros upwards. So far, we haven’t seen any of them get close to our expectations except Mobile Joomla!

MJ: How has your initial Mobile Joomla! experience been?

Sandvikengården Facebook widget - Mobile Joomla! Template EleganceMartin: Mobile Joomla! is definitely the perfect choice for building mobile website. It’s very simple, and you can quickly start setting up the site after the installation. You can have your mobile site running in an hour or even less! Surely, we can also update, revise or customize our mobile site for better performance. Everything is at your fingertips. I have never imagined that building mobile website would be particularly easy. However, with Mobile Joomla!, the total time for us to develop the mobile side was just two days, during which we did fine-tuning, classified mobile website menu, placed collapsible modules, and reviewed a few other functionalities, which we do not need yet or didn’t work the way we expected.

MJ: Did you encounter any problems, and have you used our customer support forums?

Martin: Yeah, we had some hiccups and installation problems at the start, but all problems were quickly solved. We were really pleased with the Mobile Joomla! support - we got quickly solutions to our problems, everything was really professional and we got fast responses to the questions. I won’t hesitate to recommend Mobile Joomla! products and services to my friends, co-workers and other Joomla! users.

MJ: Can you tell us why you upgraded to Elegance template?

Sandvikengården Menu - Mobile Joomla! Template EleganceMartin: I did try the Mobile Joomla! standard template, and it worked well for us. However, we decided to upgrade to the premium Mobile Joomla! template Elegance, as we wanted to explore more sophisticated smartphone features. Especially, we like the interface and how it combines collapsible menus, the iPhone web app possibility, and the elegant style.

Elegance template was definitely worth the small investment, as we intend to provide great mobile experience for our users. Indeed, travellers are very often mobile, and finding information fast while they were on the road is very important for them. A mobile website can definitely save their time, and Mobile Joomla! can make it even faster!

We'd like to thank Martin for his time, support and business! If you also would like to get showcased with your Mobile Joomla! project, please send us an email at hello-at-mobilejoomla.com with subject "Mobile Joomla! Showcase"


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