ccNewsletter 1.6: know how many people open your newsletters!

ccNewsletter now supports newsletter statisticsWe have released ccNewsletter 1.6 some time ago and almost forgot to communicate an important new feature… newsletter statistics with “Reports”! You can now easily track the effectiveness of your newsletter. When you update (which is as simple as installing ccNewsleter 1.6 over your current version) you automatically start tracking Opens and Unsubscribes in your new newsletters, no setup required. Continue reading for a screenshot and explanation. 


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ccOmniKassa now part of cciDEAL 4.1

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We have integrated ccOmniKassa into cciDEAL 4.1 and up, so cciDEAL now supports Rabo OmniKassa. We hope combining the two extensions will allow us to increase the speed of development and innovation of our payment extension. Read more to understand the consequences for existing ccOmniKassa and cciDEAL customers. 


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cciDEAL 4.0: major release with live update and built-in integrations overview

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We are releasing one of the largest updates to cciDEAL ever, and this is just the beginning for 2014! Please welcome cciDEAL 4.0, the first version of the new cciDEAL generation, with at least 6 new feature releases already planned for the following months!

We started cciDEAL 4 as a major code refresh. With it’s origins in 2008 (cciDEAL Virtuemart) and code rewrite in 2010 (cciDEAL Platform 1.0) it was time to have a good look at our code and do a large cleanup. That is now completed, making cciDEAL 4.0 easier to maintain, support and extend. This was needed because we have big plans for 2014. 

And, we even managed to sneak in a few fantastic new features in cciDEAL, read on for screenshots! 

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ccNewsletter 1.5: send to test group, live update, UI improvements & more

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The latest version of our Joomla! newsletter component has been released: ccNewsletter 1.5. Read on for screenshots and more information! 

To better match the new user interface in Joomla! 3 we have continued converting ccNewsletter layouts to the Bootstrap framework (or JUI as you might know it). In my opinion this improves consistency between Joomla! core and other Joomla! extensions that are based on the same framework. View the screenshot below to get a good impression of these changes.

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ccInvoices 1.9: live update and notifications, improved user interface

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We have recently released ccInvoices 1.9 with a lot of code improvements and finally: update notifications and one-click “live update” functionality. Read on for screenshots and more information! 

Most of our time went into reviewing and updating our code to the latest web development standards. This is an ongoing task. You won’t “see” these changes in the extension output itself, but you should feel them due to the increased stability of ccInvoices and the speed in which we add new features in the future. Part of the code improvements was the continuing conversion of ccInvoices into a user interface based on Bootstrap, just like Joomla! 3. 

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Joomla! 3.2 released and it’s AWESOME

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The new version includes a lot of new features and improvements. The tagline “Something New for Everyone” really says it all. Check out the below videos of my favourite new features and learn more. 

The cool thing about Joomla! 3.2 is that you will not realise how many improvements and changes have been made until you start using it. But the below videos will give you a good overview of the most important features and improvements. 

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The Virtuemart cookbook: very decent book about Virtuemart 2.x

Book about Virtuemart 2This week I got the chance to have a look at a new book about Virtuemart 2, called “Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook“. I was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised! The book actually explains everything in a way that is easy to understand even for less experienced users. 

I liked the fact that the book is not limited to just a boring overview of Virtuemart with the technical facts, but included explanations about SEO (search engine optimization), analytics (with Piwik) and template frameworks (Gantry and Warp). It even has a chapter about Virtuemart alternatives like HikaShop

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Use a Joomla! mailing list component to keep fans and customers up to date

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Keeping up to date with your readers and fans is a task that is ever changing.  Although social media had received a lot of hype in the last years, you should not forget that e-mail marketing is still the most effective online marketing method. It’s vital that you keep up with the latest trends in order to ensure people are being reached and informed.  As the internet evolves, so should your internet marketing techniques.  A Joomla! newsletter system is an excellent way to communicate with people in a hassle free way for them and you.  A newsletter provides so many advantages that to be without one means you are leaving a lot of people in the dark.  

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