May has come and we’d like to share some latest development news:
Solidres for Joomla v0.9.0 development is going well with many bug fixes and new features implemented, the highlights are:
Reservation creation for staffs: before v0.9.0, reservation can only be made in front end. This new feature will allows reservation to be created by back end staff or front end partners (Hub plugin), it will be very handy when you need to record reservation over phones or direct reservation or reservation via other booking sources.
Editable asset’s coordinates: before v0.9.0, coordinates will be automatically generated in the background using Google Maps Geocoding service, but sometimes coordinates generated this way is not correct and we need to manually adjust them. Since v0.9.0 we add an UI that allow you to manually choosing coordinates by dragging map marker on a real Google Maps, it is very handy and ensure 100% accuracy.
Booking per night or per day: Solidres was built to support hotel booking, that’s why Solidres support booking per night out of the box. Since v0.9.0 we add a new field in asset to allow configure whether an asset is for booking per night or per day.
Add plugin event onSolidresTariffAfterCompute: this will allow you to write plugin which modify the computed tariff programmatically, it is useful when you want to change the tariff’s result the way you want without having to edit Solidres core files. With this change we also develop a simple plg_solidres_sample plugin to demonstrate this ability so that you can use it as an example to develop your own.
Add plugin event onSolidresAssetViewLoad: the initial idea is from this topic when fabrikastyle implemented mod_sr_last_visited. We have to give a big thank to fabrikastyle for the contribution and sharing effort. Base on that we developed mod_sr_myrecentsearches which offer the same functionality but following Solidres coding standard, this module will be released when v0.9.0 get stable.
And more which will be disclosed in the stable release change log.
About Solidres for WordPress, we are are working to keep it up to date with Solidres for Joomla v0.8.0 (or event v0.9.0 if time allows).
We will release Solidres for Joomla v0.9.0 Beta for all subscribers in the next several days to get feedback so that we can fine tune it for stable release. Please stay tuned and check back often for more news.
March has been an exciting month for us, so far we have released Solidres for Joomla v0.8.1 and the initial public Solidres for WordPress v0.1.0 Beta 1. At this moment we are focusing on the upcoming Solidres for Joomla v0.9.0, this release will highlight 2 long awaited features:
Backend reservation creation for hotel staff
Along side with them, there will be improvements and bug fixes as well as other new features. This version is targeted for April release, but the plan could be changed if it need more time to be fine-tuned. Please stay tuned for more news.
Joomla 3.4 stable is finally available and Solidres is fully compatible with it. All Joomla users are recommended to upgrade as soon as possible. If you are using Joomla previous version of Joomla 3.x, doing upgrade is very easy with one-click upgrade. If you are still using Joomla 2.5, you should consider upgrade to Joomla 3 as soon as possible.
We are in the process of finalizing Solidres v0.8.1 as well as releasing new updates for commercial plugins, we also re-package our template quickstarts to newest version of Solidres and Joomla, please stay tuned for more news.
According to Joomla official website, Joomla 2.5 will reach its end of life on Dec 31, 2014, that means all Joomla 2.5 websites will not receive any updates including security updates. If your website still runs Joomla 2.5, make sure that you upgrade it as soon as possible. If you are planning to start a new Joomla site, make sure that you choose Joomla 3 to avoid unnecessary upgrade later.
You should be careful when choosing a 3rd extensions to install into your Joomla site, avoid all Joomla 2.5 compatible only extensions: there is no point to choose them, we’ve seen a lot of users who stuck with Joomla 2.5 because of some 3rd extension developers do not upgrade their extensions for Joomla 3.
Below is a nice tutorial which cover the process of upgrading from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3: