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We are really pleased to report that a respected Joomla author has rated our Master User plugin among the top 25 Joomla Extensions. It is very nice to be listed among such esteemed company as JCE, Akeeba Backup and Admin Tools Pro.

It is a really simple plugin, but it obviously fulfills a need. It allows selected administrator users to log into the front end of the Joomla site as if they were another registered user. It can be very useful if the user is experiencing difficulties with the site, because it means that the administrator can experience the site as if they were that user. We often use it in that way ourselves.

We have not actually developed the plugin much in recent years, beyond ensuring that it remains secure and compatible with the latest releases of Joomla. We have always resisted making it more complicated than it needs to be, preferring to keep it as a simple plugin that does one job well. In that way we can continue to keep it as a free download.

Still it may be that there is a place for a 'pro' version that does more. In that case we would be interested to hear from users if there are any additional features that would be really useful. If you have any suggestions please let us know, through our support forum, or facebook page.

googlebase We are happy to announce a new release, version 4.6.28, of our Google Product Feed for Virtuemart, GooglebaseXML. This extension for Joomla and Virtuemart automatically generates a feed which can be uploaded to your Google Merchant centre account for use in Google advertising and Google Shopping.

Version 4.6.28 is a maintenance release, which adds a couple of new features:-

You can supply the promotion id either using a product override, or through a custom field.

Previously the only way to translate tag names was through supplying a language override in the Joomla languages manager. It worked, but it was a bit inflexible as a system, because it did not allow you a one-off renaming of a tag, applicable to a particular feed only. Now you can do exactly that, simply supply a custom tag name translation in the feed options, see the screen capture here: supplying a custom tag name

New Release Version 4.6.28 of GooglebaseXML

content pluginWe have a new Amazon plugin: AmazonWS Content Plugin Light is available as a free download here.

This content plugin allows you to embed product information and reviews and links from the Amazon Product Advertising API. A simple short-code allows you to easily insert Amazon products directly into your Joomla articles, or into any other extension articles that support Joomla content plugins: this includes Easy Blog and K2.

As this is the free version of the plugin, it includes simplified features compared with our commercial version. It is still a fully functioning plugin, and if you just want to add a few Amazon products to your site it will do that very well for you. If you are interested in the commercial version of the plugin you can use this version as a test to see how well the system works for you.

Like the paid versions of these extensions, it is compatible with Joomla 3.7+ and 4.

Find out more .

We are happy to announce another release of our Amazon extensions, versions 4.1 of our AmazonWS content plugin, and version 2.1 our Amazon Shopping Cart component.

These include some bug fixes from the previous release, however the main change is that these extension are compatible with Joomla 4 for the first time. If you have already updated to versions 4.0 of the AmazonWS Content Plugin or 2.0 of the Shopping Cart, then updating again should be a simple matter as the changes in the new releases are quite small.

The new releases are still compatible with Joomla 3 of course, for versions from 3.7 onwards. You should not be thinking about updating your Joomla 3 site to Joomla 4 yet, it is still only in alpha release and not yet ready for production sites. However if you are planning on developing a new Joomla site it is a good idea to be thinking about developing it using Joomla 4, which is scheduled for release at the end of this year, to save yourself an upgrade later. We will be working on making all our currently maintained extensions compatible with Joomla 4 over the next few months, while also maintaining them for Joomla 3.7+ for the next couple of years at least.

Amazon Extensions Now For Joomla 4

We are very pleased to announce the release of new versions 4.0 of our AmazonWS content plugin, and version 2.0 our Amazon Shopping Cart component.

Main Changes

amazon logo2 smallAs these are major version releases there are quite a lot of changes. The main point of the changes has been to re-organise the code into a more logical structure, in order to make future development of the extension much easier to manage, and improve efficiency. In particular the AmazonWS content plugin has been split into two plugins: the code that handles the interaction with the Amazon server has been split off into a separate Amazonws API system plugin.

We have also added a new Amazonws Tags plugin, which automatically traverses the product browse node path and adds the browse node names as Joomla tags to the articles. It creates a very neat way to link related products using the Joomla tagging system.

We have added major additional features to the AmazonWS content plugin (see more below).

We have reformed the way that multi-country options are handled, to make it much easier to show results from more than one country. Now you simply need to register the additional country associates ids in the Amazonws API system plugin.

We have added improved support for Amazon attributes, so now all product attributes can be displayed, or the display of attributes can be customised either in the shortcode, or in the AmazonWS content plugin options. For example if your site is displaying books you can select only book-related attributes to be displayed, such as author and binding, rather than the often redundant attribute information that Amazon returns. Previously the only way to do this was by modifying the template, now you can just select these in the plugin options.

We have added an optional submit button for the search module, to make this easier to use on mobile devices.

We have added explicit support for Amazon tracking ids. If you want to track sales from particular sets of links (for example attribute them to specific authors on your site) you can do this through creating tracking ids in your Amazon associates account. We now support the use of a trackingId parameter in the plugin shortcode. In actual fact you could do this before by supplying the tracking id through the associateId shortcode parameter, but now this is made explicit and so easier to understand.

Major New Release of Amazon Extensions


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