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On Friday we announced Xero - our first theme to be released on the Zen Grid Framework v4 - and with it I mentioned our Black Friday coupon - cyberbamboo.

Well it's still monday in some parts of the world and so I wanted to remind you that the coupon is still available for a few more hours.

Sign up or renew now

Use the coupon cyberbamboo on our checkout page and take 30% off your next template subscription. Existing and previous members can use the 30% coupon with our existing renewal coupons (jbrenewal and jbrenewal2) to take a further 20 or 10% off.

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Last week we announced the new exclusive deals for our members which can be found on our club members profile page. Yesterday I added a very special coupon for some products that I'm sure you know very well - Akeeba Backup.

Akeeba Backup create quite a number of extensions but there are two that I consider to be must haves for any serious Joomla site - Akeeba Backup and Admin Tools. If you don't know what these extensions do head over to the Akeeba site and take a look. I guarantee you wont be able to live with out them after seeing what they do.

To get access to the coupon code just log into your account and open the panel entitled "Exclusive deals for our members". You will see the long list of coupons that you can use on our favourite Joomla providers including Akeeba Backup, Anything Digital, OS Training, Stack Ideas, Jomsocial and more.

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Ive just released our new all in one download page which is designed to make it a lot easier to get access to our themes.

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A new way to preview our themes

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As a part of our redesign last month. I added a new way to preview our responsive Joomla templates.

The responsive preview button when clicked will load the template's demo site in an iframe and display some icons that allow you to change the size of the demo site.

So you can quickly see how the design changes as the screen size changes.

The neat thing about this is that we lazyloaded the iframe via the use of data attributes so that we weren't loading the demo site on each and every page load and only if the visitor wants to see it.

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I have just added a new live search functionality to the new topic, new ticket and search pages on the Joomlabamboo site. So now when you type a word into the title box of your next ticket or forum thread you will see a list of items that may be relevant for your question.

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Exclusive deals for our members

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Joomlabamboo have teamed up with some of our favourite extension providers to offer special promotions/discounts to all current Joomlabamboo members. To take advantage of the following deals just login to your account and go to your subscription details. You will see the coupon codes under the "Exclusive deals for our members" heading. Enjoy!

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Live preview demo frame updated

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I have just spent some time updating our Joomla template demo frame.

It had been a few years since we spent any time on the frame design itself and I think it was starting to show. The new layout carries a lot more information and I think makes it easier to get a sense of the character of each design.

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One of the best features added to the recently released Joomla 3.2 is the Install from web feature. Other CMS's like Wordpress have had something like this for some time of course, but this addition is feature rich and more importantly easy to use.

What is the Install from the web feature

The Install from Web tab in the Joomla installer draws in listings from the Joomla Extension directory and displays them in a easy to use interface in the Joomla administrator. You can sort the listing by popularity, rating, name, updated or newest ordering, find the extension you want to install and install it with a few mouse clicks.

Our free Joomla extensions use the install from web feature.

Our free extensions including JB Type, Fitvids, jFlickr, Hoverbox and Captify Content are now all compatible with the Install from web feature and can be installed on your site with a few clicks in your Joomla 3.2 site admin. There are currently some pull requests in the Joomla CMS repo that will make it easier to list commercial listings and as soon as those changes are made we will also make the Zentools module available via this method.

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Last year we released a small add on service for our users that allowed us to provide help for issues that are outside of the scope of our normal Joomla template and extension support. Up until now we offered one hour and four blocks of time and now I am happy to say that we are also offering a half hour block of custom support time.

The half hour block of time is designed to fit the occasional small issue that might pop up that is outside of your current skillset. Services that might come under the half hour block are:

  • Diagnosing (and fixing if possible) why a server move has resulted in a 500 internal server error
  • Diagnosing (and fixing if possible) an issue with a 3rd party component.
  • Setting up 3rd party extensions
  • Small adjustments or additions to template design
  • Install a template or extension into an existing site

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The 3 Year developer plan

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A few weeks ago I announced that we were retiring the lifetime developer plan and would soon be introducing a new plan to the Joomlabamboo subscription options. It's taken a little longer for me to decide on the featureset of the new plan but the delay gave some lucky users the chance to take up the lifetime plan before it was unpublished.

So without further ado I would like to introduce the 3 Year developer plan.

The 3 Year developer plan is a pretty incredible deal (even if I do say so myself). It's priced at a lower price point than the lifetime developer and is essentially the equivalent of paying for 2 years at the full 12 month developer price.

In other words you get 3 years for the price of 2.

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Back in April, 2011 I announced a new club subscription that gave (and still does give) lifetime access to our products and services. While it has been great having that plan in our range of products, it's time to say goodbye.

I've actually really enjoyed offering that plan as a part of our subscriptions. It was a way for us to say thankyou to all of our loyal members, who have been with us over the years and to encourage them to continue to use our products. However after some lengthy consideration I've decided to remove it and replace it with a new plan.

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This month we hit a number of remarkable milestones for our Joomla template club and so I thought what better way to celebrate than to create a coupon or two to celebrate.

It's our birthday ...

... Well sort of. This month back in 2006 I registered the domain name Joomlabamboo.com. At that time I had no idea where that decision would lead me to.

In 2006 I was a practicing acupuncturist who needed a website and so I dove in (head first) and taught myself how to use Joomla, started to learn how to code (look ma - no tables) and also started to learn a new language - visual design.

It's been a pretty amazing ride since then and it's a ride that continues to challenge and push me, creatively and technically.

A big thanks goes out to all of the wonderfully talented people I've had the opportunity to work with over the last six years.

100,000 Forum Posts

A few weeks ago we also hit another really important milestone - 100,000 forum posts. I can still actually remember writing the first announcement on the forum and could only dream of a day when we would hit such a magical milestone. 100,000 posts ... wow really hard to believe.

In addition to this we have approximately 10,000 support tickets in the system and will continue to make support one of our highest priorities. While we may not get it right 100% of the time it's a really important part of our work. I've learnt a lot from our support system personally and truly treasure the deep life lessons that I've gleaned from it.

I want to send out a big thanks to all of the members who helped to create a really friendly atmosphere in our forum and ticket system. We couldn't have done it without you.

Coupons, coupons, coupons ...

To say thankyou I'd like to extend a whopping 40% coupon to past and current members. Just use the coupon "100000" and you will receive 40% off any renewal.

Plus to any new members if you use the coupon "celebrate" you will receive 20% off the cost of any new subscription.

Please note - The coupons will be available until Sunday 11th August.

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