January 2023 Product Updates

Published in Blog by Tassos Marinos on Tuesday, 31 January 2023

January 2023 Product Updates

We are excited to announce the launch of a new monthly blog post series called "Product Updates" to keep you informed about all the latest news and developments from our company. Every month we will write a blog post and provide you with information on our Joomla products roadmap, including new releases, bug fixes, and improvements. You will also stay informed about our company news and blog posts.

Our goal is to ensure that you are always up-to-date on the latest advancements in our Joomla extensions, and this new article series will be an excellent way to achieve that. We understand the importance of staying informed and want to ensure that you never miss a beat regarding our products and services.

In addition to the blog post, we will send the same information via our newsletter to ensure everyone is updated. So, subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you don't miss a thing.

We are committed to delivering high-quality information and informing you about our company and products. This new newsletter and blog post series will be an excellent resource for our customers, and we are eager to share all the exciting news and updates with you. As always, we value your feedback and look forward to seeing how we can improve our Joomla extensions to meet your business needs.

So let's see what's new for January!

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Convert Forms 4 BETA

This release features the highly-anticipated Tasks section (Previously announced as Actions). Using this new section, you can create powerful automation that runs when certain form events occur, and even better, they can run conditionally. In addition, it makes it easy to connect multiple Joomla extensions and apps to automate form submissions, administrative, and other processes that would otherwise be impossible to connect.

Here are some examples of what's possible with Tasks:

  • You can send emails conditionally with a few clicks using the Email app.
  • You can have an opt-in form that subscribes the user to your favorite email marketing app like AcyMailing, MailChimp, GetResponse, or HubSpot only when the user checks a specific checkbox.
  • With the User Account app, you can create a custom registration form in a few minutes without writing a single line of code.
  • With the WebHook app, you can send GET and POST requests to any external service. Webhooks open the door to endless integrations — a great alternative to our Zapier addon.
  • Developers can run PHP code and share data between tasks.

We have been working on this feature for the past two years and are confident it will save Joomla site owners hundreds of hours yearly. Although it is a BETA release, it has been thoroughly tested, and we have even started using it on many customer websites.

We need your help to make this the best release yet! We are looking for BETA testers to provide feedback and help ship the stable release faster. We project to release the stable version at the end of February.

To download Convert Forms 4 BETA, visit tassos.gr/developer-releases.

To learn more about the new Tasks section, visit the Working with Tasks help page.

EngageBox 5.2.2

EngageBox 5.2.2 has been released and is packed with two exciting new features to help you create even more effective popups for your Joomla website.

Load Joomla Articles via a Shortcode

One of the most exciting new additions is the {article} shortcode. This new feature allows you to load any Joomla article within the popup content, making creating dynamic and engaging popups easier. In addition, using the Article shortcode will enable you to reuse existing content from your Joomla articles within your popups, saving time and effort. 

Simply use {article.introtext --id=123} anywhere in the popup to load the intro text of the article with ID 123. 

To read more, visit the How to Display a Joomla Article In a Popup help page.

Target New and Returning Visitors

Another important new feature is the New vs. You are returning Visitor condition. This pristine condition makes it easy to target popups to visitors coming to your site for the first time or returning from a previous session. It helps you personalize your popups for different users and display relevant and targeted messages. For example, show special offers for first-time visitors, or welcome returning visitors with a separate offer.

EngageBox's range of conditions gives you complete control over when and how your popups are displayed. To read more, visit the New vs. Returning Visitor Condition help page.

Advanced Custom Fields 2.2

The latest version of Advanced Custom Fields 2.2 boasts two premium custom fields. The Address Autocomplete Field and Chained Fields. Additionally, this release includes a couple of fixes for the Gallery and OpenStreetMap fields. 

Address Autocomplete Field

Do you want to complete addresses on your site automatically? Say hello to the Address Autocomplete Field. This exciting new field streamlines the filling out of address information, allowing users to select an address from real-time suggestions as they type quickly or pick a location directly from the map. With just a few clicks, all relevant address fields will be automatically populated, saving you time and hassle. 

We based it on OpenStreetMap, a free, open-source platform that does not require an API key to work, making it easy and accessible for everyone. 

Here are some key benefits of using this field:

  • Saves time and effort by quickly selecting an address from a list of suggestions.
  • It allows you to select the location from the map easily.
  • Enhances user experience by reducing the chance of mistakes.
  • Improves data quality by ensuring all address information is consistent.
  • OpenStreetMap integration eliminates API keys and fees.

Chained Fields

If your website's users need to fill out a form with many options that cover many possibilities, they could become overwhelmed. Plus, figuring out how to build this type of content can take time and effort. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. We are Introducing Chained Fields for Advanced Custom Fields.  With this new addition, you can add cascading select fields to your forms that will dynamically change based on the previous selection, providing an impressive user experience for your audience.

Just upload a CSV file or type the choices in the expected format to import the options you want to make available in the chained fields. Moreover, using Smart Tags, you can create advanced layouts to fine-tune even further the display of the selected values on the front end.

Our goal is to add support for radio buttons and checkboxes soon.

Are you missing a Joomla Field?

2 months ago, I asked our community of users on Facebook about what custom fields you’re missing from your site, and we had some great responses and ideas! We always look to improve and add new fields to our big collection. If you missed the post and have something awesome to share, check it out here

Google Structured Data 5.1.7

Our Joomla SEO extension has a new version available, Google Structured Data 5.1.7. This maintenance release includes fixes for Joomla 4 and addresses a structured data error with the Recipe schema type.

Upcoming Price Updates

On March 1, 2023, we will increase our prices to reflect all of the added value we’ve been offering over the years and ensure we can continue to invest in innovation and provide the level of support and service that our customers have come to expect. For more details on why we decided to change prices and how things are changing, visit the Upcoming Price Updates blog post.

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