We have to admit that 2016 has been a thrilling roller-coaster ride, packed with surprises and unexpected turn of events, which is why this year we are determined to make the most out of it and reshape our #goals:
1. Continuous experience with web developers
Ever since the early Mambo days, we noticed an ongoing trend in this industry - site owners generally tend to not be very technical in regards to the utilized software, so they reach out to freelancer developers who'd be happy to set up their online businesses, in exchange for suitable remuneration. The reason why we absolutely love developing extensions for Joomla! is because of its incredible versatility and adaptability. By incorporating the separation of HTML/CSS from application logic with the Bootstrap framework, we have created a portfolio that caters to a wide array of business plans: auction websites, dating platforms with membership advantages, company recruiting boards, etc. The freelancer that chooses one of our solutions ultimately chooses the path with less headaches and more time to take on new projects, while the site owner will be able to effectively manage their online business through an intuitive admin interface. We'd say it's a triple win, right?
2. Product maintenance and customer appreciation
Each time we plan a major release version for one of our popular extensions, we first take some time to figure out what our customers further expect from us; based on the feedback that we receive through our in-house ticketing system, we adapt our customer's requests in the form of tweaks and new features. This is our way of paying our respects to the people around the world that find our work useful and relevant. For the upcoming season, we are also considering 'revamping' a few of our classified ads solutions, using the suggestions our customers sent.
3. Assertiveness towards the J! Community
Although 2016 was filled with changes for the Joomla! Community also, we can’t help but see the future in bright colors, because a community that can overcome hardships is a community of winners. We stand by the members that keep J! alive for developer houses, collaborators and small-to-medium business owners that simply wish to make a difference in the online world.
4. Partnership celebrations across social media
We are confident that our J! partners share some of our viewpoints about our favorite CMS, one of them being that there is only so much we can achieve on our own! The secret to a healthy communication relationship between houses is to share relevant content, news, updates from GitHub, etc., as well as keeping an open mind towards potential collaborations.
5. Doing the right thing for the right reasons
In the end, everybody has a different way of finding motivation for being a better worker, better partner, better human. Some of us go the extra mile for money, recognition or to tame the voice in the back in their head constantly repeating “Live outside yourself, you know you can!”.
thePHPFactory team is driven by innovation, a nerdy necessity to write perfect code and, at times, absurd amounts of coffee. We are ready to take on 2017 and fulfill our #goals. Are you?
We have emphasized on the Joomla! versatility numerous times in the past, it's no surprise that anyone can build any type of website using it, however today we want to address the trend of online penny auctions. There are but a few people in the world that can resist a good bargain; with that concept in mind, we have developed Penny Auction Factory, for those entrepreneurs who wish to venture into a long term, sustainable online business.
So how does a penny auction site work?
Typically, a penny auction represents a type of auction that requires a participation fee from its bidders, in the form of bid packages or bundles. The name 'penny' stuck through the ages because, originally, each bid raised the auction closing prices by 1 penny. Of course, there are a lot of variations nowadays, however most webmasters prefer to keep the original recipe for success.
The mirage of this unique type of auction draws many users to spend good money on multiple deals that often seem preposterous, like brand new Mac books for less than $30. This is why online penny auctions are both fascinating and overly-criticized, mainly because not everybody agrees with the idea of gaining something valuable without putting an equal amount of effort into it.
Vouchers, necklaces, cameras...and the list goes on!
Coupons or vouchers have been around since 1886. The first company that ever used such an interesting marketing strategy was Coca-Cola, but nowadays vouchers can be used in many other industries like health care, travel, fashion, etc. Gift cards, on the other hand, have only been around since the mid '90s, however have become an essential part of the holiday season. Loathing the idea of hunting for relatives' X-Mas presents? Get them a gift card. No idea what your partner's measurements are and their birthday is coming up? Present them with a gift card and send them shopping for the items of their desires without you even breaking a sweat!
Some consumers focus on those kind of services, however they represent only the tip of the iceberg - on penny auction sites, there are many listings for other deals that are just too tempting to ignore. One would be very inclined to bid a few dollars or cents for an item that would normally cost hundreds or maybe even thousands (among the most popular entries are electronics, from laptops and smartphones to DSLR cameras, contemporary or vintage jewelry, top brand cosmetics, etc.)
Steady profit for a happy administrator
Like most auction/eCommerce sites, the main sources of profit for the webmaster are the commissions applied to the buyer and/or
seller accounts, as well as the listing fees for basic and/or featured auctions. Yes, a $1500 laptop CAN be listed for only $1, while being perfectly legal. The success behind any popular penny auction site consists in the users' engagement towards the "art" of bidding; as long as there are, for example, 200 bids on an item that would ultimately increase the respective item price even by $0.5 per bid, the final acquisition price becomes irrelevant. The key to a long term financial success is to keep the business attractive for users and exposed online by investing in ads for search engines, Facebook, Instagram, and other mainstream social platforms.Most educated administrators stress on a deeper understanding of the rules and recommendations for responsible bidding, thus answering to criticism that may occasionally arise.
These plug-ins, also called extensions, allow users a way to expand beyond Joomla!’s initial offerings, and create a site that is tailored to their specific needs. There are literally thousands of different extensions available, with both free and paid options on the market. Many different extensions can be combined to create just the type of end product that’s desired.
Statistics show how powerful and how effective images can be in generating social engagement. They can even be more engaging if accompanied and optimized with text that describes the image well or tell a great story behind the picture. The great thing with images that generate engagement is that they can really get viral with more likes and shares, which can create greater awareness about your business if your images are properly branded to establish and identify you as the source.
One great tools that many turn to is Dashtags, by Dashbite.com team. Amazingly effective and power-packed right out-of-the-box, Dashtags has been heralded for its ease of use, wide array of features, and the fantastic support provided by the engineers at Dashbite.
Instant-Generated Tagged Photo Display from ( Instagram & Twitter ) as well as photo post from your Facebook page
For those who love photo sharing, Dashtag brings the much needed relief from managing photo galleries scattered across multiple places. The tool can instantly fetch and display tagged photos from sites such as Twitter and Instagram and also your images from your Facebook timelines, Flickr. Any Joomla! website can thus receive dynamic visual content, including YouTube videos, that is automatically refreshed with future uploads.
Dashtags supports a fully responsive photo display layout using a Bootstrap-style grid. Our layout allows you to configure the blocks width visible on different device widths, and will expand to fill up 100% of the available space.
View the photos and videos from your social display in a beautiful pop-up lightbox which allows users to experience your content without leaving your site.
Most of us have often been in a position in which we needed to fulfill a complex task using limited resources. Some of us adapt and navigate our way through the process, others rely on alternative tools to make their process easier.
Since 1891, the concepts of multitasking and compactness took a new shape - the Swiss Army knife. Its incredible versatility made this tool one of the most famous Swiss inventions in the world and has made millions of customers more comfortable with their amateur level of craftsmanship. In 2016, a new analogy emerged among the people who use Joomla! for their online business; with the 3.5 release version, users experienced a new kind of virtual freedom, unlimited options for customization and stronger performances. Here are a few reasons why we believe that J! 3.5 also brings a new twist to the above mentioned concepts: