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DJ-Classifieds update with the Joomla 4 compatibility!

15 June, 2022

We know that you have been waiting a very long time for the possibility of using DJ-Classifieds in Joomla 4. After a few months in the making, DJ-Classifieds for Joomla 4 is officially released. We are bringing the most significant update on the classified ads extension. Besides compatibility with Joomla 4, it brings many changes and improvements. 

After the last 3.9 version beta update, we have continued to work, considering all comments and suggestions from DJ-Classifieds users.

We'd like to thank all users for your feedback and input in making DJ-Classifieds better.

Along with the DJ-Classifieds 3.9 release, we've updated all the Apps, additional plugins, and modules. Ready to find out what you're getting in the version 3.9 stable?

All active DJ-Classifieds extension subscribers can download and use the latest 3.9 version stable.

What's new?

Joomla 4 support

The most important news regarding the latest update (that so many DJ-Classifieds users have been waiting for) is that it's compatible with Joomla 4. This version also works with Joomla 3.x.

Performance optimization

As the component's core has been rewritten for Joomla 4, some script improvements were made along the way, allowing the component to work faster in specific scenarios.

That, with the removal of duplicated code, also made the component’s package weight heavily reduced.

New sub-views and layouts

Since the front-end views have been partly rewritten, in some cases, their structure was changed, introducing new sub-views and new layouts (for the code parts reusable in multiple areas), allowing developing the optional view overrides easier and more pleasant.

We also tried to remember about backward compatibility - to make everything work fine for all sites updating from previous versions of the component, including the ones using view overrides already.

NoteIn case of any problems, first check if all works fine without overrides. In some cases, the new overrides, based on the latest views/sub-views, might need to be created.

No MooTools

Along with giving the component Joomla 4 compatibility, the use of the Joomla legacy MooTools JS library has been dropped - the component views (both admin and front) now use jQuery.
Note: if you are using old view overrides, MooTools might still be needed

New features

This update is not only the “Joomla 4 update” but also a significant update regarding new features for all the users (using Joomla 3 or 4).

The most important new features are:

Adding custom fields to multiple field groups

Custom fields (of any type) can now be assigned to multiple field groups - giving almost endless configuration possibilities

Updated Global Configuration

The parameters have been reorganised, to make the component configuration easier

User payments front view

Showing all the logged-in user payments is now possible using a dedicated “User payments” menu item.

Admin payments export

With one click, admins can export data about payments (all or the checked ones) to the .csv file.

Admin Ajax sorting

There is no need to enter the ordering value on lists manually - you can now drag and drop the items to change their order.

Meta keywords/description for regions

It was available for categories and now is for regions, providing the metadata for items and items pages connected to the specific regions.

Disallowing posting adverts in certain regions

Another option available for categories, now present also for regions - allowing to force users to choose a child region of the selected parent regions during the ad’s posting.

Adding profiles to favourites

Similar to how the advert can be assigned to “favorites,” it now works for user profiles.

Note: if the star icon does not show up next to the profile after enabling this feature, your template might need additional styling.

Automatic user group reassignment on profile verification

A new param allows automatically re-assign users from group A to group B once they are marked as “Verified” on the admin Profiles page.

Profiles list ordering

It was missing, but now it’s there - after choosing which sorting options should be available for the profiles list, users will be able to sort by them.

New “Autopublish” option, after advert edit only

If you wanted to verify the new adverts before publishing but didn’t want to do that after each advert’s edit, now you can.

Note: There is an exception - if the advert is a paid one - once the payment is marked as completed (by payment plugin’s automatic confirmation or manually by admin), the advert will be published automatically, as if it was edited one.

Choosing captcha plugin

You can now choose the captcha plugin used by the component from the list of all the enabled captcha plugins (as it works in core Joomla).

Abuse reports for guest users

The user sending an abuse report no longer needs to be registered on-site (it’s recommended to have a Captcha plugin enabled when using this option).

Excluding categories in Category tree

The new param allows to exclude some of the categories in the Category tree menu item.

Choosing core fields to search through

You can decide what core fields should be considered while filtering items via the Search module (using the main text input field).

Custom field's icon

There is a new param in the Field edit page, allowing to show image on front’s Item/Profile page, before the field’s label.

Custom field's Link text

There is a new param in the Field edit page (for the “Link” field type), allowing to display custom text instead of the field’s value.

Hiding category select on Add item page

Suppose there is one category available on the Add item page (e.g., category permissions set), and there is no child category. In that case, the category select field will not be displayed (its category custom fields will be displayed automatically).

Default blank image .png replaced by .svg

As the .svg image is fully scalable, it won’t look pixelated, no matter what part of the page it takes to be displayed.

Bug fixes

This update also fixes some bugs found in the previous 3.8.3.4 version.

What is DJ-Classifieds?

DJ-Classifieds is a complete Joomla classified ads solution / Classifieds script, including all you need to build successful classified ads or listing pages.

It's also one of the most advanced and easy-to-use classifieds extensions for Joomla, offering so many options out of the box.

We can build and customize any classified ads website for you.  If you have questions about development services contact us.

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