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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: In 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.
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
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).
Some of the most important new features are:
Custom fields (of any type) can now be assigned to multiple field groups - giving almost endless configuration possibilities
The parameters have been reorganized, to make the component configuration easier.
Showing all the logged-in user payments is now possible using a dedicated “User payments” menu item.
With one click, admins can export data about payments (all or the checked ones) to the .csv file.
There is no need to enter the ordering value on lists manually - you can now drag and drop the items to change their order.
It was available for categories and now is for regions, providing the metadata for items and items pages connected to the specific 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
The new param allows to exclude some of the categories in the Category tree menu item.
You can decide what core fields should be considered while filtering items via the Search module (using the main text input field).
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.
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.
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).
As the .svg image is fully scalable, it won’t look pixelated, no matter what part of the page it takes to be displayed.
This update also fixes some bugs found in the previous 220.127.116.11 version.
We can build and customize any classified ads website for you. If you have questions about development services - contact us.
The content of the blog post comes from the DJ-Extensions website: DJ-Classifieds update with the Joomla 4 compatibility!