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Joomla! 3.0 layouts, improved series download

SermonSpeaker 4.4.7 is released. Besides the usual minor bugfixing and cleanups there are of course some new features.

Joomla! 3.0 layouts

Backend

Joomla! 3.0 has done a general overhaul of the user interface in the backend. This made it necessary to create new layouts for the SermonSpeaker backend. SermonSpeaker will automatically switch to the new layouts if it detects a Joomla! 3.0 installation.

Frontend

I've created a whole set of new layouts for the SermonSpeaker frontend views. They are based on the new Joomla! 3.0 Protostar template and make use of Twitter Bootstrap. These layouts will only work with Joomla! 3.0 as they need some bootstrap functions which are not present in the Joomla! 2.5 series.

Series download

The series download had it's problems since I introduced it. The main problem was that the file was generated each time a user wanted to download a series. With big series this could take a long time to be created and the user probably lost interested or thought the script hang up.

The new series download will show a progress bar while the zipfile is generated. It also only generates the zipfile if it isn't already present or if a sermon or the series has been changed since it's last creation.

Other new stuff

  • There is a new setting for the feed which allows to include custom tags into the generated feed. This is especially useful if you need to include a feed verification tag.