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Jomres 9.9.8 is available

Jomres 9.9.8 is available and it brings a couple of significant improvements.

The first is regarding property approvals. A feature request asked that we make it possible for site admins to see which properties had completed their property setup and give some visual indication of that in the administrator area property list. This would prevent site administrators from needing to constantly check on the progress of properties that are slow to get setup.



The change : When the Sanity Checks (the yellow rows with hints of what to configure next) are visible to a manager, then we know that the property will need to be approved or reapproved. In the administrator area, any properties that have not been completed have a red badge, properties that have been completed will have an orange one. Property managers will see the same pattern in their own property list pages in the frontend.

Whenever a property has been marked unapproved, then once it has been re-approved it will need to be published again by the manager, therefore you need to be aware of this.

The second change is an oft requested one : Video tutorials.

video tutorials

Administrator area and manager frontend now have video tutorials that are context sensitive, so if there's a video for a given page, then you'll be able to watch it in a modal on that page. I've added about 20 videos so far, they don't have any voice or text, making them multi-lingual. Each video has a title and introductory text, which is pulled from a language file in /jomres/language/video_tutorials. To translate this text you would copy that en-GB.php file and name the copy for the new language, for example es-ES.php. Once you have done that you can translate the text to something that is suitable for your clients.

Both front and backend also have pages where all the videos can be seen. Which videos are shown depends on the property, if it's a hotel type property then one set of videos are visible, if it's an apartment/villa then a slightly different set.

This feature, like so many others in Jomres, has been designed to support plugins, therefore in the future plugins will also be able to offer video tutorials (Jintour videos will be available soon, for example).

There are a couple of other changes relating to the UI.

  • The FAQ and videos pages can be viewed from a new frontend manager's menu option called "Help".
  • Warning messages in the administrator area have been moved to Site configuration where they're more relevant and less intimidating.
  • The Inline Calendars toggle in property configuration disables calendars across the board for that property.
  • The Simple/Advanced configuration toggle in Property Config has been removed.
  • Combined all map related settings in site config to one google map tab only.
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vince picDeveloped and maintained by Vince Wooll, Jomres was initially conceived in early 2005 as a Mambo based solution to a client’s hotel management needs. While it wasn't originally expected to be an online booking system it quickly morphed into one as users requested more and more features.

As the number of feature requests grew Vince knew that he would need to dedicate more time to the project and in July 2005 Jomres was released as a commercial project. Since then Jomres has become the world's oldest online booking plugin for any PHP CMS. It has been used in Joomla 1.0, 1.5, 2.5, 3 & 4 and WordPress 4, 5 & 6.

Aladar joined the project in 2010 after using Jomres for his own projects. He was active on the forum, helping other members of the community and eventually Vince invited him to join the team. Between 2010 and 2018 he was an integral part of the project and made many significant contributions.

Whilst not formally part of the Jomres project, Rodrigo Rocco and Vince have become firm friends. Rod is a freelancer who specialises in doing custom work for Jomres users and developing custom plugins for the system that take advantage of it's modular design. He has built many useful extensions including his fabulous Valentina Template Override Package.

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