This version is a significant version bump because the installation process has been completely rewritten to modernise it and to integrate it more tightly with the host CMS.
We have tested this as thoroughly as we can, however because this is quite a large change we cannot stress how important it is that you remember to perform a site backup before you upgrade. It's something that we always say when we release a new version, but it needs to be repeated.
Folks, we're almost ready to release 9.10.0 (planned for Monday 21th March). As this version has quite a few changes including a brand new installation process we're releasing it as a Beta to start off with.
This is primarily a maintenance release as it includes a variety of tweaks and bug fixes. We had to rename the shortcode class as this classname is a reasonably common classname among third party wordpress plugins and we wanted to avoid potential conflicts.
The problem today is that OTAs like Homeaway, Booking.com et al dominate the online travel landscape. This makes it much harder for small businesses that run their own booking portals or agencies to get much traction through the search engines. When one of our customers sets up a new site the hardest thing for them to do after setting it up is to raise awareness of their properties with search engines so our goal is to offer a searchable site that guests and search engines can use that will link guests to your sites through a reputable source.
This version addresses an issue created by Joomla 3.8 and a change they have made to their version class. If you are expecting to use 3.8.0+ with Jomres we ask that you upgrade Jomres (and it's plugins, where appropriate) first, then upgrade Joomla afterwards for the most seamless upgrade. If you upgraded Joomla first, then please use the install from web tab in Joomla to re-install Jomres. This should not affect your existing data, and it will just upgrade you to the latest version that is able to adjust to the new version class in Joomla.
As well as this change there are a handful of other tweaks and fixes.
Developed and maintained by Vince Wooll and Aladar Barthi, 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 formally released as a commercial project. Since then, Jomres has become one of Mambo’s, and now Joomla’s, longest running projects. It has survived various versions of Mambo, then Joomla 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.
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. He has since become an integral part of the project and has contributed significantly to it's development over the years.
Whilst not formally part of the Jomres project, Rodrigo Rocco and the team 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 new Valentina Template Package.
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