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Massive Joomla sport templates update

BearDev team is glad to announce release of renovated Kodiak template. 

Kodiak Joomla sport template has quite a long history beginning from 2012. Unfortunately it had been being our secondary product for the longest time and we hadn't been able to pay enough attention to it so the design and features became pretty much outdated. Previously Kodiak template was not responsive and the worst fact that it was not adjusted to JoomSport perfectly. So about half a year ago we realized it would be great if we can renew it to meet the latest design and tech trends. The team accepted this challenge.

During last few months our development team put in great efforts and now we are glad to share with you the results of our work:

  • The new Kodiak template is totally mobile friendly, has responsive front end structure, it has passed cross-browsers and cross-devices testing so we are sure that it performs correctly
  • Back End usability has been adjusted with new features: ability to assign logo, slogan, copyright, specify color combination
  • Implemented original Sign in/Sign up buttons
  • Implemented new high demand positions such as Slider, Breadcrumbs etc.
  • Adapted Joomla Registration page and News feed page, so such pages will blend seamlessly into whole website design.
  • Menu performance has been restructured and improved 
  • New Footer design with separate blocks has been implemented
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JoomSport 1.0.2 (beta) WordPress sports plugin release

joomSport WordPress sport plugin

We are very proud to announce that JoomSport WordPress sport plugin version is already public!

The current release is open for clients who purchased the discounted license in our web shop and available for downloading in Members Area. The introductory price will be kept for a while until the moment we release the Front end management and Knockout features.

We have ported huge number of features into WordPress and some of them appeared even more flexible due to native WordPress structure and features compliance. Here is the main list available at this stage:

  • Professionally designed responsive views based on Bootstrap framework
  • Tournaments for single players or teams
  • Seasons with adjusting Standing view, groups, score settings, color highlighting

standings table - sport for WordPress

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JoomSport Predictions Add-on - can be better than betting

Today there is variety of entertainments and it’s not so easy to attract new website visitors and what even more difficult is to keep visitors on the website. This is particularly true for sport web portals, intense rivalry makes owners to implement new solutions. One of the sure-fire solutions is Gambling. Gambling has been staying popular since pre-historic times of Ancient India, it lures people in all corners of the world at all times. By references to this fact BearDev team decided to develop almost indispensable functionality for entertaining Sport website visitors!

Let us to introduce tool for Joomla based websites – JoomSport add-on, Joomla Sports Predictions that has been just released and is already available in our WebShop.

The add-on allows creating prediction leagues and adding matches from JoomSport seasons. Once JoomSport matches are marked as played, users will gain their points depending on league settings and predictions submissions.

 

JoomSport Predictions add-on Features

  • Enable predictions option for chosen JoomSport leagues;
  • Set up point system for each league separately;
  • Allows any registered Joomla user to make predictions;
  • Display Users Leaderboard according to prediction results;
  • Individually stats for each user;
  • Provides simple and intuitive configuration.

Check how the features work on predictions add-on demo or read the documentation available.

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JoomSport 4.0.19 release - important fixes and UI improvements included

The change log of the released JoomSport for Joomla update 4.0.19 includes many improvements and number of important bug fixes.

Welcome the new UI improvements - clear and accurate.

After number of similar requests from our customers JoomSport product team decided to improve the front end UI of all JoomSport pages slightly. We have removed the component border and the color from the component header. We also commented the back navigation link in the source code. Normally customers use browser back function for such action. If you still need it you can remove comments from code. New default venue image is added. Some other minor front end and back end UI improvements are also delivered.

So the final result - clear and nice UI on all pages that fit any Joomla theme in better way and are not overloaded with extra design items.

Release compatibility with new Joomla sport Predictions add-on.

Following our customer's requests we have extended JoomSport with special add-on that allows your site visitors to make match predictions and then to monitor who is the prediction leader once matches are played. This is just a perfect way to improve your sport league or club site visitors engagement. Add-on is available with 30% discount at our shop for a limited period of time. Special thanks to Ukranian AnimaUnity project for powering up this JoomSport extension!

Template override method.

If you are looking for overriding the native JoomSport html views and don't want to loose it during JoomSport updates, now you have this ability supported by JoomSport developers. The new method is described in JoomSport FAQ section.

New translations inside

At this stage JoomSport is partially translated in over 18 languages. The present release contains updates for Italian, Russian, Slovenian, Slovak, Polish, Spanish and some others. Are you interested to support us on your local language translation? Join our translators team in Transifex!

Issue fixes delivered:

  • Team drop down in matchday CSS 
  • Extra time score points counting
  • Highlight your team in the season table module doesn't work
  • Players from deleted season are displayed on team page FE for all seasons
  • Player list menu item for all seasons cannot be created
  • Venue address is not displayed on FE
  • Error once you try to re-save Matchday with updated match status
  • Sort by extra field doesn't work in Player list menu item
  • Tooltip class name changed to avoid conflicts with 3rd party templates

Please download the new 4.0.19 version from your Members Area and install it on your website. Pay your attention that Season table module need to be updated as well.

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Swiss Water Polo results site renovation - interview with Michael Badulescu

Summer is great for all kinds of sports and it is especially suitable for outdoor activities, just like running, jumping, cycling, and … swimming, of course. Today we are talking to Michael Badulescu, CTO of Swisswaterpolo.com about the latest enhancements implemented for the national water polo web site by the BearDev team.


MICHAEL BADULESCU
Swiss Waterpolo, Chief Technical Director

BearDev: We know Switzerland as the country of a thousand lakes. As far as Swimming is greatly popular among Swiss people, would you say the same regarding water polo?
MB: Unfortunately, it is not so popular as Swimming, but we are growing slowly. Water polo in Switzerland is quite small community with about 1’500 licensed players. The competitions are played in swimming pools, so the numbers of lakes doesn’t help us a lot.

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WordPress sport plugin - Alfa release is on testing board

JoomSport WordPress sport plugin Alfa version is ready and submitted for internal testing. In the nearest future we will announce Beta version for public Beta testing, details about beta testing you can find on our forum. To stay informed about the WordPress Sport plugin development subscribe to appropriate blog category.

The first Stable release will contain almost all features that are included into JoomSport for Joomla, still some of them are postponed to the future releases to improve the initial delivery time. The second major release is planned for the end of 2016 and will include such major features as:

  • Knockout type of competition
  • Front End league management
  • eSport settings
  • player and team registration via Front End

Future WordPress plugin Road-map includes:

  • Match Generator add-on
  • Double elimination type of competition
  • Ability to copy Season with all settings and participants

Compare editions page contain the full details about the features planned.

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JoomSport minor release 4.0.17

The change log of released JoomSport minor update 4.0.17 includes minor bug fixes and improvements, among them:

  • Season standings layout - by group filtering fix
  • Player images thumbs display improvement on Team layout (players tab, option with player photos)
  • Season table module by group filtering fix

 Please download new 4.0.17 version from your Members Area and install on your website. Pay your attention that Season table module need to be updated as well.

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JoomSport Match Generator 4.0.16 has been released

We are pleased to announce that new version of Match Generator add-on is already available. Based on customers’ requests we have done the following implementations:

  • Group Dividing. Now matches can be generated as between participants of one group as for all participants of the season (regardless of the group)
  • Participant order. Check user friendly drag and drop feature for sorting participants before generate matches
  • Minor improvements: Interface updates, language fixes, design issues etc.

Please buy the add-on in our web shop or download your copy from members area.

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New JoomSport.com welcomes guests

We always keep our doors open for new visitors, prospects and our old friends, but this week we have a special reason to welcome you in.

This moment, JoomSport project goes through multiple renovations, including products, services, and the store as well. We’ve already announced this renewal in our previous posts and finally it has come true. At last, we are ready to show you our new store and tell about the major obtained changes and improvements.

New JoomSport.com Design

This is the first thing catching your eyes and possibly most obvious change. Now, walking through the JoomSport pages you will likely find your browsing experience pleasant and seamless. We moved away from heavy images and graphics eliminating even the smallest distortion in your journey.

Creating the new appearance of our store we tried to take into account all your wishes and best usability practices to embody our dream of an innovative and comfortable point of sales. The improved structure of the store and clear menu allow you to find all necessary pages including products, demos and documentation much faster.

Even though, JoomSport.com have already been mobile-friendly this time we tried to consider each and every particular case and device to refine your on-the-go online experience.

WordPress Sport Plugin and Mobile Apps pre-order open

Moreover, within the current global update we continue widening our portfolio and glad to offer you two new products and save up to 40% of their full prices.

Our flagship product, JoomSport, will soon become available as a WordPress sport plugin and today you can purchase it just for $111. Offered discount - 30%.
The second coming soon and available for pre-ordering products are sport mobile applications that will deliver your JoomSport data straight on your league fun's mobile devices. Here, the price cut is even deeper, and you can get them for $499 only. The offer includes Android and iOS applications.

But, that’s not all. Celebrating the birth our new store we also offer you to save 10% on your first purchase on JoomSport.com with the Grand Opening coupon - UPD2016. Hope, you’ll enjoy your visit.

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New JoomSport is Going to Meet Your Expectations

Soon, our whole team will celebrate a new global update of our flagship product JoomSport.

The updated product was inspired by our customers and created for them entirely. We’ve made a lot in order to meet most of your voiced needs and allow you to enjoy the new look and feel of the extension. 

This update, intended for both JoomSport admins and fans, drastically rebuilds the product’s back end and front end. And today we are going to unveil the main features that are going to make JoomSport greatly a new extension.

Latest JoomSport Features

Bootstrap Based Layout

Most importantly, the updated extension has a new advanced tech stack with Bootstrap 3 as the central element. It delivers consistent look for many standard web items, makes the layout of the product fully-responsive and provides you with great user experience on all mobile devices.

New JoomSport

Responsive Add-on is included 

As far as the front end of the extension is based on Bootstrap that doesn’t require developing a stand-alone product for mobile devices, we’ve included Responsive Add-on into the package by default and for free.

Back end Usability

The update improves almost all the sides of our product since the front end and back end improvements go together just hand in hand.

Among other things, the new backed includes a streamlined navigation, convenient and clear configuration, and user-friendly design. The new logical organization of options and their improved appearance flat-out saves your time and efforts.

JoomSport back end menu

Easy Learning Process

While creating the new back end design and new level of usability we considered the entire process of the extension configuration both as a daily routine and learning. Every-day routines are just about experience, while learning requires passion. So, our idea was to make our back end more usable and involving simultaneously.

As a result, now even beginning users will quickly embrace the logic of particular operations and the overall workflow of the JoomSport extension. The whole back end contains numerous notifications, information links, and explanations. The provided documentation contains step-by-step guides linking to even more detailed tutorials, if necessary.

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