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The OS Property developer team are proud to announce the release of OS Property 2.9.4. This is a fourth release for the 2.9.x series of OS Property and addresses issues introduced in previous versions and introducing new features.

Notice: From version 2.9.3, we are no longer to support for Joomla 2.5.x. Joomla dropped support for Joomla 2.5.x from 31th December 2014, so if you are using Joomla 2.5.x, we strongly advise you upgrade Joomla version to Joomla 3.x

What new in OS Property 2.9.4

1. Browser page title for each property

From OS Property 2.9.4, we added new field for each property. That's Browser page title.

In previous version, the Title of properties will be shown in the Browser page title. In some cases, it doesn't good for SEO because the Property Title may not include enough necessary information. That is the reason we add Browser page title field for each property. From now, in Property details page, the Browser page title of properties will be shown instead of the Property titles. In case you leave the field: Browser page title of properties are empty, OS Property will use the Browser page title of menu (in case you setup menu to property details directly) or using Property titles.

2. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland location added

3. Rating & Review improvement

In this version, we improve feature Rating & Review to add new functionalities for it.

- Non-registered user can leave comment and rate for properties

- One user can leave more than one review for properties.

 

4. Amenities showing

From current versions, all published amenties will be shown in Property details page, but only selected Amenities are highlighted.

 

===============   Issue Fixed ================
Cron job - Disable Featured properties
Property details route issue
Dropdown Property type in Add/edit properties page (Front-end)

 

As you know, there are a lot modification in OS Property 2.9.4 so we encourage you to download latest OS Property version to get new improvement. And please update the languages (through Translation tool at Back-end of OS Property) if you are using different language than English.

To Update OS Property 2.9.4, please install

1. com_osproperty.zip

2. update language files if you are using more language than English


Sincerely,

Dev team

 

The OS Property developer team are proud to announce the release of OS Property 2.9.3. This is a fourth release for the 2.9.x series of OS Property and addresses issues introduced in previous versions and introducing new great Joomla 3.x feature like Drag & Drop ordering.

Notice: From version 2.9.3, we are no longer to support for Joomla 2.5.x. Joomla dropped support for Joomla 2.5.x from 31th December 2014, so if you are using Joomla 2.5.x, we strongly advise you upgrade Joomla version to Joomla 3.x

What new in OS Property 2.9.3

1. New core fields added

Previously, when you enter dât for your property, you just can enter some basic information such as number of rooms, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, parking area, land use, lot size etc. Generally, these information are quite enough for the majority of real estate sites. But going into the details, then the real estate website is not just a place to list the properties for housing, they can provide information on the different types of real estate such as land, farm, general residential, office .. in addition to the business information of the real estate there.
After a detailed studying on this issue, we have extended OS Property features, adding new core fields, divide them into groups based on the following specific purposes:

Base Property Fields: Contains fields like Rooms, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Living areas

Parking: Contains fields field Garage description and Parking area

Building Information: Built on, Remodeled Year, House Style, House Construction, Exterior Finish, Roof, Number of floors, Flooring, Floor Area Lower, Floor Area Main level, Floor Area Upper, Floor Area Total.

Basement & Foundation: Basement & Foundation, Basement size, Percent finish

Land Information: Subdivision, Land Holding Type, Square (feet/meter), Lot Size, Total acres, Lot Dimensions, Front-page, Depth

Business Information: Takings, Returns, Net Profit, Business Type, Stock, Fixtures, Fittings, Percent Office, Percent Warehouse, Loading Facilities

Rural Information: Fencing, Rainfall, Soil type, Grazing, Cropping, Irrigation, Water resources, Carrying capacity, Storage

Of course, along with the expansion of the number of core fields, OS Property also lets you can configure whether or not to use those  core field groups depending on the purpose of your OS Property using

2. Drag & Drop ordering

This is Joomla 3.x feature, it allows you to use mouse to drag & drop items to order them in the list.

3. Default Ordering by & Ordering type of Properties listing in Category Details page

In previous versions, the properties in Category Details page are being sorted by Created date. (New properties will be on the top). But from OS Property 2.9.3, you are able to configure the Order By and Order Type fields for properties listing in Category Pages. You can select to sort properties by: Title, Created date, Modified date, Ref, Price, Featured by Ascending or Descending. To configure these fields, you can go to

Back-end > OS Property > Configuration > Tab: Layout

 

 4. New Toolbar buttons

From OS Property 2.9.3, we added some new buttons for the Management pages at Back-end side of OS Property. The buttons are: Save & New, Duplicate Extra fields

 

In additional, there are some functional buttons added in this version.

1. Optimize Sef Urls

In previous versions, you can only Optimize the Sef urls at Back-end > OS Property > Dashboard. From this version, you only need to go to that function from menu Tools > Optimize Sef Urls at the top.

2. Fix Database Schema

In some cases, there are problem with database of OS Property component, for example, you installed the sample data with location in the US, but then, you change the Default Country to United Kingdom (In Configuration page, field Default Country). At front-end, the real estate properties in US location still appear somewhere. Then, you can use this tool to solve problem.

3. Share Translation

OS Property has several language packages, like English, German, French etc. most of them are done through the support from customers and Google's translation tool. However, some language packages are not fully updated or grammatical errors and vocabulary exist. If you already used the Translation tool of OS Property to update and correct errors in the language files, you can use this tool to send language packages to us. This is a way you can contribute to the people who are using OS Property.

 

 

As you know, there are a lot modification in OS Property 2.9.3 so we encourage you to download latest OS Property version to get new improvement. And please update the languages (through Translation tool at Back-end of OS Property) if you are using different language than English.

To Update OS Property 2.9.3, please install

1. com_osproperty.zip

2. update language files if you are using more language than English


Sincerely,

Dev team

The OS Property developer team are proud to announce the release of OS Property 2.9.2. This is a third release for the 2.9.x series of OS Property and addresses issues introduced in previous versions and introducing new great features like allow site owner to earn profits from customers when they post real estate at Front-end side

What new in OS Property 2.9.2

Since version 2.9.2, OS Property is "extended" with an important feature that allows the website owner can earn money from users when they post real estate properties into OS Property system.
As we all know, every property in the OS Property will belong Standard or Featured states. In the previous version, users can post their properties without having to pay fees, and when they want those properties are highlighted in the list, then they may pay to upgrade those properties to Featured. There are some shortcomings in this way:
- Website owner can only get money when user upgrade their properties from Standard to Featured
- OS Property only supports Paypal payment gateway, which also reduces the degree of component flexibility.
Understanding this limitation, after a period of development and testing, the developer team has made new improvement and from now:
- Site owner may earn money from user when they post their real estate in both Standard and Featured.
- With this new version, other payment gateways are added, such as Offline, Stripe, Authorize.net. All the payment gateways can
be managed from Administrator side through tool: Manage Payment Plugins.
- With this tool, you can Publish / Unpublish the Payment plugins you want to use on the site, and in the future, when OS Property supports new more Payment plugins, you'll be able to install them via this management tool.

Along with the more Payment Gateway Plugins supported, more flexibility in setting up user fees may be charged when they post real estate properties in both Standard and Featured state, the Transactions management tool also improved. Since version OS Property 2.9.2, users can:
- Pay to post their property on the website
- Pay to extend the lifetime of the property on the website
- Renovation of the Standard properties of all Featured
For above reasons, the in Transaction management tool, in addition to basic information such as: Total amount, used Payment Gateway, Order Status .. Administrator must be able to filter out all kinds of transactions based different above purposes.

And order details page at Back-end side

From this page, administrator can change the Order status of the Transaction. When the Order status is changed to Completed, Properties can be upgraded to Featured, or Lifetime of Properties are extended or Properties are approved.
In near future, the Report tool will be added into Transactions management page also.

As we discussed above, from this version, OS Property has been improved "payment" feature, which allows website owner can profit from:

- User when they pay to publish Real Estate properties on your site through OS Property
- User when they pay to upgrade their properties up to Featured
- User when they pay to extend their property's lifetime on your website

Notice: Of course, new features are added, but OS Property - with its flexible associate, you are still able to configure to allow user to post Real Estate properties for free, or those Real Estate properties will never be taken down automatically. Now, we will describe each step in the process of implementation of user pay. Remember that we are mentioning the case that the configure option Active Payment is turned on.

1. Add new Property at Front-end

When user add new property at front-end, beside the existing tabs, you will see one more tab called "Live Time & Payment". This tab shows the options about live time at Front-end of property, property state (Standard vs Featured), Payment gateways (in case user should pay to approve his property). When the user selects these option and enter the necessary information about the Payment (Credit card information).
In the next step, depending on the selected payment gateway, user may:
- Is moved to the "payment page" of selected payment gateway, if he choose the direct payment method (like Paypal etc.)
- Is moved to the Summary page with entered Property information and result returned from payment gateway (Offline or Credit card payment gateways)


2. Upgrade Standard properties to Featured

This feature is available on OS Property from the first versions. Since version 2.9.2, it is enhanced to allow the user can select different available payment methods

3. Extend live time

When a real estate property expired, user can pay to extend the live time. But they must do this before the property is removed out of OS Property. (Please read the manual on Configuration part). When users click on the button to extend the lifetime of property

he will be redirected to property modification page, but "Live Time & Payment" tab is activated and you will be able to choose the live time duration of property on your site along with the state of property (Standard or Featured) and the payment method.

4. Order history

Based on User types (Agent, Owner, Seller, Builder etc. or Company Administrator), the Orders history will be listed in their profile page.

and

 

Other improvements in OS Property 2.9.2

1. Pagination overrides

Since version 2.9.1, OS Property uses the paging functionality of Joomla core in properties listing pages, which can help increasing of SEO ranking, most of the Joomla templates support this "pagination" function well, however, in some templates, the page naviation function isn't not supported well, it makes the "pagination" broken. To solve this trouble, in OS Property 2.9.2, we add option to allow user to select "Joomla pagination" or "OS Property pagination",  by selecting one of two options, you will have the most suitable page navigation functionality.

2. Addition of emails

With Payment methods improvement, we added email to "Payment completed" into Email management tool, when user make the payment by any purpose, this email will be sent to administrator.

3. Bug Fixed on Layout: Property listing layout

4. Company & User registration

In Previous versions, when you submit the Company or User registration form with existing Username, Email etc. OS Property will redirected you back to the registration page with the notice, but all entered information in previous step will lose, you must re-enter necessary information, this is annoying problem for your user. From OS Property 2.9.2, user's entered information will be shown when they are redirected to registration page, you won't need to re-enter those information except your duplicate information (like Username, Email etc.).

 

As you know, there are a lot modification in OS Property 2.9.2 so we encourage you to download latest OS Property version to get new improvement. And please update the languages (through Translation tool at Back-end of OS Property) if you are using different language than English.

To Update OS Property 2.9.2, please install

1. com_osproperty.zip

2. update language files if you are using more language than English


Sincerely,

Dev team

 

The OS Property developer team are proud to announce the release of OS Property 2.9.1. This is a second release for the 2.9.x series of OS Property and addresses issues introduced in previous versions and introducing new great features like adding new features like adding more User types, reduce number stylesheet files will be loaded in OS Property system

 What new in OS Property 2.9.1

1. New User types added

In this new version, we introduced new user types in OS Property system, they are: Realtor, Builder, Landlord, Seller, Broker.
With these user types, your OS Property willl become more flexible. In addition, so far, OS Property is often associated with agent or owner, from the current version, we will get acquainted with the object "OS Property user". With this improvement, OS Property will be closer to Joomla User management component, we try to erase the boundaries between Joomla registered user and OS Property user. From now on, a norml Joomla Registered user can add properties at front-end of OS Property as well as the layout: Agent registration to be unnecessary in some cases.

Accompany this positive turnaround, it's our job to change the relevant part as:

a. Configuration page. Change Tab title from "Agent/ Owner" to User type, all words "Agent/ Owner" to "User type"

b. Agents listing layout is changed to Users listing layout

New features have been applied for English language package, you can use Translation tool to change for other language packages.

2. Themes combination

In demo of OS Property (http://osproperty.ext4joomla.com) or templates of us, we hard code to show several themes of OS Property. After checking demo sites, some customers asked us that they want to mix OS Property's themes on their site. It was pity because OS Property (previous versions) didn't have that feature. Forget it, everything have been changed from OS Property 2.9.1. In the layouts: Property listing layout, Property listing City, Favorites properties, you are able to select theme for showing, it is may difference with the published theme in your OS Property system, you can select one available theme for showing properties.

For example, the published theme is Theme3, but you can show properties in Theme1 format.

"Really great, small changes technically make major changes in how it works"

3. Changing Max, Min values on Slider

On realty website, you may use OS Property for multiple purposes, for sale, for rent, for lease..etc. And obviously, the customer does not want to search for rental properties based on price of for sale real estate. For example, i only want to search the rental properties within $ 600 USD per month, rather than searching for Sale properties that cost $ 1000000 USD. Because the price amount between for Rent and for Sale is very large, so if we put the same Price range max, min, step values for all Property types is unacceptable. Understand it, from this version, OS Property allows you to setup the Min, Max, Step values on Price range filtering in different Property types in your OS Property system.

This improvement will be applied to:

1. Locator search layout

2. Filter form of listing layout

3. Search module

Please use a little time to configure it and make your Real Estate site becomes more flexible.

4. Loading speed improvement

Reduce number of Stylesheet and Javascript files loading and Using compressed Stylesheet are 2 improvement of us to make your OS Property become faster. These changes have been verified carefully before this version is released.

5. Other improvement

a. Add Term and Condition on Company, OS Property user registration pages and Request more details forms.

b. Add location data of: Trinidad & Tobago, Dominica and Kenya

c. Load Property's tags into meta head in Property details page.

d. Fix bugs on Filter form after changing Pagination method in Listing pages

As you know, there are a lot modification in OS Property 2.9.1 so we encourage you to download latest OS Property version to get new improvement. And please update the languages (through Translation tool at Back-end of OS Property) if you are using different language than English.

To Update OS Property 2.9.1, please install

1. com_osproperty.zip

2. mod_ospropertysearch.zip

3. update language files if you are using more language than English


Sincerely,

Dev team

Will you say "Happy Birthday, Joomla!"

The OS Property developer team are proud to announce the release of OS Property 2.9.0. This is a new release for the 2.9.x series of OS Property and addresses issues introduced in previous versions and introducing new great features like adding new image types supported, Joomla ACL for all functions at Back-end side ..etc

OS Property 2.9.0

What's in 2.9.0

New more image types allowed (*.png, *.gif)

In previous versions, OS Property only allows to upload JPG, JPEG pictures. This is one limitation of component. From this version, OS Property allows you to upload pictures more image types: PNG and GIF

Note: In case you want to use Watermark feature, i advise you to use JPG or PNG pictures, because when we add the Watermark into Gif image, the quality of picture will be reduced.

Joomla ACL for all functions at Back-end side of OS Property

In previous versions, OS Property only allows administrator to setup the Joomla Access Level to OS Property component in general. It means one Backend Joomla User group is able/unable to access to OS Property extension. But from this version, administrator can setup the Access level to each functionality of OS Property. For example: Categories Manager, Property type Manager, Properties Manager ..etc

This feature is appropriate in cases when administrator wants to assign tasks to each Backend Joomla User groups and do not want a specific user groups may carry out the other functions of the OS Property at Back-end side.

Add new Property layout - Property details

From OS Property 2.9.0, OS Property add news layout - Property Details. It allows you to show one Property details directly.

Featured Agents module

Featured Agents module is allows you to display Agents/ Owners at front-end in module positions. You can select to show only Agents or Onwer or both. Module also has feature to show Feature/ Unfeatured agents too. This module is included in other templates like OSP Real Estate, OSP Real Homes. But from this OS Property version, we decided to add it into the Package.

Properties comparison improvement

The properties comparison page is improved in this OS Property version, we added Google Map at the top of page and adjust some minor layout issues to make it become nicer and will provide most of the necessary information about the Real Estate properties to users

Property modification layout at Front-end side

In previous version, when you add/edit properties at front-end, you should select Property type at tab: General Information before you can select extra fields in tab Other Information. These steps make users confusing. From OS Property 2.9.0, we add new tab (in Property Modification page) and move Property types, Sold status field and extra fields into it.

Page Navigation improvement

In previous version, OS Property uses "Submit form" method in Page Navigation of Properties listing page. In fact, this solution is working properly. But the links of pages are the same. (with alias of menus)

For example: We have the page to list properties of Property type A. The links in Page Navigation are:

Page1: www.domain.com/property_a

Page2: www.domain.com/property_a

Page3: www.domain.com/property_a

Page4: www.domain.com/property_a

...

This isn't good for SEO

In OS Property 2.9.0, we improve the Page Navigation feature to add the Page numbers into the links in Navigation. With above sample, the links in new OS Property will be:

Page1: www.domain.com/property_a

Page2: www.domain.com/property_a/page_2

Page3: www.domain.com/property_a/page_3

Page4: www.domain.com/property_a/page_4

...

and from different page with page 1, if we click on page1, the url will be: www.domain.com/property_a/page_1

This is good for SEO

Notice: There is the bug with Page Navigation with older Joomla version with 3.4.3, so we are strongly advise you to upgrade your Joomla version to 3.4.3 to get this issue solved.

As you know, there are a lot modification in OS Property 2.9.0 so we encourage you to download latest OS Property version to get new improvement. And please update the languages (through Translation tool at Back-end of OS Property) if you are using different language than English.

Sincerely,

Dev team