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
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
2. update language files if you are using more language than English
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
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.
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
2. update language files if you are using more language than English
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
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
3. update language files if you are using more language than English
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
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:
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:
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.
The OS Property developer team are proud to announce the release of OS Property 2.8.4. This is a 5th release for the 2.8.x series of OS Property and addresses issues introduced in previous versions and introducing new functionality: Fully Joomla ACL integration
What's in 2.8.4
1. Joomla ACL
In previous version, OS Property only provides 3 access levels for each property, category, extra field group and extra field: Public, Registered and Specially. It raise several restrictions, specially when you want to use Membership feature to prevent data accessing with several Joomla user groups. Understand it, we decided to add All Joomla Access level for Properties, Categories, Extra fields and Extra field groups. From OS Property 2.8.4, when you add/edit properties, you are able to select specific access level of Joomla for property. Specially, if you are using Membership tool on your site and you want to earn money from visitors, you can setup Membership Plans to assign visitors into specific Joomla User group with separated access level, for example, we call it is "Visitor access level". And the simple work is setup the access level for properties is "Visitor access level". It will be profitable for you with a small improvement in this new OS Property version.
2. Back button on Advanced Search result
In previous version, the Advanced search functionality work as below:
- Customer enter the search form to find corresponding properties
- Results are shown, and customer click on one property to see details
- From Property details page, customer go back to previous page and they must enter the search form again.
This point makes some customers feel anoying. Understand it, we decided to improve OSP Navigation plugin. As you know, this plugin shows the Next and Previous links to allow customer to go to Next and Previous properties in the Search result. From this version, it will show the Back button, it allows customer to go to the Search result page without enter the search criterias in second time. To get this feature, you need to re-intall the plugin plg_ospnavigation.zip too
3. Spam prevention improvement
Although we have had many changes and improvement in functionily: blocking spam, but in fact, some customers still notice that they were spam attack. This motivates us to think, search for more effective solutions to prevent the attack from spam. And from this version, we launched a new algorithm to help prevent spam effectively. It is based on features of Joomla Session, and it is able to block all spam attacks from forms of OS Property like Request More details, Property sharing, Comment, Agent and Company contact forms. Please try use and experience this effective feature.
4. Other enhancement
- Facebook auto posting: Facebook API has just released version 2.4, and this API version won't work with Facebook User's group. We have update OS Property to make it to work with Facebook API 2.4. Please notice that from this version, you won't be able to post properties into Facebook groups (that you joined) anymore.
- Restructured Company and Agent layout: These layouts has been improved to make they load faster, and become nicer
- Default Joomla Access Level: From this version, administrator is able to select Default Access level for properties that posted from Front-end by Company administrator, Agent/ Owner
- Issue when sorting columns in Cities Management page - Fixed
- Gray color on main picture of property after closing Color box (Property details - Theme3) - Fixed
As you know, there are a lot modification in OS Property 2.8.4 so we encourage you to download latest OS Property version to get new improvement.