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We recently released a new version of our JB LIbrary plugin that adds the ability for lazyload to target specific content on your page. One main complaint we have had since implementing Lazy Load on this site is that it tends to really mess with forums due to the number of avatars and other images that might be on the page. The latest version allows us to specifically target the html markup in our articles to avoid this affect from occurring on the forum.

If you are unfamiliar with Lazy Load you can see it in action on this page by scrolling to the bottom of the page and if you are quick enough you will notice that the images fade in. Using Lazy Load means that each page load will be faster since the browser doesnt have to wait for each image to load on the page.

Lazy Load comes bundled with our free jQuery plugin for Joomla called JB LIbrary and you can visit the Lazy Load home page for more information.

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While doing a bit of research into some K2 functionality recently, I came across a few posts on the K2 support forum requesting lists of templates and extensions that support the K2 component. We have been working pretty intimately with K2 since the start of this year and so I thought Id post a rundown of which of our Joomla templates and extensions that are K2 compatible.

We plan on adding K2 support to most of our future Joomla template releases and extending the Joomla modules that are currently K2 compatible as well.

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Last week I was doing some "optimising" on the site and one of the things I "optimised" broke. I guess this happens a lot when you are playing with software and going through trial and error to create the best working scenario, but this "optimisation" broke our Joomla registration process and so it had some reasonable ramifications for (thankfully) a short period time.

The fix was easy ... but finding it was hard. The fix was really just down to the inbuilt Joomla cache plugin that somehow was breaking the user session somewhere between the Community Builder and AEC (our subscription component) handshake. The fix was to go to the plugin manager and disable the cache plugin. That was easy.

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The process of upgrading non-zen or pre-framework templates is really pretty easy (in most cases) and we hope to have some tutorials coming soon to help you through that process if you need a design before it gets ported or if you feel like porting a live site to the new framework.

In the meantime club members can download the new version from our download area and take the new version for a spin.

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Grid2 Joomla Template

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Im happy to announce the release of our June 2010 Joomla template. The original Grid proved to be one our most popular Joomla themes and Im hoping that Grid2 is a worthy successor.

Grid2 is built on the Zen Grid Framework and also comes bundled with a K2 template for use with the K2 cck component from joomlaworks.

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A few of you have been asking for more previews of the Grid2 Joomla template whose release is quite imminent, so I thought Id post a screenshot of the K2 Blog template that we are shipping with Grid2. Once again its a pretty simple blog type layout and the screenshot is using the minimal theme called white squares.

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For more info and for the download please check out the main captifyContent page or stay tuned for the release of the Grid2 template in the next few days which features captify on the front page.

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The original Grid Joomla template we released back in July 2009 has proven to be one of the most popular joomla themes in our catalogue and so it was with a little trepidation that I started to rework that design a few months ago. This isnt the final result and is only a preview of the front page but I thought it might be helpful to give you a sneak peak at what we have in store for the June template release.

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Simpleshop gets a revamp

An old favourite template of ours has just been given a new lease of life with an update for the Zen Grid Framework plus support for Tienda and K2. Simpleshop's focus is on simplicity so its a very minimal and mostly stripped back Joomla template that pulls on some common Tienda styling from our Shopfront release as well as the Avanti K2 template that we released back in January. Simpleshop is an incredibly fast and lightweight template that provides a perfectly clean slate for you to showcase your products on.

For more information check the Zen Simple Shop features page, the documentation page or view the Simpleshop on the site showcase.

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A few days ago I posted a preview of the icon that I commissioned Parth Mohanraj to make for our Zen Grid framework and today I thought Id post a small interview with Parth so that you can learn more about this amazing designer. If you haven't already checked out his folio its well worth it. Read on for the interview.

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Im really happy to be able to show off our new icon for the Zen Grid framework. The icon was developed by the amazingly talented Parthiban Mohanraj who creates incredibly detailed and immaculate icons. Check out his folio over on Deviant Art for some more examples of his amazing work.

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Shopfront released

Shopfront is built on the Zen Grid Template Framework and is compatible with Tienda 0.4.4 +. Tienda is a free Joomla ecommerce solution created by Dioscouri.

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