Today we are proud to unveil our newest site upgrade!
The Joomla Extensions Directory , or JED as it is affectionately known was today upgraded to Joomla 1.5. Ironically the biggest visible changes though are the new template and a brand spanking new version of Mosets Tree GPL. We're sure there will be a few teething problems, however, with much input from the community many of the features you have requested and provided feedback on have now been implemented. Some of them include:
New top level category homepage: AS JED grows, there is a growing need to organize information in top level categories and starting from this upgrade, we now have category homepages on most top level categories. It shows you Popular, New, Recently Updated and one random extension from within the category. In addition to that, you will find links to Top Rated, Most Reviewed, Most Rated and Most Favored ranked within the category. With these features, it gives you a greater and faster way to find great extensions.
Improved Recently Updated list: The Recently Updated page will now only list extensions which has been updated by releasing a new version. Extensions will will appear in this list only when they release a new version of their component, modules, plugins, languages or tools. This new list provides a much more accurate view of recently updated extensions.
There are now up to 100 extensions for all Top extensions pages.
Developers can now upload 5 screenshots of their extension in addition to a logo
These are just some of the visible new additions to the directory. There are a lot of more changes under the hood and in the interface that will make the experience finding great extensions in JED even better.
Lee, from Mosets had this to say about the migration of Mosets Tree to Joomla! 1.5 as well as his decision to open source Mosets Tree:
"Mosets Tree has been compatible with Joomla! 1.5 through the use of legacy plugin since March 2008 so making it natively compatible is a logical progression of the extension. With the news of phasing out Joomla! 1.0 extensions in June 2009, there is no better time to do this than now. For a big site like JED, one of the advantage of going Joomla! 1.5 has been its performance gain and Mosets Tree has taken full advantage of this. Our tests have show up to 60% improvement in ApacheBench on the new JED, so you can expect some improvement in its load time.
We have also decided to open source two of our best-selling products - Mosets Tree and Hot Property starting with their respective native release for Joomla! 1.5. This will mark a major milestone for Mosets as an open source development company and we believe going open source will be the way forward for extensions to continue to thrive and succeed in Joomla!'s ecosystem."
We're sure this new upgraded website will continue to serve the interests of the Joomla community. It's already our most successful website in terms of traffic and hits (even more than www.joomla.org) and we expect it to continue to remain so. A special thanks to the hard working Editors who not only work each day to edit/approve Extensions, but have also provided much valuable feedback to help improve JED.
So.. what are you waiting for.. check it out now: extensions.joomla.org