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NorrCompetition 2.0.0 Stable Version. Now is Joomla 4 Ready!

NorrCompetition 2.0.0 Stable Version. Now is Joomla 4 Ready!
01 March 2023

Norrcompetition 2.0.0 has been officially released, and it is a stable version which is fully compatible with Joomla 4!

This latest release marks a major milestone in the development of the platform, and it has been built to deliver improved performance and enhanced functionality. We have worked tirelessly to make this version the best yet, and we are confident that it will meet the expectations of our users. A long-awaited version of a voting contest extension is ready to install on the latest Joomla version.

With this release, users can expect improved overall functionality, as well as a more user-friendly interface. One of the most notable new features of NorrCompetition 2.0.0 is its improved performance. The platform has been optimized for speed and reliability, so users can expect faster load times and a more seamless user experience.

We are confident that NorrCompetition 2.0.0 will provide users with the tools they need to run successful contests, and we are excited to see how they will use the platform to achieve their goals. The development team is committed to providing users with the best possible experience, and we will continue to work hard to ensure that Norrcompetition remains a leader in the contests management space.

Key Features

  • Full Joomla 4 compatibility
  • New default theme
  • jQuery dependency removed
  • New option to disable cropping
  • Optimized performance
  • Support of animated .gif images and Instagram Reels videos
  • PHP 8.x ready
  • Raised requirements: PHP 7.4+ and Joomla 4.2+

New Parameters

  • Added masonry mode to the list of entries
  • Added maximum entries limit option for contest
  • Added images quality option
  • Added alias for entries
  • Added new option to remove IDs from URLs

See all new features, improvements and bug fixes of version 2.0.0 in the changelog

Default theme

The version 2.0 of the component comes with a new default theme based on UIkit framework and all other themes that were included in 1.8 are removed. The UIkit files (CSS and JS) are included via the parameter in options. If your Joomla template is based on UIkit, e.g. Yootheme Pro page builder, then you need to disable UIkit loading in NorrCompetition options to avoid loading the framework twice.

Screenshots of new parameters

NorrCompetition 2.0.0 - Disable UIkit and Remove IDs from URLs
2 new parameters: Disable UIkit and Remove IDs from URLs

NorrCompetition 2.0 - set maximum entries limit for the contest
New parameter: set maximum entries limit for the contest

NorrCompetition 2.0.0 - enable masonry mode in the list of entries
New parameter: enable masonry mode in the list of entries

When NorrCompetition 1.8 will reach End of Life?

As the software industry continues to evolve, it's not uncommon for older versions of a product to become obsolete. Such is the case with NorrCompetition 1.8, a popular platform for online contests. With the release of a new version, many users are finding that their support for the old software is rapidly declining.

One of the main reasons for this drop in support is the improved functionality and user experience offered by the new version. With updated features and a sleek, modern design, many users are finding that the new version offers a better overall experience compared to the outdated 1.8.

Another factor contributing to the drop in support is the lack of support and updates for the old version and the End of Life for Joomla 3 series that ends at August, 2023.

The end of support or End of Life for NorrCompetition version 1.8 ends at 17th August 2023 together with Joomla 3.x series. Until this moment, only bug fixes will be delivered. No new features or improvements will be added to the old version.

In conclusion, it's clear that the drop in support for NorrCompetition 1.8 is due to the release of a new version with improved functionality and user experience. As the software industry continues to advance, it's important for users to stay updated and take advantage of the latest technology.

If you are using NorrCompetition version 1.8 and Joomla 3, it is time to migrate to the actual versions of CMS and the component.

Update from version 1.8.x to 2.0.0

Before you update to 2.0.0 please ensure, that NorrCompetition modules and plugins that are installed on your website are compatible with NorrCompetition v2. You can do it by visiting "My Downloads" section under "User menu". If NorrCompetition module or plugin have a "Joomla 4" in it's name then it is ready for NorrCompetition v2.

When you are ready - simply update from the control panel or download and install NorrCompetition package as usual.

We encourage all users to upgrade to the latest version of NorrCompetition to take advantage of all the new features and improvements. Furthermore, we are confident that you will love the new version, and we look forward to your feedback.

Product translations

There are about 25 translations for NorrCompetition at the moment. However, some of them need to be updated, and new languages are always welcome. You can check out the list of available translations and the percentage of its readiness.

Please help to update localizations and translate the component into your language, if it is not listed yet and get product license for free. More details

Dmitrijs Rekuns

A Joomla enthusiast and web developer who has been working with Joomla since 2007. I work in the banking sector. What excites me most is developing extensions.

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