Since the first releases of CMDealAggregator, we have received many feedback and suggestions from CMDealAggregator users. We would like to thank to all of you for your support and contributions! Listen to your ideas, we have been working to improve CMDealAggregator, make it more easier to use, and CMDealAggregator 1.3.0 is the result, sure more will come in the future releases! Please keep giving us your feedback!

Here are the changes in CMDealAggregator 1.3.0:

  • The source code was totally rebuilt to follow Joomla! Coding Standards.
  • Ordering in category, location and site are removed. Now all of the items are sort by name, user can find an item in the list easier, administrator doesn't need to sort the items manually.
  • Location, category, original price, discount fields of deal are now optional. Who needs to create deal manually will love this change.
  • Google+ is now added to the list of social networks for sharing deal.
  • Ability to show or hide info in deal detail page.
  • Ability to import many XML feeds for 1 website. In the past 1 website only supports 1 XML feed.
  • XML files which are compressed into GZ files are now supported.
  • All parsers are removed. No need for building new parser, no need to open XML file to get element name, no need to enter element name for every field.
  • Cron job from CLI (command line interpreter).
  • Tool to delete downloaded XML files.
  • Tool to truncate the deal table right from Joomla! back-end. No need to using phpMyAdmin or hosting control panel.
  • Category view is removed. Deal list now can be filtered by category, location and website.
  • Secret key for web based cron.
  • Search deals by keyword.
  • Groupon.com's feed is currently not supported. Please check this post for the reason. We will improve this in the next versions.

CMDealAggregator 1.3.0 is still in beta version. Please report any issue to us, all reports are appricated to make the component more stable!

If you are going to upgrade your old version of CMDealAggregator to 1.3.0, please check http://cm-deal-aggregator.readthedocs.org/en/latest/pages/upgrading.html for upgrading tips. Do not try to upgrade on your production site!