OSpam-a-not: Our New Joomla Spam-Fighting Extension

OSpam-a-notWe're Knights of the Round Table,
We dance when ere we're able,
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable.
We dine well here in Camelot,
We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.
--Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Last year at, we started using an unobtrusive technique on some of our web forms in an attempt to stop the flood of spambots submitting junk on those forms. It worked better than we could have hoped and we've been talking about turning it into a Joomla! plugin ever since.

With apologies to Monty Python we are calling it OSpam-a-not.

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The Future of XMap

xmapThere is something unique for me about XMap.

We first used XMap back in 2007 and we're still running XMap on in 2015.

I can't think of very few other Joomla extensions that have been so useful for so long. We hope we're able to use XMap for a long time to come.

But, XMap development isn't moving forward. The last major release was version 2.3 back in 2012. The last minor update was in the summer of 2013.

We'd love to help move XMap forward.

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I'm So Very Happy With the New OSMeta

osmetaAbout a year ago we ran into a serious SEO problem at

We had 1000's of articles and menu links. We had too much content and trying to manage the search engine titles and descriptions was becoming an impossible task. I needed to open and edit each article individually.

So, we set out to build OSMeta. Finally, after a year of effort, OSMeta is what I hoped it would be.

It truly is the easiest way to add metadata to Joomla.

We've just released OSMeta 1.2 with a ton of improvements. Here's what's new:

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The Alledia Launch Offer: Great Deals Until December 31

Alledia Launch

Welcome to the official launch of!

2 months ago, we put this site back online and explained our plans to launch 6 Pro extensions. All 6 Pro extensions are now available:

  1. OSDownloads Pro: the easiest way to add downloads to Joomla
  2. OSMeta Pro: the easiest way to add metadata to Joomla
  3. OSContent Pro: the easiest way to add content to Joomla
  4. OSYouTube Pro: the easiest way to add YouTube videos to Joomla
  5. OSVimeo Pro: the easiest way to add Vimeo videos to Joomla
  6. OSWistia Pro: the easiest way to add Wistia videos to Joomla

Can you see the pattern? We're aiming to make Joomla easier to use.

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OSDownloads Pro is Here With Many New Features

OSDownloadsOSDownloads is the easiest way to add downloads to Joomla.

We're really happy to announce that we've given the extension a complete overhaul and also have OSDownloads Pro available.

There's no part of OSDownloads that isn't better with today's release. We've improved the user interface. We've added features. We've cleaned up the code. By a long distance, this is the biggest ever update for OSDownloads.

Here's an overview of what's new in OSDownloads:

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New OSContent Pro with K2 Support

k2OSContent is the easiest way to quickly add content to Joomla.

Now, with the arrival of OSContent Pro, it's also the easiest way to add content to K2.

For a long time, OSContent has allowed to create or delete Joomla articles and categories. Now, you can create or delete K2 content in the same easy way.

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OSWistia Adds Playback Speed Controls

OSWistiaIf you use Wistia to show Joomla videos on your site, we have a treat for you this week.

OSWistia Pro now allows your users to control the speed of videos on your site.

This feature works with Chrome, Safari and recent versions of Internet Explorer. It will also support Firefox when version 35 is released in January.

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Élan - New Minimal and Elegant Template

Élan - A New Mininal and Elegant Template

Élan was specifically design for the kind of business that appreciate simplicity as a first view. Combine with elegance, which is everything in a design, they help to communicate better an idea. Élan combines perfectly both trends and gives a wide space for images and clean blogs. In a couple of minutes, you will build a modern elegant corporate site with simple clicks.

6 Color Options & 14 module positions

Élan comes with 6 color themes in calid and vivid tones. The versatility Élan will give to any web developer will let them choose between 14 different module positions that easy lets your website with a trendy new look.

Elan ColorOptions

Easy Setup: a Quicklauncher with ALL the Demo Content

With Joomlashack's Quicklauncher, you can download and install Élan as a Joomla installation with the template and content pre-configured as it looks and works on our demo*.

* Note: The quicklauncher was not designed to aid with updating existing sites. It is only suitable for new installations. 

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OSMeta Pro is Here with K2 Support

k2OSMeta is the easiest way to add metadata to Joomla.

By far the most common request we've had from OSMeta is users support for the K2 extension.

Today we're really happy to release a Pro version of OSMeta with support for K2. You can now easily add metadata to all your K2 items from just one screen.

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New releases for OSYouTube, OSVimeo and OSDownloads

One week after our launch and we're already rolling out improvements to several of our extensions.

This week three of our free extensions had updates with bug fixes and a new, improved, installer:

  • OSYouTube, version 3.0.3
  • OSVimeo, version 1.1.2
  • OSDownloads, version 1.1.5

We also released two Pro versions with the same bug fixes and an easier way to enter your license key immediately after the installation:

  • OSYouTube Pro, version 3.0.2
  • OSVimeo Pro, version 1.1.2

All of these updated are available with one-click in your Joomla admin area.

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