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Release notification v 1.5.2

Release notification v 1.5.2

Version Info

Version: 1.5.2

Release Date: Feb 12 2018

This version is compatible with Joomla 3.8.x and Joomla 3.7.x series.

Supported PHP Version: 5.4+, 7.0+, 7.1+



Before you upgrade 

We took immense care while creating 1.5.2 and tested upgrade procedures with different variations, but sellacious is used in so many different ways by our awesome users and customised so widely that we always recommend you to take backup of your website before upgrading to latest version. It is always recommended to run the upgrade in staging environment and not to upgrade it on your live website. 


Steps of upgradation: 

Login in your Joomla Administrator panel, and go to Extensions > Manage > Update you will find upgrades listed in the available updates. Upgrade Sellacious package, and Template.

The second level authentication

Sellacious has embedded second level authentication, this way you give direct access of your shop administrator without letting them inside your Joomla Administrator panel. You can also configure the URL of this sellacious backend by simply changing the folder name of sellacious backoffice, by default it is “/sellacious” like: http://www.yourwebsite.com/sellacious


The default user which will login inside sellacious backoffice is the super admin of Joomla. 


Change log v1.5.2

What’s New?

  • Product search feature now supports two types of searching integration - Sellacious Native (no indexing), Joomla Finder (uses indexing)
  • There was a shutdown of the Yahoo Forex API permanently which was used in sellacious. That caused our forex conversions to fail. Fixer API was available already, but most of our users were not aware of it. Now we are supporting Fixer and Google Finance APIs, whichever you want to use can be selected from global configuration.
  • You can now define multiple slabs for each shipping rule.
  • Improvements in Cart shipping calculation API.
  • Improvements in Sellacious Menu Manager.
  • Earlier products list page has two layout Masonry Grid, and Flat List. A new layout with Fixed Grid is added. This can be configured from the global configuration.
  • Backend edit link added in all products in frontend. Seller/admin can now directly jump to backend to edit the product from frontend.
  • Added global, category level and product level stock handling to allow fixed stock inventories and one time inventories.
  • Sync menu with sellacious category feature added with advanced option. See global configuration for details.
  • Select comprehensive zoom lense configuration from global configurations. Set different image zoom options for desktop and mobile zoom in or pop out.
  • You can choose in global configuration now which of the optional columns should be hidden from backend product catalogue page.


Bug Fixes:


  • Specifications cache failing on conservative MySQL configuration is now fixed
  • Fixed the issue when uninstalling sellacious after "sellacious" folder renamed to something else, caused problem.
  • Uninstalling individual extensions from sellacious package could break your site. Fixed this by disallowing the individual uninstall with a message that you need to uninstall entire package instead.
  • Fixed few Compatibility issue with PHP 7.2
  • Now shipping amount will be credited to seller if the item is shipped by seller and billed by seller.
  • On an e-product page any uploaded sample files would be listed, earlier it was not displayed.
  • Switching between variants on product details page is improved and faster.
  • Now a currency which is being used as any seller's default currency or as the global shop currency cannot be unpublished.
  • Product count in category blocks was including unpublished products. Now counting only published ones.
  • Show shipping address only if the cart has some shippable items.
  • All modules logic update to honour the allowed product type and other settings in the global configurations while displaying products. Previously module were showing all products without considering unpublished products.
  • Fixed bug where cache was not updating correctly on product publish, unpublish and trash actions.
  • We'll now automatically hide special category column in backend catalogue when no special category is published.
  • Fixed SQL error shown when viewing orders list when there are no orders yet.
  • Several other minor improvements and fixes.


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Presenting Sellacious Mega Version 1.5.0 !

Presenting Sellacious Mega Version 1.5.0 !

Yet another exciting version of Sellacious is out now, bringing the all new and amazing features. Good news, you can do much more with just one click now.

Factors of all sides is always kept in mind while we get Sellacious versions according to the user’s comforts and needs.

Here is the list of what new is offered with the version 1.5.0:

  1. Sellacious has got its own menu manager. Now, You can manage back-office menu easily with Menu Manager in back-office. Customize Sellacious menu in clicks.
  2. Almost 90% of the sellacious application is now Multilingual ready. Offer it in your language.
  3. Products filter is now a module in front-end. Place it where you need.
  4. You can now set Style Options for all special categories and not just core shipped ones.
  5. Improved Products-Cache for faster frontend and backend. Almost 300% Faster than 1.4.7.
  6. Various product modules with multiple layouts options.
  7. Finder module to allow sellacious products using Joomla advance search utility.
  8. Improved Email Templates management with "To", "Cc", "Bcc" and "Reply To" email options for each template.
  9. After first install now sellacious asks you the basic options that helps you to setup your sellacious shop the way you want to use it in a quick and easy way.
  10. SEF URL improvement for better and readable frontend URL. Choose your own SEO friendly URLs now and create them via Joomla menu manager.
  11. Improved Guest checkout experience.
  12. Easily duplicate existing product in a click.
  13. Several UI/UX improvements including more informative product catalog.
  14. Fully compatible and works perfectly with the new version of Joomla! 3.8.
  15. More than 200 other small improvements and bug fixes.

For Premium Users: Completely revamped products, images, users and orders imports supporting plugins to handle Custom Import if needed.

  • Blazing fast Product Import from CSV files using Import Plugin.
  • Now, Import Users, Orders and Export them with ease.

There is a lot that you can do for Sellacious, And we are working everyday to make it even better and convenient for you. We are all ears and excited about your suggestions, Let us know what you think about the new version and what all do you expect in coming versions. Write to us in our community forums.

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Features to look for while choosing a Marketplace Software.

Features to look for while choosing a Marketplace Software.

When you’re a company that sells products produced by a large number of companies, it can seem difficult to transition to an online business, and manage the large number of sellers that you have to deal with. Today, making your own eCommerce site does not have to be exceedingly technical, and can be done using Marketplace software expressly designed for these purposes.  There are various free marketplace software available, that allow you to set up a marketplace and use it to sell products from various sellers. We here list you out five from many features you should look for in a Marketplace Software:

  1. Multi-vendor Support
    In many use cases, The Online Store operates with just a single seller and the software is made keeping the same in mind. But for a company that wants to sell products through a number of vendors, it is of the highest importance to have support for multiple vendors in their marketplace software. This allows for separation between sellers and offers many more features, especially when two sellers are selling the same kind of product.

  2. Seller-specific Customization
    Detailing and advantaging the first point, it is incredibly important for a marketplace software to offer the ease of administration for its Sellers. Seller related settings should be full-featured and highly customizable. These include various types of policy control, such as return policies, the ability to set access of the seller’s to the site’s catalog, and to generate statistics based upon seller activity.

  3. Customizability
    A software is remarkably efficient if it allows to customize it’s almost every feature to suit the different needs of different users. If it does not allow you to set up various themes and discounts, it is probably not the best choice. There are various choices that are specific and unique to a business, and these choices are best left to the individual using the software, and therefore various customization options should be available.

  4. Extensibility
    The software must provide options for further customizations and add-ons. This can be through a store that allows the community of users around the software to build extensions and add-ons, and monetize them, or through on-demand features that could be requested and paid for to be provided by the makers of the software. There are often various add-ons required, such as payment gateways for things like PayPal, and feature additions for shopping carts, as well as design templates for the site, and all these contribute to the usability of the site.  

  5. Open Source
    Though in the history of software, it is not believed to be the priority feature to look for, To believe It is best to use a software which is open source and has the scope and capacity to extend it to the store’s usability. This has various advantages and to list a few, Software that is open source will have its complete source code available, which allows for the company to make its own customization and to modify it according to its specific needs if the need be.

    Needless to say, A software that is time and Cost efficient and gives you the benefit of less efforts in administration and operation, and is also easy to understand and access adds up to the best choice too.

    If all these criteria are not fulfilled by the marketplace software you are considering, you may want to reconsider, and look for an option that includes features that serves best to your marketplace establishment and growth . Without any of these essential features, there will eventually be times that you feel handicapped as you look for workarounds. With lots of marketplace software available, you have a plethora of choices to explore.

Also, We personally suggest you to check out Sellacious, an excellent solution that has all of the features that you would look for, and many extra ones that might make your management of an online marketplace an efficient and easy job. Not to brag but we have all above listed  features available with Sellacious.

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Sellacious - An ideal Virtuemart alternative

Sellacious - An ideal Virtuemart alternative

While deciding about expanding the business online, the first question that needs to be answered is about the Software to be used, that is reliable, complete and easy to create your online store.
Where we have plenty of options available, Virtuemart is one of them that is available with Joomla.
It is very important to select a user-friendly platform which also gives you the flexibility and scalability to expand and utilize the software to suit and cater your online store perfectly.
Coming back to Virtuemart, It is definitely a reliable option but we give you 5 reason why Sellacious is the right choice, and is a potential Virtuemart alternative.

Complete and Integrated:
One thing that we bet about Sellacious is its completeness and the Integrated Solution it introduces to the market. Where there is a need of thousands of additional plugins to make Virtuemart ideal for the kind of Online store you are aiming for, Sellacious does it all by itself having the USP of almost all the features built-in. This makes Sellacious a perfect Virtuemart alternative.

Sellacious offers plenty of useful resources for an enterprise level store, And also is a complete model for Beginners as it comes with all the configuration options built-in the system. At the same time, if we talk about Virtuemart, it will be safe to quote that it is not much suitable for the users looking for B2B stores due to the lack of available features and configurations, And you require a lot of research for additional plugins to be used.

Sellacious is built on the latest version of Joomla, and is revised time by time following the latest standards in the industry to help it run smoothly and make it secure and optimize the whole system, In comparison to virtuemart which is sparsely updated making the whole software not up to the mark. To make a practical eCommerce store, Sellacious offers you all the features built-in the form of configurations in the original system. Unlike other platforms which needs additional plugins for the same features, generally developed by the third-parties not understanding the base platform and are prone to use less effective code practices, hence, making the whole solution slow and poorly performed.

Cost Effective:
No hidden and additional cost at all! Sellacious is free to download and only charges you for the premium support, You get everything built in and pays no extra charges for any plugin catering the feature you need for your store. Where, Virtuemart is also free to download but requires additional charged plugins integration to make it a whole system itself and you end up paying more than the seem cost.

Time Efficient:
As Virtuemart is a platform which needs additional plugins to extend it to the desired capability, it takes a lot of efforts and time to get the whole software for your store in place. Whereas, We claim to have provided Sellacious as a complete eCommerce suit for Online stores and Marketplace saving you a lot of extra time and labor. Thus, giving you all the reason to believe that Sellacious is an absolute and even more preferable Virtuemart alternative.

Putting the above points in place to conclude that Sellacious is an absolute alternative to Virtuemart. Switching your preferences to Sellacious is the practical decision your Store needs.
While you get an awesome support and a helpful community to be a part of, We try to answer all your question pre-handedly offering documentation for our users.
Sellacious is extremely user friendly, reliable and a modern system developed keeping the requirements of an Online store in watch. With a vision and mission to cast a platform which requires our users to do no much work and start their online store under 10 minutes.
We try to give you all the reason to shift from your present eCommerce platform today and love Sellacious as much as we do and make it an ideal alternative to present solutions available in the market.

Learn more about the features that Sellacious has to offer here.
Also Read - Why is Sellacious the best eCommerce for you?

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Why is Sellacious the best eCommerce Software for you?

Why is Sellacious the best eCommerce Software for you?

With the emerging and flourishing digitization of practices and an increased demand of online structural stores for everything from groceries to consumer goods, Trade has taken a swift turn to marking its presence on internet with a  huge number.
Thinking to shift your shop into a proper Online Store, or better - a Marketplace? What are the question you ask before choosing your platform to trust your business with?
With so many options available in the market scaling from Virtuemart to wooCommerce to something more refined like Magento, it’s typical to find yourself lost and confused in the jam of Software. We know the need of researching a Platform for your Store far down from the top and surface before you settle down at one, and we have covered all that up for you here.
We are not bragging but Sellacious comes loaded with all the features you require to ensure your store runs smoothly, cost effectively, and successfully for the growing years.
Going into the details:

1- Sellacious asks for extremely less efforts.
As we claim and ensure, Sellacious is a complete solution for your store and requires almost no extra plugins, still maintaining the flexibility to match your needs,Sellacious lets you customise the same according to your specifications. Download our quickstart package and you can get an online marketplace or store up and running within 10 minutes.

2- An All-Rounder. Sellacious thrives to  render an all-round platform offering RMA (Returns and Exchange), Automatic Stock Balancing across various sales channels, Orders Management, Geo-Location based shipping, payments, coupons, taxes & discount rules and much more on the back of user’s hands, jacked up with Multi-Site feature enabling the user to manage multiple sellacious installations from single sellacious installation.

3- Cost effective
Current available solutions in market comes with hidden cost where you have to pay for all the little customisations to make it work in a real world. Sellacious, on the other hand, is a complete solution in itself and requires extremely less external plugins which saves you a huge cost on additional integrations. Sellacious is absolutely free to download and thus goes easy on your pocket.

4- Seamless Checkout Process
Payment and checkout shall never be a problem for the customers, with so many payment and shipping integrations available, you can choose to add any to your store and combine it with Sellacious easy checkout process, it lets you in fact modify the checkout fields directly from Sellacious as per requirements, to give your buyers the ease of ordering with customization of your products enabled.You can also let your guest do the checkout without even letting them register on your store.

5-  SEO friendly and Page load Performance
Sellacious comes with all the features to support your Store’s Marketing, with so many features for logical marketing, SEO and modifications of various SEO settings to suit your essentials. One of the tested and certain ways to boost your store is to reduce its loading time giving your buyers a nice shopping experience. Sellacious also ensures a robust interface which helps you maintain and run your store in the best speed possible.

6-Support at your disposal
We know you must have questions, and we try to be connected to our user’s in as many ways possible, offering 24*7 live support, active Community forum, written documentation, video tutorials to make it easier for you to understand and much more.

7- Developer Friendly
Love to code? Sellacious is built with the modern code standards in industry thus enabling easy development on the platform. The Joomla! MVC structure is the core of Sellacious, which makes it especially easy to extend and customise as per your requirements. Download, Install and get going with starting your own online store or marketplace.

8- Secure and Up-to-date
Security is one of the main concerns while running an eCommerce since it involves so many transactions, Sellacious here plays its part in ensuring the security that is required as it maintains the latest code standards and performs regular code audits to fix any unforeseen vulnerabilities.

Sellacious has emerged as one of the reliable software in recent times and focuses on understanding its user’s experience, And so, have introduced the idea of Trial of our Platinum package for a period of time to let you perceive Sellacious for yourself with its every element.

There are plenty of options available out there, And we understand choosing the one that suits you is a heavy investment of time and money. Try Sellacious for your next big thing, We are sure we won’t let you down. With all the features that we offer, It is only in the direction of your store’s Success. Before settling to any random option, we encourage you to research what’s best for you according to your current needs.

Stay connected for more. We have more than this in store.

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What to expect in Joomla! version 3.7

What to expect in Joomla! version 3.7

Joomla! has geared up for its next version to be released soon, the much awaited version will see many significant changes and mark the introduction of various new features since its last release in July, 2016 hosting the features like subform field, show all menu items, improved UX, improved Joomla! updates, Menu type ACL, categories on the fly.
Considering the up-gradation brought up with the release of Joomla 3.5, v3.7 is foreseen to be a minor upgrade, yet Joomla clearing the air announced shipping of some main new features to be included by Joomla 3.7 , Beta version of which is set to be released around 24th of January 2017.
Joomla! announced  Robert Deutz (CMS maintainer and former PLT member) as the 3.7 Release Lead, with its news publish about its Version 3.7 and what to expect.
Talking in details, we have put together some of the expected features coming up with the version.


  • Routing:
    Router is the relevant code to create and process SEF URLs. Search engine friendly (SEF), human-readable URLs that make sense to both humans and search engines because they explain the path to the particular page they point to. Joomla will now have the scope of using a new routing strategy, The feature is placed as an option and you can enable it per component, easing to mix the old and new strategy if required. Joomla! also made it clear that If you are using an old extension that does not support the new routing then everything will still work as before. This will ensure many issues fixes faced with the current version of Joomla!. The update is announced by Joomla! In its Road to 3.7 news publish and will make its way in the new upcoming version.


  • Custom fields:
    Talking about custom fields, You will be able to add custom fields to articles, user profiles and contact forms. It will now be possible to attach a field to a field group, disable custom field feature to every component, 3rd party extension developers will be allowed to adapt the output to their extensions and the site integrator to customize them to their needs and much more.
    The new version of Joomla! Will see some significant update about custom fields, We are counting that with the release of this Joomla! 3.7, The coding of the same is pretty much done, and is available to be tested by anyone anyone just by downloading the  version of Joomla! available in GitHub repository.


  • Visual update of back-end template:
    As per release news published by Joomla in November, Apart from some big changes the back-end template will be visually improved involving some minor enhancements and refining usability. Changes are expected to be made only to ISIS template.  Mostly only affecting UI elements, background gradients envisioned to be removed.

  • Other Improvements:
    Joomla! 3.7 will bring many other notable changes, parallel Facebook login will be enabled, Adding a Facebook authentication plugin to render own fields in login modules and the login views of com_users. The feature is already been approved by the PLT.
    Drag and drop toolbar editing with TinyMCE, As we quote, With this version, you will now be allowed to customize and edit the default editor, You can open the TinyMCE editor plugin and add move or remove buttons.




    Improvements in article modals, Joomla 3.7 will mark a lot of time saving by enabling to create a menu directly while creating an article.

    New date and time Picker, this relatively minor proposed change would update Joomla’s date and time picker, everything will be controllable through the calendar field definition and the new time picker code would be based on select elements (24h or 12h based)


You can also direct at Github, https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms for more detailed changes and test the features yourself.


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