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Joomla 3.3 will be released next month with some exciting new features and Joomla is claiming it will be the most stable Joomla platform ever! As beta releases become available we will test Joomla 3.3 on our products as we have done with previous editions of Joomla. As of now we see no issues that will affect our products.

Many of the new features will include security fixes, backend updates, cloud storage API's and much more. You can read more about the update from here.

One of the biggest changes in 3.3 is the conversion of mootools to jquery. We want to ensure our customers that you have absolutely nothing to worry about here with our products. We predicted this changeover when Joomla 3.0 was first introduced with jquery, and we converted all of our mootools scripts over to jquery at that time rather than waiting until now. All of our Joomla 3 products have always been running jquery and do not include mootools at all.

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We have recently evaluated our current pricing structure of memberships and we have decided to make some minor changes that will come into effect on May 1st, 2014. Our goal is and has always been to provide the best website products possible at a valuable price to our members. We have done extensive research by examining the price structure of many competitors and we feel that our prices will still remain very competitive and remain the best value for your money!

1. Our $49.99 membership will remain unchanged. This membership is a great value for anyone looking for just one product.

2. Our $79.99 membership will continue to allow for 3 domains and will increase by only $10 to a new total of $89.99.

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Today we have launched Vertex 3.5 for Joomla 3.X. This new version fixes several bugs and adds several bits of new functionality to Vertex. Please be sure to read through the major changes listed below. To upgrade your Vertex installation please be sure to download the patch from:


And please follow the upgrade patch tutorials from here:


A list of the major features majors in 3.5:

1. Jquery updates have been made to fix an update in Joomla 3.2.3 with a newer version of jquery.

2. Jquery-ui-addons.js file was added to included additional classes that are not included in the Joomla core jquery files.

3. Major updates were done to the compression files to fix issues found on some server configurations.

4. An error was found in the background css call that was implemented in Vertex 3.4.

5. The mobile icons have been updated to fix an anti-alias issue.

6. Multibox.js was updated to fix an issue with multiple iframes on the same page.

7. Thirdparty.css was updated to force K2 articles to a single column on mobile.

8. Parallax backgrounds was updated to allow for centered background calls.

9. A fix has been applied to the menu scroll to fix, any flex menu link that starts with #s5 will scroll to that div on the page.

10. The backgrounds tab now allows for full urls as well urls in just the “images” folder.

11. A new css info slide feature was added along with several info slide styles.

12. The scroll to top arrow now auto hides when it is not needed on the page, triggered by the scroll height on the page.

13. A fix has been applied so that module titles now show in the flex menu system.

14. The flex menu now works with the default Joomla menu class parameter. The class will be applied to the parent items’ LI call.

15. Modules.php is now part of the framework and not set individually on every template.

16. An update was made to the floating menu script that was causing problems if the files were uploaded in ftp binary mode.


Also, we are very excited to announce that we have begun work on a new Vertex 4 platform! This new version will be a complete overhaul of the backend of Vertex, which will give you a much more visual experience of your website and its layout. The goal is to consolidate the many great features of Vertex into a more isolated area by giving you a graphical representation of your website.  This will also include a brand new styling to the admin as well as a feature that will hide parameters that are not needed to keep everything organized better for you. Keep posted for updates on this in the months to come. We at Shape5 are very excited about this next step for Vertex!

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Calling all Joomla users from France, we have donated to JoomlaDay France this year and for doing this we have been given two free tickets to attend the event. We are not from that area of the world, so we would like to pass these along to anyone who is interested in going and is able. It will be held in Paris on May 23rd and 24th, 2014. Visit their website for more information http://www.joomladay.fr/

We'll keep this simple, just state what you like best about Shape5 or one of our products in the comments section below or on our Facebook wall, and we'll pick the winners shortly. Thank you!

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Our very popular S5 Quick Contact and S5 Tell A Friend module has been updated to new versions to include some highly requested features:

1. The spam protection for both of these modules has been greatly improved. They both now include their own native captcha options, which replace the older spam methods of the module.

2. Mail functions are now sent via the default Joomla mail functions and not the module's own php mail() calls. This means the modules will send mail based on the settings in the Joomla global configuration for better mail delivery.

We hope you enjoy these updates, and remember these are free modules so enjoy!
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We recently changed our site commenting system to be powered by the Disqus system. We decided to make the switch over to Disqus due to the slow page loads we were experiencing on pages with large amounts of comments. The new Disqus system will make it easy for you to login with an existing Disqus account, Facebook, Twitter or Google account. In our old comment system replies and comments were all left aligned with no indentation. With Disqus the indentation makes the comment threads easier to read and join in on conversation to. We hope you enjoy the new addition to our site and that it improves your overall experience here. Please note: With this upgrade we unfortunately lost all the comments that were left via our old system. We were unable to import them. So go ahead and leave some nice comments for us to look at :) As always, be sure to give us your feedback and suggestions, we'd love to hear your ideas on how we can continue to advance and improve Shape 5!
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Today we have launched Vertex 3.4 for Joomla 3.X and Vertex 2.5 for Joomla 1.6 to 2.5. The original intent of this patch was to prepare Vertex 3 for compatibility with Joomla 3.2 as a few function names have changed in Joomla 3.2. However, we were also able to finish a new multi-language feature and it made into this release as well! This is why we have a Vertex 2.5 release as well as Vertex 3.4.

The Vertex 3.4 patch can be applied now, there is no need to wait for Joomla 3.2's final release. It will work with 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 with no issues.

You can download the patch files from here:

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Today, we have launched a new 2.1 version of our very popular accordion menu module. This version fixes several bugs that were occurring when setting links to open in a new windows. In addition to that we have also added a new feature that allows you to have the accordions automatically open for the active accordion, or remain closed on each page load. This was a very highly requested feature by our members, so we hope you like it! The new version is ready for immediate downloads in the Club Extensions download area.
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Today we have launched Vertex 3.3 for Joomla 3.X and Vertex 2.4 for Joomla 1.6 to 2.5. These new versions fix several bugs and add several bits of new functionality to Vertex. Please be sure to read through the major changes listed below. To upgrade your Vertex installation please be sure to download the patch from:


And please follow the upgrade patch tutorials from here:


A list of the major features majors in 3.3:

1. Js/s5_flex_menu.js has been updated to fix a bug for sites using a position:fixed call on the menu wrapper.

2. The speed of css and js file compression has been increased, and exclusions for font awesome and google fonts have been added; they were causing compression issues.

3. New floating menu features have been added to the Menu tab to allow the flex menu wrapper div to become position:fixed at set a screen height. There are also other css features in this area to stylize the menu when this this effect is triggered. This feature is by default disabled and should only be used by advanced users. This functionality can be used on all Vertex templates, but keep in mind that not all templates are designed for this functionality.

4. A new Backgrounds tab has been added to allow users to easily change the background of the page as well as other row elements on the page.

5. New parallax functionality has been added in conjunction with the new Backgrounds tab, via the vertex/parallax_backgrounds.php file. Parallax is a javascript effect that allows the background image of an element to scroll at a different speed than the browser. This functionality can be used on all Vertex templates, but keep in mind that not all templates are designed for this functionality.

6. Some core admin functions have been updated to fix an IE ajax submit bug for the Vertex admin, and is now working properly in all versions of IE.

7. Updates to the google fonts calls have been made so they work properly with https urls.
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Receive 25% OFF all memberships from now until 9/8/2013! Don't let this sale pass you by, this is one of our largest discounts ever, and sales like this don't come around very often! Be sure to read the details of this sale below.


Our annual Give Back Sale is here and this year we are excited to announce that we have decided to donate proceeds to a non-profit organization called Exodus Cry, which is an international anti-trafficking organization this is committed to abolishing sex slavery.

This sale is our way of giving back and making an impact in the lives of those much less fortunate than most of us. The purpose of this sale is to bring awareness to the needs of Exodus Cry, and to raise as much money as possible for the needs of their organization. The funds will be used at the discretion of Exodus Cry.

Who is Exodus Cry?
Below is a short film, which gives an overview of their cause.


Can I donate to this organization without purchasing a membership?

Yes, of course you can, and any donations they receive would be greatly appreciated! You can donate directly through the following link:


Find Exodus Cry on Facebook:

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