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JA Extensions Manager - Upgrades and Rollbacks made easy!

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JA Extensions Manager Component provides a unique way to upgrade, rollback, compare files between the versions. It comes with local repository, where you can upload your new and old version and then compare between them and find the files in conflict and you can save them before upgrade to new version.
This extension will help in minimizing customization loss, which is usually encountered due to overwrite by newer files.
Currently it supports, modules, plugins, templates and components. However, the components should have in their XML file, upgrade/ rollback info for the Database changes, otherwise it will only replace files.

NEW: JA Extensions Manager support file comparison view for code and easy copy and move of old customized code to newer files right from the back-end!

You can check out how the DIFF VIEW work at a similar online version

NEW: JA Extensions Manager support remote install from remote repository, easy to setup right from the back-end, for each extension you can setup a service and use it for upgrade!

Please check the WIKI and YouTube Video for its capabilities:
Video 1 : Local Repository usage : (full screen)
Video 2 : Comparison / upgrade via online Repository : (view in full screen)

Watch this new video about using this component >>

You are forced to "upload both (old & New) versions into its Repository
Ease of use
Very time consuming to have to "upload both (old & New) versions into its Repository"
Seems detailed enough.
I used this to: After the 'normal' way to update all my JoomlArt extensions failed ("Update path does not exist.") I installed this ext., thinking it would make updating simple & quick, but it forces users to upload all exts. into its Repository just to make a simple update!
Have not tried support yet, but with such an awfully designed extension, I imagine their helpdesk is well-visited.
The documentation is cryptic and unhelpful. Try to set the configurations without losing your mind with mysqldump location and the like.
I used this to: I cannot use this because it does not work out of the box. I spend on average $1000 on Joomla extensions per month, I am a veteran...but this...well, like the glot of Joomlart modules, it's obscure, difficult to use and not in any way intuitive. Sorry, I really tried.
Building the necessary xml files is only relevant for managing a lot of websites.

Currently , without collaborative repository, the add-value for webmasters where is the add-value?

The better solution will be to have this service linked to the public svn.

Probably an idea which need to be managed at a core level ...

One open alternative will be to offer to developpers the possibility to add directly in their module/plugin/module update link in the common xml, to offer a "by default" link to their prefered repository.

All my best for this projet!

Incredibly useful

Posted on 14 July 2010
I hope more developers start to use this so that we can use it with all our extensions.

Great component!

Posted on 06 May 2010

Thanks very much for this great component. A great way to mange updates and see the versions, differences and update without the need to un-install things first. Especially for modules, which need to be set up again most of the times after updating or when installing a new component you have to repair the menu items.

I hope you will keep on developing it.

Kind regards,

Owner's reply: Thanks Marcel. Glad it worked for you. Documentation for other developers to adapt this to offer their extension updates via their online repository is coming out soon. On the fly upgrades, backup, remote file comparison and rollbacks are now possible. We have started working to get it compliant with J! 1.6. We strive for remarks and bug reports, so as to improve upon.
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JA Ext Manager

Last updated:
Aug 27 2018
Date added:
Nov 18 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download

Uses Joomla! Update System


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