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21
Dec
2014

Call to action: New EU VAT law could kill E-Commerce and affects everyone

Written by Nick A.

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First of all we would like to appologize for having to communicate this news with you during the holidays - it was not our intention.

The new EU-VAT regulations will affect on 1.1.2015 not only all EU consumers but also everyone - worldwide - selling to EU, so it will affect everyone directly or indirectly.

This new - as of Jan 1st, 2015 - regulations completely changes the way in which VAT (consumer sales tax) is charged on digital services.

Instead of the tax rate being applied according to where the supplier is located, the seller must determine by 2-3 independent methods where the buyer is located and apply the relevant local rate of tax to the purchaser. So that means if you (as seller) live in Italy and someone in Germany purchases your digital file, you need to pay VAT at the German rate to the German authorities. Just to be clear, that's a total of 75 different tax rates across 28 different markets!

The intention of this new legislation, is to put a stop to billions of euros of the consumer tax being lost due to multi-nationals locating in low tax jurisdictions.

However, the implementation of these rules will cripple, and potentially force into closure, hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses including Joomla Extension providers across the EU and also worldwide.  The costs in paperwork, bureaucracy, and amendments to websites and payment processing will simply mean that many businesses are no longer viable.

And this is just the first step, as there are plans to extend this concept to physical goods selling in 2016!

More references about new law:

 

What does this mean to you ?

The new law will influence you in one of the following ways:

  • If you make a purchase from an EU location, you will be charged VAT accordingly based on your purchasing location (and your invoicing address will have to match, unless there is a third proof of your real location)

  • If you sell digital products (no matter where you are located) to EU located purchasers, you need to charge them appropriate VAT and keep digital records for 10 years of all these transactions and of course quarterly funnel collected VAT to each EU state

So as a purchaser, you will most likely experience price increases when purchasing from a EU location (regardless of the seller's location).

As a seller, you will most likely need to suffer extra costs to setup compliance with this new EU law and to be able to handle the extra book-keeping and accounting and digital record-keeping. Increasing your prices to offset these extra costs is an option, but it will still affect your business.

If you use CBSubs for your digital goods sales, it is useful to know that its Tax integration functionality already supports the new tax calculations. However, as there is no reliable technical way yet to get 2-3 proofs of EU-country of the customer, that part is not yet solved - in no cart yet - as that new regulations' requirement is not implementable yet.

 

How can you help ?

This law is just plain wrong. It will not accomplish it's main objective, but it will cripple small and mid-size digital businesses and surely increase consumer prices for EU located purchasers.

Here are some ways you can help and voice your objections now:

 

Purchase now instead of later

It is not our intention to turn this into a purchasing call. However, if your Joomla livelihood depends on Joomlapolis digital goods and services, then you can avoid price increases that will most likely happen (if this law is not reverted) on January 1st, 2015. So purchase now and even stock up your subscriptions by purchasing back to back yearly subscriptions (you can purchase this way 2 years worth).

The same of course advise can be used with all your Joomla third-party purchases.

Discuss this on our forums.

 
15
Dec
2014

Joomla 2.5.28 Released and what it means to you

Written by Nick A.

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The Joomla project has released Joomla 2.5.28 that has been tagged as the last release in the Joomla 2.5 series.

Officially, as of December 31, 2014, the Joomla 2.5 series will no longer be supported. This means that there are no new releases planned for Joomla 2.5, as the Joomla project is putting all its efforts in its Joomla 3.3 and upcoming 3.4 series.

We have tested Community Builder 2.0.4 and it works just fine with this new Joomla release.

There are no security related fixes in the Joomla 2.5.28 release, so there is no real rush to upgrade. However as this is the last of the Joomla 2.5 series you should start planning to upgrade your Joomla 2.5 websites to the even more secure, feature rich and mobile ready Joomla 3.3.6 environment. From January 1st Joomla 3.X will be the only security maintained release.

As developers of the most popular Joomla Social Networking extension, we are always here to help out our community. In addition to the Planning for Mini-Migration - Joomla 2.5 to 3.x Joomla resource,we have compiled a detailed how to upgrade guide that includes a video tutorial of the entire process of upgrading a Joomla 2.5.28 site with Community Builder 2.0 installed to Joomla 3.3.

Join the discussion.

 

   
09
Dec
2014

Community Builder 2.0.4 Released

Written by Nick A.

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0.4 is here
and it's free to download.
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Community Builder 2.0.4 is here and fixes 17 minor issues (detailed list in discussion thread) identified since the 2.0.3 release. CB 2.0.4 also introduces a minor new feature:

  • ability to set a 100% width for Terms and Conditions fields displaying in modal window mode

If you have not already seen our videos - Community Builder 2.0 Tutorials playlist, this is a great time to do so (and subscribe to channel so you don't miss future releases). There are 37!!! short and sweet hands-on videos to help you harness the power of the next generation community builder.

Upgrading from a CB 2.0+ environment is a simple install over process.

If you are upgrading from CB 1.9.1, you should take a look at video #30: CB 2.0 Tutorials - 30 - Upgrading from CB 1.9.1 to CB 2.0 - Expectations and first steps  and also keep in mind the following:

  • Unlike CB 1.9.1, CB 2.0+ is now a single installable Joomla package that automatically installs component, modules and plugins
  • Make sure your PHP upload_max_filesize parameter is set to at least 4M - see our Checking your PHP Settings tutorial for more info about this
  • Check our Add-ons Compatibility Status page before you start and have latest CB 2.0 add-ons handy so you can upgrade them after your CB 2.0.4 installation
  • Make sure that you have a full backup available before you upgrade
  • If possible test your upgrade process on a cloned environment before attempting to upgrade your live site

Enjoy this free CB 2.0.4 update and discuss this on our forums.

   
01
Dec
2014

Controlling Privacy with CB Privacy 4.0

Written by Nick A.

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See the huge benefits of CB Privacy in action in
our short and sweet CB Privacy tutorials
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CB Privacy 4.0 gives you full control to deploy your privacy strategy on your website for your user profiles and user lists.

Fully compatible with the Next Generation Community Builder 2.0, CB Privacy 4.0 is a powerful tool to manage the privacy of user profile content.

Here are 4 huge benefits that CB Privacy gives you:

  • Let your members decide who sees their profile data (specific fields or tabs, or even entire profile)
  • Setup private content field or tabs for users on their profiles by specifying "private" as the default privacy setting for this content
  • Empower your users to delete or disable their accounts and data from your website
  • Keep track, monitor and administer all your user privacy settings from backend administration page.

 Here is a short list of configurable features:

  • Turn on privacy for viewing or editing a field or tab basis
  • Enable privacy for entire profile view
  • Configure initial default privacy settings for each case
  • Let moderators control privacy settings from frontend
  • Force privacy control for specific field or tab to default value (instead of allowing user to select privacy level)
  • Configure settings to allow users to disable and/or delete themselves

This awesome add-on is demonstrated and explained in our short and sweet CB Privacy tutorials and is available to Advanced, Professional and Developer members.

   
20
Nov
2014

Community Builder 2.0.3 Released

Written by Nick A.

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The Next Generation Community Builder 2.0.3 is here
and it's free to download.
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Community Builder 2.0.3 is a maintenance release that fixes 18 identified issues (see discussion thread for detailed list) found since the Community Builder 2.0.2 release and introduces 2 new features:

  • template css overrides allowing you to easily make changes to the default CB template
  • Joomla menu page class support for CB menu items for individual page styling

We will be adding new video tutorials to our Community Builder 2.0 Tutorials playlist about these new features and how to use them (subscribe to channel so you don't miss them).

Repeating once again our upgrading from a CB 1.9.1 environment process for your consideration:

  • Unlike CB 1.9.1, CB 2.0+ is now a single installable Joomla package that automatically installs component, modules and plugins
  • Make sure your PHP upload_max_filesize parameter is set to at least 4M - see our Checking your PHP Settings tutorial for more info about this
  • Check our Add-ons Compatibility Status page before you start and have latest CB 2.0 add-ons handy so you can upgrade them after your CB 2.0.3 installation
  • Make sure that you have a full backup available before you upgrade
  • If possible test your upgrade process on a cloned environment before attempting to upgrade your live site

Enjoy this free CB 2.0.3 update and discuss this on our forums.

   

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