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Update: SP Weather 3.0 is Here with 5 API Platforms

14 May 2019
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Update: SP Weather 3.0 is Here with 5 API Platforms

We started this year with a bunch of remarkable product updates. SP Weather was among them. While we received a lot of positive feedback regarding the last SP Weather module update, we also discovered some rooms for improvements. Today we are so happy to release SP Weather 3.0 with the reflection of what we discovered from the previous release. The module has received a collection of new features and brings fixes to several known issues.

SP Weather 3.0 changelog

  • New: Get data by location ID from openWeatherMap
  • New: Introduced Weatherbit API Platform
  • New: Introduced Apixu API Platform
  • New: Introduced Dark Sky API Platform
  • New: Introduced Yahoo Weather API Platform
  • New: Get data by latitude and longitude
  • New: Get data by location IP
  • Update: Improved forecasts

5 API Platforms

Previously in SP Weather, you could use only OpenWeatherMap API. Comparing to the last version, now there is 4 new weather API platform support, which means a total of 5 weather platforms.

The new weather API platforms are detailed below for you to get a clear idea of what you’re getting in SP Weather.

Weatherbit

The Weatherbit API platform has a reputation for their data quality and data coverage. Their API incorporates more than 20 separate datasets like raw station data, model data, atmospheric re-analysis etc.

Update: SP Weather 3.0 is Here with 5 API Platforms

With Weatherbit API key, you can show the weather information on your Joomla site based on the following 3 criteria.

  1. Location name: Display the weather information by providing the location name in this format “London, GB” in the City Name field.
  2. Latitude and longitude: Enter the latitude and longitude of your desired location in this format “48.139130, 11.580220” to show the weather data of a specific location. You can find the latitude and longitude values here.
  3. IP address: Insert the location IP address (eg. 95.90.165.51). It will take the location from the IP address. You can also use 'auto' to get a user's IP address automatically.

Apixu

We’ve also added Apixu, well known for their fast, scalable, and managed API service. You get a whole lot of options to call the weather data using this API platform. Follow the below guideline to fetch weather information on your website.

Update: SP Weather 3.0 is Here with 5 API Platforms

Query based on which data is sent back. It could be following

  • City e.g: London, UK
  • Latitude and Longitude (Decimal degree) e.g: 48.8567,2.3508
  • US zip e.g.: 10001
  • UK postcode e.g: SW1
  • Canada postal code e.g: G2J
  • metar: e.g: metar:EGLL
  • iata:<3 digit airport code> e.g: iata:DXB
  • auto:ip IP lookup e.g: auto:ip
  • IP address (IPv4 and IPv6 supported) e.g: 100.0.0.1

Dark Sky

It’s an easy and advanced weather API that’s fast to start with. You can use the latitude and longitude values of a location to fetch the weather data from Dark Sky. Get the location latitude and longitude here.

Yahoo Weather

Yahoo Weather has been there for a long time. Now you can use it on your Joomla site too. Insert your Yahoo app information at the module’s backend. Here you can get your app information.

Update: SP Weather 3.0 is Here with 5 API Platforms

New Option in OpenWeatherMap

Thanks to today’s update, the OpenWeatherMap users will now get the additional Location ID option besides Location Name to display weather information. Please note, if you need weather forecast from OpenWeatherMap, you need their premium subscription.

Update: SP Weather 3.0 is Here with 5 API Platforms

As you already know, we always strive to offer the best experience with our products. This is why we are offering 5 API platforms in SP Weather. Choose whichever you find the most convenient. Also, please let us know your thoughts and opinions. Happy forecasting!

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Arafat Bin Sultan

Arafat Bin Sultan

Lead Content Developer
Arafat is the Lead Content Developer at JoomShaper. He is a tech-enthusiast by born with a keen interest in space, photography, and video making.

Comments (9)

MMDoege
MMDoege
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From our perspective it would be more useful to have an dynamic approach where a viewer sees the weather of his/her location instead of a static, given location (eg. the servers location of the web site owner). This would in our case require longitude and latitude pairs as available in JoomSocial or Community Builder as fields. We use the direct OWM API call where we can put in all the parameters and field variables (coordinates of member locations). However the rendering looks very nice and it seems there's some language support for display of target locations.

Arafat Bin Sultan
Arafat Bin Sultan    MMDoege
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Thanks for your feedback. SP Weather 3.0 has the dynamic weather data support. If you use Apixu or Weatherbit API, you get an 'Auto' detection option where the system shows the weather information based on the visitor's IP address. Hope you will find it useful. Regards.

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yberges
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hello it possible to use it via dynamic content ? link a location value in item ?

Arafat Bin Sultan
Arafat Bin Sultan    yberges
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Hi yberges, we appreciate your comment. Could you please explain a bit more? Thanks.

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Roman Sharipov
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Hi dear!
The weather forecast is not updated in the public part of the site, only if each time you save the settings in the administrative panel.
I checked several times and several variants of api, for example, Yahoo and Apixu.
Please assist in solving the issue!

Rifat Wahid Alif
Rifat Wahid Alif    Roman Sharipov
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Hi rsharipov,
Please email us to support[at]joomshaper.com with details of your issue and include the reference of this blog post mentioning my name. We will assist you.

Thanks

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Haonas
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Hey folks and congrats for your effort.
Are the Meteocons Fonts used by the module?
There are included on the package but i don't see them included on css

Carlos Moreira
Carlos Moreira
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Hello folks

I still haven't tried this update.

Please confirm one can display temperatures as integer numbers, instead of the horrible '12.34' fractionary format ! Thanks!

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Eugene
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Hi, back to yberges question in regards of dynamics content. It would be nice to able link Weather module with dynamics content/parameters. There are many Google map/other map can be linked with Joomla articles and show location on a page/article. In similar manner if it would be possible to pass geo parameters to SP Weather module so it will render weather for this location automatically. For example for travel sites if you open destination page it will render weather at that location. This would save efforts creatinf separate module for 1000 locations but rather use one module and render...

Hi, back to yberges question in regards of dynamics content. It would be nice to able link Weather module with dynamics content/parameters. There are many Google map/other map can be linked with Joomla articles and show location on a page/article. In similar manner if it would be possible to pass geo parameters to SP Weather module so it will render weather for this location automatically. For example for travel sites if you open destination page it will render weather at that location. This would save efforts creatinf separate module for 1000 locations but rather use one module and render weather from dynamics parameters. (geo coordinates i..e). This will be useful for city directories/guides and travel blogs/hotel directories, etc

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