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Wed

06

Nov

2013

Joomla 3.2 Video Tutorials
Written by Ryan Bernstein   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:10

There have been a record number of new features added to Joomla! 3.2 making today’s release the most functional and easy-to-use version of Joomla ever. With over 1,000 new commits coming from more than 50 different contributors, the much anticipated 3.2 version offers everything from UI/UX enhancements, version history and improved security measures.  

Additionally, the long-awaited “app-store”, which has been nicknamed the “Joomla Extension Finder”, is now an optional feature of 3.2. The tutorials below include first hand descriptions and/or illustrations of several of the most popular new features given by the developers themselves. 
 
 

Content Versioning

 

User Interface & User Experience Enhancements

 

Joomla Extension Finder

 

2 Step Authentication

 

Multilingual Site Automatic Installer

 

Module ACL

 

Rapid Application Framework

 

You can discuss this blog post at http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=825295

 

 

Mon

14

Oct

2013

Registered Joomla User Group Team announces new members
Written by liam.mandville   
Monday, 14 October 2013 18:55

The Joomla Registered User Group team is pleased to announce that the following new members have agreed to join the team.

Max Lynam
Son Koral
Saurabh Shah
Alejandro Pascoli
Guillermo Bravo

The team will be lead by Liam Mandville and assisted by Ruth Cheasley as CLT liason.

We would like to thank all those who applied for the advertised positions within the team and hope you can wish the new members well in their training and future within the JUG team.

The JUG team would also like to announce the implementation of the new help desk system available on http://community.joomla.org/community-helpdesk/ to assist the new members in cross working with other teams eg Events and Trademark.
You can also follow new Registered JUG's on https://twitter.com/JoomlaJugs

The new members bring a wealth of experience from other teams and languages that will help improve the processing of Registered Joomla User Groups and respond to questions regarding existing ones.

Any questions can be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via the ticket system.

 
 

 

Mon

02

Sep

2013

The potential of Joomla 3.2
Written by Nick Antimisiaris   
Monday, 02 September 2013 00:00

The Joomla! feature tracker is on fire and filled with awesome new features that might well tip the scale in the open source CMS market.

In true Joomla - all together - spirit everyone has been contributing to make our CMS even better and friendlier for first-time, intermediate, advanced and expert users.

As of yesterday, the joomlacode.org project area has 70 new features marked as ‘Ready for review’ or ‘Pending’. There are some very high potential features that will surely change the way people see and use Joomla.

The new features that are in the pipeline target many different perspectives as they address user interface improvements, missing enterprise functionality and new possibilities for third party extensions.

The following is just a randomly ordered short list of what may be considered as major potential new features that may be included - if you help the process - in the next Joomla 3.2 release:

  • Content versioning for Joomla articles and article categories addresses a very important and popular feature request as it lets you store and retrieve different versions of your Joomla articles.
    Relevant tracker item: 30944
    Relevant content: video preview



  • JUX team improvement features strive to provide a better user-experience for beginners and advanced users in the administration area thanks to a simpler, cleaner and more focused layout, which highlights important settings and controls and removes clutter.
    Relevant tracker items: 31858, 31859, 31860, 31863, 31864
    Relevant content: JUX sitevideo preview



  • Joomla! "app store" - help us find a better name - that allows users to search for and install extensions directly from the administrator interface.
    Relevant content: Joomla Apps Architecture and UX Design (Google doc), App Store Study Group, video preview



  • Improved template manager (GSoC 2013) with built-in file manager and editor lets administrators manage, clone and modify their Joomla themes from the administration panel.
    Relevant tracker item: 31266
    Relevant content: video preview



  • Rapid Application Framework (Joomla! RAD) is a development layer that makes Joomla extension development easier and faster.
    Relevant tracker item: 31844
    Relevant content: Joomla! RAD Requirements (Google doc)

  • Two factor authentication for Joomla
    Relevant tracker item: 31704
    Relevant content: Two factor authentication testing instructions (pdf file)

  • Ajax interface for Joomla
    Relevant tracker item: 31800
    Relevant content: Joomla Ajax Interface (Google group discussion)

This is only a small subset of new features earmarked for inclusion in Joomla 3.2. You can see all features on the Joomla Features Tracker and make your own short list!

 

Are you excited? How can I help, you ask?

Join the Joomla! Bug Squad (JBS) and help the testing process. There is a great new tool to help you test new pull requests. To test a feature, just download the patchtester component and test immediately any feature directly from the latest corresponding github version for the corresponding pull-request !

Once done testing, simply reply to the tracker item (registration on joomlacode.code required) and reply with your tests in details, preceeded by a @test success or failed line! Each feature request needs at least 2 successful tests (the more the better) to be included. So you can make a big difference now for 3.2 with only a small time investment.

If you are a Joomla user and rely on Joomla for your websites, then help yourself now by testing today features and code that you will be using tomorrow. The more we test, the more new quality features will get into Joomla 3.2.

Please discuss this blog here: http://forum.joomla.org/posting.php?mode=post&f=704

 

Thu

25

Jul

2013

3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4 What is going on?
Written by Elin Waring   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 01:51

The numbering of the CMS version 3 releases that are coming in the next day or so is going to be a bit surprising. Maybe not as strange as going from 1.7 to 2.5, but let’s take a closer look so everyone understands what is going on.

As previously posted, the plan was for a release of 3.1.2 early this week.  However some people automatically updated prior to the release due to receiving premature notification of the release while final testing of the release packages by the Joomla! Bug Squad was beginning.

When they updated they found that, in fact, there was a problem with the packages.  That problem caused their updates to fail, breaking their sites.  After several intense days of investigation, it was determined that the failure was due to changes to a key file (restore.php) in the update component itself.  This caused the updates to fail before completing.

Once the cause of the problem was identified, a solution was sought.  Although it seems as though a limited number of sites were impacted by this change, it is important to provide them with a way to update successfully using the automatic updater, which the corrupted file would prevent.

After a lot of head scratching, experimentation and testing a workable plan was developed.  That is where the strange release schedule and numbers come in.

3.1.2, the release that was never released, will not have a formal release.

3.1.3 will be a release that will only replace the corrupted file.  Only users who installed 3.1.2 will install 3.1.3. Everyone else will skip 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 and go straight to 3.1.4.

 

  • Users currently on 3.1.1 will go directly to 3.1.4.
  • Users who accidentally went to 3.1.2 will go to 3.1.3 and then 3.1.4.

 

All of this will work seamlessly in the Joomla update component.

Thanks as always to the people who test the pre-release CMS packages and to those who accidentally updated and quickly reported problems.  This participation means that no broken version of the CMS was released and is what makes Joomla! not just such a powerful application but also a great development and user community to be a part of.

Though 3.141592 has been suggested as the next release, most likely we’ll have a 3.1.5 in August just  before the beta of 3.2.

 

Update: Added missing paragraph and missing dots in title.

 

Thu

18

Jul

2013

Call for Joomla User Group Team members
Written by Ruth Cheesley   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:37

Joomla! User Groups (JUGs) beat at the heart of the Joomla! project, providing a regular opportunity for members of the community to come together, share their knowledge, learn, and meet others from their local area.

There are Joomla! User Groups around the world, all of which are run by volunteers.  A team of volunteers also makes up the Joomla! User Group Team, who are responsible for approving JUG applications, supporting new User Groups during the application process, in the early days when the JUG is getting started and dealing with any issues which may arise in relation to Joomla! User Groups.

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