Written by Paul Orwig
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 19:23
JoomlaDay New York City 2012 is coming soon, on September 22 and 23! This event is great for those that are interested in learning a little more about Joomla, and also those that have been developing with Joomla for many years, and want to learn more. The cost for this event is $90 for a single day or $160 for both days. Please sign up soon, as after 8/31 the rates will increase by $10 a day, and there will no longer be a dual day discount. Your entry fee includes all workshops, breakfast and lunch!
Workshops on Saturday highlight the power of Joomla. There will be a Developer Track, a Component Track, a Template Track, and A Joomla Core Track designed for those new to Joomla. The session speakers, all experts and fantastic speakers, come from our New York City User Group, from around the country, and from around the world! I will give a keynote address and probably share some stroopwafels, and then later in another session I'll lead a discussion about what's coming in Joomla 3.0.
On the second day of the conference, Sunday, technologies needed to make Joomla sites run well and succeed in the marketplace will be highlighted. Sessions will focus on everything from email marketing to programming in PHP.
Look over the information on the JoomlaDay New York City 2012 website - it is updated daily with additional details about speakers and their presentations. This is truly an international event!
If you own a small business that would like to get a little more visability at the event, you can sponsor this event. Sponsorships begin as little as $350 which includes 1 dual day ticket. For the extra money you get your logo on our website, 1/2 page advertisement in our program booklet and an invite to the sponsor/speaker dinner for friday night before the event. This dinner will be a great networking opportunity for you!
Some of the highlighted workshops for Saturday are:
For Sunday - Beyond Joomla
Written by Jean Marie Simonet
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:30
All right, all right, we said no new features in a stable release... Lots of talks on this.
I swear though this one will not create any issue but help spread Joomla! even more.
For the first time in Joomla! history, a GSOC project makes its way into a current release!
This was worth our congratulations to Javier Gomez (Open Source Matters) who proposed the project and brought it to its logical conclusion. (He has cool mentors too... )
The new feature will be available in the 2.5.7 and 3.0 releases.
First a little history, as this project would not have succeeded without these steps:
A. Sam Moffat (Production Leadership Team) introduced in 1.6 the possibility to update extensions by adding in the package a simple code and some xml files on a server, one of them linking to the updated package.
B. The Translation Teams wanted to allow this functionnality for their language packs, but this was reserved, on one hand, to communities owning servers and, on the other hand, required manually creating and updating the custom xmls. Complex and time consuming...
C. Here comes Jan Erik Zassenhaus (German Translation Team Coordinator). Jan created a cron job picking the last available language packs from the Registered Translations repository on joomlacode.org and creating from the list the necessary xmls, automatically.
D. Mark Dexter (Production Leadership Team) then made a crontab to run each night and update the xmls on update.jomla.org.
--> Since 2.5.4, Language packs who follow the necessary format are proposed for update in Joomla! administration. This is how the xml looks like: http://update.joomla.org/language/translationlist.xml
Remained to use these xmls to propose directly to users the possibility to install any compliant language pack through the Extension Manager. This has now been accomplished by Javier Gomez as a GSOC project (which also includes a second part to let users install any language when installing a new Joomla instance. We will for sure get that second part in the 3.x series).
How does it work? Can't be simpler...
1. A new tab is now displayed in the Extension Manager: Install Languages.
When clicking on it (and if internet is available), Joomla! will download the list of languages and display them in the Manager. The packs proposed are only the ones compatible with the Joomla! version running.
2. Then just tick on the language(s) you want to install, click on the Toolbar Install button and here we are.
3. A new Toolbar icon in the Language Manager redirects to the Install Languages Manager.
A few things to remember:
1. Do not try to install too many lang packs at the same time. This to avoid transfer issues on some hosts.
2. If you do not find the language you look for in the list, then it means:
--- either that this language pack is not available for this version of Joomla (you may want to contact the Translation Team Coordinator for this language. Contacts for 2.5 Coordinators are here: http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-16-translations.html and/or download and older pack from the links provided on the same page and Install the normal way);
--- or that you already have installed that language and it will not show in this Manager, but in the Update Manager if a new pack is available for your version of Joomla;
3. Purge and Find Languages will clear and update the list.
NB: Did you know that in the last weeks we added 3 registered languages? Hindi, Esperanto and Vietnamese got in.
Time for 1.5 users to switch to 2.5.x !
Written by Jacques Rentzke
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 17:27
The beautiful City of Cape Town will again be the venue for JoomlaDay South Africa.
The event will take place from the 17-18 August 2012 at the Pavilion Conference Centre in the V&A Waterfront.
2 Days and 2 tracks of sessions where the local Joomla! community, and International guests, can learn from each other.
Community Leadership Team member, Peter Martin will be the keynote speaker, and will open the event with a session on How to contribute to the Joomla community.
Kyle Ledbetter will join us via video link-up from the USA to share with us what progress was made with the new Joomla! 3.0 UX.
Other session topics include: How to set up a multi-language website in 10 steps; Successful Joomla migrations that don't hurt Search Engine Rankings; How to change Joomla without core hacks; What's new in Joomla! 2.5 and 3.0; Joomla! websites on mobile devices; Upgrading Joomlagov.info to Joomla 2.5 with responsive design, and many more.
A JoomlaDay event allows end users, managers, administrators, developers and service providers to the Joomla community, to connect in various ways from listening to presentations which cover technical aspects of Joomla! to case studies on how to use Joomla! in a web environment.
Networking is also a big part of the event, and you are bound to meet people with ideas, issues and solutions which can be discussed and talked about at the event.
A look at JoomlaDay Cape Town
This 2-minute video with scenes and feedback from last year's event should give you an idea of what to expect at JoomlaDay South Africa - Cape Town.
Check joomladay.org.za for the 2012 Speaker list.
More information and Registration
Seats are limited, so register now:
Twitter event tag: #JD12ZA
JoomlaDay™ events are officially recognized, but not organized, by the Joomla!® Project and Open Source Matters, Inc. Each event is managed independently by a local community or organizer.
Written by Steve Burge
Thursday, 02 August 2012 16:12
Joomla! 3 is scheduled for launch in September.
There are the 3 things you need to know about Joomla 3:
What is great about Joomla 3? Mobile.
This is the version that will bring Joomla up-to-speed with the mobile revolution that is taking over the web.
Why is this valuable? It's predicted that, as soon next year, more people will be online via their phone than a desktop. The mobile version of your site may soon be more important than the desktop version.
Joomla 3 is using Bootstrap to make sure that the visitor and administrator areas are mobile-friendly.
Joomla will become the first major content management system to be 100% mobile-friendly by default.
Who is Joomla 3 for? Early adopters.
Initially, Joomla 3 is best used by early adopters, developers and more experienced users.
You will be able to build sites with Joomla 3 as soon as it is launched. However, as with the first release of most software, there's no need to rush in and use the first version.
I am on Joomla 2.5. What do I do? You can stay right where you are.
Joomla 2.5 is a wonderful version of Joomla and will be supported until 2014.
Will the upgrade be easy? Yes, the plan is to allow people to upgrade from 2.5 to 3 directly from the administrator area of their site. You will need to check that extensions and templates are ready for Joomla 3 before clicking the Update button. Remember though, you don't need to do that until 2013 or 2014.
If you are on Joomla 1.0 or 1.5, we do recommend that you upgrade to at least 2.5. Joomla 1.0 is 7 years old now and support has ended. Joomla 1.5 will be nearly 5 years old when support ends later this year.
Written by Gary Brooks
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 20:42
The Joomla Content Management System is coming to the heart of America, CHICAGO! Come to the windy city and hang out with a whole bunch of Joomla users and experts. Learn the business of Joomla and more about what the world’s most amazing CMS has to offer.
What is the event about?
Joomla! Day Chicago 2012 Business Expo and Learning Conference is two full days of Joomla Content Management System fun and excitement. Connect with others and learn from Joomla Content Management System users from around the world. This event is the largest Joomla Day conference in the United States this year. This is THE Joomla CMS event to attend in 2012! Connect with entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts and visionaries to learn new sales, growth, and marketing techniques
Who should attend?
Business owners, independent Joomla users, sales teams, webmasters, web programmers, website administrators, content management professionals, non-profit organizations, marketing agencies, government agencies, educational institutions, Joomla extension developers, and anyone else who has a vision of using Joomla.
When is it?
Friday, August 10th, 2012 - 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 11th, 2012 - 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Where is it?
Chicago Marriott Midway
6520 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60638 USA
Where can I register or learn more about this event?