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Wed

18

Mar

2015

New Year, New Energy, New Goals for Joomla Certification
Written by Robert Wilson   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:37

2014 was an amazing year for the Joomla! Certification Project. In the past year we’ve gathered leaders and team members from across the world, launched a successful pilot program at the Joomla! World Conference 2014, cultivated serious discussions with the Joomla community and have moved closer than ever to a viable, live professional certification for Joomla! Administrators.

In that time, we’ve also learned how not to do a few things. Our missteps and failures have pushed us closer to a seriously awesome resource for our community, and we’ve grown stronger as a team. We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone that has played even a small part in getting us to where we are now with the Certification Project. However, we still need more enthusiastic people helping to get the project done. If anyone in the Joomla community has a desire to be a part of this team, we would love to have you join us. For more information about how to get involved, see the end of this article.

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Fri

13

Mar

2015

Thank You Joomla 3.4 website Translation Team
Written by Mike Veeckmans   
Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00

Image Credit: Chiara Aliotta

On 24 February 2015, Joomla! 3.4 was launched. We've watched the most incredible community come together for this release.
The Joomla 3 landing page is now available in multiple languages, like French, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, ... .

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Wed

11

Mar

2015

Help us test the new Joomla! Brand Manual
Written by Chiara Aliotta   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:32

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After one year of working on the brand manual, which describes how to correctly use the Joomla! logo, we are now ready to share this work with all of you.

Along with Duke, leader of the Trademark team, and Jessica Dunbar, leader of the Marketing Working Group, we reviewed the topics of the brand manual and created a table of contents that is much more adequate for our needs than the 2005 brand manual.
It was not easy to put together all the guidelines, especially because the Joomla! community needs have changed during the last few years. Our aim was to create a practical guide that anybody can use and refer to, from designers to developers. In order to do that, we made sure that all the concepts are logical, relevant and comprehensive for any kind of user or any purpose.

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Tue

03

Mar

2015

Joomla Taking a Break from GSoC 2015
Written by Chad Windnagle   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:33

Greetings Joomlers!

I have an important message to share with you regarding Joomla’s participation in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) this year. Unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, Joomla was not accepted to participate in GSoC 2015.

I had a team primed and ready to go - we built out ideas on our ideas list, had some amazing plans in the works, and submitted all the necessary documentation and paperwork on time. But, as fate would have it, so did a lot of other projects who applied to Google as mentoring organizations.

I reached out to Google (as they recommend unaccepted organizations do) as to why we hadn’t been accepted. It turns out, that there was a record-setting number of organizations who applied, and the Google team decided to give newer organizations a little more visibility in the program this year. This meant that there simply wasn’t a slot available to Joomla this year. I know first hand what a tough decision controlling slots is, and I know the team at Google thought long and hard about this decision before ultimately deciding that first-time organizations needed a shot at GSoC.

It’s Okay!

I’ll be the first one to admit I was really quite sad and disappointed Joomla was not approved. I expressed my disappointment to the great team at Google as well as the GSoC team who had been working to get Joomla’s GSoC 2015 off the ground. At the end of the day, this was a decision that makes sense. Google gets quite a number of applications, and it’s only fair to allow other organizations to take advantage of the opportunity in the GSoC program.

The Joomla Community, in the spirit of Open Source Software, should all be happy for all the new organizations who have an opportunity to be involved in GSoC this year. Let’s encourage them to make the most of this opportunity and wish them the best of success. The right thing to do here is to be happy for those who worked hard to get in and try our best to come back even stronger and better next year!

Prepare for 2016!

Joomla 3 is a stable code base that’s moving forward with great strides in innovation of features for all our users. But I hope by 2016 to see a fresh, clean, Joomla 4 for students to sink their teeth into. My hope for 2016 is a brand new Joomla 4 CMS that will really draw some excitement and give the opportunity for the latest and greatest that modern programming and web technologies have to offer. If our community rallies together we can continue building great web publishing software to take GSoC, and the world, by storm.

 

Wed

25

Feb

2015

Thank You Joomla 3.4 Marketing Team
Written by Mike Veeckmans   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:53

Image Credit: Chiara Aliotta

On 24 February 2015, Joomla! 3.4 was launched. We've watched the most incredible community come together for this release.
The marketing team worked closely with the Production Leadership Team to create artwork, infographics, videos and update our Joomla 3 landing page.

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