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What's new in 2.5.5
Written by Jean Marie Simonet   
Monday, 18 June 2012 08:09

2.5.5, apart from solving quite a few bugs, is also adding some nice new features.

Here are a few of them:

Add ability to copy a template

This new feature lets create an exact copy of an existing template with a new name. It includes all necessary files including lang strings.

Template Manager => Templates tab, click on an existing template.


Click on an existing template name, enter a new name in the field, click Copy Template.

The new template has been created.

The new default style displays in the Manager.

The new template folder shows in the Templates directory.


Implementation of Terms of Service

When activating the User Profile plugin, one of its field, Terms of Service, could be required or not and, if required, needed to be checked by a new user filling the Registration Form to create a new account in front-end.

The issue was that no Terms of Service content was proposed for the user to read...

In 2.5.5, one may choose a specific TOS article when editing the plugin parameters, in order to present in front-end a link to display that article in a modal window when registering a new account.

Edit the User Profile plugin and choose an article via Select/Change.

The front-end registration form now displays a link to the TOS article.

When clicking on the link, the article chosen displays in a modal.

Option to disable the ability to change the Username in Profile
Add the ability to limit the number of password resets within a time period

These parameters can be set in the User Manager=> Options.

1. Login name
When set to No, user is not able to change it on front-end as well as back-end.

Results in front-end

2. Limit number of passwords reset

Add counter to redirect component

 This feature lets administrators know if an old url is still used by adding a column --404 Hits-- displaying the number of hits in the Redirect Component Manager.


Media formfield: show preview

 It is now possible to see a thumbnail of the image entered in an image field all over the site.

Examples are categories, articles, contacts. Hover the mouse on the new Preview button to see the thumbnail.



Also, a developper can add to an xml form:

preview="true" or "false".

In this case the Preview button is not displayed and, if set to true, hovering over the field will display the thumbnail.

Add buttons in each menu selection tab in the module admin manager

Until now, the "Select All", "Clear Selection", "Toggle Selection" buttons in the Menu Assignment of a module edit page were applying to all menus. This new feature lets apply them also to each separate menu, once the setting "Only on the pages selected" is set.

Module Manager => Edit a module

Here is an example for the FruitShop menu where Select All has been clicked:

Multi-File Upload

 When uploading files (images as well as pdf/zip, etc.) using the Media Manager, one could browse, choose ONE file and then upload it.
This was specially true when not using the flash upload.

This feature lets, when browsing, highlight multiple files which will be uploaded in one click (if their total size does not exceeds Joomla settings or the php settings).







Version 3.0 is Coming!
Written by Mark Dexter   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 20:24

Joomla CMS Version 3.0 is planned for release in September. In case you missed it, we decided to move the CMS releases to September and March (instead of January and July), hence the September release date. Version 3.1 will follow in March 2013, with version 3.5 in September 2013.

Version 3.0 is our first major release under the time-based release cycle adopted in January 2011. As such it represents an exciting challenge for the community and the leadership -- can we roll out a major release on a predictable time schedule?

Also, there is a very important point to keep in mind: version 3.0 is not for everyone. Joomla 2.5 is the long-term-support (LTS) release, and most production sites now running 2.5 will likely want to stay on 2.5 until version 3.5 is available in September 2013. Version 3.0 is part of the standard support (STS) cycle (along with 3.1) and is for people who need the new features or who just like to be on the leading edge. All users of 3.0 will be expected to update to 3.1 and 3.5 when they are released.

What new features will be in version 3.0?






Watch the Joomla User eXperience (JUX) Recorded Webinar
Written by Gary Brooks   
Monday, 11 June 2012 18:24

Last week, Kyle Ledbetter gave an amazing presentation covering the standard set of core UI elements for the frontend and the backend of Joomla! 3.0. Kyle is a principal usability engineer at Ebay and leader of the massive JUX effort. You can access the recorded version on the Joomla! Youtube channel. Kyle explained how the new UI is not simply a front end or back end template, but rather a set of common UI elements for everyone. He explained how developers can contribute to the JUI core, and help to maintain the best practice of using a common UI, if they note a missing element. Please stay tuned as there will be a follow up webinar on this project.

Watch it Now!

Frequently Asked Questions about the JUX Project (AKA Joomla SDK)
Learn about the future of what will be the new Joomla SDK. Much like the iPhone has the iPhone SDK the Joomla JUX team is working on common ways for the entire Joomla! community to collaborate and build on common IU/UX standards.
Can I watch the Joomla User Experience Recorded Webinar (JUX)?
Well, yah! Watch it now!
Where can I locate the primary GIT Repo for the JUX Project?
What type of skills do I need if I want to help the JUX team?
If you’re an experienced Joomla! programmer, read about the tasks we're currently working on. You can also visit the JUX Forum, create a topic, and explain how you'd like to help.
Can I offer feedback of what I’ve seen so far?
Absolutely! Visit the JUX Forum.
Where can I learn about Twitter Bootstrap?
We’re going to extend these classes, but general Bootstrap and Joomla! experience is all you need.
What are the final release dates?
The goal is to have a Beta in July and GM in September.
I have Ninja-like Joomla! skills and I want to help build. Where can I signup to be assigned a task to help?
Or ping @kyleledbetter on twitter any time!
How do I contact the JUX team leader with important inquiries?
Ping @kyleledbetter on twitter any time!
Who else is working with Bootstrap framework in Joomla land?
Projectfork (4.0 alpha built on Bootstrap coming out soon)
Kunena: Bootstrap version under construction
Jomsocial:  Bootstrap version under construction 
Are there Joomla 2.5 Templates or projects built on Bootstrap?
Strapped (free)
JooStrap (commercial Bootstrap templates & modules)





Looking for Help with Joomla's Social Networks
Written by Steve Burge   
Friday, 08 June 2012 14:50

Over the last few years, a lot of work has gone into Joomla's social media resources, particularly Twitter and Facebook.

We now have over 75,000 Facebook fans and 33,000 Twitter followers.

As these social channels get busier, we're looking for additional help in managing these five Joomla accounts:

With Twitter we simply need help posting.

With the other four networks we need help posting but also moderating.

Please click here and post on this thread in the Joomla forums if you can help.






Joomla! User eXperience (JUX) Webinar
Written by Gary Brooks   
Friday, 01 June 2012 20:08

You're invited to learn about the future of the Joomla! User Interface!

Until the upcoming release of Joomla! 3.0, Joomla! has lacked a common User Interface (UI) for components, which has led to an inconsistent User Experience (UX). The Joomla! User eXperience (JUX) group is hosting a free & live webinar on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 16:00 - 17:00 pm UTC (click for your local time) to illustrate how the new common UI, based on Boostrap by Twitter, will affect and benefit the Joomla! community. Register Now! Space is limited.


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