Joomla evangelism

Joomla is 10 years old today!

Aug 17, 2015
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Joomla 1.0. The now immensely popular CMS was forked from Mambo, and has since come far in terms of the technology. However, what is most brilliant about Joomla is the community. Personally, I've met so many people that I would never have met otherwise. People from far and near, people from completely different cultures and with totally different backgrounds and interests than myself. What we share is that we enjoy using Joomla and being a part of this inspiring community. Being a part of the Joomla community has brought me to Stockholm, to Germany and the Netherlands for J and Beyond, and to Spain to speak at a Joomla event. Being part of the community has enriched my life with new friends. And it has challenged me in personal and technical ways I otherwise would not have knows. How has being a part of the Joomla community impacted you and your life? Share in the comments below - I'd love to hear your stories!
General web tips

The online tools I use in my business (2015)

May 13, 2015
Life as a web developer is a changing one - all the time. The online tools I used a couple of years ago might not be around anymore. Other tools, like the Adobe Photoshop, are tried and true. They stay with me year after year. I’d like to share some of the online tools I currently use in my business.
Joomla General Tips

Changes to the Joomla robots.txt file in Joomla 3.3

Apr 29, 2015
A change to the default robots.txt files was made in Joomla 3.3 to allow Google to access templates and media files by default to improve SEO. This change is not applied automatically on upgrades and Joomla users are recommended to review the changes in the robots.txt.dist file. This file is located in the root folder of your site after upgrading to 3.3 or later versions.
Joomla news

OSTraining offering 70% off on Joomla Developer Training

Apr 21, 2015
Joomla and WordPress training company OSTraining has a great offer for aspiring Joomla developers. A basic Joomla site is simple to build. However, if you want more advanced features on your site it's easy to get in over your head. With the expert training provided by OSTraining, no job will be too big. You will be able to take control of the project and build your Joomla website. Now, you can get up to 70% off of membership with OSTraining.
Joomla news

148 page Joomla Magazine in Dutch coming soon

Feb 14, 2015
The "Handboek Joomla!" is a 148 page magazine dedicated to Joomla that is just about ready to go to print. The Dutch Joomla community has worked together with some international community members on the issue. Over 40 people contributed in some way to this magazine, which is made made by the Dutch Webdesigner magazine.
Joomla Security Tips

Protect your Joomla site against brute-force attacks

Jan 25, 2015
Brute-force attacks on Joomla sites are common these days. The reality website owners must face is that hackers are in control of large farms of hacked computers. These computers can be used to coordinate massive brute-force attacks on a website. As a website owner, in fact I'm hosting several sites, I'm constantly getting these types of attacks on my servers. In this post, I look at a few ways to reduce the chance that someone gains unlawful access to your Joomla websites by way of brute-force attacks.
Joomla news

New service provides free websites at Joomla.com

Jan 25, 2015
The Joomla® project has just launched a new service: Joomla.com. Users worldwide can now create and build Joomla websites and have them hosted for free. The service is offered in corporation with web hosting company SiteGround, who’s built the server infrastructure for the service. Free hosting of Joomla sites has not been available in this form before. By introducing the Joomla.com service, Joomla takes a big step in terms of spreading the use of the CMS. Users will be able to set up a fully working Joomla website, hosted for free for an unlimited time. The site will run on a mysite.joomla.com type subdomain, not unlike the service found at WordPress.com.
Joomla news

Hour-long presentation on K2 and Joomla 3

Aug 26, 2014
On August 14th and 15th, OSTraining hosted an event called Joomla3 Day. During the event, several people from the community did presentations on various aspects of using Joomla. One of the presentations was an hour-long presentation on the new version of K2 which is now in beta stage. The stable version of K2 v.3 is set for release late September / early October 2014. In the presentation, Fotis Evangelou, main developer of K2, goes through K2 in general and then goes into detailed explanation of K2 version 3.
Photo: Francisco Rodriguez, 500px.com
Getting started with Joomla

6 skills you need to get started with Joomla

Aug 13, 2014
To create a successful Joomla website, you need several different skills. Building a Joomla site will challenge you in various areas, and you will learn a lot along the way. Still, there are some areas in which you should acquire at least some basic knowledge and proficiency before starting. These are some of the skills you will need: Basic Joomla skills HTML skills CSS skills Patience Writing skills SEO skills In this post, I'll go through these skills and elaborate on what it all means.
 Magic Sunset over Prague, by Lucy Liu
Joomla events

J and Beyond 2015 to take place in Prague

Aug 11, 2014
The organizer have just announced that the 6th J and Beyond conference will take place from the 29-31 May 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. The motto for 2015 is "Golden Times ahead". The early bird ticket price will be only 199 Euro for the three day conference.
Yootheme
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, July 2014

Jul 14, 2014
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template you can use for your Joomla projects. In this post, I'll give you an overview of the business Joomla templates released in July 2014. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlaArt, JoomlaXTC, JoomlaShack and Gavick Pro are on display. Enjoy these fresh templates!
Joomla Extension News

K2 version 3 - first preview [VIDEO]

Jul 02, 2014
K2 is one of the most popular extensions for Joomla. The CCK (Content Construction Kit) has been a favorite for a lot of devs for years, me included. Since Joomla 3 was released, K2 has started to seem a bit outdated, though. That's soon to change, with the release of K2 version 3.x. In this post, you will find a short demo video from JoomlaWorks, showing the responsiveness of the new User Interface. In the example, K2 v3.x is running on a remote (busy) dev server.
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, June 2014

Jun 19, 2014
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template you can use for your Joomla projects. In this post, I'll give you an overview of the business Joomla templates released in June 2014. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlaArt, JoomlaXTC, Nuevvo and Gavick Pro are on display. Enjoy these fresh templates!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, May 2014

May 15, 2014
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. You'll find an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during May 2014. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlaXTC, Nuevvo and Gavick Pro included in this post. Enjoy these great additions to the world of Joomla templates!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, April 2014

Apr 14, 2014
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during April 2014. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomlabamboo, JoomlaXTC and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, March 2014

Mar 07, 2014
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during March 2014. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlArt, JoomlaShack, JoomlaXTC and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, February 2014

Feb 20, 2014
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during February 2014. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomla Bamboo, JoomlArt, JoomlaXTC and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, January 2014

Jan 22, 2014
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during January 2014. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlArt and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, December 2013

Dec 18, 2013
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during December 2013. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomla Bamboo, JoomlArt, JoomlaShack, JoomlaXTC and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, November 2013

Nov 21, 2013
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during November 2013. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomla Bamboo, JoomlArt, JoomlaShack, JoomlaXTC and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla core tutorials

Two-factor authentication with Joomla and Yubikey

Nov 13, 2013
Online security, and in particular how to create strong passwords, has been discussed a lot lately. Many users create weak passwords in their systems, which is one factor in letting hackers in. As an added security measure, online service providers offer two-factor authentication. What this means is that you have a username, a password and a one-time password that is generated by a gadget you control. This can be a dedicated gadget (like the ones many banks issue) or it can be an app on your smartphone (like Google Authenticator). These solutions normally give you a 6-digit one-time code that you can enter into the system. There are also USB solutions that let you put the device into the computer, click a button and the device will enter a strong one-time password into the appropriate field on the computer. One of the larger providers of these USB devices are Yubico, with their USB stick Yubikey. The Yubikey can be used with popular services like LastPass, to add an extra security layer onto your login. Now, we can have the same solution in Joomla.

Video: Joomla 3.2 UX Improvements

Nov 08, 2013
When Joomla 3.0 was released, it incorporated a lot of new user interface elements in the administrator. Compared to Joomla 1.5 and 2.5, it was a big step forward, in my opinion. The inclusion of Twitter Bootstrap did a lot for the interface, but in the first iterations of Joomla 3.0, it was a bit immature. Now, with the release of Joomla 3.2, the interface has been reworked quite a bit. Nothing revolutionary, but little things in many places, to improve how you work with the administrator. As one who has built large sites with Joomla 3.1, I think these improvements will be very helpful and time-saving.

Video: Joomla Extension Finder

Nov 07, 2013
At J and Beyond 2012, the idea of a Joomla! App Store was discussed. Now, a couple of years later, we will soon see the arrival of the Joomla Extension Finder. Also known as "Install from web". The Joomla Extension Finder is integrated into the Extension Manager in the Joomla administrator. You need to confirm that you want to install the Extension Finder plugin before using this new function. This also means you accept the terms of use for the JED (Joomla Extensions Directory).
Joomla core tutorials

Video: Content versioning in Joomla 3.2

Nov 06, 2013
Joomla 3.2 is just around the corner, with the RC (Release Candidate) version released last week. One of the major things in Joomla 3.2 is content versioning. This means you can roll back to older versions of an article. You also have functions like compare, so you can see what has changed between different versions of your article. Check out the video, where Mark Dexter explains how content versioning in Joomla 3.2 works in detail.
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, October 2013

Oct 23, 2013
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during October 2013. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomla Bamboo, JoomlArt, JoomlaShack, JoomlaXTC and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, September 2013

Sep 11, 2013
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during September 2013. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomla Bamboo, JoomlArt, JoomlaShack and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Extension Tips

How to find extensions for Joomla 1.5

Aug 27, 2013
As you probably know, Joomla 1.5 has reached end-of-life. It's no longer supported, and you shouldn't use it. OK? That said - there are situations where the use of Joomla 1.5 is inevitable. For instance, I regularly come across people who want me to help them port their site to the latest version of Joomla. Sometimes, the site can't be upgraded immediately. Perhaps there's a financial issue at hand. Other times, it can be that the site is so complex and full of outdated extensions and special solutions that it's not possible to migrate without building new components or find alternatives. This can take time, and while you find the solutions the site needs to stay secure.
Ryan Ozimek at the J and Beyond 2013 therapy session.
Personal views

Are we taking care of our own?

Aug 09, 2013
Joomla is a project that relies on volunteers. All the work being done on a daily basis in the project is based on the fact that thousands of people around the globe spends their time on Joomla. They code, test patches, report bugs, write documentation, market and promote Joomla to new and existing users, translate, plan and conduct events. These are only some of the many things that benefit us as a community and Joomla as a project. This is, in fact, the premise of an open-source community-driven project. Without the volunteers, Joomla would die. Simple as that.
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, August 2013

Aug 06, 2013
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during August 2013. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlaXTC, and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
Joomla Templates

Joomla business templates, July 2013

Jul 17, 2013
Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during July 2013. This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomla Bamboo, JoomlArt, JoomlaXTC, and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!
 
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