Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 37:
• Sneak a Peek
• New multilanguage status module
• Joomla, the not so FREE CMS
• My 50th Birthday Wishes for the Joomla Community
• [SOLVED] Gantry for WordPress Updater Issue
• Hiding Joomla modules on mobile devices
• A responsive skeleton Joomla Template
• Supercharge your Joomla web site relevant search results
• Don't be a stranger - improve your SEO with HTML5 link types
• Fixing our trademark processes and policies
Written by Sandra Warren
Sneak a Peek at what we have been working on. For over a year, we have been working on a Template Directory for Joomla.org It is coming to fruition soon.
The acronym that we have been using is JTD A few of the features of this directory include but of course not limited to:
* Tags for easy searches
* Image gallery
* Free Templates
* Commercial Templates
* Club Templates
* PSD designs
* and much more
Written by Jean Marie Simonet
Multilanguage in 1.7.x is getting more and more popular. (See improvements vs 1.6: http://community.joomla.org/blogs/community/1468-multilang-in-17-whats-new.html ) Normally, we should not introduce new features in a point release. But multilanguage is dealing with so many factors that it was necessary to help users as soon as possible to check the status of all these variables. With this in mind, a new module is added in 1.7.1. Its name is mod_multilangstatus.
Written by Joss Sanglier
I am setting up a new Joomla site for a community with little money. Joomla 1.7 is perfect for them (now I have got my head round setting up the permissions) as they have quite a few contributors. I thought I would spice up the site with some nice plugins and modules so they have a few bouncing this, sliding that and generally very impressive the other all over the place.
Written by Amy Stephen
Today's my 50th Birthday and I want to say a few things. For whatever reasons, I love the Joomla community. That love has grown since November 2005 when I first joined the Joomla forum and discovered free software. As a professional developer since 19 years of age, I thought folks were crazy for sharing their work freely and I downloaded everything I could find before they came to their senses. What can I say? I've grown a bit since that time. ;-) Since it will take a good strong wind and considerable time to blow out my birthday candles this year, I am going to help myself to two community birthday wishes.
Written by Jakub Baran
I'm happy to inform that all of the directory-naming issues are now resolved, and that it's again safe to use the WordPress updater to update your version of the Gantry Plugin. From now on every time we release the new version of the Gantry plugin, it will be added to the WordPress.org plugins directory so everyone can easily stay up-to-date.
Written by Anthony Olsen
It always feels a little bit like cheating to use display: none in any css declaration, but its such an easy and useful tool that sometimes it's the best (read easiest) way to add some flexibility to the way certain content gets displayed on the page. As you are probably already aware, the Joomla module class suffix system is a seriously powerful system and in my opinion really underpins Joomla templating and opens up a world of flexibility and configuration for the end user.
Written by Anthony Olsen
The Responsive Joomla Template is a new skeleton template for Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.7 that we hope to unveil early next week. Over the last few days Ive plugged into development of v2.0 of the Zen Grid Framework and have made some real progress that should mean that we will see a stable release next week as well. The Responsive Joomla template will be the first template released on the new version of the framework and as you will see from the screenshots its a mobile friendly clean skin for you to start developing your sites with.
Written by Victor Drover
In the last decade, the world has experienced a revolution in data indexing both online and in the personal computing space. Joomla has not kept pace with these trends as the existing technology built into the core of the content management system is nearly a decade old. As a result, search results in Joomla are displayed arbitrarily and without context. In response to this deficit, today we are proud to announce the official launch of Advanced Site Search for Joomla 1.7 and Joomla 1.5. This extension is a radical re-imagining of the standard Joomla search application offering numerous advantages for end users.
Written by Victor Drover
If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that we often compare Google to a nosy neighbor who wants to get up in your business and tell the world all about you. As is the case with many acquaintances, we want Google to mostly see our best features and ignore any mundane or common details. In other words, we want Google to notice and understand only our most defining characteristics.
Getting to know you
Whenever I attend a conference, the organizers always hand out name tags to help people get to know each other. Wouldn’t it be great if your web site also had a name tag?
Written by Ryan Ozimek
As President of OSM, and thereby the executive overseeing the Joomla! trademark policy, I want to apologize to our leadership team and the community as a whole. The current status of our trademark policy is not of the quality I expect from a project as well-respected as ours, and at the end of the day, the responsibility of ensuring its worthiness lies on my desk. I want to take this opportunity to make something perfectly clear: the challenges we face in dealing with trademark concerns should not be blamed on any individual other than myself. There are good, well-intentioned individuals working hard as volunteers to help mitigate concerns and risks with respect to our trademark.