Kristoffer Sandven

Kristoffer Sandven

Kristoffer Sandven is a photographer, filmmaker and web consultant living in Oslo, Norway. He's the founder and author of JoomlaBlogger.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012 21:20

Report from J and Beyond 2012

A few weeks ago, the third J and Beyond conference took place in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The event, which started as an unofficial event for the Joomla! community, is now as close to an official event as one can get. Attended by over 220 people from 40 countries, the event also gathered a big group of Joomla leadership team members.

The organizing team, with Robert Deutz and Brian Teeman in the foreground, did a tremendeous job creating and running this event.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 21:

• A proposal for a new Joomla project structure
• Help! I'm locked out of the Joomla 2.5 administrator
• How to fix database issues in Joomla 2.5?
• Is the Joomla community one big happy family?
• 5 awesome free Joomla 2.5 shopping cart extensions - Pick one, sellers!
• Joomla 2.5 video extensions - To transform your site to a media library
• My JandBeyond 2012
• Jab jab hook! Knockout event for Open Source
• AfterJaB - Moving between the circles

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:38

New promo video for Joomla

During J and Beyond 2012, the organizers showed the almost finished version of a brand new promo video for Joomla. The video, created by Swedish company, is a 2 minute promotional video of the project, highlighting the benefits of Joomla.

I think it looks really professional, and conveys the message well. Great work!

In this video, Jack "Elvis" Bremer takes us on a tour of the Dolce Bad Nauheim - the venue for J and Beyond 2012.

This Joomla conference gathered over 200 people from almost 40 countries.

I had a great time there and will be publishing a longer report in a couple of days. Until then, join Elvis and see what went down at JAB12.

Saturday, 19 May 2012 13:26

J.O.S.C.A.R winners announced at JAB 12

Earlier tonight, the J.O.S.C.A.R.s award ceremony took place at J and Beyond 2012. The conference, which is now in progress in Bad Nauheim, Germany, has gathered over 200 people from almost 40 countries. And they are all here to share their knowledge, contribute to the project or learn something new to bring back home.

The awards ceremony was a lot of fun as always, featuring the duo Teeman and Drover in matching tuxedos. And later, Brian Teeman as the Elvis of Joomla in an outrageous costume worthy of the King himself.

I'm very happy to announce that one of my sites won an award this year, in the category for Best eCommerce website.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 20:

• First Peek at a New Business
• How to enable sub menu items in Joomla
• The 10 best free and popular Joomla 2.5 extensions
• Cory Webb Media has 3 sites on the J!OSCAR short list

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 19:

• Registered JUG changes
• See you at the CMS Expo 2012
• bfForms v0.6.3 new version released
• Dutch Joomladays 2012 Impressions
• A quick peek at the Intrepid Joomla template
• Josetta 1.2.2 released
• How to convert Joomla 1.5 template to Joomla 2.5 template
• Free Joomla 2.5 extensions to connect to social media
• K2 v2.5.7 released - introduces JSON & JSONP content output
• Mobile Joomla! Showcase – Sandvikengården Youth Camp of Sweden
• Version 12.1 of the Joomla Platform released
• Pre-Event Party
• Streaming Live from JAB12

Yesterday, the Joomla Production Leadership Team decided on adding Twitter Bootstrap to the core of Joomla 3.0. Twitter Bootstrap is a free collection of tools for creating websites and web applications. It contains HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, charts, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions. 

This decision will have ramifications for the whole project. It will make it easier to style Joomla across the core and extensions, having a common styleset and markup. The framework is also used by other major website projects.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 18:

• Joomla UI (JUI) and Bootstrap
• MTV Uses Joomla
• The JED and Version Support
• Introducing the new Corporate Joomla template
• Proud to support Joomla events like J and Beyond
• Using JCal Pro as community events resource for the Joomla project
• How to upgrade JSN ImageShow from Free to PRO without re-installing?

Yesterday, the first commercial Joomlablogger e-book was released. Blogging with Joomla!® is a 287 page e-book (delivered as a downloadable PDF, which covers a lot of information on how to blog with our favorite CMS.

Even if the book is written with a focus on blogging, the information can be used by anyone who wants to improve how they build Joomla sites.

I have worked on the book for around a year, so I'm pleased to report that the feedback has been positive so far. It seems people like the information and that they learn from it.

My friend over at Joomla Bamboo, Anthony Olsen, wrote this after reading through the e-book:

Kristoffer Sandven is at the leading edge when it comes to using Joomla for blogging. The detail covered in his Blogging with Joomla book is simply mind-boggling, which makes it a must for new or even seasoned Joomla users.

and TJ Baker of Joomla Shack said:

There's so much information in this book it would be good resource for someone looking to build ANY type of Joomla site.  It's a great investment for anyone looking for guidance with setting up their Joomla powered blog site, written by one of Joomla's best bloggers!

Go get your copy today - it sells for only €9.95. I set the price as low possible so it would be affordable to a larger audience. It's my hope that it will inspire and help many Joomla users around the world.

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