Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 13:
- Joomla & GNOME Partner up for an Internship for Women
- The JED index.html Requirement Dropped
- Joomla! 3.1.0 to Release on April 15
- Basics: Debugging & Customizing with LESS/CSS
- Zenkit v2 - Responsive templates for K2
- Multitasking just got a whole lot easier with 1-click Joomla upgrades
- K2 ranks #1 in HostGator's top 10 Joomla! extensions list
Written by Sandy Ordonez
Supporting diversity is an important tenet for Joomla leadership to uphold. Not only does it improve the quality of work coming out of our project, but as leaders in the Open Source space, it is important that we lead by example. This is particularly true, considering the currently low numbers of women in Open Source, which according to a well-cited study by UCAM at the University of Cambridge, is only 2%
Let me repeat that again: 2% of individuals in Open Source are women. While it is true that the Joomla community seems to be an organic leader in this regard, in that our events and leadership teams are comprised of more than 2% women, we still have a lot of work to do in this area, particularly when it comes to coding. Like most other projects, the percentage of women coders is quite low.
Written by Matthew Baylor
Effective April 1, 2013 the Joomla Extensions Directory will drop the requirement for index.html files in all folders.
Why the change?
The rule is obsolete and has not been an effective ‘security' measure for a long time. You can read more about it here: http://www.dionysopoulos.me/blog/86-the-files-of-wrath.html The #1 error with extensions submitted to be listed in the JED is SE1 (missing index.html files) which significantly slows down the approval process for everyone. Once the error is flagged, the developer has to fix it and then we have to re-screen it. The whole process gets unnecessarily long.
Once we approve an extension for listing it’s generally not checked again, unless there’s an issue reported. It’s quite common for a developer to update his/her extension and miss a few index.html files which will go unnoticed anyway.
Written by Mark Dexter
Joomla version 3.1.0 will be released on April 15. This will give us a little more time to test and fine-tune the exciting new tagging feature and also to fix some other unrelated issues. Version 3.1.0_beta3 will be released on March 29. This will have the same feature set as the final 3.1.0 release. We encourage people to download and try the beta version and provide feedback.
The Tags component will be a great addition to Joomla. It addresses the tagging, labelling, and multi-category requests that have been made over the years. For example, “assign multiple categories to an article” is currently ranked #7 on the ideas.joomla.org site. Tags will address that by allowing you to create lists, blogs, or other layouts that combine articles and other content types any way you like. An amazing number of people have been contributing to version 3.1, both with coding and testing. For example, over 50 people have helped test and fix bugs just in the past 90 days. If you want to get involved, please consider joining the Joomla Bug Squad.
Written by James Spencer
This guide is a revised edition of the previous Tools: Firebug blog entry from February 2009. In essence, this guide is a brief overview of the tools for self help, providing you with the abilities to debug your own issues and identify what and how to customize in the same manner as the RocketTheme Team. Most styling issues, whether bugs or customization requests, are typically very easy to address yourself.
This guide outlines how to inspect, debug, amend and customize using LESS.
1. Custom Overrides (CSS/LESS)
The first step is to outline the process of how to customize or to amend the templates/extensions styling themselves. As general practice, we now recommend you use the inbuilt Custom Stylesheet facility in Gantry, or if you are using a pre-Gantry template, a manually added custom stylesheet. The benefits of this approach are two fold:
Written by Anthony Olson
We have been a little quiet on the blog since the release of our last Joomla template, Zenhost, but that's mainly because we have had our collective heads down working on hard on some exciting new things. First cab off the rank is V2 of our Zenkit templates - standalone, responsive templates for K2. Zenkit is all grown up now and I'm happy to say it is even more flexible, with some nice new styling, layouts and functionality.
So what's new?
Zenkit is of course now built with bootstrap which means it works very nicely with Joomla 3+ and our T3 templates.
Written by Vic Drover
If you’re serious about performing Joomla updates to keep your site safe and secure, than you’ve probably heard about Watchful.li. Watchful is a remote backup, update and monitoring service for Joomla web sites and we’ve been rapidly expanding and adding features. As you can see in the video above, our latest addition is the ability to update all the compatible extensions on your site with just a single click. You can read more about this new feature in the official announcement.
Written by by Fotis Evangelou
We were pleasantly surprised today when we read HostGator's blog post on the top 10 Joomla! extensions, ranking K2 as #1 in their list!
HostGator is one of the largest shared hosting companies in the world (part of the Endurance Int'l Group of companies which also owns Bluehost) so it's really an honor for the K2 project to be ranked #1 Joomla! extension according to them. I don't know if this list is just a "snapshot" of what's hot in the Joomla! community or a list based on stats HostGator gathers from hosting probably thousands of Joomla! sites. In any case it's flattering :)
Check out the full list on HostGator's blog: http://blog.hostgator.com/2013/03/28/top-10-joomla-extensions/