Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 2:
• JCal Pro 3 BETA now available for testing
• How we optimized JSN Epic template to be a SEO friendly template
• Build a Joomla photo gallery website by yourself
JCal Pro 3 BETA now available for testing
Written by Victor Drover
Today we are happy to announce the release of JCal Pro® 3 for Joomla 1.7 and Joomla 2.5. This is an early BETA version and will contain bugs. As such, please use this version for testing purposes only. It is not suitable for a production environment.
Written specifically for Joomla 1.7 and 2.5+
Disclaimers aside, JCal Pro® 3 is a complete re-write of the venerable software and does not rely on any third-party frameworks. It is a Joomla 1.7+ native extension and uses an MVC architecture allowing end users to easily override the output. Of course the standard Joomla ACL is integrated for fine-grained permissioning.
How we optimized JSN Epic template to be a SEO friendly template
Written by TamNL
Joomla SEO template is very important with a administrator. A beautiful template is not enough if it doesn’t help you have a high rank in Google. So when we made the Joomla template, we tried to optimize it for SEO as much as possible. Let’s see how JSN Epic template optimized.
Decrease the loading time:
JSN Epic template, all the multiple icons and single images are merged in one single image file, so you can reduce the number of HTTP requests to the server. And more than that, you can make all of the files compressed to be one file when you enable CSS/JS in SEO parameters template. So the loading time is faster and the search engines will care much more.
Build a Joomla photo gallery website by yourself
Written by Huyen
Currently, the number of templates designed for Joomla gallery websites has increased significantly in the market. Considering this fact, I'd like to share with you some experience in building a photo gallery website from scratch based on version 1.5. The aim of this article is to help you build a Joomla gallery on version 1.5 in the most cost-effective way. Therefore, I prefer free templates and extensions (under GNU/GPL license). The only cost you have to pay is hiring a hosting service and buying a domain name. By following the steps below, you can build a Joomla gallery website by yourself.