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
Written by Peter Martin
Last year at the Joint Leadership Summit (JLS) (in San Jose, California from July 29-31, 2011) we've discussed about our project’s leadership structure (see this blog post: Proposed Leadership structure changes & request for community feedback). A proposal for a new Joomla project structure was made by Alan Langford, Javier Gomez, Jeremy Wilken, Peter Martin and Christine Graf and is available at Google Docs. An Infographic of this proposed project structure was made by Themepartner. To comment and discuss this blog, please visit the JPeople site at http://people.joomla.org/groups/viewdiscussion/1485-proposal-for-a-new-joomla-project-structure.html?groupid=714
Written by Anthony Olsen
I'm sure there are a number of causes for this but this issue just came up on our support forum so I thought I would post the solution here for anyone else facing the same issue. The solution itself actually comes from this post on the Joomla forum but it's a little tricky to find it, as it's mixed in with all of the Joomla admin password reset posts etc.
The user enters the correct login details and presses enter and the screen just refreshes again without any error or warning messages. In the case that the username or password is wrong or the user does not have access to the administrator there is usually an error message warning the user of this. However in the case of this issue, there is no feedback to the user.
Written by Anthony Olsen
Joomla 2.5 has a some somewhat hidden but very useful tool for maintaining your Joomla site. The database tab is especially handy for maintaining your database compatibility during the update process. This is especially the case if you started building your site with Joomla 1.6 or Joomla 1.7. In every case it is worth checking this useful tool each time you upgrade Joomla.
Written by Victor Drover
At the J and Beyond conference this past weekend in Germany, a number of people commented to me that the vibe around this year’s meeting was very different from the 2011 conference. Joomla Rocks!This was my third J and Beyond and I personally came away feeling a lot more encouraged, engaged, inspired and motivated than in previous years.
Many folks expressed this same feeling, including past PSM president Ryan Ozimek (see video at right). To be clear, the prior J and Beyond events as well as Joomla Days I attend have always given me a little extra purpose and warm feeling in my stomach. However, J and Beyond 2012 seems to have pushed those feelings to a much higher level.
Written by Hanh
Apparently, the more the Internet develops, the more new online shops are launched. I'm nearly a shopaholic and I like buying goods online for the convenience. But there are too many web shops, with the result that not all of those impress and attract customers like me. So what connects sellers with buyers effectively? The shopping cart is the answer. If you are a seller using Joomla, you will absolutely need a good shopping cart extension for your Joomla business website. You might wonder where you could find it.
To help you, I have already made a list of 5 excellent well-known shopping cart extensions on Joomla Extensions Directory (JED). I also installed and tested all on my local host to make sure they run well. What else? All of them are free and ready for Joomla 2.5. Let's find out what these shopping cart extensions are.
Written by Hanh
Close your eyes and try to imagine the present without videos and images. Oh my god, it's terrible, right?! Those things help me relax and feel full of life and I even want to set up a lively site containing a gallery of favorite videos that I'd love to share with everyone. As a Joomla user, this is not so difficult because there are many Joomla video extensions on Joomla extensions directory (JED) to support embedded links to video and audio, and create my own dynamic galleries. I chose the 7 best Joomla 2.5 video extensions split into 2 types - "Video players & galleries" and "Video channels". I also tested them on my site.
What are a Video channel and a Video player?
A Video channel is used to present videos from external video streaming sites such as Youtube, Vimeo and so on. Your site doesn't need to use a lot of bandwidth if you choose this method. A video player, meanwhile, helps to play videos from local folders or external video streaming sites. A video player might be expected to understand and translate several video codecs, containing many video formats.
Written by Hagen Graf
Once a year JandBeyond, the international Joomla conference is held in Europe. This time, the venue was, again, the Dolce Hotel in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Elvis Presley lived in Bad Nauheim during his time with the United States Army in Friedberg.
My initial plan was to meet with Christine (my beloved wife :) ) at JandBeyond, attend the event and drive home together with her. The days before she was in Germany and I was in Switzerland. She prepared the session "Peace, Love and Leadership" and worked the weeks before the event together with the responsible working group on a Proposal for a new Joomla project structure (Discuss the proposal here). She was asked to attend the leadership meeting after the event. Unfortunately it was not possible for her to attend because of some trouble making a decision on behalf of the leadership team so she finally quit her participation.
Written by Kevinjohn Gallagher
JandBeyond 2012, was a conference that optimised the ethos of the project behind it: Open Source Matters. I love giving my Emperor’s New Clothes presentation, and nothing gives me a bigger thrill than hearing people laugh and listen at all the right times; knowing that they’re being challenged and coming to their own conclusion. It’s incredibly rewarding. It also has the potential to go horribly wrong (which it did the last time I gave the talk).
Into the wild
With that in mind, I flew in with severe trepidation that I’d made the wrong decision about #jab12. I knew virtually nothing about Joomla’s latest major version (2.5), my coding skills on the whole have been left to rot for years, it was in Germany (and possibly german), and I felt as if I had let down many of the attendees with the cancellation of Open Source Scotland (regardless of it not being my fault).
Written by Radek Suski
AfterJaB is a very hard time for, I believe all of us. On the one hand we are very excited about all those great people, old and new friends we met there. On the other hand, while participating in Twitter or other social media conversations, we realise how many great people were there and that we had simply no opportunity to talk with some of them for even a minute due to lack of time. I think because of the very short conversation with Oliver, he is probably not going to add me as a friend at Facebook. Sorry Oliver, I really wanted to talk with you a bit longer and on a better place ;)