Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 24:
• Moved from Alledia.com to SteveBurge.com
• Looking for Help with Joomla's Social Networks
• Version 3.0 is Coming!
• Watch the Joomla User eXperience (JUX) Recorded Webinar
• Default 2.5 update!
• Rethinking Internationalization - a video featuring Josetta, the translation manager for Joomla 2.5
• Important Joomla SEO upgrade required before 10-July
• Joomla templates customization with Firebug addon
• How to convert Joomla 1.5 template to Joomla 2.5 template
Written by Steve Burge
Alledia.com had a really great six year run. But, I’ve moved everything over to SteveBurge.com. I moved for several reasons:
1) Urgency. OSTraining traffic is going up, up, up. Visitor numbers are way, way higher than this time last year. I need to move as many sites off that server as possible.
2) Business. “Alledia” isn’t really me any more. It’s a company and one that has very little to do with open source. Alledia Inc. runs AppalachianTrail.com, LakeLanier.com and LakeAllatoona.com. For practical reasons related to #1, we couldn’t use Alledia.com, but the business is now at Alledia.net.
3) A Fresh Start. The Alledia.com old site was full of 10 years of accumulated junk. It dated back to a Mambo installation from 2003 and had been migrated through a couple of domains and Joomla versions until reaching Alledia.com where it grew and mutated for six more years. It was a mess.
Written by Steve Burge
Over the last few years, a lot of work has gone into Joomla's social media resources, particularly Twitter and Facebook. We now have over 75,000 Facebook fans and 33,000 Twitter followers. As these social channels get busier, we're looking for additional help in managing these five Joomla accounts:
YouTube: http://youtube.com/joomla With Twitter we simply need help posting. With the other four networks we need help posting but also moderating.
Written by Mark Dexter
Joomla CMS Version 3.0 is planned for release in September. In case you missed it, we decided to move the CMS releases to September and March (instead of January and July), hence the September release date. Version 3.1 will follow in March 2013, with version 3.5 in September 2013. Version 3.0 is our first major release under the time-based release cycle adopted in January 2011. As such it represents an exciting challenge for the community and the leadership -- can we roll out a major release on a predictable time schedule?
Also, there is a very important point to keep in mind: version 3.0 is not for everyone. Joomla 2.5 is the long-term-support (LTS) release, and most production sites now running 2.5 will likely want to stay on 2.5 until version 3.5 is available in September 2013.
Written by Gary Brooks
Last week, Kyle Ledbetter gave an amazing presentation covering the standard set of core UI elements for the frontend and the backend of Joomla! 3.0. Kyle is a principal usability engineer at Ebay and leader of the massive JUX effort. You can access the recorded version on the Joomla! Youtube channel. Kyle explained how the new UI is not simply a front end or back end template, but rather a set of common UI elements for everyone. He explained how developers can contribute to the JUI core, and help to maintain the best practice of using a common UI, if they note a missing element. Please stay tuned as there will be a follow up webinar on this project.\
Written by Victor Drover
Last week we published the slides from my Josetta talk at J and Beyond entitled Rethinking Internationalization. The video from this talk is also available now. You can also view the slides from this talk separately. Enjoy!
Written by Victor Drover
As the leading search engine optimization (SEO) tool for Joomla, sh404SEF® is continually pushing the envelope and innovating with new features. Not surprisingly then, we watch the major search engines very closely to ensure that sh404SEF® delivers the very best improvements in Joomla SEO for your web site.
Google retires the Data Export API
This past December we noticed a Google announcement describing changes to their the Data Export API, the interface responsible for communicating with their analytics platform. In other words, they are changing the way in which 3rd-party applications communicate with Google Analytics
Written by Huong
If you are the web developer and working with Joomla templates, it is likely that you know a lot about Firebug. For would-be or non web developers, the word Firebug might sound familiar to you even though you have never used it before. Till now, this plugin has been a widely-used web development tool thanks to its outstanding features in joomla templates customization. Not only web developers but also other people can find the addon helpful for building a simple and stable website. In this post, I will clarify what Firebug is and how it is helping thousands of web developers around the world and even non tech folks archive the best results in their work.
Written by Tuan
In this tutorial, we will show how to convert a Joomla 1.5 template to Joomla 2.5 template. We will take default Joomla 1.5 template "rhuk_milkyway" as an example and convert it to Joomla 2.5 native compatible template.
This tutorial covers only template conversion process, so it's assumed that you already have Joomla 2.5 website installed or converted from version 1.5.