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Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 45: 

• A Closer Look at LOGman
• Framework, Security and Unified Extension Updates
• Premium stock photo resources for your Joomla website (Part 2)

Yesterday, the main Joomla site, joomla.org, got a new design. The design has been in the works for quite a while, and finally it's here.

Personally, I think the new front page is a lot cleaner and structured in a better way than the previous one. It conveys a more professional and perhaps corporate (is that a good thing...?) look than before. Focus is on where to get Joomla, what is Joomla, who uses it, as well as news items from different sources. The news sections are easier to spot now, and you spend less time looking at the page to determine if something is new or not.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 44:

• Hiring a Writer
• Meet FILEman and LOGman
• Joomla SaaS – A Good Start for Joomla Newbie
• Top 10 most popular Joomla FAQs from newbies
• Languages: 1.7.3 improvements
• The Busiest Year Ever for Joomla!Days
• Proposed 2012 CLT Goals
• Proposed PLT 2012 Goals
• Community feedback requested on OSM's top 2012 goal ideas
• Important Security Vulnerability Fixed
• Premium stock photo resources for your Joomla website (Part 1)

Packt Publishing has just announced that Joomla has been voted best open source CMS for 2011.

The Packt Open Source Awards is a yearly event, which is presented to various open source projects. There are several categories of awards, and the Open Source CMS is perhaps the major one.

A while ago, the Joomla Production Leadership Team decided to split the Joomla project into two parts. One part is the CMS we all know and love. The actual system we're using every day. The other part is the layer behind the CMS, the inner workings of Joomla. Simply put, it can be defined as the contents of the /libraries/ folder in Joomla. This is now called the J!Platform.

If you're an end-user of Joomla, you probably don't care too much about this. As long as it works, it's all good, right? Still, I believe you should know why the J!Platform can be part of what will ensure the solid future of the Joomla project.

As a PHP developer, you should really take a look at the J!Platform and what it can do.

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Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 43:

• Hidden Joomla 1.7 Secrets - Live in your living room
• No Upgrades? You'll Scare Your Users Away
• 2011 Joomla Day New York Recap
• 2012 Goal setting and budget planning proposed process
• Forms for Joomla 1.7 – Just released!
• Six free must-have Joomla extensions – Have you installed them all?
• The Joomla 1.7 extensions native: Round 2
• Simon Says Get K2 Important News

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 42:

• Roadmap Meeting Recap
• FAQs About the Recent Updates
• Introducing Zen Grid Framework 2
• Excellent Joomla 1.7 Extensions Native: Round 1
• Product Version View - A convenient tool for compare Joomla templates
• K2 v2.5.1 (maintenance release) now available 

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 41:

• Roadmap Meeting Streaming Live
• Shhhh something amazing is getting ready!
• The write stuff
• Introducing the Responsive Joomla Template

ecwid-illA few weeks ago, I got a question from one of my readers regarding the ecommerce solution Ecwid and Joomla.

The reader wanted to know if this web shop solution was a good one to use with a Joomla site.

To be honest, I hadn't heard about Ecwid before, so I decided to take a look.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 40:

• Search and Joomla! CMS 2.5
• 27 days count down to a new start
• JJ Tweets Module Updated For Joomla 1.7
• A Great Joomlatools Summer
• How To Package Joomla Libraries
• The Feisty Empire Apostrophe Rules

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 39:

• Seven Steps to Successful Joomla! Platform Evangelism
• Some thoughts about Transifex and Open Translators
• What are the security implications of NOT upgrading from Joomla 1.5?
• Joomla! forks you may have never heard of
• Team JoeJoomla Introduces Brian Peat
• JJ Tweets Module Updated For Joomla 1.7
• Joomla Site Developer's Pledge
• Join us in Milwaukee on November 12 for Joomla Day Midwest

Joomla! Day returns to Finland! The conference will run Saturday November 5th at Helsinki's popular social meeting spot Hub Helsinki.

The event will be an unmatched networking and learning opportunity for the Finnish Joomla! community. Speakers will be attending internationally to discuss the latest developments in Joomla, featuring among others a keynote from Ryan W. Ozimek, President of Open Source Matters, and a presentation by Matias Griese, Lead Developer of the wildly popular Kunena extension.

You can register for free on the website JoomlaDayFinland.com

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