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The right way to build a Joomla site - Part I

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I recently happened to have a client approach us to build a mobile app. What should have been a fairly quick job turned out into a mid sized development project. The reason ? They had created almost half a dozen custom components where articles could have served the purpose.

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Joomla 3.5 gets the 'Speed Force' with PHP 7 Support !

Joomla 3.5 gets the 'Speed Force' with PHP 7 Support !

Earlier today Joomla 3.5 stable was released by the Joomla Production leadership team. This marks a major milestone in the Joomla 3X series. This release adds quite a few new features and solves a significant number of bugs. 

PHP 7 Support, Update Notifications via Email, System Information Export, Drag & Drop Images are just some of the cool features that have been introduced in this release. 

The most significant of these in my opinion is the PHP7 support. PHP 7 was released in November last year and introduced some major performance improvements. This is the biggest PHP release since PHP5.

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How to hide Help Menu in Joomla backend?

How to hide Help Menu in Joomla backend?

While customizing the Admin template, most of us come across a situation where you want to hide the “Help” menu and the first solution which pops up in your mind is to use CSS to hide it. However, there is a very simple way to hide it.

How do we do it?

 

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Joomla 3.4 is here !

Joomla 3.4 is here !

Its been a long wait since Joomla 3.3 was released but Joomla 3.4 is finally here and it brings with it some great features.

3.4 is the first release as per the new release strategy and road map published by the Joomla Production leadership team (PLT) last year. One click updates have got easier for over the years and that's one thing that I hope will solve Joomla's version fragmentation issue (not too different from the one we see in Android). This means that the Joomla 3.4 update is just a click away for those of you on 3.3 or older versions of the CMS. If you are on 2.5 the task isn't that much harder but you do need to take some extra care.

For the 1.5s and the 1.0s it will be a migration but frankly if you are still on that old of an version its about time you did it ! The Joomla update team has done a spectacular job in providing some great documentation, tutorials and videos to help you get updated. Check it all out here !

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Joomla is more CMS than ever before!

Joomla is more CMS than ever before!

What Features Makes Joomla a Better CMS out of the box?

Lets take a look at the features that make Joomla a better CMS out of the box. here we are mainly going to cover features which are important to Joomla as a Content Management System. There are quite a few other features that Joomla has besides this, but thats another blog!

Out of the box responsiveness

Joomla 3 showed the way to the world by implementing Bootstrap in the core making Joomla ready for modern UI/UX standards and brought Mobile responsiveness and compatibility in both the frontend and backend. So now whether you an end user or a website manager you can easily access and manage your site using your mobile devices!

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Joomla 3.3 is on its way to let you do more with less !

The Joomla Production leadership team has just announced the revised release schedule for Joomla 3.3 with a RC expected by 15th April & a stable release by the 22nd of April. But hey you don't have to wait that long to try Joomla 3.3 & get your hands dirty ! The first Beta will be available on April 1st ( April Fools day i know but it is actually true !) 

If you cant wait & want to see what it offers right away, then you might as well help the community test this release & make it the most stable Joomla release ever !  Testing features & patches has been made super easy by the Patcher extension & you don't need to be a coder by far to help with testing. Testing, one thing it gives you a sneak peek into whats coming & at the same time helps the project ! Read this Blog to help test Joomla 3.3 . So Go ahead & help Do More testing !

Joomla 3.3 is All about Doing More !

Joomla 3.3 continues the tradition set by the Joomla 3X series of getting great backward compatible releases out with awesome new features that are rock stable. One of the great things about this releases is that a lot of these features were built as part of Google Summer of Code in 2013 ! Yay for the Community & three Cheers for the participating students !

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Joomla The CMS, The Framework & the License - Thoughts & Questions

If you are active on twitter, Facebook & follow Joomla related discussions there or on the Forums, you might have heard of a major discussion on in the community currently. That of the decision of considering a license change for the 'Joomla Framework' to LGPL (From GPL) . Note that this proposed change is for the Joomla Framework, currently a separate project than the popular Joomla CMS we all love & use. 

In order to try & put my thoughts together on this issue, i have put together some questions that i have myself answered the best as i can which basically explore my own views & the impact of this proposed change. Note that these are my personal thoughts & should be treated as such. I am not an expert on licenses or legal matters :) 

Q. Why are we doing the Joomla Framework ? Doesn't the CMS Deserve more attention ?

A. The framework allows us to adopt more modern practices of Developing Web applications.. Which is what the CMS is ( a Web app) .. The investment in the framework now gets us prepared & working with the latest best practices could possibly power future versions of the CMS. In short in the long term the Framework might help us be future ready & stay ahead of the game. Think of it as a long term investment in the CMS. 

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Still on Joomla 1.5 or Joomla 1.7 ? Its time to upgrade !


The Joomla 1.5X series was one of my most favorite releases. It was one of the most advanced CMS systems when it was released, had an awesome MVC architecture that took development to a new level in Joomla & it was rock stable.

After the Mambo days, the Joomla 1.X series did a great job in maintaining the code but it was 1.5 that was the game changes in so many respects. However as with all technology, times changed & Joomla had to evolve too ! 

Out came Joomla 1.6  from which everyone had great hopes as it was the first major release after 1.5 which had done a great job & 1.6 had taken a long time coming. It introduced a full fledged ACL for the first time , One click updates, Nested categories & a lot lot more . It looked awesome on paper however just didn't cut it many aspects. Part of the problem was that a lot of things had been taken on at the same time & expectations had increased a great deal due to delays. 

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4 Steps to Successful Outsourcing

Nobody can do it all. In web development and design, some projects are simply beyond the scope of a person or company’s expertise, time, or capabilities. Complex coding, custom extension development, or new, innovative elements may call for the help of a third party.

Teaming up with the right outsourced expert– who has the specialization, knowledge, and experience you need – can be an enormous help, saving you time and stress over the long run and allowing you to focus on the aspects of the project you do best.

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Will Gmail's new tabbed interface affect Email Open rates on Newsletters ?

Recently Gmail has introduced a New 'Tabbed' interface that intelligently categorizes your emails into Tabs. The feature is pretty intelligent & categorises conversations pretty accurately. This really helps in getting your inbox uncluttered so you can focus on whats important..

The feature lets you choose which tabs you wish to enable from a menu of

  • Primary
  • Social
  • Promotions
  • Updates and
  • Forums

While as an end user i am very happy with this new feature & love whats it doing to my productivity, I am concerned about its Impact on Newsletter open Rates

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JomSocial 3.0 is here ! What does this mean for you ?

After a long wait & a through testing process, JomSocial 3.0 is finally here ! It brings a host of new features, usability improvements & bug fixes.

The biggest take home for users is the new Responsive Design. A New customisable Introduction area, a brand new toolbar, Cover Photos for Profiles, Groups & Events & a Single two color theme besides a lot of usability improvements are the other major changes you will notice in this new release.  

So JomSocial 3.0 is here.. What does it mean for you as an end user, Integrator or Developer ? Quite a lot of things ! 

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Is Joomla a Good Choice to Build Intranets?

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Intranets need a unique combination of features. If you are thinking about building an Intranet for your company, several requirements will come to the fore. To decide on what platform works best for you, you need to analyse these requirements & then evaluate systems based on that & of course the cost of procurement, implementation & maintenance.

In this blog, we will touch upon various features needed for Intranets & available platform options. Later blogs in this series will detail what are the considerations to pay attention to when building Intranets & how you can leverage Joomla build powerful, flexible & scalable Intranet applications.

Let's take a look at typical requirements that an Intranet has.

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Setting up Mandrill to handle your Joomla Emails without any additional plugins using SMTP

Mandrill is a scalable and affordable email infrastructure servic from MailChimp. In just a few easy steps, you can setup Mandrill to handle all the outgoing emails from your Joomla sites. If you are finding that your emails are landing up in Spam boxes of users,this is one way to quickly & painlessly avoid that.

Mandrill can be setup with Joomla either by installing & configuring a few plugins that are available for this or by Simply setting up Mandrill's SMTP details in your Joomla configuration. If you are using Email Beautifier for Joomla to beautify your emails, i would suggest using the SMTP route. If you are using any plugins, Email Beautifier might not work well.

We ourselves use Mandrill & Email Beautifier together in this way at Techjoomla.

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Product Pricing: Are You Killing The Golden Goose? - Blog 1 - Earn With Joomla Blog Series from Techjoomla

A singular story in the Aesop’s Fable series has always captured my imagination, right from my childhood days.

The story goes like -- a peasant had an enchanted goose with a magical ability to lay a single Golden Egg each day. One day the ignorant peasant overcome by greed, ripped open the belly of his goose to get hold of all the eggs at once in a single day. He did not gain anything but lost everything -- his goose was gone and so was the daily production of a golden egg.

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Peasant with his Goose

In that vein I would like to ask you , "Are you KILLING THE GOLDEN GOOSE When Pricing your Products ?” You have to be very conscious when it comes to decide the pricing of your own, beloved, incredible and perfect product developed after a lot of hardship. It costs a million to you, but nil to customers until it's worth them.

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Joomla is what you make it !

What is Joomla ? Why Joomla ? Can Joomla do this ? These are some of the most common questions that come up in any client pitch, consultation or any non Joomla events that i speak at. The answers very much depend on the target audience & are given depending on their level of technical know how & areas of Interest.

I believe Joomla is like clay.. the end user, integrator or developer can mould it to his or her needs.

Over the years Joomla has evolved from being just a CMS to what i would like to call a Hybrid Application Development Platfrom . With a decently light core ( yes it could be lighter), a huge array of Extensions, a Powerful MVC achitechture and APIs and the ability to even extend the framework with libraries like FOF - Joomla is seriously powerful.  And we are not even talking about the Joomla framework and Joomla platform yet !

From a Simple website to a Full scale cloud application, Joomla does not limit you in any way. In fact, Joomla has a facet for every type of user.

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Say no to Pirated Joomla Extensions & keep your site secure ! Download extensions only from our official site.

Say no to Pirated Joomla Extensions & keep your site secure ! Download extensions only from our official site.

Recently, it has come to our attention that some non paying users have downloaded non official copies of our extensions from Warez & nulled sites & have ended up getting their sites hacked. This has been reported for SocialAds, Invitex, JBolo & JGive so far. It looks like some backdoor code had been injected in the extension files before making them available for download on Warez sites. 

We appeal to all users of our extensions to make sure they download their extension copies from the official site. If you have a developer who is managing your site & extension installations etc, also ensure they follow this.

Note that Techjoomla is not liable to support any non customers who download extensions from any external warez/unofficial sites/ forums. If you are using an unofficial copy, we would strongly suggest purchasing a valid subscription and install the official version available at our website http://techjoomla.com

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Drag & Drop Ordering in Joomla 3.0 - Discovering Joomla 3.0 Series

Continuing with our Joomla 3.0 Discovery series, this blog is targeted at End users. Joomla 3.0 has brought some awesome improvements in usability & you are sure to discover something new every time you open up the Admin panel.

While working on the Joomla Day India site today, i had one such moment & thought i'd quickly share it :) . Some of you might already know this already. So for those of you dont...

Drag to Order in Joomla 3.0

In all views supporting ordering, Joomla 3.0 introduces Drag to Order. Look for 3 vertical dots in your Joomla 3.0 list views. To activate Drag to order, you need to "Order by ordering" by clicking on the "Order" column heading. & then you can start dragging items as you need them.

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Thinking of Migrating from Ning ?

In the past few months, there have been some major announcements that have rocked the world of Social Networks. NING's announcement of phasing out free Social Networks have got many network admins worrying about what to do next. With the only way out being to pay to upgrade to NING's premium plans , admins have no other option than migrating to either a different system or a platform of their own.

In this blog we show you how you can use JomSocial to create a Ning Alternative & pack it with the best features for Social networks.

Read the complete Blog over at our parent company's site here.

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JomSocial 1.8 is here. What does this mean for you & me

The release of the latest version of JomSocial,V.1.8 codenamed "Wazi" (Swahili for clear, openness and clarity), opens up a whole new vista of possibilities for the average JomSocial based Social Network. I bet you have already have heard about what features have been packed into this new release.There's the amazing new Social Events Management system, then a bettered activity stream & much enhanced media handling, Ability to edit walls to name a few features. What we shall also be looking at is how this affects you & how it affects our extensions.

From my perspective , the announcement of JomSocial going GPL with this release holds much more weight than all its new features combined. On one front it proves that quality commercially supported extensions can be built & sustained while being licensed under GPL. Secondly, the best part of this is that you can now install JomSocial on any number of sites, though you may only request support for one domain. So now you can get all those cash strapped projects up & running !

 

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Jomsocial 1.6 'Brillo' is here . Whats under the hood & what does it mean for our products ?

As you might already know, the folks over at 'Azrul' have just released the latest version of JomSocial, V1.6 code named 'Brillo'. .
Whats with the code name Azrul ? Hope the cleaning guys don't sue you for using it !
Our development team has been keeping a close eye on the development & has been trying out all the Beta releases that were available & we definitely have been impressed with everything that we saw :)
Edit : Reply by JomSocial to What does Brillo mean , @techjoomla It's a spanish word for luster, shine and brilliance  http://bit.ly/bMVfo1

What does it mean for users of Techjoomla Products ?

Q : " I use a lot of Techjoomla Products. Do i need to upgrade for them to work with the new JomSocial ? "
A : The happy answer is no ! We have tested all our products & they work just fine with the new versions !

Q : "What does this mean for future releases of Techjoomla products ?"
A : Quite a lot ! The improved JomSocial API introduces a lot of new possibilities which will add quite a lot more to our extensions. Read on to know the possibilities.

Read on to know what the release of JomSocial 1.6 brings for developers & users !

 

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