Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 10:
• Thanks to all who gave back at the Joomla Pizza, Bugs and Fun
• Joomla Roadmap Meeting: Production Working Groups & Lightning Talks
• SoftPraise 2.5 update with new features and now mobile responsive
• Release candidates are ready !
• A sticky nav for your Joomla template
• Zen Grid Framework Responsive Menu options
• A more social bamboo plus 2 Dribbble invites
• Agora Pro for Joomla 2.5 now available for just 99 cents!
• Joomla in the plain numbers
• Introducing Elegance Mobile Joomla! template & your chance to win a Free License!
• No Upgrades? You'll Scare Your Users Away
• Why Your Clients Need a Mobile Joomla Site and How to Sell it To Them
• Meet Paul Orwig: An Interview with the New OSM President
Thanks to all who gave back at the Joomla Pizza, Bugs and Fun
Written by Andrea Tarr
Thanks to everyone who helped with squishing bugs and writing documentation this weekend at the Joomla Pizza, Bugs, and Fun global party. Volunteers from around the world helped to commit, or make ready to commit, over 30 bug fixes. Work was done on another 70 trackers. We'll post graphs shortly showing the work that was done.
A number of people tackled the documentation, fixing, updating and adding to the information available at docs.joomla.org. You can see a list of the recent changes at http://docs.joomla.org/Special:RecentChanges.
Joomla Roadmap Meeting: Production Working Groups & Lightning Talks
Written by Andrea Tarr
The next Joomla Roadmap Meeting is being held as part of the J and Beyond conference that is taking place May 18-20 in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Ideally, we'd like to come out of the meeting with some tangible accomplishments, but we recognise that may not be possible given the time constraints. More important is to bring people together to bounce ideas around and to form groups that will work to bring particular features into Joomla.
To encourage features to be brought forward in a timely and organised process we would like to see those people with an interest in promoting a major feature or change get together in a team under the Production Working Groups banner.
SoftPraise 2.5 update with new features and now mobile responsive
Written by Jonathan Shroyer
We are happy to announce that SoftPraise is now Joomla 2.5-ready!
This is a premium upgrade of our popular club template SoftPraise. It now features a drop-down menu, enhanced CSS3 style upgrades, a logo uploader with auto sizing in your template, a template admin visual color picker, built-in social media buttons, a mobile responsive layout and more.
We've also included some new template parameters in the backend that will give you even more ways than before to customize your site's logo, tagline, headline & body fonts, layouts and more.
Release candidates are ready!
Written by Myra
We are happy to announce the immediate availability of the release candidates of our new Joomla extensions - FILEman, LOGman and EXTman.
Beta versions were made available in December 2011. You can start using the release candidates on production websites today ! The release candidates is the last stage before we release stable versions of the much awaited Joomla extensions.
Members of the Joomlatools club can download these Joomla extensions through our Member Center.
A sticky nav for your Joomla template
Written by Anthony Olsen
Yesterday I announced v2.2.0 of the Zen Grid Framework and the addition of a new option for treating your navigations on small screens. Another new feature added to the framework in this release (and most of the framework v2 Joomla templates) is the sticky nav.
Zen Grid Framework Responsive Menu options
Written by Anthony Olsen
One of the key features of the version 2 of the Zen Grid Joomla Template Framework is it's responsive / mobile friendly functionality. Used with the Zentools module, it is a powerful tool for preparing your website across a range of screen sizes including targetting iPad and iPhone displays, without having to worry too much about creating a separate template for mobile users.
A more social bamboo plus 2 Dribbble invites
Written by Anthony Olsen
Up until now our primary mode of social networking has been via twitter and a variety of automated rss feeds. Over the last month though I have started putting more energy into two new streams - Dribbble and Facebook.
Agora Pro for Joomla 2.5 now available for just 99 cents!
Written by Victor Drover
After months of development and testing, we are proud to announce that Agora Pro — a native bulletin board add-on for Joomla — is now available for purchase.
Starting with the 4.x series, the project will now be called Agora Pro. Earlier versions will retain the same name, simply Agora. As the new names imply, Agora 3.0 and all its add-ons are now publicly available as a cost-free download.
As we stated in our February teaser, Agora Pro is a complete re-write and brings all the great features of Agora to the Joomla 2.5 platform.
In fact, Agora Pro is fully compatible with Joomla 1.5, 1.7 and 2.5 and offers numerous new features including:
Joomla in the plain numbers
Written by Tuan
Joomla is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) in the world. It is well known for a free open source, a lot of Joomla templates, Joomla extensions and a friendly community. The name 'Joomla' is derived from the Swahili word 'Jumla', which means 'all together'.
Joomla has been developing continuously in 7 years. There are a lot of changes when compared to the first version. With the infographic below, you can see how it is developing, how attractive Joomla is and more.
Introducing Elegance Mobile Joomla! template & your chance to win a Free License!
We are super excited to introduce Elegance, our first premium Mobile Joomla! template based on JQuery Mobile framework!
A lot of hard work has gone into design, implementation, and crafting all small details to bring you a solid mobile template of the finest quality, a true mark of mobile design craftsmanship and elegance.
Some may have seen this coming based on the couple of sneak peek posts we released last week. Well, we just couldn’t wait any longer! Check below for more details and screenshots.
No Upgrades? You'll Scare Your Users Away
This is an older post, but I think it really is an important one, in light of the fact that Joomla 3.0 is scheduled for release in september 2012:
Today is Halloween so it's a good time to addresses a scary topic.
After a baby-hiatus this summer, I've been back on the road again teaching a lot of Joomla and Drupal. I'm talking to a lot of end-users and finding that there's something really scary In our open source platforms.
No Upgrades? Your Customers See an Exit Door
I tweeted a while ago that a lot of people are migrating to Joomla and Drupal from the Vignette / OpenText system. Why? Because OpenText are dropping support for an old version and moving to the new version requires a major migration.
Why Your Clients Need a Mobile Joomla Site and How to Sell it To Them
Written by Luke Summerfield
Developing a mobile Joomla website for each of your clients is not only critical to the success of that client’s goals but also an excellent source of additional revenue. As a development firm, it is your job to educate your clients on the critical importance in having a mobile website to achieve their future goals. In this post we will be looking at why your clients need a mobile Joomla site and how you can use this information to complete the sale.
Meet Paul Orwig: An Interview with the New OSM President
Written by Gabe Wahhab
Last week, Open Source Matters welcomed Paul Orwig as the organization’s new President. With years of experience under his belt including stints as Webmaster for the Joomla! Community Portal, lead editor for the Joomla! Community Magazine, and co-manager of the Joomla! Extensions Directory, the new OSM President has an abundance of knowledge to help serve the community efficiently and effectively.
Orwig’s path to OSM President began nearly 20 years ago after earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver. From there, the resident of Colorado spent time managing the consumer ISP web portal for a major phone company that was later acquired by Qwest.