Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 44, 2013:
- Increase Traffic through Social Media
- Sidewinder - Off canvas Joomla Template
- Extplorer vulnerability may affect up to 1 in 10 Joomla sites
- Joomla 2.5.17 now available 19 tracker issues resolved
- Joomla 3.2.1 now available 125 tracker issues resolved
- jInbound a new Joomla inbound marketing app
Increase Traffic through Social Media
Written by Ryan Pierson
Ten years ago, if you wanted to reach out to your customers and spread the word about a new product or service, you had to do so through paid advertising, email newsletters, or updating your website and hoping that eventually enough of your customers would check and see the news.
Information management and distribution has changed dramatically with the advent of social networking. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and emerging networks like Pinterest have all but replaced many people's home page as their primary source of information.
Can Social Media Really Improve Traffic?
The Social Media Examiner recently published a report including studies involving 3,000 professional marketers that gave startling insight in just how important social media is to modern marketing strategies. Wishpond put much of this information together in a useful infographic. Here are some of the details found in the report.
Sidewinder - Off canvas Joomla Template
Written by Anthony Olson
I'm happy to announce the availability of the Sidewinder template. Sidewinder is built on the latest T3 framework (T3bs3) which (among other things) features an awesome new off canvas menu with 14 beautiful effects.
Sidewinder is a side aligned folio theme with masonry (flexible jig saw) layouts baked right into the Joomla category and featured views. It also sports full support for our flexible responsive module called Zentools and our responsive templates for K2 called Zenkit.
What's new in T3BS3.
A week or so ago the second major installment of T3 v3 was released and it comes with a number of new features and improvements.
Extplorer vulnerability may affect up to 1 in 10 Joomla sites
Written by Ron van Schaik
Yesterday a vulnerability in the eXtplorer extension for Joomla was confirmed, this critical issue may be putting the security of up to 1 in 10 Joomla sites at risk. Website that are affected are vulnerable to an exploit which can gain access to the sites files with full permissions. This issue has been addressed by the developers and we advise that all affected sites immediately uninstall eXtplorer, and update with the latest version if the extension is required.
Note that uninstalling the affected component is required, before installing the latest version that does not contain this vulnerability. As always it is recommended that all sites remain up to date, however in this special case even updating alone may not be sufficient. An uninstall of the affected extension before upgrading is required.
Joomla 2.5.17 now available 19 tracker issues resolved
Written by Ron van Schaik
This is a maintenatnce release, most notably addressing issues with multi-lingual registration emails, Google reCaptcha API changes and update errors some faced related to Joomla 2.5.14. Full details can be found in the official 2.5.17 release announcement at joomla.org, at the time of this post the link to the release notes were not updated, theses are the actual 2.5.17 release notes detailing all the included changes.
This release is a bug fix release, but we recommend that users perform a Joomla upgrade in order to take advantage of the fixes that have been released. A Joomla upgrade can be performed directly in the Joomla administrative backend. For users with multiple sites, we recommend updating all your sites from Watchful.li — a centralized site manager for Joomla.
Joomla 3.2.1 now available 125 tracker issues resolved
Written by Ron van Schaik
Joomla 3.2.1 Stable has been released. This has been a massive effort with contributions from 62 volunteers. Full details can be found in the official 3.2.1 release announcement at joomla.org, at the time of this post the link to the release notes were not updated, theses are the actual 3.2.1 release notes detailing all the included changes.
This release is a bug fix release, but we recommend that users perform a Joomla upgrade in order to take advantage of the fixes that have been released.
A Joomla upgrade can be performed directly in the Joomla administrative backend. For users with multiple sites, we recommend updating all your sites from Watchful.li — a centralized site manager for Joomla.
jInbound a new Joomla inbound marketing app
Written by Jessica Dunbar
Anything Digital is pleased to announce the availability of jInbound. jInbound is a revolutionary inbound marketing extention for Joomla, aimed at helping website owners maximize their inbound marketing efforts.
jInbound is the culmination of over a year of expert implementation and execution between two of the industry leading Joomla Agencies — Savvy Panda and Anything Digital. The strategic partnership between Anything Digital and Savvy Panda company’s rapid growth and client success rate is proof enough that our “game changing marketing app” will change the way Joomla users market their websites.
Our Inbound Marketing tool will allow you to: