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Ready for a new world of possibilities? Joomla 4 Beta 2 is here

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The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Joomla 4.0 Beta 2 release.

We believe we can improve on what is already a great product.

Introducing Joomla 4, a brand new way for people to create and manage their content, developed and sustained by a global community of volunteers. Joomla 4 offers you a platform that is reliable, steady, secure and fully equipped with a wide variety of options to build any website.

We invite you to download, install and test the package to improve quality assurance for the forthcoming 4.0 release and to discover the new features introduced in this major release.

What’s new in Joomla 4.0?

We are genuinely committed to making the next generation of Joomla the best Joomla ever. Joomla 4 will provide simplicity and a better user experience while also being a more robust system for developers.

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10 Reasons Why Joomla Should Be Your CMS of Choice

10 Reasons Why Joomla Should Be Your CMS of Choice
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Whether you want to create a business website or start a blog, the most efficient way to do so is with a Content Management System (CMS). A CMS is ideal for the entrepreneur who does not have HTML or CSS coding skills or cannot access developer talent.

In the last decade, there have been numerous CMS solutions to choose from, one of which is Joomla. Having relied on this CMS for many years, I have put together the 10 reasons why it works for me and why it should be your CMS of choice:

1. A self-hosted CMS

A self-hosted CMS means it is open-source software. This allows you to download it and put it on any server. Being open-source provides more control over the look and functionality of your website. 

It helps to have the flexibility to create any type of blog or website you want versus being limited by only a few options. 

That’s why so many different types of businesses and organizations use Joomla, including nonprofits, startups, freelancers, media, corporations, and more. For example, I build my company calendar as an open-source software so that anyone can download it and run it on their own site. Lots more creative options including flexibility to customize it to your needs.

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Joomla 4.0 is on the horizon… the Beta is here

Joomla 4.0 is on the horizon… the Beta is here

 

The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Joomla 4.0 Beta release.

We believe we can improve on what is already a great product.

Introducing Joomla 4, a brand new way for people to create and manage their content, developed and sustained by a global community of volunteers. Joomla 4 offers you a platform that is reliable, steady, secure and fully equipped with a wide variety of options to build any website.

We invite you to download, install and test the package to improve quality assurance for the forthcoming 4.0 release and to discover the new features introduced in this major release.

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Getting extensions ready for Joomla 4

Getting extensions ready for Joomla 4

The release of Joomla 4 Beta is getting closer. Reaching this milestone is a crucial moment in the development roadmap of a product, and it means that the stable version is almost there. However, there is still plenty of work to do.

One key feature of Joomla is its extensibility, with thousands of third-party extensions and templates allowing further customization to meet specific needs. This new version of Joomla is a major version, which implies a more significant change in the compatibility of extensions.

To hear first-hand an extension developer approach, we talked with Geraint Edwards, YourSites lead developer.

First of all, we are very grateful for giving us your time in answering these questions.

What will happen with the extensions when J4 is released? Will they be compatible or will the developers have to provide complete new versions?

It is likely that most extensions will need to be updated to varying degrees to make them compatible with Joomla 4. For many ‘straightforward’ extensions this isn’t a particularly difficult exercise and, from my experience, it's feasible to make a single version of an extension compatible with both Joomla 3.9 and Joomla 4.0. Joomla 3.0 has flagged many classes, methods and functions as deprecated and the suggested replacements often work in Joomla 3 and 4 - so the need to version-specific code is limited.

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May 2020 Update

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Wow! The last couple of months have been beyond different with stay-at-home orders, mandatory masks, and such.  JoomlaDay Chicago is still planned for this October.  We are hopeful that we will be able to gather together in-person, but if not, we will gather online.  To that end, here's our May Update. Speaker Update  We are ple...
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Community Openings: Joomla wants you!

Community Openings: Joomla wants you!

Would you like to get more involved with Joomla? Read more about this month’s highlighted volunteer positions below.

Community Translation Team Lead

The role involves the following:

  • Liaise with the marketing team regarding resources that need translation, for example, landing pages, advertisements, video scripts, and other marketing materials
  • Set up and manage the translation projects on Crowdin
  • Maintain regular communication with the translators
  • Monitor the translation progress and contact / find translators to achieve 100% translation levels
  • Review all translations in all languages
  • Inform those involved with publishing information when a translation is completed / available 
  • Expected commitment: minimal  2 hours a week

Read more about the team’s activities here: https://volunteers.joomla.org/teams/community-translation-team 

Accessibility Testers

The role involves the following:

  • Testing Pull Requests (PRs) relating to Accessibility (A11y) and hopefully continue testing Joomla! 4 to make it fully accessible
  • Expected commitment: averages 2-3 hours a week
  • Having an understanding of accessibility and WCAG 2.1 guidelines
  • Being able to perform a A11y Audit

Read more about the team’s activities here: https://volunteers.joomla.org/teams/jat-at

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Joomla, supporting our community through these unprecedented times

Joomla, supporting our community through these unprecedented times

The current global crisis has changed the way most of us live unrecognisably in recent days.  We would like to take this opportunity to assure you of the support of the whole Joomla Project throughout this period.  With many regions and countries already in lockdown for weeks and more entering into it daily, we would like to encourage our community and users to stay in touch over these hard times. There is no better time than now to remember what unites us and makes us the strong, dynamic, caring community we are all proud to be members of.

Communicate, Engage, Exchange Ideas, Contribute.
Let's face this crisis "together as one".

Joomla is a great way to break boredom and keep your brain active!

Whilst we are in lockdown, many of us will find ourselves with a lot more time on our hands.  Now is a great time to learn Joomla, expand your existing skills and most importantly volunteer your time to helping make the project better for everyone.

New to Joomla?  Learn more about it

The launch.joomla.org platform allows you to build your Joomla site in a few clicks, to install or test new components, new templates. Do not hesitate to also test your project in Joomla 4.

Looking for some likeminded company? Attend a Virtual JUG or other online Joomla event.

One of the major blows to the community has been the cancellation of events and Joomla User Group meetings in person.  Many have worked hard to take these events online, which brings a positive note, as you will be able to attend events that distance may have prevented you from doing so originally.

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April 2020 Update

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Keynote Speaker, Brian Mitchell  We are honored to have President-Elect Brian Mitchellas this year's keynote speaker. Brian is the founder and president of interGen web solutions in Milwaukee, WI. Brian is responsible for business operations, strategic direction, business development and everything in between. He has been a Joomla! volunteer f...
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Joomla 3.9.16 Release

Joomla 3.9.16 Release

Joomla 3.9.16 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses six security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements.

Don't forget to backup your site first

What's in 3.9.16?

Joomla 3.9.16 includes 6 security vulnerability fixes and addresses several bugs, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority - Core - SQL injection in Featured Articles menu parameters (affecting Joomla 1.7.0 through 3.9.15) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - CSRF in com_templates image actions (affecting Joomla 3.2.0 through 3.9.15) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - XSS in Protostar and Beez3 (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.9.15) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Incorrect Access Control in com_templates (affecting Joomla 2.5.0 through 3.9.15) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Identifier collisions in com_users (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.9.15) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Incorrect Access Control in com_fields SQL field (affecting Joomla 3.7.0 through 3.9.15) More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Link rel attributes: ‘noopener’ attributes #28005, ‘sponsored’ and ‘ugc’ attributes #28055 
  • Fields - Imagelist: Correct the display of the folder structure #16708
  • Popular Tags Module fix #27745
  • User - Contact Creator plugin: catid fixed #27949

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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March 2020 Update

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 JoomlaDay ChicagoOctober 17, 2020DePaul University Chicago Loop Welcome March This month not only ushers in spring (hopefully) but also we are starting to see the schedule come together. Thank You Sponsors  ​Thank you Yellow Web Monkey for being a Gold Sponsor for this year's event.  YellowWebMonkey Web Design is a full-service web ...
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February 2020 Update

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JoomlaDay ChicagoOctober 17, 2020DePaul University Chicago Loop ​Welcome February! We are eight months out from JoomlaDay Chicago 2020.  The year has started off strong with our first sponsors and speakers signing up.   Thank You Sponsors ​It is a pleasure to announce silver sponsors, The Turn Group and JoomlaStars. The Turn Gro...
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Be a Speaker at JoomlaDay Chicago 2020

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 JoomlaDay is all about information sharing. We want you to be apart of it. Click the link below and tell us what YOU would like to share with our community. If you're unsure, that's ok, we can help. Our past sessions have included: Women in codeChoosing the right CCKJoomla! OverridesJoomla! Template DesignLESSJoomla! and SEOJoomla! TipsBuildi...
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Be a JoomlaDay Chicago 2020 Sponsor

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JoomlaDay Chicago joins experts, global thought leaders, technologists and enthusiasts for a one-day conference at DePaul University - Loop Campus.

Sessions are planned for beginners to experts, featuring top industry speakers and presentations capturing all aspects of Joomla capabilities.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to associate your brand with one of the most trusted and leading content management systems (CMS) available by sponsoring JoomlaDay Chicago!

We have worked hard to create a number of sponsorship levels and packages to meet your marketing needs and budget. Opportunities range from $50 to $1,000. 

The funds raised through sponsorship go towards the planning and execution of the event.

For details and to SPONSOR, go to: joomladaychicago.com/sponsor

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The Date is Set for JoomlaDay Chicago 2020

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We are pleased to announce that the date has been set for JoomlaDay Chicago 2020.  It will be on Saturday, October 17th at DePaul University Loop Campus.  We've checked and the Chicago Marathon is the weekend BEFORE, so we should not have any issues with street blockage due to pre-event activities.  

What is Joomla?

Joomla! is an open-source, community-built, comunity-supported content management system.  It can be used for many types of sites and comes with many features in it's core, lessening the need for extensions. (for more information see: joomla.org)

What is JoomlaDay Chicago?

JoomlaDay Chicago is a day (or more) where Joomla! developers, designers and enthusiasts come together to share knowledge and connect with other Joomlers.  This event is held in Chicago, but is open to anyone who wants to participate.  Past events have included sessions for beginneers through advanced users, bug squash, the Joomla! exam, and more.

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We Did It!

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Oh my gosh!  Can you believe that JoomlaDay Chicago is done! 

Despite the drop in temperatures, the (literal!) roadblocks and other stumbles, it turned out to be a GREAT day! 

From the Keynote to the sessions and finally the social event, it was an all-around fantastic day.

The Goal

When the planning started for this event eleven months ago, the  goal was to create an event that would continue to grow, as well as connect and advance the Joomla! Community. 

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Joomla 3.9.12 Release

Joomla 3.9.12 Release

Joomla 3.9.12 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 30 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.12?

Joomla 3.9.12 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority - Core - XSS in logo parameter of default templates (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.9.11) More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Fix for minyear and maxyear in the calendar #26119
  • Handle Google Font weights and styles in Protostar #25976
  • Fix user session on mssql server #23213
  • Protect SQL servers by adding pause mechanism to cli finder indexer #13502
  • Fix Imagelist custom field default image #26352

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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Joomla 3 upgrade packages

Note: Please read the update instructions before updating.
Remember… Please clear your browser's cache after updating.
Found a bug? Report it on the Joomla Issue Tracker.
Questions? See the documentation wiki for FAQ’s regarding the 3.9.12 release.

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Fall Sale on JoomlaDay Chicago General Admission

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The first day of Fall is here and brings with it 20% off savings on JoomlaDay Chicago General Admission.

At JoomlaDay Chicago, industry presenters share their expertise and passion for Joomla! and cover a wide variety of topics for both new and experienced Joomla users. The event will be held at DePaul University Loop Campus in downtown Chicago. Right on State Street, the campus is near many Chicago attractions. A day of great sessions, Joomla! Certification Exam and networking at Sip'n Social.

The event will be held at DePaul University Loop Campus in downtown Chicago. Right on State Street, the campus is near many Chicago attractions.

REGISTER Today with Coupon Code: FALL

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Continue the Conversation at our Sip'n Social

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We invited you to stick around after JoomlaDay Chicago and join us at our Sip'n Social.  

It is a great way to get to know the presenters and fellow attendees.  

The Sip'n Social will be from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Exchequer Restaurant and Pub (226 S. Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60604), steps away from DePaul University's Loop Campus.

We will be providing light appetizers along with: Soda, Coffee, Tea, House Wines (Chardonnay, Merlot, and White Zinfandel) Domestic Draft Beers (Bud, Bud Lite, Exchequer Amber Ale).

We do have limited space, so let us know asap that you're coming.

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Have you registered yet?

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JoomlaDay Chicago is coming October 12, 2019 at DePaul University's Loop Campus.  There will be fantastic sessions, Joomla! Certification Exam and a roomful of like-minded Joomlers.  Space is limited.

REGISTER NOW

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Joomla! Certification Exam Registration Link Now Available

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The JoomlaDay Chicago Joomla Certification Exam is now available for purchase!

Here's how to register:

  1. Save your seat on joomladaychicago.com. We have a limited number of seats available.
  2. Register for Exam Cram.  Your registration includes Joomla review, lunch and snacks to prepare you for the exam.
  3. Purchase exam from joomla.org. The last day to purchase the exam is 10/9/2019.
    If you are taking the exam again, please contact me before purchasing your exam.

    Click here to purchase exam on joomla.org

If you need assistance or have questions, contact me. 

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