Joomla Announcements

Joomla! Explained - Second Joomla Press Book Released

joomla explained

In October 2010 Joomla! Press, an alliance between Open Source Matters and Pearson Publishing, was announced to the community.

The Joomla! Project is proud to announce that the Joomla! Explained, the second in the series of publications, has been released for sale at Amazon and InformIT.

The book is available in both Paperback and e-book formats. 

Click here to buy a copy of Joomla! Explained and help to support the Joomla! Project.

About Joomla! Press

Purchases of Joomla! Press books are a great way to help support Joomla as proceeds from books, including The Official Joomla! Book, go to the Joomla! project.  To learn more about Joomla! Press please click here.

About Joomla! Explained

Master Joomla! 1.6 and 1.7 hands-on, step-by-step, through easy, practical examples!

Joomla! Explained teaches everything beginners need to know--and nothing they don't need to know!

Joomla! Explained requires absolutely no experience with Joomla! content management, website construction, programming, scripting, or even HTML. Stephen Burge has taught thousands of beginners--and thousands more who've experimented with Joomla! but haven't mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding Joomla! users up the learning curve--from confusion to results!

You'll master Joomla! one easy step at a time, through a complete hands-on case study. Burge presents crystal-clear visuals, explanations, and analogies--all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners.

This book covers Joomla versions 1.6 and 1.7.

The book's quick, easy coverage includes:

  • Understanding what Joomla! does and how it works
  • Installing the latest version of Joomla
  • Navigating your site's visitor and administrator areas
  • Mastering workflows that make site creation easy
  • Adding text, images, links, and formatting
  • Creating efficient, usable navigation
  • Providing contact forms, ad banners, and link directories
  • Using modules to enable site registration and search
  • Adding voting and other smaller "plug-in" features
  • Quickly changing site designs with Joomla! templates
  • Finding, choosing, installing, and using extensions
  • Building both business and personal sites, step by step
  • Giving customized access to different types of users
  • Managing site versions in multiple languages
  • Efficiently administering, backing up, and updating sites

Click here to buy a copy of Joomla! Explained and help to support the Joomla! Project.

Joomla Community Magazine | August 2011


The August installment of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Here are the stories in this issue:

Editor's Introduction

The Road Forward..., by Dianne Henning

Feature Stories

Summing Up the Joint Summit, by Alice Grevet
What I learned at the Community Leadership Summit, by Paul Orwig
Join the Joomla! Tweet Team, by Hagen Graf
Joomla! in South African government, by Phehello Mofokeng

Website Case Studies

Website Case Study:, by Team Joomity

Did you know...?

5 Great Reasons to Become a JCM Author, by Milena Mitova
Nine Questions When Preparing Clients for Joomla 1.8, by Jen Kramer
Infographic: Joomla CMS Development Strategy, by Sander Potjer
Search Engine Optimization and Public Relations: The New Brotherhood, by Sandra Ordonez

Leadership Connections

Open Source Matters July 2011 Report, by Alice Grevet

Designers Studio

Praiseworthy Joomla User Experience, by Kyle Ledbetter

Joomla! Events and User Groups

Joomla!Day Events around the World, by Jacques Rentzke

The Joomla! Haikus

Post your haikus for August, by Paul Orwig

Help Wanted

The Joomla! project wants you - August 2011, by Paul Orwig

Joomla! Books

Download the Joomla! 1.7 - Beginner's Guide and save money!, by Hagen Graf
Unlimited Joomla book resources in multiple languages, by Anh Tuan Bui

Joomla! in the Press/Media

Joomla! in the Press/Media - August 2011, by Mark W. Bender

In our next issue

We want to publish your Joomla! story in the next JCM issue! So take a look at our Author Resources content to get a better idea of what we are looking for, and then register to become a JCM author and submit your Joomla! story!

Joomla 1.6.6 Released

Joomla 1.5.15 Released


The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 1.6.6. This is a security release and is intended only for those users who are unable to use version 1.7.0. Most users should update to 1.7.0 unless there are specific reasons why they cannot use 1.7.0 at this time. Update instructions for updating from 1.6.5 to 1.6.6 are available here.

The Production Leadership Team's goal is to continue to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla community. Learn more about Joomla! developement at the Developer Site.

Version 1.6 will reach end of life on 19 August 2011. All users of version 1.6 should update to version 1.7.0 before that time. The update process to version 1.7 is very simple, and complete instructions are available here.


New Installations: Click here to download Joomla 1.6.6 (Full package) »

Update Package: Click here to download Joomla 1.6.6 (Update package) »

Note: You cannot use the Extension Manager -> Update method to update to version 1.6.6. Unpack the upgrade package archive file in your Joomla root folder to replace the existing files with the updated files.


Want to test drive Joomla? Try the online demo or the Joomla JumpBox. Documentation is available for beginners.

Please note that you should always backup your site before upgrading.

Release Notes

Check the Joomla 1.6.6 Post-Release FAQs to see if there are important items and helpful hints discovered after the release.

Security Issues Fixed

Statistics for the 1.6.6 release period

  • Joomla 1.6.6 contains:
    • no tracker issues fixed in SVN
    • 1 security issue fixed

Joomla! Bug Squad

Thanks to the Joomla Bug Squad for their dedicated efforts investigating reports, fixing problems, and applying patches to Joomla. If you find a bug in Joomla, please report it on the Joomla! CMS Issue Tracker.

Active members of the Joomla Bug Squad during this last release cycle include: A Firoozmandan, Akarawuth Tamrareang, Andrea Tarr, Andrew Eddie, Bill Richardson, Brian Teeman, Christophe Demko, Cristina Solana, Dennis Hermacki, Elin Waring, H. Amonoo, Ian Galpin, Jacob Waisner, Jean-Marie Simonet, Kevin Griffiths, Marijke Stuivenberg, Marius van Rijnsoever, Mark Dexter, Matt Thomas, Michael Babker, Miha Trtnik, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Nikolai Plath, Ole Bang Ottosen, Peter Chovancak, Roland Dalmulder, Ronald Pijpers, Rouven Weßling, Rune Sjøen, Samuel Moffatt, Tim Plummer, Tom Fuller, Viet Hoang Vu.

Bug Squad Leadership: Andrew Eddie and Mark Dexter Coordinators; Elin Waring, Marijke Stuivenberg, and Omar Ramos, Team Leaders.

Joomla! Security Strike Team

A big thanks to the Joomla! Security Strike Team for their ongoing work to keep Joomla secure. Members include: Airton Torres, Alan Langford, Andrew Eddie, Bill Richardson, Elin Waring, Jason Kendall, Louis Landry, Marijke Stuivenberg, Mark Dexter, Omar Ramos, Rouven Weßling, Samuel Moffatt.