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Joomla Community Magazine | May 2012


JCM May EditionThe May issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here!

Our stories this month:


Joomla! Around the World…, by Dianne Henning


5 Steps Towards Successful Time Management, by Gabe Wahhab

Joomla Events Website Launch, by Mike Carson

Pros and Cons of Partnering with a Web Design Agency, by Luke Summerfield


Leadership Highlights for April 2012, by Alice Grevet


Drupal to Joomla! Migration -, by Jon Neubauer

Best Ukrainian sites made ​​on Joomla CMS, Part 3, by Denys Nosov


Design Trends - Parallax Designs, by Peter Bui

How to convert Joomla 1.5 template to Joomla 2.5 template, by Tuan Bui

Free Your Fonts From the Web Safe Straight Jacket, by John Hooley


6 Powerful Tips for Every Multilingual Website, by Gabe Wahhab

Skyrocket Your Joomla! Business By Leveraging Subcontractors, by Luke Summerfield

RFP's, Proposals, and Contracts – Part 1, by Mike Carson


Joomla ACL: Configuring back-end ACL, by Jen Kramer


A Tale of Two Cookies, by Paul Orwig

Joomla Events Around the World in May 2012, by Jacques Rentzke

The First Joomla!Day in Iran, by Hagen Graf


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!

J and Beyond, an International Joomla! Conference

jab12-logoJ and Beyond, an International Joomla! Conference, is back for the third year.

For 3 days in May (18th -20th) Joomla! developers and site builders from over 30 countries will gather in Bad Nauheim, near Frankfurt, right in the heart of Europe.

The programme for J and Beyond is created by the participants through a public "Call for Papers" and this year for the first time we will be integrating the Joomla! Project Roadmap sessions.

J and Beyond is your opportunity to:

  • Learn from others
  • Present your ideas
  • Plan for the future
  • Meet the people behind the avatar
  • AND most importantly - to have fun!

You can find out more by visiting

Joomla Roadmap Meetings

The second Joomla Roadmap meeting will be taking place during J and Beyond 2012.

The purpose of this meeting is to get more people more intensely involved with the development of Joomla itself. While there will be room for on-the-fly topics, the main topics or features have been selected ahead of time based on suggestions from the community. You can find our more by clicking here.


Bad Nauheim is right in the centre of Europe not far from Frankfurt (approx 35km). This historic spa town has become a world leading centre for medical care and recovery but is perhaps more famous for being the place where Elvis Presley was stationed during his time in the US Army. You can find our more by clicking here.

J and Beyond News in More Languages

Joomla Has Been Downloaded Over 30 Million Times

Joomla today announces that its core files have been downloaded more than 30 million times from Joomla now averages around 1 million downloads every month.

The Joomla community attributes the continued growth in the number of individuals, companies and organizations using the CMS to an aggressive development road map that included the release of Joomla 1.7 in July 2011. The CMS also began adhering to a six-month release cycle meaning more product enhancements being introduced more often. New features in the latest version included multi-database support, one-click version updating, predefined search options and language-specific font settings.

Another key factor in the growth in use of Joomla is that a significant number of government agencies have adopted Joomla, which powers about 3,100 government agencies’ Websites, blogs and intranets. Some features that have driven government adoption include one-click version updates, access control oversight, multilingual capabilities and the Joomla Platform that enables developers to build multipurpose, multi-device applications like mobile and cloud computing apps and enterprise business systems that can run independent from the core CMS. However, organizations using Joomla are not just isolated to government agencies. Recently, an industry research firm reported that Joomla powers at least 1.6 million Websites.

Moreover there has been an explosion in the number of Joomla extensions. More than 2,000 Joomla extensions have been introduced since March 2011. These extensions developed by Joomla’s community of thousands of developers provide added features not found in the core Joomla CMS. By providing compelling new features, these extensions drive Joomla’s widespread adoption in every imaginable industry, from nonprofits to some of the world’s largest financial institutions.

“It is an exciting time for Joomla given its strong position powering 2.7 percent of the Web, combined with its unique opportunity to influence the next wave of mobile and cloud Web development,” Paul Orwig, the new president and former treasurer of Open Source Matters, a nonprofit created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project, said in a statement. “The platform split that enables Joomla to be used for developing mobile and cloud computing apps is a welcomed new wave of innovation for the Joomla community.”

As of the end of March 2011, Joomla was downloaded about 22 million times, meaning its adoption rate has grown about 40 percent over the last year. Joomla began keeping track of the number of CMS downloads in 2007. However, the Joomla CMS was first made available in 2005, which means the real number of downloads is presumably much higher.

With 2.7 percent of the Web running on Joomla, it is used for everything from small personal Websites and blogs to some of the largest enterprise, highest trafficked Websites and Intranets, including those operated by Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald’s, Sony, many large nations and more. Due to its power and elegance, the most inexperienced user to the most seasoned Web developer can use it.