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Joomla! Community Magazine | February 2011

The February issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here!


Thanks to the members of the Joomla! community who are contributing authors in this month's issue: Manolis Markatselas, Peter Bui, Jarrod Nettles, Anh Tuan Bui, and Nicholas Dionysopoulos.

Editor’s Introduction

Coming together to announce a new era... by Paul Orwig


Feature stories

Dianne Henning introduces us to a developer who is equally talented and helpful in her Born to be wild: An Interview with Chris Marinou.

Alice Grevet unveils how all the great Joomla! 1.6 launch content came into existence in Kyle Ledbetter: King of the launch room.

Jon Neubauer highlights the crucial work being undertaken to simplify migrations from Joomla! 1.5-1.6 in Developing jUpgrade: An interview with Matias Aguirre.

International stories

Manolis Markatselas has submitted an article in the Greek language for this issue.

Opportunities are now open for community members to submit articles in 17 different languages.

Leadership Connections

OSM board member Alice Grevet shares some updates on what OSM has been doing during January on behalf of the Joomla! project.

CLT member Matt Lipscomb takes us behind the scenes one final time at Joomla! Day West 2010: The 2010 Video Interviews - Final selection.

Website Case Studies

Peter Bui invites you to pass judgement on the Joomla! solutions implemented on the High Court of Australia website.

JUGs and Events

Alice Grevet shares her experiences in connecting with Joomla! 1.6 celebrations all over the world in Let Them Eat Cake!.

Developers Workbench

Jarrod Nettles shares with us his perspectives on how to maintain your sanity by keeping your code in a single library across multiple projects in Rapid Development Techniques: Removing Mootools.

Did you know…?

Anh Tuan Bui shares some really helpful links in Good resources for Joomla! beginners.

Designer's studio

Anthony Olsen shares a lot of great ideas in Fourteen secrets of Joomla! templating.

Administrator's toolkit

Nicholas Dionysopoulos asks some hard questions and reveals some possible pitfalls in How off-line is Joomla!'s off-line mode?.

Joomla! in the Press/Media

Mark Bender bring us Joomla! in the Press/Media — February 2011.

On the lighter side...

Yepr has contributed another Jane Beyond and friends cartoon.

The Joomla! Haiku: Share yours!

Prolific poets,

punsters and word masters too,

spread the Joomla! love...

Post your February 2011 Haiku here!


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 Has Arrived!

Joomla!® 1.6.0 is now available for immediate download.

This new version of Joomla includes more power, more control, and more options than ever before.

Learn more about Joomla 1.6.0

Rebuilt from the ground up in much of the application, this latest Joomla release will delight the casual site builder while helping small, medium, and enterprise businesses succeed in delivering web sites, intranets and applications to their respective markets.

Delivering power through simplicity, Joomla 1.6 ensures its place as the popular CMS of its kind. Joomla 1.6 delivers new features to end-users and site administrators including:

  • Finer access controls for viewing and editing content with configurable user groups and viewing levels
  • A user-defined category structure, from simple one-level to complex multi-level categories
  • Installation improvements allowing for multiple extension installations in one package, updatable with a single click
  • Expanded language support for easy production of multi-lingual sites
  • Start and end publishing times for modules with more control over where they display,
  • Fresh new templates and semantic markup to please the eye as well as the search engines
  • More creative control through template styles
  • Hundreds of additional features, streamlining workflow and productivity

With Joomla 1.6 developers will build extensions faster through all phases of design, deployment and updates.

Advanced and rich API’s will provide new opportunities to integrate, compete and expand into existing and new markets.

Style improvements give graphic designers more control and more flexibility to create the perfect effect for any web site and audience. Designers can now override virtually all output from the Joomla Administrator giving rise to new opportunities for functional, accessible or even mobile-friendly Administrator areas. Individual Administrator templates can be assigned to individual users allowing web masters to address any special needs.

To learn more, or to get started building your own Joomla 1.6 web site visit and download one of the world’s most popular free Open Source content management systems.

We invite you to join the entire Joomla project in celebrating the arrival of Joomla 1.6.

Most importantly, congratulations to the hundreds of volunteers whose enormous effort contributed to its final release.

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The Offical Joomla! Book is Available at Amazon

/images/stories/joomlabookcover1.pngIn October 2010 Joomla!Press, an alliance between Open Source Matters and Pearson Publishing, was announced to the community.

Now, The Joomla! Project is proud to announce that the Official Joomla! Book, the first in the series of publications, was released for sale at Amazon and InformIT on December 23, 2010.  The same day the book was rated #2 on the Hot New Releases in Programming list from and #40 on the Bestsellers list in programming.

Today released a Kindle version of the Official Joomla! Book available for purchase.  

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.

Get the Book!