- Category: General News
Joomla! is software; that we all know. But if its popularity was rated in radioactivity, it would well-and-truly be considered as having reached critical mass. The world's most-popular, award-winning, Open Source CMS (Content Management System) has topped One Terabyte (1024 Gigabytes) of data transfer for the month of April (excluding the Forge). This is enormous, and it reflects the exponential growth the project has been enjoying in recent times.
Sure, we know the metaphor defies nuclear physics, but you should appreciate the humour.
Core Team member Brad Baker cracked open the statistics package during the weekend to notice "all the dials were glowing". In fact, Brad and Chris Adams, of Rochen, have had to upgrade our servers to deal with amazing loads they've not seen before. Traffic to Joomla! sites has doubled since February.
"To cope with the server load, we increased the server RAM to 4 Gig," Brad said. "We knew that Joomla! was popular but it's a shock to see such huge demands and user growth. A lot of the traffic increase is due to the popularity of our unique Extensions site — as far as we know there is nothing as comprehensive as this anywhere in the Open Source CMS world."
"Smashing into the Terabyte zone is a milestone for Joomla! Moreover, we've had more than 130 million hits and about 1 million unique visitors during the last month. The Forum continues to grow: we've got 33,000 members (4,500 joining in April) and last month alone 37,000 posts."
We all remember the Intel advertisements with technicians in Intel "bunny" flame-proof suits; perhaps we'll have to buy Brad a Joomla! "bunny" radiation-proof suit. We will have further updates about other exciting Joomla! news this week.
- Category: General News
Core Team Member Andy Miller wanted everyone to see the buzz at the Boston LinuxWorld, so he's set up a webcam for us to check things out.
Andy, Mitch Pirtle and Louis Landry are attending the Joomla! stand at the show. They guys have been inundated with visitors who want to know more about Joomla!
The guys have been giving presentations to users of all skill levels — beginners to experts. On Monday night, they presented at the Boston PHP User Group . The presentation included a Skype with the Joomla! Lead Developer Johan Janssens for a quick question and answer session — where there was considerable interest in the forthcoming Joomla! 1.5 beta release.
Update 06/04 : Read Mitch's blog post about 'Day Zero' and see Mitch rubbing shoulders with Miguel de Icaza of GNOME here.
Update 08/04 : Download the podcast from the Boston PHP User Group presentation here
Update 09/04 : Read Mitch's summaries of each days activities: 'Day One', 'Day Two ' and the 'Final Day'.
Update 12/04 : Read the Ars Technica interview with the gang at Boston Expo.
- Category: Project Release News
Just when you thought it was time for a Joomla! release increment, we've decided to take FIVE in one go!
During the past few months, we've been discussing the versioning of the forthcoming Joomla! release. We have decided to call the upcoming beta release "Joomla! 1.5 Beta", not Joomla! 1.1 Beta.
The sheer volume of changes in the Joomla! core (Joomla! framework) made a minor point (.1) increment inconsistent with the amount of work undertaken. While it may not be obvious by simply looking at release dates, today's Joomla! core has multiple technology shifts under the engine.
Much of the work reflects meeting the expectations from requests by the international community, to make Joomla! fully internationalised — and this was given the highest priority. Lead developer of 1.5 Johan Janssens said the development issues involved in implementing internationalisation required "significantly more developer muscle compared to what shipped in Joomla! 1.0".