JCM March 2014

The March issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Our stories this month:

Editors Introduction

Joomla! CMS, Joomla! Framework, and Licenses, by Guillermo Bravo

Project News

Leadership Highlights March 2014, by Marijke Stuivenberg
Joomla Certification - We Keep On Moving!, by Irene López


Practical Development 2: Working Environment, by Marco Dings


Building Joomla! Web-Help Systems - Part 2, by Matt Majeske
Using Hidden Menus, by Duke Speer

Joomla! in Education

Why Universities Should Consider Joomla, by Randy Carey


Explaining Joomla! to Non-Technologists (Part III), by Pedro F. Vidal Lopez
RTL Administrator Template, and More!, by Shirat Goldstein
Complex Joomla! 1.5 Migration With Minimal Downtime, by Sander Potjer


Joomla! Winter Weekend Podlasie (Poland), by Marek Dylewicz
JoomlaDay Boston 2014, by Dianne Henning
Joomla's Got Talent - Have you got the J Factor?, by Brian Teeman

International Stories

Browse the international articles submitted this month.

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! 3.2 - Something new for everyone

The Joomla! Project and the Production Leadership Team are proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.2.2 which resolves a significant number of issues and bugs.

If you are currently running Joomla! 3.2, we recommend that you apply this update immediately via either the one-click update or the update downloads available at http://www.joomla.org/download.html. For other versions of the 3.x series, applying the update is recommended at the next convenient opportunity.

Joomla! 2.5The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.18.

Joomla 2.5.18 is a maintenance release. Most notably this release fixes errors that have been reported including:

  • Articles missing for admins in front end
  • Modules disappear at frontpage after clicking the article title

Also with this release, the enhanced password hashing via PHPass, available in Joomla 3.2.1, is now used with the 2.5 series.

The update process is very simple, and complete instructions are available here. Note that there are now easier and better ways of updating than copying the files with FTP.


New Installations: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.18 (Full package) »

Update Package: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.18 (Update package) »

Note: Please read the update instructions before updating.


*Please clear your browser's cache after upgrading

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

Release Notes

Check the Joomla 2.5.18 Post-Release FAQs to see if there are important items and helpful hints discovered after the release.

Statistics for the 2.5.18 release period

  • 7 tracker issues fixed

See http://developer.joomla.org/version-2-5-18-release-notes.html for details of the tracker items fixed.

How can you help Joomla! development?

There are a variety of ways in which you can get actively involved with Joomla! It doesn't matter if you are a coder, an integrator, or merely a user of Joomla!. You can contact the Joomla! Community Development Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to get more information, or if you are ready you can jump right into the Joomla! Bug Squad.

The Joomla! Bug Squad is one of the most active teams in the Joomla! development process and is always looking for people (not just developers) that can help with sorting bug reports, coding patches and testing solutions. It’s a great way for increasing your working knowledge of Joomla!, and also a great way to meet new people from all around the world.

If you are interested, please read about us on the Joomla! Documentation Wiki and, if you wish to join, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Bug Squad co-coordinators.

You can also help Joomla! development by thanking those involved in the many areas of the process. In the past year, for example, over 1,100 bugs have been fixed by the Bug Squad.


Thank you to the code contributors and active Bug Squad members that created and tested this release:

Achal Aggarwal, Amy Stephen, Brian Teeman, Camden Narzt, Chris Davenport, Cyril Rezé, Daniel Dimitrov, David Hurley, Dennis Hermacki, Don Gilbert, Edwin Cheront, Elijah Madden, Gary Mort, George Wilson, Gunjan Patel, Hannes Papenberg, Javier Gómez, Jean-Marie Simonet, Jozsef Tamas Herczeg, Kevin Griffiths, Kunal Bajpai, Leo Lammerink, Marc Antoine Thevenet, Matt Thomas, Max Sarte, Melih Tas, Michael Babker, Mohammad Hasani Eghtedar, Parth Lawate, Peter van Westen, Piotr Mocko, Puneet Kala, Robert Gastaud, Roberto Segura, Samuel Moffatt, Sander Potjer, Serge Litvinov, Simon Asika, Thomas Hunziker, Thomas Kuschel, Tino Brackebusch, Tobias Zulauf, Valentin Despa, Yannick Gaultier.

Joomla! Bug Squad

Thank you 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 past 3 months include: Achal Aggarwal, Anderson Martins, Artur Stępień, Ashan Fernando, Beat, Brian Teeman, Bruno Batista, Buddhima Wijeweera, Camden Narzt, Christelle Olivier, Constantin Romankiewicz, Cyril Rezé, Daniel Dimitrov, David Beuving, David Jardin, Demis Palma, Dennis Hermacki, easteregg easteregg, Edwin Cheront, Elijah Madden, Florian DAL FITTO, Gary Mort, George Wilson, Gunjan Patel, Hannes Papenberg, irbian irbian, Isabelle eff, Jérôme GLATIGNY, Jean-Marie Simonet, jelle kok, Jisse Reitsma, Jozsef Tamas Herczeg, Jurian Even, Kevin Griffiths, Kunal Bajpai, Lao Neo, Leo Lammerink, Marc Antoine Thevenet, Marcel van Beelen, Marijke Stuivenberg, Mark Dexter, Marko Đedović, Matias Aguirre, Matt Thomas, Max Sarte, Melih Tas, Michael Babker, Michael Dunkle, MIG Manickam, Mohammad Hasani Eghtedar, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Ofer Cohen, Parth Lawate, patrick kohl, Peter van Westen, Piotr Gasiorowski, Piotr Mocko, Ray Lawlor, Robert Gastaud, Roberto Segura, Samuel Moffatt, Sander Potjer, Serge Litvinov, Simon Asika, Skullbock Skullbock, Stefania Gaianigo, Steve Binkowski, Thomas Hunziker, Thomas Jackson, Thomas Kuschel, Tino Brackebusch, Tobias Zulauf, Tom Hutchison, Valentin Despa, Yannick Gaultier.

Bug Squad Leadership: Mark Dexter and Nick Savov, Co-Coordinators.

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, Beat, Bill Richardson, Claire Mandville, David Hurley, Don Gilbert, Gary Brooks, Jason Kendall, Javier Gomez, Jean-Marie Simonet, Marijke Stuivenberg, Mark Boos, Mark Dexter, Matias Griese, Michael Babker, Nick Savov, Pushapraj Sharma, Rouven Weßling.


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