The August 2008 Joomla Community Magazine is available now and it's loaded with cool stuff about the World's Greatest Open Source CMS. (Biased? pfff!) Month after month, you will find articles on Joomla 1.5 Web sites, GPL-compatiable extensions, events, communities around the world, ways to get involved, learning resources for beginners, site integrators, and developers, and the latest buzz on what's happening in the Joomla! project.
What kind of buzz, you ask? Well, this month, it's all about JoomlaConnect™, a brand new service that aggregates Joomla! community news from all around the world. Joomla Core Team member and Communications Team Lead Louis Landry developed this nifty new tool for us to use. So, if you are interested in some RSS action, get your blog firing J!, and see Getting Connected to JoomlaConnect.
This month, Joomla Core Team member and Development Working Group Coordinator, Andrew Eddie kicks off the Features Section by revealing an encouraging external market survey that shows Joomla!, WordPress, and Drupal as leading Open Source CMSs worldwide. Hat tip to our friends and partners in free software. Andrew also discusses training resources for developers and calls on the faithful to lend a hand updating our dev doc. Come on, it'll make you feel good.
This is very cool --> International award winning author and illustrator Sarah Verroken shares her creative process that resulted in a captivating Joomla 1.5 Web site showcasing her unique and beautiful work. Then, more cool design --> Per Andre Ronsen combines creative talents in theology, music, and design into a hot Joomla 1.5 Web site for Soul Kids.
This month's Joomla Forum Member of the Month is Marieke van der Tuin, undeniably one of the hardest working contributors in all of J! land. Oh, and make certain to check out the great, new GPL'ed extensions highlighted by our very own Toni Marie.
Joomla is powered by an involved community all around the world. Case in point, Vancouver Joomla Day organizer Wendy Robinson shares Ten steps to a successful event. On the other side of the planet, Chorn Sokun and John T Denny highlight what's going on with the Cambodian Joomla! community. Then, from San Francisco, Ron Severdia, founder of PlayShakespeare.com, discusses his Joomla 1.5 site, also the subject of his recent CNN Comcast Newsmakers interview.
Then, Joomla! developer, Alan Langford of Toronto shares a thoughtful piece on why he participates in Open Source and Google Summer of Code participant, Mostafa Muhammad sends Greetings from Wikimania 2008 in Egypt. Core Team member and Fundraising Team Lead, Michelle Bisson, (Wait a minute! Isn't that a lot of Mounties?) invites the community to support Joomla! financially. Give until it hurts. Well, at least give, if you are able, knowing every little bit helps...
There are several great articles aimed at skill development for Joomla community members. Those just starting with Joomla 1.5 are encouraged to read the Learning Joomla using Sample Data written by Mark Dexter. Site Integrators will get good value from Sam Moffatt's Improve the Security of your Joomla Administrator article; practical tips from Andrew's Legacy Mode in Joomla 1.5 and Search in Joomla 1.5 pieces; and inspiration from J! talent Jennifer Marriott's Resources for Designers article.
For developers, Jens-Christian Skibakk's tutorial entitled Creating a single package for Admin and Site Languages will help you take advantage of recent Installer improvements introduced by Jens. If you are geek enough, check out the tutorial Dynamic loading of lists using AJAX in a MVC component written by the very talented, Mathieu Chauvinc.
Really good effort from the Joomla! project this month. Development Working Group Leads Sam Moffatt and Anthony Ferrara share this month's release updates on Joomla 1.5.4 and 1.5.5 . The Joomla! Extensions Directory takes the Working Group spotlight -- and exceeds 3,500 Joomla Extensions! And, finally, there is that very cool announcement about JoomlaConnect™.
July 14, 2008 marks the beginning of year three of Packt's friendly competition between world class free software communities for who earns bragging rights to the much coveted 2008 Best Overall Open Source CMS. Not only is this recognition a great way to encourage, support, and reward the incredible efforts of free software communities, but, there is also a nice cash award shared with those projects fortunate enough to win.
The time for the Joomla! community to act is now!
Head over to Packt and nominate Joomla! for the Best Overall Open Source CMS Award and for the Best PHP Open Source CMS. While you are there, check out the new Open Source CMS Most Valuable Player award. Nominate someone who has worked hard to make Joomla! better and has made it easier and more fun for others to get involved.
Help get the word out. Fire up those blogs. Post it on forums. Share it in your newsletters. E-mail your friends. Activate your RSS feeds because nominations begin today and continue until August 25th, 2008. Let's bring home the Best Overall Open Source CMS award for Joomla! in 2008!
Show your support by voting for Joomla! today!
The Joomla! Community Portal is a new web site for the Joomla! community. There you will find a constant source of information about the activities powering the Joomla! project, learn about Joomla! Events worldwide, and see if there is a Joomla! User Group nearby. A new, monthly Joomla! Community Magazine promises an interesting overview of project activities, community accomplishments, and learning material.
Those who regularly contribute to Joomla! will tell you the best way to get more out of the project is to participate actively. In doing so, you learn. Your contributions help shape the project. You build a support network. You find business opportunities. You start to see the bigger picture and recognize the value of the Joomla! community. It is not always easy to know how to get started as a project contributor. The Joomla! Community Portal makes opportunities for involvement more visible for those interested.
At Joomla!, there are always a wide variety of activities underway. The Joomla! Core Team, Documentation Working Group, Joomla! Extension Directory editors, Forum Moderators, Translation Working Group, and Development Working Group's blogs and RSS feeds will help you keep up with everything that is happening.
The Joomla! Events Team helps coordinate activities all over the world and shares information about Joomla! Days, Expo's and Trade Shows, and other community meetings. Attending events is an excellent way to meet members of the community, find opportunities to collaborate, and have fun.
Review the Joomla! Event Calender to find an event of interest to you.
Joomla! User Groups are a great way to build a local Joomla! support network. On the Joomla! Community Portal, a list of groups and contact information is available to make locating a group easier. If there is no Joomla! User Group in your area, consider starting one.
The Joomla! Community Magazine promises to be a must read each month. Community members will take turns sharing cool Joomla! 1.5 Web sites, Joomla! 1.5 GPL'd extensions, event information, involvement opportunities, and articles about local communities. A section on learning contains great material for introductory learners, professional Web site integrators, and talented developers. The project section of the magazine will keep you up to date on release information, working group profiles, and the latest project information.
We look forward to seeing you at the Joomla! Community Portal.