Typical nerd who earns his money in the IT sector, who can't turn of the computer after works. Loves Joomla!, Gaming, Blogging, and is only slightly addicted to Twitter.
With slightly more than a month to go, the World class event Joomla & Beyond appears to be struggling to fill it's sponsor slots. On the website, several slots are still open, including the "main" sponsorships (which are the most expensive ones).
JAB doesn't seem to be the only event having a hard time filling it's (main) sponsor slots. It appears to become harder to find sponsors to fill in the "Big" slots. The reason beyond this decline in sponsorship? The events are most likely hit by the economical crisis that is still holding most parts of the world in it's grips. Bigger companies seem to be cutting down on expenses in all areas - not just the Joomla! World.
Saying that updating a Joomla! site can be a hassle, is an understatement. Despite the new updater mechanism, many developers still take things in their own hands.
AkeebaBackup has always been a trend setter in Joomla! land, so they started offering the option of updating their components with a few clicks from within your site. For Pro extensions, this required a download ID. Until now, if you wanted to use the update functionality on client sites, you needed to use your main download ID - something I personally was never eager of.
OpenTranslators, an initiative of Joomla community members to bring translators and extension developers together, has just reached a new mile stone in it's short existence.
Today, a "proposal" to create a Joomla Hub on Stackexchange has been generating some interest in the Joomla Community. Having a Q&A Hub on Stackexchange, which is probably by far the most popular platform for Q&A sites, would be a good thing for Joomla.
But we aren't there yet. Before we can turn this "wishfull thinking" into reality (Or a Beta-version of that reality) the proposal is in need of people willing to "Commit". Commiting basically means promising that you would use the hub for 3 months while it's in beta, and answer (at least) 10 questions.
Before the hub can go into beta, it needs a certain number of these "commits". We're only at 30% of the goal and could use a lot more commits. So if a Joomla Hub on Stackexchange is something you'd like to see (and use), find your way to Area51 on Stackexchange and "commit" yourself to support the Hub!
It was another Thursday afternoon, of waiting for clients to finally reply to me, when I was told that one of our websites was down. I'm excused from not noticing this, because my colleague was in the middle of setting up our sites on MyJoomla.com ;-)
Anyway, I visit the site and I am visited with a nice jtablesession::store failed error. Joomla could no longer write to the _session table, which lead to a dramatic error - and the site stops working. The database flipped me off, while smirking at me.
The reason for this should be a lesson for all of you.
Are your Joomla websites secure? There's no way to be sure, if you don't do a complete audit of your website. But where to start? Manage.myjoomla.com is a webservice that wants to answer that question for you - and we've reviewed it for you.
Every year, there seems to be a new "best Joomla! hosting company." Rochen, Cloudaccess, Redhost... They all used to be the "favorites" of respected Joomla! members at some point in time. And this fall, Siteground seems to be the "hottest thing since sliced bread."
We've already seen two respectable Joomla! developers who are now vouching for Siteground. When you visit their 'Hosting' page, promoting Siteground, you're greeted with some information about why Siteground is great. What immediately got my attention was the "Get hosting for $5,95 per month" button. I present to you: Exhibit A: (taken from Nonumber.nl, for the simple reason that was the last time I visited. No ill will here :) )
AdminTools, the ever growing Security & Utilities tool for Joomla might just become a bit more secure in the future. We overheard on Google+ (of all places) that Nicholas is working on adding Two-Step Verification by Google, which has just recently been made available for developers.
Two-step authentication adds another layer of security to your site. The feature is already available in Gmail. The concept goes like this: First, you log in providing your username and password. But you're not logged in yet! You'll need to also enter the pin code, which is send to you by SMS, before you can log in.
While this feature can sometimes be a nuisance (when your phone is somewhere else or the battery just died), we look forward to seing this security feature in a next version of AdminTools.
A recent Twitter poll learned us something interesting about Joomla! and it's Editors: almost everyone serious about Joomla! uses the insanely popular JCE Editor. And with good reason, too. This editor takes editing your content to a new level, and sets the bar for all other editors.
That being said, JCE has just raised the bar a bit more, by adding a new dimension to the "Drag and Drop uploading of images." Previous versions of JCE already offered Drag & Drop functionality - it allowed you to drag an image (or multiple images) to a window, and they'd then be uploaded for you. But now, there's more...
Transifex, the translation portal used by our friends of OpenTranslators, has recently updated their website. The website itself has been changed (drastically). Both the looks, lay-out and certain ways in how the site works have been altered. In general, we'd say the update was a succes - although some minor UX issues were noted.
The second change is of a different nature: Transifex changed the domain name from transifex.net to Transifex.com. This sounds like a minor change, but developers need to be aware of this change. We've seen reports of some developers using (custom) scripts that stopped working because they were referring to the wrong domain name.
All in all, we can say that Transifex made a new step forward.