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Turning off the lights

Hello everyone,

After carefull consideration I have decided to pull the plug on Joomlareporter. This blog has run it's course, and it was built in another age, when my life practically gravitated around Joomla - which wasn't really healthy.

Things have changed in the past few months - year. My priorities shifted, and my ambitions changed. As a consequence, I don't see a place for Joomlareporter in my future. There's simply no foundation to keep the blog running - and if I'm honest, maybe it was built for all the wrong reasons to begin with.

The blog will stay online until the hosting deal I had with Cloudaccess, ends. This will be somewhere in Januari 2015. 

I would like to thank everyone who has shown their support in the past. Your support meant a lot to me and I really needed it at that time. But now it's time to move on, and create some space, some breathing room if you will, for other projets I might want to work on; things I've neglected in the past. 

I regret nothing. It was a fun ride, and I knew it would end someday. For those who wonder if I'm feeling okay because Ive made similar "this is it, I quit" remarks in the past when I wasn't: Don't worry. I'm absolutely fine. I am glad I finally have the strength to look at things from a distance, and realize what does or doesn't work.

Farewell, readers. Lights out. :)


How Bluehost Bullied Joomla Users And Lost

When a hoster is concerned about the security of your Joomla website, that's a good thing. This week, however, Bluehost decided to play the "Security" card against it's clients that were still running Joomla 1.5. The reactions to their action? They might have punched their own lights out, because of their action that had more to do with bullying it's clients than making an informed decision regarding security. But what exactly happened, this week? We did the hard work for you, and composed a breakdown of this weeks events.


Joomla Responds to Hosts Calling 1.5 "Insecure"

In the past weeks, quite a few clients of hosters such as Bluehost received bad news: their Joomla 1.5 is a portal to hell, and their host is going to save the soul of the customer by closing down their site or forcing it to upgrade. Be gone, evil Joomla version, be gone!

We might laugh with it, but for the people that are affected it's not a laughing matter. They likely face a website which stops working either way - their host either pulls the plug or forces an upgrade which could do more harm than good.

This also left the wider community wondering if Joomla 1.5 is really as secure as some hosting companies claims it is. Joomla's PLT (Production Leadership Team) has recently issued a statement on the issue.

You can read their reply here:

To summarize (although you should really read the article):

  • Joomla 1.5 isn't "insecure"
  • Joomla 1.5 IS, however no longer actively supported.
  • The recommendation is to upgrade, if you can. If you can't, there's not a reason to panic - yet.

We're glad to see the PLT take a stance against the corporate bullying of hosting companies, who should have thought twice before scaring away their clients.

On that topic: We'll be writing a post on hosters that do value Joomla (and it's security) soon. Stay tuned and follow us / sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss the post.



Spotlight: Jamaica's Bobsleigh Team

Here's news you don't read every day: the Jamaican two-mans bobsleigh team qualified for the Winter Olympics, coming up in February. The news certainly caught my attention, and it reminded me of the movie "Cool Runnnings" which is based on a true storyOne .

Because my brain works in mysterious ways, before I knew it, I ended up on the website of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team. And you never guess what CMS they're using for their website. If you guessed "Joomla" you guessed correctly!

Granted, the website isn't "state of the art" and runs on ancient relic Joomla 1.5 but it's a testament to the reach of our beloved CMS.

View the website here


Opentranslators celebrates the "big 2"

Last week, Opentranslators - A Joomla Community project bringing translators and developers together to localize extensions - had two occasions to celebrate. And they both involve the number "2". Curious to know what they've been celebrating?

The first reason for celebrating is that the project celebrated it's 2nd birthday in August. This marks their official arrival on the Joomla stage - which was applauded by many people in the community.

A lot of things can happen in two years, which is underlined by the second "Big 2" the project celebrated in August. The translation project, which has opened it's doors for everyone willing and able to translate their favorite extensions, has grown expansively since it's start in 2011. Starting from less than five translators at launch, their numbers have grown to over 2,000 volunteers dedicating their time to a common cause. Their numbers are growing daily, with an average of three new volunteers (and peaks of up to 15) joining their rank, per day, making Opentranslators one of the biggest community projects in Joomla's history. It also makes them one of the biggest projects on Transifex, which they use for translations.

It goes without saying that Opentranslators has come a long way, thanks to the volunteers and their passion for Joomla and localizing it into their own language.