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MAY
28

Congrats to RSJoomla on 13 Years

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Today marks 13 years of RSJoomla! providing Joomla! extensions.  

RSJoomla! is the maker of RSForm! Pro and RSEvents! Pro (as well as many others) extensions that have appeared in our Favorite Extensions presentation for Joomla! User Group Chicago North (JUGCN).  The functionality, ease of use, continuous innovation, and support puts them on the list time and time again.  One such innovation is the Zoom Video Conferencing integration, which is very timely with the change in how we gather.

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MAY
19

Covid-19 Survey Tool built in Joomla!

Covid-19 Survey Tool built in Joomla!

One of our clients at WebLab42 is a public health and safety organisation in The Netherlands aiming to protect the safety of everyone in the region. Police, fire squad and health and safety institutes work together in this organization. During the Covid-19 situation, we got a phone call from our contact: “Could you help us out? We need a tool to gather data from all kinds of health institutes on a daily basis, and we need this integrated in our website. And it needs to be up and running next Tuesday.”

The client needed to collect information about contamination, need for personal protection and available beds in all the health facilities in the region. How many people have tested positive on the virus in nursing homes, in mental health institutes, at shelters for the homeless? What is the exact situation on personal protection in these facilities? And where can we find extra beds, should the crisis run out of hand?

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APR
09

Spring Clean Your Website Content

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Springtime is fighting its way through, with the sun shining brightly urging temperatures higher. Spring typically brings with it thoughts of renewing, refreshing and possibly restarting.  This makes it a great time to spring clean your website content.

Using your site analytics report and sitemap, navigate your way through, reading, really reading each page of your site as if it were the first time that you’ve visited (it should not be).  As you read each page, ask yourself three questions:

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MAR
29

How to Build Your Business Website Using Joomla

How to Build Your Business Website Using Joomla

A Thorough Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners to Getting Started with Joomla.

Do you remember when the only website building options for businesses were HTML static pages with fixed content, or dynamic websites with lively content, but they required a substantial amount of coding to build? If you lacked the knowledge of CSS and HTML or did not hire someone who did have these skills, then you had to go without a website for your business. My, how things have changed. Luckily, you now have the option to use a free Content Management System (CMS), like Joomla, where you no longer have to use these difficult and sometimes costly methods.

What Is Joomla?

Joomla is a Content Management System, which offers your business the ability to build websites and powerful online applications. As your CMS, Joomla provides you and your team with website collaboration, authoring, multi-user permission levels, and administrative tools. It is user-friendly and does not require you to have technical or coding skills. Webmasters can efficiently manage various content types, different resources, and data, necessary to have a website, today. This Customer Management System, is one of the most, popular, open-source, and free website softwares. Your website benefits from using Joomla, as it makes your site, mobile-friendly, fully extensible, multilingual, flexible, accessible, responsive, search engine optimized and much more. Over the years Joomla has won several awards, including their most recent one in 2018, for ‘The Best Free CMS.’ If your company’s goals are to create memorable online customer experiences and to grow your online presence with the efforts of landing more sales, then you must learn how to build your business website using Joomla. So, what is Joomla? It is your websites soon-to-be best friend. Still, before you can learn the “How,” of Joomla, you must first understand the “Why.”

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MAR
30

Keeping your Joomla business alive in a changing web industry.

Keeping your Joomla business alive in a changing web industry.

As we look forward to the passing of another year, the ever-changing web industry offers new challenges and problems for web developers. Technology is quickly moving forward with every decade our overall rate of progress doubling, and no signs of slowing down. With the rise of AI and with Elon Musk's Neuralink company ready to implant devices, these giant leaps in technology make it unclear of what the internet will be in just the next decade. For now, there are several things you can do to make sure your Joomla business is vital for the current market.

Are you a Joomler? 

If you are a Joomla user, you are a Joomler, but are you promoting yourself as a Joomler? Sander Potijer started the Joomler community page in 2014, and currently, there are less than 2,000 registered Joomlers. For me, it was an undeniable choice, but resulted in something not so obvious - Job Offers! In just one month I had four people contacting me about hiring me for some freelance projects. Showing the world, you are a Joomler by creating a Joomler profile page is simple - Get started today: https://volunteers.joomla.org/joomlers

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MAR
03

Planners vs Thinkers: Those Who like Pagebuilders and Those Who Don't

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In the Winter quarter, I teach a course at DePaul University on Designing for Content Management Systems. I enjoy teaching this course as it keeps me on my development toes. In the last class, I opened it up to questions. Students could ask questions about the class project, Joomla! or Danico. I was impressed with the questions that were asked (I've got some really in...
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FEB
22

The Hot Air Podcast - Episode 2

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11 Episode 2 - SD Williams at Danico Enterprises - Watchful Blog Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with the team over at Watchful, a website manager for Joomla! and WordPress. Watchful is one of our "go-to" tools for managing our client sites. We especially like the uptime monitor that runs 24/7 so that we are aware of issues and can fix them quickly, often before ou...
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JAN
28

Joomla 3.9.15 Release

Joomla 3.9.15 Release

Joomla 3.9.15 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three low security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.15?

Joomla 3.9.15 includes three security vulnerability fixes and addresses several bugs, including:

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FEB
04

How can we make it better?

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The web has completely changed since its birth, 25 years ago. It has changed from a small niche group of users to a global user base in just a few years. Out have sprung the giants of Tech and the tools to produce and manage ever more content online. Over that time the ecosphere of web creation tools has changed. For example the advent of mobile phones has forced us to change the way we build our websites. Joomla has also had to evolve over the years to stay alive. Even a strong community and good quality code is not enough to keep your place in this competitive world. 

In 2014 I decided to help Joomla with the skills I had at hand. I became involved in many different projects. I got the chance to participate in several international meetings. Each of these meetings gave me the opportunity to get to know and exchange ideas with exceptional people from all over the world. Many have become my friends.

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JAN
14

First JUGCN Session of 2020

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The 2nd Wednesday of each month, is the JUGCN or Joomla! User Group Chicago North meeting. These meetings are hosting by me for the local Joomla! community. Last Wednesday was the first for 2020.  The topic was rather fitting as it was, Web Trends for 2020.  Additionally, I covered implementing SEO for Joomla! sites.   2020 Web Design Tre...
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DEC
17

Joomla 3.9.14 Release

Joomla 3.9.14 Release

Joomla 3.9.14 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses two security vulnerabilities and contains over 35 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.14?

Joomla 3.9.14 includes two security vulnerability fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

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DEC
22

Call for Mentors - Joomla Google Summer of Code 2020

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 It is this time of the year! The Joomla Project will apply to Google to participate in this year's Google Summer of Code™ (GSoC) program. Now, we need help from our community and beyond! We are looking for talented individuals who are willing to work with students and guide them.Participating in GSoC is a great opportunity for the Joomla Community. It allows to ...
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DEC
17

Group Form Conditionals for RSForm!Pro

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One of our favorite extensions is RSForm!Pro from RSJoomla.  A versatile form builder, we are excited about the newest update, the ability to do a group of conditionals.  What is RSForm!Pro?RSForm!Pro is a form builder for Joomla!  It has undergone a major update in recent updates adding in a drag-and-drop grid, which makes it easier to create and layout web...
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OCT
31

JoomlaShack Conference 2019

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 You may recall that back in July we shared the news that the Joomla World Conference was not moving forward.  JoomlaShack, a leading provider of free and commercial Joomla templates, extensions and Joomla training, stepped in and created the JoomlaShack Conference.  This 3-day conference will include presentations from around the world.  The conference...
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OCT
24

Adding Lead Generation to Your Joomla! Website

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Joomla! is one of the most widely-used content management systems (CMS) on the web. It runs nearly 2 million active websites, accounting for over 3 percent of the entire web.Its popularity makes it a good choice for building a website because it's kept up-to-date and secure, with plenty of add-on features available. Let's look at how you can add lead generation to your Joo...
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OCT
03

Congrats Joomla! for Being Named Best Free CMS by CMS Critic

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The 2019 People's Choice Winners of the Critics' Choice CMS Awards have been announced.Joomla!, our favorite CMS, was named the Best Free CMS (YAY!)What is CMS Critic?CMS Critic, founded by Mike Johnston, has been around since 2008 as an unbiased, honest reviews for resources on the web.  The cmscritic.com website is source for information, advice and the "latest...
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OCT
17

There's Still Time to Join Us for PBF

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Back in August we announced that we would be hosting Joomla! Pizza, Bugs & Fun or PBF.  A worldwide event to bring the Joomla! community together to work on the next release, Joomla! 4.  PBF is here!  This Saturday at 9 am the fun begins.   What is Joomla!  Joomla! is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) that is used to publish w...
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OCT
21

Joomla! Pizza, Bugs & Fun Had Been...Fun

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This past Saturday Danico hosted Joomla Pizza Bugs and Fun (PBF). It was a worldwide event to help advance Joomla!4. This event was a great way to be apart of the Joomla community. The organizers prepared lots of documentation, videos and more to help the local organizers assist their participants. What is JoomlaJoomla! is a free and open-source content management system (...
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SEP
24

Joomla 3.9.12 Release

Joomla 3.9.12 Release

Joomla 3.9.12 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 30 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.12?

Joomla 3.9.12 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including:

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AUG
04

Joomla Turns 14

Joomla Turns 14
 

Did you know that August 14th is Joomla's 14th birthday?  To celebrate there is a limited edition 14th birthday design available in the Joomla Shop.  The design will only be available until August 31st.  Show your support and get your Joomla Gear TODAY!

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AUG
31

Joomla! Certification Exam Registration Link Now Available

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The JoomlaDay Chicago Joomla Certification Exam is now available for purchase!

Here's how to register:

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AUG
25

Pizza, Bugs and Fun Saturday, Oct 19th

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We are pleased to announce that we are hosting Pizza, Bugs and Fun on Saturday, October 19th.  This is worldwide event that brings together the Joomla! community to document and test future versions of our favorite content management system (CMS).   You may be thinking that this event is not for you because you're not a hard core developer, but WAI...
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AUG
25

6 Weeks to JoomlaDay Chicago

6 Weeks to JoomlaDay Chicago
 

Time flies... it was not long ago, we just starting to plan for this year's JoomlaDay Chicago event, now were are just 6 short weeks away.  As you may imagine, things are heating up around here.

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AUG
28

Labor Day Special

Labor Day Special
 

We know it's a little bit of work, but...take a few minutes and REGISTER for this year's JoomlaDay Chicago event.  

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AUG
10

2 Months to JoomlaDay Chicago 2019

2 Months to JoomlaDay Chicago 2019
 

In exactly 2 months from today is JoomlaDay Chicago 2019 in the Chicago Loop!  It has been a few years since we've been in the heart of Chicago.   This year's event has some fantastic sessions.  If you've not seen it, click here to check it out the schedule of the day.

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JUN
28

4th of July Sale - Tickets $40 for 4 Days

4th of July Sale - Tickets $40 for 4 Days

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The latest info on JoomlaCamp and JoomlaDay Chicago

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JUN
26

JoomlaDay Texas September 28, 2019

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The latest info on JoomlaCamp and JoomlaDay Chicago

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JUN
24

JWC Speakers Confirmed

JWC Speakers Confirmed

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The latest info on JoomlaCamp and JoomlaDay Chicago

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JUN
22

Our Keynote Speaker - Jason Nickerson

Our Keynote Speaker - Jason Nickerson

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JUN
11

Joomla 3.9.8 Release

Joomla 3.9.8 Release

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JUN
11

Joomla 3.9.7 Release

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JUN
07

Thank You JoomlaShine for Your Support

Thank You JoomlaShine for Your Support
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JUN
07

Have You Seen Our Video

Have You Seen Our Video

With the help of Joomla.org, we have a new video for this year's JoomlaDay Chicago event. View. Register. Share.

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JUL
13

JoomlaDay Chicago 2019 Schedule Posted

JoomlaDay Chicago 2019 Schedule Posted

The 2019 JoomlaDay Chicago schedule is now live on our site.  We have some fantastic sessions to help you build a better Joomla! site.  The day includes informational sessions, Panel Discussion with our speakers, exam review sessions, and the Joomla Certification Exam.

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AUG
06

Joomla, we have a problem.

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All volunteer communities have to address the same issues at some point. How to recognise the work of volunteers? How to acknowledge their contributions?

Joomla is no different. For 14 years we've faced these issues without finding an answer.

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AUG
13

Joomla 3.9.11 Release

Joomla 3.9.11 Release

Joomla 3.9.11 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 25 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.11?

Joomla 3.9.11 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including:

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JUL
30

Information about the Joomla World Conference 2019

Information about the Joomla World Conference 2019

After a year without a JWC in 2018, the board were eager to bring together the Joomla! Community with a World Conference in 2019. London was chosen as a venue and the dates were announced for November 2019.

Planning for this event was at an advanced stage and tickets were being sold. Then the deadline for Brexit was extended to 31st October 2019 and in the last week the new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been elected with a mandate to ensure Brexit happens on 31st October, even if that means without any form of deal with the EU.

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JUL
10

Joomla 3.9.10 Release

Joomla 3.9.10 Release

Joomla 3.9.10 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one bug introduced into 3.9.9, affecting template styles of multilingual web sites.

What's in 3.9.10?

Joomla 3.9.10 is fixing one bug introduced into Joomla 3.9.9 which affects the template styles of multilingual sites and results in lost data.

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JUL
09

Joomla 3.9.9 Release

Joomla 3.9.9 Release

Joomla 3.9.9 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 30 bug fixes and improvements.

Note to users with multilingual sites: Please do not update to 3.9.9 and wait for 3.9.10.
More information can be found here

What's in 3.9.9?

Joomla 3.9.9 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including:

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JUN
30

The Single Sign On, Identity and Consent Management on Joomla.org

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Privacy Laws like GDPR introduced several new requirements that changed the way we think the data management and the pathway to the privacy compliance.

Privacy by design and by default were just some of the requirements that web developers should take under consideration before they develop new apps. But of course, apps were online also before GDPR effectiveness and as expected the Joomla Project and more specifically the Joomla Compliance Team, has started to evaluate the current situation to result to effective, security and privacy solutions.

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JAN
15

Joomla 3.9.2 Release

Joomla 3.9.2 Release

Joomla 3.9.2 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 4 security vulnerabilities and contains over 50 bug fixes and improvements.

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DEC
27

Joomla! A Year in Review - 2018

Joomla! A Year in Review - 2018

As we countdown to 2019, we’ll be raising a glass (or two) to all our incredible volunteers who have made the leaps and bounds of 2018 possible.

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FEB
12

Joomla 3.9.3 Release

Joomla 3.9.3 Release

Joomla 3.9.3 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 6 security vulnerabilities and contains 30 bug fixes and improvements.

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FEB
11

Keeping your Joomla website up-to-date

Keeping your Joomla website up-to-date

As of release 3.5 Joomla is collecting stats data, thanks to the stats plugin (only works if it’s enabled), and it found too many websites are not using the currently supported release of 3.9.2. This data is based on the Joomla, PHP, and database version. These are some pretty alarming statistics, and should not be ignored! We have provided some links at the bottom of this article for your reference, review, and to even get the latest release of Joomla.

 
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MAR
06

A Statement on the Recent Report by Check Point

A Statement on the Recent Report by Check Point

A report by Check Point Research has been brought to our attention relating to a security vulnerability that was patched back in December 2015. This report has also been picked up by Threat Post.

Both reports contain a great deal of inaccuracies and intimate that the vulnerability detailed is a current one. 
This statement serves to clarify the facts surrounding this issue. Furthermore we would like to assure our user base that, much as these posts attempt to state that this is a current issue, the truth of the matter is far from that.

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MAR
12

Joomla 3.9.4 Release

Joomla 3.9.4 Release

Joomla 3.9.4 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 4 security vulnerabilities and contains 28 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.4?

Joomla 3.9.4 includes 4 security vulnerabilities fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

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APR
09

Joomla 3.9.5 Release

Joomla 3.9.5 Release

Joomla 3.9.5 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.5?

Joomla 3.9.5 includes three security vulnerabilities fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

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MAR
25

Because Open Source Matters … and Domains too!

Because Open Source Matters … and Domains too!

It’s an exciting day for The Joomla Project and BRANDIT!
As the consolidation and packaging of web services move forward, we are happy to announce the official launch of our domains platform (powered by BRANDIT), domains.joomla.org.

Every website starts with a domain name, and by offering domains directly from Joomla.org, our users gain a new way to help build their online presence whilst helping the project financially.  

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MAY
07

Joomla 3.9.6 Release

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 Joomla 3.9.6 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 25 bug fixes and improvements.

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JUN
11

Joomla 3.9.7 Release

Joomla 3.9.7 Release

Joomla 3.9.7 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three security vulnerabilities and contains over 40 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.7?

Joomla 3.9.7 includes three security vulnerability fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

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JUN
11

Joomla 3.9.8 Release

Joomla 3.9.8 Release

Joomla 3.9.8 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one bug introduced into 3.9.7 which affects web sites using the French Help Server.

What's in 3.9.8?

Joomla 3.9.8 is fixing one bug introduced into Joomla 3.9.7, due to the removal of the French Help Server.

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JUN
20

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Bye Bye Preferred Domain setting

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With the new Search Console experience the Preferred Domain setting is being sunset.

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FEB
13

Joomla attended the CMS Security Summit at Google in Chicago

Joomla attended the CMS Security Summit at Google in Chicago

January 30th 2019 - It’s freezing cold in Chicago today and according to the news, it’s even colder than on the Mount Everest - so a perfect day to stay inside a warm building, sitting in front of your machine and having a (sorry, bad Everest joke) summit!

The Joomla Security Strike Team (JSST) was invited to send a delegation to the CMS Security Summit, organised by Google and taking place in Chicago. JSST leads David Jardin and Tobias Zulauf took that opportunity and travelled to Illinois to meet security team leads from other CMS, web hosts and of course a bunch of Googlers representing various projects and initiatives from the company.

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MAY
17

JED Server Security Incident Report

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Following a server level compromise of the Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED), we would like to provide our community a postmortem summary of the events leading to this issue, the response from the Joomla project team members, and a plan of action moving forward to prevent a similar type of issue in the future.In summary, this was a preventable compromise, and after analys...
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FEB
12

Why You Can’t Build a Successful PPC Program in Just a Few Hours by @GrpTwentySeven

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Some PPC guides suggest you could get a successful PPC program up and running in just a few hours. But the reality isn't so simple.

The post Why You Can’t Build a Successful PPC Program in Just a Few Hours by @GrpTwentySeven appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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MAR
02

JUGCN March 13 MyJoomla

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For the March 13th JUGCN meeting the topic is MyJoomla, a well-known go-to service for site recovery when thought to be hacked. They also provide other services that are fantastic for monitoring and overall site health that helps prevent the need for site recovery. MyJoomla is multiyear award winning software. It is a great place for learning and then applying best practic...
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JAN
31

Confused About Joomla Cache? Here's a Beginner's Guide

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Everyone wants their site to be FAST.  Caching helps.  So you log into your Joomla site's administrator panel.  You go to your Global Configuration and then.... you don't know what to do next.  There are more options than just 'Yes - cache'. Check out this: The Beginners Guide to Joomla Cache OptionsThis JoomlaShack blog post, walks through what Ca...
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Joomla 3.9.1 Release

Joomla 3.9.1 Release

Joomla 3.9.1 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla including over 40 bug fixes and improvements. 

 
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25

JUGCN 2018 Early Year in Review

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​Originally posted joomlachicagonorth.com where SD is the group leader.​The end of 2018 is almost here. Looking back at JUGCN, we've covered some great topics and held our first JoomlaCamp Chicago. We are looking forward to even better 2019, with more great topics and JoomlaDay Chicago.JUGCNJoomla User Group Chicago North has been around for many years, perhaps with differ...
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OCT
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Talking about a Modern Joomla

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There is an elephant in the room, the modernization of Joomla. The mobile world is transforming the web technology. There is an accumulated sum of innovations waiting to be interpreted. It has taken years to reach the present tipping point, but it is finally arriving as new features included in the evergreen browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera). Beyond the fine detail, the general web landscape is changing, and that is what we need to address to modernize Joomla.
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OCT
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The First JoomlaCamp Chicago

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The first JoomlaCamp Chicago was held on September 22, at DePaul University's Loop Campus. With a wide range of questions and answers covered, participants left feeling excited to put their expanded Joomla! knowledge to use on their own sites.  
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NOV
04

What to Know About Joomla 3.9

What to Know About Joomla 3.9
 A few days a go, the Joomla 3.9 Privacy Suite was released. GDPR went into effect a few months ago.  The Joomla team responded developing:An easier way to get user consent for recording their dataThe ability to manage user data requests through a new componentThe ability for extension developers to report data collection via a new APIThe consent is a plugin...
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OCT
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Joomla on the move in the USA

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The Joomla Capital team kicked off its winter USA conference schedule with two back to back conference/expo appearances in both Orlando, Florida and Hoston, Texas. The Captial team started attending US conferences just three years ago at Hostingcon 2016 and have been using these events to showcase the platform and gain sponsorship for the project.
 
 
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10 Reasons to choose Joomla

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You’re looking for a CMS to create your website? Numerous are available, and choosing one for many people is not easy. You need to know which one fits to your project, what are the features, what level of experience you need to have to use them, and so on. So here are 10 reasons why you should choose Joomla!
 
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The Value I See in JoomlaCamp

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The other day I was speaking with a client about the upcoming JoomlaCamp Chicago event that is this Saturday, September 22nd at DePaul University's Loop Campus. I was giving him some lighthearted ribbing about not having registered and his reply caught me a bit off-guard. He asked me, "What would I get out of coming?".It was a great question. Many answers collided in my he...
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Joomla 3.8.12 Release

Joomla 3.8.12 Release

Joomla 3.8.12 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 3 security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements.

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Happy 13th Birthday to Joomla!

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Today marks the 13th birthday of Joomla!  I personally have been using it for 10 years.  Wow!  Just saying that (or writing it) just seems unreal, like I just started yesterday.  I found Joomla on accident looking for a simple to use, but flexible, system for a non-profit that I was donating my time to.  They want to create a stronger web presence ...
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JoomlaCamp Chicago Sep 22nd

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For more information on Joomla, a top Content Management System (CMS), go to: joomla.org To see our mentors and find out more information, go to: joomlacampchicago.comAre you a Joomler and want to interact with like minded individuals, or are you interested in becoming one? JoomlaCamp Chicago is the place for both. Maybe you're wondering what Joomla! is. Joomla! ...
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JUN
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Update on Joomla 4

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Following the release of Joomla 4.0 Alpha 3, the Joomla 4 Working Group has published below a status update on the anticipated release of Joomla 4.

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On your marks, ready, set … Launch!

On your marks, ready, set … Launch!

The Joomla Project and CloudAccess.net are equally excited to announce the launch of launch.joomla.org, the brand new platform to launch a free Joomla website and test upcoming releases to support the project by helping make our CMS the best it can be.

 
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JUGCN June Meeting Calendar Battle

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​This Wednesday, June 13th we will be presenting at Joomla User Group Chicago North or JUGCN.  The topic is CALENDAR BATTLE.  This session was inspired by the questions we receive from clients regarding the different calendar extensions for Joomla!  We looked quite a few and thought others might benefit from our work.  There are some favorites like RSEv...
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Joomla 3.8.8 Release

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Joomla 3.8.8 is now available. This is a security release which addresses 9 security vulnerabilities, contains over 50 bug fixes, and includes various security related improvements.

 

 
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Secure all the things - Joomla Security Team Sprint, Cologne, May 2018

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Joomla Security Team Sprint, Cologne, May 2018 I guess we all agree that it’s one of Joomla’s key priorities to offer a software that is as secure as possible, as this plays a crucial role in the user’s experience running Joomla - a hacked user, is a very unhappy user.
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Custom Fields - Episode 2 : how to manage your Custom Fields

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Do you have a project idea where Custom Fields would be useful ? Excellent, in this second article (Episode) in a series on Joomla Custom Fields, we show you how to manage and display your own Custom Fields.     
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Joomla 3.9 and Joomla 3.10

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As you most probably know, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will enter into force on 25 May, 2018.
Joomla, listening to its users, intends to integrate a Privacy Tool Suite in the Joomla CMS to facilitate the compliance of your sites and to make developers’ life easier to get their extensions compliant.

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How is SiteGround Getting Ready for the GDPR?

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Siteground, our preferred hosting company, held a webinar on how they are preparing for GDPR. Here's the webinar and the Q&A.

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Privacy by default and GDPR, examples and best practises

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EU citizens will soon expect that their personal data will by default be processed more carefully, transparently and only for the purposes for which they provided their explicit consent. The General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) introduces many improvements to personal data protection. It doesn’t matter whether the service provider is physically located in EU area or not, or if the provided services are paid or free of charge. If the service is available to people within the EU and personal data is involved, the regulation shall be applied and personal data must be protected according to the GDPR.
 
 
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Joomla 3.8.7 Released Today

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Joomla 3.8.7 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla including over 70 bug fixes and improvements.Click here for more information
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Joomla 3.8.6 Released Today

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Joomla 3.8.6 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla addressing one security vulnerability in the user notes. and including over 60 bug fixes and improvements. Click here for more information
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MAR
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ICYMI: 10 Web Design Trends for 2018

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 The December issue of Joomla Magazine included a look at the web design trends for this year.  Recently, I went back to the list looking for inspiration for a site we're working on.  Take a look at the list put together by Jason Nickerson, a Joomla powerhouse.  Two designs trends that brought me back were the hamburger less navigation and the mobi...
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JAN
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Joomla 3.8.4 Release

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Joomla 3.8.4 was released today.  This new version is a security release which addresses four security vulnerabilities and includes over 100 bug fixes and improvements. While these security vulnerabilities are listed as Low.  It is still a good idea to update your site.You can read the announcement here and/or visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes
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What's a Sprite?

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 At the first meeting of JUGCN (Joomla User Group Chicago North), this question came up, "What's a Sprite?"  A Sprite is not a clear, cool refreshing drink.  It is a large image that combines all images into one.  Why would you want to do this?  When your looking at improving performance, this may be an option.How do you use it? To show the "r...
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JAN
10

RSFormsPro! 2.0

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RSJoomla has a major release of one of our favorite extensions - RSFormsPro! 2.0. I'm excited to check out the new features.  If you've been following us for awhile or attended our Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN) Favorite Extensions session, you know that RSFormsPro makes the list regularly for adding forms to Joomla! websites.  

Check out their blog post on the changes.  We will be trying it out soon.  If you've tried it, let us know your thoughts.

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09

New Joomla Adventure

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At the 2017 JoomlaDay Chicago event during the welcome address, I shared with the attendees a bit about the interns we’ve had the pleasure of working with. I also mentioned that I would like to do more, perhaps at the community college level. I wanted to help others understand the power of a CMS, especially one like Joomla.   

Well, since then an amazing opportunity fell into my lap, the chance to be an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University in the Chicago Loop. The subject is Content Management Systems.  While all the students will walk away with a strong sense of how much I love working with Joomla, they will also walk away (hopefully) with knowledge of how to evaluate and select the right tool for the right job - in this case the right CMS for the content that will be presented. 

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DEC
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Net Neutrality

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You may have heard that on December 15th, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) voted to repeal Net Neutrality. If you are unclear what Net Neutrality and what it means to you, this Fortune Magazine article, Net Neutrality Explained: What It Means (and Why It Matters) is a great place to start.  

As someone who depends on the internet for my livelihood, I'm watching these events very closely.  Having been was once affected by throttling, prior to the 2015 changes, I worry that I will be affected once again, probably worse than before.

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DEC
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Joomla Extensions Directory has surpassed the 8,000 mark

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This year we are witnessing a steady growth in the number of extensions, and the JED has surpassed the 8K mark. Find extensions for your Joomla site in the Joomla Extensions Directory, the official directory for Joomla components, modules and plugins.

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Joomla 3.8.3 Release

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Joomla 3.8.3 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which includes over 60 bug fixes and improvements.

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NOV
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SiteLock Announces Partnership with Joomla!

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Joomla!, one of the leading Content Management Systems (CMS) and SiteLock, a leader in site security are partnering "to expose our users to the fast, affordable website vulnerability detection, automatic malware removal and threat prevention service that SiteLock offers."

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OCT
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Extensions We're Thankful For

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Wednesday, November 8th is the Extensions We're Thankful For meeting at Joomla User Group Chicago North or JUGCN.  This is one of my favorite meetings.  It's a chance for everyone to chime in on the extensions that have made their site development easier.  There are of course some that are included year after year such as AkeebaBackup and RSForms, but it is also a chance to discover new extensions.  With nearly 8,000 (7,948 the last time I looked at extensions.joomla.org) there is bound to be an undiscovered gem of a favorite.  

Check out the 2016 Favorite Extensions, share yours and join us Wednesday, November 8th at 11 am online or in-person (we provide lunch and great conversation) to go over this year's 2017 Joomla Extensions We're Thankful For.

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OCT
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Joomla 3.8.1 Released Today

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The latest release of Joomla is available today.  it is bug fix release 3.8.1. Click here to view the announcement and details on the bug fixes.

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AUG
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Register for JoomlaDay Chicago and Enter to Win Joomla 3 Explained!

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It's getting close to JoomlaDay Chicago and I'm excited. We're at a new location and we're offering the Joomla Certification Exam. In talking with members of Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN) and the JoomlaDay Chicago committee, we were trying to find resources to help those looking to take the test. I started reading this book, Joomla 3 Explained, by Steve Burge and OSTraining.

I like it a lot, both for its structure and content.

I've been using Joomla for about a decade and I still learned a lot. It's because I enjoyed this book so much that I thought it would be a good idea to give away a copy to a fellow Joomler in time to read BEFORE JoomlaDay. So, anyone who is registered by September 1st (including those who registered some time ago - thank you) are eligible to win. You will have your choice of digital or paperback.

Go to JoomlaDayChicago.com to register today

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JUL
14

Why I Use Joomla! as my CMS of Choice

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At least twice a week I'm posed the question "Why use Joomla!?"  Ok, really that's the follow up question to "Do you develop WordPress sites?"  While the correct answer is that I use the technology most appropriate to the task, it is true that more times than not, I use Joomla!.

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JUL
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Joomla! 3.7.3 Release

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In case you missed it with all of the fireworks and barbecue, Joomla 3.7.3 was released. It includes security patches and bug fixes. If you need help updating your site, we're happy to help.

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JUN
27

Joomla Tip of the Day: Reorganizing your image files!

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So you've had a site for a really long time, like super long, and you've assigned your promising young intern to some simple tasks. Shouldn't take too long, maybe one hour max. Well, two hours later your intern comes into your office looking completely exhausted and hating his/her life. He/she comes to you explaining how they couldn't find any of the right pictures easily. The company folder was empty and the logo was found in some random folder named 'a'. Maybe it's time for some spring cleaning.
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JUN
13

Using Adobe Typekit with Gantry5 in Your Joomla Website

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You've hired a graphic designer to create the new look-and-feel of your website.  They've come back with a great design that you absolutely love.  You give it to your web developer and they tell you the fonts the designer has chosen are not in Google Fonts or other means but can be purchased for a somewhat high fee.   

What do you do?

Here's one way to solve it, use Adobe Typekit.
 
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MAY
05

Willie Nelson said it best “Always On My Mind”

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Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” was the Billboard number one country album of the year in 1982 earning two Grammy Awards. Selling records is not very different from SEO (search engine optimization), let us explain.

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JUN
14

Has the sidebar passed its use by date? | Webdesigner Depot

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The sidebar, an unsung page element long taken for granted, but often used

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SC4Me and ContentBuilder

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Supplychain4me.com is a website that connects those who are interested in supply chain careers with insightful educational programs. It also informs visitors about the different types of careers that make up supply chain professionals.This was a fun project to work on, not only because it brought work with a great client, but it presented an opportunity to expand the exten...
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OCT
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Farewell to our Joomla! Student Web Developer

Farewell to our Joomla! Student Web Developer
The first day of fall has come and gone. With it I said good bye and best wishes to intern Eric, who has started his freshman year of college. Eric came to Danico as a high school junior with an interest in computers. He learned the basics such as HTML and CSS along with content management system Joomla!As part of my welcome address for the 2016 JoomlaDay Ch...
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SEP
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Easy RSForms! Pro Dropdown List Validation Solution

One of our favorite extensions is RSForms! Pro. We use it a lot! Awhile ago we created a form for one of our clients with textboxes, dropdown lists, etc and connected it with a RSEvents! Pro event. Then the client asked that one of the dropdown lists be required. Ok, so change the validation from no to yes. All done, right? Well, not quite. Because we'd set ...
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