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Joomla Meetup March

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Gary Barclay of  www.turnedontotech.co.uk gave us news of the Joomla user group meeting on 19th March.

We started off with a follow up to the security conversation from February. Joe and Phil from softforge.co.uk had laid a trap for a hacker who'd managed to implant a malicious file on a out of date Joomla site. They modified his file so that they could trace what actions he was taking. The feeling of having control over the hacker, even after the effect, was a very nice indeed!

The next item was a preview of Joomla 3.1 beta. The main topic was Tags. This led onto a discussion about keeping urls the way you want them. After this came  Zoo shopping cart options with YooDocs and Zoolanders.

Finally the floor was opened to general discussion and many Joomla problems were raised and then dispatched with the usual expertise from those present.



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What are the best Joomla Extensions?

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Best Joomla Extensions

Mostly we use the Joomla Extensions that we need for the job in hand, but sometimes there's a choice of several Joomla Extensions  that do the same things. So which is best? Often the answer to this will be which once best matches the particular problem we're trying to solve.

For example, we have used two support desk Joomla Extensions in the 2020Media customer portal because the first one we used didn't, after being in use for a while, actually meet our expectations.

So a 'Top Ten' list of Joomla Extensions is a bit of fun more than anything else, but it's always good to hear others views, and learn something new.

Readers of the Joomla Community Magazine have voted for their first round of 10 Best Joomla Extensions and here they are.

Extension: ACL Manager

Extension Developer:
Sander Potjer

Extension Developer Website: http://www.aclmanager.net

Why do you love this Extension? With this extension it's a piece of cake to make all kinds of administrator access levels in a Joomla website.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? The summary of acces levels.

Submitted by: Connie de Buijn

Submitter's Website: http://webartenco.nl/

Extension: AcyMailing

Extension Developer:

Extension Developer Website: http://www.acyba.com

Why do you love this Extension? Excellent extension to make emailing quality! Support is very good, with a very, very responsive forum. Regular changes, for better efficiency always.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Thanks to this extension, my site has a extremely good management newsletters!

Submitted by: Fabrice Zavattero

Submitter's Website: www.lalumieredesfees.fr

Extension: EasyBlog

Extension Developer:

Extension Developer Website: http://stackideas.com/

Why do you love this Extension? EasyBlog has been a huge help on our theater web site. They give first rate support and have been most helpful.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Makes blog posting easy!

Submitted by: Gala Lindvall

Submitter's Website: www.ForestTheater.com

Extension: EasyCalcCheck Plus (ECC+)

Extension Developer:
Kubik Rubik

Extension Developer Website: http://joomla-extensions.kubik-rubik.de/ecc-easycalccheck-plus

Why do you love this Extension? Easy to use, lightwight, free... and EFFECTIVE!

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Frees me from SPAM... really.

Submitted by: Ivo Schmid

Submitter's Website: http://www.Lehrmittelperlen.net

Extension: Fabrik

Extension Developer:

Extension Developer Website: http://fabrikar.com

Why do you love this Extension?

Because it is:

  • Free of charge.
  • Easy way to use and manage.
  • Very useful forum.
  • Constantly updates for security issues and enhancing.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website?

It allows me to manage and develop:

  • Databases
  • Forms
  • Lists
  • Statistics
  • Visual Charts

Submitted by: Bader Ajhar

Submitter's Website: http://www.lamafurnituresy.com/index.php

Extension: JComments

Extension Developer:

Extension Developer Website: http://www.joomlatune.com/

Why do you love this Extension? Works out of the box. Very useful features. Add the comments to the articles.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? This is a functionality that Joomla has been lacking in the core.

Submitted by: Fermin Jimenez

Submitter's Website: www.najar.ca

Extension: Joomla Content Editor (JCE)

Extension Developer:
Ryan Demmer

Extension Developer Website: http://www.joomlacontenteditor.net

Why do you love this Extension? Absolutely a must have. Editing articles is breezing plus tons of features. And it's free :) It's always the first extension I install after installing Joomla. And believe me - I use a lot of extensions.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? Its image manager makes my site have images in the first place. I work with people whose experience editing content is next to zilch and JCE's easy ways of inserting various objects (links, images etc) is second to none.

Submitted by: Olek Trembowiecki

Submitter's Website: www.biblioteka.koszalin.pl

Extension: Komento

Extension Developer:

Extension Developer Website: http://stackideas.com/

Why do you love this Extension? Komento is useful, powerful and free.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? With Komento you can add comments to articles and share them on social networks. My clients love it!

Submitted by: Lucía Otero

Submitter's Website: http://www.movilidadelectrica.com/

Extension: Ozio Gallery

Extension Developer:
Alessandro Rossi

Extension Developer Website: http://www.opensourcesolutions.es/en/ext/ozio-gallery.html

Why do you love this Extension? Very easy to use, and very powerful for my photo gallery in most of my website.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? I am able to give that extra touch to the images being able to offer them in an interesting perspective to the navigator, also with the new version that makes the gallery responsive fits very well with mobile devices.

Submitted by: Matteo Montanari

Submitter's Website: http://www.sensiparrucchieri.it/sensi-vip.html

Extension: sh404SEF

Extension Developer:
Yannick Gaultier

Extension Developer Website: http://anything-digital.com/sh404sef/seo-analytics-and-security-for-joomla.html

Why do you love this Extension? Installation is easy, great documentation, helps my sites with SEF friendly URLs and powerful tweaks when needed.

What does this Extension do to enhance your website? SEF URLs, special page titles.

Submitted by: Tanya Flores

Submitter's Website: http://www.massageforhealing.com


Joomla Usergroup

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Agenda 20 November 2012
Written by Sadiq Datoo
Agenda for Joomla London User Group meeting 

20 November 2012 at UCL (click for directions)

7.00 - 7.30 Greeting and social chat.
7.30 - 8.00 Main Presentation
8.00 - 8.30 Drinks break and Problems workshop, bring a problem/solution to share with the group
8.30 - 8.55 Useful Components/Modules/Plugins / Joomla News
8.55 - 9.00 Future meetings and any other business.

Hope to see you there.


Let us know if your attending


Joomla helps power the Games

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This article is taken from the Joomla Community Magazine and can be read in full here.

The Flame Relay passes Clapham Common

The Flame Relay passes Clapham Common

The Games of the XXX Olympiad are underway in London, United Kingdom. They're powered by the world's best athletes, years of training and a lot of muscle. It turns out that a lot of the Olympics are also powered by Joomla! websites (just like the 2020Media website).

National Olympic Committees

Sports Governing Bodies

Olympic Teams



2020Media is a specialist in Joomla Hosting and we welcome migrations of existing sites, new hosting and developers.


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Joomla 2.5 released

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joomla 2.5

The long awaited new version of Joomla has been released today.

Joomla is a free content management system used on tens of thousands of websites of all shapes and sizes.

  • 2020Media hosting fully supports Joomla 2.5
  • 2020Media can help you migrate older Joomla versions to 2.5

Along with new features such as advanced search and automatic notification of Joomla core and extension updates, the Joomla CMS for the first time includes multi-database support with the addition of Microsoft SQL Server. Previous versions of Joomla were compatible exclusively with MySQL databases. This improves support on the Windows platform, which 2020Media are able to offer at no extra cost.

Other key features in Joomla 2.5 includes:

  • Automatic notification when a Joomla or extension update is available. When logged into the control panel, site administrators will instantly have access to new notification buttons that allows them to see and act on the latest updates. In addition to updates for the Joomla CMS, a second button offers third party extension notification updates.
  • A better natural language search engine to the Joomla core. Complete with auto-completion and stemming (for example if you type “running” in a search field you also see run), it is faster and more versatile than the standard search.

Contact 2020Media on 0330 010 2020 or sales@2020media.com or www.2020media.com/contact for more information about UK Joomla hosting.

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