A quick roundup of the last London Joomla User group meeting, which took place on Tuesday 16 April 2013.
The meeting was streamed for the first time, as an experiment but the feedback from the tester was positive so hopefully remote participation will become availabe in future months.
Our main discussion centred around future developments in Joomla. Chris Davenport, one of the main Joomla developers, has made a major push to create a Web Services API for Joomla. He argues, Joomla really needs this to allow data to be consumed across a wide array of platforms and devices. As an example a native mobile app would benefit from a true API to Joomla rather than the usual hodge podge of techniques that are practically written from scratch each time. He's created a Kickstarter project to raise some funds.
In related news, Joomla have recently made announcement saying the Joomla platform is being renamed a framework. This has apparently been done to allow a faster development of the underlying Joomla codebase, of which the Joomla CMS that is what we all use, is just an application of that codebase. The idea Joomla can be used for other things besides websites.
Our discussions went to the usual problem solving open forum and there were lots of good questions and suggested solutions.
Of note was a Firefox plugin called User Agent Switcher - this allows you to appear to sites as (for example) Googlebot - the search engines directory spider. This can be of particular use to track down malware. Some malware that infects Joomla/PHP sites only reveals itself to Googlebot in an attempt to poison the search results.
Security was a topic revisited and Login Failed Log was mentioned - though this is more for information than prevention. Basic security measure like using a complex password and not using the default username of admin or administrator were critical.
Other items mentioned in passing includes:
- Website Optimisation Seminar (free): www.houseofkaizen.com/conversion-optimisation-seminar-london
- CRM for non-profits: www.civiCRM.org
- New computer/human interface: Leapmotion.com
- Security device using webcam in neat way: demopass.co.uk
- Compare the size (in lines of code) of Joomla, Drupal etc: Ohloh.net
- Joomla sandbox: Molajo - still continuing
- Joomla 1.5 - gets the time wrong in Daylight Saving (summer time): Joomla 1.5 extensions
What is Joomla?
Joomla is one of the top 3 most popular web content management systems on the planet and it currently powers almost 3% of all the world's websites. It is an entirely community-driven project and does not employ any paid staff to work on its development. It is mostly written in PHP and is available for free under the GNU/GPL v2 or later license. You can find out more here: www.joomla.org.
2020Media is a UK Joomla host that offers specialist knowledge of Joomla including web hosting, migrations and troubleshooting. To find out more see: www.2020media.com/joomla
Joomla! User Group London is for anyone of any experience to discuss and promote Joomla! in London. It's free to attend and meets on the third Tuesday of every month.
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.
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 Developer: Acyba
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 Developer: StackIdeas
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 Developer: Fabrikar
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:
- Visual Charts
Submitted by: Bader Ajhar
Submitter's Website: http://www.lamafurnituresy.com/index.php
Extension Developer: JComments
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 Developer: Stackideas
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 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
|Agenda 20 November 2012|
|Written by Sadiq Datoo|
|Agenda for Joomla London User Group meeting
20 November 2012 at UCL (click for directions)
Hope to see you there.
This article is taken from the Joomla Community Magazine and can be read in full here.
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National Olympic Committees
Sports Governing Bodies
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