The December Issue

The JCM Team is proud to present you the December Issue of the Joomla! Community Magazine.

This month’s edition features:

An article from Philip Walton about the recent Joomla market share trends. Nicholas Dionysopoulos explained how to upgrade to PHP 8.x. Marc Dechèvre shared a case study on a multilingual website with multiple domains. Daniel Dubois published the third episode on how to use Joomla for business. Philip Walton wrote an article on the Search system. Hans van der Meer published a piece on the challenges of Joomla's social media managers. Philip Walton published an article on Playbooks and other powerful features of Mattermost. Anja de Crom wrote an article on how to act when you disagree with a JCM article. Hans van der Meer interviewed the Forum Team as part of the Meet a Team series. Abu Huraira published an article on Quix, as part of the Page Builders series. Louise Hawkins wrote an article on Google Analytics reports and custom events. Anja de Crom shared the marketing initiative to collect festive wishes from Joomlers. The Editors of the JCM shared the highlights of the magazine for 2022.

This release wouldn't have been possible without the work of the Community Magazine Team, all the authors and all the people who allowed us to interview them.

On behalf of the JCM Team, we also would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the birthday of our Team Lead and Co-Editor Anja de Crom! Happy birthday!

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Joomla Community Magazine highlights of 2022

As 2022 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on what happened in the Joomla Community Magazine in the past twelve months. Team members Luca Marzo, Anja de Crom, Hans van der Meer and Phil Walton look back on the past year and forward to the next.

If you could pick just one favorite article from 2022, what would it be?

Luca: My favorite article is not just one, but a series: Joomla Performance Tuning series by Nicholas Dionysopoulos. He wrote five episodes on how to get the most performance out of a Joomla 4 website. 

Anja: definitely 17 Joomlers share 17 Joomla 4 websites. For this one we asked Joomlers to share the Joomla 4 sites they’re most proud of, and this resulted in an article that shows a very broad spectrum of Joomla websites. This article was so much fun to put together!

Hans: as an author I definitely have to say the interview with Julian White. We had a nice mail conversation back and forth and he had a lot to share in this interview.

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Send Joomla your holiday wishes!

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This time of the year means holiday season in the Joomniverse! Whatever holiday you’re celebrating, we’d love it if you share the holiday happiness with us, your fellow Joomlers from around the corner or the other side of the globe. Check out how you can do this in a few simple steps (yes, we love tutorials at the JCM)!

Step 1

Put on your nicest clothes.

Step 2

Download Joomla’s special holiday PDF here: https://community.joomla.org/blogs/community/happy-holidays-2022.html

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Joomla 4.3 Alpha 1 - Your first change to test

What is this release for?

There are two main goals for Alpha releases:

  • Providing developers with the basis to test their extensions and reporting any issues well before the final release
  • Allowing users to discover the new features introduced to Joomla 4.3

For a complete list of known backward compatibility issues for version 4.3, please see Potential backward compatibility issues in Joomla 4on the documentation site.

What is this release NOT for?

This alpha version of Joomla 4.3 is not suitable for production sites. It is for testing only.

Where to get it?

Download Joomla 4.3.0 Alpha 1

To always use the latest build of Joomla 4, we invite you to use the nightly build packages (updated every night).

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The November Issue

The JCM Team is proud to present you the November Issue of the Joomla! Community Magazine.

This month’s edition features:

An interview to Joomla extensions developers about their J4 experience by Hans van der Meer. Hans interviewed the Joomla Experience Team as part of the Meet a Team series. The second episode of the Using Joomla in your Business series by Daniel Dubois. An interview to Andrew Barber as part of the Meet a Joomler series by Hans van der Meer. Anja de Crom interviewed Daniel Dubois regarding his TemplateJoomla project. Angie Radtke explained How the Accessibility Team works. SD Williams presented the ways to contribute to Joomla 4.3 release.  Michael Russell wrote an article about PHP 7 approaching its End Of Life. Louise Hawkins wrote an article about Google Analytics 4 Events. Philip Walton introduced the move from RingCentral to Mattermost for the Joomla community communication. Peter Martin explained how his Joomla 4 website got hacked. Crystal Dionysopoulos shared a follow up of the Joomla Out of the Box challenge. Philip Walton explained how to contribute to Joomla through Documentation.

This release wouldn't have been possible without the work of the Community Magazine Team, all the authors and all the people who allowed us to interview them.

Thanks to all those who participated.

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GA4 Events and More!

Last month we looked into the setup of GA4; this article will do a quick recap on the way GA4 collects data and a deep dive into GA4 events.

How GA4 Data Differs From UA Data

Described by Google as the future of measurement, GA4 collects website and app data to understand the customer journey better and predict user behaviour. GA4 uses different logic in terms of data collection and structure.

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TemplateJoomla: your resource for Joomla 4 templates

When you ask people why they haven’t migrated their Joomla 3 site to Joomla 4 yet, often the answer is that they’re hesitant because they haven’t found a template to replace their J3 one.

If you don’t want to dive into Joomla’s core template Cassiopeia and are looking for a beautiful template for your Joomla 4 website, TemplateJoomla makes it very easy for you. JCM interviews Daniel Dubois, the creator behind it.

Before we start talking about TemplateJoomla, could you tell us a little about yourself? 

Hello everyone. I’m Daniel, a French webmaster based in Brittany (France) and working exclusively with Joomla since 2014, when I created my business as site builder. 

My Joomla profiles are here: 

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Meet the Team: Joomla Experience Team

While our beloved Joomla CMS is of high quality there are always things to improve. This can be because of changes in how the internet looks at things or just that something works better another way. The Joomla Experience Team is working on this. But I will let them explain it much better than I can in the following team interview.

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The October Issue

The JCM Team is proud to present you the October Issue of the Joomla! Community Magazine.

This month’s edition features:

  • an article about the Joomla 4.2 Multi-Factor Authentication by Philip Walton
  • an article presenting features of Joomla 4.2: Keyboard shortcuts, User-defined columns by Philip Walton.
  • a tutorial on how to add PDF files to your articles by Anja de Crom.
  • a tutorial on how to create a reading progress bar for your articles by Michael Russell.
  • a tutorial on how to migrate to Google Analytics 4 from Philip Walton and Louise Hawkins.
  • an article presenting the testing tools used by Joomla written by Hannes Papenberg.
  • a recap about the recent JoomlaDay DACH from Florian Bauer.
  • an article about the importance to logout from a website by Michael Russell.
  • the plan of quarterly goals for the Production Department by Philip Walton.
  • the first article of a series on how to use Joomla for your Business by Daniel Dubois.
  • an interview to Stefanie Thielmann by Hans van der Meer, as part of the Meet a Joomler series.

This release wouldn't have been possible without the work of the Community Magazine Team, all the authors and all the people who allowed us to interview them.

Thanks to all those who participated.

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Explore the Core: Easily embed PDFs in your Joomla content

You probably know how to place images, maybe even videos in your Joomla articles. But did you know you can add PDFs that your visitors can read without having to open or download them first? It's super easy! And the good part: you don't even have to install an extension to do it. The functionality is built right into the Joomla 4 core. Here's how you do it.

Your first step is to create an article, or open the article that will have the PDF in it. Determine where you want it to show and put your cursor there.

In the editor (I use the built-in editor, TinyMCE), on the left above the content area, there's a nice button called CMS Content. If you click it, you see a list of things you can add. Pick Media.

The Media pop-up opens. Click the Upload button in the top left corner to upload a file from your computer.

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