Joomla 4.3 Alpha 1 - Your first change to test

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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 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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How you can help Joomla 4.3 forward

How you can help Joomla 4.3 forward

Here in the United States, the month of November brings with it thoughts of thankfulness and a spirit of giving. With that in mind, Olivier Buisard and I wanted to share a word of thanks.

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GA4 Events and More!

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

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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Document Buddies - making Joomla better without writing a line of code

Document Buddies - making Joomla better without writing a line of code

Many things are attributed to Albert Einstein which probably never left his mouth, but one that seems to stick is:

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

When this is applied to explaining new ideas to people, the new feature you want to get into the Joomla core, simplicity is often a good place to start.

But simplicity is a tough thing to achieve. When looking at great design, code, and inventions, there will be a graveyard of discarded ideas, lines and prototypes on which it is built.

There is a huge amount of craft that takes the fledgling idea and transforms it from a crude idea into a well thought out finished feature.
Once you have honed that new must-have idea, next is the problem of testing, writing it up and describing the use cases.

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Meet the Team: Joomla Experience Team

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 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

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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But I really do need Google Analytics 4, show me how to add it.

But I really do need Google Analytics 4, show me how to add it.

In my previous article: “As Googles Universal Analytics comes to a close, what alternatives if any do you need?” we explored Google Analytics' origin story. Took a look at whether Analytics is even right for all sites, and the impact just adding Analytics defacto can have.

And we touched on one of the alternatives out there.

Join me now in a deep dive into the setup of GA4

So reading the last article didn't persuade you otherwise? Then https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/ is the place for you to start the dive into GA4.

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Google Summer of Code 2022: Joomla did it for the 14th time!

Google Summer of Code 2022: Joomla did it for the 14th time!

Joomla did it for the 14th time! We are proud to announce that our application as a mentoring organisation for the 2022 Google Summer of Code™ program (GSoC) has been accepted with our individual entry here!

With a lot of things changed for this year's Google Summer of Code, Joomla is excited to welcome a bigger audience than ever before. This year, contributors are not confined to college students, the eligibility criteria have been opened right up.

We have also been onboarding External Mentors for the first time ever. Joomla can learn from their different skills and mindset, their perspective from outside the organisation.

Joomla would like to thank all our mentors who have pledged to give their time and expertise to help make this GSoC the best ever.

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Meet the Joomla User Groups Team

Meet the Joomla User Groups Team

Did you ever feel like you’re the only Joomla user in the village, and wish you could meet Joomlers in your neighborhood? You might join a Joomla User Group, and if there isn’t one where you live, create one. Joomla has people who can help you find, run or create a Joomla User Group. They’re called - you could have guessed it - the Joomla User Groups Team, and they’re here for you. This month the JCM has the pleasure to meet four of them!

What is the team’s main goal?

Todd Woodward: We want to encourage and support existing Joomla User Groups, and foster the creation of new JUGs.  

Ahmad Moussa: We want to encourage and support all existing and new local Joomla User Groups that are being organized by the community to meet Joomla users in real life to share Joomla knowledge. We are also planning to create and support a new directory for online Joomla Users Groups which can help Joomlers to meet online from anywhere and anytime without any constraints as many organizers and Joomlers couldn’t attend face to face or in-person meetings due to Covid-19 pandemic.

What is your place in Joomla’s ecosphere?

Todd: I can't speak for the rest of the team, but the JUGs are the grassroots. They are where people can meetup, learn from others about Joomla, and brainstorm possible ways to create Joomla sites. We want to foster that active participation and, hopefully, make members of these JUGs future team members and project volunteers.

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Joomla! is the Best Free CMS and Best Open Source CMS by 2021 CMS Critic Awards

While Joomla has made it a habit to win one of the key CMS Critic awards in years gone by, this year, we’ve doubled up and won two awards!

In December 2021, everyone was invited to nominate their favourite platform across a set of categories, with the top three nominees being selected and featured for general voting.

On March 29th 2022, CMS Critic announced that Joomla! won Best Free CMS and Best Open Source CMS.

Here is what the CMS Critic People’s Choice Awards had to say about Joomla winning the awards:

‘Best Free CMS: Joomla’

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Joomla 4.1.2 and 3.10.8 Release

Joomla 4.1.2 & 3.10.8 is now available. This is a security release for both the 4.x and the 3.x series of Joomla which address a few security vulnerabilities and contains various bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 4.1.2?

Joomla 4.1.2 includes all security patches from 4.1.1 except 20220303 that has been reverted due to implementation issues.

Security Issues Fixed with 4.1.1

[20220301] Low Severity - Moderate Impact - Zip Slip within the Tar extractor (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220302] Low Severity - Low Impact - Path Disclosure within filesystem error messages (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220305] Low Severity - High Impact - Inadequate filtering on the selected Ids (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220306] Low Severity - Low Impact - Inadequate validation of internal URLs  (affecting Joomla! 2.5.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220307] Low Severity - Moderate Impact - Variable Tampering on JInput $_REQUEST data (affecting Joomla! 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220308] Low Severity - Moderate Impact - Inadequate content filtering within the filter code  (affecting Joomla! 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220309] Low Severity - Moderate Impact - XSS attack vector through SVG (affecting Joomla! 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information

Bug fixes and Improvements

Fix language strings behaviour in TinyMCE Fix switch for syntax highlighting in TinyMCE Show failed tasks in scheduler Correct usage of Jooa11y parameters Codemirror enhancements Several 8.x PHP fixes

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

What’s in 3.10.8?

Joomla 3.10.8 includes all security patches from 3.10.7 except 20220303 that has been reverted due to implementation issues:

Security Issues Fixed with 3.10.7

[20220301] Low Severity - Moderate Impact - Zip Slip within the Tar extractor (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220302] Low Severity - Low Impact - Path Disclosure within filesystem error messages (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220304] Low Severity - Moderate Impact - Missing input validation within com_fields class inputs (affecting Joomla! 3.7.0 through 3.10.6) More information [20220305] Low Severity - High Impact - Inadequate filtering on the selected Ids (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information [20220306] Low Severity - Low Impact - Inadequate validation of internal URLs  (affecting Joomla! 2.5.0 through 3.10.6 & 4.0.0 through 4.1.0) More information

Bug fixes and Improvements with 3.10.7

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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The March Issue

The March Issue

March

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

This month’s edition features:

Nicholas Dionysopoulos published the 4th part of the Joomla 4 Performance series: Site Building Calisthenics. An article about the new Accessibility Add-ons included in Joomla 4.1 by Viviana Menzel A presentation fo the brand new Joomla! Task Scheduler added to Joomla 4.1 by Brendan Hedges A double interview with Benjamin Trenkle and Harald Leither, recently elected as Department Coordinators. An article about Balbooa Gridbox as part of the Page Builder series, by Kuba Jurkiewicz. Anja de Crom interviewed the Joomla Documentation Team as part of the Meet a Team series. Søren Beck Jensen interviewed Roland Dalmulder as part of the Meet a Joomler series. Marc Dechèvre published an article on Customizing Joomla 4's Smart Search Results Pages. Søren Beck Jensen interviewed some members of the Joomla Forum Team. Astrid Günther shared a piece about the meaning of being part of a global community. Philip Walton wrote a Call for Volunteers to repopulate the Social Media Team.
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What does it mean for me to be part of a global community, specifically the Joomla community?

What does it mean for me to be part of a global community, specifically the Joomla community?

I recently had an interesting conversation with my daughter. She couldn't believe I grew up in a house without a telephone. We got a phone when I was 13 years old. But the reason for getting it was primarily to keep in touch with my grandma. Just calling a friend was expensive at that time. Who you spent your free time with was determined by who lived nearby. Today, I enjoy not limiting my activities primarily to people in my local area. On the Internet, I can easily communicate with people who share my interests.

The question here is what it means to be part of a global community. It's hard for me to draw the line between when you are part of a community. Just like in any group, there are subgroups and different opinions. Who belongs to the community and who does not? Which is the right opinion? Since the initial question currently engaged me I felt targeted and so this text came about.

Working together with like-minded people

Active in the Joomla community, I was able to have a very interesting experience. I was a mentor in a Google Summer of Code project. The Indian student who worked on our team was the same age as my daughter. When it comes to your own family, you are often biased. Working with the student gave me a distancing insight into the world of someone just starting out in their professional life. I also became aware of the similarities between student life in Germany and India, and what is different in the other country. On the day when my biggest concern was to fix my daughter's favorite jeans properly, our student complained that his parents went to their country house a few days earlier than him and he was going to be alone in the city and had to cook his own food. As an aside, we didn't just work on the actual issue. We also discussed questions like "Someone asked me if I would like to work for them. I would like to earn money. But I'm not sure if I can finish my studies well in this case." Of course, such questions must be discussed primarily with parents and friends. But an opinion from more experienced people in the same field from another country is undoubtedly a valuable enrichment if you want to work internationally. And to get this opinion, participation in an international open source project is an ideal starting point.

Members appear and disappear

In the Joomla community there are many local groups: the Joomla User Groups or JUG's. Getting to know like minded people nearby is possible in many areas. I like this.
But: you never get to know other community members in person. I often wonder what happened to Joomers who were active for a while and then suddenly stopped. I was often surprised about my feelings when I heard stories of others I never knew personally. Also in conversations with other open source contributors I have noticed that one develops a relationship with people with whom one communicates only virtually. I wouldn't have thought that was possible 20 years ago. Last year, an active participant in a local Joomla forum suddenly stopped posting. I looked at her recent posts because I suspected a disagreement/conflict. Another user investigated further and found a death notice. As he published it, other posts made it clear that a large number of forum participants were very affected/concerned, even though they didn't know each other personally.

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Page Builders for Joomla - Balbooa Gridbox

Page Builders for Joomla - Balbooa Gridbox

In Joomla, you can create all kinds of pages by using the built-in menus and modules, and the template for the layout. But what if you want a little more flexibility? What if you want different layouts for different pages, and you don’t have the technical skills to dive into overrides, HTML and CSS? In that case a Page Builder can help you do the trick.

With a Page Builder, you don’t need much technical knowledge to create a beautiful design. Gridbox is one of the Page Builders available for Joomla.

Using one of the many Page Builders available for Joomla can help a lot in the process of building web pages. The main idea for it is to have everything you need most in one tool. There are some differences between them, for example the number of pre-installed extensions/apps, the way we set them up, or just the way of working with it.

Today I will tell you about the Gridbox Page Builder from Balbooa.

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A peek inside the Joomla Forum

A peek inside the Joomla Forum

February-Forum

I reached out to Olaf Offick, the Joomla Forum team lead, to get a look under the hood and hear how the team ensures that the Joomla forum remains current and relevant.

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Our thoughts and support to our community

Joomla is a multilingual, multinational, Content Management System, made entirely by volunteers.

Our CMS is for all to spread their own message.
We are always in favour of free speech and peace amongst nations.
Recent events have affected many volunteers involved in the Joomla project.
Community members are caught up in the events unfolding and affected by the fast moving situation.
Many are regular contributors to the project and to them we offer our thoughts and support.

Details Written by Philip Walton

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What will Joomla 4.2 bring in August 2022?

What will Joomla 4.2 bring in August 2022?

As we celebrate the launch of Joomla 4.1.0 and enjoy the new features and functionality that it has brought to Joomla there are a few who have been working away on the next iteration of this rejuvenated CMS.

Franciska Perisa and Roland Dalmulder are the release leads for the Joomla 4.2 series.

They have been working hard to get up to speed with how to do a Joomla release. Over the last few months, they have shadowed Benjamin and Tobias through the process and joined on release days at the moment the big red launch button is pushed.

Now that Joomla 4.1.0, with all its great new features, has made its way into the world, it is time to start looking at Joomla 4.2.0 and what that could bring us.

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