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APR
18

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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MAR
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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
04
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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 mob...
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JAN
30

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 fix...
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JAN
30

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 th...
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JAN
10
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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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JAN
09
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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
23

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
13
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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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DEC
12
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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
15
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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
31

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
04
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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
17
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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
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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
07
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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
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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
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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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OCT
25
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SC4Me and ContentBuilder


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 exte...
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OCT
20
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Farewell to our Joomla! Student Web Developer

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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 C...
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SEP
08

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 s...
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AUG
04
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Joomla! 3.6.2 Released

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The Joomla! Project and the Production Leadership Team are proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.6.2.
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JUN
14
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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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APR
25
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"USA Web Development Market and Careers" Interactive Map from TemplateMonster - MonsterPost

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​This infographic has some interesting information about the web design and development industry. A couple of things that jumped out at me where the fact that females is still low at 12% and favorite CMS, Joomla!, is one of the most popular platforms. What jumps out at you?
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APR
20
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NoNumber is now Regular Labs

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A long time favorite extension builder, NoNumber, has changed its name. If you are unfamiliar with NoNumber, now Regular Labs, now is a great time to get to know them. I use many of the extensions such as Modals and Sliders when creating Joomla! sites. They have both free and paid versions. For those already familiar, it may take a minute to get used to the new name. Take a look at the blog post link and read all about it.
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APR
18

Joomla Template Class

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Having trouble finding a template to meet your needs? Just prefer creating your own design? This hands-on training class will give you the basics to get you started building your own Joomla! Template.   This class is led by instructor Alonzo Turner of Subtext Productions , a Chicago-based company specializing in custom design and programming for Joomla! CMS System. ​T...
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APR
18

Mautic: Open Source Marketing Automation

On Wednesday, April 13th at Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN) welcomed guest speaker, Jeff Seevers. He drove in from Ohio to speak to the group regarding Mautic , the only open source marketing automation solution. The response from the group was tremendous. We talked about using Mautic to help reach your marketing goals. The group was actively engaged discussion dif...
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APR
02

An Imperfect Girl Who Codes


I will start by saying that this blog is going to be a bit different. You might have already guessed that by the title.  The other day I watched a TED Talk by Girls Who Code Founder & CEO Reshma Saujani . If you are unfamiliar with TED Talk, it is a non-profit organization that spreads worthy ideas. While I find something to take away from many of the talks, this ...
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FEB
13
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It looks l...

It looks like the RocketTheme design team and I have the same taste in images. Check out their new Joomla template Galatea at rockettheme.com. Did you spot the image?
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JAN
15
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Favorite Form Builder Gets an Upgrade

​I build a LOT of forms and one of my favorite extensions to use is RSFormsPro! from RSJoomla . With all of its integration points, layouts, field types, and ability to add custom overrides, I end up using it, well...a lot. They've just released version 1.51.2 , which is their best to-date. This release increases the number of responsive layouts - perfect for responsive - ...
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JAN
13
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Joomla 3.5

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If you've been following the Joomla! roadmap you may have seen that the next major release, Joomla 3.5, is coming soon.  The January session of Joomla! User Group Chicago North (JUGCN) will take a look at what is planned.  It will also be an opportunity to discuss any questions using Joomla.   Have questions about JUGCN or Joomla?  We meet the second We...
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NOV
11
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SEO for 2016

Today, I'm excited to have Avery Cohen from Mertrist Partners at this month's Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN)meeting.  Each year Avery comes and shares his insights on the upcoming year's SEO trends.  I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say, his topic is  The Evolution of Search: Find Your Tribe .   The JUGCN group meets at Durty ...
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JAN
12
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New Year, New Joomla! Site - Migrating to Joomla! 3.x

New Year, New Joomla! Site - Migrating to Joomla! 3.x

The saying is New Year, New You.  What about New Year, New Joomla! Site?  Dec 31st not only marked the end of 2014 but also marked the end of support for Joomla! 2.5. For those keeping up with updates, there was a reminder in the administrator panel so you would not forget. While unpleasant flashbacks of the experience migrating from 1.5 to 2.5 gripped some. Others were in denial and disbelieve that a migration is needed.  I, however, looked at it with cautious optimism.  While my experience from 1.5 to 2.5 was far from a piece of cake, I’d been following the development and thought perhaps things would be different for the migration to 3.x and you know what?  I was right.  

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AUG
28
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Web Periodic Table

The geek in me thought this was pretty cool!

 

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AUG
13
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I Can't Wait for JoomlaDay Chicago 2015

I Can't Wait for JoomlaDay Chicago 2015

This year, I had the privilege of working with the volunteers for the JoomlaDay Chicago event held August 9th at the Microsoft Technology Center in the AON Center building in downtown Chicago.  It was also my first time attending.  Going into the event I didn’t know what to expect and I have to admit I was a little awestruck.  I have been using Joomla for many years and a lot of the speakers and guests were names I’ve seen over and over on whitepapers, articles, extensions, etc.  To see them in-person was a little surreal.  

 
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JUL
17
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JoomlaDay Chicago Aug 9th

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If you want to know why Joomla! is a favorite Content Management System (CMS) attend JoomlaDay Chicago hosted at the Microsoft Technology Center, located in the Aon Building at the north end of Grant Park in downtown Chicago.  JoomlaDay Chicago is Saturday, August 9th, a full day of Joomla! discussion, panels and presentations from top Joomla experts and community leaders.  

It is a great why to get acquainted with what Joomla! can do and meet a great bunch of people, local and beyond.  This event is brought together by a group of passionate volunteers and brings together all levels from newbies to experts.  

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JUL
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Joomla! is the only non-corporate backed community driven CMS

Joomla! is the only non-corporate backed community driven CMS
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Fun Fact Friday - Joomla! is the only non-corporate backed community driven CMS

Yup, it’s true!  Joomla! is the only non-corporate backed community driven content management system (CMS).  This and other fun facts about the popular CMS were shared at this month’s JoomlaChicago North User Group meeting held at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, IL on Wednesday, July 9th.  This group of Joomla! enthusiasts, newbies, users, and experts meets on the second Wednesday of each month to share and connect with all things in and around Joomla!  The topics vary by month and are listed on the JoomlaChicago website.  Sign-up is available to join the nearly 600 subscribers who receive meeting information not only for the JoomlaChicago North group but the sister group in the Loop as well in the email newsletter.  If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them, as I have recently undertaken the privilege of coordinating the monthly meetings for the JoomlaChicago North User Group, with lunch generously sponsored by Aluent Group.

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APR
29
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What's Your "web" Story?

What's Your "web" Story?

Today, there is no shortage of ways to create a website, it's almost like getting fries with your sandwich at your favorite restaurant it just comes on the plate. Everywhere you look there is a free website attached. The problem with that is, what you do with it once you get it. A client said to me once that they built their own site but was stuck on the content.  Looking around the web I've seen where a site is made up of several social media widgets with very little original content.  

It's like the site owner knew they needed a web presence but didn't know what to do with it or underestimated the time it takes to maintain it.  Having a web presence is great but having a good web presence is even better.  

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NOV
04
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Oddly Named Tool for Combined Activity Stream

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