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Joomla 4: The new Media Manager

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Joomla 4 Media Manager was one of the first features upgraded and incorporated into Joomla 4 at the Alpha stage. Find out what’s improved.

I have a confession. 

Having used Joomla so long, I’ve never really liked nor used the core media manager. You’d have to go in and delete files before you could delete folders, and aside from uploading files, there wasn’t much else it was doing. I installed JCE, and have used the JCE File Browser for the better part of a decade now. It’s better, but still has things that could be improved. I think I even got a question wrong on my Joomla Certified Administrator exam as I answered it based on Joomla 1.5 when I last looked at the core Media Manager!

The Media Manager has evolved

In writing a few articles on Joomla 4’s new features over recent months, the Media Manager certainly piqued my interest, and further inspection for this article shows that the work of the New Media Manager team over recent years will be rewarding users in Joomla 4 in spades.

The core improvements are sure to make users of older versions of the Media Manager users happier, and they go a long way towards delivering an overall solution that I’ll happily switch to when I roll out Joomla 4 when it’s released soon.

Key Features

Here’s a quick tour highlighting several of the new features.

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Teaching Joomla to teens in New Jersey - Covid-19 "Joomla style"

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So what do you do when the state of New Jersey is on quarantine, and 15 teens want to learn web? You teach them Joomla!

I have taught Joomla for years through Joomla Training, virtual training classes, and with Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. More recently, I taught Joomla 100% virtually to our Rutgers staff and administrators so they could continue maintaining their websites, even during the quarantine. But why teach Joomla to teens? The idea first came up at our Forum for the Future conference that I attended in Spain with about 80 other Joomla volunteers. I participated in the team for engagement, and one of our ‘takeaways’ was to work on ‘Educational Outreach’. The Educational Outreach group was officially revitalised in Spring of 2020.

Covid-19 basically put us all in a situation of the perfect storm. Teens were home with no sports, no activities. I was available to put together a curriculum and to teach it for 5 sessions with a total of 12 hours of classroom time. Cloudaccess.net donated free hosting space for the teens to work from. SD Williams assisted as a co-teacher for the class and as a support system to build our initial website and flyers.

Now that we know we want to teach, how should we get the students? I contacted the recreation department of East Brunswick, NJ, where I lived. They were very receptive, especially because I was offering it for free. They contacted the youth council where several teens were already chomping at the bit to build their own website to start their own small businesses, while they were home. We selected Zoom as the platform since the students were already comfortable with it. We created 5 sessions, each session focused on a different aspect of building the website. By the end of the class, the ultimate goal was for the students to feel comfortable to build their own websites.

I taught 3 week day sessions which were 2 hours each, and 2 Saturday sessions which were 3 hours each. The students agreed that the 3 hours sessions were too long, so if we were to teach again, we would be sure to keep all sessions to 2 hours. The first session was to focus on high-level Joomla. In session two, we dove into articles and content. In session three, we focused on menus; session 4 was modules and finally, in session five, we installed a variety of tools and templates to see how everything really worked together. I personally would have liked to have a session six, where we could have spent a little more time ‘fixing’ up the site.

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Joomla 3.9.20 Release

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Joomla 3.9.20 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 6 security vulnerabilities and contains over 25 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.20?

Joomla 3.9.20 includes 6 security vulnerability fixes and addresses several bugs, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority - Core - CSRF in com_installer ajax_install endpoint (affecting Joomla! 3.7.0 through 3.9.19) More information »
  • Moderate Priority - Core - Missing checks can lead to a broken usergroups table record (affecting Joomla! 2.5.0 through 3.9.19) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - CSRF in com_privacy remove-request feature (affecting Joomla! 3.9.0 through 3.9.19) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Variable tampering via user table class (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.9.19) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Escape mod_random_image link (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.9.19) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - System Information screen could expose redis or proxy credentials (affecting Joomla! 3.0.0 through 3.9.19) More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Upload & Update tab of Joomla Update Component: Fix to allow upload of ZIP filetype only #29877
  • Local database server: Allow optional port numbers #29567
  • Beez3 Template: Markup fix for the Tabs layout of com_contact #29636
  • Beez3 Template: Allow custom field editing on frontend #29577
  • Backend cache cleared when purging updates #29603

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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Ready for a new world of possibilities? Joomla 4 Beta 2 is here

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The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Joomla 4.0 Beta 2 release.

We believe we can improve on what is already a great product.

Introducing Joomla 4, a brand new way for people to create and manage their content, developed and sustained by a global community of volunteers. Joomla 4 offers you a platform that is reliable, steady, secure and fully equipped with a wide variety of options to build any website.

We invite you to download, install and test the package to improve quality assurance for the forthcoming 4.0 release and to discover the new features introduced in this major release.

What’s new in Joomla 4.0?

We are genuinely committed to making the next generation of Joomla the best Joomla ever. Joomla 4 will provide simplicity and a better user experience while also being a more robust system for developers.

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Migration from MailChimp to AcyMailing

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Starting with the July meeting announcement we are using AcyMailing for our email newsletter. In our May meeting, AcyMailing Ambassador Joris Stolker walked us through AcyMailing 6.  Our interest in this extension was not just to discuss what it does but also because we were looking at using it for our newsletter.  

Why the Change to AcyMailing?

The first reason is that we like to support and use products that work with Joomla!  The second reason is that we wanted to streamline our communications.  

Getting started with AcyMailing was easy.  The new drop-and-drag editor made it easy to add content and add dynamic Joomla content.  We exported our list from MailChimp, imported into AcyMailing and we were ready to send our first newsletter.

What is AcyMailing?

AcyMailing is an Email and Marketing for Joomla! and Wordpress.  There is link testing, spam testing, click tracking, and marketing conversion. 

How much does AcyMailing Cost?

You can start with AcyMailing for free.  There are 3 paid plans, Essential, Enterprise, and Multisite.

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Joomla 3.9.19 Release

 

Joomla 3.9.19 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 5 security vulnerabilities and contains over 40 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.19?

Joomla 3.9.19 includes 5 security vulnerability fixes and addresses several bugs, including:

Security Issues Fixed

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Fix incomplete utf8mb4 conversion since 3.9.17 #29117
  • Backport jQuery 3.5 security fixes #28948
  • Frontend: Removal of the create/edit menu item buttons #29191
  • Extend the checks to make sure only real user admins can create accounts #28948
  • Mail: Support of dotless domains #28576
  • Codemirror updated to its latest release #28691
  • Improve translation system supporting better pluralization for languages like Welsh #28763

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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Joomla 4.0 is on the horizon… the Beta is here

 

The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Joomla 4.0 Beta release.

We believe we can improve on what is already a great product.

Introducing Joomla 4, a brand new way for people to create and manage their content, developed and sustained by a global community of volunteers. Joomla 4 offers you a platform that is reliable, steady, secure and fully equipped with a wide variety of options to build any website.

We invite you to download, install and test the package to improve quality assurance for the forthcoming 4.0 release and to discover the new features introduced in this major release.

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Joomla 3.10 and the Update Checker

Joomla 4 is getting closer with the Beta version expected for the end of this month, but, at the same time, Joomla's contributors are working hard to develop another important release: Joomla 3.10.

Joomla 3.10 has been announced as the "Bridge version", a release that has several purposes: being the final milestone of the Joomla 3.x series and act as the intermediate version for those websites that will migrate to the 4.x series. The major feature of Joomla 3.10 will be the so-called "Update Checker", a suite of controls and verifications to test the compatibility of the website with the Joomla 4.x series, in order to properly plan and deal with the migration to the new major version of the CMS.

Given the importance of these intermediate steps, in the preparation for the migration to Joomla 4, we decided to ask some questions about Joomla 3.10 to its Release Leader: Tobias Zulauf, a long-term Joomla contributor and developer.

First of all, thanks Tobias for your time answering our questions.

What is the main objective of Joomla 3.10?

The main objective for Joomla 3.10 is that it is the last minor release of 3.x, a dedicated compatibility release and the starting point for any Joomla 3 to Joomla 4 upgrade.

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The Joomla Identity Portal is live!

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After two and a half years of work, the Joomla Project is pleased to announce that the Joomla Identity Portal has been released!

What is the Joomla Identity Portal?

The Joomla Identity Portal is a place where Joomla volunteers, contributors and users can manage their “identities”, meaning their personal data, profiles and consents, held on the official Joomla.org websites.

In the long run, all the Joomla.org websites (Community, Certification, Forum, JRD, JED, etc.) will be connected to the Identity Portal that will serve as the Single Sign-On (SSO) service as announced in this blog post.

The portal allows you to manage your identity, including personal information, picture, contact information and other data. It will also contain all the consents you gave to Joomla, to collect, store and process your personal data.

The Identity Portal will be the sole place where personal information is stored, while the accounts on the other connected websites will contain only anonymised data.

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How COVID-19 Can Create Positive Results for Website Creators

For many companies and roles, COVID-19 has brought unexpected closure and job loss. However, for others, it’s been a way to get creative on how to keep their doors open, including moving to a virtual model of business. 

For others, work has actually increased, such as those that already worked remotely like content writers, online marketers, and developers. Now, website creators, many of whom already work as freelancers from home, see a significant opportunity to do more. Here’s why and how to tap into the growth potential as an in-demand service during COVID-19. 

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Although many businesses already had a presence online through a business website, they may not have updated it or relied on it as much as they need to now. Some even had their website just serve as a placeholder with little content. Those businesses are now scrambling to refresh their websites because it is the only storefront they have during this pandemic. 

As a lifeline to their customer base and target audience, these companies seek website creators that can help them expand their presence through a more engaging design with additional content, an online scheduling system, and additional ways to shop and order. They may need to revamp their website to have a digital storefront.  

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Meet Guest Speaker Joris Stolker, AcyMailing Ambassador

Joris Stolker, an Acyba ambassador, has been building Joomla sites for 10 years.  He is passionate about creating beautiful sites that have the best user experience for him and his clients.  

Joris loves to use extensions, quickly saying he is not a developer, and often offers feedback and suggestions to developers/extension builders.  Nearly 6 years ago, Joris began using Acymailing for himself, and today, he has over 40 sites using Acymailing, from sending one newsletter per year to thousands a week.  

About a year ago, Joris began Acymailing 6, testing the new amazing drag-and-drop feature.  Though the initial experience was frustrating with all of the bugs, in the beginning, he saw the potential.  Joris sent over 400 emails of feedback with over 50 videos of his user experience, helping to create a more stable version of Acymailing 6.

Join us May 13th where Joris will present Getting Started with AcyMailing

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Bugs and Fun @home

The Production Department is pleased to announce Bugs and Fun @home. A weekly online meet up where you can help make Joomla better, share and learn.

We hope you are keeping well and safe where ever you are.

Following on from the success of the first meeting of what is now called Bugs & Fun @Home we are continuing to run the event weekly, every Saturday from 6:00 UTC to 18:00 UTC
We are also looking to extend the hours to allow more regions of the world to take part.

It’s a great opportunity to meet other Joomla users online. Learn how to help make Joomla 4 a reality by translating documents into your language, writing documents that are needed or testing patches with the patch tester. If you have never done any of this before then that’s fine, there are people in the chat rooms who are willing to help and show you how to do all of this.

We have prepared a Google sheet with an:

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Joomla 3.9.18 Release

Joomla 3.9.18 is now available. This is a bugfix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one bug.

What's in 3.9.18?

Joomla 3.9.18 addresses one bug:

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Fixes the single tag view incorrectly showing a 404 page #28746

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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Joomla 3.9.17 Release

Joomla 3.9.17 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three security vulnerabilities and contains over 40 bug fixes and improvements.

Note to users using tags: Please do not update to 3.9.17 and wait for 3.9.18.
More information can be found here

What's in 3.9.17?

Joomla 3.9.17 includes 3 security vulnerability fixes and addresses several bugs, including:

Security Issues Fixed

  • Low Priority - Core - Incorrect access control in com_users access level editing function (affecting Joomla 3.8.8 through 3.9.16) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Missing checks for the root usergroup in usergroup table (affecting Joomla 2.5.0 through 3.9.16) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - Incorrect access control in com_users access level deletion function (affecting Joomla 2.5.0 through 3.9.16)More information »

Bug fixes and Improvements

  • Removal of an unneeded file added to 3.9.16 #28307
  • Multilingual Associations: Fix for the Edit Associations buttons in Menu Items #28339 and in Category #28678
  • PHPMailer upgraded to its latest version #28398
  • 'New' MVC classes depreciation notice for 4.0 instead of 5.0 #28366
  • Facilitate the usage of help system by third parties #13286
  • PostgreSQL: Fix for module loading #28278

Visit GitHub for the full list of bug fixes.

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The April Edition of Joomla Community Magazine

We are living in a weird period, in which we are obliged to practice “social distancing” and we cannot crowd together to meet or get things done. We saw many local and international events cancelled due to the pandemic emergency. And in this period, everyone spends more time to reflect and re-evaluate the importance of many things that we claimed were “normal” for so long.

In this edition of the Community Magazine, we wanted to put people first, remembering that Joomla exists only thanks to “its people” and we wanted to take a moment to appreciate them and their contributions.

This issue will include several interviews with Community Members, from the newly elected (or re-elected) Board members to the “hidden gems”, those volunteers who contribute to Joomla but are not really visible or enough exposed. 

Joomla is entirely run by volunteers and their work is precious to keep the project and all its operations running smoothly.

Together we are stronger and we will succeed! #stayhome and #contributetojoomla 

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Pizza Bugs and Fun, without the Pizza

The Production Department is pleased to announce Pizza Bugs and Fun, without the Pizza.

First of all, we hope you are keeping well and safe where ever you are.

With the unprecedented world lockdown that is upon some of us, it was suggested in the last production meeting that we attempt a mini Pizza Bugs and Fun. 
Without the time to plan an extensive PBF like the one planned in October and funding for such a venture, there will be no Pizza!

No Pizza we hear you cry, how can we program without pizza, it’s true but these are hard times and it would be unwise to do anything that would lead to people going out more than is necessary, but we can still squash bugs and have fun.
It will also give us something to get involved in, something that has a positive effect on our community.

So with this in mind, we would like to announce a Mini PBF without the P.

It is aimed at those who have already done a PBF as there is little time to organise the training. And unlike a normal PBF such as the one we will be doing in October 2020, we will not be meeting in groups. We will be doing everything remotely.

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JoomlaDay Chicago April 2020 Update

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Keynote Speaker, Brian Mitchell   We are honored to have President-Elect Brian Mitchellas this year's keynote speaker. Brian is the founder and president of interGen web solutions in Milwaukee, WI. Brian is responsible for business operations, strategic direction, business development and everything in between. He has been a Joomla! volun...
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Joomla mobilizes for its community

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While we have been in an unprecedented situation that is changing our way of life for several days, we would like to assure you of the support of the whole Joomla Project throughout this period.

The confinement weeks in a large part of the world. We should more than ever maintain and consolidate our links with our loved ones so that this isolation does not make us forget what unites us and makes us a community. In a few words: talk to each other, exchange and continue to share.

The Joomla community is adapting to the pandemic and if many events have been postponed, some will be held online! Our Social Media Team promotes these events as soon as they are informed. If you are organizing a webinar or an online session, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can spread this information to the entire community.

During this confinement period, you can also take the time to discover and rediscover Joomla projects or give a hand to our current projects. Here are some suggestions below:

Learn Joomla

To start with our favorite CMS, you have many possibilities.

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Joomla partners with Report URI for real time Application Security and Health Monitoring

Joomla, one of the world’s most popular Content Management Systems (CMS), announced today its partnership with Report URI, the Application Security and Health Monitoring leader.

Report URI and Joomla are pleased to announce a new partnership where Joomla will be using the industry leading solution to continuously monitor the multitude of joomla.org websites, analyze the results and improve security for website visitors. For Report URI this partnership means helping build a more secure open internet by serving one of the world’s most prominent open source organizations and further helping to enhance the security of open source projects.

Joomla’s HTTP Security Headers journey for the joomla.org network of sites started back in March 2018 and since then we have constantly improved that to now set most of the available headers which result in an A grade on SecurityHeaders.com for joomla.org. A key part of a successful implementation is a reporting endpoint and back in 2018 we built our own solution, but over the time we realized that this solution does not scale and there are so many invalid reports that have to be ignored – so we disabled the reporting endpoint after the successful implementation and an initial test run. Today we are really excited to start enabling reporting via the Report URI service across our sites and fill that gap so we can constantly monitor and collect not just the Content Security Policy reports, but also all sorts of other reports in one central place.

Says Tobias Zulauf, Security Member Joomla CMS and Websites.


Scott Helme, Founder of Report URI, also shared his excitement:

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Github Sponsored Organization Program: support Joomla!

Ever wished you could support the developers who devote themselves to making Joomla one of the leading Open Source CMS? Now you can! Joomla has joined the GitHub Sponsored Organization Program. GitHub has launched GitHub Sponsors, a way to give financial support to Open Source contributors on all kinds of projects. Joomla is one of those projects. ...
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