Welcome 2021!

Hey JUGCNers!

I hope that this year, the new year has started out well for you.  Things are revving up on JUGCN and you can help set the direction for the year. Joomla core, extensions, SEO, marketing, agency help, etc.

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April 23rd and 24th

Details in the works for JoomlaDay USA
a virtual conference

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JCM The December Issue is LIVE

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

Featured this month, the brand new WebAuthn passwordless login method of Joomla 4.

In this issue, you will find a variety of articles coming from several teams of the project: Joomla and your consents, to know more in-depth the Joomla Identity Portal, the new "Proposal Process", explaining how to submit a Request for Comments for new features and proposal to the CMS.

Our featured author, Anja de Crom, wrote an article to provide further details about Joomla as a CVE Number Authority and continued the series about the common mistakes about Joomla Extensions. Anja interviewed Viviana Menzel as part of the series Meet a Joomler.

Andrea Gentil interviewed Soren Beck Jensen and Victor Drover, as part of the series "Getting Extensions / Services ready for Joomla 4".

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2020 Year in Review

The end of 2020 is here. Looking back at JUGCN, we’ve covered some great topics, hosted fantastic guest speakers, and are looking forward to 2021.

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Joomla and your consents

You may have recently received an email from Joomla asking you to renew your consent to the processing of your personal data. In certain times during the year, or when new privacy laws go into effect, consent renewal emails seem to flood all of our inboxes. Why do you need to renew your consent? Why is consent so important to privacy?

In this article, we will discuss the principle of consent under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), explain how Joomla obtains your consent, and provide you with tips on how you can obtain consent for the processing of personal data. 

    GDPR protects the personal data of residents of the European Union by imposing restrictions on how personal data can be collected, requiring certain websites to have a Privacy Policy, and providing privacy rights to individuals. GDPR is a relatively unique privacy law in that it prohibits the collection and use of personal data unless an exemption, otherwise called a legal basis, applies. One of these exceptions occurs when the data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes. Therefore, obtaining proper consent is crucial to the ability to collect and process personal data under GDPR.

According to Recital 32 of GDPR,  for consent to be valid, it must be given by “a clear affirmative act establishing a freely given, specific, informed, and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s agreement to the processing of his or her personal data, such as by a written statement, including by electronic means, or by an oral statement.” In order to be proper under GDPR, consent must meet the following criteria: 

  • The individual must have a real choice as to whether or not to allow the processing of their personal data; 
  • Consent must be granular, meaning that the purposes for which personal data will be processed must be specific; 
  • The individual must know what they are consenting to, meaning that you must have a Privacy Policy that makes specific disclosures; and 
  • Consent must be based on unambiguous indications of the wishes of the individual, meaning that the individual must take a clear action to consent. This essentially invalidates the use of pre-checked boxes or the assumption of consent if the user continues to use your website. 

It is clear that consent is extremely important under GDPR if you want to process the personal data of residents of the European Union.

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JoomlaShack Conference Dec 9th and 10th

The last meeting of the year has been canceled.

Instead, I encourage you to attend the JoomlaShack Conference happening online (of course) on Dec 9th and 10th.  There are 2 days of talks. The first day starts at 9 AM Central European Time and the second day starts at 9 AM Eastern Standard Time.  

The JoomlaShack Conference site has all the details, links to sign up, and links to check when the session(s) are running in your timezone.  The talks are free but do require sign-up.  

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The November Issue is LIVE

The JCM Team is proud to publish the November Issue of the Joomla Community Magazine.

Featured this month, the Joomla 3.10 Status & Release Strategy from Tobias Zulauf.

Once again, Anja de Crom is the top Author of the Month with several interesting pieces.

This month the Team interviewed 2 leaders: Wilco Alsemgeest and Justine Ayebale Abunyanga and we met a Joomler: Russell Winter.

Crystal Dyonisopoulou explained 10 reasons why Joomla is the ideal CMS for Non-profits.

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Joomla 4 Beta 5 and Joomla 3.10 Alpha 3 are here: test them now!

Once again the Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Joomla 4.0 Beta 5 release, and Joomla 3.10 Alpha 3.

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.

Do you want to try Joomla 4.0 Beta without migrating one of your sites? Test it directly at launch.joomla.org

What is the difference between Beta 4 and Beta 5?

Joomla 4 Beta 5 contains:

  • Renames “Control Panel” to “Home Dashboard”
  • Fixes an error in Joomla 3 style plugins when their event contained an argument called $event
  • Various doc-block updates
  • Over 200 bugs squashed thanks to our PBF Contributors!

We invite you to test this version and will be very grateful to receive all feedback you can provide, in addition to reporting issues and bugs in the Joomla CMS Issue Tracker.

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Joomla 15 years later - Founders' memories: Brian Teeman

The Joomla! Project was founded on August 2005 and some people in the Community might have joined a few years later, not knowing which were the emotions felt or the challenges that were faced by the founders of the project. After 15 years and countless releases of Joomla, we're happy to take a moment to collect the memories of those people who started this Project and founded our amazing Community.

In this edition of the Joomla Community Magazine, we had the chance to ask a couple of questions to Brian Teeman, one of the foundersof Joomla.

Our aim is to include memories from other founders as soon as they come in, in the next editions of the JCM.

A month ago we were celebrating the 15th birthday of Joomla. You were there on August 17, 2005. What do you remember about that day?

It is strange but it both feels like yesterday and a very long time ago. That day was the culmination of a very intense few weeks. The team was split between Australia, Europe and the USA so I was kind of in the middle and acted as a conduit keeping everyone up to date. I slept in my office for quite a few nights as I had fast internet and free international phone calls. You have to remember that at this time most of us were still using dialup, ADSL was only about 1mb and a mobile phone was just for making calls.

It was a very stressful time for us as we were operating on little sleep and trying to do something no one had done before. Even 15 years later Joomla is one of just a handful of successful open source project forks. Because of the threat/promise of legal action against some of us we were advised that we couldn’t talk about anything outside of our small group. That was incredibly difficult as obviously there were a large number of people, both users and media, who were in constant contact wanting to know what was going on and we couldn’t say anything.

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10 Reasons why Joomla is the ideal CMS for web agencies

As a web agency, you may be looking for the CMS that fits your clients’ needs best, so you can create professional, powerful, secure, mobile-friendly and easy-to-maintain websites for them. Look no further: Joomla, time and time awarded as “best free CMS”, has it all. It’s versatile, flexible, easy to use, secure, and suitable for countless types of websites. And on top of all that it’s completely free. We give you ten reasons why you should try it today!

Easy to install

Some hosting providers have a one-click install from your hosting manager. That is fast and easy, but if your hosting provider doesn’t have that or you want to install it yourself, you simply download and unpack it, upload it to your server and follow the steps. It takes minutes to set up. Once it’s installed, you’re ready to start creating your client’s website.

Works out of the box

Joomla has all the features needed for most websites, built into the core. Combine articles with tags and custom fields and you have a whole world of possibilities, without having to install a single extension. Native features also include great SEO options, managing user access, multilanguage and using modules for showing content everywhere you want it. If the template you use is not too large (not packed with all kinds of extras), you’ll find the website loads really fast once you have it up and running.

Tweak it to your liking

Within Joomla, you have a lot of different ways to show article content. Features you need to install plugins for in other CMS are already present in the Joomla core, right from the beginning.

If you need to show information in a different way, you can create overrides for category blog pages, article views or content modules and change your article views into directories, a product catalogue or even a slideshow or gallery. Joomla has a lot of documentation on how to create overrides.

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The Day After Joomla 4.0 - Planning the Future


With Joomla 4.0 beta being released a few weeks ago, we enter into a phase of stabilization. Joomla! 4.0 is feature complete, that means, no new features are going to be added to Joomla 4.0. The focus is on fixing the last bugs to get Joomla! 4.0 out as soon as possible.

But what will happen until the release and afterwards? Obviously we don’t want to stop new feature development, which is why we would like to refine our development strategy for upcoming versions. Whenever we start the work on a new minor version, we plan to define the subsequent two minor releases This results in a more reliable release cycle and a more consistent road map.

Development strategy

In general, our development strategy stays the same. As we have strived for in the past, we want to release a new minor version every 6 months. For example, 4.1 should then be released 6 months after 4.0 and Joomla 4.2 another 6 months after. This however results in timing issues, Realistically, a new feature would have to be ready and merged 3 months before the actual release in order to iron out all bugs and test it properly.

What does that mean? If we start the development of new features after the latest minor version has been released, we have less than 3 months left to finish everything. That is in most cases not enough to implement bigger functionality. So the plan is to have a jump start and define the base features for the next two releases while the current development version is in beta state. Concurrently we also plan to start the development process of aforementioned features.

More specifically, we’re going to develop more than one minor release at a time. In fact we have started development on Joomla! 4.1 already. That gives us a little bit more time to work on bigger features for a minor release.

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