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!

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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Note: Please read the update instructions before updating.
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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

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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