The December Issue

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

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What was your favorite Joomla Community Magazine Article this year?

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At the end of the year, magazines like the Joomla Community Magazine often publish lists with the highlights of the year. This year, we’d like to do it differently: you’re in charge! Share links to your favorite JCM articles with us, and tell us why you chose those particular articles!

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Cassiopeia, Joomla’s powerful built-in template: the basics

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When you start creating your website, you may want to search for a template that fits the design you have in mind. Instead of looking at extensive templates, page builders or frameworks with endless possibilities, you could also try Joomla’s core template, Cassiopeia. It looks simple, but it’s so powerful once you know how to use it. In this article, we cover the basic settings and options of Joomla’s built-in powerhouse.

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10 Common Misconceptions about Joomla!

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“A reputation, once unjustifiably lost, serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of perception.”

People tend to crystallize their opinions. Sometimes a man may thrive, but fall short, regardless of his actions. I believe that Joomla has suffered such an injustice and I would like to give my two cents. Over the fifteen years I've almost exclusively worked with it, I've discussed Joomla with hundreds of people, and here are 10 commonly accepted opinions, which I personally find untrue.

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Joomla is Yours: create user avatars in the Backend Template Atum

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Not only the sites you produce with Joomla – but also the Backend where you and your customers develop and maintain the site can and should be yours. With a few hacks, you can make it even more yours.

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The Pitfalls of Web Fonts: Embracing the Benefits of System Fonts for Web Design

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Choosing the right typeface is a critical decision that influences a website's aesthetics, readability, and overall user experience. While web fonts are popular for their versatility and creative possibilities, they come with their fair share of disadvantages. In this post, we'll explore the drawbacks of using web fonts and showcase a new feature in Joomla 5 to make better use of system fonts.

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Less than 5 mins to change the design of the search module

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"Joomla is complicated", "Joomla is for tech guys", "Joomla isn't user friendly", etc. are the most common (unfair) critics I read the most about this awesome CMS. 

In fact, Joomla is exactly like any other topic: cooking, astrophysic, woodcraft, scuba diving, etc. It's complicated as long you don't take time to learn and to train about a minimum.

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Why I contribute to Joomla - David Jardin

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David Jardin is one of the people who are absolutely inseparable from Joomla.
In addition to his professional activity as a developer, he regularly contributes to checking the security of the CMS.
He's honoured to share his experience with us and explain why it's important to participate in the development of our magnificent tool.

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The Vice President of Joomla is helping the Police with their enquiries

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Here in the UK, the phrase “helping the police with their enquiries" is synonymous with other phrases, such as “Assisting law enforcement with their investigation” and often ends with having “your collar felt.” 

Luckily, I even get paid to help them, which is not the usual turn of events when dealing with the Law, but in my case, it is because I build websites for several different Police groups in the UK.

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Keyword or not keyword tag, that is the question

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Recently, a friend of mine posted a singular question on a famous social media:

Do you still use the keyword field in articles?

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Meet a Joomla User Group: JUG Eindhoven

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This JUG has been active for a long time and has always had a nice group of Joomlers visiting. I have visited this JUG when my job was still in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and always enjoyed the level of information shared. Let's visit Joomla User Group Eindhoven!

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Understand and create forms with conditional custom fields

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For quite some time now, the utilization of conditional fields in Joomla was primarily a task for developers involved in form creation. However, with the advent of Joomla 4.3, there is now the capability to display custom fields conditionally, enhancing the user experience. We’ll explain how it works first, and after that, we’ll show you how you can use conditional fields in your Joomla content.

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Improving Joomla One Slice at a Time! Pizza, Bugs, and Fun 2024

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Are you ready to dive into a world where coding, documentation, community, and delicious pizza blend into an unforgettable experience? Mark your calendars for February 24th, 2024, because the Pizza, Bugs, and Fun (PBF) event is back, and it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Whether you're a seasoned Joomla! enthusiast or new to the scene, PBF 2024 offers a unique opportunity to make a real difference while enjoying some fun and free pizza.

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Everything Under One Roof

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My goal, Using Joomla 5, was to create one website with 4 distinct branded areas while utilising the same core styles and settings.

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How I learned to use Joomla for SEO - Joel Defort

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Joel Defort is an UFO in the Joomla sphere: he didn't learn the trade but lived his passion and turned it into a profession. His particular career path has led him to SEO, a community into which he has become deeply integrated, and to do this his main tool is Joomla! 

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The November Issue

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

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Seasons of Coding and Documentation, our own program of excellence - The Joomla Academy

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Joomla has been fortunate to benefit from the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and other events over the past few years. Often, from these projects Joomla's core features are improved, and the members of the teams that work on these features go on to become pillars of the community. But is it now time for us to think about launching our own program alongside these and bring stability to the cycle of development?

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Embracing Change: Why Joomla 5’s Requirement for MySQL 8 is a Leap Forward…

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Joomla 5, released on October 17th, marks a significant milestone in CMS evolution. This latest version, two years in the making, elevates the Joomla experience with its unmatched security, swift performance, and stellar code quality. At the heart of this leap forward is Joomla's unwavering dedication to innovation, performance, and security, necessitating a match in its underlying database systems.

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Making a safe space for all in Joomla

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To misquote Jack Swigert, “Okay, Joomla... we've had a problem here.

We have tried to address this problem over the years, and it continues to be a problem in our community.
Making Joomla a safe space for all has proved challenging; we still have members making others feel threatened and intimidated.
But we must not give up; all together, we will make Joomla a safe space for all.

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Introducing the Joomla 5.1 Release Managers

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What’s in store for Joomla 5.1? JCM meets Release Managers,  Martina Scholz and Luca Racchetti. Let's find out a little more about who they are and what to expect…

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