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

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Earlier this month Joomla 4 Release Candidate was made available, and Release Candidate 2 came out last week. With a fortnightly release schedule for updated RC releases, Joomla 4 is fast approaching the stable release, and you can get involved in the final stages.

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Listen, understand and help solve the existing problems: that’s what Philip Walton planned to do once he got elected as Joomla’s new Marketing and Communications Department Coordinator (and had started doing already in the weeks before). JCM had the pleasure of interviewing this highly committed brand new DC, who is, according to his Manifesto, happy to roll up his sleeves and get on with the job - but he may need you and me and a couple of others to become a ‘unified force’ and really get the job done.

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As you may have noticed (and who wouldn’t): Joomla 4 Release Candidate is out! Extension developers have been working hard on making their extensions compatible. This month Nicolas Claverie talks with us about getting their Joomla e-commerce solutions HikaShop, HikaSerial and HikaMarket ready to run smoothly with Joomla 4.

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Back in 2009, Chris needed to build a website. After building an HTML site, he thought there had to be a better way to do it. And he discovered Joomla. With a professional career as a data engineer, he continued using Joomla for personal projects. In 2015 he decided it was time to give something back to the project, and he joined the Certification Program Team. First, reviewing questions and answers, and since 2017 as Team Leader.

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Joomla is the phonetic spelling of the Swahili word "Jumla" which means "all together" or "as a whole". However, open-source projects have historically not been as inclusive as the users they serve.

Since June is pride month for LGBTQA+ individuals in many parts of the world, I wanted to take the time to reflect on how we can be more accepting in open source. 

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Before Rachel Walraven decided to build websites for a living, she explored several other career options, all very non-tech. When she made her first website, she knew next to nothing about web development.

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In this month’s explore the core series, we cover Access Control Lists (ACL). ACL are one of the most powerful parts of Joomla’s core, allowing you to give permissions to users to do as much or as little as you want them to while using your website.

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Newsletters are essential these days. Not only to advertise your business but also as a valuable way to connect to your audience. Some new companies allow you to create your newsletter and even to put it after a paywall. In Joomla, we have been able to do this for years. Let’s see how!

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When you hover around in the Joomla Sphere long enough, you’ll see that, like every community, it comes with its own personality types. In this article, you’ll meet a few of them. And if you recognise yourself in one (or more) of these Joomlers, we also advise you on what role you could play in the Joomniverse. Have fun finding your personality type!

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The GSoC department is excited to inform the Joomla community of our successful application to be a mentor organization for the “Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan” with the Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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On April 23 and 24, our ad hoc team* pulled off a JoomlaDay like no other, despite pandemic restrictions on travel and social gathering.

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I’m going to get straight to the point - WE NEED YOU!

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

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For some months now,  we have been approaching extension developers to ask them how they are working towards Joomla 4. This time we talked to Tomasz Kowalski, from DJ-Extensions, whose primary focus is on the customers and making the next version upgrade as smooth as possible.

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In our Explore the Core series, experienced Joomla users help you find your way through Joomla's powerful core features. In this month's issue, Marc Dechèvre shows us what you can do with Joomla's built-in custom fields (spoiler alert: a lot). Dive in and explore!

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Despite the wide range of SEO tools available today, most business owners lack the resources to optimize their websites for search engines. They are at risk of failing to sustain their brand online without having a content management system such as Joomla. It greatly affects the site’s ranking, page speed, user experience, and visibility.

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I may be reaching a little bit here with this reference to a song released before many of us were born, but I felt it was appropriate and I’m sure you’ve heard. It just so happens that the English singer/songwriter, John Robert "Joe" Cocker OBE, who wrote the song was born on May 20th.

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With Joomla 4 coming closer, we know that extension developers are working hard to get their extensions compatible with Joomla 4, so you will have a seamless migration once the stable version of Joomla 4 is out. Over the last few months, several extension developers told us where they are in this process and what to expect from them. This month we had the pleasure to interview Rüdiger Schultz, who became an extension developer by coincidence but is now the man behind several interesting extensions.

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You probably know by now: Joomla 4, our next major version, is on the way. Over the past few months, many extension developers have been working hard to get their extensions ready for Joomla 4 and make the migration as smooth as possible. In previous issues of the Joomla Community Magazine, we interviewed various extension developers: small ones, big ones, famous ones and not-so-famous ones. This month we talked to Sander Potjer at PWT Extensions.

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