Joomla Community Magazine’s Top 20 articles from 2023

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Last month we asked you to share the links to your favorite articles from the Joomla Community Magazine in 2023. And you did! Turns out you really love tutorials, and a lot of you also like the articles about leadership and communication. From the articles you submitted, we've managed to make a top 20. Let's dive into the most valued articles of 2023!

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Just a Break, no Goodbye - Thank you, Harald Leithner

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Elections again… one of the reasons is that you, Harald, stepped down as Operations DC. I understand your decision, being totally in the hot spot of Joomla! leadership is, at times, absolutely no fun. But it is also a very sad moment for the Joomla! project as you, Harald, were the rock in the surf for many people in Joomla!. Hundreds (probably thousands) of volunteers benefited from your support and millions of website owners benefited from your dedication for Joomla.

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Elections for Joomla's Leadership coming up!

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Elections are coming up again! This time, four board positions will be open for election. If you've always wanted to be in Joomla's leadership, this is your chance to help shape the future of Joomla. Read more and discover how you can become a candidate for Joomla's Board of Directors, and which positions are up for election!

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Meet a Joomla User Group: JUG London

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Sadly this will be the last Joomla User Group interview in this series. But we have one of the most popular JUGs for last! I came across JUG London myself somewhere in 2022 I think, they were doing online meetings and why not join it from abroad? Lot's of other volunteers I know (at least their name) from the Joomla Project also attend the meetings online.

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We are the world, we are Joomla!

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Good bye 2023 ... We have just entered a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. In 2023, the hottest year on record, the world has suffered an ongoing climat crisis, new conflicts have emerged, and wars continue just about everywhere....

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Why I contribute to Joomla - Olivier Buisard

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Olivier Buisard is a man of many talents who loves code.

He entered the Joomla world as an extension developer, and then got involved in developing the Joomla core, where he continues to help the community with his knowledge. Today he tells us how he managed to contribute and how he combines the two activities. 

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Joomla User Group - Organizers

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It is about that time of year again.  Twice a year the Joomla User Group team meets with anyone that is organizing their own Joomla User Group or thinking of organizing one.  

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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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