Tour of Joomla


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Jen Kramer will walk you through the great new features including in Joomla! 1.6, the latest and greatest Joomla release. From the simple "Save & New" button to the more complicated access control lists, Jen will identify the new features designed to take Joomla to the next level.
Key Learning Points:

* Joomla's release plan for the next 12 months
* Differences between Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.6
* New features in Joomla 1.6
* Joomla's strong points and weak points as a CMS

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Tour of Joomla

  1. 1. Tour of Joomla! Jen Kramer 4Web, Inc. CMS Expo, Evanston IL May 2011
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduce Jen </li></ul><ul><li>Tour of Joomla: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlights of Joomla 1.6 & differences with 1.5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong/weak CMS points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development cycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. First, about Jen <ul><li>President/Chief Janitor, 4Web Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Manager, Joomla! User Group New England </li></ul><ul><li> author, 6 video titles </li></ul><ul><li>Author, “Joomla! Start to Finish”, Wrox Press </li></ul><ul><li>Author, “Joomla! 24 Hour Trainer”, Wrox Press </li></ul><ul><li>And I get 8 hours of sleep a night. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Joomla is… <ul><li>Forked from Mambo, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Version 1.0 released September 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Version 1.5 released January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Version 1.6 released January 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Considered one of the top 3 open source CMSs in the world, with Wordpress and Drupal </li></ul>
  5. 5. Joomla by the numbers <ul><li>6351 new forum users each month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As of April 27, 2,335,882 posts , 546,311 topics , and 476,212 members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>113 new extensions released each month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7407 extensions available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Powering 2.7% of the top 1 million sites on the web </li></ul><ul><li>For an open source project, great participation from women: 12-29% </li></ul><ul><li>Source: </li></ul>
  6. 6. Joomla 1.5 strengths <ul><li>Easy installation and interface </li></ul><ul><li>Straightforward site and template configuration with no knowledge of PHP/MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of 3 rd party extensions easily installed </li></ul>
  7. 7. Joomla 1.5 weaknesses <ul><li>Poor access control lists (ACL), only available by 3 rd party extension </li></ul><ul><li>No multi-site management, only available by 3 rd party extension </li></ul><ul><li>No core CCK (several 3 rd party extensions) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Joomla 1.6 Strengths <ul><li>Nested categories make structuring a site more intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>ACL is powerful and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>New templating system means more options for designers </li></ul><ul><li>Better language support </li></ul><ul><li>Better SEO features </li></ul>
  9. 9. Joomla 1.6 Weaknesses <ul><li>ACL is difficult to understand and configure </li></ul><ul><li>Still no multisite management features in core (by extension only) </li></ul><ul><li>Still no CCK in core (by extension only) </li></ul><ul><li>Extensions still catching up with the new version </li></ul>
  10. 10. Joomla 1.6 demo
  11. 11. Joomla CMS release cycle LTR At least 15 months Jan 2012 “ 1.8” STR Feb 2012 July 2011 1.7 STR Aug 2011 Jan 2011 1.6 LTR April 2012 Jan 2008 1.5 Type EOL Release date Version
  12. 12. Joomla framework release <ul><li>First release (version 11.1) was scheduled for April 30 (no confirmation if it happened) </li></ul><ul><li>First release separates the CMS from the framework </li></ul><ul><li>Successive releases every 90 days </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions? <ul><li>Jen Kramer </li></ul><ul><li>4Web, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: jen4web </li></ul>