Last week we looked at how JCal Pro® 3 has integrated Twitter Bootstrap through Joomla 3 in order to provide a responsive, mobile first experience.

In this second post of the series on JCal Pro® 3 - the Joomla Calendar - we perform a detailed examination of an important administrative feature, configuring email notifications, and how this relates to managing registrations.

Make sure to read to the end for some great pointers on how notification emails can supercharge your marketing efforts.

 

It began in melodramatic fashion with Michael Buffers trademark phrase:

"Let's get ready to rumble!"

But we weren’t at a boxing match in Las Vegas. We were attending the CMS showdown hosted last week in Milwaukee by Web414.

The showdown featured a group of panelists each showcasing their CMS in 3-5 minutes including:

  • Sitecore - Nick Wesselman (Hanson Dodge)
  • ModX - Rob Martin
  • WordPress - Brad Parbs (Snow Day Group)
  • Drupal - Kevin Cieselski (Red Beard Unlimited)
  • Concrete5 - Chris Grahm (Potawatomi Bingo Casino)&
  • Joomla - Gabe Wahhab (Savvy Panda)

Here is how the scorecard looked after 6 rounds.

In the past years Joomla development has progressed at breakneck speed, challenging Joomla extensions developers to adopt new processes and introduce new features.

Joomla 2.5 introduced major new features such as the ACL (including the permissions and access levels), multilingual support and new form elements.

In Joomla 3, the most exciting new feature is full integration of bootstrap to make Joomla the first major CMS to be responsive and mobile-ready .

In this first post of the series on JCal Pro® — our calendar add-on for Joomla — we examine how JCal Pro® 3 has used Joomla Bootstrap to provide mobile-optimized administration of your calendar as well as the recently introduced responsive template named “Inspired” to provide a true mobile calendar experience for your visitors.

 

When I bring up Pinterest in certain circles, I can see the smirks. As a male colleague once said to me: “Why do I care about a place online where women are exchanging recipes and saving ideas for how they want to decorate their living room?”

Our mobile SEO contest came to a close this past week.

To celebrate the launch of sh404sef for Joomla 3, we ran two contests. The first contest was Twitter-based, and winners were randomly selected from people tweeting our #JoomlaSEO hashtag.

A special thank-you goes out to everyone who tweeted about this mobile seo contest. It created a lot of social buzz about the release of sh404SEF® for Joomla 3.0. With almost 900 entries over the 5 week contest duration, our event was a great success. We gave away 5 subscriptions our SEO software, sh404SEF®.

Our winners include Jeff Mayland, who we had the pleasure of meeting in last year at the Joomla World Conference in San Jose.

Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of JCal Pro® 3.2.4 (build 2423), which is fully compatible with Joomla! 2.5 and 3.1!

This is a maintenance and feature release.

Most notably this release introduces support for Joomla 3 including a responsive theme and administrator panel, as well as improvement in the Email Manager based on user feedback.

Be sure to check our blog in the coming weeks for JCal Pro® related post exploring some of the advanced features of JCal Pro® 3 so that you will be able to take full advantage of your subscription.

Joomla 3.1.1 Stable has been released.

Most notable in this build is a fix for an issue where the database may not upgrade properly.

There is also the of another 10 items from the bug tracker including some fixes for the new tags feature.

Full details can be found in the official 3.1.1 release announcement at joomla.org, at the time of this post the link to the release notes were not updated, theses are the actual 3.1.1 release notes

Joomla 2.5.11 has been released.

Notable in this build is the inclusion of a fix for a problem where an error in Database tab in Extension Manager did not reflect the Joomla 2.5.10 update

5 items from the bug tracker were addressed.

Full details can be found in the official 2.5.11 release announcement at joomla.org

A big THANK YOU goes out to the production team for addressing these issues quickly.

A Joomla upgrade can be performed directly in the Joomla administrative backend. For users with multiple sites, we recommend updating all your sites from Watchful.li — a centralized site manager for Joomla.

Joomla 3.1.0 Stable has been released.

Most notable in this build among new features is the long awaited Tags feature as descibed by Nick Savov's community post Tag you're it

There is also the important inclusion of 7 low and medium priority security patches for information disclosure, XSS, DOS and privilege escalation vulnerabilities affecting versions 3.0.3 and earlier versions of 3.0. In addition 38 items from the bug tracker were also addressed.

Full details can be found in the official 3.1.0 release announcement at joomla.org

Since this release improves security, we recommend that all users perform an Joomla upgrade immediately. If you are unable to perform the recommended update to Joomla 3.1 the project has also made Joomla 3.0.4 available for manual installation, it is exactly the same as Joomla 3.0.3, except for the 7 security fixes.

Users of sh404SEF® should install the latest version of sh404SEF® before upgrading to Joomla 3.1, see the sh404SEF® 4.1 release announcement for details.

A Joomla upgrade can be performed directly in the Joomla administrative backend. For users with multiple sites, we recommend updating all your sites from Watchful.li — a centralized site manager for Joomla.

Joomla 2.5.10 has been released.

Notable in this build is the inclusion 7 low and medium priority security patches for information disclosure, XSS, DOS and privilege escalation vulnerabilities affecting versions 2.5.9 and earlier versions of 2.5.

38 items from the bug tracker were also addressed.

Full details can be found in the official 2.5.10 release announcement at joomla.org

Since this release improves security, we recommend that all users perform an Joomla upgrade immediately.

A Joomla upgrade can be performed directly in the Joomla administrative backend. For users with multiple sites, we recommend updating all your sites from Watchful.li — a centralized site manager for Joomla.

Today we released sh404SEF® 4.1.0 (build 1559) of the new unified version for Joomla! 2.5 and 3.x.

Release notes: Security and feature release! Fixes a vulnerability in Open Graph implementation (Joomla! 2.x and Joomla 3.x). Also now unified version for both Joomla! 2.5.x and Joomla 3.x. Provides a workaround for backward compatiblity break introduced by Joomla! 3.1 (see FAQ on support site) and a few smaller bug fixes.

Joomla 3.1 was released yesterday and some important elements — including the installer — have been renamed and/or moved without a deprecation period.

In some cases, this may result in errors in the Joomla installer when sh404SEF® v4.0 (or earlier) and other Joomla add-ons are used.

Importantly, even if you experience this issue, the rest of the Joomla frontend and backend operate normally, and the solution is to simply install sh404SEF® 4.1 (or later).

sh404SEF® 4.1 was released moments ago to accommodate the Joomla 3.1 changes.

Part 1 of a 3 part series.

There is a lot to think about when redesigning an existing website. Project activities include; budget planning, milestones, and new content development. One of the most important tasks is to ensure that any existing search engine rankings or marketing efforts are not undone during the redesign process.

Thus, you’ll want an experienced SEO to prepare a thorough migration strategy to maintain maintain site traffic and preserve rankings. Failure to prepare and execute a migration strategy can crush your search engine rankings, traffic — as shown in the traffic data above — and revenue.

To properly plan your SEO migration, you need to think of everything that may go wrong and define requirements to help ensure everything goes smoothly.

Last fall I attended Victor Drover's session at the Joomla! World Conference in San Jose, California, where he spoke on the topic "Is Joomla 3 Ready For Enterprise?" (see video above) I was at the back of the room and as I listened to him I remember thinking about my own experience with a commercial enterprise system.

It was while I was engaged in a large project for a national association in Canada that I first looked into Joomla. Joomla! was at version 1.0 and it impressed me with what it could do right out of the box. Of course it was no where near what was needed for the association but we started using Joomla! for microsites where it easily did the job that was needed.

If you’re serious about performing Joomla updates to keep your site safe and secure, than you’ve probably heard about Watchful.li.

Watchful is a remote backup, update and monitoring service for Joomla web sites and we’ve been rapidly expanding and adding features.

As you can see in the video above, our latest addition is the ability to update all the compatible extensions on your site with just a single click.

You can read more about this new feature in the official announcement.

 
 

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