All the Joomla News for October 2021

Hey everyone. Thanks for using Joomla and Joomlashack.

Every month we post a round-up of news from around the Joomla community.

We've posted all of these updates, plus a lot more in the Joomlashack Facebook group, so join if you want daily Joomla updates.

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More Joomlashack extensions ready for Joomla 4

In October we released five more extensions for Joomla 4:

  • OSMap
  • Shack Open Graph
  • OSDonate
  • OSTimer
  • Tabs and Sliders

Next week, we may have three more releases, including OSMeta, Shack User Switching, and Shack Article Manager.

Read about the Joomlashack plans for Joomla 4

How to Keep a Joomla Business Growing in 2021

It's no secret that Joomla businesses are facing headwinds in 2021. However, it is possible to run a profitable company that does good work and keeps growing. I gave a presentation with TechJoomla about success in Joomla in 2021:

Successful Joomla businesses in 2021

Custom Fields Improvements in Joomla 4

Marc Dechèvre is the person to listen to about Joomla custom fields. He has a new post in the Joomla magazine where he talks about two cool new features that weren't mentioned in the Joomla 4 marketing: Repeatable Fields and Subform Fields

Read Marc's article on custom fields

Understanding the Cassiopeia layout

This is a nicely-done guide to the Cassiopeia template in Joomla 4, with all the module positions and color variations:

See the visual layout for Cassiopeia in Joomla 4

Video: Using The Joomla 4 API

George Wilson is one of the lead developers of Joomla 4. He gave a talk a couple of weeks ago about the new REST API in Joomla 4.

Watch George's talk about the Joomla 4 API

Dark Mode in the Joomla 4 Admin

If you like Dark Mode on your websites, there's a dark-themed administrator template for Joomla 4. It's called "Bettum", and version 1.0.3 is out now.

See the Dark Mode admin template for Joomla 4

Make the Joomla 4 Admin Look Like Joomla 3

If you want to use Joomla 4, but still want the old-school Joomla 3 admin interface, we have the solution for you. The Phoca Top Menu Module restores the old admin area layout.

Download the Phoca Top Menu Module

Video: What's Coming in Joomla 4.1

This one is for developers who want to get into the weeds of Joomla 4. Benjamin Trenkle from the Joomla team talks about the lessons learned from the 4.0 release and what's coming in 4.1:

Watch the video on Joomla 4.1

The Joomla 4 Book, by Simon Grange

Simon Grange, CEO of Cinnk, well-known contributor in the French Community, wrote a book, available in French and English, to help newbies and usual users to learn how to use the new features and create a website using Joomla 4.

Find out more about Simon's book

Build Joomla 4 Extensions With No Code

This is a really cool service: Joomla Component Creator can generate fully functional, ready-to-install, extensions for Joomla 3 and 4. All you do is enter the details you want, and it does everything else.

Check out Joomla Component Creator

Video: First Look at the Media Manager in Joomla 4

Tim from "Basic Joomla" takes a look at the Media Manager in Joomla 4, including some of the free ways you can extend it with DPMedia Manager from Digital Peak. The video is long but useful!

Watch Tim's video on the Media Manager