Joomla 3.2 - How to Enable Content History

joomla-32One of the best new features in Joomla 3.2 is Content History.

This tutorial will show you how to enable the feature if you're upgrading from Joomla 3.1, as well as how to adjust some of its options.

For those that are starting new sites in Joomla 3.2, the feature is enabled by default.

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The New Joomla 3 Template Manager

joomla-32We've covered the new features in Joomla 3.2 already.

We've given you a rundown of the top 15 features and shown you interviews with the lead developers.

This week, we're going to focus on the new Template Manager.

In the updated Joomla 3.2 Template Manager you can edit files, create files and folders and even create overrides directly inside your admin area.

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The Joomla Developers Introduce You To Joomla 3.2

joomla-32Joomla 3.2 is now available.

This is one of the most interesting releases that Joomla has ever put out. Important new features include an app store and content versioning. 

The Joomla community had the wonderful idea to get the developers involved to introduce the new features.

Here are 7 interviews with some of Joomla's core developers, explaining the new features in Joomla 3.2.

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The T3 Template Framework for Joomla

logot3v3In Joomla, there are two widely-used, commerical template frameworks.

We previously covered one of those frameworks by showing how to use Gantry from Rocketheme.

This week we're going to examine the T3 framework from JoomlArt.

T3 has since become the framework of choice for another well-known template company: JoomlaBamboo. The T3 framework and blank template are free to use and licensed under the GPL.

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Joomla 3.2: Over 15 New Features Worth Checking Out

joomla32-betaJoomla! 3.2 is set to be released on November 6, the day before the Joomla World Conference

3.2 is going to be one of the most feature-packed releases that Joomla has ever had.

Here is a list of the top 15 new features worth checking out in Joomla 3.2, followed by a description and/or screenshots for each:

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Remove Extra jQuery files in Joomla With ReReplacer

rereplacerIf you have a Joomla site with many extensions and a sophisticated template, you may find yourself with a common problem: too many Javascript files.

It's not unusual for various templates and extensions to load their own libraries or even two different version of the same library.

The impact of this problem is that either the template or the extension may cease to work properly.

One solution is the jQuery Easy plugin. However, you can also solve this issue with Rereplacer by NoNumber. Both of the solutions will allow you fix duplicate Javascript problems without modifying any code.

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Easily Test Joomla 3 Patches

Joomla 3.2 is coming soon. A beta release of 3.2 is due this week and so it's time for developers to start testing.joomla patches

The Joomla team says that,

"the amount of contributions for this release is amazingly high and we are most likely looking at the largest release of the CMS ever."

To make testing the change much easier, the Joomla team have released a component called "Patch Tester".

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Easily Build Joomla Components with Component Creator

component-creatorDuring the last 8 years, developers have created 10,000's of components for Joomla.

Some of the work involved in creating an extension can be fairly tedious. There are installation packages to build, database tables to created and layout files to generate.

Component Creator from Jensen technologies allows you to automate all of those tedious tasks. It will help you to create your own installable components without typing a single line of code.

Here's how Component Creator works:

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Delivering Joomla Email via Mandrill

joomla-mandrillWe send almost all of the emails from OSTraining via a service called Mandrill.

Why would we use a 3rd party to deliver the email that our site creates? 

In a word: Deliverability. Mandrill is run by the team at MailChimp and their entire business revolves around making sure that emails get delivered, rather han hitting the spam folder. We think that more of our site's users will get our emails if we rely on Mandrill. We weren't able to track stats with Joomla's default emails, but with Mandrill our deliverability is around 98.5%.

Here's how to use Mandrill on your Joomla site.

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Changing Your Joomla Template Background

Joomla rotate backgroundLately, I've received requests to implement a feature that will change the background of a website on each page visit.

I have to admit, it took me some time to learn how to do it by myself. I thought about sharing my experience with a larger audience.

This step-by-step tutorial explaining how to achieve this using a real template in a real situation.

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