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Wednesday, 09 January 2008

In December we asked our Joomlashack community to vote for one of our five finalists in our annual Joomlashack Charity Contest, with the winner receiving a $1,000 USD cash prize. With only 10 days of voting, and during the major holiday season for many of our customers, we are impressed by both the impressive vote totals and comments posted by the voters.

It seems our winner, the MISS Foundation, did some effective outreach to involve their own members in voting. Their organizing paid off, as they ran away with the contest, taking over 58% of the vote!

The MISS Foundation certainly deserved the prize we sent them on December 31st, but we still would like everyone to check out the four other finalists, each an organization very worthy of your attention, support, and donations.

While the contest and 2007 are over, nothing's stopping you from checking them out now and giving your own charitable contribution. The children and communities these charities support still need your help, regardless of what year it is.

Thanks again to everyone who nominated, commented, voted, or promoted our 2007 charity contest. If you have an comments or suggestions for how we can make this effort even more effective next year, please let us know!

Happy New Year!

 

Wednesday, 09 January 2008

After over a year in development, the have-to-have book about Joomla 1.5 is finally hitting shelves and shipping from the publishers and Amazon.com.

The stable version of Joomla 1.5 is weeks away, and we are very pleased to announce the availability of Barrie North's book to go along with this momentous occasion.

Friday, 04 January 2008

For those of you using the Vintage template and enjoying the new Joomla! 1.5, you'll be pleased to know we have just updated this great template to run natively with Joomla! 1.5.

We've also done a lot of the hard work for you by adding a 1.5 Quicklauncher package for quick and easy setup.

If you've already purchased this template, just login and re-download the package. We hope you enjoy. Aqualine (Noir) is next!

 

 

 

Friday, 04 January 2008

For those of you using the Vintage template and enjoying the new Joomla! 1.5, you'll be pleased to know we have just updated this great template to run natively with Joomla! 1.5.

We've also done a lot of the hard work for you by adding a 1.5 Quicklauncher package for quick and easy setup.

If you've already purchased this template, just login and re-download the package. We hope you enjoy. Aqualine (Noir) is next!

 

 

 

Thursday, 20 December 2007

RC4- the next step on the path to a "stable" Joomla 1.5, was released yesterday. The Joomla team is calling this release "Karibu" which they say is Swahili for "close by" as in, almost here.

The Joomlashack team is very engaged in testing RC4 and we're impressed by the many bugs that Joomla volunteers have squashed. While it's "close by," RC4 is still not 100% stable, and you shouldn't yet rely on it to deliver your critically important web content.

When will Joomla 1.5 move into the realm of "stable?" According to Joomla.org:

Joomla! 1.5 RC4 is by far the most stable release of version 1.5 to date. It has undergone a great deal of testing and bug fixing since RC3 and is considered very close to stable Karibu marks an important milestone in 1.5's development, as barring any major issues we believe it will be the last release candidate, with the next release being the big one Joomla! 1.5 stable. When that happens will in part be influenced by the Joomla! community.

So there you have it. If our Joomla community uses RC4 and tests it thoroughly, and no major problems are discovered, then the stable version of Joomla 1.5 will be coming in early 2008. Cool. Now go download and test it!




Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Season for Giving: Vote and Support these Five Charities 

Last month we asked our Joomlashack community to nominate their favorite charity for a $1,000 USD cash prize. More than 90 excellent nominations poured in from around the globe, including NGOs solving problems on all seven continents and across an incredible range of issues. Each Joomlashacker carefully read every entry and then narrowed our list down to the five nominees below.

An appropriate trend seems to have emerged in a year when Team Joomlashack saw the births of two new babies and new hires whose families raised the collective Team Joomlashack honor roll to nine awesome kids. Here at Joomlashack, it's the year of the kid, and our picks for the five most deserving charities reflect this perfectly.

Please check out and then support each of these excellent and deserving organizations with an online contribution, and then vote for the charity that you think is most deserving of our $1,000 USD cash prize. Voting ends Sunday 12.30.2007 at 11:59PM EST.

May peace on Earth prevail for all men, women, and especially, for children.

 

Written by TJ Baker
Wednesday, 28 November 2007


Whether you're a new or advanced user, if you're a web developer who is serious about Joomla! you might want to take a moment to consider the Joomlashack Web Developer Club. We'd like to invite you to join us "behind the scenes" to be a part of something great. We believe this will be very beneficial to those who use Joomlashack products and resources on a regular basis.

Written by TJ Baker
Monday, 19 November 2007

Shack blog readers know all about the Packt CMS awards. If you voted for Joomla in either of the categories in which it was nominated this year, you'll be happy to see that Joomla did win Best Open Source PHP CMS.

According to the Packt announcement, contest judges liked Joomla's "good front-end for administrators and end-users, which gives users a simple and traditional company website straight out of the box." The also commented on the "size and responsiveness of the community as a massive strength."

Hey everybody- that's you! Massive strength!

Written by TJ Baker
Friday, 16 November 2007

Last year we asked ourselves, "what can we do to support important organizations that do good work to make the world a better place?"

 The answer was our first Joomlashack Charity Contest- an opportunity for 5 charities to be showcased on Joomlashack (and get donations!).

Announcing our 2nd Annual Joomlashack Charity Contest - where our community nominates and chooses a deserving charity to win a 1,000 USD cash donation.

Written by TJ Baker
Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Some Joomlashack friends might have stumbled upon the fact that while our small & lean team is spread all around the U.S. (Alabama, California, Pennyslvania, and Texas), the company's "official  headquarters" is here in Vermont. (By headquarters I mean two of us in the same office at the same time occasionally, a wireless network named "Joomlashack," and a P.O. Box for our mail. Our real HQ is a persistent skype chat.)

Needless to say, previous Joomla Days in the U.S. were not anywhere near Vermont, a tiny state 4,000 miles from Silicon Valley and closer to Montreal than any major American city. So when the the first East Coast Joomla Day scheduled just 300 miles away in New York, we jumped at the chance to drive to the Big Apple.

Written by TJ Baker

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