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!
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.
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.
The march to a stable Joomla 1.5 quickened earlier this month with the release of RC3. Here's some helpful links about RC3.
Read the official news: http://www.joomla.org/content/view/3994/1/
Instructions for upgrading from RC2 to RC3: http://forum.joomla.org/index.php?board=430.0
Discuss Joomla 1.5 on our forum: http://www.joomlashack.com/community/index.php/topic,6544.0.html
Joomla 1.5 installation guide: http://www.joomla.org/component/option,com_jd-wp/Itemid,105/p,419/
If you're curious when Joomla 1.5 is going to "released" and "finished," better check out this perspective piece by one of Joomla's core team members and developers. Needless to say, RC3 is not the last of the RCs, as Joomla's developers believe in the "release early, release often" philosophy of open source development.
This is just an update of some things to come in the near future at Joomlashack. We've been kind of quiet lately and thought we might share some of the excitement with you before it gets here.
- New Weblogic Joomla Template! This is our first 1.5/1.0 native template with a plethora of features. While we were spending the last 71 days building this template for 1.5, we said to ourselves, "Why not make all these cool user defined parameters available for 1.0 versions as well?" So we did. We've included the same flexibility of the 1.5 template parameters in the 1.0 version. We also decided to make the 1.5 and 1.0 versions as a bundled release. We hope you like it.
- New Flash Rotator coming! We're working on a major overhaul of this module which incorporates a new (customizable) navigation system, some new transitions, SEO features, and more. This module is about to get even better.
- The Joomlashack Developer Club is coming! We have some very loyal customers here - some who have bought one of every template we've ever built. So we're outlining a new system that will grant you access to an awesome community in a private forum, unlimited domains on all templates and to a library of mods and hacks for extending Joomla! and Joomalshack templates to a new level. I'm really looking forward to this. Basically this club will put you on the inside of Joomalshack and allow you to make the most of your Joomla! experience with no limits!
- SlideShowPro Update! Have you heard? SlideShowPro has done it again. A new release of the popular SSP gallery and Director. We're currently updating our module to be fully compatible. On a side note if you like Flash video, The FLV format is leaving! Flash Player 9 beta now supports H.264 and MPEG formats! SlideShowPro and Director already supports video and image management. Think of the possibilities we come into as users and developers around the world. Exciting stuff.
Joomlashack has updated its popular template tutorial to 1.5!
Creating a pure CSS layout Joomla 1.5 template
In this chapter, we'll go through the steps of creating a Joomla template. Specifically, we will create a template that uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to produce a layout without use of tables. This is a desirable goal because it means that the template code is easier to validate to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. It will also tend to load faster, be easier to maintain, and perform better in search engines. These issues are discussed in detail later in the chapter.
HURRY TO VOTE BEFORE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26th!
Last year Packt Publishing sponsored its first-ever Open Source Content Management System Awards. Over 15,000 voters participated, and Joomla edged out Drupal to win the title of "Best Open Source CMS."
Now Packt is sponsoring the second Open Source CMS Awards. This year they've opened up the contest with multiple categories and larger cash prizes.
Joomla has been nominated in two categories:
Vote Joomla! for Best Overall Open Source CMS
Vote Joomla! for Best PHP Open Source CMS
Cast your vote today, if you can find the "vote" button on the Packt site. (It's on the bottom right-hand corner of the pages linked to above, below a short marketing survey. You do not need to do the survey to vote.)
Packt is even giving away Apple Nano Ipods to three lucky voters. If last year's vote count is any indication, your odds of winning are better than 0.0067%!