Greetings and Happy New Year to all!
This purpose of this letter is just to fill you in on some changes to come in 2006 and to recap our first year with the Joomla! community.
A lot of us have a new sense of freshness, especially since the Joomla/Mambo rebranding and Id like to personally thank the entire community for such a great success on the behalf of JoomlaShack. There are so many success stories I can't even begin to list them individually. Because of you, in just the past 3 months we were able to move our data do a dedicated server, create 8 free templates for the community, 20 variations of commercial templates and assorted modules as well as helping to launch over 60 Joomla powered sites, assist in the development of 3 community sites and donate over $1,000.00 in donations to victims of hurricane Katrina. Again, thank you! This would have never been possible without such a dedicated community and excellent camaraderie among other Joomla! developers..
If you're a frequent user here at joomlashack you may have noticed our server was performing rather slowly and sometimes not at all for the past few days. Those days are over now. Thanks to Brad Baker and Chris Adams of Rochen, we are back on track with a lighting fast system in a brand new home right next door to Joomla!
Rochen Engineered Hosting is the same great company that houses the websites at joomla.org and we're proud to support them. Thanks for bearing with us while we migrated over. We hope this didn't set anyone back. You can now browse this site with better speed and reliability.
We are pleased to annouce that Joomlashack has reached 10,000 users!
Reaching this milestone is a good time for us to reflect on our progress in serving the Joomla community. In 2006, we have sold over 2000 templates, created over 30 custom websites and have hundreds of glowing testimonials. We have developed an active community on our forums with over 2000 posts, many of which spend time helping out others new to Joomla. In April we implemented our new online store with the functionality to introduce many exciting new products including our popular Template Monster Joomlafication! We have many other exciting product releases for Joomla over the next few months, stay tuned.
We would like to thank our customer community for your support and business. We are motivated by the feedback you give us and will continue to improve our products, services and support to be your #1 choice for Joomla templates and website design.
Joomlashack has been featured on the Joomla design showcase site joomlaform.com. Corey Webb searches out Joomla sites that show good form and showcases them as inspiration of what can be done with CSS design and Joomla. "The reason that I chose to feature this site is because it clearly exhibited good form" says Corey. Check out the review at joomlaform.com.
Thanks Corey! We appreciate the praise, your project hopefully will push Joomla designers to work harder with CSS and valid XHTML design.
Important Announcement Below:
All new and returning users please read. Thank you.
Welcome back to Joomlashack!
If you're a returning user, you'll notice things look a bit different. This is just part of our latest relaunch which includes some added FAQ's, a knowledgebase, screencasts and a few more tutorials (all of which we're going to be updating over the next few days). Aside from that, we have some more structural changes designed to make your visit more functional in terms of support and purchasing.
Please read more to familiarize yourself with these changes.
Struggling to set up a School Joomla website? Get a complete responsive and multilingual website specifically designed for schools with 7 top extensions installed and configured.
School Websites need to be content rich, easily managed, and constantly updated. For that reason, since the launch of the Joomla project in 2005 school website admins have found a perfect fit with Joomla as a CMS. So a preconfigured, diagrammed, and structured school website packet makes perfect sense and saves the developer hours and hours of development and tweaking.
This is why back in 2007 we introduced the first Shack Pack for Schools
We are pleased to introduce the Joomlashack Shack Pack for Schools v3
We are very excited to have updated this great product. We hope to help beginners and intermediates (or busy people) build a new School Website or bring their existing one up to date.
I just read an interesting post at Molly.com about a conversation Molly had with Bill Gates over web standards and Internet Explorer. The most interesting (or blind to reality) quote of the entire article (in my opinion) came from Mr. Gates, when he said "Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft?" Granted, Microsoft has been a great innovator in its history, even in terms of web browsers and standards, but that's just it. It's all history. Most of the standards-related initiatives he mentioned were achieved back in the early-to-mid 90's. It's 2007. Things have changed. Things have evolved. Things have improved. Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft? In recent years, everyone. I believe IE7 is a step in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go to catch up with Firefox.
You can read the transcript of the conversation here.
I just read a great article by Russ Weakley at Max Design titled "Web Standards Checklist". It is a checklist to help you evaluate your site for compliance with web standards. This is a great tool for any designer to help in the design of standards-compliant Joomla! templates. If you are not a designer, this is a great tool to help you evaluate potential templates for your website. The checklist is available in several languages.
I was reading a design site called Web Design From Scratch today, and I found confirmation to something I've known all along JoomlaShack is getting it right! In the site's "Web 2.0 how-to design style guide" under the "Strong colours" section, the first site listed as an example of a site that gets it right is TreoMobile.com, a Joomla!-powered site that uses JoomlaShack's Element template.
From the site:
Bright, strong colours draw the eye. Use them to divide the page into clear sections, and to highlight important elements.
When you have a simple, stripped-out design, you can use a bit of intense colour to help differentiate areas of real-estate and to draw attention to items you want the visitor to notice.
The Treo Mobile site uses 3 areas of strong colour to mark out and advertise 3 main areas of the site.
The background colour makes it clear that this isn't main content, and large, bold title text helps you see quickly what's in each one, so you can decide whether it interests you.
Before I joined the JoomlaShack team, I was a long-time admirer of the work produced here. Now I have even further confirmation that JoomlaShack gets it right! Way to go, guys!
Dictionary.com defines jargon like this:
1. jargon: -noun, the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
It also defines jargon like this:
2. jargon: -noun, unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
Joomla!'s roots go back a few years, and it definitely has a language all its own. Seasoned veterans are fluent in Joomla! jargon, but for "newbies", that second definition is probably the most appropriate definition for what Joomla! jargon really is. For that reason, I have decided to attempt to compile a list of the most commonly used words and/or phrases in Joomla!, and give them a definition that actually means something to a non-veteran Joomla! user.