Free Joomla trial

    Since 20 january 2015 Joomla a new service. At you can build a free Joomla website. This service is offered in collaboration with Siteground webhosting who builds the entire server structure where all Joomla websites will be hosted. Another possibility is to use where you can register a 90 day trail website, also hosted by Siteground.

    The differences between these services are that you have control of your extensions & templates t the 90 days version while the version you ahave a fixed subdomain with a selection of extensions & templates, updates are installed automatically. Both services offer the possibility to move to a private domain with your own hosting. 

    Both possibilities have their own pros and cons What is the good thing is that starting with Joomla! is now a lot easier. If you want to read the official announcement, just click here.

    Updated Joomla 3.4 roadmap

    We were waiting for it in september 2014 but there was a slight delay in the road map of Joomla 3.4. There was a message that the road map would get an update in january 2015 and here it is.

    Updated roadmap

    After all the feedback from the Joomla 3.4 alpha, it resulted into this:

    • January 20th 2015 - 3.4 Feature Freeze
    • January 27th 2015 - 3.4 Beta 1
    • February 3rd, 2015 - 3.4 Beta 2
    • February 10th, 2015- 3.4 Release Candidate
    • February 17th, 2015 - 3.4 Stable Release

    Off course, these dates are not fixed, it's always possible there will be another change. 

    Must have Joomla extensions

    There is a topic on the forum of about must have extensions. I'm always interested in finding and using extenions that make my life in Joomla easier so I decided to share these extensions, maybe you like them also. 



    Fields Attach
    With Fields Attach you can add fields to an article or category. Examples of these fileds are : Input / Textarea / Select / Image / Gallery Image / File / Checkbox / Date / Radio Button / Youtube Video.


    My Content & WorkFlow 
    Your standard content in Joomla will be completed to real content management. You can edit, publish, unpublish and approve on the frontend of your website.



    Joomla Content Editor (JCE) 
    A highly configurable WYSIWYG editor for Joomla based on TinyMCE. For lots of Joomla users it's a must have extension.




    NoNumber Add To Menu 
     free   paid 
    With Add to Menu you can make a menu link to a page from the administrator (page article or category).




    NoNumber Advanced Module Manager 
     free   paid 
    With Advanced Module Manager you will get lots of configuration options for your modules. You can control publishing modules on date, user group, language, template, OS or browser.




    Akeeba backup 
     free   paid 
    Create backups or move your Joomla! website and easy to use. You can include or exclude custom maps or database tables.


    Admin tools 
     free   paid 
    With the free version you van fix permissions, alter prefixes and protect your administrator directory with a password. But the real power is in the paid version which contains a powerfull web firewall. 

    Alter Articles 
    Extend the standard functionality of articles with maps, gallery, attachments and related articles.

    With SilverAdmin you can edit modules, menus en articles without login in the backend. It also ads a handy side menu in your website if your logged in.

    Nonumber Cache Cleaner 
     free   paid 
    When you edit an article you would like to see your changes on the frontpage without manual deleting cache files. With Cache Cleaner you get a quicklink to delete these cache files.

    You can remove, depublicise, archive or move content to a different category after a set date. 

    Template overrides - single article

    This is an article about template overrides and specificly to modify the layout of a single article.

    Step 1. Create a template override

    Go to Extensions > Template manager > Templates. Scroll down and click on “Yourtemplatename Details and Files”. 

    Now click through to find the article layout files:

    • Create overrides
    • Components
    • com_content
    • article

    After you click on the article layout files, Joomla will automatically create a copy of the files that you can use as overrides. The new files will be located at /templates/yourtemplate/html/com_content/article/. 

    Inside that folder, we have two more steps to take:

    Checklist when going live with a Joomla website

    Somewhere in the year 2014 I noticed a tweet (if I'm not mistaking) from someone who had begun making a checklist about the things you cannot forget when putting a new website online. This checklist  was put on Github and now also a few other developers have helped perfecting this checklist. I found this checklist very helpfull and would like to share this with you.

    For now it is in Dutch but I'll make a translation soon. 

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