Joomla! and Google AMP

In october 2015 Google announced AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), used for making smaller web pages to be shown on mobile devices. Many pages are now not optimized for mobile use which results in downloading lots of data which can be optimized.

What is AMP?

AMP HTML is actually normal HTML but with some restrictions to get reliable performance and some extra extensions for rich formatting. The AMP JS library is used for the speedy rendering of the AMP HTML web pages. What really happens is that your web page is stripped from all the unnecessary elements with minimal resources. Also Google offers it's own AMP CDN.

Why is this important?

Google will now show AMP results combined in your search results. So the expectation is websites offering an AMP-version will score better in it's search results.

How can I use Google AMP on my Joomla! website?

Interesting testing websites

There are several websites which can be very handy for people who want to optimize a website. Here's a list of the websites I use.

www.joomlaseo.com

This is the website of Simon Kloostra, wellknown of his SEO- en and speed up your site knowledge. On his site he explains which steps you can teake to optimize your own site for SEO or making your website faster.

https://varvy.com/

You can scan your website here for pointers of the Google Webmaster guidelines. Besides this there are also lots of interesting articles about enhancing your website.

https://gtmetrix.com/

On this website you can scan your website on some technical performances, after the scan you will be given the score and some information on what you can do to optimze. Also interesting is the Yslow and waterfall measurement of your website.

http://tools.pingdom.com/

A brief scan of your website can be performed here. You also have the choice in selecting the server from where the scan will be performed. If you have a Dutch website for instance, it's not usefull the scan it from the USA but it is from Amsterdam.

Use Google Fonts in Joomla

Google also offers fonts you can use in your website, you can find them at https://www.google.com/fonts . If you want to use these fonts in Joomla and the template you're using doesn't these fonts it self you can add the fonts yourself. The only thing you have to do is find the font you like and edit two files. Here follows the description on how you can make this work.

Find the font you want to use on https://www.google.com/fonts and click on the button Quick use. On the next page you can copy the link from option 3 "Add this code to your website".

google fonts

Joomla! 3.5 Beta 1 Released

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla! CMS 3.5 Beta 1 . Community members are asked to download and install the package in order to provide quality assurance for the forthcoming 3.5 release.

Joomla! 3 is the latest major release of the Joomla! CMS, with 3.5 the sixth standard-term support release in this series. Please note that going from 3.4 to 3.5 is a one-click upgrade and is NOT a migration. The same is true is for any subsequent versions in the 3 series of the CMS. That being said, please do not upgrade any of your production sites to the beta version as beta is ONLY intended for testing and there is no upgrade path from Beta.

What is this release for?

This is a BETA release, that should only be used on test sites. Beta releases cannot be upgraded.

Extension developers are encouraged to work with this release in order to prepare extensions for the stable release of Joomla! CMS 3.5, though there shouldn't be any backward compatibility issues. Users are encouraged to test the package for issues and to report issues in the Joomla! CMS Issue Tracker. Please do not upgrade any of your production sites to the beta version and do not start a new site on beta as beta is ONLY intended for testing and there is no upgrade path from Beta.

Click here to download.

When is the stable release due?

We have revised the launch timeline slightly to ensure we can get everything up to the quality levels we all would like, and to ensure thorough testing on as many hosting environments as possible.

The schedule is now as follows:

  • 17 November beta 2
  • 1 December - Release Candidate
  • 8 December – 3.5 Stable

Please note that dates may be subject to change depending on availability of volunteers and circumstances beyond our control.

Which bugs have been fixed in Joomla! 3.5?

A full list of issues resolved can be found on Github.

What’s new in Joomla 3.5

The big question is, what is new in Joomla 3.5? You can read it in this earlier article. The new routing system will not be merged into the 3.5 release. The routing will be postponed until 3.6 because the work is not complete and has not been tested thoroughly. The production leadership team understands that the change in features can be disruptive and is an inconvenience to the developers expecting new routing we are truly sorry. If you are interested in helping us out on testing the new routing system, please contact Roland Dalmulder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Original article: https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5637-joomla-3-5-beta-1-released.html

Important Security Announcement - Patch Available Soon

A Joomla 3.4.5 release containing a security fix will be published on Thursday 22nd October at approximately 14:00 UTC. The Joomla security team (JSST) has been informed of a critical security issue in the Joomla core.

Since this is a very important security fix, please be prepared to update your Joomla installations next Thursday. Until the release is out, please understand that we cannot provide any further information.