The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of a new member. We welcome Tessa Mero to the team. Tessa will be managing speaking opportunities for the PLT and developer community. She will be sharing information, writing technical tutorials, blogs, and reaching out to the greater php developer community. In addition, Tessa will help manage and organize code sprints.
The PLT is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and the Joomla Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, translating and creating documentation.The addition of Tessa brings the total of current PLT members to ten:
- Chris Davenport
- Javier Gomez
- Thomas Hunziker
- Tessa Mero
- Tom Hutchison
- George Wilson
- Roland Dalmulder
- Jessica Dunbar
- Viktor Vogel
- Robert Deutz
Growing up her entire life in Seattle, Tessa received her web application degree and certification and was hired late 2011 at a Ski and Snowboard company creating their manufacturing websites. After being hired, she discovered Joomla! after taking a training course with OSTraining and then attending her first Joomla! Day NYC in October 2011. Since then, she's been very passionate for the Joomla! community and has devoted her spare time with contributing to the Joomla! Project.
She started with helping test patches in the Joomla! Bug Squad and moved to being an assistant manager of the JED (Joomla! Extensions Directory) team, in charge of hiring and training new team members. She recently served a term as a Board of Director for Open Source Matters, Inc,
She is the organizer of the Seattle Joomla! User Group and hoping to share her love and inspiration for Joomla! around her area.
Aside from being a web developer, teaching web development classes at a college, and being an open source contributor, she also does fun things like plays the Clarinet, hangs out at Chuck-E-Cheese's with her 2 kids (a lot), Snowboards, and has love for the outdoors.The future
The Production Leadership Team plans the addition of more members during 2015. If you would like to nominate a member from the Joomla community for serving the PLT there is a permanent nomination form available. You are invited to congratulate the new members at the following forum topic: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=883175
The Marketing Working Group (MWG) is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member. We welcome Mike Veeckmans on board the Marketing team!
Mike Veeckmans will collaborate with the other members of the Marketing Working Group in the role of communications manager, taking care of the successful planning, initiation and execution of some projects. Mike has proved his management skills in many occasions, like Grace Hopper and the launch of Joomla! 3.4 campaign. We felt he was the perfect piece to match our team.
The primary focus of the Marketing Working Group (MWG) is to raise awareness of the Joomla Content Management System (CMS) and Framework within the international Joomla community, as well as the general open source community.
Are you interested in helping spread the word about Joomla and our latest 3.4 release? We'd love your help! It's fun and easy to do. It's also a great opportunity to make friends from around the world, gain experience working with one of the world's most powerful brands in the world.
We have some promotional materials ready for you to share the exciting new features of Joomla 3.4.Get Social with Us!
Let's make sure Joomla 3.4 is known to the millions of internet users around the world! Here are ways you can get social, spread your love for Joomla 3.4!Share the awesome Videos!
- Embed the video onto your website or blog!
- Join the conversation on Twitter!
- Change your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and more to one of our banners.
Add some Joomla 3.4 love to all your devices.
Have a local Jug meet up? Brian Peat created an awesome keynote presentation for you!
The Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we have selected 12 members from the worldwide Joomla community (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Israel, The Netherlands, and USA) to attend the upcoming J and Beyond Conference being held May 29-31, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.
With 39 applications to choose from, it was a difficult decision that was made easier because of the criteria point system that was put in place prior to the call for applications.
Because the Joomla! project has a great community, the goal is to empower more volunteers to effectively contribute by increasing transparency, communication and trust. Over the past several years, a majority of the leadership has supported the review and study of governance, convinced that our current organizational structure and methodology are not optimal to move our community forward.
Last October the Structural Team, entrusted by the joint Joomla leadership to produce a proposal for a new leadership structure for the Joomla project, shared their work with the combined project Working Groups for their feedback. This version of the proposal is the result of that feedback.
Now we are seeking feedback from the community as a whole on the proposal for a new organizational structure and methodology. Read the proposal here: New Structure & Methodology [Proposal] - Google Doc
You can share your thoughts and comments about this proposal in this public forum thread: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=880994 or you can email directly to the structure team email@example.com
2014 was an amazing year for the Joomla! Certification Project. In the past year we’ve gathered leaders and team members from across the world, launched a successful pilot program at the Joomla! World Conference 2014, cultivated serious discussions with the Joomla community and have moved closer than ever to a viable, live professional certification for Joomla! Administrators.
In that time, we’ve also learned how not to do a few things. Our missteps and failures have pushed us closer to a seriously awesome resource for our community, and we’ve grown stronger as a team. We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone that has played even a small part in getting us to where we are now with the Certification Project. However, we still need more enthusiastic people helping to get the project done. If anyone in the Joomla community has a desire to be a part of this team, we would love to have you join us. For more information about how to get involved, see the end of this article.
Image Credit: Chiara Aliotta
On 24 February 2015, Joomla! 3.4 was launched. We've watched the most incredible community come together for this release.
The Joomla 3 landing page is now available in multiple languages, like French, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, ... .
After one year of working on the brand manual, which describes how to correctly use the Joomla! logo, we are now ready to share this work with all of you.
Along with Duke, leader of the Trademark team, and Jessica Dunbar, leader of the Marketing Working Group, we reviewed the topics of the brand manual and created a table of contents that is much more adequate for our needs than the 2005 brand manual.
It was not easy to put together all the guidelines, especially because the Joomla! community needs have changed during the last few years. Our aim was to create a practical guide that anybody can use and refer to, from designers to developers. In order to do that, we made sure that all the concepts are logical, relevant and comprehensive for any kind of user or any purpose.
A lot of “behind the scenes” work was done for the creation of the brand manual that took a considerable amount of time and effort, like:
- redefining the colour palette for a consistent reproduction of our logo throughout different media,
- finding new typographies that are open source and available in different languages (we shouldn’t forget we are a multilingual community),
- retouching the wordmark in Asenine Wide and redefining the kerning, bowls and curves,defining proportions between the brandmark and wordmark, and
- adding the registered trademark symbol or TM where relevant.
We also better defined when to use the “gel version” of the logo versus the flat version of the logo, which is frequently used in our community due to the latest design trends. This part was completely missing from the old brand manual, creating a lot of confusion and inconsistency in the usage of the Joomla! signature.
Along with this detail-oriented job, a new set of files has been created for the Joomla! logo that you can find at this link. Feel free to download the folder and start using them.
Some specifications in matters that have been previously raised
For those of you who were afraid that we were going to ditch the 3D logo in favour of the widely-used flat one; we will keep using them both, but we ask you to use them consistently in your projects (i.e. - don’t mix the 3D logo with the flat logo in the same project).
Finally, for those of you who were expecting a big change in the font of our signature, we would like to spend a few lines here, saying why this is not possible at the moment. If we change our Asenine Wide for some other cool, customized typeface, we would need to spend money to register our logo again (that means a lot of money!). Also if we do so, we would like for more comprehensive work to be done on it, like creating a set of icons and a full range of fonts that all the community can use.
That said, it is not possible right now, but it could be a next step in the re-branding process.
At this point, please only send us comments and feedback that are pertinent to testing the brand manual: are concepts clearly explained and illustrated? Do you need more specifications on how to use the Joomla! signature?
Further more, special help is needed on the FAQs and glossary. Those are two new parts of the brand manual that we thought were important to add. They include the most common questions people have asked us and that I found myself to answer during my year as Brand Manager.
Most of the questions you ask in our forum thread will be added to those sections, and we want to make sure that answers are clear and use practical examples if required.
We want to thank all of you in advance for your effort and help in this.
You are invited to leave your feedback at the following forum topic.
The Joomla! Event Traveller Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we will be taking applications from the worldwide Joomla community, for the upcoming J and Beyond Conference to be held on May 29-31, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.
The JET Programme is an initiative that was created to support active project volunteers and community members who have dedicated time and energy to make Joomla better, and who would like to attend larger Joomla events, such as J and Beyond, and the Joomla! World Conference. The JET Programme will cover the cost of the admission ticket, and will provide assistance with travel and lodging for the conference.The Deadlines
March 20: Deadline for application
March 27: Recipients selected and notified
April 1: Public announcement in a blogpost on joomla.org
April 10: All tickets must booked
The criteria to be followed by the JET Committee for the election of candidates is as follows:
- Applications of the candidates will be arranged in accordance with the contributions made to the Joomla project (especially during the last year) based on the information enclosed in the application and duly proven with recommendations from team or working group leaders.
- Subsequently, all applicants will be accepted in order of appearance in the final list until the estimated budget for this edition of the JET Programme is reached.
- This is an opportunity for the entire Joomla community, however, priority will be given to those participants who have not yet received a JET recognition.
- The JET Committee will give special consideration to well written applications that include details and timeframes of their participation in the Joomla project.
- You must have a valid passport and be eligible for any necessary travel visas.
We encourage you to apply using this form http://events.joomla.org/jet. Please note, there are certain criteria and conditions that must be met. Please read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!The JET Team
The Joomla Event Traveller Programme team members are:
- Dianne Henning (JET Team Lead, Community Leadership Team)
- Guillermo Bravo (Community Leadership Team)
- Roland Dalmulder (Production Leadership Team)
- Jess Dunbar (Production Leadership Team)
- Saurabh Shah (Open Source Matters)
- Radek Suski (Joomla Events Team)
I have an important message to share with you regarding Joomla’s participation in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) this year. Unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, Joomla was not accepted to participate in GSoC 2015.
I had a team primed and ready to go - we built out ideas on our ideas list, had some amazing plans in the works, and submitted all the necessary documentation and paperwork on time. But, as fate would have it, so did a lot of other projects who applied to Google as mentoring organizations.
I reached out to Google (as they recommend unaccepted organizations do) as to why we hadn’t been accepted. It turns out, that there was a record-setting number of organizations who applied, and the Google team decided to give newer organizations a little more visibility in the program this year. This meant that there simply wasn’t a slot available to Joomla this year. I know first hand what a tough decision controlling slots is, and I know the team at Google thought long and hard about this decision before ultimately deciding that first-time organizations needed a shot at GSoC.It’s Okay!
I’ll be the first one to admit I was really quite sad and disappointed Joomla was not approved. I expressed my disappointment to the great team at Google as well as the GSoC team who had been working to get Joomla’s GSoC 2015 off the ground. At the end of the day, this was a decision that makes sense. Google gets quite a number of applications, and it’s only fair to allow other organizations to take advantage of the opportunity in the GSoC program.
The Joomla Community, in the spirit of Open Source Software, should all be happy for all the new organizations who have an opportunity to be involved in GSoC this year. Let’s encourage them to make the most of this opportunity and wish them the best of success. The right thing to do here is to be happy for those who worked hard to get in and try our best to come back even stronger and better next year!Prepare for 2016!
Joomla 3 is a stable code base that’s moving forward with great strides in innovation of features for all our users. But I hope by 2016 to see a fresh, clean, Joomla 4 for students to sink their teeth into. My hope for 2016 is a brand new Joomla 4 CMS that will really draw some excitement and give the opportunity for the latest and greatest that modern programming and web technologies have to offer. If our community rallies together we can continue building great web publishing software to take GSoC, and the world, by storm.