Joomla! Australia › Magazine

Getting started with Joomla! is easy.  You can host a Joomla! website yourself or you can host on Joomla.com free.

Once you have your website up and running it is a matter of customising it with a template, creating content, menus and structure and then start to drive traffic to it.

Joomla 3.8.0 reviewed

 

J! 3.8.0 was released about a week ago and, as with any dot-zero release, the com­mu­nity’s initial reaction seemed to con­demn it rather than embrace or applaud it.  This article will look be­hind the storm of protest to examine the reasons why people have ex­perienced problems that, for the most part, were not caused by the release but were mainly the result of their ignorance about the update and why it is required.

The issues that people have complained about fall into two distinct groups:

  1. There are legitimate issues relating to the J! 3.8.0 release:  the Joomla developers have responded to them and the fixes for those problems will be included in J! 3.8.1.
  2. There are problems caused by the failure of a few third-party extension developers and, from what I’ve seen, those developers have already released fixes for their products.  Some extensions, however, may be incompatible with J! 3.8.0.  I don’t think it’s fair to lay the blame on anyone but I think that, in the first instance, we shouldn’t be too quick to accuse someone else for taking a wrecking ball to our websites.  We choose to use the software that we use and we’re ultimately responsible for taking appropriate steps to insure our sites against the possibility that one day they’ll go pear-shaped.

Despite these issues, J! 3.8.0 has been well received with over 6%[1] of [post J! 3.5.0] sites using this new release.  Installation, integration and implementation problems inevitably occur with new dot-zero releases.  We will examine a few of them in this article.

As most people would know, the release of J! 3.5.0 arrived with a new plugin called the System - Joomla Statistics.  For some people the “news” of this plugin was displayed as a kind of “hassle screen” on the Joomla Control Panel; the notification won’t disappear unless you do one of two things:  (a) disable the plugin or (b) set and save the Mode with one of the three options (viz. “Always Send”, “Send Once” or “Never Send”).

The difference between open source and zero-cost

 

I was inspired to write a few words about how people interpret the words “open source” and conditions under which this software may be obtained.  Some time ago I read a message posted on the Joomla forum that implied (in my mind) open source was synonymous with free of cost.  The forum topic began with the words “I read that <product-X> was open source; its programmers now charge $x per year.  Having scoured the web, I can't find a truly open-source alternative to <product-X>.  Is there a one?”

This kind of “reasoning” is a little disturbing because it conflates several unrelated issues and, in replying to that topic, I attempted to explain that people should exercise care in discussing open source development, cost and licensing.

Installing Joomla! on your own host

 

If you want to have a self-hosted Joomla! installation you will first need to go to joomla.org and download the latest release of Joomla! from the website. 

In order to share your site the internet you will need a web hosting service. There are many to choose from within Australia and members of our community have made their own recommedations in our forum.  A lot of these web hosting companies also have a step-by-step guides in how to install Joomla! within their environments.

Once you have uploaded the package to the web post you will need to unzip the package, create a new database for the website and then go through the quick and easy five minute installation process with Joomla!

There are a few technicalities that you may need some help with, such as pointing your domain name to your web hosting environment, but your web hosting provider should be able to provide assistance in this situation; most may even provide free domain names with hosting packages.