We hold #JUGL meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
The next one is scheduled for at 7pm.

Joomla!London (#JUGL) Members Blog

A blog for Joomla! stuff by Joomla! London User Group London (#JUGL) members.

Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday 15th August, 7pm

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Join us at 7pm, full details on how to find us here: https://www.joomlalondon.co.uk/find-joomla-london

Or register here: https://www.joomlalondon.co.uk/attend-a-jugl-meeting/event/80-joomla-london-user-group-jugl

We'd love to see you we have a complete mixture of abilities, including some of the core team - a goldmine of information.

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Will there be a new Joomla! Podcast?

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The idea of a new Joomla! podcast was raised during Joomla! Day UK 2017 by an attendee who was keen to be its creator.  I really would like to see this as there have been some great ones in the past.  If you want to see this too, then feedback via Github so he is encouraged to make it happen.  https://github.com/joomla/joomla-marketing/issues/109.  Here's a link to some of the other podcasts that either still run or have run in the past.


 I listened to this Podcast by Peter Bui a lot.  http://joomlabe.at/  It's a really high quality production and a fantastic educational piece.

I only just found out about Joom Stew, and it's no longer being updated unfortunately, but there are still some episodes online.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joomstew

How about a list of Google Hangouts that were attended by a few people and recorded?  Pretty neat idea, let's hope they resurrect that again!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrY5f72iOIh7vzuc6OrekGQ

Another is the Tim Plumber Joomla! Show another one from Australia.  https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-tim-plummer-joomla-show/id1142056156

In any case, if you want another podcast, either volunteer, or share your ideas here: https://github.com/joomla/joomla-marketing/issues/109 so others can run with them.  And of course, we're always looking for new bloggers on Joomla! London

 

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Lot's to discuss at our next meeting on 26th May

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We have lots to discuss on our next meeting 26th of May.  Joomla! 3.7 is here along with tonnes of new bug fixes, features, and of course the new fields fucntions.  We have a tutorial on how you can call any field in your PHP code so you can really start building out your templates.  We also have some news on an Akeeba Backup bug relating to the automated backups feature.

Come down to find out more about Joomla! Hear from the experts, the leadership team, the release team who all regularly attend our meetings and give us an insight into the trials and tribulations of managing such a large bit of volunteer lead software.  Meet bug testers, business owners, hobbyists, coders, designer and others who probably have knowledge that you would find useful.

 

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Merry Christmas - join us for our Christmas party

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The next Joomla! event is on Tuesday 20th December at 7pm.  It will be the usual mix of Joomla! talk as well as the possibility of some mince pies, and there have been suggestions of a meal and a drink afterwards (unconfirmed rumours).  We would love to see any of you at this time of year.  Have a great Christmas.

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Our next meeting is on Tuesday the 20th September

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Joomla! London is on the third Tuesday of every month, meaning it's around two weeks until our next meeting.  We would love to see even more of you attending our meetings, don't forget to bring a problem with you for us to help you with.  If you don't have a particular problem, attending to network with like-minded individuals is also welcomed.

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Next Joomla! London 16th August

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joomla london email logoOur next meeting is on the 16th of August, that's 15 days away, just over two weeks. Register to attend (for free) and come down and learn more about Joomla! and surrounding topics. Last meeting had an excellent talk from Gary Barclay (BarclayWords) regarding Google Tag Manager. We also had some great information from George Wilson (in charge of Joomla! releases) relating to

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How to create a mobile hamburger menu for Joomla's default template - Protostar

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hamburger menu joomla london jspecialists styledThis is a tutorial to demonstrate how you can simply use 1 menu, and style it differently on different devices without the need of duplicating your menus!

Here at jSpecialists we always use only 1 menu to display in all of the devices, and with the help of a 'custom module', a small bit of jQuery and CSS we have the ability to style the same menu however we like.

For this demo and guide, we have opted to use one of the default joomla templates (Protostar), a simple single tier navigation, with a 'hamburger' button on mobile devices. We will also be using some 'Font-Awesome' icons. We have set up a mini demo site here: https://www.jspecialists.com/demo-home

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Hannes Pappenberg reviews his new Joomla Router, with us at JoomlaLondon

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Hannes Pappenberg reviews his new Joomla Router, with us at JoomlaLondon
Joomla has been around for a little over 10 years.  in that time much of the code base has benefited from extensive development, to get it to the current version 3.5.  Some parts however, have seen very little change, the router is one such area of code, now that's about to be overhaule...
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How to create reusable JCE Profiles to improve usability!

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This video tutorial shows you how to use the JCE profiles editor to create new profiles.  This is particularly helpful if you want to:​Lessen the learning curve for your users when using JCE as a Joomla! editor.Retain control over your styling.Increase the upload limit for certain users.Set default settings such as the image align and mar...
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#JUGL HowTo Improve the Joomla Login / Logout process

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Paris Tuileries Garden Facepalm statueWhen you're using sites around the web, most of the time we hardly give a thought as to how things actually work until you come accross a process that clearly doesn't work. For a long time Joomla's standard process of login/logout was a convoluted experience of page jumps and extra buttons with limited signposts along the way.  But that's all over now...

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How to install multiple components at once in Joomla!

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​Have you ever wished you could install all of your common Joomla! components on a site when you first set it up?  Installing them all one by one can take a little while, and that's not a productive use of your time.  Well I'm going to show you TWO ways to achieve your goal, depending on how you like to do things.The first, is commonly us...
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This is not a bombshell, Joomla 3.6alpha is here!

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Yes, it was released during JAB16.  At first glance I was uber excited but then after digging deeper, euphoria was replaced with a little meh.Joomla 3.6 was reported to be coming with DP Fields, Joomla API and the new router.  Unfortunately, it hasn't come with any of those things.  It has come with a new "re-install Joomla...
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Joomla & Beyond 2016 - Roundup

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Yes it's that time of year again, it's usually punctuated by a slightly larger event, called GoogleIO, if you're interested in that. And you should be, there is some content overlap with JAB this year...AMP for one but IoT is also covered at JAB this year. JAB15 was always going to be a hard act to follow, the content was amazing, the surge in inte...
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Shadowbox Media Plugin

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Download Shadowbox Media Viewer version 4.0 for Joomla 1.5.x or version 4.1 for Joomla 2.5.x and 3.xShadowbox is an online media viewer application that supports all of the web's most popular media publishing formats. Shadowbox is written entirely in JavaScript and CSS and is highly customisable. Using Shadowbox, websi...
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Some neat plugins that I found recently

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This is just a summary post of some neat plugins I found recently.  I am going to start posting my finds as a blog post and then share on social as opposed to sharing them only.  I would like this to be an open repository for ideas.jQuery Scroll pathThis is a neat little project that allows you to follow a path by scrolling with your mous...
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Making Joomla! nicer for everyone... especially new users!!!

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​Joomla! is undergoing a major transformation as the moment, and part of that is the UX team (JUX).  This team has been tasked with the enormous proposition of finding out more about how people use Joomla, and making changes to improve it.  There is no right or wrong thing to do, only what is best for the users.  And that which is be...
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How to use the EasyBlog Composer - A Beginners Guide

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​EasyBlog's composer is a new perspective on how to create content.  It is totally different from the core Joomla! methodology, and can feel unfamiliar at first.  In particular it is nothing like Tiny MCE or JCE, has hardly any toolbars, and works using blocks.This guide is designed for total novices who have never used composer before, o...
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Joomla User Group London (#JUGL) monthly meetup: March 2016

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These are the minutes for the JUGL meet-up in March 2016.  We cover a wide variety of topics such as which forms extension to use, which blog extension, learning management systems, Joomla! 3.5, Disaster recovery and planning, and some new updates to this very website. Attendees & Newcomers Gary Barclay (Barclay.Works), Philip ...
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Attend a meeting page updated

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As per the feedback we received from Brian Teeman (Brian.Teeman.net) and others in the community we have updated our Attend a Meeting page.Brian pointed out that the day part of the date was missing in the event list.  This has now been added.  Eoin (Square Balloon)  noticed that the date was in 24 hour time and was 12...
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JoomlaLondon team help toward Joomla 3.5 release!

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JoomlaLondon team help toward Joomla 3.5 release!

It's been a frantic couple of weeks, everyone is busy...all the time but it's exciting too, like the thrill you get from being a part of and contributing to something...big. Trying to grab 30 minutes here, an hour there in between juggling all your everyday responsibilities and tasks can be tricky, if not impossible, but every little bit you do helps someone else. It all adds towards the shared goal.

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