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JoomlaDay D-A-CH vom 23.–24. September in Bad Hersfeld

Within the framework of the event, 3 reports on Yootheme Pro will be presented.

Tickets are already on sale.
https://dach.joomladay.org/
Dictionary - glossary component for Joomla 4
The component allows you to create a structured list of terms and their definitions in Joomla.
- 2 layouts: Wikipedia style and list
- Search Plugin
- Sort alphabetically
- Adaptive design
The component has been translated into 10 languages.

It can be useful not only for its intended purpose (glossary of terms), but also for creating hub pages on the site. The classic content hub is an informational article that leads to a number of other publications related to a common topic. But it can also be a heading or tag on an information site, a category or listing on an ecommerce site, a reference section, and so on.

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Joomla 4.2 Release
The Joomla! Project is thrilled to announce the feature-packed and timely release of Joomla 4.2

This release continues Joomla 4’s high standards in accessible web design and brings exciting new features, highlighting Joomla's values of inclusiveness, simplicity and security into an even more powerful open-source web platform.

With Joomla 4.2, codenamed Uaminifu, we have new and improved features for bloggers and authors, web designers, extension developers and web agencies.

What’s new in Joomla 4.2?
- Keyboard Shortcuts for Accessibility
- Multi-Factor Authentication (replaces Two-Factor Authentication)
- Windows Hello support in WebAuthn
- User-defined hide table columns
- Allow typing in the media field
- Indicate if the category is not published
- Allow to disable session metadata tracking for guest users
- Reduce the number of permission columns
- Smart Search: Allow fuzzy word matching
- Package filter in the Extensions: Manage page

What’s been improved in Joomla 4.2?
- Accessibility plugin - update and fixes
- Joomla Updater improvements
- Improved the extension installer to be more robust
- Added permissions (ACL) to Media Manager actions
❗️❗️❗️- Added Save button to front-end article editing to save and stay in the article
- Added ordering parameters to web service requests
-Upload button only available once the user clicked the checkbox that they are prepared
- Enabled use of Form::process() in FormModel
- Convert log type field to fancy select
- Enqueue requests made from QuickIcon plugins
- Made Media Manager Folder Selectory accessible
- Workflow Notification no recipient
- And many more!


https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5865-joomla-4-2-release.html
Joomla Community Magazine - The August Issue

The JCM Team is proud to present you the August Issue of the Joomla! Community Magazine.
This month we celebrate the 17th birthday of Joomla.

This month’s edition features:

- A showcase of 17 websites made with Joomla 4, collected by Anja de Crom.
- A story about a 17 years old Joomla website still rocking, by Anja.
- Anja interviewed several Joomlers who explained why they use Joomla.
- Philip Walton wrote a piece on becoming a blogger for Joomla.
- Philip reported on the Documentation Sprint held in Germany in July.
- Anja wrote a piece on detecting and handling volunteers burnout.
- Mike Brandner wrote an article on the new Joomla Developer Documentation system.
- Hans van der Meer interviewed Julian White as part of the Meet a Joomler series.
- Hans interviewed the Joomla Accessibility Team as part of the Meet a Team series.
- Michael Russell shared some useful statistics about Joomla's adoption.
- Michael Russell wrote a piece about hacking attempts toward Joomla websites.

This release wouldn't have been possible without the work of the Community Magazine Team, all the authors and all the people who allowed us to interview them.

https://magazine.joomla.org/all-issues/august-2022/the-august-issue-2022
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NorrCompetition for Joomla 4? 📸

Many of users have been waiting for NorrCompetition to work natively on Joomla 4 and in this press release we would like to clarify the situation.

👉 https://www.norrnext.com/blog/item/norrcompetition-for-joomla-4-release-plans
Joomla 4.2.1 Security and Bug Fix Release
The Joomla! Project is delighted to announce a security release for 4.x series of Joomla which addresses a security vulnerability and contains various bug fixes and improvements

This release continues Joomla 4’s high standards in accessible web design and brings exciting new features, highlighting Joomla's values of inclusiveness, simplicity and security into an even more powerful open-source web platform.

The highlights are:

☑️Keyboard Shortcuts. With the new keyboard shortcuts, you can save time and become more productive.

☑️Multi-factor Authentication. Until now, Joomla only offered ‘Two-Factor’ Authentication; with ‘Multi-factor’ Authentication, we are taking site access security one step further by allowing you to choose different authentication mechanisms to secure your site. You can choose to use a Yubi-key, Web Authentication, a verification code, or a code by email.

👉 https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5866-joomla-4-2-1-release.html
Phoca Cart Version 4.0.3 Released
A new version of the popular and free ecommerce extension released.

Changelog:

- Ready for PHP 8.1
- Ready for Joomla 4.2
- Added support for SVG Scheme module

https://www.phoca.cz/news/1203-phoca-cart-version-4-0-3-released
Joomla! 5 - Panta Rhei (The follow up)


The Joomla Production Department shares the outcome of the discussions that the last Joomla 5 article generated.


Summary
We’ve heard the feedback from the community and made some decisions regarding the Joomla 5 release and the release cycle in general.

If you don’t read anything else, here’s what you need to know:

- Joomla 5 will not include breaking changes for templates and third-party extensions.
- Will not remove any code that was marked as deprecated in Joomla 4.
- Joomla 5 will have a minimum PHP version of PHP 8.1.
- Components that work in Joomla 4 should also work in Joomla 5, as long as they support PHP 8.1.
- Joomla 5 will be released in October 2023. Because of the above points, it will not be a big, painful update like past releases.
- Minor releases will remain on a 6-month schedule but all releases will be shifted to the months of April and October, starting with the 4.3 release in (April 2023).

If you want to know more about the reasoning and details of these decisions, keep reading.

https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5868-joomla-5-panta-rhei-the-follow-up.html
Joomla 4.2.2 Bug Fix Release

Joomla has had support for Web Authentication for some time now and this has worked well since its inclusion. That was until the server of the Fido alliance was no longer reachable due to an outage.
This resulted in Joomla sites trying to contact the Fido alliance server but receiving no response, since the response was taking some time users noticed that their sites were getting slow.

As more sites were trying to reach the Fido server it became even more difficult to contact the server, causing even more disruptions.

This was a very difficult bug to test for as it relied on a third-party server experiencing problems hence it did not come to light while testing 4.2.1

The Joomla 4.2.2 release comes with the Fido token so we no longer have to contact the Fido server every time we need an updated token. This will improve the load times for your site.

https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5867-joomla-4-2-2-bug-fix-release.html
DPMedia - a package of file system plugins for Joomla 4
The DPMedia package extends the core Joomla 4 media manager with external file storage, as well as adds image editing and context-sensitive features. It works on Joomla 4 frontend and administator panel.
External cloud storage:
✔️ Google Drive
✔️ Dropbox
✔️ Microsoft One Drive
✔️ Flickr
✔️ FTP folder
✔️ WebDAV folder
✔️ Amazon S3 storage
✔️ site on Joomla 4

In addition, you can also integrate the following photo stocks:
✔️ Unsplash
✔️ Pixabay
✔️ Pexels

Most plugins assume or have settings for copying images from remote storage to the site's local file system. Moreover, thumbnails of files are being created for media manager (10 pcs. per request) during the process of copying.

Image editing plugins:
✔️ Line (allows you to draw lines while editing in Joomla media manager)
✔️ Filters (imposes filters a la sepia, black and white, etc.)
✔️ Text (overlays text on the image)
✔️ Shapes (allows you to draw geometric shapes on the picture)
✔️ Convert (allows you to "save as" an image using Squoosh, including WebP)
✔️ Emoji (draws emoji)
✔️ Borders (adds frames to the picture)

Additional plugins
Plugins that extend the core with constraints and context-sensitive local adapters.
So, for example, the plugin Filesystem - User plugin in the package allows you to restrict a user in the folder assigned to them or, together with the Restricted plugin, receive files only in certain sections of Joomla. The References plugin allows you to track the use of an image file in articles, categories and other sections of Joomla. It is possible to see exactly where this file is used in a modal window. When you rename a file (using the Joomla media manager), all links to that file can be updated automatically.
Some plugins of the package are available only via paid subscription.

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Joomla! SEO Project | GSoC 2022
Here is the Final Work Report for GSoC 2022, Joomla! SEO project.


Original Scope covers 9 tasks (Joomla Core Updates):

New SEO tab
- Dofollow / Nofollow checker for outgoing links
- Performance check on PageSpeed Insights
- Paragraph structure
- Sentence Structure
- Content analysis
- Reading ease rating [Flesch Kincaid]
- Adding open graph data
- Article Image Compression
- Bonus work completed:

Social Media Share buttons (added to Joomla core)
- Content Analysis Plugin
- Open Graph Plugin
- Previews Plugin
- Meta data Plugin

Full report:
👉https://github.com/alisha-kamat/GSoC-2022-Work-Report
JoomlaDay Germany/Austria/Switzerland in September, 2022

JoomlaDay DACH (Deutschland, Österreich & Schweiz) on 23-24 September 2022 in person in Bad Hersfeld, Hessen, Germany.
The Swiss, Austrian and German communities are joining forces again. And they are looking forward to a live event in presence.

https://community.joomla.org/events/joomladay-deutschland-oesterreich-schweiz.html
Inception! — Nested Subform Custom fields for Joomla! 4
A custom field plugin for nested subforms in Joomla! 4 from Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos.

What is this?
This is a custom field plugin which allows you to create sub–forms (a repeatable list consisting of other custom fields), just like Joomla's subform custom field type — but with a twist!

Joomla's subform field does not allow you to use a subform field as another sub–form's field. This plugin allows you to do exactly that: nest the subforms, any level deep. However, just like the movie “Inception”, the more nesting levels you add the more complicated and slow things become.

Also, be careful! You can create an inception field A which contains an inception field B which contains an inception field A — this will break both the edit page and the display of whatever has this kind of infinitely nested structure. There is no protection against doing something like that — which is why Joomla does not allow nested subforms to begin with… Unlike Joomla, I think that you are a responsible adult and can be trusted not to do something stupid. Right?
If so, here is the link to get this plugin:
https://github.com/nikosdion/plg_fields_inception
JoomShopping 5.1 released
Update of a popular ecommerce solution for Joomla. For several releases, developers have been working on compatibility patches for PHP 8, however, new functionality has appeared in the minor version.

What's new?
1. Canonical categories for products
Now you can specify the main, canonical category for a product if it is assigned to several categories. Thereby, you can remove duplicate products that occurred earlier. You can read more on the JoomShopping Developer Forum. The problem is rather amusing, now solved. Now, if the product's main category is 1, then when a product is seen in category 2, the canonical category 1 will be taken into account when building the product's url.
This functionality is optional. It can be enabled in JoomShopping - Settings - Other options - Use the main category for the product. The canonical category field only appears if multiple product categories are selected.
2. Product Image SEO
When uploading images to a product, category or manufacturer, it became possible to:
- specify the title of the image (it used to be both alt and title of the lightbox link)
- [new] specify image alt
- [new] specify the name of the image. "Image Name" is the name of the file, that is, when uploading, your file will be renamed and saved under a new name.

https://www.webdesigner-profi.de/joomla-webdesign/joomla-shop/downloads.html
YOOtheme Pro 3.0.0 released

YOOtheme Pro 3.0 page bulder has just been released. It took us over 9 months and 3 UIkit feature releases to get this baby ready, but it turned out to be by far the most feature-rich release we have ever had.


What's New in YOOtheme Pro 3.0

✔️Mega Menu Builder – Design sophisticated menu dropdowns with the YOOtheme Pro page builder. Start with one of 45+ dropdown layouts from the layout library.

✔️Menus Update – Explore the refined menu item and position settings and create dropdowns in any menu position.
Header and Mobile Layouts – Use new header layouts and dedicated dialog layouts to create content-rich navigations. The mobile header now has the same features!

✔️Builder Anywhere – Design layouts for the sidebar, toolbar and even dialog positions with the YOOtheme Pro page builder.
Sublayout Element – Nest page builder rows into each other and create really advanced layouts.

✔️Sticky Parallax Effects – Create stunning sticky parallax effects by controlling the parallax precisely along the animation sequence.
Image Update – Boost your page loading times with native lazy loading images, picture element and AVIF support.

👉https://yootheme.com/blog/2022/09/19/yootheme-pro-3.0-mega-menu-builder-sticky-parallax-effects-and-image-update
Joomla Community Magazine - the September Issue, 2022

The JCM Team is proud to present you the September Issue of the Joomla! Community Magazine.

This month’s edition features:

- Philip Walton interviewed the Release Leader of Joomla 4.3

- Nicholas Dionysopoulos published the 5th article of the Joomla Performance Tuning series

- Hannes Papenberg shared a report from the "Engine Room"

- Crystal Dionysopoulous launched a challenge: What can you do with Joomla out of the box?

- Philip published a comparison between Google Analytics and other statistics systems

- Anja de Crom interviewed Nadja Lamisch, the newly elected Treasurer

- Michael Russell wrote an article about his long-term involvement within the Joomla Community

- Anja interviewed Jacob Waisner and Troy Hall about their Bearsampp project

- Ahmad Moussa reported the introduction of Virtual Joomla User Group

- Anja interviewed Louise Hawkins from the Marketing Team as part of the Meet a Joomler series

- We get to know the Joomla Enhancement Development Team as part of the Meet a Team series

- Crystal interviewed the new Joomla Experience Team, as part of the Meet a Team series


This release wouldn't have been possible without the work of the Community Magazine Team, all the authors and all the people who allowed us to interview them.

https://magazine.joomla.org/all-issues/categories/september-2022
📢 DJ-Classifieds Update has been released!
We've added new valuable features and a bunch of improvements.
Most important changes are:

'Use in word search' field option
'Sortable' field option
'Search placeholder' field option
'Search by whole words only' option
'Map Provider' disabled
Subcategories list's header' new option
Routing improvements
PHP 8.1 support
👉 https://dj-extensions.com/blog/dj-classifieds/dj-classifieds-version-3-9-2-brings-new-features
Joomla 4.2.3 Bug Fix Release

This release continues Joomla 4’s high standards in accessible web design and brings exciting new features, highlighting Joomla's values of inclusiveness, simplicity and security into an even more powerful open-source web platform.

With Joomla 4.2.3, we have new and improved features for bloggers and authors, web designers, extension developers and web agencies.

Bug fixes and Improvements with 4.2.3
- Contact form captcha
- Remove overrides when a template is uninstalled
- Missing changelog when discovering a plugin/module/template
- Batch copy fields
- Fix position name in component dashboard
- [Smart Search] Moved statistics in the toolbar
- Keep user.css last in order
- Change bulk unarchive action for redirect links to unpublish
- Use the right mime type in the media field

https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5869-joomla-4-2-3-bug-fix-release.html